LEXINGTON, KY (8/30/2013)—On Thursday, people from all over started making their way to Lexington for a weekend of ‘dog gone fun.’ Through Monday, 150 breeds of dogs will be in Lexington to compete in the Bluegrass Classic Dog Show.
“One event is on appearance only,” said Bonnie Massie, the event's coordinator. “Confirmation is on perfection of each breed. Everybody is trying to show the perfect specimen. There is a standard for poodles and spaniels, and the people who breed these dogs know the standards that they have to meet to win.”
In the performance event, the dog doesn’t have to be a specific breed or have to look a certain way.
“This event is based in the ability and performance of the dog,” Massey said, “The dog can have crazy hair and even be a mixed breed because it will only be judged on what it is entered to be judged on.”
Each dog has its imperfections, and the Bluegrass Classic Dog Show showcases the breeds that excel in certain areas.
“There are some dogs and breeds that are dual trained and can perform in more than one sector of the competition,” Massey said. “Every owner is trying to show why their dog is the best breed.”
Between 11:30 a.m and 1:30 p.m on Saturday, the dogs will be in a ‘show and tell'. This is when you can go and talk to the different breeders, see what the dog looks like as a puppy and as a grown dog, pet and find out more about each breed that will be performing at the show.
This year is the second year that the show has been held inside, so the show will go on rain or shine. It is $3 to get into the park and an additional $5 per carload.
The Bluegrass Classic Dog Show is being held at Kentucky Horse Park: Kentucky Horse Park Alltech Indoor Arena. For additional information visit the website or contact Bonnie Massey at (859) 223-8873.
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