JUDGING BASENJIS - 1997 HIGHLIGHTS
Jill Salmon was honoured with three invitations to judge Basenjis outside of Southern Africa in 1997. Here are some pictures from the shows and her comments.
Norway Basenji Club Specialty - 7 June 1997
In June 1997, I was honoured to be invited to judge the Norwegian Basenji Club Specialty Championship Show and drew a wonderful entry of 81 Basenjis.
I was fortunate to have been presented with high quality dogs from Norway, Sweden and Finland.
My eventual Best in Show (pictured with the Best Opposite Sex in Show), going to a Norwegian bred tricolour bitch bred by Anne and Nina Modahl. An exceptionally delightful bitch who moved the pants off all the competition, even in the heat (yes, heat in Norway).
Fort Steuben Kennel Association - 31 July 1997
I started my judging in the U.S.A. at the Steel Valley Cluster in Youngstown, Ohio. I judged a number of breeds over the weekend, one of which was Basenjis.
My best of breed was the very showy Ch (Am) Reveille Boutonniere, JC, handled by Michael Work.
Unfortunately, I was only scheduled to judge the group at the Sunday show and this fine
dog was not shown in the breed on this day. I would love to have seen him in the group
line-up as he has a lot of ring presence.
Evergreen Basenji Club Specialty - 15 August 1997
Later on in the month, I judged the Evergreen Basenji Club Specialty in Enumclaw, Washington and this was by far my judging highlight. A large entry of 167 dogs were presented to me and almost all were of exceptional quality. I enjoyed every minute of this tough assignment - my eventual best in show award going to a tricolour dog, from the classes (Ch (Am) Penda Taji's Tri-Umphant One, bred by Katie Campbell and Scott Moberly. I could just have gathered this dog up and taken him home with me - he is just superb!
Best Opposite Sex went to a lovely tricolour bitch (Ch Kibushi High Hat), handled by Brenda Cassell.
I was tickled pink, when the following day, at the Olympic Kennel Club, the judge found the same winners dog and bitch from a large entry of 96!