Most Up-to-date Information
The schedule has recently been updated. Please check the Schedule page for the most current times and places for all event. For a printable copy click here.
This image is a collage of the scenes in the quilt offered in the Live Auction at the National. Absentee bidding is offered if you can't make it to Nationals!
Contact Denise Hunse for absentee bidding information at 972-333-4634 or Denise@hunse.net
Click on image at the right to view all items in the Auction
Exciting News - TDI Evaluation has been scheduled
We are very happy to announce that after searching across the great state of Texas AND Oklahoma, we now have a Therapy Dog International evaluator for our Specialty. The evaluation is now scheduled for Monday afternoon, October 28th at 2:00 pm at the South Fork Ranch.
PLEASE NOTE: The TDI evaluation procedures have been changed substantially. It is necessary that you go to their website to review the new test prior to signing up for the evaluation - http://www.tdi-dog.org/images/TestingBrochure.pdf. It is important that you and your dog are prepared and ready for the evaluation.
If you would like to be included in the TDI evaluation, please fill out this TDI Test Registration Form with a check for $15 and mail to: Karen Kimbrough, 511 Rocky River Rd., Austin, Texas 78746 or email@example.com. The deadline for signing up is October 20th. A limited number of spaces for testing may be available on the day of the evaluation but if demand is high, availability may not be guaranteed.
After the deadline, an email confirmation will be sent to you with a specific time for your evaluation and any other final details.
Please direct any questions about pet therapy or the TDI evaluation to Karen at 512-328-0832 or the email address above.
Greetings ABdFC Members! Specialty Update
Just a quick update on a few Specialty items and deadlines that are coming up! We are certainly having fun planning for your arrival, and look forward to seeing everyone in just a few short weeks!
We only celebrate 50 years old once!
We have received some absolutely wonderful items for this year’s auction – look for photos on the Facebook page and Specialty website soon. We still have plenty of room for donations! Please contact Denise Hunse if you have an item you plan on donating so we may add it to our advance information, and properly plan space for the event! Thank you to the members who have already generously donated to our biggest fund raiser!
Tickets are still available for the wonderful chairs being raffled off this year. Did you see the beautiful hand painted Bouvier chair backs last year? They are back and better than ever! See the Specialty Website or contact Karen Florentine at firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase your tickets. The chairs are true show pieces and will be something you will treasure for years!
Only a one or two Sponsor tables are still available for this special evening, individual reserved seats and dessert bar tickets are going fast also – don’t miss this most festive evening as we celebrate the Top 20 Conformation and Performance Bouviers. Contact Beth Leabch for reservations at email@example.com.
The Barn Hunting Premium list is now posted.
*** Please note: the entries are not accepted before the opening date that is posted.***
Pre-Registration opens September 1, 2013 and closes October 12, 2013. Day-of-Show entries for dogs previously registered with BHA available if event has not filled.
Entry limits: 120 runs for each trial.
Entry fees are $15 per run
Show Site: Southfork Ranch
3700 Hogge Road
Parker, TX 75002
Host Hotel: Southfork Hotel
1600 North Central Expressway
Plano, TX 75074
Website: www.southforkhotel.com - Reservations may be made online at the hotel website, or by telephone by calling 972-578-8555 or toll free 866-665-2680
Group Booking Code: AmericanBG
** The Samoyed Club of America is holding their specialty the week previous to ours at Southfork and using the Southfork Hotel as their host hotel as well. Should you encounter difficulty with obtaining space at the hotel on October 25th or 26th, please ask to be put on the waitlist for those nights, confirm the other nights that you want and advise the Planning Committee, email: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will work with the hotel to clear the space.
Closest RV Park:
Lafon's RV Parks - 3 different parks within a mile or two of each other on Lake Lavon in Princeton, TX approximately 8 miles from Southfork Ranch
9144 Country Road 437
Princeton, TX 75407
Rates: Daily $25.00 per day, Weekly $135.00 includes full hookups
NOTE - Reservations are accepted 30 days prior to arrival only
Additional Option - RVs may be parked behind the hotel for a parking fee of $100.00 for the week. There are NO hookups available, however, if there is enough interest, a honeywagon can be arranged mid week.
If you plan on parking your RV at the hotel - the reservations are being handled through the Bouvier Club - NOT the hotel. Please send an email to email@example.com with your name, the dates and the size of your RV. Payment will be collected on the activity reservations form that will come out later. Thanks and sorry for any confusion.
Tour Beautiful Southfork Ranch
For thirteen years, television sets were tuned into 356 episodes of "Dallas", one of the longest running TV series in history. Viewers made themselves home at Southfork, the ranch the Ewings called home and where the world was a weekly guest. Now you can visit this famous Texas ranch in person and see for yourself the lifestyle portrayed in the series.
Today, Southfork continues to welcome visitors from around the world, who come to see where "Dallas" was filmed and to experience the lifestyle made famous by the Ewings.
Whether you are an individual traveler or part of a group tour, Southfork is open daily, year 'round for guided tours of the ranch. Tour the famed Ewing Mansion and re-live exciting moments from the series in the "Dallas Legends" exhibit, featuring an exciting array of memorabilia from the series.
See the gun that shot J.R., Lucy's Wedding Dress, the "Dallas" Family Tree, and Jock's Lincoln Continental. Relax on a guided tour of the ranch grounds. Eat at Miss Ellie's Deli and shop in two themed retail stores, offering a diverse selection of clothing, accessories, gifts, and collectibles.
