Specialty Events

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AWARDS

Versatile Bouvier Award

The Versatile Bouvier Award was designed by the ABdFC to help maintain breed characteristics. These titles are not restricted to heritage activity, as today’s Bouviers do very little droving of cattle down farm roads. Therefore, these titles also represent what dogs can do in modern times to demonstrate their agile, spirited and bold nature, as well as its well behaveddisposition. This award program is open ABdFC members in good standing.

Download the Versatile Bouvier program outline and award application at the ABdFC website - www.bouvier.org

Should you have any question about the points for your Bouvier, please contact Karen Kimbrough . . . . . .bluedogmama@yahoo.com

Deadline: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . September 6, 2016

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Vet Of The Year Award

The ABRL offers this award annually to a deserving veterinarian Members can nominate any veterinarian they feel is deserving of this award.

A short description of the reasons why the nominee should be awarded the Veterinarian of the Year along with a $5 nominating fee (Donation to ABRL) should be sent by September 1st for that year.

A panel of 3 judges will decide the winner. An inscribed plaque will be awarded to the winner at the Specialty Awards Dinner that year.

Contact:
Marcia Proud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . natlcoord@abrl.org

Make check payable To: ABdFC (in U.S funds)

Send Submission To:
Marcia Proud
9016 NW 143rd Street
Alachua, FL 322615
(386)462-0091
natlcoord@abrl.org

Deadline: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . September 1, 2016
Cost: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5.00

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Photo Calendar Contest

Our Bouviers aren’t just pretty faces that can run around a conformation ring or weave through agility poles, herd a flock of sheep, pull a cart or do a perfect sit stay.  The photo contest is all about showcasing these wonderful dogs that enrich our lives in so many different ways. We invite you to share these special moments by entering the photo contest!

Selecting the Winners

The winning photo of each category will be featured in the ABdFC 2018 calendar with the People’s Choice Winner on the cover. A beautiful streamer rosette made for the category of the photo will be awarded to each winner. The People’s Choice winner will be determined by ballot.

Photo Submission

All photos submitted by September 1, 2016 will be beautifully displayed during the National Specialty at the Lancaster Host. Download the Photo Contest Entry Form (on the Specialty Website) and submit your entry today.

Important information before you submit your entry:

  • The photos should be 8 x 10 in size
  • Do not send non-replaceable photographs, we can’t accept responsibility for lost or damaged photos
  • Entrants agree that that winning photographs will appear in the ABdFC Calendar
  • Submit one form for each entry and attach the form to the back of the photo - forms are found on the ABdFC website until 2016 Specialty
  • Make checks payable to ABdFC and note “photo contest” on the memo line
  • Photos will be accepted at the National, but these photographs will likely not be displayed as artfully as photographs submitted by September 1, 2016
  • Entrants who want their photos returned may pick them up Friday of the national, or include a stamped, self-addressed return package with the entry.

New Catagories - 2017 ABdFC Calendar Photo Contest Categories are:

  1. Baby, It’s Cold Outside
  2. Spring Has Sprung
  3. April Showers (wet dogs)
  4. May the Course Be With You (Agility)
  5. Herd it All Before (Herding)
    Puppy Love
  6. Life is a Beach
  7. Making a Run For It (dogs in motion, running/chasing, coursing, etc)
  8. Back to the Future (photo must be blk/white)
  9. Trick or Treat
  10. A Hard Day’s Work (working dogs, carting, schutzhund, barn hunt, etc)
  11. Home for the Holidays

Entries may be brought with you or mailed to:

Patte Klecan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . bedrckbouv@aol.com
505-890-0532
ABdFC Photo Contest
PO Box 10248
Albuquerque, NM 87184-0248

Deadline for mailed submissions: September 1, 2016
Cost . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . $5 per photo submitted

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PERFORMANCE

Agility Trial

Bella Vista Training & Care Center, in Lewisberry PA, is the site of the Bouvier National Agility Trial.  Our 2 day, All-breed, trial is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, October 17 & 18. The trial premium will be listed at www.bvtrainingcenter.com when finalized.

