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Dogs, handlers strut their stuff at 30th annual show in Wichita (+video)

Scenes from the Sunflower Cluster Dog Show

The Sunflower Cluster Dog Show at the Kansas Pavilions in Valley Center, drew more than a thousand dogs and handlers. (April 2016/Video by Beccy Tanner)
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The Sunflower Cluster Dog Show at the Kansas Pavilions in Valley Center, drew more than a thousand dogs and handlers. (April 2016/Video by Beccy Tanner)

Wagging tails and carefully coiffed canines were the order of the day as dogs and their handlers gathered for the 30th annual Sunflower Cluster Dog Show.

The show continues through Monday afternoon at the Kansas Pavilions in Valley Center.

More than 1,000 dogs representing more than 130 breeds – plus their handlers – have attended the four-day show.

“It is a great location,” handler Theresa Goiffon, an Australian terrier breeder from Siren, Wis., said of why she comes to the show. “We bring our RV, and they have great accommodations. We meet up with a friend from Oklahoma.”

Treva Faires of Chandler, Ariz., said the show has included all-breed conformation events, obedience trials, rally obedience shows, breed specialty competitions, canine eye clinics, lure coursing events and canine good citizen tests.

“Winners of each event will go in and compete for best of show,” Faires said.

The Sunflower Cluster Dog Show at the Kansas Pavilions in Valley Center, drew more than a thousand dogs and handlers. (April 2016/Video by Beccy Tanner)

The dog show is a joint effort by the Wichita Kennel Club, the Hutchinson Kennel Club, the Salina Kennel Club and the Wichita Dog Training Club.

One of the highlights of the show, Faires said, is the barn hunt event, in which dogs can chase a rat through tubes.

Darlene Davis of Porter, Okla., who was busy Sunday afternoon grooming her West Highland white terrier Joker, said she had been handling dogs for 45 years.

“I haven’t been to this show in 10 years, and I basically came thinking we would pull people in from Colorado – of which there was a big Westie Club show there this weekend,” Davis said. “I try to take him to as many shows as I can within a 500-mile radius of where we live. I am trying to keep him in the rankings, and the show grounds here are really nice.”

Beccy Tanner: 316-268-6336, @beccytanner

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