As you depart the Mansion, feel free to stroll through the ranch grounds, and stop and visit "Lincoln's and Longhorns" displaying Jock Ewing's original 1978 Lincoln Continental. Guests can shop here for "Dallas"-inspired men's and ladies apparel, decor, and accessories.
You'll also want to stop by the "Ranch RoundUp" shop in the Visitors Center, featuring a wide selection of Southfork gift items and Texas collectibles.
Tour Schedules ~
Tours depart the Visitors Center approximately every 30-45 minutes, and run continuously throughout the day. We are open daily, year 'round, with the exception of Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day.
Operating Hours: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Tour Schedule: The last guided tour of the day begins at 4:30 pm every day.
ABdFC Members will receive a special discounted rate for the ranch and mansion tour! ABdFC Members may tour for $9.00, a discount of $4.50.
Transportation Options from DFW and Love Field Airport
The distance between DFW and The Southfork Hotel is approximately 28 miles, Dallas Love Field and The Southfork Hotel is about 21 miles. There is no good public transportation from either airport to the hotel, so you will want to consider one of the three following options. The hotel has a shuttle van that operates between the hotel and the ranch, and can accommodate 2 large dog crates and 3 to 4 people at a time. They will also be happy to take guests to nearby restaurants, shopping and services within a 5 mile radius of the hotel.
Rental Cars: All major rental car companies are available at either DFW International Airport, or at Love Field. You may make arrangements via Canyon Creek Travel, our official sponsor, or through the various websites or direct reservations number for the company of your choice.
Here are the airport websites which will give you more specific information about the airports and rentai car companies:
For Dallas Ft Worth International (DFW) - http://www.dfwairport.com/rac/
For Dallas Love Field (DAL) - http://www.dallas-Forlovefield.com/parking-transportation.html
Rental Vans: For Dog Friendly, 15 passenger vans – Capps Van Rental
Capps is a local van rental company, who has agreed to offer ABdFC members discounted rates for those interested in renting a larger than standard van. They are ready and willing to remove rows of back seats to accommodate those of you with multiple crates.
The following rates will apply, regardless of which airport you pick up the van from:
15 Passenger Van - Daily Rate $119.95 per day with 200 free miles, or $689.95 for the week with 1750 free miles, .25 for every mile over allotted amount. The vans are all low mileage and current year models. As with rental cars, you must have a valid driver’s license, credit or debit card and proof of insurance at time of pick up. Discounts apply from October 25th through November 4th. Capps offers other van rental options, but the discounted rate does not apply.
Capps will pick you up at the airport and transport you to their office. Please make reservations directly with Capps by contacting Robert Guizar at 972-929-0003 X3 for the DFW arrivals and Joel Garza at 972-499-6030 for Dallas-Love Field arrivals. If one of the location managers does not answer, please leave a message and they will return your call. They also have a location in Plano, but more than likely, you will want to secure your van upon arrival, within their business hours. You will want to let them know how you would like the van set up at the time that you make your reservations.
Here is the website for your reference: www.cappsvanrental.com
Car Service: Dog Friendly, 20% discount from regular rates for ABdFC Members
Premier of Dallas offers both sedan and SUV transfers between either of the Dallas area airports and the hotel. The rates listed below include tolls and gratuity, and they are dog friendly!
Rates (each way):
Dallas Ft Worth to Southfork Hotel Sedan/Town Car 116.44 SUV 155.82
Dallas Love Field to Southfork Hotel Sedan/Town Car 114.44 SUV 153.82
SUVs are recommended if you have dogs and crates. Otherwise, if you have 3 or 4 people, the Town Car or Sedan option is a much better bet than Super Shuttle or similar. Super Shuttle offers a shared ride rate of 29.00 per person each direction. Who you will share with, or additional stops are not guaranteed. Premier will meet you and take you directly to the hotel for about the same cost based on 4 people.
To make reservations, please send an email to Ted Raley ted1@premierof dallas.com
Mention that you are with the Bouvier Group to get the preferred rates.
There are other shuttle type options offered on the airport websites, however the best discount rate and most appropriate fleet size are being provided by Premier. Should you have any other questions or issues with any of the above vendors, please email:
ABDFCnationalplanning@yahoo.com and we will assist by contacting the vendors.
Since the Chair Raffle was so successful last year with so many positive comments about the beautiful artwork on each chair, we are repeating it again this year.
Tickets can be purchased anytime now or at the National. If you win and are not at the National I can either ship the chair or send it home with a friend for you.
The colors are slightly different this year. The herding chair will be green again. The other two will be blue and red but I don't know which is which yet.
There will be three different designs again - herding and carting, agility and puppies.
Once you purchase, I will send you the numbers of your tickets!!!
Show Dog Video Professionals
The same videographers from last year’s National returns to us to perform videography services for the 2013 National Specialty. Filmed in gorgeous high definition they strive for a DVD of very high quality that will provide many opportunities to relive the excitement of our 2013 National. For years to come, you will be able to look at and assess the quality dogs that may eventually appear in your pedigrees!
Trophies - firstname.lastname@example.org - Please consider sponsoring a trophy for the National. Trophy sponsorships help all of our winners to enjoy a nice commerative piece, and we can't do that without your help. If you are interested in a particular category, please email email@example.com to reserve your spot ASAP. Specific sponsorships will be awarded based on first come, first serve request. Thank you in advance for your generous support!