Every five years, a very special dog show appears, and we are transported to a gentler time honoring the heritage of one of the dog show world’s most devoted benefactors and the Show’s founder, Mrs. Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge.
The Morris & Essex Kennel Club will hold its annual Match Show on Sunday, September 23, 2012 at the Green Village Volunteer Fire Department, 529 Green Village Road, Green Village, NJ with entries beginning at 10am through 12:30pm, Judging begins at 1pm. Match show entry fee is $10.00 per dog, with no charge for Junior Showmanship. Regular classes are offered with puppy classes beginning at 3 months old. Best in Match Adult and Best in Match Puppy awards are offered. There is no charge for spectator admission or parking with grounds open for parking at 10am. Full details by emailing email@example.com or calling Match Show Chair Debra Lampert-Rudman 609-303-0282
M&E’s Sanctioned B-Match show offers an opportunity for those with American Kennel Club registered dogs to practice their dog showing skills. It is also part of the AKC’s “Responsible Dog Owners” Day celebrations with Canine Good Citizen testing being offered by Certified Trainer and Tibetan Terrier Fancier Stacey LaForge from 10:30-noon. CGC Entry Fee is $8 per dog and dogs must have valid rabies certificate and bring their own brush.
At noon, a free “New Exhibitor Class” will be presented to give exhibitors and spectators the opportunity to learn dog show handling skills and have any questions answered about dog shows.
This year’s Match Show judges are M&E members with tremendous expertise in the dog show world: Babette Haggerty for Herding Breeds and Group, Sandie Rolenaitis for Non-Sporting Breeds and Group, Tara Martin Rowell for Toy Breeds & Group as well as Junior Showmanship, Duane Butherus for Hound Breeds and Group, Denise Flaim for Working Breeds and Group,Dr Fred Askin for Terrier Breeds and Group except West Highland White Terriers being judged by Harry Booker, and Billy Gorodner for Sporting Breeds & Group. Debbie Burke will judge Best Puppy and Adult in Match.
The day’s events also include a “Hat Contest” since the Morris & Essex Kennel Club Dog Shows are renowned for their pride in carrying on the legacy of style and elegance seen in the M&E Dog Shows of the 1920’s-1950’
M&E’s founder, Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge was known as “The Dog Fancier of the Century.” Every five years, since its revival in 2000, the elegance, glamour, style and high level of judging quality last seen at Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge’s original dog shows of the 1920’s through 1950’s held on her polo fields in Madison, NJ are brought back to life for a new generation. The next Morris & Essex Kennel Club point show will be held in 2015 at Colonial Park, Somerset, NJ
The Morris & Essex Kennel Club was honored as “Show of the Year” with M&E President Wayne Ferguson also named this year’s “Man of the Year” at Purina Pro Plan’s Show Dogs of the Year awards held in New York City earlier this year. The well-known entrepreneur and philanthropist of animal causes, Wayne Ferguson, founded Cherrybrook in the early 1980’s and revived the Morris & Essex Kennel Club show to its original glory with planning begun in 1997.
For more information, contact Debra Lampert-Rudman, Morris & Essex Kennel Club Publicity & Match Show Chair, 609-303-0282 – cell 908-337-9189 – email firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on the Morris & Essex Kennel Club visit www.morrisandessexkc.com Become a “Fan” of the Morris & Essex Kennel Club Dog Show on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/#!/