By William R. Downing
Did you know that there
is a club in Evansville which has survived two “turns of the
century”, weathered many ups, downs, and changes, but is still very
much “alive and kicking”? This group is a member of a national
organization and has achieved the distinction of being number one
among its peers in the United States (and possibly in the world) in
what it does.
The September 19, 1998 edition of The Evansville Courier
reported that this club was organized “100 Years Ago” in 1898. A
hundred years later, the objectives have broadened but still include
the original basic mission.
Reorganized in 1994, the club was incorporated as “THE EVANSVILLE
KENNEL CLUB, INC.” In recent years, during the month of March,
the club has held annual all-breed dog shows as a member of the
Kentuckiana Cluster of Dog Shows in conjunction with other clubs in
Indiana and Kentucky. The Cluster shows are held at The Kentucky
Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, featuring five consecutive
days of events including all-breed and specialty Conformation
Judging, Obedience Trials, and Agility Competition. The Kentuckiana
Cluster attracts participants and spectators from all over the
world. In addition to the dog competition, clinics and educational
seminars are offered along with vendor booths featuring a wide
variety of dog-related products and services.
The Evansville Kennel Club, Inc. (EKC) is a member club of The
American Kennel Club (AKC). AKC registers more than one million dogs
each year, many of which participate in sports including dog shows
and obedience trials. Each year, there are approximately 15,000 of
these events, with two million dogs entered each year, and the
numbers continue to grow steadily.
The Evansville Kennel Club, Inc. (EKC) is a non profit organization,
helping to fund and support veterinary education and research,
animal rescue, search and rescue dogs, police “K9” units, Canine
Health Foundation and many other animal-related organizations, both
locally and nationally.
Dog showing has become one of the most popular sporting activities
in the world, as witnessed by the nationally televised presentation
of events such as the world famous annual Westminster Dog Show at
Madison Square Garden. Based upon the number of dogs entered, The
Evansville Kennel Club’s show at the 4-day Kentuckiana Cluster in
Louisville is the largest all-breed dog show in the country. This
show, which is held annually in March at the Kentucky Fair and
Exposition Center in Louisville, draws nearly
5,000 entries, is attended by thousands of spectators as well as the
exhibitors and vendors. It features conformation judging (based upon
how well a dog conforms to the standards of its breed), and also
obedience and agility trials..
Many of the same dogs that are shown at Westminster and other recent
shows on national television are also seen at the Kentuckiana
Cluster of dog shows in March.
William R. Downing,
The Evansville Kennel Club, Inc.