WITH just a week to go before the Dogs of the Year finals, exhibitors and their dogs will have one last hit-out this weekend at a range of specialist and all breeds dog shows from Mareeba in the north down to Brisbane in the south.
For just two days over the weekend dogs and their handlers will face the judges in a final attempt to impress, with many looking for a big boost before they turn out for ‘the big one’ at Durack on October 27.
The Cairns City Kennel Club grounds in Quigley Street, Cairns, will host two championships, the first being the home club’s show from 2pm on Saturday. On Sunday morning the Mareeba and District Kennel Association will kick off at 9am with the Susan Hannan Memorial Show.
At both of these shows sweepstake events will be first up and then at the lunch and dinner breaks junior handlers competitions will be held.
Attention will also be focused on the south at the Dogs Queensland Showgrounds at Durack, where a range of shows will be conducted on Saturday and Sunday.
On Saturday the program will begin at 8.30am when sweepstakes will start the Border Collie Clubs Championship Show, to be followed by the main event, which also includes veterans, breed and property classes.
Later in the day the Ipswich Kennel Club will host the biggest events of the weekend, an open show at 1pm and the first of two championship shows at 4pm.
This will be followed at 5pm by the second championship show, which like the first has attracted a large entry of 800 dogs.
There will also be a junior handlers’ competition during the tea break.
There will be special judging for German Shepherd dogs at 2pm in place of judging during the second championship show. National council gradings will also be awarded at the judges’ discretion.
On Sunday three championship shows will be conducted by the Queensland Gundog Association, the Working Dog Club of Queensland and the American Staffordshire Terrier Club of Queensland.
All three organisations will also hold open shows as well.
The Gundog Association has attracted a big entry of 190 dogs, courtesy of having a well known overseas judge in the form of B. Santos III of the Philippines. The shows will begin at 8.30am (open) and 9am (championship).
The Working Dog Club will be different in that their championship show will begin at 9am and their open show at 10am. German Shepherds will begin their judging at 8am.
Overall they have attracted almost 150 entries.
Finally, the Staffordshire Terrier Club will start its championship show at 8.30am followed by the open show.
As usual spectators and visitors alike are invited to attend these shows to talk to exhibitors and admire their dogs.
There are no entry fees for spectators at any of the shows listed above.
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