FCRSA Specialty 20202020-03-14T10:54:27-04:00

National Specialty Postponed Until August 31st Due To Coronavirus

Dear FCRSA Members,

After thoughtful consideration and out of an abundance of caution for all our members, the FCRSA Board of Directors has regretfully decided to postpone the upcoming National Specialty, April 13-19, 2020 until August 31-September 4, 2020.

Details regarding entries, hospitality orders, grooming reservations, RV reservations, and merchandise orders to follow. Please wait to cancel hotel reservations until further details are provided.

Unfortunately, due to the expected heat and rattlesnakes during the available time frame, the USS/SS, WC, and WCX cannot be offered. Since field and agility entries have not been closed, please contact those respective secretaries for refunds.

Please be patient as more information and details become known. Heartfelt thanks to Specialty Chairs Frances Powrie and Cindy Zelbst for making this postponement possible.

Hope to see everyone this Fall in Wichita Falls!

Kerry Forni, President and the FCRSA Board of Directors

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Hotel and Hospitality Update 3/24/2020

For the new fall dates for the Fiesta, you will need to cancel and rebook your hotels SOON!

First, cancel your April reservations NOW! LaQuinta has automatically cancelled everyone in the FCRSA block. All others should call teh hotel to cancel. You may cancel and rebook at the same time, and you must still mention teh FCRSA to get the group rate at hotels.

We encourage everyone with any intention of attending the Fall version of the Fiesta to rebook all hotels very quickly as Wichita Falls hotels fill for sports tournaments and other activities during this time.  We will be immediately follow the 15,000 rider “Hotter than Hell” 100 mile bicycle race, so hotels will be heavily booked that weekend.

Please see the 2020 Travel, Accommodations and RV page for updated Hotel and RV information.

RV Reservations will be honored, but obviously dates and duration of stay will change. We will be reaching out to each of you directly with RV Reservations to update your dates and refund any difference. We will re-open RV reservations in a few days and accept new reservations and chnages until early August.

We will be automatically refunding all field banquet and field lunch orders. Those that paid via PayPal should expect the refund this week. It may take slightly longer to get refunds to those who paid by check. Other hospitality orders will remain unchanged (other than the dates). We will provide information directly to those who have hospitality orders on what we have on file fro your order and how to change or cancel. This will happen in the next two weeks.

If you had planned to pick up merchandise but will not be attending in the Fall, shipping is easy to add to your order. Everyone who has placed orders will receive an email to confirm your order and shipping info. Instructions on how to change to shipping instead of pick-up will be included in that email.  Merchandise will continue to be available for order! The new deadline for pick-up at the Specialty is July 29th, 2020. Please consider order a few more items to help support the Specialty and offset some of teh cost associated with rescheduling the event.

More to come over the next couple of weeks as we continue to work through all of the logistics of rescheduling the event! The Specialty Chairs and Committee, and the FCRSA Board Of Directors  thank you for your patience and understanding during this challenging time. We hope everyone stays healthy and we look forward to seeing you in Texas at the end of August!

 

March 24th, 2020|

Specialty Rescheduling Update

The Specialty Committee is working diligently to get everything arranged to make the reschedule of the Specialty as painless as possible for all of us.

Frances and Cindy are in Wichita Falls today to finalize arrangements for the new dates. There will be a lot more info after these meetings but we want to give you a brief update that will hopefully answer some questions.

Please do not inundate the Specialty Chairs with questions right now. We are all scrambling to make arrangements for the changes. As soon as we have concrete information will will get it to you. We expect to have all of the details finalized and communicated in the next few days.

First, we are committed to minimizing any costs both to participants and the club. The FCRSA has directed Onofrio, Entry Express and North Texas Agility to refund entry fees. Many clubs are not refunding entry fees for shows cancelled due to coronavirus (and the AKC does not require them to). But the FCRSA has directed the superintendents to refund entry fees. We are working with them to expedite refunds and negotiating to minimize costs to both you, and the club. Details will be coming on this soon, but that takeaway is that you WILL get your entry fees refunded. And as a result, your will have to re-enter events for the new date. We expect new entry deadlines to be on or after August 1st for all events.

