Of course Floris has to know what is expected from him at a dog show. First of all he has to learn to “stand”. That’s not so hard you could think. Well, I can tell you that Floris learned to sit very well. So he’s a very good doggy. But to “sit” in the showring is not done. So we practiced! Fortunately Floris learns quickly as he is very food minded. A cookie makes miracles so he learned to stand reasonably fast.
And there is to walk nicely in the ring; that can be hard too for a young and darting clown.In the ring we wlak on a leash. Neatly at the masters left and without the leash in the mouth as Floris likes to do. Jumping is not done and out of the question. So we practiced moving through the ring a lot as well. That was not always easy because of blowing leaves or a heron in a ditch which sometimes led to distraction.
Then the great day has arrived. Together with the master to Hazerswoude for the first show. For Eve this created some confusion; The bench was put in the car, the Show-bag was taken out and still she had to stay home. Since the Frisian Stabijs were judged first, Floris could quietly settle in his bench to process his surroundings and all the new impressions. He thereby had the support of his father Floris sr., and other masters Joost and Anna. The first show is quite a bit of a milestone so they may not be missed.
After an hour the time came! The junior class males were expected in the ring. Floris and three other young males would be judged by Mr. W. Wellens. A very exciting moment. How would Floris do? Would he remember anything of what we practiced? Floris was the second to move through the ring and he did well! No jumping or other silliness. And even while standing in front of the judge he did not sit down! The assessment of the judge; how would the show reports content look like?
For those at home, the rest of the pack and I, it was perhaps more exciting because you can not “live” see what is happening. But fortunately I was informed by Anja and Anna. And then the redeeming word of the judge; Floris has earned second place with an excellent rating. For connoisseurs: He was 2E! With a very nice report. Amazing. So very proud of our clown! And that at his first show! Very nice to tell you is that his sister Jeppe also got a 2e rating. Not to forget Floris sr; He got an Excellent Rating in the Veteran Class. And as icing on the cake Floris sr. became Second in Best Veteran of the day of all breeds! A great achievement!
Pictures Edwin Poppelaars en Anna Wegink
English Translation Show report:
10 months young male.Excelent type. Beautiful wedge-shaped head. Friendly expression.
Trowel shaped ear. Complete scissor(s) bite. For his age good developped ribs. Good front angulations, and adequate angulations behind.
mid-length hair. Strong legs en well closed feet. Well movement for his age. Has to become somewhat firmer while in movement. 2 Excelent