John Pearson, NCNC President
President's Message | October, 2016
NCNC members and their dogs have been very busy this past month, indeed. In the conformation ring, Austin (Kevin & Laura Gallagher) had multiple Best of Breeds, multiple Group placements and a Reserve Best In Show (RBIS); George (Pam Jackson & Jill Latchaw) had multiple Best of Breeds and Group placements; MacKenzie (Patrick Benshoof & Lisa Lee) had multiple Best of Breeds and multiple Owner Handled Group placements; and Falcon (Tanya Hill) also had a Best of Breed. Maverick (Roland & Terry Parker ) and Angus (Liz & Tom Pulchny) each finished his championship. In recent water tests, Gus (George & Carol Chew) earned a Water Dog (WD) title at PNNC. At our NCNC water test at Folsom Lake, Ready (John Pearson & Lori Littleford) and Tucker (Jerry & Cathy Sayre) requalified as Water Rescue Dogs (WRD); Rose (Lori Littleford & John Pearson) and Ramble (Cherrie Brown) requalified as Water Dogs (WD). Congratulations to all!
The NCNC Water Test at Folsom Lake was very successful. (See results elsewhere.) The weather was great for dogs & people, alike. Water conditions were very good. Thank you to the test committee for putting on a first-class event! These included Chair Lori Littleford, Secretary Patti Sondgroth, Chief Steward John (& Elisa) Morozumi, Photographer Robin Welter, George & Carol Chew and Cathy & Jerry Sayre who did numerous tasks, and a large group of stewards & helpers who all worked so well together. Just recently a friend in another (all breed) dog club talked to me about difficulties her club has organizing and working events effectively from start to finish (notably including final tear-down & clean-up). I described how well NCNC does this, and I used the recent water test as a good example. We, as a club, really work together and do things well, and we should pat ourselves on the back periodically! Thank you all!
The 2016 water test season is almost over. Some NCNC dogs & people may journey south to Castaic and San Diego for October tests. Good luck to you all.
The 2016 Regional Specialty (Friday, October 28 at Dixon) is almost here. The premium list is available (Show Secretary Debi Best, www.going-2-dogs.com ). As always, there are lots of show classes and activities for you to enjoy. Note that we are offering some additional optional titling classes in obedience this year (e.g. Beginner Novice, Graduate Novice and Graduate Open), but not Rally. Plan to stay for the banquet afterword which is always a lot of fun.
We are now into Draft Test season. The Fall NCNC Draft Test at Auburn is scheduled for November 19, 2016. The premium list is available on the NCNC website (Upcoming Events). Please contact Test Chair Cathy Sayre or Chief Steward Lynne Baker if you would like to help. Also, we will soon be hosting carting seminars in January through March. These annual seminars are a great place to start beginner dogs or practice experienced dogs through a mock course. Watch the Newfs Paper and the website for more information.
The last club meeting of 2016 will be the annual holiday party on Saturday, December 10, at the home of Laura & Kevin Gallagher in Vacaville. As always, I’m sure there will be plenty of great food & deserts and comradery. Also, each person who brings a wrapped gift can participate in the very popular gift exchange and thievery. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend this festive event.
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 recent August club meeting. (See the meeting minutes in the NCNC Newfs Paper.) Also, 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. You can also sign up for e-mail notices as new information becomes available. A new event will be offered in 2017, the Iron Dog competition which includes exercises from obedience, draft and water work. I am hearing a lot of excitement about this new event from folks locally and in other areas of the country. Check the website for details. If you are interested in helping with the show, please contact Kevin.
We are still looking for a new home for various props and decorations which are used each year at the Golden Gate KC benched show. This show is an important opportunity for our club to educate the public about Newfs. Setting up an impressive bench area helps to present us well. Please contact Summer Goodwin if you have questions or you would like to volunteer.
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