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December 15th

No shows for us last week end, but still, big succes for the Menuel Galopin flag...

  • In Helsinki winner show 08 (biggest all bred show in Finland - 70 afghans entered, included 27 champions - judge Rainer Vuorinen), the supreme win, with BOB , CAC CACIB and Winner 08, went to the Ch. Polo son, Neliapilan Hei Melennetään. He was group 3rd winner later... His litter brother Neliapilan Hevillä Ei Hävitä got the RCAC ! Both of them entered in intermediaire class...
  • Still in Helsinki, BOS, with the CAC CACIB and Winner 08, went to the Ch. Tancrede daugther (from the open class) Mandinah Hopeless Whisper , who became finish champion !
  • In Germany, another Ch. Polo son, Ch Popovs Thunder and Lightning finished his international title and won the Group 1st in Kassel (judge Dr Pepper)
  • Still in Germany, the Ch. Polo daugther Ch. Esme del Ghyryo ended the year as number one afgan in Germany 2009 !!!

Some photos from Helsinki :

Moses on the right, Estelle on the left, both, owner-handled,

Moses in the group competition.

December 8th

A new champion title for Ch. Trouble under Martina Kempken guidance : In Wells, he was awarded his last CAC (over a champion class of 6 males), CACIB, BOB (judge G. Ehrenreich / A) and later GROUP 1st (judge B. Kavcic / SLO). This austrian title is Trouble 13th Championship title !

Pictured with Mr Ehrenreich, Trouble winning BOB and Olivia Newton John Gandamak being awarded BOS.

December 6th

What a special day in Rouen yesterday ! That was the last show of the year under M. Hermel judgments : Ch. Variance won another CACIB BOB and second in the group over some top sighthounds. Her brother Ch. Voltaire was awarded the CACIB BOS. From the intermediaire class, the baby girl Capucine got the CAC and later the RCACIB, which gives her first CACIB ! Congratulations for Figaro del Ghyryo, (Ch. Tancrede son for getting the dog RCACIB (that he can use as Voltaire is already international champion). That is his second CACIB in a few weeks.

December 1st

Ch. Variance took her children to the Winner show in Amsterdam to give them their first show lesson... The two girls turned out to be very talented pupils : Castafiore won the Amsterdam jr winner title 2008 and Capucine was awarded the intermediaire class, just 15 months old (minimun age for that class). Mum won the champion class and got the RCAC RCACIB. How lovely to see the mum and the two daughters among the four best bitches of the show !!! Clumsy brother Coup de coeur was 3rd in his class. The judge was David Allan (Sp).

Far south, their brother Jr Ch. Clovis was entered at the 3 days event shows in Zagreb for his first intermediaire class... All 3 days, he won his class and came back with... 3 CACs !!! He has everything to become croatian champion... except the one year required between the first and the 4th ticket !

Direction north now : the other brother Carre d'as was RBOB at a open show under Penny Thompson.

In France, Ch. Alycya was BOS in Martigues under H. Huygues Despointes.

November 25th

Congratulations to the Ch. Polo sons from Neliapilan in Finland : Jedi (Neliapilan Hevilla Ei Havita) won a big BOB over 63 afghans last week end (also with the CAC and CACIB wins) under judge Carolyne Allward-Chebsey (GB). At 20 months old, Jedi, Moses (Hei Me Lennetaan) and Halti (Hyva Haltia) are already multi CAC winners. Jedi and Halti are also both CACIB-winners. Jedi is Lithuanian Junior Champion and Baltic Junior Winner -08.

November 13th

Last week end in Stuttgard, Ch. Tancrede became german champion with the CAC and CACIB win under O. Knauber (D).

See the new pictures of him

See also the new picture of Jarmo

November 5th

Two pictures of Ch. Variance winning the group 1st in Nantes last week

November 4th

Ch. Thor won the CAC and CACIB in Hannover last week end (judge W. Schwerme Hahne).

October 30th

New picture of Ch. Adele

October 27th

Enormous succes for the Menuel Galopin team at Nantes double int'l shows this week end.

On saturday, the judge was R. Kadike Skadina from Latvia. Ch. Parce Que was shown for the second time in France this year (after winning the group 1st at the french championship), and won the CACIB BOB over 6 champion class. Ch. Variance was awarded the CACIB and BOS. Both Reserves went to Ch. Voltaire and Ch. Une. Junior BOB went to Charles-Henri shown for the very first time...

