Seattle Scottish Highland Games Association

Scotland Comes to the Pacific Northwest

Pacific NW Scottish Highland Games & Clan Gathering

Scotland Comes To The Pacific Northwest!

July 26, 27, and 28, 2024

Enumclaw Expo Center
45224 – 284th Avenue SE
Enumclaw, Washington 98022

No Pets Allowed In The Enumclaw Expo Center

2024 Celtic Kennel Schedule and Participants

Be sure and join us to tour the Celtic Kennel as we feature the Celtic dog breeds at work and play!

Celtic Kennel Schedule – July 27 & 28, 2024
Schedule includes both Saturday and Sunday times and events – except where noted.
Celtic Kennel OPENS to the Public
9:30AMMeet and Greet the Breeds
10:00AMObedience Demonstration. Developed in the 1930s, Obedience is one of the AKC’s oldest sporting events, and it’s open to all dogs. From walking on- and off-leash to retrieving and jumping, or demonstrating your dog’s ability to stay, Obedience trials feature dogs that are well-behaved at home, in public places, and in the presence of other dogs. It is essential that the obedience dog demonstrates willingness and enjoyment while it is working with the handler.
10:30AMRally Demonstration

Think of an AKC Rally event as any team sport: You and your dog navigate a course, sideby-side, as you steer him through a course of 10-20 different signs. Each of these signs provides instructions regarding the next skill that is to be performed. The dog and handler move continuously throughout the course with the dog under control at the handler’s left side. Although each performance is timed, a good race time is not the goal; it’s about working as a team while performing the skills, with the dog under control.
11:15AMK9 Nose Work Demonstration

Inspired by working detection dogs, Nose Work is the fun search and scenting activity for virtually all dogs and people. Nose Work starts with getting your dog excited about using his nose to seek out a favorite toy or treat reward hidden in one of several boxes, expanding the game to entire rooms, exterior areas, and vehicles. As your dog grows more confident with his nose, target odors (odors used are birch, anise, clove, and AKC adds cypress) are introduced, and competition skills are taught.
11:45AMTrick Dog Demonstration

Dog trick training started to gain recognition in the 1920s, as Rin Tin Tin began performing in silent films. As movies grew more popular, animal actors like Lassie became household names, since their tricks enabled them to “act out” scenes in movies. The American Kennel Club began offering AKC Trick Dog as a title-earning sport in 2017. Since that time, AKC Trick Dog has become extremely popular with many different kinds of dog owners.
12:15PMAgility Demonstration
(Adjacent Fenced

Imagine a look of determination on your dog’s face as he runs hard, nimbly making each turn. He keeps his eyes on you while scampering through tunnels, jumping over hurdles, and beaming with pride. The crowds in the stands cheer as you move together in perfect harmony. That’s the sport of Agility. It can be quite a rush – and one of the best ways to create an even deeper connection between you and your dog. Agility is a growing dog sport in the United States. Dogs race against a clock as they navigate an obstacle course with strong concentration and speed.
12:00PM to 1:30PMCeltic Kennel Closed for:
Welcoming Ceremonies
Lunch & Potty Break
Parade Preparation
12:45PMCeltic Kennel Parades Behind The Clans
1:30PMCeltic Kennel REOPENS
1:45PMCeltic Kennel Grand Review
2:30PMRecognition of Rescue, Service & Therapy Dogs
2:45PMMock Dog Show — Junior Showmanship ONLY (Saturday Only)

Children have always been an important part of the future of canine sports, dating back to 1920 when the first competition for children handlers was held. Children 9 to under 18 years old learn basic handling abilities, and how to care for, and present, different breeds in a competition. While Juniors are judged by an official AKC Judge, it’s the quality of their presentation that is judged, not the dog.
The President of SSHGA and The Chieftain of the Games will be visiting the Celtic Kennel on SATURDAY afternoon. Following their visits with the individual breed clubs they will present the President and Chieftain Awards. Their criteria is based on communication of breed history, interaction with volunteers, dog friendliness, and personal evaluation.
Chieftain of the Games – Saundra White
President – Colin Mathieson
3:30PMCeltic Kennel CLOSES

Please note: Times are approximate.


2024 Celtic Kennel Participants

Participating Celtic Dog Breeds:


    • Border Collies
      Coordinator: Brianna Alford
    • Border Terriers
    • Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club of America
      Coordinator: Kara Coykendall
    • Evergreen State Shetland Sheepdog Club
      Coordinators: Peggie Venemon, Dee French
    • Glen of Imaal Terriers
      Coordinator:  Myra Mercer
    • Irish Water Spaniel Club of Puget Sound
      Coordinators:  Rebecca Brooks
    • Northwest Bearded Collie Club of Puget Sound
      Coordinator:  Kaylee Anagnos (Sunday)
    • Overlake Collie Club
      Coordinator:  Judy Bandlow, Alix Vorkapich
    • Pacific Northwest Gordon Setter Club
      Coordinators:  Barbara and Michael Webb
    • Pacific Northwest Welsh Springer Spaniel Club
    • United States Kerry Blue Terrier Club
      Coordinators:  Sharon Burnett, Jean Birkland
    • Washington State Scottish Terrier Club
      Coordinator: Karen McLaughlin
    • West Highland White Terrier Club of Puget Sound
      Coordinator: Victoria Ray (Saturday); Lesley Wilson (Sunday)

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As a self-supporting, non-profit, all-volunteer organization funding our programs can be difficult. With no corporate backing behind us, and the escalation of expenses over the last few years, our efforts to meet our budget requirements and explore additions to our lineup, has been stymied.

Our journey has been a struggle but with your donation we can navigate and survive these unprecedented times and go into the future solvent and whole! YOU are appreciated.

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