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Saturday's Best In Show winner Scottish Terrier Kelwyn's Warrior Princess receiving her award from Judge Barbara Dempsey Alderman.

Saturday’s Best In Show winner Scottish Terrier Kelwyn’s Warrior Princess receiving her award from Judge Barbara Dempsey Alderman.

Organization Provides Fun Fellowship For Dogs And Their Best Friends

By Judy Latta

Dog lovers and their pooches have a club of their own here in Fort Bend County. The Fort Bend Kennel Club provides opportunities to socialize with other enthusiasts and dogs, receive dog-rearing guidance and training, and participate in canine/owner community service. Member­ship in the club is open to those in good standing with the American Kennel Club who are interested in promoting the welfare of purebred dogs.

Members, however, do not have to be purebred owners to join. “People who join are from various walks of life.  Some have children in the 4H-ers and want to do more with their children and their pets,” Club President Judy Beckham said.  “There are those who would like to do agility training with their dogs, and others who just have a pet they might like to take to hospitals or seniors’ homes to be therapy dogs. We try to help all of them find a place to excel.”

The Fort Bend Kennel Club sponsors many special events throughout the year, including various dog shows, informational sessions on topics such as at-home emergency care for pets; opportunities for canine service in the community; dog/owner programs such as puppy temperament testing, meet-the-breed sessions and a breeder education day. The club donates proceeds in excess of operating expenses to animal advocacy charities, including the Brian Godin Memorial Scholarship Fund that supports a student from Fort Bend County attending Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, the Canine Health Foundation, and various relief funds set up to help pets left homeless in the wake of national disasters.

 

All-Breed Conformation Show

The Club’s premier event is its two-day annual All-Breed Conformation Show, which takes place at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds in Rosenberg every January. In the show ring, judges evaluate a dog’s structure, coat, color, temperament and movement, based on the breed standard for that type of dog set by its national breed club and approved by the American Kennel Club.

Following the showings, four placements are awarded in each group, but only the first-place winner advances to the final competition at which one dog is selected as top dog, receiving the Best in Show award.

Each year, there are two separate competition days with different judges. The Saturday Best In Show winner this year was a Scottish Terrier named Kelwyn’s Warrior Princess, bred and owned by Kelli Edell, and shown by handler Jesus Moreno. The Best In Show winner on Sunday was a Bichon Frise named High Ridge The Sky’s The Limit.

Other winners included:

Saturday, Jan. 23:

Reserve Best In Show: Bichon Frise – High Ridge The Sky’s The Limit

Sporting Group: German Shorthaired Pointer – Ehrenvogel Achy Breaky Heart

Hound Group: Pharaoh Hound – Nefer-Temu Vou Te Contar

Working Group: Greater Swiss Mountain Dog – Derby’s Toast with Gusto

Terrier Group: Scottish Terrier – Kelwyn’s Warrior Princess

Toy Group: Maltese – Magnifico’s Rekindled Spirit

Non-Sporting Group: Bichon Frise – High Ridge The Sky’s The Limit

Herding Group: Border Collie – Amo Jin of Fu You Yuan Kennel

 

Sunday, Jan. 24:

Reserve Best In Show: Maltese – Magnifico’s Rekindled Spirit

Sporting Group: Clumber Spaniel – Clussexx King Of Hearts

Hound Group: Smooth Dachshund – Bessdachs Jaguar Jubilee

Working Group: Greater Swiss Mountain Dog – Derby’s Toast With Gusto

Terrier Group: Scottish Terrier – Kelwyn’s Warrior Princess

Toy Group: Maltese – Magnifico’s Rekindled Spirit

Non-Sporting Group: Bichon Frise – High Ridge The Sky’s The Limit

Herding Group: Beauceron – Gabek Eamon Du Chateia Rocher.

 

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Judge Dr. Robert D. Smith awards High Ridge The Sky’s The Limit, a Bichon Frise, Sunday’s Best In Show award.

The 80th and 81st All-Breed Confor­mation Shows will be held Jan. 21 and 22, 2017. For more information, contact Judy Beckham at JBUpClose@sbcglobal.net.

Those interested in learning more about dogs are invited to attend the club’s monthly meetings, which take place at 8 p.m. on the first Tuesday of most months at the Sugar Land Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Care Center, in Lake Pointe Town Center. For more information about the club, visit fbkc.org.


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