2020 National Specialty Events

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Agility Trial

Monday, April 13, 2020

Our FCR-only agility trial will be held on Monday, April 13, following a three day all breed Agility Trial at the same venue put on by the Obedience Training Club of Wichita Falls. We will have one judge but two rings, so one ring can be set up while the other is running. We will be offering a full array of classes: Regular, Jumpers, Time to Beat and Fast Classes. We are pleased to welcome our agility judge Pamela “Candy Nettles” of Elmer, OK.

There will also be a Special Veteran Agility Run. See premium for details. Volunteers needed!!!

Our trial secretary is Sherri Farmer of North Texas Agility ntxagilit@verizon.net and the premium will be available online at https://ntxagility.com/ Entries open for both All Breed and FCR on February 5, 2020.

Agility Trial entries close March 25, 2020

Rally and Obedience Trials

Tuesday, April 14 and Wednesday, April 15

On Monday, April 13, we hope to have an Obedience Show N Go for competitors to practice on the carpet. There will be a sign up sheet on line. Obedience judging will take place on Tuesday, April 14. Team Obedience will be in the Breed Ring during lunch break for Sweepstakes. Rally and any leftover non-regular Obedience Classes will on Wednesday, April 15. Obedience will be held indoors in a carpeted ballroom with three rings. There will space for crating in the hall outside the ballroom. We are pleased to welcome our Obedience Judges: Nancy Simmons, Lynn Eggers and Pat Gannon. Rally will be judged by Nancy Simmons.

Rally classes : Novice A&B, Intermediate, Advanced A&B, Excellent A&B, Master, Rally Team Novice
Obedience Regular classes: Novice A&B, Preferred Novice, Open A&B, Preferred Open, Utility A&B, &
Preferred Utility
Obedience Non-regular classes: Veterans, Versatility, Brace, & Team
Obedience Optional Titling classes: Beginner Novice A & B, Graduate Novice, Graduate Open

The Superintendent is Onofrio, Ltd. at http://www.onofrio.com

Sweepstakes and Conformation

Monday, April 13 ~ Friday, April 17

All judging will take place indoors at the Ray Clymer Exhibit Hall of the Multi-Purpose Event Center of Wichita Falls. The show superintendent is Onofrio Dog Shows, Ltd and the premium will be available in late January, 2020 both on the specialty website and the superintendent’s site, www.onofrio.com

Entry Deadlines ARE EARLY!!! Closing Date: March 11, 2020

A late afternoon~early evening Fiesta for our Veterans will begin our Sweepstakes event on Monday, April 13 along with our Welcome Party. Puppy Sweepstakes will continue the following day. Regular and Non-Regular, 4-6 Month Puppy, then Best of Breed and National Owner Handled Best of Breed and best Bred By will follow the rest of the week.

Reserved grooming space is limited. You may reserve grooming space online or by mail. Grooming space reservation deadline is March 11. 2020.

Ring of Honor

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Please join us on Tuesday, April 14, one hour following Sweepstakes judging for the Ring of Honor. We will recognize the many Flat-coats and their owner/handlers who have made outstanding contributions to the breed. The Ring of Honor is an annual, by invitation, non-competitive special presentation held at each year’s National Specialty to recognize and showcase past and current specialty winners and past and current Hall of Fame inductees. The following dogs will be invited to participate in the Ring of Honor:

All past HOF inductees
2020 HOF inductees
FCRSA Specialty Best of Breed Winners
FCRSA Specialty Best of Opposite Sex Winners
FCRSA Specialty Obedience High In Trial Winners
FCRSA Specialty Singles Champions
FCRSA Qualifying Field Trial Winners
FCRSA Field Trophy Winners

Invitations to participate in the Ring of Honor will be sent to all Flat Coats who have qualified in any past year. Electronic invitations for the ROH will be mailed in the winter to all eligible participants with instructions for supplying information for the catalog.

The deadline for RSVP is March 1, 2020.

Field Events

Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19

The 2020 field events are being held at The Fitts Ranch, Henrietta, Texas only about 25 minutes from our host hotels. The GPS coordinates are 33.729689,-98.214265. 33°43'46.9"N 98°12'51.4"W Fitts Ranch is a working cattle ranch with a variety of terrain. Cover may be light to moderate as the spring growing season starts. We will have a large Headquarters Tent for both check in and for our Field Banquet on Saturday.

There is not much shade so you may want to bring a pop up, shade umbrella, shade cloth for your vehicles and PRAY for little rain during the week. You are encouraged to wear boots. Texas is snake country and depending on weather, they may be lurking about. Snakes are afraid of people and animals but better to be forewarned. Most of our judges are local and one for sure is definitely a reptile expert!!!

Please confirm all event information at www.entryexpress.net.

Saturday, April 18, 2020
• Unsteady A($60) – Donna Todd and Sherrie Farmer
• Unsteady B ($60) – Sheila and Mark Holcomb
• Steady Singles ($65) – Ed Zawodny and Doug McGuire
• Puppy Intro to Field! All dogs welcome, not just puppies! Everyone is encouraged to bring your dog to learn more about field and get some marks or birds!!!!!

Field Awards Banquet Following Events at Headquarters Tent – bring your own Chairs!

Sunday, April 19, 2020
In order to expedite the tests, the WC and WCX stakes will have different judges for land and water and qualifiers on land will be asked to move directly to run the water series.

• WC Land ($55) – Sherri Farmer and Donna Todd
• WC Water – Sheila and Mark Holcomb
• WCX ($60) – Doug McGuire and Ed Zowodny

If entries warrant, we will add additional judges

Official Premiums and online entries for these events are on Entry Express. You will need to log into Entry Express to access the event info and online entries. Accounts may be created directly on the login page if you don't already have one.

The stakes will close on Monday, March 16, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. at www.entryexpress.net

3 Amigos Award

In order to celebrate and recognize our multi-talented Flat-Coated Retrievers, we are proud to offer the “Three Amigos Award”, a beautiful rosette for dogs that place, qualify, or JAM in any three of the six areas* of competition offered at the 2020 National Specialty. Qualifying events: Field-Agility-Obedience-Rally-Sweeps/Conformation- Rosettes will be available for pick up at the Awards Banquet on Friday, April 17 or after the Field Events. Unclaimed rosettes will be mailed.

To be eligible for a 3 Amigos Award you must pre-register your dog using this online form by March 16th.