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.

Photo Gallery: Alabama Bulldogger Association

As the media and dog lovers alike buzz about the National Dog Show to be televised on Thanksgiving, we, as always, find our customers’ shows just as buzz-worthy. For example the, Alabama Bulldogger Association. Here are some recent event photos of the beautiful dogs and their proud owners with our Hodges rosettes and trophies. For more photos, see here.

Meanwhile, we’d love to feature your group’s photos, as well… just drop us a line!

 

Orion, Best in Show winner

Ashlynn, winner of the junior handler (under 6 years old), with her pup

Dixie, winner in the 18-24 month old female category

Weezy, who took the 6-9 month old male award

 

 

A special thank you, just in time for Thanksgiving

We’ve been busy here at Hodges! Our new website is almost ready to go, we have some exciting new partnerships in the work (more on that soon), and we just announced a special promotion–a thank you of sorts for our customers–on one of our favorite categories: silver products.

From now until November 30th only: you place the order, we pay the shipping! This is a great opportunity to stock up on silver awards for any shows or events you have coming up, or to order a special gift for the holidays (remember, we have not only the traditional trays, and bowls for awards:

but also beautiful photo frames and photo albums that can be personalized with engraving to make a wonderful gift for any occasion):

You can order here, and use the special keycode N11090003P to get free shipping!

(Minimum order is $25; click here for details)

A hardhat tour at Purina Farms Event Center

Welcome to Purina Farms

This afternoon I had the honor of joining Brock Fitzgerald for a hard hat tour (I really had to wear one!) of the new Purina Farms Event Center.  Last march I visited the Purina facility and they had just broken ground for the new building.  Today there is a huge difference – the building is almost weather tight, and looks like it should certainly make the planned opening in September of 2010.

Below are a number of shots taken inside the building today.

This is a photo of the main event hall. This is a clear span building with 45,000 square feet of competition space.

Exhibit hall - photo taken from 2nd floor deck.

This is the upstairs banquet facility.  Glass windows on both sides will give views of both the competition hall and the grooming and preparation area.

Banquet and catering space for 600!

There will be dog bathing stalls along this wall.

Dog bathing stalls will line this wall in a few weeks.

This is the grooming area!

Dog grooming area - can you believe it!

This will be the cafe.

Future home of the cafe/snack bar.

This is without a doubt going to be the finest dog show arena in the country.  Brock says that they will be open for business in September of 2010.

If you are interested in bringing your event to Purina Farms, contact Brock Fitzgerald at Purina.  He can be reached at 314-882-3232.  Ask him about our special deal on ribbons for events held at Purina Farms – our neighbor in Franklin County, Missouri.

One of the existing outdoor competition areas.

Dock dog/agility course.

Incredible Dogs and an Incredible New Dog Show Facility

There is a multitude of dog shows happening at any given time, but we were just reading about the Incredible Dog Challenge, an, er, incredible event that recently took place at Purina Farms in Gray Summit, Mo.

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The Incredible Dog Challenge is a series of televised competitions that showcase “incredible dogs” competing in activities like Freestyle Flying Disc, Agility, Diving, and Head-to-Head 60-Weave Pole racing. The events take place in various places across the country, and culminate with the national finals at Purina’s home-base in Mo. (Great photos from the event here)

Aside from the amazing talent of these dogs (congratulations to all the winners!), the event caught our interest because Purina is not only such a powerhouse in the dog market, but because they are our neighbors! Purina Farms is just a few miles from our manufacturing facility in Missouri, and we’re very much excited about the new Purina Event Center is building to house dog shows.

If you haven’t heard, this new indoor-event center, slated to open in Fall 2010, is one of a kind. The facility will have a 45,000-square-foot main exhibition hall a 13,500-square-foot benching and grooming area (which can also be used for smaller shows and events), handler changing areas, a dog bathing room and a dog water station, a fully-equipped show office, a café, a banquet room with seating for over 350, and a conference room.

We can’t wait to see it and are especially excited that Hodges owner Rick Hodges is heading to Missouri next week where he’ll be treated to a hard-hat tour of the site. It is sure to be quite an experience, so stay tuned for updates! And, as always, we’d love to hear about your incredible dogs and events, whatever their size…