National Entlebucher Mountain Dog Association

Overview & Locations of Entlefest Activities


Here is a list of locations and their addresses for various Entlefest activities:

Jacobson Park Shelter # 4 Google Map
4001 Athens Boonesboro Rd., Lexington, KY 40509
Jacobson Park Shelter 4

Kentucky Horse Park - AllTech Arena -
4001 Iron Works Pkwy. Lexington, KY 40511
(859) 233-4303
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Host Hotel: Hyatt Place -
2001 Bryant Rd. Lexington, KY 40509
859) 296-0091
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Banquet Location: Malone’s Prime Events and Receptions -
3373 Tates Creek Rd. Lexington, KY 40502
(859) 977-2600
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Thursday, September 1

Jacobson Park will be the location for all of Thursday’s activities
4002 Athens Boonesboro Rd., Lexington, KY 40509
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Educational Activities:
There will be a presentation by AKC Herding Judge Sharol Hathaway about the AKC Herding Program and working with herding breeds. - more about her presentation.  

Plus an additional presentation: an introduction to Treibball, is in the works!

Lunch provided  We will have a cookout at the park with burgers and bratwurst.

Blood Draw for Research on Inherited Diseases 
NEMDA is collaborating with the Entlebucher Preservation Foundation again this year to host a blood draw event. The samples will be sent to the OFA CHIC DNA Repository. These samples can be used in future research and testing aimed at reducing the incidence of inherited disease in Entlebucher Mountain Dogs. If the OFA does not already have your dog’s sample, this is the perfect time for you to add it to this important research resource. We will have a veterinary technician on site to draw blood samples. There is no cost to you. Expenses will be covered by NEMDA and EPF.

CEBA Set Up!  Join us and help us set up for CEBA!

Dinner on your own
There are plenty of restaurants near the hotel - here are just a few of the choices within walking distance and all three have dog friendly patios.

Friday, September 2

CEBA Temperament & Conformation Evaluation
The Comprehensive Entlebucher Breed Assessment (CEBA) is for any NEMDA member who would like to learn how their Entle compares to the NEMDA breed standard in both temperament and conformation. Come away from the evaluations with a customized profile of your dog’s behavioral traits and structural characteristics. Click here For more information.

Can you help with CEBA? Join us Friday morning with family or spouse as a CEBA volunteer! Volunteering for CEBA is fun in two ways: It is a great chance to see the commonalities and differences of typical Entles as they respond in a variety of situations, and a chance to mingle with fellow members with a purpose. Should this be your first time to volunteer, don’t worry, we’re all learning and training together. Our CEBA crew will provide any guidance needed for the friendly strangers (10) and the stimulus exercises.

Lunch (right after CEBA) Included with Entlefest registration
Combo half sandwich and salad, or a full salad with breadsticks, plus a dessert. You will receive an email to make your selection through the NEMDA website after you have registered for Entlefest. 

Breeders’ Roundtable 
Join us for an informal gathering to discuss breeding and breeder related topics. If you aren’t a breeder, but are interested in becoming one, or just plain interested in learning more about breeding, you are welcome to join in. There’s no cost. Bring your own snacks and beverages. Dogs allowed only if they do not disrupt conversations. Questions should be sent in advance to Johnette Oman at

Annual General Meeting 
Join us for NEMDA’s Annual General Meeting. The meeting will be held at the Hyatt Place Hotel, followed by the auction and a casual dinner. There will be a short presentation of the past year’s accomplishments and discussion of impact actions, followed by open discussion opportunities. Even if you can’t join us for dinner, please feel free to attend the meeting and auction (no cost).

The annual silent auction is always great fun! (There will also be a live auction for a few select items on Saturday at the banquet.) Come bid on a wide variety of items donated by NEMDA members to raise money for the organization. NEMDA will be able to accept cash, check or credit card payments. Have something to donate to the auction?
You can fill out the Auction Donation form here.

Dinner (Included with Entlefest registration)
There will be pizza and salad at the hotel after the AGM.

Saturday, September 3

National Specialty – Kentucky Horse Park/AllTech Arena - in conjunction with the Bluegrass Classic Dog Show

Go to the MB-F/Infodog website for the Premium List and registration:
Entry deadline: August 17, 2022
NOTE: Premium for our designated specialty should be listed on the Infodog website soon.

Not showing? Watch your fellow NEMDA members showing their Entles! Check out the fantastic vendors with all sorts of great dog-related merchandise. Try out dock diving or Fast CAT, or go through certification for Canine Good Citizen (CGC) or Farm Dog! The show will also have an eye clinic - so you can get your dog’s eyes checked!

Banquet & Live Auction - Malone’s Prime Events and Receptions - 7:00pm
3373 Tates Creek Rd., Lexington, KY 40502
In Lansdowne Shoppes

Please join us Saturday night for a delicious dinner at Malone’s Prime Events and Receptions. For $60 enjoy the Secretariat Dinner, which includes an appetizer, salad, dinner rolls, your choice of entrĂ©e, vegetables, potatoes, and dessert. Gluten free and vegetarian options are available. Coffee, tea, and Pepsi beverages are included, alcoholic beverages will be available at the cash bar.
NOTE: Be sure to list any dietary restrictions when registering.

After dinner, participate in the always spirited, and often hilarious, live auction.

Sunday, September 4

Red River Gorge Hike
Come out and enjoy the beauty of Kentucky’s Red River Gorge, part of the expansive Daniel Boone National Forest. The area is a National Natural Landmark, a benchmark of significant ecological features in the United States. “The Red” is known for its sandstone arches, natural bridges, waterfalls, and jagged cliffs all within the geological area’s 29,000 acres. It has the largest collection of freestanding arches east of the Rocky Mountains.

We will drive out to the area, near Stanton, KY. There are many different dog friendly trails (leashes required). People can divide into groups and choose a hike based on the length and challenge level desired.

Other Activities to Choose From
There are a variety of other activities you can choose to do on Sunday, including horse farm tours, a retired thoroughbred racehorse farm, distillery tours, and more. See complete list here

There is also an agility trial going on in Louisville on Sunday and Monday. It is a 60–90-minute drive from the hotel. The trial is put on by the Derby City Agility Association (DCAA). You can find out more at Entries open in July and it is a random draw.

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