South African news and information
submitted by Bruce Jenkins
- Chairman, The
South African Dachshund Club.
October is one busy month for shows
and this year it was no exception The South African Dachshund Club results
were posted last month but following this show were two large all breed
shows in the Johannesburg area, making for a very busy weekend. TKC saw
no dachshunds placed in the groups but the SA Ladies show saw the Min Smooth
Ch Grandgables Annie Nonamouse win Group 1. Sadly her owner, Rob Petersen,
passed away in November and we extend our sympathy to his family.
Two weekends in Cape Town followed
but no great wins for dachshunds were reported. With the price of petrol
now going up every month fewer exhibitors can afford to travel to all shows
and over these weekends we saw that exhibitors were being selective.
The final show weekend for the
year is the Kennel Union of Southern Africa National shows. Best described
as two all breed shows and another open only to breed champions. The show
weekend moves around the country each year and this year was the turn of
Johannesburg. Judges are normally all from overseas which was the case
this year. The first show The KUSA Classic saw the standard smooth Ch Waydack
Winning Gold go Group 3 under Mrs Genami-Kertis from Israel. At the second
The KUSA National under Mr Podesta from Chile the miniature smooth Ch Koebauckers
Cloud Nine was Group 1. The third show The KUSA Africa FCI show saw the
standard smooth Ch Laddland Wings of Change at Waydack win Group 1 under
Mrs Otero from Mexico. Further the Hound Puppy Group was won by the Miniature
Wire Remley Schlosse Rose Bramble. All in all a great weekend for
All that remained for the year
were the various Christmas related events which by the end of November
were all completed. Schools break up 1 December for the long summer holidays
and the shows only start again in the new year. So with everyone in the
holiday mood may I take this opportunity of wishing our readers a Merry
Christmas and a fun filled New Year.
The South African Dachshund Club
held its championship show on Friday 6 Oct 2000 in the picturesque setting
of Spinney Green, Cullinan House of diamond magnet fame. Situated half
way between Johannesburg and Pretoria at Olifantsfontein. The judge was
Mrs Marci Forrester from USA.
Results Best of Breeds
Ch SA/USA Siddachs Maestro to
Nibelheim (Robinson) (BIS)
Schusborg Star Struck (Schultz)
Best Puppy in Show
Ch Laddland Wings of Change
at Waydack (Jenkins)
Ch Grandgables Annie Nonamouse
at Glenflora (Petersen)
Ch Ravel S W Treis Pinheiros
of Glenbervie (Peden)
Ch Stelizane's Daisy Rose (McCracken/Kiefer)
After three weeks of no championship
shows we had the Goldfields Kennel Club championship show in Johannesburg
where dachshunds had a good day. Group 1 the aforementioned Standard Wire,
Group 3 the Standard Long Ch Nibelheim Largamente and Group 4 the
Min Smooth Annie Nonamouse.
The Dogmore Dog of the Year show
that followed is a prestige event by invitation only to the top winning
dog and bitch in each breed. It is judged on an elimination basis ending
up with twelve in the final. The Standard Smooth Ch Waydack Winning Gold
reached the final where the Dog of the Year title was awarded to the Siberian
Husky with a Shih Tzu runner up.
Of interest the Miniature Dachshund
Club of the Rand held an open show in the parking lot of a very busy shopping
center in Johannesburg. Pedigree sponsored the event and with lots of publicity
in the area attracted a large entry. Of more interest was the attraction
it caused to the Saturday morning shoppers who surrounded the ring most
of the time watching. A very good public awareness exercise and well done
to the club.
The last weekend in August was the
Kimberley/Bloemfontein shows and because of admin problems the whole weekend
was moved to Bloemfontein. Amazingly this worked in favour of the clubs
as exhibitors must have felt that with no hassle of having to drive 100
odd miles between the two was worthwhile and entries were over 20% up on
last year. Again the Standard Wire, Ravel, was placed Group 3 on the first
day and Group 2 on the second.
News from Zimbabwe is that the clubs
are going ahead with their shows despite the ongoing petrol shortages and
political problems. All overseas judges asked to be released from their
contracts and entries have dropped by half. Cherryl Cargill is keeping
the flag flying there with her Trafalgar Miniature Smooths gaining Group
and In Show awards. Hopefully things will settle down once the land issues
are sorted out and allow people to carry on normally.
The KZN weekend is three days for a number of groups,
hounds included. The Hound Show on the Friday produced no group placings
for dachshunds that I am aware of. Saturday saw Durban and Districts Kennel
Club at the lovely Kearsney College venue. The Min Smooth Ch Grandgables
Annie Nonamouse of Glenflora was Group 4. The third show was the Pietermaritzburg
Kennel Club where again no dachshund placed in the group. The downside
of these shows is one has to pack up and move each day which is not fun
when one is tired.
Another gap then on to Windhoek in Namibia for the keen
and desperate. There are two shows held by Windhoek Dog Club and Hochland
Kennel Club in Windhoek by a group of loyal local fanciers. These shows
are small but attract dogs from South Africa as it is easy pickings for
those in the hunt for top dog points. Namibia is affiliated to the Kennel
Union of Southern Africa. Best In Show the first day was the Standard Wire
Ch Ravel SW Treis Pinheiros of Glenbervie who was only Group 2 on the second
day under the judge that awarded him top honours the day before.
