Reno Kennel Club Shows Draw Crowds, Award Scholarships to Junior Handlers

The Reno Kennel Club’s all-breed dog shows and obedience and rally trials held August 15-16 marked the club’s second year at the Reno Sparks Livestock Event Center after an extended period at another venue.

In its selection of show site and attention to many other details, the club works hard to put together an enjoyable show weekend for both spectators and participants.

“We like to say, ‘We’ve come back to the Barn,’ where the venue is focused on the dogs,” says club president and show chair Matthew Davis. “The Reno Kennel Club offers three obedience and rally trials over two days in the Exhibit Hall, a climate-controlled building completely dedicated to those events. In the main arena, also climate controlled, we have large conformation rings on a smooth-packed surface, allowing for good traction and easy footing.”

All photos courtesy Diana Han, Nor Cal Bulldogger

“This year we added another building, with quick access to the main arena floor,” says Davis. “This building is dedicated to the Friday specialties and grooming throughout the weekend. Additionally, we have added electrical power in our covered box-van area. The box-van parking area has easy access to the main arena and provides plenty of shade and work space.

“We are excited to have made these additions and modifications in an effort to provide our exhibitors with a convenient and enjoyable venue. RV parking is also available for those wanting to stay at the show site.”

The club has a special commitment to supporting young fanciers. Davis explains: “In addition to doing our best to accommodate our exhibitors, the Reno Kennel Club is dedicated to supporting the future of the sport. This year we continued to offer our Junior Scholarship Award, marking the third year the club has offered a $500 scholarship to the Best Junior in Show each day of our show. The scholarship may be used to attend a national breed specialty, the AKC/Eukanuba show, or Westminster, or for tuition expenses at an accredited educational institution. We are excited to have already dispersed funds to the previous year’s winners. The RKC is ready to offer this scholarship again in 2016. We will also continue to provide our junior handlers’ workshop following Best in Show at the Saturday show.

“Our entries for 2015 were up nearly 10 percent, and we very much look forward to continuing to provide a fun and friendly show venue. If you haven’t been to our show, consider putting it on your calendar for August 19–21 next year. We look forward to seeing you ‘Back at the Barn.’” —Matthew Davis, Reno Kennel Club President and Show Chair

Saturday’s Best Junior Handler and $500 RKC Junior Scholarship recipient Marie Stahmer, with standard Poodle Ch. Bar-None Sriracha

Reno Kennel Club president and show chair Matthew Davis with RKC Junior Scholarship Award

Sunday’s Best Junior Handler and $500 RKC Junior Scholarship recipient Kalista Ganser, with Portuguese Podengo Pequeno Ch. Houla’s Lightning Bolt

Kylie Compton, winner of the Master class in juniors on Sunday, with Shiba Inu Ch. Copperdots Katashi

Reno Kennel Club 2015 Results—Best in Show and Best Junior

Saturday, 8/15/15

Best Junior Handler:

Marie Stahmer, with standard Poodle Ch. Bar-None Sriracha

Junior Showmanship judge: Beth Sweigart

Best in Show:

Greyhound, GCh. Grandcru Giaconda, CGC

Best in Show judge: Col. Joe B. Purkhiser

Following Best in Show on Saturday was the “Road to Success” Junior Handlers Workshop with Olivia Hodgkinson and Conner McFadden.

Sunday, 8/16/15

Best Junior Handler:

Kalista Ganser, with Portuguese Podengo Pequeno Ch. Houla’s Lightning Bolt

Best in Show:

Greyhound, GCh. Grandcru Giaconda, CGC

Best in Show judge: Mr. Peter J. Green

About the Reno Kennel Club

The Reno Kennel Club was first established in 1948, and the Reno Kennel Club dog show has become a staple in the community, with nearly 160 different breeds competing in everything from conformation to obedience and rally. The event is a boost to the area, with $1 million pumped into the local economy due to the number of vendors and the people attending the show.

Reno Kennel Club meetings are usually the second Tuesday of each month, at 7 p.m. (no meetings in February or September). Visitors and guests are welcome! Our next meeting is October 13, at 7 p.m.

Reno Kennel Club website

For general information, contact the club via e-mail, or visit the Reno Kennel Club’s website or Facebook page.