Welcome to the Summer of Love Celebration!
Join us for an evening of beautiful dogs at the BMDCA’s tenth annual Top Twenty Gala, which will be held the evening of Thursday, April 6th. This event will showcase the top conformation dogs from 2022. The theme is year is Summer of Love. Formal evening wear is encouraged by participants. In honor of the theme, attendees are encouraged to wear their finest 1960's themed outfits!
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, 2022.
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 Award during the evening festivities.
The Top Twenty competition will culminate Thursday evening in the main conformation ring at Cal-Expo Building C. 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. Cash bar opens at 6:30PM. The main even will start at 7:00 PM and 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.
The theme this year is Summer of Love. Attendees are encouraged to wear their finest 1960’s themed outfits. In addition to being a groovy party, the Veterans Parade, an emotional high point of the Specialty, will be held during the tabulation of the People’s Choice Award. Mark your calendar, you won’t want to miss it!
Top Twenty Gala donations are also very welcome and may be made through Master Registration. For more information about BMDCA's Top 20 program, please contact Top 20 Chair Sara Karl at [email protected]