American Bouvier des Flandres Club Presents:

2017 National & Regional Specialties

Bouvs on the Beach | September 23-30, 2017 | Ventura, CA

In partnership with the Bouvier Club of Northern California & Southern California Bouvier des Flandres Club

2017 ABdFC National Specialty

Three specialties in one week... The American Bouvier des Flandres Club, the Bouvier des Flandres Club of Northern California, and the Southern California Bouvier des Flandres Club invite you to join them. Stroll the boardwalk, go whale watching, take the food & wine tour or explore old town... Come for the dog shows but stay for the fun!

What's New

Hosted by the Southern California Collie Club (SCCC), download the Agility Premium.
Opening Date: July 28, 2017 at 8 AM, MDT, Closing Date: Sept 8, 2017 at midnight, MDT

Conformation, Obedience & Rally
Download your copy of of the ABdFC, BCNC & SCBdFC Premium (updated 7/28). You can also visit the Jack Bradshaw (show superintendent) web site.
Entries Close: Noon, Wednesday, Sept. 6 2017 PT

Don't delay, get your entry in now. If you are coming from out of town and can't bring your cart with you, some brace and single carts will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Contact Brenna Mooney at or (925)522-9632. Don’t delay. They will be gone soon. Download the Carting Premium and ABdFC Carting Test Regulations (updated 4/2017) now.
Entries Close:Wednesday, September 6, 2017

All-Breed & Bouviers Only 2-Days (Sat-Sun)... 4 Test/Trials opportunities, plus Friday Test Runs by appointment only. Download your Herding Premium now.
Entries Open: Monday, Aug. 1, 2017

Download the 2017 Ways & Means Pre-Order Catalog and create your own item! You can choose from a number of different items and even choose the color of Bouvier (Grey, Silver or Fawn). When you're ready to order or have questions, review the instructions in the catalog and send an email to Jill Reifschneider at or call (209)814-4968. Some of the items will not be available at the specialty - so order now!!
Deadline has past for pre-orders but you can still place an order. We may be able to have your order at the specialty but delivery date and location is dependent on order date. Questions, please email Jill at

Get all the information you need to plan your trip to CA this fall:

  1. Schedule
  2. Hotel Information, Airport, Car & RV Rentals, Directions, Visting Ventura
  3. Multi-Level Performance, Agility, Herding, Carting, Obedience and Rally
  4. Sweepstakes, Futurity and Conformation, 4-6 Month Beginner Puppy
  5. Fairgrounds Information: Facilities, Bathing and Grooming, Ringside Seating
  6. Judges Education
  7. Health Testing
  8. Photo Contest (2019 Bouvier Calendar)
  9. Social Events: Welcome Reception, Auction, Top 20, Awards Dinner,
  10. Catalog Orders & Catalog Advertising
  11. Ways & Means
  12. RV Reservations
  13. Reservation Form
We're looking forward to seeing in you! Download the 2017 Planning Guide.

Thanks to Lee Calhoun, our on-site reporter, for specifics on our upcoming National.

“I just got back from shows held at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. I had forgotten what a nice, intimate grounds they were. The building where we will be holding our specialty has a wonderful rubberized surface for good traction. The building is large enough to hold both the ring and the grooming spaces. RV spots are spaced right around the building for easy access. And you are steps away from the beach and Seaside Park and Boardwalk. Really neat.

But, more than that, I got a chance to see the hotel. Most rooms have a balcony so that even if you can't see the ocean, you can step out and smell it and hear it! The surfers were out on the water waiting for a good set to come in. Took me back to my younger days when I would visit my grandmother in California. Remember, Gidget et al?

The fire pit where we will hold our Welcome Night faces the Boardwalk and our dogs are welcome there. Ventura and the hotel are very laid back places. Interestingly, I spent this past weekend staying at the LaQuinta about 5 miles from the show site and... I paid $30 more a night. The Crowne Plaza is giving us quite a deal as it is still season when we will be there. We ate at a steakhouse right next to the hotel and it was great. Also, the Crowne Plaza is about to open a gourmet Mexican restaurant in house. We stopped at the bar and I had a Lime Drop... delish!!!!!! We popped up to the top floor where the Top 20 will be held. There are floor to ceiling windows and the view is spectacular. A lovely space.

Anyway, thought the membership might be interested in learning more about what we are planning for September. Thanks, Lee”

The American Bouvier des Flandres Club National Specialty is not just another dog show. It is an annual gathering of the breed greats – those breeders interested in perpetuating the Bouvier des Flandres as well as the best dogs in the country.

Each year a show of this scale takes increasingly more financial strength to orchestrate. Financial support of trophies and volunteer help, allows us to offer all of those things that help put the “Special” in the National Specialty. Each donation will be recognized in the Specialty Catalog and website. Check out the full trophy list and how to Sponsor a Trophy. We'd appreciate your contribution to help make another memorable specialty!

It's underway... We're planning the live auction and silent auction. Do you have an item to donate or you'd love to see what's in store.

The Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach, our host hotel, and the Ventura Country Fairgrounds face the pacific ocean with a park and beach walk in between. The average temperature is in the 70’s and the sun shines 250 days a year.

Rates for the 24th to 28th are $159 for a King bedroom or $169 for a bedroom with two Queens. If you come in early or stay later, rates are slightly higher…$189 for a King and $209 for two Queens. Remember… You are right on the beach!

Host Hotel Reservations

Reserve online or call (805) 648-2100 or (888) 233-9527. Be sure to identify yourself as with the "American Bouvier Des Flandres" group. Reservation Online Now

Exterior -
View from the Pacific Ocean

Exterior -
Birdseye View


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Exhibit Hall - Exterior

Exhibit Hall - Interior


We're working on events Schedule now. It's tentative but it should give you enough information to start planning.

When flying your dog, remember to think about the weather on the other end. It can be hot in Southern California, so you may want to look at flights arriving in the early evening or taking off in the early morning.

Los Angeles International Airport

LAX is approximately one hour and 15 minutes from Ventura. Access a full list of airlines and ground transportation at:

Bob Hope Airport (Burbank)

Burbank is approximately one hour and 5 minutes from Ventura. Alaska, American, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest and United fly in. The airport accepts pets but before booking check with the airlines at

Santa Barbara

The airport is serviced by Alaska, American and United. Always ask if they fly dogs, and if so, what size crate the airport can handle.

website last updated on 10/13/17

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