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.

Important: Coursing Ability Test

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We will be hosting our inaugural Coursing Ability (or CAT) test this spring during our annual dog show, on Sunday, April 27. Though we have experienced Lure Coursing people in our club who will be running the tests, things got a little confused while we were working through the paperwork. Have no fear, though. Fort St. Clair is now fully licensed to run Coursing Ability Tests and we are permitted to have up to eight of them a year. We hope to make this an annual tradition with our show as well as holding additional tests during the year. Though the AKC assures me that our event is approved (and we have paid our fees) we are still waiting for the event number. And until we get the event number, I can’t post the Premium List.

However, we can give you quite a bit of information right here:

Entries will be Day of Trial.

Cost of Entry is $20. Please bring cash or check for entry fees.

Entries close at noon, on Sunday, April 27.

Entries will be limited to 60 participants.

We are only permitted to allow one run per event. Sorry.

There will be two courses: one 300 yards for dogs smaller dogs and flat-faced  breeds; the other 600 yards. The smaller course must be completed in 90 seconds for a qualifying run; the longer course is allotted two minutes.  The judge keeps the official time and decides the merits of the dog’s performance.

The coursing test is a pass-fail event.

Dogs who stop while running the course will not qualify.

Judge will be AKC Lure Coursing judge Tracy Leonard, DVM.

Dogs will be inspected for general good health (and to exclude lame dogs and dogs in season) before they are permitted to run.

Any breed may participate in this event, and we have seen all shapes and sizes from Bulldogs to Dachshunds, Bloodhounds and Papillons, Chinese cresteds and Great Danes run in lure coursing. Remember the competition is against the clock and not against each other.

Officially, this event is open to dogs 12 months and over who are individually registered with the AKC, recorded in the Foundation Stock Service (FSS) program, individually registered with a foreign or domestic registry organization whose pedigrees are acceptable for AKC registration, dogs granted a Purebred Alternative Listing (PAL) number, dogs with AKC Limited or Conditional Registration, or dogs enrolled in the AKC Canine Partners program. Dogs with breed disqualifications and monorchid/cryptorchid dogs are eligible to participate.

Females in season may not enter.

Dogs may wear any collar except a “choke”collar, a collar with prongs or an electronic training collar. The collar should be snug to minimize the changes of getting hung up on something during the run. Owners should be aware that there is a chance that tags hanging from the collar could become entangled on something during the run. Owners may use clips or rubber bands to hold the dog’s hair. The owner assumes responsibility for the safety of the dog with regard to the dog’s collar and paraphernalia on the dog.

The area is partially fenced and far away from any roadways. We do encourage you to work with your dog on recall.

Dogs with Qualifying runs will receive a flat orange ribbon. Dogs who complete their Coursing Ability title at our trial will receive an orange rosette.

More on rules and regulations for Coursing Ability Test here.

As soon as the Premium List is approved, it will be posted, with a downloadable entry blank. Entry blanks will also be available on site.

If you are interested in our AKC dog show as well, entries close on Wednesday, April 9 at noon. Information for the show is here.

This is an arial photograph of the area where the coursing test will be held.