The New Winter Classic (part 2) The Dog Barn
Posted on 12/27/2012 in Coonhounds.
The New UKC Winter Classic (part 2)
The Dog Barn
The dog barn…..you can’t live with it and you can’t live without it. I think that pretty much sums up the way many people feel about your typical dog barn atmosphere. I think there is no denying the fact that a certain percentage of our sport enjoys listening to a good ol’ coonhunter sales pitch while optimistically thinking maybe that old dog that is tied up in the dog barn really could be something special. That is totally understandable and we are glad so many people enjoy it. But the other side of the coin is a world that is not always pretty. And EVERY major event in the country that I have been involved with has had issues with, and had to make restrictions of various degrees, to try to keep a handle on dog trading.
Beginning with this year’s UKC Winter Classic, we are going to take a slightly different approach to the selling of dogs on the grounds. The Batesville facility is unique because it is not as spread out as most fairgrounds. The Civic Center complex features one huge indoor arena and an outdoor, covered, open sided arena that is the same size as the indoor arena. It is very nice. This year with the help of additional staffing we are going to require all dog sales (trading) puppy sales and stud dog promotion to be done in one specific area that being the outdoor arena. There is plenty of room. We will not be charging for space in the dog barn nor can you reserve space in the dog barn. The only requirement will be to check in with the barn supervisor when you arrive and they will assign you a space. It will look really nice to have all this activity under one roof.
Because this area will be monitored, we should be able to keep a handle on some of the type of dog trading that we would rather not have associated with our event. So feel welcome to bring any pups that you would like to sell but please, no puppies under seven weeks of age. Also, feel free to bring dogs for sale but please, restrict it to UKC registered hounds and remember that individuals with a number of dogs considered excessive, or dogs that are not deemed to be in good health, will not be permitted to set up at the Winter Classic. We realize we will have our work cut out for us in attempting to somewhat regulate dog and puppy sales but we are confident we can make this a better environment for everyone.
The outdoor arena will actually be broken into three different areas. One area will be for dog and puppy sales, one for stud dog and kennel promotion and one for coonhound clubs / groups. The dog and puppy sale area does have chain link dividers. Not pens mind you because they don’t have gated fronts. But it is a very nice area to keep things organized and make room for plenty of people to buy and sell dogs. You will definitely need to bring your own puppy pens and it is recommended that you bring tie out stakes for dogs. It is an excellent set up for hanging banners.
The stud dog and kennel promotion area is also available at no charge to anyone wishing to set up. This is an open area with no dividers so it is recommended that you bring one of those pop up canopies to define your “space”. You will also need to provide your own tables, chairs, etc. There is electric and water throughout the entire outdoor arena.
We also have a very nice though slightly smaller area for clubs and other types of coonhound groups to set up in. This area actually has a black top surface instead of dirt. Again, canopies would work really well to help define your “booth”. Any coonhound club that wishes to use this space to do raffles or other means of club promotion is invited to do so.
So in summary, we will require all dog and puppy sales to be conducted in the outdoor arena. There is no fee for the use of this space. Space is available on a first come / first served basis. You must check in with the barn supervisor to be eligible to use space. The following diagram is simply to give you some idea of the lay out of the dog barn. This is not a representation of the actual number of spaces available. We have more room than we think we could ever fill. Please bring your stud dogs, dogs and puppies and join us!