A M E S S A G E F R OM T H E P U B L I S H E R
I am writing this month to update you on how the coronavirus crisis has affected our work at SHOWSIGHT , and to let you know the steps we have taken to continue our services to you during these trying days. For the first time in 29 years, our team was able to produce SHOWSIGHT and ship the magazine throughout America—while all of our staff worked remotely. This was only pos- sible because, three years ago, we instituted an all-digital production process. Your support has made this work possible. You are the reason why we are able to continue bringing you coverage of the country’s dog events, every single day at www.showsightmagazine.com and on our Social Media pages. Thank you! I also want to thank our dedicated staff, who are working harder than ever to provide the news that you want to read during these trying times. Our editorial and business departments have shifted priorities and resources to respond to the unprecedented events of 2020 and 2021. As you might imagine, back in April of last year when we all went into lockdown, I’d assumed that delivering coverage to you from many time zones (and across multiple content platforms) while the world was in isolation would not be an easy feat. The reality has been that, all of a sudden, we found that we had extra time on our hands, and this allowed our staff to become more motivated than ever. I must admit that our staff is the smartest, hardest working team in publishing business. Thank you for your support of them. Now, with all this extra time, we’d agreed that every week we would acknowledge the things that we need to improve from within and, most importantly, figure out what our community needs from us. I personally spoke with leaders from just about every dog show-related organiza- tion (from Superintendents, National Parent Clubs, Show Organizations, and AKC Board Mem- bers to Judges, Handlers, Breeders and Exhibitors) before we finalized all of the changes that we will be making. Look for several exciting opportunities from us as early as the next edition. In the coming days, you will receive our SPRING NEWSLETTER that will introduce one of the biggest developments by a magazine that we (or any dog show publication) has announced in the last decade. If you are not currently a subscriber to our newsletter, but you’re interested in receiving Breaking News, Trending Topics, and more, please head to www.showsightmagazine.com/news- letter / and sign-up for FREE . I respectfully ask that you consider supporting our organization’s continuing efforts to pro- duce a publication that showcases America’s top-winning purebred dogs. It is your support that allows our hard-working staff to produce the publication that you like advertise in—and judges like to read. Although I know that these are anxious and challenging times for all of us, and that you face many pressures on many fronts, we can and we will get through this year together. Please know that we are praying for you and that, because of you, we are not just hoping to survive, we are energized to live beautifully like never before. Lastly, since I love history, let’s mention WESTMINSTER ! Over the last 145 Years, the Westminster Kennel Club has survived two World Wars, the Great Depression, 9/11—and COVID-19. Although I can’t promise this, I do believe that dog shows will last forever. Experi- ence has taught the community of purebred dog breeders, handlers, and exhibitors that we can rely on the essential goodness, charity, and courage of the dog show people to meet the chal- lenges of a perilous hour. The BEST is yet to come.
AJ ARAPOVIC, OWNER & PUBLISHER
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