On Sunday, the judge was O. Knauber (Germany) who gave the CACIB BOB to Ch. Variance and the BOS with the CACIB to her brother Ch. Voltaire. Later on, Ch. Variance won the very competitive group 1st.

October 13th

Well done Ch. Voltaire : he was awarded the CACIB, BOB and group 3rd at Orleans yesterday. The judges were D. Miller (USA) for the breed and G. Veiga (P) for the group.

October 8th

Back from the european championship show in Budapest : Clovis won the junior title under Carla Molinari over a very competitive junior class. His mum Ch. Variance ended 3rd in champion class (judge JL Pinto Texeira)

(photo N. Nevrev)

More pictures to come very soon...

September 27th

Let me introduce you our new friend coming from Finland. He is offcially called Ingenue O' Menuel Galopin (Jarmo). He was bred and is owned by Leena Rönhovde Juslin. His is a son of Polo out of the beautifull ch. Boanne´s Catwalk O´Verpatsha. Beside his many qualities, Jarmo has a fantastic temperament and I am sure he will be a main actor in the Menuel Galopin future. Thanks so much Leena for that boy...

September 25th

See some new pictures of Ch. Voltaire and Charlotte

September 21th

Busy and succesful week end in Le Touquet : On saturday was held the Eurosighthound show with Roberta Hall (GB) judging the bitches and Jean Austin (USA) judging the dogs... On sunday, we had the FALAPA show, our french national club show with the same judges for opposite sex. Ch. Variance had a great week end, winning BOS both days over a very tough and international competition. That was also her daugther Capucine first steps in a ring : shown only saturday, she won the eurosighthound junior title and went jr BOB. First show and first title !!!

Our other dogs did also well :

Further on her big current show succeses, Ch. Variance is very proud of her children first shows recently : Coup de Coeur, shown in Holland for the first time won the breed, group 1st and 4th in the BIS. Carre d'as won another junior class in England...

September 8th

It is with great sadness that I had to say goodbye to Ch. Mario Boss last week, a few months before his 13th birthday. Beyond his very succesfull carreer (15 champion titles, included two FCI european championship) and his fantastic producing ability (sire of 25 champions in only 8 litters - probably a european record), Mario was the most lovely dog and easy to live with. He spend the half of his life in Moscow and came back to live with me in 2002 when his beloved owner Marina passed. I have always read in his eyes, until the end, how much he missed her. They are back together.

Pictured with Marina and me, after winning the group 1st at the european championship show 2000

Mario, 2 years old

Last photo of Mario, at the 2007 FALAPA, shown in the +11yo veteran class.. THe judge wrote in his critic that he had the best construction of the day.

September 7th

Very succesfull german week end for Ch. Thor who collected two CAC BOB and a SBIS. First show was on saturday in EILENBURG under Martha Heine and second show was on sunday in TRAUTSKIRCHEN under Uwe Fischer.

August 31th

Another excellent week end for Ch. Variance : she collected two more CACIBs in Evian (on saturday, under H. Muller) and in La Roche Sur Foron (on sunday, under L. Pichard).

Congratulations for the two Xciting Polo daughters for their latest wins : "Julia", Xciting Feel Free To Stare, became Danish and International Champion in Vejen, Denmark. She was awarded CAC, CACIB and BOS. Judge Mrs. Dianne Besoff (Aust). Her litter sister "Ester" was awarded R-CACIB.

August 11th

Carré d'As (Ace) won Best Puppy at the Bournemouth championship show on august 9th under Jan Fielder judgments.

August 7th

Some very Xciting news from the two Ch. Polo swedish daughters :

Xciting Feel Free To Stare (Julia) is a new Finnish Champion with BOB and BOG-4 in Turku, Finland, 26th of July!

Her litter sister, Xciting Stare N' Whisper (Ester) became a new Swedish Champion with BOS, 2nd of August in Svenstavik! The following day at the same place, first time out in Championclass BOB CACIB and BOG in pooring rain all day! (Breederjudge Pirkko Konttinen, kennel Tuohi-Tikan, Finland). Esther is Polo's 12th champion child !

August 4th

See some new pictures of Ch. Alycya and Ch. Ulrick...

August 3rd

New champion title for Ch. Adele. She finished her VDH title in Cloppenburg today with the BOS win under B. Marki (Ch).

