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2013 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Again Raising The Bar

(Friday, August 30, 2013)

New York, NY (August 30, 2013) –The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship (AENC) returns December 10-15, 2013 to Orlando's Orange County Convention Center. Already one of the world's premiere dog events, the 2013 event will offer All-Breed competitions, Specialty competitions and Special Attractions, Breeder Seminars, Companion events, Consumer attractions and of course the crowning of a new National Champion. With an enhanced event schedule and expanded online coverage, this year's Show Planning Committee is creating a truly one of a kind event.

For those who can't be in Orlando in person, free coverage via streaming video will be aired from the event. Dozens of cameras will deliver more than 300 hours of video coverage from a selection of Friday Specialties and Special Attractions plus every Breed, Group and Best in Show competition taking place over the weekend. The breed judging for all 190 breeds and varieties will be available in its entirety as streaming video, while all evening group and Best in Show judging will be aired live from the show floor, all accessible from www.akc.org.

"Last year, the inaugural live streaming of the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship garnered more than 1.3 million views, and provided wider reach than the TV broadcast," said Jason Taylor, Communications Director for P&G Pet Care. "We'll build on that success by offering this year's event exclusively online, and with our enhanced format and expanded coverage, we expect to easily reach more than 2 million viewers.  We are excited to air the event via this state of the art technology and look forward to sharing the event with dog lovers around the world, especially those who have never even seen a dog show."

"Sporting events are magical when viewed live. Streaming video gives us the ability to showcase every dog that walks into our rings," said Michael Canalizo, AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Event Manager. "There is no limit to how many people can watch an event streaming live, this is how people digest media today and it is exciting for us to be on the cutting edge."

Ron Menaker, Show Chairman for the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship since 2002, has chosen to hand over the reins to Dennis Sprung, who has served as Assistant Show Chairman since 2005. "I am delighted to have recommended Dennis Sprung as the new Show Chairman for the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship," said Ron Menaker. "We worked together for many years on this important event and I know that in his hands, it will continue to be one of the dog world's premier shows."

Mr. Menaker was responsible for numerous enhancements and successes while serving as Show Chairman, including the event's emphasis on honoring the breeder and its expansion to international participants.

"Ron's dedication to the sport of purebred dogs has been demonstrated not only by his outstanding service as Chairman of the American Kennel Club, but also in his leadership as Show Chairman of this internationally respected event," said AKC President and CEO Dennis Sprung. "We appreciate the enormous work he has done and know it has laid the foundation for the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship to continue to grow."

Eukanuba's Jason Taylor will serve as Assistant Show Chairman. Sprung and Taylor join Michael Canalizo, Gina DiNardo and Victoria Seiler to comprise the National Championship's Event Planning Committee.

 

Enhanced Schedule of Competitions

AKC will host the first annual "AKC Breeder-2-Breeder" seminar Friday, December 13th. Respected experts including Anne Bowes, Doug Johnson, Bill Shelton, and Patti Strand will cover topics such as Bitch Selection, Stud Dog Selection, the Art of Breeding versus Science, Breeding and Whelping Practices and Raising and Training Puppies. The seminar will run from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm, with a repeat session from 1:30 to 5:00 pm and is free for all breeders, exhibitors and judges to attend. Email breeder2breeder@akc.org to reserve a spot.

Other notable events include:
Tuesday

  • Space Coast Kennel Club of Palm Bay

Wednesday

  • Brevard Kennel Club and Orlando Dog Training Club Obedience and Rally Trial
  • Michael J. Suave Memorial Benefit - Contact Peggy Hauck at peguy@bellsouth.net

Thursday

  • Central Florida Kennel Club and Orlando Dog Training Club Obedience and Rally Trial

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

A full schedule of events is available on the AKC website.