WUSB Switzerland 2017
One of our club highlights this past year was our tour to Martigny, Switzerland. Our tour group consisted of five club members, who to attended the WUSB conference, AGM, delegate meeting, Gala dinner and show.
We started our tour in Milan, visited Simplon Pass, Sion castle, Martigny, Chamonix with a tour to the top of Aguille du Midi at 3800m, Aosta, Hospice du Grand St Bernard and finally Venice. One of the highlights’ was the Parade through the streets of Martigny, on the day before the show.
270 Saint Bernards were entered into the world show! As usual the Swiss put on a fantastic event. Good food, Good Atmosphere and Good company.
In 2016 Kevin Young was nominated to the WUSB International Working Group which was proposed at the WUSB 2016. The first meeting of this new working group took place at the WUSB in Martigny, Switzerland. Representatives from USA, Czech Republic, Denmark and France form the full committee, which is chaired by the WUSB president. This group has been established to advise WUSB on various issues regarding Saint Bernards.
Next year the WUSB will be held in Bagnara di Romagna , Ravenna, Italy. The judges for the 2018 WUSB were voted for at the delegate meeting and our chairman Kevin Young was chosen to judge in Italy.
Our group then spent a week up in the Swiss Alps at the monastery. We were meet by Father Raphael Duchoud on the Monday for a personalized tour of the Hospice, Church and Crypt, which was very informative. On the Tuesday Sister Clair Jonard gave our group a guided tour through the Museum and temporary exhibition about Barry. And the highlight of our trip to the Hospice du Grand St Bernard was the hike with Cheyenne, a beautiful Saint Bernard. Deputy director of the Barry Foundation, Gabriel Friggiera came and spent a day with us walking in the mountains, through the streams and the snow, ending the morning with lunch at the Hotel Auberge.
Our last 2 days were spent in magical Venice sipping wine in Marks square and visiting various churches and historical buildings. A great time was had by all.