The Amish Challenge - Sweepstake Event

EXCITING NEW EVENT to be held as part of 2016 Eukanuba Dog Show Week

A new event to New Zealand will be held at the 'Eukanuba Fuji Xerox' Prelude on 29 September, 2016 at McLeans Island in Christchurch. Named the 'Amish Challenge' it is a sweepstakes event which has previously been held at selected shows throughout Australia. This will be the first year it has been held in New Zealand.

To be eligible to participate in the competition the dog must be owned and handled by its breeder. Three cash prizes totalling $2,000 are on offer as generously sponsored by Sue Huebner of ‘Cordmaker’ Pulis. The winning prize is $1,000 and there are also First and Second ‘Awards of Merit’ with prize money of $500 each.

Judges will be selected from the Prelude Judges panel on the day.
Prelude Judges... Timothy Catterson (USA), Ulla Greenwood (Australia), Dr Juan Rivera (Uruguay), Rafael Alcrudo (Spain), Sally Stasytis (Australia), Maureen Henley (Australia), Peter King (Australia), Julio Rueda (Uruguay).


The 'Amish Challenge' was first conducted in New South Wales, Australia in 2009 and then expanded into Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania, ACT, South Australia and has been held at some of these areas most prestigious events.

This award is named after the Hungarian Puli, Australian Grand Champion, Canadian and American BIS and BISS Champion, Cordmaker Mississippi Mud - 'Amish'. (see photo)
Amish left Australia with 37 Best in Show awards and ranked No 2 All Breeds. He was campaigned in Canada and America with similar results and had a career total of 80 Best in Shows to his credit. ‘Amish’ was a great ambassador for his breed around the world and also helped to raise international awareness of the quality of pure bred dogs being produced in Australasia.

The award, in his memory, honours those breeders who both own and show their own dogs. The breeder/owner/handler is a great characteristic of the dog sport in New Zealand and Australia and is something that this award seeks to recognise.

RULES (General)

  1. The competing dog must be breeder/owner/handled
  2. To enter the Amish Stakes you must have entered one of the classes in the Prelude Show.
  3. If the dog is coined it must be the breeder who handles the dog and such breeder must also be one of the registered owners.
  4. The breeder is the person/s whose is name is attached to the prefix at the time the litter was officially registered with the respective Canine Controlling body. If the prefix is later transferred to other parties, it is the date of registration of the litter that determines the dog’s eligibility for the competition. If the prefix is in co-ownership, multiple dogs belonging to that prefix maybe entered but, each must be owner/breeder/ handled.
  5. Any KENNEL PREFIX that has won this event, anywhere in New Zealand/Australia, is not eligible to enter the event again (Note, it is the PREFIX that is excluded from further competition.)