The World exhibition in Amsterdam in 2002

After this exhibition I asked myself for quite some time whether I saw at another big exhibition Sarplaninci of such a bad quality and such a bad judgement. It is common at world and European exhibitions to see judgements of all-round judges, who generally are also officials in the world of cynology.
Our breed was judged on the first floor of the fair. The cages, as usual did not exist or there were a very few of them. From the surrounding countries there were 19 Sarplaninci registered, one, I think from Greece, coming from Drndarski was absent, as well as a female of the French breeding “des Hauts de Malfôret”. The judge was Mrs. Eva Mosimann from Switzerland, a lady of older age. The greatest number of Sarplaninci was brought by a person from Italy who did not have a registered breeding kennel and which I ever saw in any exhibition neither before nor afterwards: 4 Sarplaninci.
Here the copy of the catalogue with the results:

The only male in open class was a very mediocre dog, but which resembled nevertheless a Sarplaninac, except that it had a silky and laid down hair, which resembled the hair of the Newfoundlander. It was Aramis from Italy. It obtained only the mark “excellent”. CAC and RCACIB went to the dog Armont Z Psiho Raje, Czech breeding, of the father Smele and the mother of the old Czech breeding. It was in the intermediate class and definitely much worse than Aramis, without mentioning that he was worse then Urok, ranked 2nd in the class of the champions. It was of small size, had a long body, the breast too much bending, it resembled completely a female, with a small head, a lower jaw without depth and on top very frightened.
In the class of the young dogs there were two males, both obtained the mark “very good”, but the one which was ranked first, again from Italy, Chamaeleon, was definitely worse, he was dreadful and deserved only the mark “good”. To Chubby, son of my Vojkan, grandson of Cal, the remark could be his youth, i.e., the lack of substance.
In the class of champions there were 3 males:
Nearest to the standard was the dog of the Belgian breeding, Urok v‘t Sloeber's Hof. Unfortunately, it appeared much older than its 6 years. It obtained 2nd place. The French champion, Patch des Hauts de Malfôret, a very nice dog, but, at the edge of the eliminatory default, with regard to the colour, because almost entirely black, just a little lighter on the legs and total absence of any degradation of the colour on the bottom of the belly, obtained the first place and the title of the champion of the world. The owners were used to these titles, the dog obtained 3 of them. Morgan od Gim-a, Dutch champion, was correctly placed 3rd. Amongst other things it had also this quality of hair of Newfoundlander.
In the open class of females, the judge did not give any mark “excellent” and she did a good job, the ranking was correct too.
In the class of the young females there were marks “excellent”, but I am not persuaded that they were deserved. For me the best was the 2nd ranked: Iskra am Hünstein from Germany and not Nibelunga from Italy. In the class champions rightly won the French champion May West, she got the title of champion of the world and the BOB. Beautiful bitch, but what a pity that she had all the time the tail between the legs. With her 11 years Nikoleta od Zakline, the daughter of “my” Arap obtained the 2nd place and RCACIB. She ran definitely better than considerable young ones. The completely atypical Eshley am Hünstein obtained the 3rd place, whereas she did not deserve a mark “excellent”.
Let us make a summary: the judge correctly chose the champions of the world, because there was no true competition and in addition still correctly ranked in the open class of the females. She made an enormous mistake by giving the RCACIB with the males, because this dog deserved the mark “good” or “very good” at the maximum whereas she had an excellent dog as a champion having obtained the 2nd place.
At least 3 dogs had an atypical fur who resembled the hair of the Newfoundlander. The heads satisfactory, not to say “typical” had only the following dogs: Patch, May West, Urok, Chubby and maybe, still, the old Nikoleta. 4 Sarplaninci had big anatomical anomalies (the ratio between height and length of the body, small head compared to the body, bad angulations and postures, especially of the back legs).
In conclusion: really very sad and worrying. When will the quality of Sarplaninci be higher at prestige manifestations, like this one? Fortunately there is still one or the other special exhibition in Czech Republic and Serbia, where you can see some dogs completely as per the standard and of nearly equal quality, which obliges the judge to think well by making the classification!