Swedish Boxer Club Championship Show Vaxjo – Boxers
I would like to thank the officers and committee for inviting me to judge their boxer championship show at Vaxjo in Southern Sweden which I thoroughly enjoyed. We flew from Manchester to Copenhagen and then took a 2 1/2 hour train journey to Vaxjo. The trip was really enjoyable; the train journey went really quickly and was very comfortable. The sights crossing the great Malmo bridge were amazing. This bridge is an excellent piece of engineering connecting Copenhagen to Malmo. It is (around 8 km) the train journey across the bridge from one city to another is in itself a great experience. It is the longest combined road and rail bridge in Europe. Once we arrived at Vaxjo we literally had a 5 minute walk to our hotel.
The show was held at Alveres Kennel Club showground on 7th September at a purpose built showground that contained a cottage style club house with facilities for various dog events it was set in beautiful woodland surrounded by trees. The committee did a wonderful job at organizing the show and it was evident that a lot of hard work and thought had gone into the presentation of the show by the committee led by the chairman Tobbe Johanson and the show manager Mia Ljung. It was clearly visible that they had a hardworking harmonious committee which helped to create a happy atmosphere at the show. Steve and I were made to feel very welcome and nothing was too much trouble.
This was my second overseas judging appointment but it was the first time I was to grade the exhibits. I was a little apprehensive at first but I was soon put at ease by my excellent ring stewards Joachim Andersson and Anne Christiansson who transcribed my critiques. Overall I found the bitches to be of far better quality than the dogs especially in construction. I found a lot of typical heads of correct proportion and mouths overall were excellent. I was surprised to find that all of the dogs were shown in their natural condition with none of them having even their whiskers trimmed. And the majority of them were shown in very good muscular condition complimented by healthy shiny coats. I did find that a lot of their boxers were not as highly show trained as our boxers in England which did make it quite difficult at times to assess them in profile, the exhibitors making some of their dogs look roached when in fact when relaxed and on the move they held their top line correctly.
The show ring was extremely spacious with plenty of room for the dogs to move. I graded excellent to far more bitches than dogs. I noticed the show was sponsored by Royal Cabin and there were many other special prizes awarded that had been donated by various exhibitors and club members. I awarded my BIS to the dog CC winner Vilborg"s Honeybox Future Dream. I was really pleased to be informed that my BIS winner was top boxer in Sweden this year and also in 2012. He certainly was a great ambassador for the breed he was a typical substantial male of quality who loved to show himself off freely on a loose lead, a powerful male with plenty of attitude standing four square and so well balanced. He took my eye as soon as I seen him enter the ring, he had a typical well balanced constructed head dark eyes well padded muzzle good mouth, good reach of neck well off for bone. tight feet correct shoulder placement, moving freely around the ring with his proud owner and so very well schooled, a true showman. My bitch CC winner and RBIS was Kallgren"s All About Belle of the Ball overall a lovely bitch of quality in beautiful condition she had an appealing expression showing off her gentle dark eyes. good mouth lovely reach of neck well off in forechest, she moved elegantly around the ring holding her top line. The winner of my junior class winner was a beautiful 10 month old very well constructed male whose head was beautifully chiseled which in time will mature into something I feel will be very special, he was Kjellander"s Coffers Klangen. B.P went to Andersson's Fribox Hassel a promising young puppy who was very well balanced in profile when settled. lovely head and expression for a baby
Dog CC and Best in Show - Vilborg"s Honeybox Future Dream
Bitch CC and Reserve Best in Show - Kallgren's All About Belle of the Ball
To round off a perfect day we were treated to a special demonstration of the boxers working capabilities by the chairman Tobbe Johannsson and his dog Hausse Utah. This was a very special treat as we had not been privileged to see this live in all our years of boxer ownership. It was amazing to see just how a boxer can be trained to such a high standard and seeing how much the dog really enjoyed it.
One of the things that we were especially impressed with in Vaxjo was how environmentally friendly the place was. We had never seen so many cycles in one place and it was no surprise to find out that the city had been voted Sweden’s greenest city. We found the Swedish people extremely friendly polite and ever so helpful to the point that when Steve mentioned that seeing everyone cycling we would like to try it ourselves Mia the show manager immediately offered us the use of two of her bikes .The following day Mia and her partner Jonas collected us from our hotel and took us to her house were we picked up the bicycles and the four of us set off for a bike ride around the beautiful Vaxjo lakes. This kind offer all helped to make the judging appointment and holiday break that much more special. Thank you to the Officers and Committee of the Swedish Boxer Club for making this such a memorable trip.