2018 National Specialty

Oct. 28 – Nov. 4, 2018

2018 BCSA National Specialty 

October 29 – November 4, 2018

PLEASE NOTE: Premiums will not be mailed this year. They will be available on the BCSA website or superintendents’ websites. If you cannot access the site or desire a hard copy, please contact the show chairs or the appropriate venue secretary.

Karen Marquardt and Janice Swofford are the co-chairs of the BCSA 2018 National Specialty. To contact them by email, click on their names above and offer to volunteer or share ideas.

This year we are going to try a couple of new things.  We feel camaraderie is very important and are going to try to get some going at Nationals.   This year we are going to have 3 contests.

·        Photo contest – no cost to enter this so we should get lots of good pictures.

1.     At work

2.     At play

We will also be doing a Fall & Family Festival decorating contest in the:

1.     Grooming area

2.     RV area

 As far as the decorating you can do Fall, Halloween, whatever.  Your setups do need to be tactful.  There will be ribbons for the Grooming and RV areas.  Best in Show and Reserve Best in Show.  Also working on $50 Gift certificate from a vendor  for Grooming and RV winners.  

Lisa Pruka is doing the Photo contest. 

 In the Welcome bag will be 3 voting cards, one for each contest.  They will be different colors so you will be able to find them easy in the bag.  We will have a designated place to turn these votes in. TBD.  

 Lets get the camaraderie going and see who can decorate the best setups.  I look forward to see what everyone comes up with.

 Janice Swofford, Co-Chair

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Special Events
Want to be a Vendor?
  • Vending at the Herding location will be outdoors. there is no additional charge, but please contact Linda Ramas and Janice Swofford, Vendor Chairs, at lulusdogs@hotmail.com, 815-289-8128 to make arrangements.
  • Vending for Agility, Conformation and Obedience will be inside the Purina Event Center.

Tuesday through Sunday in the Purina Event Center

  • $150 – 10’x10′ space
  • $275 – 10’x20′ space
  • Along with the fee, BCSA requests each vendor to donate an item to be used in a raffle to support Border Collie Rescue. The items will be highly visible to attendees and will also be good advertising for your booth. Please make arrangements to drop these items at the Purina Info Booth or give them to Linda when you arrive at the event.
  • Vendors are welcome to provide printed advertising materials or small novelty items to be included in the BCSA Welcome Bags, which each exhibitor will receive. Printed materials will need to be flat and of a size that will fit in the bag. Discount coupons are welcome and popular with exhibitors! No dog food, other than Purina, may be advertised. Contact Linda for suggestions.
  • Electricity is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Bring long extension cords.
  • Vending at the Herding venue will be set up outside. Be prepared for potential inclement weather!
  • The Purina Event Center will be available for Vendor Set Up on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at noon. Agility and conformation booths are pre-assigned and located inside. Changes and adjustments may be made by the authority of the Vendor Chairperson and Chairs (Karen Marquardt and Janice Swofford) only.
  • Show/Trial Hours: Please refer to the Calendar of Events tab.
  • Vendors will be responsible for keeping the area around their booth clean, which includes properly disposing of trash. It is also important that travel paths are kept free of clutter.
  • It is the responsibility of all vendors to complete any orders taken at the Specialty and to ship them promptly to the person or persons who placed the order. Vendor’s receipts will indicate a shipping date for each order.
  • In consideration of the exhibitors, please be aware of noise, odors, toys and/or other products that could be a distraction to the dogs working in the ring. Vendor Chair and Exhibition Management reserves the right to require Vendors to remove any such distractions.
  • Dogs are welcome at our event. Loose dogs are not!
  • Vendors are responsible for manning their booth while they are open.
  • NOTE: Applications submitted before July 31, 2018 will ensure that your business name will be listed in the catalog under Vendors. Please feel free to contact Linda to verify availability prior to completing application
  • Click here for online vendor application (payment by credit card or PayPal). Available soon!
  • Click here to download a printable vendor application (check payment only). Available soon!
Health Testing

This year at the BCSA National, there will be several new things happening. We will still be having the OFA, CAER, & BAER testing available, but will also be adding OFA Hips & Elbows, Patella, Heart, Dentition.

BAER Testing

Thursday, Nov. 1,  9 am
Dr. Don York
$45 per dog – BCSA member
$50 per dog – Non Member
Would like to see 30-50 dogs

CAER Testing

Thursday, Nov. 1, Noon
Dr. Ben Johnson
$35 first dog – BCSA member
$30 two dogs or more – BCSA member
$40 – Non Member
We need 45-50 dogs.

OFA Hips, Elbows, Patellas, and Heart Testing 

Thursday, Nov. 1, ALL day
Dr. Brandon Sinn
Dr. Sinn has a mobile vet clinic that will be set up close to the Service Center (red building).

$60 per dog – Hip
$60 per dog – Elbow
$15 per dog – Patellas
$15 per dog – Cardiac
$15 per dog – Dentition

We need 100 dogs for him to come

 Health Testing Chair

Jeanette Jolly
Please call, text or email Jeanette to make your appointments.
(503) 250-1715



Health Testing Survey Results
I also did a survey to see how people felt about semen collection and storage, Mobile vet clinic for OFA hips and elbows, a speaker and a Genetic health testing company. Below are the results from those that answered.

Survey Results

Would you use the service of a mobile OFA clinic that can do hips, elbows, patellas and cardiac? Price is very reasonable

Answered: 75
Skipped: 0

Answer Choices/Responses

Yes: 72.00%    (54)

No: 28.00%     (21)

TOTAL:  75

Would you use the service of a sperm collection and bank?

Answered: 71
Skipped: 4

Answer Choices/Responses

Yes: 43.66%     (31)

No: 56.34%     (40)


Would you use the service of a genetic testing company at National?

Answered: 70
Skipped: 5

Answer Choices/Responses

Yes: 78.57%     (55)

No: 21.43%     (15)


Would you come listen to a speaker talk at National about a topic we choose?

Answered: 69
Skipped: 6

Answer Choices/Responses

Yes: 89.86%     (62)

No: 10.14%     (7)


I also did a survey to see what you would like a speaker to discuss; this is the results of that survey. So I will be locating a speaker on movement/structure.

Movement/Structure: 32
Canine Reproduction/Whelping/Puppy Intensive Care: 16
Chiropractic/Massage: 10
Health Care Issues for Canine Athletes: 9
Health Care Issues/Testing: 7
Nutrition During Pregnancy/Whelping: 3
Epilepsy: 3
Narrow Angle Glaucoma: 1



National Specialties scheduled through 2020 will be held at Purina Farms, Gray Summit, Mo.

  • 2019: Oct. 27 – Nov. 3
  • 2020: Oct. 25 – Nov. 2

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