Back to KZN for the last weekend in July where the abovementioned
Standard Wire was Group 1 at Northern Natal Kennel Club show on the second
day. If anyone placed at Zululand my apologies but I was not there and
only heard about the Wire on the grapevine.
Mid winter in South Africa and so one goes prepared for
freezing weather as all dog shows are out of doors. The first weekend saw
Northern Free State Kennel Club show in Welkom, a gold mining town started
from scratch in the 50's so the most modern laid out town in the Country.
Weatherwise we were in for a treat, lots of frost but the sun was shining
so a pleasant day ensured. Top placed dachshund was the Std Smooth Ch Waydack
I'm a Winna who was Group 3.
The next weekend saw the George and Outeniqua shows both
held at the same venue in Oudtshoorn. This town is situated in the Southern
Cape in the Little Karroo and is world famous for raising ostriches, and
believe me there are thousands of them on view on the farms as one drives
along the road. You pass through the most beautiful passes getting into
Oudtshoorn as it is so situated that mountains encircle the town, which
at this time of year are normally topped with snow. The Miniature Long
Ch Schusbourg Heaven Sent was Group 3 at George show.
A few weeks break before the mid July Kwa Zulu Natal
shows followed which could be taken up by other clubs wanting to get away
from crowded periods. To date none have thought of this.
first weekend of April saw the Port Elizabeth weekend. Port Elizabeth is
a lovely city situated on Algoa Bay in the Eastern Cape and is full of
history regarding the early settlers to this country.
For Hounds there were 3 all breed
shows and a Hound show so worthwhile for many to make the journey. Dachshunds
did not fair so well with only the Sth Wire Ch Ravel SW Treis Pinherios
getting G3 on the Friday and the Min Smooth Ch Grandgables Annie Nonamouse
At Glenflora taking G2 at the Hound show.
The next weekend shows were back
in Johannesburg with good entries for the hound show which goes under the
name of The Sporting Dogs Association. Got it's title when hounds were
classified as sporting dogs, not to be confused with gundogs in America
being called sporting dogs. Dachshunds were judged by Mr B Giles from New
Zealand. Reserve BIS went to the Std Smooth Ch Waydack Winning Gold and
G4 to the Min Smooth Ch Koebauckers Snug As A Bug. The Sunday show was
The Teckel Club again judged by a New Zealand judge Mrs. W Dines. Here
BIS went to the Min Smooth Koebauckers Cloud Nine.
The Miniature Dachshund Club of
the Rand held their AGM on 16 April 2000 and all Officers were re-elected.
The Pretoria show weekend was held
over Easter at the Voortrekker Military Base Recreational Grounds.These
grounds are great for showing dogs as the lawns are of short, fine grass
used for the cricket. Pretoria is a large city filled with lovely buildings
and a seat for the government. Although not far from Johannesburg with
a lower altitude the temperature is higher and parts are frost free in
winter so there are many lovely gardens. On the first day we saw the newly
imported Std Wire from the USA, Brazos Ski Rolex, open his points score
for owner Mr R Kaser. The judge on the first day was Mr J Lim from Australia
who gave the group to Mr N Kay's Std Long Ch De Gratton Dudley. Best puppy
in group went to Mrs. R Rullo's Min Smooth.On the second day the judge
from the UK, Mr F Kane gave the group to yet another Std Long in Ch &
Ch USA Siddachs Maestro to Nibelheim so a complete sweep for that variety.
At present to make up a champion
in South Africa one has to win 5 points, the final point to be won after
the dog is 18 months old. South Africa is divided up into regions and you
have to win these points in at least 2 regions under different judges.
There is now a proposal before
the Federal Council for it's May meeting to change this to 32 points with
bonus points being won for out of province awards, over a certain number
competing and group placings. This has met with outrage from the showing
community as we only have 44 shows per year and the costs of getting to
them is very expensive. Also minority breeds ar prejudiced against as are
breeds with large entries so hopefully the Council which is made up of
delegates from all the regions will vote against it.
The Championship show season opened
in Cape Town over the weekend of February 26/27 with 2 all breed and 1
group shows being held. The standard wire Ch. Ravel S W Treis Pinheiros
of Glenbervie, imported from Brazil won two of the groups. The standard
long, Nibelheim Largamente won Best Junior in show at the first show and
the puppy group at the second show was won by a miniature long of Karswell
On March 5 the Sporting Dogs Association
in Johannesburg hosted the Dogmore Hound Of The Year which was won
by the standard smooth Ch. Waydack
I'm a Winna.
shows on March 19 got underway with the Roodepoort and Districts kennel
Club. The entry was down on last year as the show was a stand alone
this year so not many out of town exhibitors. Dachshunds wer placed
group 2,3 and 4 which does not happen often. It als rained all day
and the show was held outside so not very pleasant for exhibitors or dogs.
Weith the cyclones coming in from the Indian ocean we have experienced
a lot of really heavy torrential rain for weeks now, so we should all be
used to it .
The South AFrican Dachshund Club
held it's annual general meeting last Saturday (3-18). The officer
for the ensuing year are Bruce Jenkins (Chairman) Ron Kaser ( Vice Chair)
F'Tiaan de Wit (Secretary) and Kobus Reyeneke (Treasurer) The club
address and other contact details remain the same.