We received something of a blow when it was discovered that the sponsoring all-breed clubs for the Cherry Blossom Circuit had failed to get a signed contract for the buildings normally used at the Maryland State Fairgrounds for their shows and the facilities had been rented to other organizations. After investigating other possible locations, they settled on the infield of the racetrack on the fairgrounds as the least disruptive choice. Although not ideal, it is at least on the same site so we can keep the same host hotel and all the arrangements for food and activities can remain the same with one exception, the Top 20 Competition.
Lori Kelly and the local host regional clubs, Baltimore and Washington DC, have done yeoman’s work to make these new arrangements work and to make this a fun and rewarding venue for every participant. Parking will be free and space will be ample with no need to change locations from day to day. The infield is grass and promised to be well manicured, so our Scotties should be able to demonstrate their drive and proper movement, and if it rains, their “true terrier temperament." Scotties show best under natural lighting on a green background. Climate control is in the hands of the fates, but we and our “diehards” are a hearty lot who can deal with adversity should it occur and appreciate great weather should we be so blessed.
Come to have a good time and celebrate our Scotties and camaraderie as members of the Scottie community while supporting two regional clubs who have put their heart and soul into this weekend. Looking forward to seeing many of you at the Maryland Fairgrounds and host hotel.
The HTF has some great deals for you again this year! You will be able to order discounted vWD tests, CMO tests, and AKC DNA profiles, and you will be able to get your dog microchipped (Friday only at the STCGBA specialty). Also - Patella exams will be provided for FREE (Friday only) to satisfy one of your requirements for the CHIC registry.
Come see us at the HTF table on Fri., April 22 and Sat., April 23.
Look for the HTF Table near the Scottie ring and buy some raffle tickets!
STCA Health Trust Fund Raffle 2016: Matched pair of Scottie Prints, Wheaten & Black
Print sizes: 32" x 26" ** Tickets: $5 each or five for $20. Need not be present to win!
Drawing will be held at the STCA Dinner on Sat., April 23
As of 3/31/2016 - this is the latest info from the Cherry Blossom Cluster show committee:
"We are continuing to make plans for a successful Cherry Blossom Cluster. Thank you to all who have given support and encouragement during this “Change of Venue!" There will be ample tenting in the Racetrack Infield with multi pathways matted for both foot and vehicular traffic. As we have already mentioned the Racetrack is a 16 acre area so lots of room. There will be ring/grooming tents with additional hospitality areas for Specialty/Supported entries in addition to non-specialty exhibitors. Premium Parking and RV Parking will continue to be offered as listed in the CBC Premium List. Grooming areas and Hospitality areas will have access to electricity. The orange clad Site Control personnel will be available to access this power. We do still suggest for those having their own generators, to bring them along so as to maintain more flexibility.
There will be Vendor Tented Areas on site. So come and shop! A Food court with picnic area and a very nice indoor Grandstand restaurant will be available. Dock diving continues to offered.
Purina will continue to be on site with their product information and offering many prizes throughout the CBC Cluster. The CBC with Purina’s support will continue as in past years to offer Exhibitor Morning & Afternoon Hospitality.
The use of a trolley for transportation from parking lots to the infield will be available."
We look forward to having you come and enjoy another set of shows with the Cherry Blossom Cluster.
CBC information will be posted as needed on: www.cherryblossomcluster.com www.ODKC.org www.baltimorecountykc.com www.catoctinkennelclub.org www.infodog.com The Cherry Blossom Cluster Committee
For STCA Rotating weekend info, visit www.stca.biz for up to date information. Host Hotel: Radisson North Baltimore Hotel. Call in for your reservation -- deadline has been extended for discounted room rate!
Rotating Weekend Calendar of Events:
Thurs., April 21- STCA Board Meeting. NOTE: TOP 20 is cancelled this year due to issues with the venue. We apolologize for any disappointment!**
Friday, April 22 - STC Greater Baltimore Area Specialty Show. Classes: Don L. Evans. Sweepstakes: Cindy Cooke. STCA HTF Table - patella exams & microchipping available.
Welcome Hospitality at Radisson North Baltimore Hotel - 6:00 p.m. Cash Bar & hors d'ouerves. Pre-registration required - visit www.stca.biz for payment & registration. Followed by round table discussion: "Judging from both sides of the table." Please join us!
Sat., April 23 - STCA Rotating Specialty/Old Dominion Kennel Club all breed show. Classes: Elizabeth J. Bradley. Sweepstakes: Christine Stephens. HTF, Ways & Means, Vendors: Campbell's & Nancy VanMeter. Check Premium List for Junior Showmanship, AKC Rally & Obedience details.
Complimentary breakfast items will be offered by STCA regional hosting clubs. Pre-order & pre-pay for Boxed lunches for pick up at show site.
