Eukanuba World Challenge: A second edition in Europe coming up
Geneva, February 2015 – Eukanuba is pleased to announce the 9th edition of the Eukanuba World Challenge (EWC).
Today, the organizers have confirmed that the Best of the Best competition will stop by in Amsterdam for the 2nd time, in conjunction with the famous Amsterdam Winner show, on December 13 & 14.
The idea of hosting the EWC Finals in Europe has been discussed since the early times of the Competition and for the first time this prestigious event was hosted in Holland last year. The perfect setting was created in Amsterdam, thanks to the fantastic collaboration with the Federation Cynologique Internationale, Raad van Beheer (Netherlands) and the Kennel Club (UK).
This year again. EWC will offer 40 plus slots to Kennel Clubs and BIS winners at major international shows*. The EWC Winner will be awarded prize money of EUR 7’500 plus EUR 3’500 to its nominating KC. First Runner-up and 3rd place will win EUR 2’500 and Euro 1’500 respectively. Jose Luis Ibanez, EWC Show Chairman stated: “We are delighted to maintain the same concept of lining-up the world’s “Best of the Best” dogs. It was proven last year that this competition in high on the breeders’ list and we are deeply proud of the support we received from the breeder community. This gives us a lot of energy to improve the show, again and again”.
Rafael de Santiago, President of FCI, commented last year event: “The Eukanuba World Challenge is a great end to the show season and the 8th edition quite honestly surpassed all expectations. It was great to see the support of the National Kennel Clubs, marching with their country representative. The FCI is proud to be part of this event and looks forward to our continued collaboration with Eukanuba.”
“With the move from the USA the Eukanuba team were able to stamp their requirements on how this unique event would be run,” said Gerald King, Chairman of Crufts Dog Show. “From the opening ceremony to the awarding of the winners we saw a different approach, and compared to previous years in even more relaxed atmosphere. I am definitively looking forward to this new 2015 edition.”
Gerard Jipping, president of the Dutch Kennel Club is delighted to host again the Eukanuba World Challenge during the Amsterdam Winner Show 2015 “We can be proud of our achievements last year. With less than 6 months preparation, we’ve been able to deliver a great quality event. I am confident that this year, the show will reach another level. We are grateful to the breeders and their quality dogs who allow the competition to reach the highest level through their participation in the Amsterdam Winner Show.”
The work has started for this 9th edition and some National Kennel Clubs have already selected their representative. The first major dog show winner will be known very soon during Crufts. As principal sponsor of Crufts, Eukanuba is looking forward to being there to congratulate this year winner and officially hand out his ticket for the finals in Amsterdam.
As foreseen, the usual EWC qualifying event for dogs from countries not having direct access to the Finals will be run during the FCI European Section Show in Oslo, Norway (4-6 September). Twenty-three countries have been invited to participate and two dogs will win the opportunity to participate in one of the sections in Amsterdam.
* Terms & Conditions apply. Cf. Eukanuba World Challenge website (http://www.eukanuba.co.uk/world-challenge) for details and latest updates.