John Pearson, NCNC President
President's Message | August, 2016
NCNC members and their dogs have been busy, again. Falcon (Tanya Hill) and Austin (Kevin & Laura Gallagher) had multiple Best of Breed awards, and Falcon had a Group 2 Placement. Phoebe (June Gibson) finished her conformation Championship. Congratulations to all!
The next club meeting will be on August 13 at the home of Hazel Jacoby in Castro Valley. In addition to the Board & General meetings, and the great pot-luck lunch, we will be discussing chair persons and judges for the 2017 Regional Specialty. So bring your ideas and suggestions!
We are looking for a new home for various props and decorations which are used each year at the Golden Gate KC benched show. Please contact Summer Goodwin if you have questions or you would like to volunteer.
Water training sessions have begun at Folsom Lake, and I understand that a group is also training at Lake Berryessa. For more information, contact Carol Chew for Folsom and Laura Gallagher for Berryessa. So far, dogs are not allowed in the water at Lake Del Valle because of blue-green algae this year. Although no toxins are being detected at Del Valle, and people are now allowed to swim, the park has not yet allowed dogs in the water. Contact John Pearson or Lori Littleford for status information.
As I submit this column, the Early Water Tests on July 23 & 24 at Folsom Lake are just days away. When you read this, the test will be history. Good luck to all the exhibiters, and thank you to the Water Test Committee and stewards!
NEWS FLASH! -- The Fall Water Tests, September 10-11, will move to Folsom Lake due to the aforementioned uncertainty with blue-green algae at Lake Del Valle this season. The Del Valle Park Supervisor recently recommended that we find a new Water Test site this year because there is no indication that the prohibition on dogs in the water will be lifted in time for the our test. The Water Test committee prepared for a possible change to Folsom Lake and the NCA Working Dog Committee has been contacted. The Water Test Premium List should be available soon on the NCNC website.
Preparations and planning are well under way for the 2017 NCA National Specialty, which will be held at the Salishan Spa and Golf Resort in Gleneden Beach on the Oregon coast. Co-Chair Kevin Gallagher gave us an update at the June Picnic and meeting. (See the meeting minutes in the July NCNC Newfs Paper.) A website is available for the 2017 show -- You can access it through the National Specialty Information link on the NCA website. Information will be added to the website regularly. If you are interested in helping with the show, please contact Kevin.
Before you know it, the 2016 Regional Specialty will be here (October 28), followed by the Fall Draft Test (November 19). So it is not too early to start planning and training for these events!
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