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2-SHOW DAY PETITION REPORT
Your comments (below) on The 2-DAY SHOW reveal exhibitors know what it takes to keep dog shows alive in a fractured economy and falling registrations.
Comments on this The 2-Show Day Petition
(in 2014 renamed Daily Double Dog Shows,) will be sent to Mari-Beth O'Neil at AKC. We have selected a cross-section of responses by seasoned exhibitors.
June 22, 2010 | TheDogPress.com
Barbara J. Andrews, Editor-In-Chief
There are financial, legal, and business constraints with any
new concept but the AKC Board and Staff manage those details.
In the meantime, keep your hat in the ring as we
share your comments with Breed and Kennel clubs
Exhibitors know what is needed to keep wellbred
purebred dogs in demand. We know that local dog
shows are what brings the public to our market. Let the
puppy mills have glitzy shopping mall pet shops outlets;
properly promoted and presented dog shows showcase the best dogs
in the best setting. Families can browse breeds, see what
puppies grow up to look like, pet the dogs, and talk to show
breeders right there, on the spot.
Here’s a sampling of your comments. If you have
something to add, you have only this week to do so.
You do not have to be a subscriber to comment but becoming an
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and background on all matters having to do with breeding,
registering, and management of the sport of purebred dogs.
Caroline Hair makes a point “Florida needs to be its own division.
Perhaps AKC needs a geography lesson... It takes twelve hours to drive from Tallassee to Miami!”
Bestuvall Bull Terriers “Some handlers who have BT's will not show up for the
"specialty' in the evening. Some claim the dogs are "too
tired." ( huh?. my BT's can show all day.. and all night for
the right bait)”
“I'd like to see the shows come back to their home areas. Two
shows in one day would be impossible with the commutes now in
brought up another geographical "point" – “AZ should be included
with California, and California may need to be split.”
presents another point “I don't want my dogs going thru
the stress of preparation for two exhibitions in one day.”
sums up a lengthy post thusly “I don't know about the rest of
you, but in our area I have seen many people quit breeding and
quit showing because of the politics.”
“I have been both owner and pro handler. I do not agree
that prepping for the ring 'tires' the dogs out so much that two
performances in a day would be hard on them, and if it does then
perhaps the breed club should back away for a moment and think
about just how unrealistic their 'styling' has come to be.”
“Why doesn't AKC just look at everything UKC is doing now. AKC
has started Grand-Champion titles which UKC has always had. Now
the talk is 2 shows per day”
Karen Ward “What a great idea - money is tight and to have two shows in one
day, what a money saver. That is why our regional dog club now
does back-to-back shows in one day. More bang for the buck.”
Karen Soeder “We
have found 2-shows a day works well with specialty clubs--but
limit is 100 dogs. This could be changed.”
speaks for most exhibitors “Being able to use my time more efficiently would be a factor in
deciding whether or not to enter a show.”
tells us “The 2 shows a day system is working wonderfully for the
International shows as well as UKC and Canadian shows.”
Sherri Madden "(the format) will make it easier for people to
come who have busy lives. This should increase registration of purebred litters, as more people will be motivated to take part in showing."
Anne Becker "We are currently showing our
dogs in the IABCA shows, where they do four
shows in a two-day weekend. Going to these
(provides) opportunities to win points and in
judge exposure (having four different judges
going over our dogs in a weekend - great
opportunity to see how they measure up!). We
would be extremely pleased were the AKC to
decide to go this route."
Michele Peterson "This is
important to all breeders of purebred dogs
and the owners of same dogs. It is important
to the preservation of all purebred dogs and
their improvement. Please seriously consider
Rick Hopkins hits the nail
on the head, "The price of
travel and lodging is
becoming more costly while
income in dropping and cost
of living is sky rocketing.
Anything A.K.C. can do to
help secure the future of
shows is a great idea."
Anonymous " I support
the idea of multiple shows
on one day. Our Kennel
Club with their lower entry,
could have had four shows in
one weekend. There are
a few problems but not
Jeanine Wright "I'm not sure how the increase in shows will
encourage registrations. That does not make sense.
These are just
a sample, please sign or comment on The 2-Show Day Petition and make your voice heard. This will be in other
publications so it will be
held over before being sent to Mari-Beth O'Neil, AKC Show Dept.,
who has a strong background in successful exhibiting and will
understand the dilemma.
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