Marshall Dog Show Could Be Next Step to New York Competition
MARSHALL- More than 120 dog breeds will be center stage at the Marshall City Arena during the Caddo Kennel Club’s 4th annual AKC sanctioned dog show this weekend. The 2013 show boasts more than 650 entries; one hundred more entries than the 2012 dog show.
The Caddo Kennel Club dog show is one of the shows where valuable points can be won by dogs hoping to one day be invited to the most prestigious dog show, the Westminster Dog Show in New York. To earn an invitation, dogs must earn at least 15 points and have two major dog show wins. The Marshall competition is only AKC sanctioned dog show in a several state region during its designated weekend.
This year, entries are coming from all over the United States, as well as Canada, Central America and even Europe. Fed Williams, President of the Caddo Kennel Club attributes continued growth to the quality of the show hosted in Marshall.
“People are learning about the area, and how this show is run,” said Williams. “The Marshall competition has plenty of room for the dogs to run, they’re not all cramped. They also enjoy being in Marshall.”
The events begin Friday evening at 6:00 p.m. with a puppy fun match and obedience sessions for those who want to practice with their dogs. Williams says it’s important to start showing puppies young, because they have to become accustomed to being shown as well as learning obedience skills. Many of the puppies are only beginning their training making the puppy fun match very entertaining for those attending.
Saturday and Sunday, the dog show will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., with event judging beginning at 9 a.m. Dog show attendees will enjoy seeing the Conformation, Obedience, Owner-Handler, and Rallying competitions. A variety of familiar and unusual breeds will be on display during each of the competitions, which is usually the highlight for those watching the show according to Williams.
“We have a Leonberger that is real unusual and we have Swedish Vallhunds,” said Williams. “They are very neat because they have extra toes. We’ll also have Irish Wolfhounds, the tallest and biggest dogs, and Bullmastiffs, which are the heaviest dogs, but gentle as can be. One of the neatest breeds is a Rhodesian Ridgeback, which is known for the hair that grows the wrong direction towards the head.”
The registration period for those showing dogs has passed, however the dog show is family friendly, with no admission fee and every event is open to the public. Vendors with dog supplies will also be on site, carrying everything from specialty supplies essential for showing dogs, to dog toys and tee shirts all dog owners will love. The Caddo Kennel Club hopes visitors from across the region will attend and enjoy the show.
The Marshall City Arena is located at 3310 Poplar Street in Marshall. For more information about the dog show, contact the Dog Show Chair, Nancy Mellott, at email@example.com. Additional event information, lodging reservations and information about Marshall can be found by visiting www.VisitMarshallTexas.org or by calling the Marshall Convention and Visitors Bureau at 903-702-7777.