Another win for Ch. Alycya at the afghan specialty in Brive under G. Mensencal, who awarded her the CACIB and BOS.

Last week end, Ch. Thor earned 4 CACs (in 4 shows) during the Split show week end. He got also the group 1st on the first day (pictured).

July 27th

Some very fresh news from Le Puy (F), today : Ch. Ulrick won the BOB and the GROUP 1st, owner handled. At that show, the BOS went to Ch. Alycya. The judge was JL Brassat Lapeyriere.

Another important win in Riga for Ch. Olaf who was BOS and veteran BOB. Later he won the veteran all breed BIS and the breeder stud class all breed BIS too !!! Judges was AM. Klepp (N) and MC Delabelle (B).

Congratulations to Eric (Gezancol Enrique), a Ch. Turenne son for his Junior Warrant title at the AHA championship show under A. Patton.

July 17th

First show in England... and first success : Carré d'As (Ace) won the puppy class (8 in his class) at his first open show and ended as Puppy GROUP 1st winner !

My apologizes for Ch. Ultan owners... His win in Ustron did finish his polish title !!! Well done for another champion title for the boy !

Big congratulations for Gezancol Simone (Ch. Turenne daughter) for winning the RCC at the East of England championship show, being only 1 year old...

Some late congratulations for Neliapilan Hei Me Lennetään, a Ch. Polo son who won junior BIS at the finish national last month

Here is a new picture of Capucine, 10 months old...

July 12th

Some very late news...

  • Ch. Olaf did it ONE MORE TIME : at 10.5 yo, he won the BOB, GROUP 1st and was placed 4th in the BIS line-up at the international show in Parnu (Est) from the veteran class, over a big champion class. The judge was Harto Stockmari from Finland. Have a look at these pictures... They should make proud all Ch. Olaf children, grand children and great grand children !!!!!
  • On july 6th, Ch. Alycya added another BOB win to her crown at Pierrelate (F) under J.L. Brassat Lapeyriere
  • The same day, Ch. Ultan came back to the rings after a very long break and won the CAC BOB and Group 2nd at the polish show in Ustron. he is one CAC from his polish title.

June 30th

Ch. Variance won another CACIB BOB... She is unbeated in champion class this year so far, winning 4 CACIBs out of 5 shows ! Her litter brother Ch. Voltaire won also the CACIB with the BOS. The show was in La Rochelle and the judge was J. Homen de Mello (P)

The same day, their father Ch. Trouble got another german CAC in Hannover under N. Harend. He is in the waiting time for his german title

June 25th

Carré d'As is gone to his new home in England with his father Hadley. Here are a few pictures of him before leaving.

June 16th

Second int'l show in Riga yesterday : Ch. Olaf did it one more time ! He went best male and BOS (over a champion class of 6 males) and ended as Veteran BIS 2nd. The judge was G. Veiga (P).

June 15th

Some wonderfull news coming from Int'l show in Riga, where Ch. Olaf won the BOB (over 20 afghans) and Group 2nd (judges R. Kadike and G. Veiga)... Frome the veteran class at 10.5 years old !!! He won also Veteran BIS2nd

Congratulations to Ch. Adele who finished her german champion title last week end in Weferlinger under G. Bodegard

June 10th


At the french championship in Lyon, Ch. Polo won the BOB and GROUP 1st for the second year in a row, at the age of 9 Years old ! The judge was JL Lemouzy (F)(for the breed) and J. Vuorinen (SF) (for the group).

See the pictures of that event:

June 5th

My new painting website is on line : www.martialrobin.fr

Some of the afghan paintings will be exhibited at the SAFA show in Helsinki this week end.

June 1st

New international champion : Ch. Ulrick finnished his international title in Torino (Italie) today, with the CAC CACIB and BOB win under L. Nikitina (Russia). Congratulations to owner-handler Lionnel Gauthier !

May 31th

Clovis was the first puppy from my last litter to be shown. In Slovenia, he was awarded the BOB over the adult competition from the junior class. The judge was M. Urosevic. In the main ring, he ended junior Group 1st and 3rd in the adult group X !

