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AKC/Eukanuba NAtional Championship
adopts two-day format in 2005

NEW YORK (March 31, 2004) — The American Kennel Club and The Iams Company today announced that the 2005 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship will have a new two-day format. The show will be held in Tampa, Florida on Saturday and Sunday January 15 –16, 2005. The evening Conformation Groups and Best in Show judging will be televised live from the St. Pete Times Forum.


Judging

Saturday, January 15

  • Breed, Group and Bred-by-Exhibitor judging for Sporting, Hound, Terrier, and Toy breeds and varieties
  • Junior Showmanship Preliminaries

Sunday, January 16

  • Breed, Group and Bred-By Exhibitor judging for Working, Non-Sporting, and Herding breeds and varieties
  • Junior Showmanship Finals
  • Best Bred-by-Exhibitor in Show
  • Best in Show

In 2005, all daytime judging will take place at the Tampa Convention Center, while all evening judging and presentations will be held at the nearby St. Pete Times Forum. AKC Meet The Breeds will also be in the convention center with all breeds scheduled for exhibition both days.

“With the ever expanding nature of our show we have always planned on evolving into a two-day event, “ said Show Chairman Ron Menaker. “We are pleased to be able to move forward with the two-day plan in 2005, as it allows us to better accommodate the increased number of exhibitors, dogs, spectators and international entries we expect. It also allows us to share all of the many presentations, awards and special attractions that have become an important part of the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship for both the fancy and the television viewing audience."

The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship is designed to be a unique national event. For the second year, the event will bring together all three of the American Kennel Club’s national championships to one venue. The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, AKC National Obedience Invitational and AKC National Agility Championship will be held concurrently.

“The Iams Company is delighted to partner with the AKC in this one-of-a-kind event that features the best of the best," said Jeffrey P. Ansell, President of The Iams Company. "We're very encouraged by the positive response from dog lovers everywhere, including the rapidly growing television audience.”

The 2005 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship will mark the fourth year of the AKC’s premier showcase for dogs, which is co-presented by the American Kennel Club and The Iams Company.