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2 April 2012
I was at the working ring on Saturday at the V & D Championship show. The working judge was shocking to say the least. Did he know any KUSA rules at all? He made repetitive mistakes when calling in the BOB line up into the ring. The ring steward was inexperienced and that did not help matters. I saw the incident with the Boerboel classes. Funny though the people who own this breed have been showing for some time and should know the KUSA rules regarding the BOB line up at Championship shows. It seems exhibitors knew better that the judge and the ring steward what was going on in the ring at that time.
We eventually called the show manager who explained to the ring steward in layman’s terms the correct way and what to call into to the ring for BOB. The judge still called in to the ring RCC dogs/bitches in certain breeds for the BOB line up even though it had not as yet been awarded. Is this judge qualified to judge at Championship level, does he even know the KUSA rules and regulations or does he even care? Entries for dog shows are expensive and I for one would like to have my dog’s judge by at judge who is honest, knows the breed standard of the dogs he is judging on that particular day and one who knows how to control his ring. I will be this year selecting my judges very carefully as why should I groom and enter my dogs under a judge who has not show ethics at all. Dog shows are getting fewer and fewer entries and incidences like this do nothing to improve the situation.
Romaniwil Rottweiler and Australian Shepherds
3 April 2012
Dear Show Committees
Is there anyone who can adequately explain why once again the “WORKING” breeds and group have been relegated to the tick infested, over grown, dirty, bumpy parking lots for the recent shows. This seems to happen on a regular basis with the All Breed shows, where the Working breeds and Group who attract some of the highest entries are treated as outcasts and are alienated from the rest of the show. On a positive note, at least the working exhibitors will not be expected to rake up the loose grass before we can actually show, as was the case at the same shows last year!
ADRIAN & CHERYL BATTEY
Foxfire Siberian Huskies
3 April 2012
While all of you younger folk are arguing on about the judging or interfering as it may seem, of the Boerboel breed, I would like to take the time to congratulate the young lady who handled the young brindle Boerboel dog, on bringing a such good quality specimen to the conformation show ring. I was one of the many skeptics when KUSA accepted the breed. My experiences with the breed had always been negative. Last week after reading all of the hullabaloo on this forum, I downloaded the KUSA breed standard for the Boerboel, so that I was informed and knew what to look for, and decided to don on my sun hat, bring out my chair and come and watch the working dogs this weekend, to see what on earth all of this fuss was about. It was such a pleasure to see a Boerboel who was allowed to run loose, and not strung up like a whippet. Although this fellow is a young dog he shows a lot of promise, and I do hope that his young owner continues to show him, and does not become discouraged by the political hype that seems to surround this very new breed at KUSA. I do not believe that there is another Boerboel in the KUSA show ring who has such a good topline, and angulation, as well as such free unhindered movement. As a mastiff should have, he has a strong, prominent head that is free from excess skin. And what a pleasant chap he is. He shows no sign of human aggression at all, unlike many of his breed counterparts. I believed that young dog deserved not only the best junior award on all three days, but I strongly believe that he deserved the CC dog and Best of breed because he stood out head and shoulders above his counterparts in the ring. I was rather chuffed that he was placed second in the junior group on Saturday. This dog should serve as a benchmark for all Boerboel breeders in South Africa who plan to show their dogs in the conformation ring.
3 April 2012
This is not the first time that this nasty untrue rumour, regarding these so called made up places has reared its ugly head. And I would like to know how a certain exhibitor always has classified inside information whether it is about made up group placings (and its always her competition who are awarded made up placings, even though their dogs are really good) or outcomes of disciplinary hearings at KUSA? I have attached a message sent last year May, when the champion Boerboel bitch got a group placing down at the Natal shows. This exhibitor and author of the message could not wait to part with inside knowledge of the placing being made up, after a congratulatory post appeared on a Boerboel forum. I am sure that Royal Canin, the host club as well as KUSA will be less than thrilled to know that they have been tarnished by this person being a sore loser, and her need to spread untrue stories about others when she is beaten in the ring. But then again according to this exhibitor, KUSA and KUSA judges have no how to judge the breed, and in her opinion, the only decent boerboels on show belong to her?
Please see attachment below, dated 2 May 2011
2 May 2011
3 April 2012
While I feel that it is disturbing that Tina Stern can openly make such bold statements about a dog's wins being made up, others are guilty of this too. My dog was in the ring and another exhibitor stood at the ringside, turned to a group of people standing alongside the ring, said something to the tune of how could the judge award that thing BOB? When my bitch got a group placing she started laughing and accused me of being a "Beckmann friend" and that is why we did so well.
In my opinion, exhibitors should decide either they are there to show their dogs, and behave like civilised good sports when they don't win, or they must take their drawn out feud and carry it on away from the shows and leave other exhibitors out of it. We are not interested in your budget soap opera drama. I myself as well as many other exhibitors have actually had quite enough of their tent hopping to talk nonsense about each other. This is dog showing not who wants to have the biggest ego! And while both of you were trying to out jab each other two up and coming really good dogs have crept into your breeds and show huge potential, a fawn Great Dane bitch, and a brindle Boerboel dog, quietly they have come into the ring, and brought really good quality dogs back into their breeds!
Enough is enough, we do not want to hear about or read about your drama.
Very bored now
3 April 2012
Do Pray tell why Martin Beckmann cannot be banned from KUSA? He was after all found guilty of the charges laid against him, because he admitted to the charges laid against him. Was the first round of his hearing and it's outcome a dummy verdict? A verdict there to appease the complainant? A case of spank Martin Beckmann like a naughty child to keep the unhappy masses quiet, with the promise of kissing it all better once the dust has settled? Only time will tell.
6 April 2012
PE was a weird weekend to say the least.
Remember the Irish guy who judged at the Supa 7's - the one with the snazzy shoes? Well he was on the judging panel in PE and I couldn't understand why two ladies dressed up to the nines were frantically brushing a dog in the walk way of the ring within spitting distance of the judges table.
But then one of the other people watching the spectacle helped me to put two and two together and I had to lift my jaw up from the floor. I just realized that I still have a lot to learn in the dog world about how to get on top. But if it takes making a spectacle of yourself to get your wins, then perhaps I'll just continue to takes my chances.
I hope putting the "right" face to the "right" dog worked for the ladies and that they got what they came for by fair means or foul.
What happened to honest wins?