Club Information

The Greater Gainesville Dog Fanciers' Association, Inc. is fully sanctioned and licensed  by the American Kennel Club. The GGDFA is a diverse group of individuals with one thing in common: the love of our canine companions.

We are dog owners, breeders, handlers, and trainers who are interested in conformation, obedience, rally, agility, herding, tracking, lure coursing, junior showmanship, canine good citizen program, therapy and dog sports in general.  

Our Officers and Board of Directors

Denise Gaboury: President

Denise is a lifetime and charter member of GGDFA.  Her love has always been the Doberman Pincher. She has been President of the club since 2013. A critical resource for the club. She brings to the club great knowledge especially with performance dogs in Obedience and Rally.  She chairs the yearly shows for these events and holds training classes each week.

Pam Rice: 1st Vice President

My first dog love was my family's collie. In the mid 60's I started helping out with my aunts poodles and going to shows in Penna. Got the "pug bug" when I moved to NJ and started working and showing for a pug kennel. Moved to Fl. in the early 70's - when in Melbourne was in the Brevard KC and served on the board. Moved to Winter Haven and was in the Lakeland-Winter Haven Club and served on that board. Move to Gainesville in 89 and joined GGDFA and have been a member and board member for many years. Gee How did I get so old !?!

Kathy Davis: 2nd VP / membership

Kathy is also working on her biography, will be done shortly.

Doris Horton:Treasurer

Doris is working on her biography, will be done shortly.

Liz Mignin: secretary

After falling in love with dogs through her local 4-H program in Ohio, Elizabeth (Liz) Mignin transitioned to the world of dog showing in middle school. She competed with her Chesapeake Bay Retriever and Great Dane in conformation, Junior Showmanship, obedience, rally obedience, dock diving, and agility throughout high school, and frequently showed other Working and Sporting breeds for friends. Liz loves all dogs, big and small, and she looks forward to continuing her support for the American Kennel Club in new ways through GGDFA!

Claire Hedrick:BOD / Newsletter

Claire has been involved in dogs since she was 12 working with her aunt raising Bassett Hounds.  In the 70s she got her first Irish Setter after long ago reading "Big Red" and always wanting an Irish. Then in the 80s adding a second breed the English Cocker Spaniel.   Loves both the breeds and she with her husband's support have stayed active in the National and Specialty Clubs and the GGDFA All Breed Club. "

Marge Saucier: BoD

Marge had several wonderful dogs when young. One day her friend invited her to watch her show her English Springer. Marge proceeded to get her first show Irish Setter and for the next thirty years competed in confirmation and occasionally bred these gorgeous animals. Marge acquired her first Irish Wolfhound twenty-five years ago and totally fell in love with the breed. For a while she had both breeds!!

Susan sutton: BOD

Susan is working on her biography, will be done shortly.

Jeremy white:BOD

I have been an animal lover and advocate my entire life. My very first dog was a Pomeranian named Cowboy when I was seven. I got my very first show dog, a Miniature American Shepherd, in 2017. I started showing her in 2018 and finished her conformation championship the following year. Since then, I have had the pleasure of showing multiple dogs of multiple breeds. I love learning about new breeds, grooming, and how to show them. My goals are to continue growing as a dog fancier myself and to encourage and support others in the sport of showing dogs. 

Our History

The GGDFA was formed by a group of dog enthusiasts in early February 1967.

The first all-breed fun match was held on May 28, 1967.

The GGDFA was incorporated on December 18, 1969.

The first AKC Sanctioned B-OB Match was held October 18, 1970.

The first AKC Sanctioned all-breed show and obedience trial was held on Sunday, October 29, 1972

Our Mission

The objectives of the Club shall be: To further the advancement of all breeds of purebred dogs.

To do all in its power to protect and advance the interests of all breeds of purebred dogs and to encourage good sportsmanlike competition at dog shows and trials.

To conduct sanctioned matches, shows, trials and events under the rules of the American Kennel Club.

Our Projects

We host an all breed dog show each year in January. It's called the "Gator classic".

We partner with another dog club in the area and together offer conformation, obedience and rally trials.

This event is held at The Greater Ocala Dog Club's facility.