Cash bar 5:30 p.m STCA Dinner 6:30 p.m., Raffle, Silent Auction, plated Dinner at Radisson North Baltimore Hotel. Payment & registration info at www.stca.biz. (sorry no walk-ins).
Sun., April 24 - Baltimore County Kennel Club all breed show. Supported entry by Scottish Terrier Club of Greater Washington DC. Scottish Terrier Classes: Richard William Powell
Mon., April 25 - Catoctin Kennel Club all breed show. Scottish Terrier Classes: Robert E. Hutton
Important deadlines: HOST HOTEL RESERVATIONS deadline has been extended to April 4th. Please call directly to the Radisson North Baltimore Hotel and mention Scottish Terrier Club of America for discounted room rate. See info packet at www.stca.biz.
April 6th - Deadline for STCA event reservations/registrations for hospitality & roundtable discussion, boxed lunches and STCA Dinner.** Pre-pay & register at www.stca.biz
Check premium list for all entry fees. Show superintendent: MB-F, Inc. Entries close April 6th.
Don't forget to wear your Rotating Gear! T's and Sweatshirts - great for the spring and an outdoor show!
Raffle tickets! Don't miss out on a chance to win Frances Scott-Key!
And a special request to Rotating Winners for 2016- Don't forget when you get home to advertise your special wins in Bagpiperissue #2! Deadline for Rotating pictures and ads is April 30.
MORE INFORMATION FROM THE STCA HEALTH TRUST
DIAGNOSING BLADDER CANCER EARLIER:
CADETTM BRAF MUTATION DETECTION ASSAY
Exciting news from the lab of Dr. Matthew Breen at NC State! NEW URINE TEST FOR THE DETECTION OF TCC...
Dr. Matthew Breen of NC State has developed a new urine test for the detection of bladder cancer (TCC) in dogs, and this test will soon be available to Scottie owners everywhere. Dr. Breen’s CADET test works by detecting the presence of a specific mutation in a gene called the BRAF gene. This mutation is present in 85% of the cases of canine TCC, which gives this test a very high sensitivity rating. This mutation is not present in the urine of healthy dogs or dogs that have noncancerous polyps or infection, so there is no confusion about test results. By collecting a free catch urine sample and sending this sample to Dr. Breen’s lab, we will be able to test our dogs and have results back within a couple of weeks. Furthermore, this test will pick up the presence of the mutation many months before there are any signs or symptoms of TCC in our Scotties. This super early diagnosis will allow for much earlier interventional therapies, allowing for a greater chance of making a difference in the course of the disease.
The new CADET test will be available for purchase by a year subscription plan, which will include 3 tests to be returned to Dr. Breen’s lab every 4 months, with overnight shipping included in the cost. The particulars such as how to order and the cost of the subscription will be announced soon.
So stay tuned to www.stca.biz for more info and be sure to share this announcement with your veterinarian!
Deadline to get on the elite Breeder of Merit Honor Roll is June 30
What is the criteria?
1. Breeder/owner of the Scottish Terriers must be STCA members.
2. The Breeder must be an owner of the dog at the time the CHIC number was earned.
3. The Breeder/owner must also have achieved AKC Breeder of Merit status.
4. Breeder/owner must have at least four (4) Scotties in the CHIC registry.
5. Breeder/owner is resopnsible for submitting all information to the CHIC liaison Helen Prince.
6. A copy of all CHIC Certificates, AKC Breeder of Merit Certificate, and AKC Registrations must accompany the application for Honor Roll status. (Application form is available at www.stca.biz)
7. The Breeder/owners who achieve Breeder of Merit Honor status will be acknowledged with a specially designed pin and will be listed in Bagpiper#3 as well as getting a special designation on the STCA Website Breeder Listing.
8. Honor Roll status will be granted to breeder/owners who achieve CHIC numbers for their 4th Scottie during the time frame of July 1 - June 30 of the following year.
Inagural Black & White Agility Trial was a huge success!
The inaugural Black & White Agility Trial, which was co-sponsored by the STCA and WHWTCA, took place March 5th - 6th in Sharonville, OH and was a huge success!
The all-breed trial was very popular with Ginger Robertson as the judge, and filled quickly. There were 16 Scotties and 8 Westies entered. The Scottie High in Trial award on Saturday went to Aulscot Sands Of Ehukai CD BN RAE MX MXB MXJ MJB OF T2B CA RATS (Abby), owned by Barbara Gibson and Allene Auld, and on Sunday it was won by PACH Aulscot Surf's Up CDX BN RAE3 NA MXP8 MXPG MJP6 MJPS PAX2 NF XFP T2BP ME RATM (Annie), also owned by Barbara Gibson and Allene Auld.
Many thanks to all the Scottie teams who traveled far to attend the event, and to the trial committee and STCA members for their help and support. We hope to see everyone again next year!
Regional Club Volunteers and their specialty shows.
