My Personal Favorite New Dog Show Awards

Each catalog we strive to find new solutions for your awards. We just published our Dog Show Award Catalog (in March) with over 90 NEW products.

I wanted to tell you today about my personal favorite new dog show awards in the catalog.

My first favorite is our new vintage dog plaques. We actually have two versions: The “Best Dog” Vintage Award Plaque and the “Dog Life” Vintage Award Plaque.  Both plaques feature dog themed quotes, attractive backgrounds and are customizable with one of our AKC breed stock designs (200+ new full color designs). These make great awards and gifts for your volunteers!

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My second favorite product is the new Windsor Rosette. It offers something a little different from what is currently in our line of dog show rosettes. The Windsor Rosette features a ¾ rosette top made of hand sewn petals and three 12” streamers. Just like our other rosettes, you can still choose a button, gold rim, or satin center rosette center with your logo or a stock design, any ribbon color or combination of ribbon colors including exclusive multicolor side streamers and 10 lines of custom print. The Windsor Rosette can also be customized with up to 24” streamers to accommodate if you are looking for a larger rosette.

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My third favorite product is actually not a product but a new option for our dog show trophies. We had our art department create a custom printed column that can go on any trophy with columns. It features a paw print design on a light green background and your choice of any AKC Dog Breed stock design. This is great for those shows exhibiting less common breeds not usually available in trophy tops. It allows you to customize the trophy specifically for your breed with a more generic trophy top.

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So I’ve listed my personal favorites here but we have so many more new great products in this catalog. Go on-line, find your and let us know. We would love to get your feedback. Happy browsing!

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Hodges officially joins 4-H family

We’ve long served the 4-H community, providing ribbons and awards to 4-H groups across the country. It’s a 90-year tradition here at Hodges–and a natural partnership, given our long history as an American manufacturer dedicated to serving organizations that work with dogs, horses, and various youth groups.

So, when 4-H recently strengthened its regulations on use of its name and logo, we immediately applied for approval to continue serving these long-time 4-H partners. We’re thrilled to announce that 4-H has provided us an official license to continue offering awards and ribbons bearing the 4-H name and emblem.

All you 4-H dog groups can order, as you have in the past, here. For more information on our 4-H license, click here.

We’re looking forward to continuing to work with our 4-H partners!

Hodges partners with Retriever Entry

We are very excited to be part of an exclusive new program RetrieverEntry.com, the event entry service sponsored by the National Amateur and National Retriever Clubs.

As partners with Retriever Entry, Hodges Badge Company is providing special pricing on judges gifts and competitor awards to anyone who uses Retriever Entry. As the largest supplier of the finest quality awards, we’re thrilled to be partnering with Retriever Entry and it’s clubs. And, as an example of our work, see Retriever News’ blog coverage of the recent National Retriever Championship… here is a very proud winner with one of our rosettes.

We are just one part of this new Club Rewards Program, which is designed to provide direct financial support to AKC Field Trial and Hunting Test clubs. Other offerings include rebates for entries and special offers from Gun Dog Supply.

For information on how to join the Club Rewards Program to take advantage of these incentives, visit Retriever Entry.

How Do We… Print on Ribbons

You have probably never given a thought to how all the titles, places and dates get onto the ribbons you have won.  You still don’t have to (because that is our job!) but I am going to give you the basics of  how ribbons get printed, because it’s an interesting process…

All of our orders begin on a computer screen, when you explain your needs to our customer service rep, and they enter it into the computer system.  The order is printed, checked and we send you an acknowledgment.  Then the order travels to the plant office, and into production.

The typesetter takes their instructions from the printout, and pulls brass matts from a drawer like this one:

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They compose the type in the stick, like this, and it goes into the Ludlow, which casts a single line of type like the one shown below.  Each line of type lasts for 1,000 impressions, at most, before it must be melted down to be reused.

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Type is composed in a chase, and placed in a hot stamping press.  These presses operate at 325 degrees, and stamp the ribbon with 12 tons of force.  The gold leaf is really embossed into the ribbon with that much pressure.  We use specially modified presses from Vansco Manufacturing because they print better than any other press available.

Using these presses, we can print and cut 100 ribbons a minute.  Or, if each ribbon needs to be individually titled, about 1 per minute.  If you have a long list of titles, we ask that you send them to us as an excel file – and we have a special press that can use that information for the printing instructions, saving time and expense over hand setting all the type.  Most importantly, it helps us get the right spellings of dog names.

Next week – putting rosettes together!

A Taste of Our Specialty Items

Our vast selection of ribbons, rosettes, sashes, silver, trophies, etc., covers pretty much every award a dog could ever hope to win. But, what about after the show or event? Well, for the humans out there, we have several specialty items… all great ways to recognize allegiance to a club, to show off your affection for your dog, or as thank-yous to volunteers that support your group or organization. Here are some of our favorites…

Canvas Prints:

An economical way to capture your favorite dog. Transfer photographs onto durable, high-quality canvas (in 6 standard sizes) that is treated to protect fingerprints and fading.
Prints are available in color, sepia tone or black and white.

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Window Decals:

Show off your club affiliation (and get your name out into the community!). Decals are full color in adhesive or cling material that is customizable. (50 piece minimum)

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Mugs:

11 oz. ceramic mugs can be printed with your colorful logo (36 per case minimum).

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Banners:

This vinyl banner is a great affordable alternative to promotional signage! Wipes clean easily and features gold cord and fringe.

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Other selections available on our website