Kennel Club of
Palm Springs, Inc.

For Information contact, Corresponding Secretary, Sandra Groeschel,


Update 11/03/21

Rest Assured.

The change in management of the Empire Polo Grounds will not have any impact on our show 6 - 9 January 2022!

The KCPS New Year Classic is a GO!!!!

The dates of our 2022 New Year Classic Show Series are:

Thursday, January 6 thru Sunday, January 9

Jan 6   Breed & Group Specialties

Jan 7  Breed & Group Specialties

Jan 7 - 9  Obedience AKC Region 9 Qualifying Event

& Rally

Jan 8 & 9  All-Breed Shows,  

Designated Specialties & Supported Entries



All Grooming tents will have lights & power.  Due to the great response to KCPS Reserved grooming, an additional grooming tent with power was added!   Overnight RV parking, and hotel information is available in the jbradshaw.com Premium List available which is available NOW.

*PLEASE NOTE: You will need a fifty (50 ft) ft. three (3) prong extension cord to access power.

NO PERSONAL GENERATORS will be permitted on the show grounds proper due to the concerns of the local Fire Marshall & the Empire Polo Club.   

KCPS greatly appreciates your support and patronage!



Superintendent - jbradshaw.com

Reserved Grooming - wheresmyspace.com

Reserved Club Activity Area (NO GROOMING) - Fconner@esri.com

Reserved Overnight RV Parking - Ron Mattson at 805.231.8408

or email Ron at foxridgedode@verizon.net


Reservations for Reserved Grooming (CLOSED-FULL) and Reserved Overnight RV Parking is available beginning 15 October and will close when full.  RESERVE EARLY to avoid disappointment!


Welcome in the New Year by joining us at the Kennel Club of Palm Springs New Year Classic on the same beautiful Empire Polo Grounds venue! 

Be part of the largest dog show West of the Mississippi!!!!

More About Kennel Club of Palm Springs


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 this October 2021.  The first class, Tues., 12 October 2021, is an introduction, orientation, & information class only....please do not bring your dog to this class.  Do bring your dog's vaccination records.  It 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. 

This will be the 10th year for Mr. Rick Klassen to teach our classes.  There will be 8 wks of instruction and the cost is $120.00.  You may pay Mr. Klassen by check or cash.  Credit cards are NOT accepted.   

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



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!