The first Greyhound to win ever the Best in Show @ FCI European Dog show and the 4th Greyhound in the history of CRUFTS to win the Hound Group.
Best of Breed at French Championat under Sighthound specialist Frédéric Maison of “Grand Chien de Culann” Wolfhound kennel 🇫🇷 and at the European Dog Show 2022 under Jorge Nallem of the famous “El Retorno” kennel 🇺🇾 BEST IN GROUP at the French Championat under Jean-Louis Brassat Lappeyriere 🇫🇷 and BEST IN GROUP at European Dog show under Frédéric Maison 🇫🇷 (President of the Association of the French Sighthound Breed Clubs) ALL BREED BEST IN SHOW FCI European Dog Show 2022 under Jacques Médard Mangin 🇫🇷 What a weekend !!!!!!
Without doubt being given the honour and privilege to judge the Hound group at Crufts will remain with me for the rest of my life and I loved every minute of the whole day. Standing in the centre of the famous green carpeted ring watching a beautiful collection of this years BOB winners enter individually I knew I was going to have fun selecting the top 4.
The BOB PBGV (Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen) did a lovely lap of honour for his proud owner as I was the breeder but then I had a full compliment of hounds to assess.
My shortlist was the very nicely made, compact beagle, the std wire dach (standard wire dachshund) with a super outline and type all through, a stunning Ibizan with such presence and dignity „Ch Kalo Skilo’s Bow Bells Guns N Roses“, owned by Mrs M L Knudsen), the commanding powerful Irish Wolfhound („Ch Sade Paris“, owned by Chris Amoo) and very balanced Rhodesian Ridgeback.
My group 4 winner was a 4yr old GBGV (Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen), Ch FORGET ME NOT V TUM TUMS VRIENJES with the correct proportions and substance the breed calls for. A noble head with strength, nicely chiselled under the eye, ears well folded with good length, his body is deep and firm with a lovely level topline, his coat is harsh. On the move he holds his shape and his tail carriage is exactly how it should be in a sabre like fashion. A very nice example of the breed.
Group 3, (Pharaoh Hound) Swe Ch/Ch VASKURS MONI MAKER QIWIDOTTER, this bitch really caught my eye as she entered the ring and on closer examination she is very typical all through, her skull is long and lean with high set ears which she uses at all times. Her front is nicely under her body with such a lovely lean arched neck, moderate and balanced front and back with straight topline she holds at all times, in tip top condition, free flowing on the move. She paints a super picture on the stack.
Group 2, (Whippet) CRÈME ANGLAISE’S IRISH CREAM, just 2 years old with the most beautiful clean graceful outline, feminine all through, she stands over good ground without any exaggeration, her head has good length with a flat skull and rose like ears set well back, straight forelegs and oval feet, deep chest with ribs extending well back. She has a neat waist and defined tuck up. I loved her long easy stride where she holds her outline. Full of breed type in fantastic condition, she has a real connection with her handler which is evident and she wants to give her all.
With all Ayas major success we hardly got the chance to absorb what really happened at this years event! It is a lot to take in and it surely takes time! 😊 So here are the Breed results of our homebred dogs entered under Judge: Marc Cocozza 🇬🇧
Dog RCC went to Crufts Winner BOB 2020, SBIS UK Ch. Ina’s Fashion Dedicated to Boughton owned loved and handled by Roisin Howlett. Co owned with myself and Clare Boggia.
Winner of the open class (Champions) Bitch CC, Best of Breed, Winner of the Hound Group and finalist for BEST IN SHOW is the now very well known to everyone “Aya, the greyhound from Germany” aka BIS SBIS INT UK Multi Ch. Ina’s Fashion Desirable. (To add here, Aya was RCC in 2019 as very young & CC winner in 2020.)
2nd in Open class was her litter sister Ch. Ina’s Fashion Design by Boughton owned, loved and handled by Clare Boggia.
3rd in Open class was our three years old Multi Ch. Ina’s Fashion Extraordinaire handled beautifully by Roisin.
Last but not least the amazing come back of BIS SBIS INT Multi Ch. Ina’s Fashion Chic, seven months after giving birth to the Fantabulous eight. Not only she finished as BEST VETERAN but picked up also the RCC to “Aya” leaving me breathless! “Chloé” was handled by her daddy, Olaf Knauber who pretty much had a very emotional weekend to deal with! Luckily I could keep him together! 😂
There are not enough words to describe the emotions of CRUFTS 2022 – Worlds Greatest Dog show!
I thank everyone, from the bottom of my heart for the amazing support, the judges, the audience, the uncountable Ayas fans, the media crews for the amazing coverage, videos, photos, interviews and very nice comments.
A huge thank you to the people who are always by my side and the ones who stay behind at home to help caring for the rest of our lovely dogs, you know who you all are! I love you!!! 💕
It is amazing to receive “thousands” of messages and I honestly don’t know how I will ever be able to reply to all but if i put you a “❤️” be sure I read them!!!! Also amazing to see so many supporters on social media cheering for us! THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!
This win means a lot! Not just for me, as a breeder, as an owner, as a handler and not just for ❤️🔥”AYA”❤️🔥 who enjoys all the attention especially if it’s edible 😋 but generally for our breed!
We turned the right spotlight towards THE GREYHOUND, the one that they really deserve! Thank you ❤️🔥AYA❤️🔥
It takes even longer to absorb what really happened at a 3 days show like this with a combined entry of 15000 dogs and of high quality!!!! 🏵 The absolute star ⭐️ was once again our Queen “Aya” Multi BIS Multi SBIS INT UK Multi Ch. Crufts Winner-20 Ina’s Fashion Desirable, who not only got BEST OF BREED every single day and the titles 🏵Nordic Winner-21 & Danish Winner-21🏵 but won both days in both title shows 🏆BEST IN GROUP🏆 in an incredible strong competition. Herning Shows are considered to be of the best shows in Europe and Scandinavia with the most impressive main ring and so pleased to get to enjoy that once again!!!!!
Our young 💗Gaia 💗 Multi Ch. Ina’s Fashion Extraordinaire, returned back as a brand New Danish Champion winning BB2 with CC and RCACIB to Aya on Danish Winner show under Sighthound specialist Lotte Jørgensen 🇩🇰
2nd Day at the biggest 3-days shows of Denmark 🇩🇰 (about 5000 dogs per day) – NORDISK WINNER SHOW 2021 Under Markku Mähönen 🇫🇮 (15 Greyhounds entered)
BIS SBIS INT UK Multi Ch. Crufts Winner-20 Ina’s Fashion Desirable EX1 in Champion Class, NORDISK Winner, Best Female, BEST OF BREED and BEST IN GROUP!!! Multi Ch. Ina’s Fashion Extraordinaire got RCC & BB3.