We have beautiful candle lanterns for Bouvier teams that qualify in Standard and/or Jumpers with Weaves, as well as a larger lantern each trial for High Scoring Bouvier In Trial. All trophies are etched with our 2016 Specialty Logo.

Trial Chair:  Susan Costanzo  SkyBouviers@comcast.net
Trial Secretary:  Robert Kripaitis    trialsec@ptd.net

Trial opening:  August 1, 2016
Trial closing:  October 3, 2016

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Carting

Come and celebrate the ABdFC Carting Program! Two full days of carting on site at the Host Hotel! Look forward to seeing Carting Bouviers from novice to those working on their Master titles. If your dog is not ready to enter, come watch or volunteer to be a steward and learn more about this fun and practical sport.

ABdFC Carting Rules are located at: http://www.bouvier.org/pdf/ABdFC_Carting_Regulations_Rev_Oct-2015.pdf

For questions contact Ann Schallert: ankat@ix.nrycom.com.

To volunteer please contact Nancy Valaske at nancylmvk@gmail.com

ABdFC Carting Tests: Monday, October 17 and Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Judges: To Be Announced and Ruth Jayson

Note: The AKC Parent Club Performance Program only recognizes the NDD, NBDD, DD and BDD titles.

Levels Offered:

  • Novice Draft Dog – NDD
  • Novice Draft Dog – Veteran – NDID-V Draft Dog – DD
  • Draft Dog – Veteran – DD-V Novice Brace Draft Dog – NBDD
  • Novice Brace Draft Dog – Veterans – NBDD-V Brace Draft Dog – BDD
  • Brace Draft Dog – Veterans – BDD-V

Need A Cart?

Coming in from out of town? We will try to arrange for competitors with advance reservation to borrow a cart (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.

Contact Nancy Valaske if you will need a cart - nancylmvk@gmail.com

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Herding Trial

The 2016 National herding trials are all-breed trials sponsored by ABdFC. There will be two days of trials with 2 events each day. Event #1 will be A & B course sheep and HT & PT sheep. Event #2 will be A and B course cattle & ducks. The trials will be held at Scarlets Mill Farm in Birdsboro PA, located near Reading and approximately one hour from the Host Hotel. Scarlets Mill hosts many herding trials each year and is a premier herding facility with stock that is worked by many Bouviers and other loose-eyed dogs. High scoring Bouvier and reserve High scoring Bouvier awards will be offered for each trial each day in addition to the regular High in Trial and reserve High in Trial awards. Judges are Barbara Lockard and Cynthia Knowlton. Scarlets Mill is a training facility and is available for practice/lessons any time prior to the trials. Contact: Amanda Nickle (herding@ptd.net).

For further information on the trials contact Jean Nocilly (jnocilly@gmail.com).

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Tracking

The 2016 National herding trials are all-breed trials sponsored by ABdFC. There will be two days of trials with 2 events each day. Event #1 will be A & B course sheep and HT & PT sheep. Event #2 will be A and B course cattle & ducks. The trials will be held at Scarlets Mill Farm in Birdsboro PA, located near Reading and approximately one hour from the Host Hotel. Scarlets Mill hosts many herding trials each year and is a premier herding facility with stock that is worked by many Bouviers and other loose-eyed dogs. High scoring Bouvier and reserve High scoring Bouvier awards will be offered for each trial each day in addition to the regular High in Trial and reserve High in Trial awards. Judges are Barbara Lockard and Cynthia Knowlton. Scarlets Mill is a training facility and is available for practice/lessons any time prior to the trials. Contact Amanda Nickle (herding@ptd.net). For further information on the trials contact Jean Nocilly (jnocilly@gmail.com).

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Multi-Level Performance

Dogs must participate in at least three of the following competitions:

  • Carting
  • Conformation
  • Herding
  • Rally
  • Tracking
  • Obedience
  • Agility

Dogs with an ILP may participate. The Winner and Reserve Winner will be awarded bronze cast trophies at the Awards Dinner. They will be determined based on scores earned in the various events. For complete MLP Guidelines, see the Specialty web site. Your Bouviers must be pre-registered with Jean Nocilly.

