Runner Up All Breed TOP DOG 2002
English Springer Spaniel Adamant's Superman
has been living up to his name through all his seven years! He has
reached most impressive line of Top Dog Placements since he was a
youngster and surprisingly ended without any efforts to 3. best
All Breed Top Dog 1997.
Next year went nicely too , and he finished the year as being 8.
best Top Dog All Breeds, though he was in such age when young
males just needs time to mature to complete the picture.
Adamant's Superman was 3. best dog in Finland of
All Breeds already at 2 years age 1997!
Year 1999 we did first time concentrate in trying to reach the very
best top and in the end of the year the magnificient final result
was that Onni went to honourable RUNNER UP TOP DOG 1999
placement, beaten only by 2 tiny little points!
Next year 2000 we decided to forget all about point counting, but
just to enjoy showing him as he was finally in full bloom with
everything he has got. In the beginning of the year we knew he will
fly to Australia for a year. So we enjoyed of the first part of the
year with him in Finnish show rings and it all AGAIN went even much
better than expected, as he was at the time when he left the country
suddenly so very strong number 1. leader of all breed Top Dogs!
We did not even consider though to change plans which were done
and so he left the country just two months before point counting was
ending. Probably it had been quite an easy win for him in the end
but never mind, point countings are just mathematics and nothing to
compare to unforgettable moments in show ring itself.
He arrived back Finland 11.10.01 and then he made just two days
later the legendary and most spectacular comeback in Finnish show
ring as winning the great Oulu International all breed show
where all the other Finnish Top Dogs were trying to catch the final
points of that show year! He really was "the King" of that Show, as
he 'took it all': Best in Show, progeny BIS and was proudly
leading our breeder group to BIS!!!He was in his most superb
show mood and could have been running around the ring until next
Just to get him back after a year and enjoy such magic performance
of him when he really made his presence felt was one of those most
unforgettable moments with him in shows through years.
Next period of Top Dog year begun also just splendid: in Jyväskylä
about 4000 entry international show he went to Runner Up BIS,
being the Best Finnish dog in that show as the BIS was a
Rottweiler from Russia. It was actually not meaning to 'participate'
in Top Dog competition anymore with an aging dog but things in show
ring just went like he continued his unbelievable success story as
winning even more than before!!!
Suddenly we noticed he was anyhow every now and then the Current
Leader of Top Dogs, though we did not run that much in distant
shows as we did year 1999. And finally we put him to 5 week holiday
too in the end part of summer time. Though he was still Number 1.
Top Dogjust a little time before last show, we did knew he lost
his chance to retain this position on the critical moment 16 days
before last show, when I got a call to work from a friend and heard
that the last show to count had finally after all found after yet
more re-re-re checkings their entry not being the earlier confirmed
one 2480 but 2517..which was making the hopes of show committee true
to their satisfaction (pointing to their advance advertisements in
public internet) as letting the honour with this entry for this show
first time to be the last "important point show" one (over 2500
makes a show to important class with Top Dog point counting in
On that very day friends got a message 'Game Over for Onni'.. and I
was not wrong in the end. I knew I had to leave for more important
appointment far away abroad on the crucial weekend. Everything went
about as expected then in the last show, though for Onni it did go a
slightly better than I expected as he managed to get Group-4
placement. I was well updated via mobile phone all weekend through
though I was in 2000 km distance. I also got the information that
loudspeakers had all Sunday long talked how that show is the "crucial
important one" as the Top Dog competition final is done there. It
surely was sounding pretty exciting for the public, but to Onni's
handler not so.
But it was a nice thing to get such a possibility to send him there
though; in such situation you must of course try the best you can
and see what will the last chance give, when miracles can some time
happen though. But this all doesn't make any piece of shadow at all
over Onni's unforgettable magnificient achievements through all
these years. Probably not any other dog in Finland ever has been so
many times so close to be Number 1, nor has been so highly placed in
Top Dog through all lifespan. This all surely makes him to one of
the legendary show dogs all time in our country's show history.
Much more important than points or any placements has been to be the
lucky one (together with his co owners Tiina and Darren), who has
got the opportunity to live with this exceptional once in life time
dog. His most appealing personality and all experiences that we have
went through together with him during his life time has made him
such a dear beloved friend, who most probably will still follow me
everywhere I go, even back to shows and so he will be shown first
time as a veteran in one of his and my favourite shows: Jyväskylä
Most heartfelt thanks to all those friends who have been living
with in all these exciting moments of the gone year and have
encouraged us when needed and given all the great highly
appreaciated help in all kind of things in this venture.
Big congratulations to all great and stunning Top Dog competition
winners, Top Breeders and Top Veterans!!! It is a year to remember
sure for everyone!
Onni's impressive show achievements shortlisted are so far:
124 x Best of Breed
74 x Best of Group
15 x Best in Show
17 Runner Up Best in Show
Spaniel of The Year in Finland 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003
3. in Top Dog All Breeds 1997
8. in Top Dog All Breeds 1998
Runner Up (2.) in Top Dog All Breeds 1999
5. in Top Dog All Breeds 2000
Runner Up Top Dog All Breeds 2002
3. in Top Dog Veteran All Breeds 2004
The Show Springer of The Year in Finland 1996-2003
Onni has got a lot of fans and friends all over the world.
We will kindly thank everyone who have emphatized his unforgettable
Onni with co owner Darren Skipworth
and Irish Glynn in Australia year 2001 after BIG win
Onni with Bea Gunn in Crufts 2002
Onni with Yiannis Vlachos from Greece in Crufts 2002
One of the most unforgettable highlights of the year was
when Onni won the great Porvoo all breeds BIS!