Please note!!!!! The pay by credit card function is now once again functional on the GFKC website. Thanks everyone for your patience.
Conformation Handling Classes
Conformation Handling classed will resume resuming Wednesday, January 11, 2023, 7 PM at Colonial K9.
IN MEMORY OF MARGARETA WILLIAMSON
We lost a wonderful mentor and friend on Wednesday, August 17th. Margareta Williamson passed away at 84 yrs of age. Margareta was a wonderful obedience trainer for all who were fortunate to take classes from her. She had many interests through her dogs as well as through her Mary Washington College courses and graduation with a degree in Historical Preservation. She went on to University of Virginia where she earned a Master’s Degree in Architectural History. She was a member of the Stafford Historical Society. She became a member of the University of Mary Washington’s Elderstudy, and served on its Board of Directors bringing many dog related programs to its curricula, including Search and Rescue Dogs, and about being an Animal Control Officer. Margareta is perhaps most proud of being the founder of the 4-H Canine Competition of the Virginia State Fair and the many graduates of her classes she has helped to become good K9 citizens and better competitors. She also showed her beloved Keeshonden in conformation and finished many Champions. She had lost her beloved Audey (Keestorpet’s Chardonney) several months ago, who she had imported from Mona Karlsson in Sweden, and had imported several of her Kees. Margareta has raised Collies and Keeshonden and had traveled to Sweden and England to select Kees to improve the breeding for her very successful Keestone Kennels. She was a charter member of the Greater Fredericksburg Kennel Club and had been the club’s President, Treasurer, and Show Chairman. It is a great tribute to her that she will be remembered as a true friend, and greatly missed.
The Greater Fredericksburg Kennel Club Dog Show on August 26 &-27, 2022 was dedicated to Margareta.
Please note change from 5 day cluster to 4 days – Charlottesville-Albemarle is no longer part of the Celebrate Virginia Cluster
2023 Celebrate Virginia Cluster
Four Shows – One Location – Meadow Event Park, Doswell, VA
Dates: Thursday – Sunday – August 24 – 27, 2023 – All events will be indoors.
Thursday & Friday – August 24, 2023 & August 25, 2023 – Northern Neck KC
Saturday & Sunday – August 26, 2023 & August 27, 2023 – Greater Fredericksburg KC
MB-F will be the show superintendent. The cluster is in the planning stages at this time.
If you would like to have a regional or National Specialty or supported entries, please contact Becky Heubi, Show Chair at email@example.com
The PeeWee class will once again be offered on Saturday, August 26, 2023. For further information, please contact Kim Beahm at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Obedience and rally will be on Saturday, August 26, 2021 offered by Greater Fredericksburg Kennel Club – All Obedience and Rally events will be in the Pavilion with air conditioning. For information regarding Obedience and Rally, please contact Pauline Shatswell at email@example.com
GFKC Agility Trial – September 1-3, 2023 at Level Up Dog Sports, Mechanicsville, VA.
Fast Cat – 2023 dates and location to be announced.
Bailey’s Book Club
Please donate to AKC’s Bailey’s Book Club!
GFKC has joined the AKC’s Bailey’s Book initiative. We ask that if you can, when you attend our shows, please donate a dog-themed book or related resources suitable for students in grades k – 12 to read. The AKC program is designed to provide books for students in Title 1 schools. Through your book donations, we are all helping to provide children a chance to learn about and appreciate dogs. We will have a box for your books–which can be new or gently used–at the catalog table. If you prefer to donate through Amazon.com, please use the link below. The books you purchase directly from Amazon will go straight to the AKC offices. https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1546Y7Q2SYZD9?ref_=wl_share Thank you for your generosity! GFKC
The Greater Fredericksburg Kennel Club was founded in 1970 under the name Rappahannock Valley Breeders Association by a group of dedicated dog fanciers. Several of the founding members remain active in the club. In 1973, at the suggestion of the American Kennel Club, the name was change to the name we have today; the Greater Fredericksburg Kennel Club. In 1977 approval was granted to conduct licensed AKC events. GFKC has continued to grow and serve the breeders, exhibitors, pet owners and the community.
The Greater Fredericksburg Kennel Club will: further the advancement of all breeds of purebred dogs, do all in its power to protect and advance the interests of all breeds of purebred dogs, and encourage sportsmanlike competition at dog shows and performance events. GFKC welcomes all mixed breed dog owners who are dedicated to and passionate about enhancing the life of their canine companions. As part of its mission, GFKC will provide means of informing the public about (1) the standards for purebred dogs, (2) availability of sound registered dogs as pets and show prospects, and (3) conduct sanctioned matches, dog shows, and performance events for purebreds and mixed breed dogs under the rules of the American Kennel Club.
WHAT WE DO
- Meet – Meetings are held every second Thursday of the month at 7:30 pm (7 pm if program scheduled) at Christ Lutheran Church, 1300 Augustine Ave., Fredericksburg, VA 22401. Occasionally we will meet at another location to include our dogs. Please check the calendar of events. We meet to discuss club business, plan events, gather for special programs and talk about the latest happenings in the world of dogs. Prospective new members and guests are always welcome.
- Classes – There are no classes being offered at this time.
- Conformation Handling – Wednesday night at Colonial K-9
- Hold Events – Every year we hold a Conformation Show, an Agility Trial, and an Obedience and Rally trial, plus numerous other smaller events. The conformation, obedience and rally is held at Meadow Event Park. The Agility trial will be held at Level Up Dog Sports, Mechanicsville, Va.
- Public Education – One of our main goals is to educate people in the many aspects of pure bred dogs.
CANCELLATION POLICY. In the event there is inclement weather, i.e. snow or severe storms, on a meeting night or any other scheduled GFKC event, a notice will be provided on this website as well as on the Facebook page. You may also contact the appropriate instructor for that event via email or phone.