FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 25, 2016
CUT OFF DATE: July 24, 2016
AKC Honors Chairman of the Houston World Series of Dog Shows
Tom Pincus Receives First American Kennel Club Visionary Award
Houston, TX... At its recent annual conference, the American Kennel Club honored Houston’s own Tom Pincus for his success in making the Houston dog show not only a top-notch competition for exhibitors but also an ever-popular entertainment and educational venue for spectators.
Pincus, Houston World Series of Dog Shows’ chairperson and Houston Kennel Club president, has been at the helm of the five-day cluster show for more than 10 years and has been involved with it since its inception in 1977. During that time and with the help of several Houston dog-sport enthusiasts, he has introduced to Houston’s dog show many performance events and crowd-pleasing exhibitions including Agility, Meet the Breeds, Barn Hunt, and, most recently, Creative Dog Grooming. Spectators may enjoy these innovations in all their glory at the 39th Annual Houston World Series of Dog Shows, held at NRG Center from July 20 - 24.
Mr. Dennis B. Sprung, AKC Chairman, explains, Tom deserves the honor because of the work he has done to build the show “...into an event that both fanciers and everyday dog lovers look forward to each year.” And every year, thanks to Tom’s relentless enthusiasm, the show offers something new. Tom explains, “The Houston World Series of Dog Shows has always tried from the very beginning to innovate by adding new attractions.”
“We were the first AKC show to offer Agility, Meet the Breeds, My Dog Can Do That! and the Dr. Mari Jon Filla Student Art Show. Because of their popularity at our show, these events have spread around the country to other dog shows. In recent years, we have added Barn Hunt and Creative Dog Grooming.” Other events that have proven their longstanding popularity including Flyball, Canine Frisbee® and Canine Musical Freestyle along with the McScotty Market, which offers dog-related products only available at the Houston show.
Pincus, who received the Visionary Award in Orlando, FL., during the AKC’s annual December conference, was one of six recipients in 2015. According to Chairman Sprung, the Visionary Award “...celebrates individuals whose vision and contributions have been responsible for change and forward movement in our organization; efforts have protected our right to own and breed dogs; shared the AKC’s dedication to and love of dogs with the general public and educated today’s and tomorrow’s dog owners about responsible ownership.” Pincus certainly meets those criteria. He’s worked on the Houston dog show for almost 40 years, serves as overall coordinator for the cluster and as president and AKC delegate for the Houston Kennel Club.
General show hours are as follows. Wednesday’s partial show, July 20, runs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with FREE ADMISSION AND PARKING. This is a perfect day to shop the McScotty Market and enjoy conformation competitions, as performance events do not begin until Thursday. General hours for Thursday-Sunday, July 21-24, are 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Tickets are available at the door, and priced at adults $15, seniors 55+ $10 and active/retired military personnel and family with ID $10. Children 12 and younger are admitted FREE with adult. Parking is $12 per day (cash only). NRG Center is located within NRG Park at 8400 Kirby Drive, Houston, Texas 77054.
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Formerly known as the Reliant Park World Series of Dog Shows, the Houston World Series of Dog Shows is sanctioned by the American Kennel Club and supervised by Onofrio Dog Shows. During five days, the shows typically attract more than 40,000 spectators and participants and 14,000 entries. Wednesday’s specialty breed show is sponsored by Bluebonnet Boxer Club, Inc., Houston All-Terrier Club, Houston Combined Specialty Association and Houston Working Dog Club. The Houston Kennel Club sponsors Thursday and Friday shows with Beaumont Kennel Club sponsoring Saturday and Galveston Kennel Club sponsoring Sunday. The show’s diamond sponsor is Purina® Dog Food, makers of Purina® Pro Plan® dog food. Other sponsors include Dr Kruger Pet Supplements™ and VERGI Houston 24 Hour Emergency and Critical Care Hospital.