6th anniversary breed specialty

Held on 14th April 2019

At Dogs NSW, Orchard Hills


Welcome to the information page for the 2019 specialty. 

We will provide information on this page, as it becomes available. 

Update: The show schedule has been published and entries have opened on Easy Dogs. 

Update: Reservations have opened for the breed lecture. 

We are currently seeking a critique writer for this show. This is a great opportunity for a trainee judge to have experience learning from a Finnish breed specialist. Please contact our show secretary if you are interested.  

For any questions regarding the show, please contact the Show Secretary on showsecretary@flcnsw.com.au

Kind regards,

Show Committee Team

Show Catalogue (incl. judge's critique)
Judges' Profiles

I am Mr Esa Ruotsalainen and live in southern Finland with my family and dogs. I am very active both in judging and breeding dogs. I became an authorized judge in 2010 and have since been appointed to over 120 shows in 10 different European countries. Spitz breeds are very close to my heart and I am involved in training both breeders and new judges for them in several breed clubs so practically all of my weekends are spent with canine activities. 

I have grown up with hunting Spitz breeds which we had at my childhood home. Later after moving to the city I acquired German Spitz Klein and had my first litter in 1997. Together with my wife we breed German Spitz Klein and Mittel, Pomeranian and Finnish Lapphund under Tirhan & Tempore prefixes.


The Finnish Kennel Club awards Vuolasvirta Prize for distinguished breeders and we have received it 4 different times. We also love dog shows and have gained over 120 International Champion titles to dogs bred or owned by us. Though, lately I've been more focused on judging.

Breed and Property Class Judge


I was born into the dog showing world in the mid 90s with my parents breeding, both German Shepherds and Bearded Collies, under the Hashima prefix.

In the late 90s my parents helped recognise the Portuguese Water Dog in Australia, owning/campaigning the 2000 Best of Breed (BoB) winner, Ch. Bluegrace Aunty Tess, at the Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide Royals.

I started competing in Junior Handlers as soon as I was old enough, in 2001, making the ACT & NSW state finals most years and the National Final (representing ACT) at 14 years of age in 2008.


I started campaigning a pug in the conformation ring in 2004, where we won multiple Best In Groups (BIG) and my first Runner Up Best In Show (RuBIS).


Since then, I have helped campaign multiple top, winning dogs in various groups, including MBIS BISS Ch. Oakcrest Rum Runner, who was the first ever, brown Bearded Collie to win BIS at the NSW Bearded Collie Specialty Show.


Currently I help campaign 4 dogs, in both the Working Dog and Gundog rings including:

Ch. Hillmagic Purple Haze AZ BsCl1 (GSD LSC)

Ch. Hillmagic Platinum Rain (GSD LSC)

Sup. Ch. Kabova The Wolf Among Us (Chesapeake Bay Retriever)

Ch. Kabova Dances With Wolves (Chesapeake Bay Retriever)


My involvement with Finnish Lapphunds only started in 2017, when I helped in and won a BOB run off at a Yass Kennel and Training Club show. I continued to help with more BOB & group run offs, with my best achievement being winning Bitch Challenge at the Spring Fair in 2017 with a Janoby bitch over much older competition.


In January 2019, I got my first Lapphund when Fiona, Royce & Kat Holtkamp offered me Nukka (Aust Ch. Ausvarg Dixie), which I gladly accepted, having loved her since I first ran her in a BOB run off.

I am still learning about the Finnish Lapphund as a breed but my love for them is growing more and more everyday.

Junior Handlers Judge

Caleb Fryar of Hashima Kennels


To assist with planning your trip, we have sourced a list of pet friendly accomodation near the venue. They are booking up quickly already, due to the Sydney Royal and annual breed specialties. If you find a venue is booked, please let us know so we can remove it from the list. 

Please do your own due diligence on prospective venues, particularly in relation to conditions and fees for pets. Also please note our show schedule has not been approved by Dogs NSW. 


Orchard Hills, NSW

Camping is available on site at the Dogs NSW grounds. 




Blacktown, NSW

5 bedrooms with fenced yard. Owner open to accepting pets, contact them to discuss. 




Kings Langley, NSW

3 bedroom house with yard. 




North Ryde, NSW

Serviced apartments located at North Ryde. Dogs allowed for $20 extra per dog per night.




Blacktown, NSW

6 bedroom house with yard. 




Bossley Park, NSW

1 bedroom granny flat. 




Luddenham, NSW

5 bedrooms with fenced yard. Owner open to accepting pets, contact them to discuss. 




Quakers Hill, NSW

2 bedroom house with yard. 



Show Sponsors
Award Sponsorship

Sponsor an award at the 2019 specialty. Shows are expensive for a club to run, especially bringing in an international breed specialist. Our sponsors kindly assist with offsetting some of these costs. We greatly appreciate this assistance from the community. As a token of our appreciation, each sponsor's name/kennel name/Lappies name will be listed as the sponsor in the show catalogue. We will also feature a photo of your Lappie below. This gallery stays live on our website until shortly after the show.  Sponsors names are then added to the gallery of winners on our website. 

To sponsor an award, please complete this form. Please allow up to one week for it to be processed by our webmaster.

Lunch Catering

We are organising a group order from Subway for lunch.

Order form coming soon.

All orders need to be received before 12th April 2019. 

The order will be collected and brought to the show grounds. 

Breed Lecture and Dinner

Mr. Ruotsalainen will deliver a breed lecture, to share his thoughts on the breed and provide comments from the days judging. This will be held at the Dogs NSW complex, shortly after the conclusion of judging and presentation.


The breed lecture will include light finger food, provided complimentary by the club. 

Trainee and qualified judges are welcome to join. 

Please RSVP to the breed lecture here. 


Photographer information coming soon


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