This weekend Aiden was entered in a United Kennel Club (UKC) conformation show in Westfield, MA. We have never been to a UKC show and decided to give it a try. Unfortunately there were no performance events at this show. Westfield is quite a drive from Cape Cod so we decided to drive out on Friday and make a long weekend out of the trip.
Over the weekend there were 4 shows, 2 on Saturday and 2 today.
In the first show on Saturday Aiden was the only German Shepherd Dog. The judge did a thorough exam and as Aiden met the standard he won the class (youth dog) and was Best of Breed!! That gave him 25 points towards his UKC Championship. He moved on to the Herding Group but unfortunately did not place in the top 4.
In the afternoon show once again he was the only GSD and earned another 25 points. In the Herding Group he placed 4th out of 8 dogs and this gave him a “win with competition” as he placed higher than the other 4 dogs in the group. We were thrilled. In order to earn a UKC Champion Title you need to earn a minimum of 100 points, earn points under 3 different judges and win 3 Best male/female or higher classes with competition.
In between the shows on Saturday we walked over to a section of the fairgrounds where a BMX competition was being held. It was a great opportunity for Aiden to experience all the kids, bicycles, noise and chaos as this will help with his training for the traffic portion of the BH.
Today in the morning show Aiden was the only male GSD entered and that gave him another 25 points for Best Male. There was a female (5 yr old) AKC/UKC Champion entered and she beat Aiden in Best of Breed so Aiden did not earn a “win with competition” and did not move on to the Herding Group. In the afternoon show the exact same thing happened.
During the Best of Breed portion the female GSD was in front of Aiden and sometimes a young boy just acts like a young boy!
Over the weekend Aiden earned the 100 points necessary to become a UKC Champion, under four different judges but still needs 2 wins with competition. Hopefully at the next show we go to there will more GSDs entered giving Aiden the opportunity to compete with competition.
All 4 judges took the time to tell us how impressed they were with Aiden’s temperament (it helped that he tried to kiss them all!), his rich coloring and overall structure.
It was a wonderful weekend, the weather was great, the people were friendly and most of all Aiden and Dylan had a super time. Our first experience with the UKC was very positive.