Why Attend a Dog Show?
Major dog shows on TV attract millions of viewers. The Bluegrass Classic Dog Shows consists of 5 days of dog showing with approximately 150 breeds represented. For $5 per vehicle for show admission and $3 collected at the entrance to the Kentucky Horse Park for parking in the park, spectators can be entertained by watching judging, talking to people with various breeds and shopping our vendors.
Have you seen a breed you are interested in seeing close up? The Classic presents a “Meet the Breeds” session on Saturday and Sunday to provide an opportunity to get close up and personal with various breeds. Spectators can talk to their owners and find out more about a breed. Wander through the grooming areas to see what more breeds look like. If their groomers aren’t busy, you can ask questions. Always ask before attempting to pet any dog. Every breed has a standard by which every dog is judged when competing and each breed has its own distinctive characteristics. Judging Starts: Thursday 9:00 am; Friday through Sunday 8:00 am. Conformation rings are on the main arena floor and on the concourse. Toy Breeds
will be judged upstairs in the exhibition hall. Each ring will have a posted list of breeds being judged in that ring. A list of breeds, rings and times will be posted on this site once entries are confirmed.
Obedience and Rally, which are performance-based classes begin at the same times as the conformation classes and are located in the ring off the main arena floor in the back part of the building. Signs will be posted.(see http://www/akc.org/dog_shows_trials/obedience/index.cfm )
After breed judging, group judging begins in the main arena. Times are posted at the superintendent’s table which is located at the far end of the main arena. The groups may be judged in different order each day. You can see the best dog of each breed in group judging such as i.e. Sporting or Terrier. A judge will choose 1st through 4th in a group. The dogs which win their group are then eligible for Best in Show. Best In Show judging finishes the day with one dog being declared the winner for the day. The process is repeated each day. Food is available at concessions run by the Kentucky Horse Park catering. Choices include hot dogs and hamburgers and selections from their fresh market menu.
Wear comfortable clothing. The Alltech arena is air conditioned. Leave your dog at home. Un-entered dogs are not allowed in the building. The parking lots are hot and dogs cannot be legally left in a car which can become overheated and
potentially result in death to the animal. Dogs or puppies are not sold at shows. Reputable breeders are present who can be contacted later. Catalogs list owners and addresses of entered dogs. Vendors with many dog related items will have
booths around the ring and on the concourse. Items sold include dog artwork, t-shirts, dog toys, beds, leashes and collars, crates and exercise pens, cleaning supplies for dogs, clothing for dogs and people, etc. Many items sold feature different breeds. Often vendors offer discounted show prices for select merchandise, and remember that on large items like crates and exercise pens you might also save on shipping.
IS YOUR DOG A CANINE GOOD CITIZEN?
If your dog is socialized with people, dogs and different situations, you may want to consider entering the Canine Good Citizen (CGA) testing on Sunday during the Northern Kentucky Kennel Club Show. All purebred breeds may be entered and all-American dogs which are registered with the AKC. Check out the entry form in the premium list for this show at www.onofrio.com. Also see information about CGC at the AKC website www.akc.org. For more information about dog shows visit the AKC website link below.