Bald Eagle Kennel Club makes return to city, holds AKC Point Show
From flowing manes to sleek long bodies and gaits and puffy hair, literally hundreds of dog breeds can be seen at the 2014 AKC approved Point Show, which will be hosted by the Bald Eagle Kennel Club July 27 and 28, at the Pennsylvania College of Technology Fieldhouse and adjacent grounds.
Visitors will be able to see more than 150 dogs breeds up-close and strutting their stuff with their handlers in the ring.
The show was formerly held at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds. The club is especially proud to return to Williamsport and excited to be on the grounds of Penn College, which is celebrating its centennial in 2014.
“Those who exhibit dogs may come from any one of the states or from a foreign country, as long as their dog is AKC registered,” Pat Kratochvil, Bald Eagle Kennel Club secretary said.
The clubs is expecting between 600 and 800 dogs to be shown over the two days.
On any one of the days of the dog shows, the grounds will be filled with exhibitors.
Many times, visitors will see exhibitors putting finishing touches to their dog’s.
Kratochvil said grooming – bathing and trimming – is the major work that goes into showing.
“Some of those on the grounds will be winners from the televised Westminster Kennel Club or the Philadelphia Kennel Club or the Eukanuba competition,” Kratochvil said. “The dogs, the handlers and the judges at the Bald Eagle show can be found at any of these and other shows from coast to coast.
Dogs at the show will be presented by a handler which is often times the dog’s breeder or owner, or both.
Many will be presented by a professional handler.
“Some handlers show a wide variety of dogs and some show very few breeds. The level of handlers’ expertise varies widely, but in general they are very experienced and professional and are well known by both other exhibitors and judges,” Kratochvil said.
She said by mid-afternoon each day, judging of classes is finished and one dog of each breed is selected as Best of Breed.
At the show breeds are divided into seven groups: sporting, working, hound, terrier, toy, non-sporting and herding.
“Each Best of Breed dog in each group competes against the others in its group and four placements are selected. The seven dogs which have won first place in their group then compete for the very prestigious Best-in-Show award,” she said.
It is suggested to visitors who want to find the judging of a specific breed, to ask for the day’s judging schedule at the show superintendent’s desk inside the fieldhouse. That schedule will give ring and time of judging for any specific breed.
The public is welcome to attend Bald Eagle Kennel Club shows.
There is an admission fee and children under 10 who are accompanied by a parent may enter for free.
“Although show dogs are used to crowds, those who come to watch should be respectful of the dogs and exhibitors and parents need to be aware that a dog show is not a playground. Before anyone touches a strange dog, they should ask for permission from the exhibitor,” Kratochvil said.
She added to be aware that those who are showing their dogs take the competition very seriously and are very focused on their tasks at-hand before entering the show ring.
“Exhibitors are usually more relaxed and willing to answer questions after their time in the ring,” she said.
The club is very enthusiastic about this year’s show.
“The club hopes that many people, young and old, will be able to attend their shows at the end of July and enjoy seeing wonderful show dogs and companions,” Kratochvil said.
Bald Eagle Kennel Club is a Williamsport-centered American Kennel Club with 25 members.
The club here was founded in the 1940s and is one one of hundreds of AKC clubs across the United States, which have been around for 125 years.
Margaret Megahan, a prominent Williamsport breeder of German shepherds, began the kennel club here.
She was ardent in her love for her dogs and it was her commitment which gave birth to the Bald Eagle Kennel Club, Kratochvil said.
“Part of her legacy is also the establishment of the Lycoming County SPCA which contains a pictorial tribute to her work,” Kratochvil added.
Bald Eagle Kennel Club can be found online at www.BEKC.org. The week of the shows a schedule will be available online at www.raudogshows .com.