May 30th

As a breeder, nothing is more valuable than the successes of my dogs as sires : Many congratulations for the breeders and the owners of these dogs for their recent wins :

  • Emir Del Ghyryo (a Ch. Polo son) won the CAC CACIB BOB Group 1st and BIS 4 at Wieze under R. Reyniers, while the young Farah Del Ghyryo (a Ch. Tancrède daughter) was awarded the bitch CAC CACIB, both from the open class, over multi champion competition,
  • Jedi, the first Neliapilan Ch. Polo son (one year old) to get a finish CAC,
  • Ch. Xciting Feel free to Stare (the Ch. Polo daughter) to ad the norvegian championship to her crown,
  • Enka Del Ghyryo (another Ch. Polo daughter) to win her german CAC at Issum (under M. Muller),
  • The very competitive Mandinah new gang (out of Ch. Tancrede for their many wins : At less than 18 months, 3 of them are CAC or CACIB winners, with two being already in the waiting time for their swedish champion title !

I am very sad to announce the passing of the two last Ch. Habanera daugthers : Ch. Lady L. and Ch. Lulu L. died one month ago, a few weeks before their 13th birthday.

May 14th

ALL BREED RBIS over 2600 dogs entered in Saint Brieuc last week end ! That was Ch. Variance big brag. She won the CACIB BOB and Group 1st under M.M. Lombard and was awarded the RBIS under C. Mery. Her littermate Ch. Voltaire got the dog CACIB and BOS.

Pictured winning the RBIS

Pictured winning the group 1st

May 4th

Some more german news : Ch. Tonnerre is already in the waiting time for his german champion title. He won 2 CAC the last 3 days : On may 1st, he was awarded the CAC under M.C. Delabelle (B) in Eilenburg. On may 3rd, he got the CAC BOB at Stendal under H. Munsterman.

April 29th

Congratulations to the Polo son Ch. Ermes del Ghyryo who become new German and VDH champion with the BOB win at the Haan Hochdahl specialty show last week end.

April 6th

I am very happy to announce that Alycya became a multi champion yesterday ! At the same show, she finished her international title (in one year and one week !!!) and her Monaco champion title (one of the rarer title... as you need 2 CAC to become champion in that country where they organize only one show a year !). She won the CAC CACIB BOB under sighthound specialist Espen Engh, over some top winning competition, owner-handled.

April 1st

2 years after being clipped down, Ch. Tonnerre came back in the rings with a CAC win at his first german show. That was in Berlin last saturday, under G. Ehrenreich (A).

March 30th

Back from the Luxembourg Spring championship show... with two new champion titles : Ch. Trouble won the CAC CACIB and BOB (58 afghans entered, included 22 champions). His daughter Ch. Variance was awarded the CAC CACIB and BOS. The judge was R. Kadike Skadina (Lv). Both pictured (by Irene Claesen) with the judge after the BOB decision :

The successful week end goes on in Angers today with Ch. Une winning the CACIB and BOB. The dog CACIB and BOS went to Ch. Voltaire. All these wins under Mrs Kluniece judgments (Lv).

March 25th

Ch. Trouble won the CACIB in Leeuwarden (NL) yesterday under Mr Tahar (Croatia). Ch. Adele was awarded the RCACIB.

Her litter sister Alycya got the CAC BOS at Frejus (first of the 3 mediteranean shows) yesterday under P. Renard.

Here is the first very impressive stacking pictures of the Polo puppies at Sheralji kennel (SF)...

March 18th

BOB winner (and group 2nd) from the veteran class over top champion classes??? Yes, that was Ch. Olaf last week end at the Vilnius int'l winner show in Lithuania under Rita Reyniers (B). He was handled to that exceptional win by Jurijs Geidons . Who can expect that dog to be more than 10 years old? Everybody can expect his breeder to be so proud of him? He is indeed !

March 17th

Big Congratulations to the Ch. Tancrede son Mandinah Horizon, who won the CAC and CACIB at the Malmo (S) int'l show yesterday. He won this award over many champions at the tender age of 15 months old (judge Mr Seymour - Aust). His litter sister (NordJw07 Mandinah Hopeless Whisper) won the Reserve CAC.

March 12th

CRUFTS 2008 report : We had a very nice day at Birmingham last week end. A few minutes before entering the ring, I was given the beautifull Ch. Turenne daughter JODAK ASTRA COMICAL WITH TAMAREESHA JW to handle. The girl did cooperate very well with that unknown "grand father" and ended with her Post graduate class win... and the prestigious CRUFTS CC award, beating some + 150 bitches !!! The judge was Mary Davies.

Ch. Parce Que ended 2nd veteran (out of 20) and Ch. Trouble 3rd in open class (out of 21 dogs, mostly champions)...

