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Dec. 31, 2015
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Amanda Shell Jennings
The top spaniels from home and abroad will strut their stuff at the Knoxville Convention Center for the chance to be awarded “Best in Show” at the 96th Annual American Spaniel Club (ASC) Flushing Spaniel Show, Jan. 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Jan. 2-3 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
At the event’s fifth year in Knoxville, hundreds of spaniels will compete by breed in several categories, including junior showmanship (ages 8-18), obedience, conformation and rally. Dogs and their handlers are expected from all over the world, including Australia, England, Japan and Denmark.
Besides the grand award of “Best in Show,” dogs also will be selected in the categories of “Best Veteran in Show,” “Best Puppy in Show,” “Best Bred-by Exhibitor in Show” and “Best Owner Handled in Show.”
“We’re excited to bring some of the world’s best canines and their handlers back to Knoxville for the fifth year,” said Jane Williams, event chair. “The Knoxville Convention Center is perfect for our show. It’s a free event and great for anyone interested in learning about the flushing spaniel breeds or competitive dog shows.”
Dog shows are one of the oldest sporting events in the country with origins dating to 1877. The Flushing Spaniel Show occurs one month before one of the most prestigious dog events in the country – the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Many of the spaniels competing in Knoxville will be top competitors at the New York City dog show on Feb. 15-16 at world-famous Madison Square Garden.
“We’re thrilled each year to host hundreds of top spaniels and handlers,” said Mary Bogert, general manager of the Knoxville Convention Center. “To be part of such a longstanding and competitive sporting event is an honor.”
The American Spaniel Club is the country’s premier organization for the promotion of the health and welfare of the spaniel breed. Part of the organization’s mission is to educate the public about raising and caring for the dogs. The dog show serves a dual purpose – to promote the breed and educate the public about pure breeds and competitive dog shows.
Flushing Spaniel breeds represented at the dog show include American Water Spaniel; Boykin Spaniel; Clumber Spaniel; Cocker Spaniel in three varieties, black, any solid color other than black (ASCOB) and parti-color; English Cocker; English Springer Spaniel; Field Spaniel; Sussex Spaniel; and Welsh Springer Spaniel.
About the Knoxville Convention Center
The Knoxville Convention Center, managed by SMG, is located in downtown Knoxville adjacent to the Sunsphere. It boasts a 120,000-square-foot exhibit hall, a 27,000 square-foot divisible ballroom and up to 25 meeting rooms. For more information, visit http://www.knoxvilleconventioncenter.com.