2020 National Specialty
Join us for a FORMAL evening of beautiful dogs at the BMDCA’s eighth annual Top Twenty Gala, which will be
held the evening of Wednesday, May 6th. This event will showcase the top conformation dogs from 2019.
Entry is by invitation only and is sent to the top 20 Bernese Mountain Dogs in breed and all-breed points, as
determined by AKC statistics from January 1 through December 31, 2019.
Dogs will be prejudged by a three-judge panel the afternoon prior to the gala event. Each judge will evaluate
the dogs on a predetermined point system, enumerating the criteria of our breed standard. The emphasis for
judging is on the individual qualities of the dog and how closely he/she conforms to the breed standard.
Points will be tabulated once the prejudging is completed, and the winner will be announced at the
conclusion of the event. In addition, attendees will also have the opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice
The Top Twenty competition will culminate Wednesday evening in the main
The event will be opened to the general public to view the final
showcase of the Top Twenty dogs
and presentation of awards to the top winners.
This event will be both entertaining and exciting as
the handlers present their dogs
to music chosen by them to represent the unique personalities of their dogs.
Formal evening wear is encouraged for participants and spectators to
honor the theme: Toasting the Future
Top Twenty Gala
donations are also very welcome!
For more information about BMDCA's Top 20 program, please contact either Top 20 Co-Chair:
Sara Karl at
Murray Johnston at
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Top 20 Entry
Entry by invitation only
Top 20 General Fund
$25 and up