I am in the process of packing for my trip to New York this weekend to cover next week’s Westminster Kennel Club show, but I am already looking forward to March’s Kentuckiana Cluster in Louisville KY. The mammoth four shows ranked first, second, fourth & 11th in size among all events held in 2010.

In addition to the four mega all breed shows there are 22 separate breed specialties, including three parent specialties, and 78 supported entries–including 18 parent club supported entries–scattered over the four days. The fun will start on Wednesday, March 14th, with the Staffordshire Terrier Club Of America & the Blue Grass Boxer Club both holding double headers. The remaining 18 breed specialties will take place in the evenings after the all breed competition, Thursday through Friday.

Adding to the conformation fun is the Eukanuba Breeders Stakes competition, which takes place over two days, March 16th & 17th. The Breeders Stakes is gaining in popularity, with each successive iteration drawing more entries. It is very gratifying to see two generations of great dogs in the ring together.

The Kentuckiana Cluster is an unparalleled opportunity to see both the best dogs competing today and those coming up through the ranks. It was in Louisville that I first met 2011’s Number One, Five, & Six Dogs All Breeds, the Black Cocker Spaniel, GCH CH Casablanca’s Thrilling Seduction, the Affenpinscher, GCH CH Banana Joe v Tani Kazari, and the Standard Poodle, GCH CH Jaset’s Satisfaction.

Apart from all of the action in the rings, there are some really great vendors. My wife actually bought a pair of shoes at the show–shoe shopping, at a dog show. I didn’t see that one coming– and I had the best pork chop sandwich I have ever eaten. I will be there again this year to cover the action for Best In Show Daily and Dog Show Poop. I hope I see you there.  You can get more information on the Kentuckiana Cluster here.  And that’s today’s Back Story.