Morris & Essex KC 2014 Match Show to Take Place September 21

The Morris & Essex Kennel Club will hold a Match Show, Specialty Matches, Responsible Dog Owners Day events, "Meet the Breeds” and more on Sunday, September 21, 2014.

Posted: September 18, 2014 9 a.m. PST

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The Morris & Essex Kennel Club will hold its annual Match Show on Sunday, September 21, 2014, at the Green Village Volunteer Fire Department in Green Village, N.J., with entries taken from 10 a.m. through 12:30 p.m. Judging begins at 1pm. The Match Show entry fee is $10 per dog, with no charge for Junior Showmanship. Regular classes are offered with puppy classes beginning at 3 months old. Best in Match Adult and Best in Match Puppy awards are offered.  There is no charge for spectator admission or parking, with grounds open for parking at 10 a.m.  For the first time, Miscellaneous Classes will be eligible for the all-breed match; Specialty Matches (featuring a variety of individual breed clubs) and an expanded "Meet the Breeds” area will be featured starting at 10 a.m.

Morris & Essex Kennel Club’s All- Breed Match Show judge’s list is comprised of M&E members with expertise in the dog show world and features the following individuals:

  • Best Puppy & Adult in Match: Ruth Pereira of Liberty Corners, N.J.
  • Sporting Breeds & Group: Debra Lampert-Rudman of Pennington, N.J.
  • Hound Breeds & Group: Connie Butherus of Lebanon, N.J.
  • Working Breeds & Group: David Helming of Flemington, N.J.
  • Terrier Breeds & Group: Marcy Zingler of Ringwood, N.J.
  • Toy Breeds & Group: Diane Zdrodowski of Blairstown, N.J.
  • Non-Sporting Breeds & Group: Dr. Jewel Elias of Pine Brook, N.J.
  • Herding Breeds & Group: Kathryn Madden of New York, N.Y.
  • Miscellaneous Breeds, Best Puppy in Miscellaneous, Best Adult in Miscellaneous: Connie Butherus of Lebanon, N.J.
  • Junior Showmanship: Dr. Fred Askin of Baltimore, M.D.

For full details, brochure and pre-entry  information, email or call Match Show Chair Stacey La Forge at 908-790-1821. Entries will be taken day of the Match.


AKC Responsible Dog Owners Day Events

M&E’s Sanctioned B-Match show is also part of the AKC’s Responsible Dog Owners Day celebrations. Canine Good Citizen and the new AKC Community Canine (CGCA) testing will offered by Certified Trainers Dr. Fred and Duffy Askin 10:30 to noon.  CGC and CGCA Entry Fees are $10 per dog, and dogs must have valid rabies certificate and bring their own brush.

At noon, a free "New Exhibitor Class” will be presented to give exhibitors and spectators the opportunity to learn dog show handling skills and have questions answered about dog shows.


Specialty Matches

For the first time, several breed Groups will also hold specialty matches.

The Cocker Spaniel Club of NJ will host its Annual Fall Breed Match & "Meet the Breeds” in conjunction with the Morris & Essex All-Breed Match. Entry fee is $6 per dog, and entries will be taken from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. at the Club table, with the Match beginning at 11 a.m., judged by Bill Gorodner of Virginia. Classes will be offered for Puppy, 4-6 month, 6-9 month, Open, For Exhibition Only. There will be no restrictions on handlers or dogs with majors. CSCNJ will host a Meet the Breed table and offer suggestions on proper Cocker Spaniel grooming and care. For additional details, contact Pat Crew at 908-526-3329.

The erding Group of New Jersey will be holding its Match open to all Herding breeds featuring judge Joe Reno. Classes will be offered for Puppy 3 to 6 months, Puppy 6 to 9 months, Puppy 9 to 12 months, 12 to 18 months, Novice and Open. Entries will be taken from 9 to 10 a.m., with judging beginning at 10:15 a.m. For additional details, email Sharon Fremer at or call 201-665-2565.

The Hound Group of New Jersey will also be holding its Match open to all Hound breeds.


"Meet the Breeds”

Various representatives from a variety of dog breeds will be at "Meet the Breeds” areas with club members and their dogs on hand to answer questions and invite interested spectators to learn more about their breeds, clubs and programs.

Representing the Toy Group, the Watchung Mountains Yorkshire Terrier Club will be presenting a 'Meet The Breed' for the Yorkshire Terrier as a pet and as a show dog. Puppy education, grooming tips, grooming demonstrations, housetraining tips and more will be presented.


Morris & Essex Kennel Club History

The day’s events also include a "Hat Contest” because the Morris & Essex Kennel Club dog shows are renowned for their pride in carrying on the legacy of style and elegance seen in the M&E dog shows of the 1920s through 1950s in Morris County. To honor this tradition, all exhibitors, judges and spectators are invited to participate in a period hat contest with one winner selected from each era (1920s, '30s, '40s and '50s) by M&E President Wayne Ferguson and Ruth Pereira prior to Best in Match.

M&E’s founder, Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge, was known as "The Dog Fancier of the Century.” Every five years, since its revival in 2000, the elegance, glamour, style and high level of judging  quality last seen at Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge’s original dog shows of the 1920s through the 1950s held on her polo fields in Madison, N.J., are brought back to life for a new generation.

The next Morris & Essex Kennel Club point show will be held in October 1, 2015, at  Colonial Park, Somerset, N.J., and plans are underway for the biggest and most elaborate event in the Club’s history.

The Morris & Essex Kennel Club was honored as  "Show of the Year,” with M&E President Wayne Ferguson also named that year’s "Man of the Year” at Purina Pro Plan’s Show Dogs of the Year awards held in New York City in February 2012. The well-known entrepreneur and philanthropist of animal causes founded Cherrybrook in 1969 and, along with several other prominent members of the dog show world, revived the Morris & Essex Kennel Club show to its original glory with planning beginning in 1997.

For information on the Morris & Essex Kennel Club, visit and


This information was slightly adapted from a press release from the Morris & Essex Kennel Club.


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