The ADSJ Advanced Institute

2023 ADSJ Advanced Judges Institute

After the disruption caused by the recent pandemic, we are pleased to be back on track for 2023, however, we find that the Hound Group part of our program overlaps with the AKC/DJA program in December of 2022. At a meeting of the various Institute Directors and Tim Thomas, it was decided that the overlap may work to the advantage of some judges preparing for the Hound Group. Since AKC/DJA is offering all hound breeds and we are offering sight hounds, one could attend both Institutes and cover most of the hound breeds in a four month period.

The 2023 Institute will again be held in conjunction with the Kentuckiana Cluster of Dog Shows on March 16 - 19 at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, KY.

Since 2015, the scope of our program has focused on the breeds in two groups each year. The educational format first introduced by the ADSJ Advanced Institute in 1995, of breed seminars reinforced by hands-on workshops will remain the same. As in the past, the quality and depth of the educational experience is enhanced by expert presenters, quality dogs, and limited class sizes.

For 2023 we will be offering 12 Toy and 12 Hound breed presentations. Meals and lodging are on your own which allows us to keep our registration fees at a bargain level for ADSJ Members.

In the 2015 Institute, the classes filled to capacity in a very short time and we were not able to accommodate all of the judges that had hoped to attend the Institute. We know that this was extremely disappointing to those on the waiting list that were denied admission. Therefore, in 2016 we initiated a new policy. Once a class has reached the maximum number of attendees, those judges on the waiting list, will be offered a chance to register for up to 20 seats in the seminar portion of the Institute. Consistent with AKC and Institute policy, these judges will only be allowed to attend the seminar portion of the classes and will not be allowed to attend the hands-on workshops. Please remember that this policy will only be initiated once the class for the full program has reached capacity.

We look forward to our 2023 ADSJ Advanced Institute. Please reserve the dates of March 16 - 19, 2023.

For any immediate questions, you may contact:
Dr. Gerard C. Penta, Director
ADSJ Advanced Institute
at: or by telephone at (724) 834-3744

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Planned Breed Presentations

Afghan Hound
Cirneco dell'Etna
Ibizan Hound
Irish Wolfhound
Pharaoh Hound
Scottish Deerhound

Biewer Terrier
Brussels Griffon
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
English Toy Spaniel
Japanese Chin
Toy Fox Terrier
Yorkshire Terrier

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