Conformation shows in 17 locations all across the continental United States and in Alaska and Hawaii close next Wednesday. Although a Group show as opposed to an all-breed event, the Great Western Terrier Association of Southern California’s back-to-back shows are among those closing. Last year we had a story about the history of this iconic show and one of its founders, Margaret Young Renihan. Great Western is, of course, limited to Terriers and is held at the Queen Mary Events Park in Long Beach, Calif. It’s a terrific event.

Great Western’s all Terrier show is held at the Queen Mary Events Park, overlooking the city of Long Beach, Calif., and the Pacific Ocean. Photo by Kitten Rodwell.

The Orlando Cluster, which begins with the Central Florida Working Group Association show and four specialties on Thursday, June 20, 2013, followed by three all-breed shows, will take place at the Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orlando. Friday after Best in Show, friends of Bill Cunningham will gather for refreshments and to remember Bill. Everyone who would like to join in is welcome.

This year the Brevard, Central Florida and Space Coast Kennel Clubs, in cooperation with Purina, will present the 12th annual Breeder’s Showcase after BIS on Saturday, with a buffet dinner during the competition. All entrants must be breeder-handled, and prizes will be awarded for Best Puppy and Best Adult in Breeder’s Showcase, as well as four placements in each Group in the two divisions. Best in Breeder’s Showcase will be selected from the Best Puppy and Best Adult winners. What a great way to encourage breeders to bring out the dogs they’re proud to have bred.

The Orlando Cluster also includes an eye clinic, and the clubs offer free coffee and donuts for exhibitors each morning as well as snacks during Group judging.

In conjunction with the two Hawkeye Kennel Club all-breed shows, held Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23, in Iowa City, Iowa, Pat Trotter will conduct the “Made to Move” seminar, billed as a combination of the best of “bonehead anatomy” and “locomotion for dummies,” and designed to teach fanciers everything they need to know about correct canine structure and movement. As I’ve mentioned here previously, Pat is one of our sport’s best teachers, so if you’re close enough to get to this seminar you should do so. If it were within four hours of me, I’d be going myself. It would be well worth the effort.

Talk about a club with a lot going on at its shows… the Macomb Kennel Club packs a big punch to go along with its back-to-back shows, held at the Armada Fairgrounds in Armada, Mich., about an hour north of Detroit.

In addition to Best Veteran and Best Bred-by-Exhibitor competition, the weekend offers competition for the AKC Owner-Handler series as well as, on Sunday, Best Junior Handler in Cluster. There will be four obedience and rally trials, heart, eye and patella clinics, microchipping, semen collection, AKC Canine Good Citizen testing and a B match on Friday evening. And perhaps the most appealing draw is the fact that Otterhound fancier Jack McIlwaine will be on hand all weekend with his Caveman’s Kitchen smoked meats and other yummy treats, and offers dinner both Friday and Saturday nights. On top of the deliciousness he’ll bring, 10 percent of the proceeds from dinner on Saturday night will generously be donated to Take the Lead.

Two more all-breed clubs will help Take the Lead that same weekend. The Anoka County Minnesota KC and the Cambridge Minnesota KC, along with several specialty clubs, host the four-day Summer Solstice Cluster at the Isanti County Fairgrounds in Cambridge, Minn., June 20 through 23. On Thursday night after Best in Show, the cluster holds a fun match to benefit Take the Lead. Foundation Stock Service breeds are welcome to enter, and there will be an FSS Group competition as well.

Another benefit hosted by the Anoka County club will take place on Friday evening on the fairgrounds with burgers, brats, tater salad and other great summer picnic fare along with live music from the Workin’ Dogs band. Gift baskets will be raffled off, and all proceeds, including from attendance tickets, will go to the American Cancer Society. It sounds like a really terrific way to give to a good cause while also celebrating the beginning of summer with dog friends and family.

In addition to the specialties for Min Pins, Shar-Pei and Poodles, concurrent specialties for Dobermans, Chows and Weimaraners will take place during this cluster, giving fanciers in those breeds extra opportunities to earn points on their dogs. There will be a ring stewarding seminar on Wednesday evening (how clever!), and, on Saturday, a microchip clinic and a police dog demonstration by Isanti County Sherriff deputies. Friday and Saturday will find lure-coursing tests and trials at the Rockhart Ranch in nearby Princeton, hosted by the Greater Twin Cities Afghan Hound Club.

The Clackamas KC, whose all-breed shows and obedience and rally trials will take place June 21 through 23 at the Clackamas County Event Center in Canby, Ore., is celebrating its 25-year anniversary. The four-day event will include 16 specialties, two all-breed shows, 4-to-6 Month Puppy and Best Veteran competition. The club has maintained a low entry fee for Junior Showmanship of just $10, and also offers Meet the Breeds, eye and heart clinics, canine reproduction services, microchipping and an armband drawing for exhibitors.

One of the most talked about clusters of the past few years also closes on June 5, and next week I’ll have an article dedicated to Oklahoma City’s Summer Classic, right here on Best In Show Daily.

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