Specialty Events

page last updated on 8/3/11

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Bouvier Health Day Speakers (Updated 8/3)

Enjoy a round table luncheon on Wednesday, October 5th with:

Ed Durham, Ph.D. (Cardiology) - current heart disease research
Jaime Modiano, V.M.D, Ph.D - current canine cancer research
Eddie Dziu - COO, Orthopedic Foundation for Animals: OFA co-sponsers the CHIC program with the AKC Canine Health Foundation

Recently adding, Melanie Mercer, DVM CCRT, who will discus both reproduction and sports medicine/rehabilitation.

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Grooming Seminar Starring Tony Digiorno & Doug Johnson

Tony Digiorno of Susants Bouviers and Doug Johnson of Rocheuses Bouviers have graciously agreed to share their expertise. Both Tony and Doug have been breeding and grooming top winning BIS Bouviers for more years than probably would care to admit.

They will groom a dog from start to finish. Following that, they will be available to help all attendees with the grooming of their dogs. The grooming seminar will be videotaped and all attendees will be provided a free copy when it is edited and produced. The video will eventually be available for sale on the ABdFC website.

The cost of the seminar is $50 per person. Please look for the Planning Guide entry form in the near future.

Your Feedback

Do you have a specific question you would like answered at the seminar? Please let us know at BouvierNatl2011@gmail.com.

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Herding: Two Day Event

About the Sheep

Get your bouvier's prepared! Here's what we know about the sheep; The sheep at the Purina facility are used year around for trials. They are appropriate sheep, but need a dog who can work from a reasonable distance and the handler has control of his/her dog. So get busy and make sure you and your Bouv are ready!

The proposed Herding schedule is posted on the Schedule page.

All-Breed Trial Judges

Judge #1: Ann Witte - Sheep Trial on Saturday and the Duck Trial on Sunday
Judge #2: Jim Buzzard - Duck Trial on Saturday and the Sheep Trial on Sunday

Bouvier Only Trial Judge

Judge #3: Jim New - Sheep & Ducks Test & Trials

Herding Instinct Open to All Breeds

Jim New will be coming back to Purina on Tuesday beginning at 9AM until the last dog is done for Herding Instinct. Register early with pre-entry or for an additional cost you can register the day of event. Cost will be determined at a later date.

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Putting the Dog Before the Cart

Two Opportunities to Compete in ABdFC Carting Tests

Been thinking about carting with your Bouvier but just haven't taken the leap? It's not too late to start training to compete in the carting tests at this year's Specialty. Although not all Bouviers are naturals in draftwork, many, after a proper introduction to the apparatus and appropriate conditioning, take to the sport quite well, enjoy having a job, and true to Bouvier form, bask in the spotlight. You and your Bouvier will have two opportunities to compete at the Specialty: Tuesday, October 4 and Wednesday, October 5. Judges will be Ruth Jayson and Julie Cramerr. Successful completion of the test—which includes individual control exercises, maneuvering, and a freight haul—will result in titles being awarded ranging from novice (NDD), to advanced (DD), to veterans within each class.

Need A Cart?

Coming in from out of town? The Carting Committee, courtesy of committee member Ruth Jayson, and her husband, Cam, will have available two carts, handmade by Cam, that competitors with advance reservation can borrow (you'll need to bring your own harness), along with a freight load. Otherwise, all entrants are expected to bring their own carts, freight loads and harnesses for their dogs.

Tests are all breed, meaning they will be open to other breeds, including mixed breeds; any dog entered, including Bouviers, must be at least 24 months of age. The most recent regulations can be accessed on the ABdFC website under the "Events" tab (www.bouvier.org), or by contacting Carting Test Chair Ann Schallert (information below). Look for an entry form in the Specialty premium.

Not ready to test? We've got two great opportunities for you to learn more about the sport of carting. On both test days, we'll need volunteers to act as stewards for the maneuvering course and freight haul. The freight haul is one mile on hilly terrain, so if you like to walk, that’s a great job. Volunteering is a good way to get close to the action and learn a lot in the process.

Carting Seminar

Another opportunity to learn about carting is our Introduction to Carting Seminar on Tuesday evening, October 4 in the Event Center. Even if you are competing, we hope you'll join us. See you in St. Louis! To reserve a cart, or if you have questions about the carting test, seminar or to volunteer, contact Ann Schallert at ankat@IX.netcom.com or (314) 524-1376.

Submitted by Lisa Rodier on behalf of the ABdFC Carting Committee

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