The Marquee Shows and a Favorite Medallion
“What makes a marquee show?” In The Back Story today, Master Blogger Billy Wheeler asks this question as he examines changes to the format of two of this country’s most celebrated conformation shows. As America’s first AKC champions-only dog show, Westminster certainly qualifies as a marquee show, as does the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, which has quickly established itself as the end-of-the-year party that cannot be missed. Find out what Billy has to say about changes being made to these distinguished events.
Since 1996, the American Kennel Club has awarded medallions to those breeder/owner-handlers that finish a dog’s conformation championship entirely from the Bred-by class. Senior Editor Christi McDonald rediscovered one of these much-coveted medals recently while unpacking a box of mementos. Learn about the performance events where breeder/owners are also eligible to receive the award, and find out what it takes to have a silver and gold medallion as one of your very own favorite things.
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What Makes a Marquee Show?
By Billy Wheeler
It’s been my goal since beginning my blog, Dog Show Poop, to get out around the country to see the country’s best dogs and meet and learn from the country’s most knowledgeable dog folk. I have been focusing on the “marquee shows”. I define marquee shows as those which historically draw the nation’s top dogs year after year. Sometimes the draw is based on sheer numbers and sometimes the draw is based on prestige. Today I want to focus on the two most prestigious events in the US.
Earlier this month AKC announced that the 2012 December’s AKC/Eukanuba National Championship show will include class dogs. more