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Advanced is not a separate test that would be offered per se but is always available to anyone who has already earned their basic title at the desired level.  The dog runs the same JH/SH/MH test as everyone else but must earn an overall average of 8.  It is the owner’s responsibility to track their dog’s progress towards an advanced title via a form that is downloadable from the AKC website which they need to bring with them to the test for certification of qualifying scores and signature by the test secretary.

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Come join us at the Welcome Party and Sanctioned B Match for a great time as we start the national week at Purina Farms on Tuesday, April 4, 2017! The Welcome Party and Sanctioned B Match will be at the Event Center in the Founder’s Room (located upstairs).

PRE-ENTRIES MUST BE POSTMARKED BY WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15, 2017 .

Dogs/bitches with majors are not eligible for competition.

SCHEDULE:

  • 5;30 p.m. – Welcome Party!
  • 5:30 p.m. – Entries close
  • 6:00 p.m. – Fun Match Judge: Patricia McNamara-Vanonni

Pre-entries: $5.00
Day of match entries: $10.00
PLEASE SEE ENTRY INFORMATION ON REGISTRATION FORM
There will be plenty of food and cash bar.

SCOA ANNUAL AUCTION

Please donate! What are we looking for: anything that a Spinone lover would love – that special item you found on-line, or at your local pet store; you can put together a basket of items specific to your state; a tee shirt from your favorite store or vendor; handmade items; or items you’ve found that you think would benefit someone starting out in a particular dog sport or other event, a hunting item, etc. In short, anything you’d like to share with others that you think people would e interested in bidding on! It is to benefit SCOA to help pay for the Nationals, hunt tests, and other worthwhile endeavors that benefit Spinone Italiano and the members of the Spinone Club of America.

Click for Auction Form

CANINE GOOD CITIZEN (CGC) AND THERAPY DOGS INTERNATIONAL (TDI)

There will be an AKC Good Canine Citizen Test on Thursday, April 6, 2017 From 9:00 am – 11:30 am. Responsible Dog Ownership means well-mannered dogs! The AKC Good Citizen testing program has become recognized as the “gold standard” for the term “well-mannered” as it relates to dog behavior outside of the home. The Spinone Club of America will be offering CGC and TDI testing on Thursday, April 6, 2017. Each individual test will cost $10.00.

PRIOR REGISTRAITON IS REQUIRED.

Please refer to the registration form to pre-register your dog. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Nancy Young at gatewaysspinone@gmail.com.

This event will showcase the top conformation dogs from 2016. Entry is by invitation only for the top 20 Spinoni Italiani in breed points, as determined by AKC statistics from January 1 through December 31, 2016.

This prestigious event can be attended by anyone coming to the national.

Dogs will be judged by a three-judge panel: a breeder judge, an AKC judge licensed to judge Spinone Italiano and a handler judge. Each judge will evaluate the dogs on a predetermined point system, enumerating the criteria of our breed standard. The emphasis for judging is on the individual qualities of the dog and how closely he/she conforms to the breed standard. Points will be tabulated once the judging is completed, and the winner will be announced at the conclusion of the event.

Thursday, April 6, 2017 at Purina Farms Event Center “Founder’s Room”
Hors D’Oeuvres/Cocktails begin at 6:00PM
Top Twenty immediately following at 6:30PM
THIS EVENT WILL BE A FORMAL AFFAIR!
Menu:
Fresh Vegetable Crudités Tray
Proscuitto Wrap Wheels
Toasted Ravioli
Sweet Bacon
Teriyaki Chicken Skewers

* Cash Bar will be available.
(Mixed Cocktails, Wine, Beer, Soda and Bottled Water)

There will be a catalog for this prestigious event. Catalogs, which must be pre-ordered, are $10 each. If you would like a catalog for the Top 20 Showcase, please make sure you indicate your choice on the registration form. There will also be an auction benefitting the regional clubs during the tabluation of scores. Some great items will be up for auction so bring your checkbook!

If you have any questions, please contact Bob Steele at:

Telephone: (412) 523-0613
E-mail: jaros.igs@verion.net

Spinone Olympics

Join us for some good fun, friendly competition, and a few laughs!
The 2017 Spinone Olympics will take place during the National Specialty.
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate! No special training required.
There will plenty of room for those who want to cheer on our Olympians.
Events will include: Musical circles, tennis ball retrieve and obstacle course recall.

Spinone Costume Contest

Be creative! Join us for our annual costume contest.
The following groups will be judged by an unbiased group of Spinoni enthusiasts.

  • Puppies up to 2 years
  • 2 years to 6 years
  • 6 years and older
  • Mixed age group – 2 or more Spinoni.

Exact time and location of these fun events will be announced closer to date.

PARADE OF VETERANS

The 2017 Parade of Veterans honors the veteran Spinoni who have brought credit to the breed in the field, show, rally, obedience, agility, therapy or other performance areas, and most importantly as a treasured companion. All Spinoni 7 years of age and older may participate.

The 2017 Parade of Veterans will honor the veterans present at the 2017 National Specialty. They will each be announced as they enter, and will receive a commemorative award and a bronze SCOA medallion. For each veteran walking in the parade, please furnish a brief paragraph (100 words or less) which will be read as each dog enters the area, along with 3 or 4 favorite pictures of your veteran, which will be displayed. The paragraph should include the age of the dog, parents (if known), breeder (if known), accomplishments and a sentence about why they are so very special.

IN ADDITION: For those veterans who are unable to attend, a brief slideshow will be developed and showcased after the parade, honoring those Spinoni who continue to make a difference but did not travel to the National. Please provide 3 or 4 pictures of your veteran throughout the years, including the dog’s full name and call name, and the owner’s name.
Please email your information and pictures to Becky Tevis at rtevis@hotmail.com, no later than March 15, 2017.

RAINBOW BRIDGE
If you have a Spinone who passed away in the past year, we would like to honor them in the 2017 SCOA National Specialty catalog. Please provide your beloved pet’s registered name, call name, date of birth and date passed, your name, and a short one-line loving memory or sentiment. No photos please. Please email your information to Becky Tevis at rtevis@hotmail.com, no later than March 1, 2017. Please expect an email response to confirm receipt of your information.

RAINBOW BRIDGE

If you have a Spinone who passed away in the past year, we would like to honor them in the 2017 SCOA National Specialty catalog. Please provide your beloved pet’s registered name, call name, date of birth and date passed, your name, and a short one-line loving memory or sentiment. No photos please. Please email your information to Becky Tevis at rtevis@hotmail.com, no later than March 1, 2017. Please expect an email response to confirm receipt of your information.