Canyon Cluster | Tucson, AZ

Canyon Cluster

Ringside photos and dog show candids from this year’s Canyon Cluster which was held November 12-13, 2021 in Tucson, AZ.

November 12-13, 2021
Canada Del Oro Kennel Club (November 12-13)
Madera Canyon Kennel Club (November 14-15)




Kristine Mullen

The Canyon Cluster is held in the infield of the historic Rillito Park Racetrack, which is the birthplace of Quarter Horse racing in the United States. The backdrop for the show is the beautiful Santa Catalina Mountain Range. There are many dog friendly restaurants within a couple miles of the show grounds, it’s always a fun time to take a dog or two with you for dinner with friends after competing at the shows all day.

  • The Madera Canyon Kennel Club was founded in 1998 as a social arena for AKC dog owners in the south western area of Arizona. The club has expanded and includes members from Sahuarita, Green Valley, Tubac, and surrounding unincorporated areas. In 2004, the club decided it was time to become more involved in the community and promote understanding and appreciation for pure breed dogs. The club formalized itself, assumed the name of the Santa Cruz Valley Kennel Club, electing a board of officers, appointing committee members and organizing “fun matches.” In 2006, the club, applied for official AKC recognition. After a lot of restructuring for incorporation and an official club name change, the Madera Canyon Kennel Club was formally recognized by AKC in August 2008. The first “A” Match was scheduled and the dream was realized. By March of 2009, the club had held the required matches and voted to seek "Licensed Status." With hopes held high, on July 17, 2009, the club was notified that full License status was approved. This set the wheels in motion for the inaugural AKC show that was held on March 26, 2010. After review by the AKC, the Madera Canyon Kennel Club was notified that it had completed all requirements and is now licensed to hold AKC point shows and obedience trials.

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