Kennel Club of
Palm Springs, Inc.

For Information contact, Sandra Groeschel,



April 2022

The Kennel Club of Palm Springs thanks everyone who participated in our 2022 New Year Classic!  The weather was perfect, our venue was gorgeous with outstanding facilities, rock solid & exemplary judges,, gracious & exuberant exhibitors, and wonderful & appreciative spectators!  What more could we ask for?

Each and everyone one of you help make our show successful.  The entries were the highest in 13 years ...... almost 10,500 over the four days of the New Year Classic!

The 2023 Show Committee is busy at work, planning & organizing our next show!  We look forward to seeing each of you again.

Sandra Groeschel

2023 KCPS Show Chair

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 chiantixtra@gmail.com

Club Activities & Training Classes

The next series of Obedience classes begin in the Fall of 2022.  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 2022.  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.

For information regarding other training classes, contact Merilynn Hurd (760) 333-4466.


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 are listed among the four largest shows in the country by the AKC and the largest show West of the Mississippi!  Also known as the New Year Classic, it is also one of the top listings on the "bucket list" of most dog show exhibitors! No other show has a more gorgeous show venue with weather to match.  There are now five group shows with more than 35 breed specialties during the four days of shows, resulting in majors, majors, majors! There are also  Obedience and Rally competitions throughout the weekend.  The 40 acre venue includes manicured polo field grounds and extensive areas of tented rings, aisles and grooming areas.  Ample daily and overnight parking is available.  The New Year Classic is the first weekend of January.  Mark your calendars now and plan on joining us each year for the best dog show experience ever!  Looking forward to having your dogs and you join us in the beautiful Sonora desert!