The desert sun is heating up the manicured lawns of the Empire Polo Club today where several dozen breeds are competing for the second straight day of limited-breed competition. Only the Herding breeds are noticeably absent from the polo fields in this oasis in the heart of Southern California.

Hounds of all kinds, including these Whippets, are featured at the Empire Polo Club in Indio on Day Two of the Palm Springs independent specialties.

Crowds were already assembled ringside at 8 a.m. to watch as the Sporting, Hound, Terrier, Toy and Non-Sporting club specialties got under way. Puppy Sweepstakes and Veteran Sweepstakes brought out this year’s hopefuls, as well as the stars of yesteryear, and the early morning audiences showed their support with enthusiastic applause.

Basset Hounds get their moments in the spotlight on Friday.

Several Working breeds are on location too, with impressive entries in Boxers, Doberman Pinschers, Newfoundlands and Samoyeds. The trophy tables are spectacular for these and many other breeds, with some clubs holding raffles and silent auctions to raise much needed funds for their various causes.

Salukis take their turn center stage at the Empire Polo grounds during Friday’s shows.

The Inland Empire Hound Club is proving the strength of the sighthound and scenthound breeds in The Golden State. Entries here are impressive, with Rhodesian Ridgebacks leading the way with 122 entires, and Whippets close behind with 112. Borzoi and Irish Wolfhounds are always impressive, but the sight of 54 and 50 dogs respectively of these breeds is a memorable image indeed.

The air may be still today in the desert town of Indio, Calif., but the activity in the rings, under the tents and in the cavernous concessions building is most definitely circulating.

Stay tuned with Best In Show Daily all weekend long as we post results and photos in our Galleries and on our Facebook page.