LES MONTAGNES SERBES
OD SRPSKIH PLANINA
The World Exhibition in Brussels and Travel Nr 17
cynological events are extraordinary regarding my memories from the year
1995. First the World Exhibition in Brussels, which for our breed took place
on 5th June and second my travel to Belgrade, 15 days after this exhibition.
51 Sarplaninac were registered of which 11 were from my kennel. The judge who was designated was Mr. Guido Vandoni (I), but after endless waiting it was Mr. Kuffer (Luxemburg) who came to judge our breed. We were very satisfied about the results from the dogs of my kennel: in the Open Class Male in which 4 male dogs were registered Qarahoum was first – Excellent, CAC, Qaravouk fourth – Excellent, Qaradag – Excellent not classified, only Qarasultan got the mark Very Good; in the Puppy Class Female my Seka was the Best Puppy, and her 4 sisters all got the mark “Promising”. In the Class Male Champions Orkan was fourth – Excellent, and in the Class of Female Champions Odra was second with RCAC. Paramount was the victory and proclamation of Meda ( already 7 years old) for World Champion, he was the father of our last 2 litters “Q” and “S”, present at this exhibition.
All the owners from the dogs of my kennel were dressed in Serbian national costumes, all except Sultan’s owner. I registered a group, in the front were female puppies and just behind them the 4 brothers. Although the group was not classified I think the audience noticed it.
Here are complete results from this important manifestation as well as a few pictures mainly from the dogs of “Les Montagnes Serbes”.
|The shock came one month later. In the cynological magazine “Zivot pasa” (the only one which was existing for a few years for the last 25 years) in the section “Readers letters”, under the headline “Odyssee Brussels 1995” here is what I read: “The winning Sarplaninac was worse looking than 80% of Sarplaninac in Serbia and any litter of 6 month old, without selection of the puppies, was better than the winning group”, and a little further: “the quality of our unique breed, presented at the exhibition was as per my opinion low”. This article was signed by Jelena and Miroslav Drobnjakovic, they came to the exhibition with one Bobtail which they did not know how to do its trimming and which got the mark excellent, don’t classified. All my adult dogs were tall and with a weight of approx. 60 kilos, and the group was not “winner” but only participating. As his disappointment was very big I am thinking whether he noticed only 3-4 female puppies which marched in the front of the adult males and which were exactly 6 months old females. I badly wanted to respond him publicly but I abstained. Guys who know everything and nothing will always exist. If he would just have noticed that one of his compatriots, far from the motherland from this breed, is trying to promote in world exhibition this beautiful breed, but no he just decided to criticize. If the world exhibition is the mirror of quality of the breed, in what I am not very convinced, among the registered dogs you could find male dogs which got CACIB and RCACIB in the world exhibition in Bern in 1994, future winner of the world exhibition in Budapest in 1996, the winner of the World exhibition in Brno etc. …, so only the first class representative of the breed. What would this “connaisseur” say if he had the opportunity to see the representatives of our breed (except the winners) in Amsterdam in the year 2002! When the time comes, I am following chronology, I will say one word and show the quality of these dogs, better say lack of quality. In Milan it was a bit better but nothing special.|
aunt’s daughter went to the USA 2 years after I settled in Belgium.
We met twice since 1963 and in that year she planned to come to Belgrade
in June. So I took a plane to Belgrade to spend a few days together with
her. During this travel, without car, only with the camera in the hand
I did not bring many useful memories for my site. I did one travel together
with “Piksi” (breeder and judge Nenad Stojmenovic) and “uncle
Voja” (judge and breeder Mr. Anastasijevic). We went to the town
and suborns of Smederevska Palanka. I saw a couple of nice dogs like Kolos
Alano Molos, son of Jan od Pece and Alfa-Mici, Arap’s grandchildren,
one female daughter of Cezar and Alma, the dog Djavol; at Misa Babic,
judge and breeder: Fred, son of Dik and Amira, Ada, daughter of Dingo-Ben
and Agica, etc. In that time I didn’t like that much Fred but now
when I am again looking at the videocassette, after getting used to “big
headed Sarplaninci”, I do like him. Fred is brother of beautiful
Fili, uncle Voja’s bitch as well as Fejda and Freni, which I already
showed to you (see travel 15b).