Senior Editor Christi McDonald highlights the many special offerings at one of the country’s most memorable dog show experiences: the Del Valle Dog Club of Livermore. This year, the Northern California organization and at least 36 specialty clubs are joined by the Skyline Dog Fanciers of San Mateo County to create the five-day Harvest Moon Cluster. Discover how much there is to see and do at the Alameda County Fairgrounds from October 18 through October 22, 2012.
Blogger-in-Chief Billy Wheeler reports that four of the five clubs that hosted the Florida Classic Cluster are moving from Brooksville to Ocala, Fla., next year. The Clearwater Kennel Club, Manatee Kennel Club, Pasco Florida Kennel Club and Tampa Bay Kennel Club will hold their 2013 all-breed shows at the Greater Ocala Dog Club’s show grounds. Learn some of the details about the relocation in today’s Back Story.
Many of this year’s top show dogs are featured in their own beautiful mini-websites on Best In Show Daily. Simply click on a banner ad to see the dog’s up-to-date show history, plus a slide show of photos that reveals exactly why it’s a top dog.
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A New Florida Tradition
By Billy Wheeler
For the last 14 years, serious exhibitors have flocked to Brooksville FL in mid-January for the Florida Classic Cluster, 10 shows over 11 days, hosted by the Clearwater Kennel Club, Inverness Kennel Club, the Manatee Kennel Club, the Pasco Florida Kennel Club and the Tampa Bay Kennel Club. The cluster was one of the three premier events that begin our show season, often determining who our leaders were all year. more
Among the Shows Closing October 3, 2012…
By Christi McDonald
I like to let readers know what’s going on in several different areas of the country in our Shows Closing article each week, but this week there is one cluster that offers so much for exhibitors that it deserves its own focus. If you’ve never traveled to the Bay Area in Northern California for the Del Valle weekend, you’ve missed what is truly one of the most memorable dog show experiences offered in the U.S. So many things contribute to making it a special occasion, and now that two additional all-breed shows are included in the cluster it’s even better than ever. more