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About Our Club

Founded in 1966, the Mission Trail Poodle Club supports all aspects of this versatile breed. We were the first AKC Poodle Club to hold an AKC Agility Trial (July 14, 1996) and the first to hold a field test for the Working Certificate/Working Certificate Excellent award (October 27, 1996) through the Poodle Club of America (PCA).

The club name is taken from the "Mission Trail" of the Spanish Jesuit mission sites along the California coast which were established in the early days of exploration of the area (1700s).

Our goals

Mission Trail Poodle Club has several goals. They are:

  1. to encourage and promote the breeding of pure-bred poodles and to do all possible to bring their natural qualities to perfection;
  2. to urge members and breeders to accept the standard of the breed as approved by the AKC as the only standard of excellence by which poodles should be judged;
  3. to encourage sportsmanlike competition at dog shows and obedience and agility trials, and any other events poodles may enter;
  4. to conduct licensed specialty shows and obedience trials;
  5. to operate for social, recreational and educational purposes, and for the prevention of cruelty to animals;
  6. to encourage members to donate time and/or money to organizations that promote the health and welfare of poodles and other dogs: CERF, Seeing Eye Dogs, Hearing Dogs, Therapy Dogs, PRA Research, VIP, Poodle Rescue, etc.

Who May Join Our Club?

All persons 18 years of age or older who are in good standing with the AKC and who subscribe to the purposes of this club.

Club Documents Online

Members of the Mission Trail Poodle Club can access the club's official documents, reports, calendars and minutes of the meetings online through Google Documents. Here's how >

Club Meetings and Events

How Often and When Does the Club Meet?

As of 2016 the club meets quarterly.

Club Calendar for 2017

General Meetings

Board Meetings


What Does the Club Do?

Mission Trail Poodle Club organizes two AKC Specialty shows, Agility Trials, and an Obedience and Rally workshop each year. It also conducts educational meetings for its members, and arranges CGC testing.

If you would like more information about the club please contact one of the officers listed below. To obtain information regarding our activities, please see the Shows and Events page.

2017 Board of Directors

President: Carol Kent

Vice-President: Michelle Shultz

Secretary: Sarah Dulski

Treasurer: Olesya Arkhipova

Directors: Anita Farris, Inge Semenschin, Charlene Smutny, Karen Wood