The term “match” refers to a conformation dog show that is intended for newcomers or those who want to practice dog handling skills without actually competing for Championship points. Handling your dog is an exceptional and enjoyable experience. From the grooming table to the show ring, you and your dog will develop a bond. The Breed Match and the All American Match is a good experience for the first time dog enthusiast to participate in, or to just come to watch and get a first hand look at what the competitions consist of. The Junior Showmanship class offered youngsters 18 years and under, the opportunity to develop their handling skills, learn good sportsmanship, and learn about dogs and dog shows.
In the Sporting category, Open Class, Kristi Blanchette from Fort Kent, with her Labrador Retriever, Bella, won Best of Breed. Erin Soucy from Fort Kent, with a Labrador Retriever, Brady, won Best of Opposite Sex.
In the Puppy category, Terry Dangerfield from Linneus with his German Shorthaired Pointer, Bay, won Best of Breed and Pam Fillion from Ludlow with her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Waverly Bean Ants Vanderbuilt, won Best of Opposite Sex.
Junior Handlers, 8 years and under: Payten Voisine from Fort Kent, with her Shih Tzu, Phoebe, won First Place, followed by Emelia Voisine with a Labrador Retriever, Bella, won Second Place. In the 9-12 years of age: Taylor Soucy from Fort Kent, with a Labrador Retriever, Brady, won First Place. Brooklyn Brown with her French Brittany, Flash, won Second Place. Grace and Emily Bemis fromPresque Isle, with their Shih Tzu, Pebbles, won Third Place.
In the All American Match in Best Female category, Irene Dafonte from Easton, with a mixed breed, Sweetie, won First Place. Ann Dionne from Fort Fairfield, with her Pembroke Corgi, Trixie, won Second Place, Pam Fillion from Ludlow, with her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Sydney Rose, won Third Place, and Robin Thurston from Washburn, and her Greyhound, May, took Fourth Place.
All American Match, Best Male for First Place was Linda Harper from Houlton, with her Peekapoo, Buttons.
Best All American went to Irene Dafonte with her mixed breed, Sweetie, and Best Opposite Sex went to Linda Harper and her Peekapoo, Buttons.
Toy Group, Open Class, Pam Fillion with her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Waverly Bean Ants Vanderbuilt, Best of Breed. Tracy Voisine from Fort Kent, and her Shih Tzu, Phoebe, won Second Place.
A great day was had by all and everyone walked away a winner. The Central Aroostook Kennel Club thanks all who helped pull this event together and we hope to see everyone again at our next Match in 2016.