Contact: Jean Nocilly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .jnocilly@gmail.com
PO Bo 315, Cheswold, DE 19936 . . . . . . . . .(315)246-1813

Entry Deadline . . . . . . . . . . . . .September 28, 2016

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4 to 6 Month Beginner Puppy

The most fun you can have with a puppy! This AKC special event will begin after Sweepstakesjudging. We are fortunate to have Ms. Sherol Candace (Candy) Way judging our youngsters. An award for Best 4-6 Month Puppy, and Best of Opposite 4-6 Month Puppy. Entries willbe processed by Rau Dog Shows in the same manner as other conformation events. Bring your baby bouv and a friend with a camera – precious memories in the making.

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EDUCATION

Bouvier Health Foundation (BHF)

Seminar – The “USA Today” of Canine Oncology
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 • 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Location: Lancaster Host Resort & Conference Center – Hopewell Room
K. Ann Jeglum, VMD, Diplomate ACVIM, Oncology
Veterinary Oncology Services and Research Center (VOSRC) • West Chester, PA

An overall view of various cancer/oncological topics of concern to the dog owner. This will include a discussion of the most common tumor types seen in Bouviers. Biological behavior or interpretation of biopsy reports, appropriate diagnosis from a cost effective standpoint and treatment approaches with options and prognosis will be presented. In addition, this will include state of the art therapeutics.

K. Ann Jeglum completed her VMD from the University of Pennsylvania, went on to complete post-doctoral fellowships at the Animal Medical Center in Manhattan and at the University of California, Davis – School of Veterinary Medicine. She was instrumental in starting the medical oncology section of the oncology service at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Hospital, and was named a charter diplomate in the subspecialty of oncology in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 1988. Among her many accomplishments and honors, Dr. Jeglum was awarded 2015 Veterinarian of the Year Award by the AKC Canine Health Foundation, being recognized as a true pioneer in the field of veterinary oncology. And is currently a member of the Steering Committee for the Morris Animal Foundation’s Canine Lifetime Health Project. In addition, in her free-time, Dr. Jeglum has shown dogs for 40 years, beginning with Cocker Spaniels and now German Shorthaired Pointers and Pugs.

Sign up on the reservation form.
Cost. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Free

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CHIC DNA Repository Blood Draw

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Lancaster Host Resort & Conference Center – Cornwall Room
BHF will again underwrite the submission cost for blood draws in association with the OFA/CHIC DNA Repository to support current & future genetic research. We encourage you to have blood drawn on ALL your dogs (both show & companion) and especially those with certain genetic conditions. These affected dogs are especially important to genetic researchers and CHIC waives the submission fee for this important DNA. It is the samples from affected dogs that can be compared to the genetic sequencing of a clear dog, and the outcome helping to uncover mutational differences.

To speed the check-in process, we ask that you complete the OFA/CHIC Repository application/questionnaire: http://caninehealthinfo.org/chic_dnabankapp_main.pdf prior to arriving at the blood collection.

In addition to the CHIC blood draw, veterinary technicians will be available to conduct cheek swabs in association with the AKC’s DNA Profile – but remember; has nothing in common with the DNA information compiled from the blood draw. The cost for this procedure is $40.00 (paid with your Specialty Registration form); a savings of $5.00 from regular AKC fees - BHF will submit & cover postage.

BE PART OF THE BOUVIER’S FUTURE AND SIGN YOUR DOGS UP FOR THIS YEAR’S BLOOD DRAW!!!

Costs:
CHIC Blood Collection. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Free
AKC DNA Cheek Swabs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $40.00

Deadline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .September 28, 2016 Sign up on the reservation form

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Judges Education and Mentoring Workshop

Mentors Workshop is for those ABdFC approved mentors to become familiar with the program. All mentors will leave with a PowerPoint CD of the presentation, copies of the handouts and an outline of the seminar talking points. The Mentor Presentation and Judges Education will be combined.

