Join us for Roy Rogers during Groups!


Every year, Fort St. Clair honors a famous Ohioan and their beloved dog. This year, it’s Roy Rogers, native of Cincinnati, star of the silver screen and his famous German Shepherd, Bullet. (Read all about Bullet and Roy on the back of our show catalog–  we even found out about Bullet’s pedigree!)

To tip our Stetsons to Roy, we’ll be serving Roy Rogers drinks during groups— a splash of Grenadine, (a non-alcoholic bar syrup made with pomegranate whose flavor is described as both tart and sweet) in a tumbler of Coke over ice with a Maraschino cherry on the side. So light and refreshing!

Match, Meet & Greet

Friday, April 28th Evening Match

Join us on Friday, April 28th for an AKC sanctioned match (registration begins at 5, judging starts at 6) along with a Meet & Greet to kick off the show weekend.

The Match has the usual rules: dogs must in be in show trim, no taped ears please, professional handlers only on their own dogs. Dogs with majors for exhibition only please.

The entry blank can be found here  and should be sent to Match Secretary Gary Sinck at 725 Xenia Ave, Dayton, OH 45410, and must be postmarked by Saturday, April 22nd. The pre-entry price is $4 per dog. Entry at the match itself with be $5. This is a great low-key and relaxed opportunity to practice in the same venue as the next day’s show.

Registration begins Friday at 5 p.m. and judging begins at 6 p.m. Show is indoors on concrete at the Expo Center, Preble County Fairgrounds, 722 S. Franklin St. Eaton, OH 45320.  Evening attire is not required (but we’d enjoy it if you turned up that way.)

Everyone is welcome to join us for hors d’ouevres and beverages to kick off our annual shows and to help us celebrate our 25th birthday!



Dog Show Entries Close Wednesday April 13


Don’t forget to get your entries in for our annual all-breed show– it closes Wednesday, April 13.

(That’s Cincinnati native and silent film star Theda Bara and her Borzoi Bella on this year’s poster.)

We are again featuring Best Veteran in Breed and Veteran Parade, Best Brace in Show, National Owner-Handler Series, and on Sunday afternoon, Coursing Ability Tests.

As always, parking is free, and there is complimentary coffee on tap all day long. We have goodies in the  morning (until they’re gone) and serve refreshments in the afternoon during groups. There’s a Best of Breed prize in every breed and extra prizes in many.

Yes, there is still a bit of Premium RV camping available– but all the camping is reasonably close with electric and water at each site. The Premium is guaranteed to be closest, and also has 50 amp (and 30+30 amp) service as well as sewer hookups.

If you haven’t visited us before, the show is indoors, in one big building, on concrete. Great vendors alongside the rings, plenty of free grooming space and a bit of reserved space available ($25 for the weekend) if  you just need to be absolutely certain there’s a spot for you.

We have a stellar judging panel this year, and we’re especially pleased to welcome Mr. Nicolas DeBedout from Bogota, Colombia.

It’s going to be a wonderful weekend, we hope to see you there!

(And here’s a link to the Premium List.)  2016 Premium List

Coursing Ability Tests at Fort St. Clair


This is our third year for Coursing Ability Tests at Fort St. Clair, on the Sunday afternoon of our show weekend. (This year that is Sunday, May 1.)

The link for the Premium List and entry form is UP and LIVE, you can download the entry form from the menu on the left and send it in! We are running two tests, with a limit of 40 dogs for each test. We will take day of trial entries provided that the tests have not already filled. You are welcome to call and see how close they are. We have not filled tests in the past. Close, but not quite.

If you’ve never run a CAT test, and you’d like to try it, we’d love to have you. You can find the hows, whys and rules at this AKC site (click here). It is open to any dog who is fit enough to run it, is more than a year old and who is registered in some fashion with the AKC. Dogs of mixed parentage can get a “Canine Partners” registration number from the AKC — more information on that here.

The tests will run consecutively on Sunday afternoon. Entries will close by 10 a.m. Sunday morning. Please see the registrar at the Trophy desk in the show building. Of course, you can pre-enter and we strongly encourage that– just as soon as the entry form and premium list are posted.  If we fill the trial before the weekend, we will not have any day of trial registration.

The area for Lure Coursing is at the back of the Fairgrounds and not adjacent to nearby roads– however it is NOT fenced, so you will want to make sure that your dog is solid on recall. Also, we strongly advise that your dog run “naked” (ie without a collar) for safety reasons. The AKC does not insist on this, so we will defer to you if you insist, but really it is much safer if they don’t have anything that they could get hung up on while they’re running. Smaller dogs and flat-faced dogs run a shorter course. We’re all about having fun, but we want your dog to be safe too!

And even though it’s called a “CAT” test, it has nothing to do with cats! That’s an aconym for Coursing Ability Test.