Senior Editor Christi McDonald shares her take on how owner-handlers can beat the professionals at their own game. Christi cites examples of hardworking owners who have leveled the playing field without waiting for it to be leveled for them. Find out which of this year’s owner-handled dogs are currently at the top of their game.
Blogger-in-Chief Billy Wheeler is heading to Greeley, Colo., next month. He’ll be setting up shop at Island Grove Regional Park for four days of all-breed, limited-breed and specialty shows. A plethora of Hounds will be on hand, accompanied by the Gordon Setters and Spinoni Italiani expected to compete at their breeds’ specialty events.
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My Take: Leveling the Playing Field
By Christi McDonald
So often in the dog sport today we hear exhibitors lament that they don’t win as often as they “should” because professional handlers have the advantage and it’s almost impossible to beat them. When given the opportunity to express their point of view, some owner-handlers complain that AKC isn’t doing enough to “level the playing field” so that owner-handlers have an equal chance of success. more
Going to Greeley
By Billy Wheeler
I spent a good chunk of my childhood in the suburbs of Denver CO. The 1950s were time of innocence (and ignorance) in the United States and Denver was a perfect example of the era. Neat rows of newly built houses dotted a clean, crisp landscape. The air was still clean in Denver at that time and every window offered magnificent views of mountains. My father was an avid fisherman and hunter and we made frequent trips into the mountains. I saw my first Grizzly and Pronghorn Antelope while in Colorado and caught my first trout in the cold, clear streams. more