Second, you will have plenty of time to make changes to entries, orders, and plans. We are going to extend deadlines for placing or changing orders for Hospitality, Catalog Ads, Trophy Sponsorships, Quilt Raffle, RV and Grooming Space reservations until at least August 1st. So you will have plenty of time to firm up your plans and make adjustments to your orders.

Hospitality orders remain in place for now. We expect that the only changes will be the dates. We will allow changes and cancellations up to August 1st. Details to follow.

Field box lunches and the Field banquet will be automatically refunded. We expect this to be done within the next few days.

Christine Teneralli will contact each of you who sponsored Field trophies to make arrangements to redirect or refund those. Please consider switching you donations to other trophies or to the general fund. We desperately need the support more than ever.

Merchandise orders are not impacted. All items ordered up through March 11th have already been produced. Pick-up orders will be delivered at the Specialty as originally planned. Shipped orders have already been shipped.  If you are not going to attend the specialty we can ship your order at the standard shipping rates. Details on how to switch existing orders this will be coming shortly. The store remains open and you can continue to order items for either shipping or pick-up.

We are actively working with the hotels to make arrangements for the new dates. You may cancel hotel reservations now and we will have new blocks of room with special rates available shortly.

As you can imagine, this change is going to cost the FCRSA a lot of money! As a member funded organization, we do not have huge cash reserves to draw on, so we will continue to need your help. Please continue to order merchandise, buy quilt raffle tickets and sponsor trophies. We need everyone to help us minimize the financial damage to the club.

Thank you all for your patience and understanding as we work through this difficult situation.

March 18th, 2020|

An Update From The Specialty Chairs

Thank you all for your patience as we continue to negotiate the Postponement of the National Specialty.  While Cindy and I worked very quickly to secure a date at the same venue, we still have to notify the Hotels, talk logistics and meals, contact judges and AKC to reassign the dates, work with Onofrio. As these things will take a few days, please don’t panic and please don’t bombard the hotels because they won’t know what is coming.  My wonderful Visitors and Convention Center Bureau will be helping all this to get done and then another Scissor Byte, FB and Webpage announcement will have all the updates.  Cindy and I will be in Wichita Falls on Wednesday.

Facebook is a great way to communicate, and Eric will have the latest information up soon.

Please stay safe, wash your hands and cover your cough! Hoping to have an even better time at our Fiesta in August.

Frances Powrie
2020 Specialty Chair

March 15th, 2020|

National Specialty Postponed Until August 31st Due To Coronavirus

Dear FCRSA Members,

After thoughtful consideration and out of an abundance of caution for all our members, the FCRSA Board of Directors has regretfully decided to postpone the upcoming National Specialty, April 13-19, 2020 until August 31-September 4, 2020.

Details regarding entries, hospitality orders, grooming reservations, RV reservations, and merchandise orders to follow. Please wait to cancel hotel reservations until further details are provided.

Unfortunately, due to the expected heat and rattlesnakes during the available time frame, the USS/SS, WC, and WCX cannot be offered. Since field and agility entries have not been closed, please contact those respective secretaries for refunds.

Please be patient as more information and details become known. Heartfelt thanks to Specialty Chairs Frances Powrie and Cindy Zelbst for making this postponement possible.

Hope to see everyone this Fall in Wichita Falls!

Kerry Forni, President and the FCRSA Board of Directors

March 13th, 2020|

2020 National Specialty Logo Merchandise Now Available Online!

Check out our WebStore for colorful logo printed and stitched Fiesta merchandise!

Click Here to visit the 2020 National Specialty Logo Merchandise Shop

Cathy Doster of Custom Stitchez will be doing all of our merchandise from hats to coats, shirts to whatever!   We can promise they will be spectacular whether you choose the colorful Fiesta Logo printed full front on shirts and sweatshirts or the more subtle stitched Texas Sombrero Logo.

Note that many of these items are limited availability and will sell out! Screen printed items will ONLY be available to order until March 25th! So get your orders in soon!!!

Merchandise Order deadline for pick-up at Specialty March 25, 2020
Merchandise Orders for shipping after specialty May 1, 2020

We will be adding more items to the store in the coming days. Watch the FCRSA 2020 National Specialty web site and social media pages for exciting announcements about new products.

February 10th, 2020|

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