Join us for an evening of beautiful dogs at the BMDCA’s eighth annual Top Twenty Gala, which will be held the evening of Wednesday, May 12th. The theme this year is Denim and Diamonds. Spectators are encouraged to wear their finest denim and diamonds outfits; formal evening wear is encouraged for entrants.
This event will showcase the top conformation dogs from 2019 and 2020. 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 and January 1 through December 31, 2020.
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 Tuesday evening in the main conformation ring at the Events Center. In addition, attendees will also have the opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice Award.
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. No admission fee will be charged, and there will be a cash bar. 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.
For more information about BMDCA's Top 20 program, please contact Top 20 Chair Sara Karl at [email protected]