ASSA will again host a Welcome Party at the 2019 National.  This fun and informal event will be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, starting one hour after completion of Futurity judging.  A full buffet dinner will be served.  You have the option to purchase the Welcome Party Dinner with the traditional commemorative logo mug for $40.00 per person or the Dinner alone without mug for $35.00 per person.  ASSA hopes you will attend the Welcome Party.  What a great way to kick off the National Week.  Reserve your space and mug at the Welcome Party on the Master Reservation Form or through PayPal.  Deadline for reservations is March 6, 2019.  No refunds will be made after March 6, 2019.  Tickets will be distributed at the show.




We are reaching out to ASSA members and friends to sponsor our various buffets during the National.  This program has been extremely popular with all who attend the National.  Light continental breakfast, hors d’oeuvres, and bakery/pastry buffets will be offered in the show building during the week.  Handlers and exhibitors who need to be at the building exercising dogs early in the morning appreciate being able to grab something to eat and some fresh coffee  The early birds grabbing the best seats for the first classes are also appreciative.  Handlers, exhibitors, spectators and all who appreciate an adult beverage in the afternoon will enjoy a little snack with it as well.  And our afternoon coffee friends will have a treat to compliment that pick me up.

Sponsorship categories are available at four levels:
            PLATINUM      $500.00 +
            GOLD              $250.00 - $499.99
            SILVER            $150.00 - $249.99
            BRONZE          Whatever you would like to contribute.  Every $$$ helps.

Sponsorships can be made by individuals, clubs, groups of friends, group of clubs, etc; and can be made in honor of a person or a special dog.  All sponsors will be publicly recognized for their generosity via a LARGE sign which will be displayed all week.

Contact Rebecca Jarit at bcgoldy03@yahoo.com for further details.  Donations can be made by check or money order payable to ASSA in US Funds or by PayPal.

Mail Checks to: Cay Ireland
                               PO Box 92
                               Willow Springs, NC  27592-9998

PayPal: ASSANatlTreas@gmail.com

Either way you choose to pay, please note "Food Sponsorship."




Parade of Rescued Performance Dogs This is a non-competitive exhibition open to any Shetland Sheepdog entered in any performance event at this National that was adopted from a Sheltie Rescue group.  This event will be held on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, ½ hour after the completion of Trial judging.  A Rosette will be awarded to each participant.  There is no entry fee.  To register, please use an AKC entry form and attach a short (100 words or less) history of the dog.  Registration for the Parade closes on March 6, 2019.  Mail your completed entry form and history to Sheryl Kendrick, PO Box 21704, Waco, TX 76702-1704 or email to: serendipitykennel@gmail.com. Note:  If sending "overnight," please indicate "signature not required."



Parade of Veterans There is no entry fee for the Parade of Veterans, but a completed AKC entry form and a short history (100 words or less) of the dog must be submitted.  This event will be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, ½ hour after the completion of Futurity judging.  This is a noncompetitive exhibition open to any TITLED SHETLAND SHEEPDOG over the age of 10 years and not adopted from rescue.  Registration for the Parade closes on March 6, 2019.  To register, send a completed AKC entry form and history of the dog Sheryl Kendrick, PO Box 21704, Waco, TX 76702-1704 or email to: serendipitykennel@gmail.com.  Note:  If sending "overnight," please indicate "signature not required."





The grooming area will be the showplace for visiting hours, which will be held on Friday evening, April 5, 2019.  Layouts, pedigrees, photos, business cards, and displays are encouraged.  Please remember, no puppies under 6 months of age and no “For Sale” signs allowed.  The 2019 event will be fun and festive with a cash bar and refreshments.


Contest for Best Decorated Grooming Space, and People’s Choice award.

The grooming space decorating competition is a fun way to help bring the energy and enthusiasm of past Nationals back to Visiting Hours.  We’re excited to offer the competition again in 2019.  There will be a PEOPLE’S CHOICE/WINNER’S AWARD in which the winner gets a free grooming space at the 2020 National, a beautiful rosette AND they get to choose where within the ASSA the funds raised are donated.  So the incentives to go all out with your decorations are greater than ever.  GAMBLERS:  (No charge to enter)  e-mail Jen Clohessy at Clohessyj90@gmail.com prior to the National, or at the National once you know your grooming space number, come to the catalog sales table and tell them you are participating in the grooming space competition.  You will be given an ID card with your space number on it to display at your grooming space.  Put in a visible place for voters to see on Friday.  BETTORS:  Tickets will be sold all day Friday ($1.00 per ticket, $5.00 for 6 tickets, $10.00 for 15 tickets, $20.00 for 30 tickets).  Beginning at 6:00 PM, write the grooming space number of your choice on your ticket(s) – one grooming space per ticket.  Place your wages (your completed tickets) into the jar near the food buffet.  Judging will conclude at 9:00 PM.  The winner, total amount raised and the winner’s fund designation will be announced Saturday in the ring at the conclusion of Winners Dog. 



This is an invitational event to showcase the top 2018 conformation dogs based on year-end rankings for number of dogs defeated by Best of Breed wins at All-Breed and Specialty Shows.  The event will be held Wednesday evening, April 3, 2019 in the conformation ring.  After you receive your invitation you many contact Top Conformation Dog Showcase Chairperson Melanie Williams at sheltiejudge@aol.com for details.




The 2019 Best All Around Sheltie will be determined for Shelties that enter and compete in at least 4 of 5 National events:  Breed, Obedience, Rally, Agility, and Herding.  Points are awarded for participation and placement or score in each event.  There is no fee for the competition, but advanced registration is required.  See the “ASSA Best All Around Sheltie” form for competition rules, point values, and Registration Form.  To register, send the completed Registration Form to Kara Kolster, 2705 Maurice Walk Court, Glen Allen, VA  23060 or email: karakolster@gmail.com.





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