|Old Dominion and New ‘Ring Parents’
The Old Dominion Kennel Club of Northern Virginia boasts a celebrated history and an active membership. The club’s spring show is a fixture of the Cherry Blossom Cluster, drawing exhibitors to the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area for as long as anyone can remember. Founded in the 1930s, “Old Dominion” is more than just a dog show. Throughout the year, members work tirelessly to protect and advance the interests of purebred dogs and the dog fancy in general. Find out how this club is making a difference in its community and why a show site in Maryland has been able to accommodate the demands of the modern-day exhibitor.
Keeping an eye on your dog, the judge and the competition is a challenge for any exhibitor. In today’s DFR, Kayla Bertagnolli reminds us that for juniors, keeping a watchful eye on mom and dad standing ringside is another thing altogether. “Ring parents,” as she calls them, can create quite a spectacle with their ringside direction and endless videotaping, but they’re also every junior’s greatest support system. Kayla explains how praise and approval – and a video camera – can be the most important tools for improving any junior’s performance.
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Venerable Old Dominion Is More Than Just a Dog Show
By Dan Sayers
Cherry blossoms are the symbol of springtime in the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area, and the Cherry Blossom Cluster signals the start of the region’s spring show season.
This year, a dozen specialty clubs will welcome exhibitors on Friday, April 20, 2012, to the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium for the first of four days of camaraderie and competition. On Saturday, the venerable Old Dominion Kennel Club of Northern Virginia will hold its spring all-breed conformation show, followed on Sunday by the Baltimore County Kennel Club and the Catoctin Kennel Club event on Monday. more
By Kayla Bertagnolli
As a former junior handler, I know all too well what it’s like to have your mom standing right outside the ring watching your every move and trying to give you pointers. The key word here is “trying.”
How in the world am I supposed to watch you and look like I’m not watching you? It’s impossible and, in the end, the advice is always something silly like, “Smile, sweetie!” or “Move your dog’s right rear foot half an inch back!”
Of course, we never really know what our parents are trying to say to us when they’re “mouthing” everything from across the ring. Meanwhile, other juniors’ parents are running around with little totes full of goodies in one hand and a video camera in the other. more