Date: Wednesday, October 19 at 8 a.m. in the Host Hotel

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SOCIAL

Welcome Reception

Your first opportunity to meet and greet old and new Bouvier friends will be at the Welcome Reception. Come and start your week off with all of us. Enjoy a beverage and snack, chat with friends and pick up your Ways and Means Pre-Orders. A cash bar will be available to quench your thirst after setting up. We are trying something very different this year at our welcome reception in addition to an international cheese display and a grilled vegetable tray. The reception will feature a Martini Mashed Potato Bar. It will include mashed red skin and sweet potatoes with all the accompaniments: crumbled bacon, cheddar cheese, blue cheese, scallions, cinnamon, brown sugar, mini marshmallows and more!!!! We will meet and greet on Monday, October 17 in the Paradise Room in the Host Hotel at 6:00 p.m.

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Top Twenty

Join us at this year’s Specialty to celebrate and recognize and celebrate our ABdFC Top Twenty Conformation and Performance Bouviers!

Top Twenty will be held Wednesday, October 19, 2016 in the Lancaster Host Ballroom.

Doors open with cash bar at 6:30 PM and the event will begin promptly at 7:00 PM.

Reserved ringside tables and seating are available again this year, but are limited so reserve your seats NOW!

Sponsor tables for eight are available for $550. Your ringside table includes hors d’oeuvres, wine, dessert bar, one Top Twenty catalog per person and a memento of the evening’s festivities.

Mini Sponsors will receive individual reserved seating and including the Dessert Bar is $25.

Semi-formal or evening attire is required for all attendees - Judges, Handlers, and Spectators.

Reservations: Susan Upcraft . . . . . . . . . . . .twobouvs@sbcglobal.net

Handler Meetings - The day of the event the handler or owner will be required to attend a pre-event briefing. The time and place for that meeting will be determined, posted and announced. Please note Conformation and Performance meetings will be held separately.

Top Twenty Photos - Official Conformation Top 20 photos will be taken before the event by appointment – this will be discussed at the briefing in addition to ring procedures for the evening. Official Top 20 photos for the performance dogs and handlers will be taken after your rosette presentation. Details will be reviewed at the handler meetings.

Participant Information - Qualifying dog owners will be sent information via email regarding entry and procedures. It is imperative that all information for rosette orders, catalog pages and attendance be confirmed and/or submitted no later than August 19, 2016.

For more information for Top Twenty Participants see General Information for Top Twenty Finalists and Participants on http://www.bouvier.org, click on the event tab.

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“Down On The Farm” Auction and Buffet

While you’re planning what to pack, throw in your jeans and your checkbook. We have some fantastic items for the auction this year. Pennsylvania began as a farm state and continues to be a top agricultural producer. You will definitely not want to miss our farm buffet and auctioneer starting with a cash bar at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday evening in the Ballroom. Dress for the evening in your best farm duds – jeans and flannel shirts.

On the Menu:

BBQ Chicken
BBQ Ribs
Hamburgers and Hot Dogs
Cole Slaw
Baked Beans
Hot Corn Bread
Fresh Corn on the Cob
Baked Potatoes with the Fixin’s
Chocolate Cake and Apple Pie
Yuengling Beer on Tap (included w/dinner)

Plan on joining us for an evening of good food, good friends and good fun! If you have not let us know about your auction donation item yet, please do. Contact Karen Schydlowski, kschyd@aol.com. Thank you in advance for your generous participation. This auction event plays a major role in funding our specialty and helps keep the costs down for the event as a whole. Please bid generously!! See you there.

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Awards Banquet

This year’s Awards Banquet will be held in the Ballroom. The festivities will begin with a cash bar at 6:00 p.m. followed by a traditional Pennsylvania Dutch Buffet. Please join us as we honor the recipients of a variety of awards including Futurity Breeders, Top Producers, VCD Bouviers, our 25 year members and a variety of other special accomplishments. Member title certificates will be available for pick up. This is a great way to wrap up Specialty week, relax and bid adieu and safe travels, until next year in California!

On the Menu:

Roast Pork Loin and Sauerkraut
Honey Baked Ham with Raisins
Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken Pot Pie
Garden Salad
Chow Chow Pennsylvania Dutch Potato Salad
County Cole Slaw
Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans
Shoo Fly Sweet Bread
Chocolate Cake
Dutch Apple Pie
Whoopie Pies

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