See some pictures of that great event :

March 5th

Another champion title this week end : Miss Ch. Adele became a new international Champion, right after the one year waiting time required. She won the CAC CACIB BOB and GROUP 1st in Zagreb under afghan breeder judge Lotte Jorgensen.

The day before, she also won the CAC RCACIB (after Martina's girl Ch. Nightwind Many Good Things, who finished her international title as well !). That day, our Ch. Trouble got the CAC CACIB and BOB ! Very good week end for you Martina !!!

See both Ch. Trouble (on saturday) and Ch. Adele (on sunday) both winning BOB :

February 24th

Now, you can call him CHAMPION! Rarely been shown, Ch. Ulrick finnished his swiss champion title in grand style, winning the CAC and the CACIB In Fribourg today (42 afghans entered) under Judge M. Seymour (Aust.). He was handled by his proud owner Lionnel. Ch. Ulrick is a multi CACIB winner in France and Switzerland. He only needs a third country CACIB win to get his international title as well.

Ulrick is Ch. Parce Que's 10th champion ofspring. The same day, The beautifull Ch. Mario Boss daughter CH. Bahiya d'Abd El Shiraz won her 4th CAC and became also swiss champion !

Welcome to the world... for that new Ch. Parce Que litter in Finland. The 6 puppies are out of Sheralji True Angel and the breeder is Marja Saurikoski (email)

February 17th

Ch. Trouble was awarded the RCAC in Rheinberg (D) under Olaf Knauber (D) yesterday.

Recently, there has been two very interesting litters out of my dogs in Finland :

  • At Neliapilan kennel, 3 weeks ago, Ch. Neliapilan Jukebox delivered a litter of 10 puppies out of Ch. Trouble.
  • At Ingenue kennel, last week, Ch. Boanne's Catwalk O'Verpatsha delivered 9 puppies out of Ch. Parce Que.

For further details, get in touch directly to Neliapilan or Ingenue. Good luck for these two litters...

Here there are!!! The Ch. Variance children are already 6 months old. They have their own page on that site today... The same for the two Ch. Tara sons... Click on the photo. (photos P. Bukowczan)

February 11th

Niort int'l was Ch. Variance first show since her litter 6 months ago : she won the CACIB under C. Voilet... and her litter brother Ch. Voltaire was awarded the dog CACIB. Congratulations to the Ch. Parce Que granddaughter Popovs She Rocks for her BOB win from the junior class!

Congratulations to the Ch. Tancrede daughter Farah Del Ghyryo... She ends her junior carreer with her luxembourg and dutch junior ch. titles and the junior wins at Brussels, Donaueschingen and eurosightound show 07 !

February 6th

Congratulations to the beautifull Astirkalis Naf Naf. This +10 years old Ch. H' le Viking daughter finished her international champion title In Padova last week end. Two months ago, she had already won another CACIB BOB (over 40 afghans !) in Germany. Last year, Naf Naf was 2nd in the veteran class at Crufts. Well done Deborah !

February 4th

Yesterday, in Zaragossa (Spain), Ch. Vandale won the spanish championship point with the CAC RCACIB under R. De Santiago... and became new spanish champion !

January 27th

Second german CAC in two days for Ch. Adele. That was in Castrop-Rauxel (D). She is now in the waiting time for her german champion title. Thanks for Michaela For handling her to that win. (picture Michaela)

Same day, far south, her litter sister Ch. Alycya was awarded her 3rd spanish CAC (in 4 shows) under M. Blumell (A).

January 26th

Today, in Castrop-Rauxel (D), Ch. Adele was awarded another CAC BOB under swiss judge E. Clerc.

January 21th

Ch. Thor won both days in Porto (Port. championship show) with the CAC BOB on saturday and the CACIB CAC on sunday.

January 14th

Congratulations to Ch. Vandale for his CACIB and BOB win in Bordeaux yesterday, under C. Magre.

January 7th

First show of the year for Ch. Parce Que... and first BIS !!! that was in the veteran competition in Kajaani yesterday (+3600 dogs entered) under P. Behan judgments (Irl).

See his beautifull pictures after the judgments in the freezing far north :

January 6th

Happy new year 2008 for all my friends all over the world.

2007 has been another very outstanding year. For the 14th year in a row, Le Menuel Galopin is number one afghan kennel in France, even though, shown very few times.

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