The last two shows we have gone to (over the past two weekends….) have been “Group Shows”…different from all breed shows, which include breeds from all 7 AKC groups, Group Shows focus on just the breeds from a single AKC Group.
In late October, it was the Continental Divide Herding Associations Inaugural show. Since I like to support new clubs that host the only specialties I will probably see in this region for my breeds, we entered Domino and Widget. Domi has not been shown since the National, since he has just been sitting at home growing up (slowly but surely). Since they didnt offer a 15 to 18 month class in Sweeps, he was only entered in the regular breed, and had a BLAST being in the show ring again. He was WD for another single point towards his total. Widget won her Sweeps class, and was WB/BOW/BOS for another single point towards her total.
In November, it was the New Mexico Sporting Dog Fanciers. I love this show, but it falls after a lot of long clusters and a long fall string of shows, and I’m either burned out, broke, finished everything, or a combination of all by the time it rolls around. But, since I needed a single point for Puzzle to finish, we entered and made the trip down. Under judge Anne Katona (who, ironically, was the very first judge Puzzle ever showed to…) Puzzle was WB/BOB for the single point she needed to finish her Championship (pending AKC Approval, of course!) and at just shy of 1 year old, she managed to do it all from the puppy classes. With a 6 hour drive home, we opted not to stay for Groups or Puppy Groups (she was Best Puppy of Breed) as well….and made the drive home instead. Hopefully her New Champion photo turns out nicely 🙂 (and shows up quickly!!)