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Kennel Club of
Palm Springs, Inc.

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Up Coming show information:

It’s that time of year to start thinking about and making plans for our Fabulous Palm Springs Shows January 4-7, 2024.  My name is Angela Stevanus, and I am the newly elected Show Chair for this fantastic event. I am a KCPS member and have been involved with the Palm Springs shows for many years.


I have been showing dogs and participating in organizing club events for over 25 years and as part of the Specialty Committee, I look forward to working with all of you at our 2024 shows.


Once again, our show location is the beautiful Empire Polo Grounds in Indio. Last year we had beautiful weather, and we are fortunate to be able to host all our Specialty Partners at a show site that many in the dog fancy have agreed is the finest outdoor show site in the United Sates. By being a part of our Shows, you, can offer your exhibitors 4 days of shows with a chance of majors all days.  The perfect way to kick off the New Year!  
KCPS will again offer all covered grooming spaces that include electricity and lighting for your convenience and if you love shopping, we had over 25 Venders on site.   

The Kennel Club of Palm Springs and I Welcome you

KCPS Specialties Coordination Team: 

Jill Hopper
John Low

Angela Stevanus

More About Kennel Club of Palm Springs

Membership & Meetings

Kennel Club of Palm Springs is an open membership club with current members in the Palm Springs area, the
High Desert and other Southern Californian locations.  Our members are breeders, exhibitors and companion dog owners devoted to dogs and their welfare.  Prospective members are encouraged to attend meetings to meet the membership and become familiar with the way in which the club operates. 

Contact Toni Johnson at

Club Activities & Training Classes

The next series of Obedience classes begin in the Fall of 2023.  The first class, TBA, is an introduction, orientation, & information class only WITHOUT DOGS-do not bring your dog to the first class.  Bring your dog's current vaccination records which must be up to date to participate in these training classes.  Classes are held at the Palm Springs Police Dept. at 200 Civic Dr., Palm Springs, CA.  Classes will be conducted in the K9 Training yard on the north side of the Police Dept.  Parking is available by the training yard. 

Mr. Rick Klassen will return to teach our classes in the Fall of 2023.  The course is 8 weeks, and the cost is $120.00 cash or check only.   

For information regarding these Obedience classes, contact instructor, Rick Klassen at (760) 402-2603.


HISTORY of the Kennel Club of Palm Spings

Organized in 1978 by Robert and Lois Waters, Margaret and Fred Young and Major and Beatrice Godsol to educate members and the general public about purebred dogs, to conduct purebred dog activities and to promote
sportsman-like competition at these events.

The Kennel Club of Palm Springs is very proud of our annual AKC Licensed All Bred Dog Shows, Obedience and Rally Trials held the first weekend in January at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio. This prestigious show is considered
the opening event of the dog show year. Our first American Kennel Club licensed show was held
at the Palm Springs Pavilion on January 8, 1984, with 2183 entries. Best in Show was judged by Robert Waters. The Show Chairman was Jim Hohe, and Assistant Show Chair was Lilian Barber. The first back-to-back shows were
held in January 1994.


Kennel Club of Palm Springs Dog Shows is also known as the New Year Classic and takes place the first weekend in January.  There are four days of conformation shows and also Obedience and Rally competitions throughout the weekend.  The 40-acre venue is located on the Empire Polo field.  KCPS also offers a great selection of vendors.

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