June 29, 2012 Subscribe

Focus on the Breed Ring, plus On-Site in Oklahoma City

Senior Editor Christi McDonald shares the opinion of many fanciers who would like to see our focus return to the evaluation of breeding stock. With so much emphasis placed on campaigning for Groups and Best in Show wins, attention is continually diverted from the breed ring, where the nuances of each individual breed may be rewarded. Although she has won her fair share of red, white and blue rosettes, find out about the exciting specialty win of which Christi is most proud.

Master Blogger Billy Wheeler has gone back to the islands – well, sort of. Actually, he’s in Oklahoma City covering the five island-themed days of the OKC Summer Classic. Billy will be keeping himself busy reporting to you from ringside, where special events include Group competition for veterans, Bred-by Exhibitors, puppies and even braces. Be sure to visit The Back Story frequently to learn what’s happening, on-site in Oklahoma City.

Be sure to check out Best In Show Daily’s many photo galleries, where you’ll find recent winners and candid snapshots from shows held near and far. Just click on Show Scene below the masthead banner, or select any of the images in the left-hand column of our home page.

Dan Sayers
Editor in Chief

My Take: Our Focus Should Be in the Breed Ring
By Christi McDonald

We’ve written several times recently on Best In Show Daily about evaluating breeding stock, and it has reminded me once again of something that’s been mentioned time and again in the dog press the past few years – maybe even for decades – but it bears repeating. Today in the sport, we’re placing too much emphasis at the Group and Best in Show level instead of at the breed level, where it should be. more

Out in Oklahoma City, Day One

By Billy Wheeler

We are here in the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, OK, for the OKC Summer classic, four days of all-breed shows hosted by the Mid-Del-Tinker Kennel Club and the Oklahoma City Kennel Club. This is likely to be the most competitive cluster of the week. Be sure to check in with us frequently as we will be posting several times a day over the next four days.

I’m starting the day at Mildred Bryant’s ring, primarily to see the 31 Papillons she has scheduled. However, before Papillons were up, I saw Scott Sommer pick up the breed with the Pug, CH Brazos River Not A Mystery. more

They Grow Up So Fast

By Kayla Bertagnolli

Helping Dogs Overcome Pain

By Christi McDonald

The Dog Show Poop Top Ten

By Billy Wheeler

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The Back Story
Billy Wheeler
The Down and Back
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Dog Show Poop
Billy Wheeler

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