Come out to the specialties - you will have a great time!
Thank you to every member of a regional club who participates in the planning, staging and "day of" activities of an annual specialty show. Every club puts its heart and soul into making their weekend events creative and fun for the exhibitors, attendees, judges AND the Scotties!
Send a candid club specialty show picture to Lori Kelly and we'll include one from each regional club in WrapUp.
Greetings to all! Sure is nice to have Spring on its way to the Midwest! Many thanks to all who have been sending people who want Scotties my way. As well as many thanks to all who have let me know they have pups/older dogs to place!
A little review of what I do:
Review communications from buyers who want pups, and refer them on to breeders.
Answer all emails, phone calls, texts that come to me asking for pups, or answer questions from our breeders about this service.
Contact breeders through various channels, to locate pups and help in placement by referring the public to you using email or phone number.
What I do not do:
The person in this job does notqualify anyone who calls looking for a Scottie.
Wedo not quote prices for the sale of your dogs, that is your decision.
When information is given to the contact folds, they are told that the breeders may have puppies, not they DO have pups.
What Breeder Referral needs from you:
There have been several calls back to me from folks looking for pups, indicating that they are not getting responses back from who they contacted. Please drop these folks a line, or answer their phone call, if only to tell them your pups are all placed. It only takes a minute, and will help these folks continue on in their search.
If you have changed your email, and are on the breeders' list, please let me know to update on the website.
Special note about 2015 Performance Awards - Certificates are due on or before June 1, 2016 for eligibility for STCA Annual Performance Awards to be presented on Oct. 7 at the STCA's Annual Dinner.
Send your copies of award certificates to Mary Helen Rice. Certificates must be received on or before June 1st (deadline is absolute) for eligiblity for 2015 STCA Annual Performance Awards. Anything received after June 1, 2016 will be considered for 2016 awards.
PAWS For Juniors will begin its Annual Raffle to benefit young members of the STCA. The proceeds will help pay for grants to send young Scottish Terrier handlers to special events so they can compete. This fund also provides scholarships to college attendees to help with their many expenses.
This year's raffle prizes are a "Dannyquest" bronze and a figurine of a lady in a green dress with a Scottie. I will contact all of the young people in our breed in April to see what they are doing and to learn how we can help them.
A big THANK YOU to all of the members who donated to PAWS along with their 2016 STCA membership dues. PAWS also scouts all of the Junior Clinics aorund the country. We are always on the lookout for other scholarships offered by kennel clubs to benefit young fanciers of our breed.
STCA REGIONAL CLUB 2016 SPECIALTIES ARE SPRINGING UP!
STC of Greater New York - Sat., May 2 - Tinicum Park, Erwinna, PA. Held in conjunction with Bucks County KC, Inc. Regular Classes: Joseph Pendon. Puppy/Veteran Sweepstakes: Marianne Melucci. Entries close: April 20. Specialty is dedicated to the memory of Jackie & Dick Seelbach. Superintendent: MB-F Inc. Check premium list for Junior Showmanship & Obedience competitions.
Greater Pittsburgh STC - Sat., May 28. New Castle KC, New Castle, PA. Regular Classes: James J. Ham. Puppy Sweepstakes: Gary Swingle. Entries close: May 11. Superintendent: MB-F, Inc.
SHOW CHAIRS - Please submit your specialty results to www.stca.biz through the Events Calendar link on the left hand side of the page. Questions? Please contact Lori Kelly.
Publicize your Regional Club!
Publicity for Regional Club activities:
Did you know that the AKC also serves as another resource to the parent and regional clubs? Visit the AKC website for PR and social media tips to promote your club's next conformation or performance event. Good stuff! Here's a helpful link to a standardized press release template created by the AKC that you may tailor to your club's own event: http://www.akc.org/clubs/sample_press_release_templates.cfm
Send news and activities from your club - we're happy to share info in WrapUp with your fellow members from coast to coast!
Two important messages:Help Wanted - Ad Manager!
Regional Clubs -- promote your club's specialty shows!
The STCA Bagpiper is pleased to continue its tradition of FREE advertising for regional club specialty shows. Each regional club is offered a 1/2 page, B&W ad - NO CHARGE - to promote each club's 2016 specialty show.
The following clubs should consider advertising in issue #2 2016. Deadline: 4/15/16: Greater Denver, Greater Louisville, Michigan, Western Virginia, Greater Washington DC, San Francisco Bay, Northern Ohio.
WrapUp* serves as a communication resource for ALL STCA members and Regional Clubs with news of STCA National and Regional Club events, points of pride, fundraising and club initiatives, and much more -- all in an effort to keep us connected. Next deadline: April 27, 2016.
*Please be advised that WrapUp does not conflict with quarterly Clan Connection reports submitted by Regional Club Representatives/Clan Correspondents for publication in The Bagpiper.
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