Sport Dogs To Be Shown At Annual Trials In Centralia
ORIGINAL ARTICLE FROM Chehalis Wash Times - Wed July 28th 1993: Transcribed
local team coming off strong showing at Ohio Event.
Pacific Northwest Sport Dog Club is hosting its 20th Anniversary Conformation Show and Breed Survey for German Shepherds in Aug. 6-8 at Fort Borst Park in Centralia.
This three day event is free and open to the public.
German Shepherds from 3 months old to the veterans will receive individual oral critiques from Walter Rugamer of West Germany.
Rugamer, with many years’ experience in training and judging German Shepherds, will conduct both the conformation and breed surveys.
The purpose of a conformation show is to determine ratings based on the physical appearance and movement of the dog. The show is categorized by sex and age; puppies receive different ratings than adult dogs. Ratings range from “Very Promising” to “Excellent.” Only dogs with working titles can achieve the highest ratings.
A working title is earned by competing in three phases - tracking, obedience and personal protection - and earning scores of 70, 70 and 80 percent, respectively. All must be earned in the same trial.
The other part of the August trials, the breed survey, is to valuate the breed value of an animal for improvement, preservation and advancement of the breed.
Before a dog may be breed-surveyed, it must have obtained a working title; obtained a hip certification, to ensure the animal is free of any physical hip problems; and possess a minimum of a “good” rating in conformation.
After listing all physical characteristics, the judges evaluate the dogs’ stability and temperament. There are two classifications given to the dogs that pass the breed survey: recommended and approved for breeding.
The Breed Survey will begin Friday , Aug. 6, at 9 a.m. at the club training grounds located at the southwest corner of Fort Borst Park. The Conformation Show will start Saturday, Aug. 7, at 9 a.m. , with a seminal scheduled for Sunday.
Professional Dog trainer Wayne G. Curry, of Pantara Kennels in Centralia and his dog BASKO are among the 85 entries from the West Coast and Canada in both events.
This team recently returned from the 1993 North American Championships held in Barberton, Ohio. Competing with the top dog teams in the country, They came home with a 9th place finish.
Curry is also president of the Pacific Northwest Sport Dog Club.