The last month has been very busy with local shows and the multiple activities at the NCA National Specialty in Oregon. (See elsewhere in the Newfs Paper for results.) In local shows, Piper (Kevin & Laura Gallagher) finished a championship; Khalee (Bonnell & Rubio) took a Best of Breed from the classes; George (Jill Latchaw) took multiple Best of Breed and Group placements. Mackenzie (Patrick Benshoof & Lisa Lee) and Grace (Debbie & Todd Bridge) each had Owner Handler Group placements; Page (Cherrie Brown) earned a qualifying score in Novice B obedience; and Lynne Baker’s young puppy took two Beginner Puppy group placements. Congratulations to all!
The 2017 NCA National Specialty is now history. It was held at the beautiful Salishan Spa and Golf Resort in Gleneden Beach on the Oregon coast. We had Oregon weather which included off-and-on rain, and some very gusty winds one day, but things settled down and the final day was beautiful and fair for the Best of Breed competition. Many NCNC members brought dogs and did quite well. (Again, see the Show Results section.) Also, many folks, including many NCNC members, worked very, very hard to make the show successful. Lori and I had a wonderful time, as did our furry friends, Ready and Rose. Many NCNC dogs had successes. Our own Ready started things off on Monday as the first Iron Dog qualifier. (Iron Dog was essentially Novice obedience, followed by a draft test, followed by a water test, all in one morning.) On Tuesday, several NCNC dogs qualified in the Draft Test: Gus (George Chew) earned a DD; Page & Ramble (Cherrie Brown) earned a TDD; and Jeter (Randy Robinson) requalified, again, in the excellent level (DDX2). In obedience, on Tuesday, Khalee (Gina Bonnell) qualified in Novice B and also took the High in Trial trophy. Then on Wednesday, Page (Cherrie Brown) also qualified in Novice B and also took the High in Trial trophy! Back-to-back HITs for NCNC dogs! Marilyn Rhodes’ and Jill Latchaw’s dogs qualified in Rally classes (see the results section). In conformation, numerous NCNC dogs also won or placed in their classes. On the final day, when all was said and done, Jill Latchaw’s GCh Heartsease King of the Jungle (George) and the Blandina’s GCh Bear N Mind’s Certain to be Seaworthy both took Awards of Merit. Congratulations to everyone who participated, and many thanks to the very hard-working folks, led by Kevin Gallagher and Chris Lyden, who made the show successful!
Once everyone has re-cooperated, we have some more activities planned. 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. The early Summer Water Test is scheduled at Folsom Lake on July 22-23, 2017. Each day will have a WD/WRD test, and Saturday will include WRDX, as well.
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, and bring your furry friends with you! 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