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– The event was visited by several families and the number of visitors exceeded the expectations of organizers, enthuses Markku Mähönen, the Executive Manager for the Finnish Kennel Club.
Almost 15,000 wagging tails were at Messukeskus, Expo and Convention Centre Helsinki.
The events of the big ring were hosted, now for the first time, by Juha Palosaari and Virpi Pesonen, who both did an excellent job. The live stream was hosted, in Finnish and in English, by Anna Ravila and Michael Laub.
The Dog of the Year, the Breeder of the Year, and the Veteran of the Year were also awarded at the show. The Dog of the Year 2018 is Bichon Frisé Jitterbop Clap Your Hands, owner Marella Närkki. The Breeder of the Year 2018 is Ari and Taina Friman's kennel Peikkovuoren, known for its Finnish Lapphunds. The Veteran of the Year 2018 is Lapponian Herder Suukkosuun Shamaani, owners are Sari Laitinen and Pinja Hiltunen.
The Finnish Champion 2018 in Junior Handling is Lotta Nykänen. The Finnish Championship final was judged by Patrick Oware, Norway.
Best in Show Breeders Group was Bearded Collies from Nina Brusin’s kennel Memorylane. The judge was Laurent Pichard, Switzerland. The BIS Breeders Group of the puppy show was a group of Keeshonds from Petri Turunen's kennel Eerondaali.
As Best in Show Puppy at Voittaja Puppy Show was chosen, for the second time during the same weekend, Ars Viva Tramontana, owner Olga Aleksashina. The Lakeland Terrier also won the Royal Canin Puppy Cup final held later the same day. Kimmo Mustonen was the Best in Show judge at Voittaja Puppy Show. Saija Juutilainen chose the winner of Royal Canin Puppy Cup.
The Best in Show Veteran of Voittaja Winner was Riikka Aholampi’s Golden Retriever Daily Rays Charming Star.
Nearly 7,000 dogs were entered to Voittaja Winner and about 900 puppies to Voittaja Puppy Show, of which the latter was also the last trial competition for Royal Canin Puppy Cup.