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Inverness FL. KC, Manatee KC, Pasco FL. KC, Tampa Bay KC
The Brooksville Cluster is over. All went well, everyone is tired, and heading home or maybe to the next show. The show grounds are large with a slight incline, so many people have their electric carts to make life easier. I just had to share a picture of this one with the readers. Some of you may even have had a real size car similar to this cart. I did.
The weather stayed nice, but turned cooler and windy on Monday. Now don't forget we are in Florida, so cold is 50's and 60's. There are supposed to be some changes next year regarding the small short haired breeds being scheduled for early morning showings. Yes, this is Florida but the upper and central part of the state does have some cold days. Even the water in the ex-pens was frozen a few mornings.
January 8th, the #1 Shetland Sheepdog for 2007 and 2008, Ch Kylene Eden The Dragonslayer was group 4, handled
by Paul Hannah for owners Karen Hannah, K Dziegiel, L
E Patrick, and M A Bulens. Paul and Karen are from
Nixa, MO and have been in Shelties since the early 70's.
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Being a Texan, I grew up with four seasons of clothes but have found that Floridians have one set of clothes. All geared for warm weather.
When my granddaughter travels with me, she might bring a light jacket and jeans. If I tell her it is going to be colder where we are going she'd say, "but Grandma, I'm from Florida!"
The Pasco club stays busy though out the year. In Oct they have their annual Halloween match and costume contest. Little Bo Peep and her "lamb dog" won in 2008.
PFKC recently donated the price of two police
dogs and take pride in the dog's accomplishments and
continuing contributions. The club also provides funds for
two students to attend the Vet School in Gainesville, FL.
Most people don't know it but Joseph was in the Marines for 4 years, and has been active in dog shows in NC - and Japan.
Tampa Bay Kennel Club is active in the community, holding training classes in Hillsborough County. They recently donated $5,200 to the Hillsborough County Canine Unit in the Sheriff's Dept.
The University of Florida has also received sponsorship
for a 4H 1 year Scholarship. "Take The Lead" is a local
organization for the terminally ill. TBKC assists in the dog cost expenses, so that the
patients can keep their beloved companions with them as long
An All Breed judge, Mr. Cole judges over 120 shows per year and he says air transportation is getting more difficult each year. Flights being unexpectedly canceled can make getting to the show in a timely fashion a challenge. Also there are fewer flights to chose from.
Having shows in the
same place the whole weekend has helped.
While we are on memory lane, remember when exhibitors did not have to pay an admittance charge or to park their van?
Inverness KC was founded in 1974 by 5 dog people, each donating $5 to form a kennel club. Jane Whittenhall is the last founding member in the club (far left) and standing next to Jane is Debbie Ros, the Asst. Show Chair, board member Helga Kaufman, and Show Chairman Suzanne Madieros on the far right.
Suzanne Madieros has been a very active member for the past 7 years. The club had a secret vote and at their 2008 X-mas party, Suzanne and her husband were given charter membership to the Inverness Florida Kennel Club.
Suzanne moved to Florida from Rhode Island in 2000. She originally began showing Dalmatians in 1971 and now has Rescue Australian Shepherds and Welsh Terriers and two fun cats.
IFKC has training classes 4 to 5 times a year and plans to begin Rally training next month. There are 45 members in the club and they are the canine uniform sponsor for the SE Guide dog organization.
In 2009 they are also planning to sponsor a spay and neuter clinic in Citrus Co.
Inverness, FL is known as the nature coast, as this is
where the manatees swim in towards land.
The CKC also makes contributions to the Pinellas County Sheriff Dept. for their K-9 unit.
When you come down, allow time to visit just north of Clearwater where there is a small Greek community, right on the water named Tarpon Springs. Fabulous food, people, sights, and swimming.
I may sound like a tour guide but if you ever come this way, please make an effort to spend a few hours sampling the Greek restaurants and shopping in their small unique stores. There are even a couple of sponge and shell shops.
There is also Tarpon Springs High School veterinarian Science Academy where 250 students attend to become Vet Techs, Vet Assistants or the beginning of becoming your next DVM. Clearwater KC has become interested in financially assisting students attending this Academy.
The last kennel club to join the cluster is Manatee Kennel Club. This is their second year and they plan to continue to hold their shows during the Brooksville Cluster. This was their 102nd and 103rd shows as an AKC member.
Dan Dahlberg is 1st VP and 2009 Show Chairman.
Dan has been a member for 4 years and has Cairn Terriers and
Parsons Russell Terriers. His 17 year old daughter, Kellie,
is very involved in showing in Junior Showmanship as well as
conformation. Kellie is the #1 Junior in Florida and #1 Junior
in Terrier Competition. Kellie will be competing at
"If you want happiness, feed them well" and the cluster does that by hiring Pat Trizis and his assistant Lorrie Balch. Pat and Lorrie's day begins at 1 a.m. where they begin cooking in Clearwater at Pat's "Country Harvest Restaurant". Then they drive the hour to Brooksville and set up for Breakfast.
There's real cooked-to-order eggs and omelets for members, ring stewards and judges. And that includes sausage, waffles, gravy and biscuits.
Then lunch can be just about
anything but it will definitely be GOOD. Anything from filet mignon, sweet potato casserole,
mashed potatoes and gravy, fresh fruit, cake, pies, to BBQ
pork and smoked pork. The food varies each day. All served
in a large heated tent with oversize round tables.
Good southern cooking!
Another project being planned is to have sewer lines installed and have REAL bathrooms and shower stalls. A big project but then this area is in the country, and even the homes near the grounds have septic tanks.
Here are the Best In Show Winners and the other winners can be found on the Infodog site. Whew! It's been a long but wonderful Brooksville Classic Cluster.
Pasco Fl. KC
Judge Mr. P. Levi Marsman
Judge Mr. Robert S. Forsyth
Tampa Bay KC
Judge Dr. Robert A. Indeglia
BIS Judge Mr. Kent H. Delaney
Ch Efbe's Hidalgo At Goodspice - Sealyham
Judge Mrs. Chris Walkowicz
Pasco Fl. KC
Judge Mr. Martin Doherty
Tampa Bay KC
Judge Mrs. Francine W. Schwartz
BIS Judge Mr. Jon R. Cole
Ch Efbe's Hidalgo At Goodspice - Sealyham
Judge Mrs. Robert D. Smith
Judge Mr. John J. Madieros
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Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. - Roger Caras