Earlier this evening, the Morris & Essex Kennel Club issued the following statement:
The Morris & Essex Kennel Club would like to inform the fancy that we have made the difficult decision to reschedule our much-anticipated show to Wednesday, October 6, 2021.
After an exhaustive investigation, we have regretfully concluded that it simply not feasible to host an event of Morris & Essex’s scope and caliber during these difficult and unsafe times.
Given the challenges of air travel both domestic and international, the constraints of social distancing, the possibility that the show could be cancelled at the last minute by state officials, and of course the risk to our judges, stewards and exhibitors alike, we feel this is a prudent decision on many levels.
While this postponement is disappointing, it is by no means a first. During the tumultuous years of World War II, our show’s founder, Mrs. Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge, also cancelled her beloved show in the face of difficult national circumstances. And once those trying times passed, Morris & Essex resumed its annual tradition, bigger and better than ever.
In that spirit, please take a minute to click here or on the image below to enjoy a vintage news reel about Morris & Essex, brought to us courtesy of the AKC Library and Archives. Though the fluttering images on the screen are more than a half-century old, the excitement behind those glorious shows of Morris & Essex’s heyday is alive and well today.
We thank all of our members, supporters and exhibitors, both past and future, for their good wishes and support. And we will see you ringside on Wednesday, October 6, 2021, to savor what we know will be our best show yet.
Morris & Essex President