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mbrookins
07-22-2009, 08:46 PM
Be sure to mark Saturday, August 29, 2009 on your calendar and plan to attend the Manitowoc County Kennel Club’s Annual Hunting Dog Expo. Held before the Labor Day weekend this year, the Expo is a unique experience where the average hunting dog owner can come and play seven different sporting dog games in one locale. Featured in such publications as The Retriever Journal, Wisconsin Outdoor News, and Wisconsin Outdoor Journal, Hunting Dog Expo 2009 is open to all field breeds and their owners to prepare for the upcoming hunting season.

As an added attraction this year the Expo is bringing back the dock jump. The dock jump tests the dog’s distance jumping ability over one of the Club’s ponds. The dock jump is free to all visitors of the Expo. There is no purchase required to participate. There will also be free coffee and donuts available to guests from 8:00 AM until 10:00 AM.

There will be 7 different sporting dog games for handlers and their dogs. They range for flushing a live game bird to single and multiple retrieves on both land and water. Some games are set-up to simulate an average day in the field. Other games test specific skills including retrieving game to hand. Attendees of the day’s event can run every game once or concentrate on specific games. All games can be attempted and run as many times as they wish. Sporting dog game tickets are available on the grounds for $2 each. The number of tickets required per game ranges from two tickets up to 6 tickets. Pre-registration is not necessary to participate. However, Early Bird ticket packages are available at a discount and includes a chance for a $100 gas card. For more information contact Jeff Mueller at (920) 960-3660, or visit the Expo website.

Wisconsin Outdoor Journal states the sporting dog games are “unpressured competition for (dog) owners who want it, but just as important the format is ideal for learning and preseason tune-up.” The highlight of the day is the presentation of the David G. Meisner Memorial Trophy to the day’s most successful gun dog. Dogs and their handlers participating in the variety of fun, simulated hunting scenarios and games, held throughout the day, will determine this.

The Expo is held on some of the finest dog training grounds in the Midwest. Nestled up against the Manitowoc River near the rural community of Valders, WI and conveniently located between Milwaukee, Green Bay, and the Fox Valley (see the event’s website http://www.mc-kc.com/huntexpo.html for information and a map) the facility has four technical ponds and several large fields to host the event. The grounds are west of Valders off of Highway 151 and Quarry road (turn north).

Participants have numerous opportunities at door prizes, raffle prizes, awards, and silent auction items thanks to the generosity of supporters such as Purina Tri-tronics, totalretriever.com, KWA of Northeastern Wisconsin and Kinetico.com, Mueller’s Retriever Kennels, and Eukanuba.

The gates to the event open at 8:00 AM and the sporting dog games run from 9:00 AM through 4:00 PM. Attendees are encouraged to bring their family, proper seasonal attire and rain gear, water for their dogs, a camera, and lawn chairs. Concessions will be available on the grounds.

mbrookins
08-09-2009, 07:23 PM
Bump please