Louisville, Down and Back!
Today, Best In Show Daily readers are reminded there’s still time to enter the Kentuckiana Cluster of dog shows in Louisville. Senior Editor Christi McDonald provides a comprehensive guide to all of the breed specialties, parent club specialties and “Concurrent Specialty Shows” that are happening over five days of competition next month. Social Media Maven Pilar Kuhn introduces us to a pair of veteran show dogs that still love to perform. She talks with Tony Carter about a Best of Breed winner he handled at Westminster this year, GCh. Blacklace Magic Mocha Sapphire. The Flat-Coated Retriever turns 9 next month. Find out how he turns a down and back into a win.…
Editor in Chief
Louisville, Here We Come!
By Christi McDonald
For the past several years, the Kentuckiana Cluster of dog shows, held in Louisville, Ky., in March, have been America’s largest dog shows, with entries of 2,300 to over 2,900 dogs each day. The popularity of the cluster is warranted, and there’s still time to make plans to go this year – entries close on Wednesday, February 29, at Onofrio Dog Shows.
What’s the secret to this cluster’s success? It’s a combination of things that begins with a central location that’s easy to get to from the East Coast, the south, the north and from anywhere in the Midwest. Well-thought-out judging panels that include both seasoned all ’rounders, as well as promising provisional judges, add to the appeal. more
At this year’s 136th Westminster Kennel Club dog show, two Best of Breed winners stood out to me. They were the almost 9-year-old Flat-Coated Retriever and the 10-year-old Schipperke. These veterans not only made an appearance, but they won and represented their breeds in their groups. Of course, we all remember 2009 when Stump the Sussex Spaniel went Best in Show at the Garden also at the age of 10.
I spent a little time talking to Tony Carter about his successes with the Flat Coat GCh. Blacklace Magic Mocha Sapphire ‘Koby’ and why, at the age of almost 9, Koby looked like the Peter Pan of the Sporting Group. more