Monday, March 7, 2011

Hawaiian Kennel Club Dog Show 2

Watching the judging at the Westminster Kennel Club’s annual dog show at Madison Square Garden each year has always fascinated me. It takes a mighty educated eye and a wealth of experience and knowledge to select the best entrants based on a list of standards.
The Hawaiian Kennel Club Dog Show held this past weekend at the Neal Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall afforded me the opportunity of watching first hand.
Judges are brought over from the mainland to preclude the possibility of local favoritism. Two competitions are held using the same judges, who switch off which breeds and groups they will judge – in essence creating a whole new dog show. And indeed it is.
Sunday’s was the 168th All-Breed Dog Show, and Saturday’s was the 167th. Judging were James E. Frederiksen and James E. Noe, both from Knoxville, Tennessee; and Terry and Jacqueline Stacy of Chapel Hills, North Carolina.
Here are Mr. Frederikson and Mrs. Stacy at work, plus a few more of the beautiful dogs in the competition:
James Frederiksen Judging a Havanese
Jacqueline Stacy Judging a Standard Poodle
Bearded Collie
Shetland Sheepdog
Norwich Terrier

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