AKC Educational Match in NJ

On September 29, 2007 the American Kennel Club® held an AKC Educational Match on the grounds of...

On September 29, 2007 the American Kennel Club® held an AKC Educational Match on the grounds of the Hunterdon Developmental Center (HDC) in Clinton, N.J. The HDC is a residential facility for disabled adults. In the world of canine competition, the word “match” refers to a dog show that is intended for newcomers or those who want to practice dog handling skills without actually competing for Championshiap points.

In the morning, dog owners learned how to groom, train and show their dogs with the help of AKC staff and local area AKC club members and in the afternoon they enjoyed the Match. More than 200 dogs were entered in Conformation and 135 for Companion Events. In addition, nearly 40 AKC Canine Good Citizen tests were administered. Best Puppy in Match went to an Irish Water Spaniel handled by a first-time competitor and Best Adult in Match went to an Afghan Hound.

The event was open to the public and offered a friendly forum in which to learn about the sport of purebred dogs as well as an opportunity for Hunterdon residents to partake in an event which will have therapeutic benefits for both man and animal. Hunterdon residents have benefited from ongoing interaction with dogs since 1994 via a number of other AKC events held on the grounds, therapy dogs who make regular visits and the employees who bring their dogs to work every day. Several dozen of the HDC residents contributed to the event by kicking off the festivities by singing the national anthem, accompanying dogs and volunteers in the ring for an “Honor Parade” and serving as trophy presenters.





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