Bird Dogs & Training  |  01/18/2018

Wanted: Missing Breeds for 2018 Bird Dog Parade at Pheasant Fest

The annual Bird Dog Parade will once again kick-off National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic at the Sioux Falls Denny Sanford Premier Center on Friday, February 16 at 11 a.m. Presented by Federal Premium, National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic will take over Sioux Falls, South Dakota from February 16 to 18.   
At 11 a.m. on Friday, a crowd will gather at the Denny Sanford Premier Center to see flushers, pointers, setters, and retrievers gather, led by their owners, in the grand opening of the nation’s largest upland event. The Bird Dog Parade is presented by Purina Pro Plan and South Dakota Tourism.
This event prides itself on showcasing the diversity that exists among our beloved sporting dog breeds. Below is a current list of the breeds we are missing from the Bird Dog Parade. If you have one of these breeds, show it off by signing up for the Bird Dog Parade. All parade participants will walk the parade route to the ribbon cutting ceremony that will open up the weekend show.
*Note: We have reached capacity for the parade. Please only sign-up if your breed is listed below. This list will be updated as forms come in. 
Missing Bird Dog Breeds:
  • American Cocker Spaniel
  • American Stabyhoun
  • Blue Picardy Spaniel
  • Braque d’Auvergne
  • Braque de Bourbonnais
  • Chesapeake Bay Retriever
  • Clumber Spaniel
  • Curly-Coated Retriever
  • Drentsche Patrijshond
  • English Setter
  • French Brittany
  • Field Spaniel
  • French Spaniel
  • German Longhaired Pointer
  • Irish Red and White Setter
  • Irish Water Spaniel
  • Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
  • Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer
  • Sussex Spaniel
  • Weimaraner
  • Welsh Springer Spaniel
To participate, please complete the Bird Dog Parade sign-up form and return it by January 31 to Grace Whipple at or Emy Marier at We will keep in touch with all participants via email as we get closer to the event. Grace and Emy can be reached for any additional questions by email. Additional event details can be found here.
Parade check in will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 16 at the Denny Sanford Premier Center. Each dog owner/walker along with their bird dog will walk the parade route, stopping on the parade stage where your name, dog’s name, and breed will be announced before each pair continues on to the show floor. The parade will begin at 11:00 a.m. and will last approximately 45 minutes.  

Photo Credit: Pheasants Forever Staff