Conformation Showing: Where do I start?

By July 19, 2017
September 16, 2017 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Hairy Hounds Playground 12 Bentley St, Williamstown North VIC 3016

This event is aimed at helping to overcome the fears of stepping into the show ring and is all about making the transition from obedience or other dog sports into conformation showing.  It will help you get an understanding of what you need to know and why you need to know it and covers the following topic points:

  • The showing world – what’s it all about?
  • Dealing with the conflicts between conformation showing and other disciplines like obedience
  • How to enter a show, when to arrive and what to do when you get there
  • What do I do when I enter the ring?
  • What is the judge looking at?
  • Australian Point Scoring System
  • Breeders, Judges and Pedigrees
  • Breed Standards
  • Why Enter Conformation Showing?
  • A practical demonstration where we will take the theory and apply it in practice using the breed standard of the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever and conduct a typical show routine demonstrating what the judge is looking at at each stage.

This event is perfect for anyone who is interested in getting involved in conformation showing and does not know where to start. It may also be of benefit to those who are currently showing and may want more insight into the difficulties a lay person may have with entering the show world.

About Leo Carroll

Eight years ago Leo did not have a dog and now he is an obedience instructor and for the last three years has been president of the Northern Obedience Dog Club.

In the last twelve months Leo has ventured into the arena of conformation showing.

In August 2016, he was approached by breeders who suggested showing Shadow, his Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever at the Royal Melbourne Show.  Shadow left the show as Runner Up Best of Breed. They had another 20 shows for 17 Runner Up Best of Breeds and 3 non-placements before they finally broke through for a Best of Breed.

Leo enjoys spending time with his two Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers and also participates in sports, which includes agility.