John Pearson, NCNC President
President's Message | March, 2017
NCNC members and their dogs have been busy again this past month. (See also the Show Results section.) In the conformation ring, Bordeaux (Ann Cramer), Austin (Laura & Kevin Gallagher), Tucker (Cathy & Jerry Sayre) and George (Jill Latchaw) earned Best of Breed (BOB) awards. Austin also earned a Group 4 (G4) placement. Bordeaux earned an Owner Handled Group 2 (OHG2), and Grace (Deborah & Todd Bridge) earned an OHG3. Whitney (Emma Taylor) earned a Puppy Group 4 (PG4). In the obedience ring, Austin (Laura & Kevin Gallagher) finished his Companion Dog (CD) title with two more qualifying scores. That also finished his requirements for the coveted Versatile Newfoundland (VN) title. Congratulations to all!
Despite the rainy months of January and February, the skies cleared briefly allowing NCNC to host two successful carting seminars, conducted by Lori Littleford, John Pearson and Rick Humphreys. As I write this, the March Carting Seminar is scheduled for March 11, 2017, at Lagoon Valley Park in Vacaville. Cherrie Brown is the contact & leader for this one. Check the Newfs Paper and the website for more information and the entry flier. NCNC will not have a Spring Draft Test this year, but there will be a draft test at the National Specialty in Oregon in April, 2017. (See more below.)
As I write this, I am looking forward to the Annual meeting and annual Awards Banquet at Murillo’s Restaurant on February 25, 2017, where we will celebrate the accomplishments of our members and their furry companions during 2016. I hope to see you there. Thank you Dawn Druge and June Gibson for chairing this event!
The 2017 NCA National Specialty is rapidly approaching. It will be held at the Salishan Spa and Golf Resort in Gleneden Beach on the Oregon coast. A website is available for the show, which includes the Information Packet -- You can access it through the National Specialty Information link on the NCA website. The show will include sweepstakes, conformation, obedience & rally, a draft test, and many other activities. We will offer several new optional titling obedience classes, including Preferred Novice, Preferred Open and Preferred Utility. These last three classes include lower jump heights and some other differences from the corresponding Regular Classes. (Check them out in the AKC Obedience Regulations.) If you would like to steward for obedience on either Tuesday or Wednesday, you can volunteer on the website, or you can contact me (John Pearson) directly since I’m the Obedience Chair. Also, a totally new event will be offered, the Iron Dog competition, which includes exercises from obedience, draft and water work.
Looking ahead, NCNC plans to host a water work seminar on Saturday, June 3, 2017, at Folsom Lake. Contact Dawn Druge or Jennifer Larsen, or check the Newfs Paper and website for information.
Also, please mark your calendars for the Annual NCNC Picnic on Saturday, June 24, 2017, at the San Leandro Marina Park. We have used this park very successfully several times now. Being right on the bay, the weather has been great. We will be at the larger Sea Gull area this year, so there will be lots of room for delicious BBQ food & drink, socializing, and various Newfy games and activities. Please plan to come! Patrick Benshoof and Lisa Lee are again the Chairs, so let them know if you would like to help out.
We have lots of activities planned for you and your dogs. As always, check the calendar section of the Newfs Paper or the NCNC website for more details. I hope to see you there!
Have fun with your Newfs!
~ John Pearson, NCNC President