Ringside Education | Symposium | Judges Education | Juniors Clinic




This year we are pleased that our most popular program will be returning. This educational program is a prime opportunity you will not want to miss. At no fee on a first-come, first-serve basis, sit at ringside and be mentored by experienced breeders and breeder judges. No seating is available during Futurity, Puppy, Winners Dog, Winners Bitch, and Best of Breed classes. We are most grateful to these mentors in this program for giving their experienced counsel to all who pre-register. To select your preferred class and reserve your seat in this event, sign up on the Sign-Up Sheets.





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The cost of the Symposium is $25 per person.  This year’s Symposium is titled Genetics and Genomics and Everything  In Between. The focus of the Symposium will be on genetics and key genetic principles that are essential in breeding dogs such as, biological theory, pedigree analysis, compilation of medical pedigrees, disease patterns, health testing, laboratory quality controls and getting the most out of health testing. I want the audience to understand the background of what they are creating when breeding dogs, and how to manage a kennel program for example how to and what to look for when skating the fine line of inbreeding and outcrossing within a breed. Use the Master Reservation Form to reserve your seat for this exceptional opportunity.




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The Judges Education Seminar and Workshop will be Friday, April 5, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. The workshop will include classroom time to view a slide presentation, followed by hands-on activities. The workshop is open to Sheltie breeders who are planning to submit an application to AKC within a year or so, and to judges who are already approved for other breeds. Meeting room will be announced at a later date. Attendance will be limited. The cost is $35 and includes video, instructional pamphlets, and “hands on” experience. Ringside mentoring will be available Friday April 5 and Saturday April 6, 2019 for those enrolled in the workshop. An application form is available on the ASSA website www.assa.org under Judges Education, in the Premium List, or you may obtain one from Glenda Henson. For more information, contact Glenda Henson at 1623 Strecker Pines Court, Wildwood, MO 63011 or glenarry1@gmail.com




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All Junior Handlers ages 9 through 18 are welcome and encouraged to participate in the annual handling clinic on Saturday evening, April 6, 2019. Professional handlers and breeders will be on hand to guide you through the basics and the fine points to help you show your dog to the best of your ability. Please see the schedule below for details:

  • One hour after conformation judging, all handlers (ages 9 - 18, novice, intermediate, and open levels) will gather in the main ring. Junior aged handlers (ages 9 - 11) will work together as one group while intermediate and open aged juniors (ages 12 - 18) will work as a separate group. Both groups will work on handling skills for one hour.
  • After handling practice, we’ll gather again as a whole group to enjoy a pizza party and “mentor summit.” You and your mentors can share your mentoring experiences. If someone mentors you, tell us what helps and why. If you mentor somebody else, let us know why you mentor and specifically what you’re doing to help others.

There is no fee for the handling clinic or pizza party but advanced registration is required. Send the registration form, available in the “Download Forms” section, to Jane Hammett-Bright, 1723 Belford Church Road, Jackson Springs, NC 27281. Jane Hammett-Bright can also be contacted by phone at (910) 974- 3647 and shelties@hughes.net.





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