Two days, 40 dogs and one winner of this international competition. Vice President of the FCI, Mr. Karl Reisinger declared Vamos the Eukanuba World Challenge champion at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship show in Long Beach, California. The Federacion Cynologique Internationale (FCI), the American Kennel Club (AKC), and Eukanuba worked with kennel clubs from around the world to create this innovative and unique event.
The Eukanuba World Challenge Champion is “Multi-Champion Very Vigie Vamos A La Playa” (Vamos). This stunning 3-year-old male American Cocker Spaniel from Switzerland, along with his handler Hughes Schuh, defeated 39 of the world’s top winning dogs to take home the title, trophy and $10,000 prize money. Vamos was selected to represent the Europe/South Africa section within the competition and was judged by Mr. Hiroshi Kamisato from Japan. Mr. Laurent Pichard and Ms. Joelle Doucet are Vamos’ breeders and owners.
From the Americas and Canada section, Multi-Champion Wizard Black de Akido San took the honors of runner-up. Mr. Luis Miguel Pinto Teixeria from Portugal was the judge responsible for putting him in the running. This striking 2-year-old male Doberman Pinscher from Argentina was handled to his success by Miguel Vera. He was bred by the Akido San Kennel and is owned by Andrea Laruccia, Carols Souto, P Cannizzaro & E & T Souza.
The first runner-up came from the Asia and Australia section and was judged by Mr. Miguel Angel Martinez from Argentina. “Champion Border Lane JP Moonshining Jasper” is a handsome 3-year- old male Border Collie from Japan. His breeder and owner is Hideka Tamura. Jasper was successfully handled to his win by Mr. Tatsuki Oneyama.
Only one champion was named, but all three section judges and everyone in the audience agreed that the quality of dogs taking part in the Eukanuba World Challenge was excellent.