FEBRUARY 2019

BOARD MEETING NOTICE

The next members meeting will be Tuesday, February 19th at 6:30 PM at our training facility. All members are welcome to attend.


MEMBERSHIP MEETING

The next members meeting will be Tuesday, February 19th at our training facility at 7:30 PM. Those interested in dog sports are welcome to attend.


SPOTC OBEDIENCE AND RALLY TRIALS - FEBRUARY 22 - 24, 2019

Our Winter Obedience and Rally trials will once again be held at the South Plains Fairgrounds in the Merchants Building, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 22nd through 24th, 2019. As always, in order to make this event a success we need your help.

We will need help loading equipment at the club building on Thursday, Feb. 21st at 1:00 p.m., and then we’ll travel to the fairgrounds to unload and set up . On Sunday Feb. 24th, be-ginning at about 3:00 p.m., we will again desperately need your help to load the equipment, and return it to the club building.

Many volunteers will be needed to serve as Ring Stewards. Previous experience is not required; training will be provided. For a quick primer, see the last page of this Newsletter. To volunteer, please contact Vernon Brown at vgbro@sbcglobal.net. Let him know if and when you’re competing, and when you can be there to work.

Donations of new or gently used items for the Raffle will be most welcome. These may be for dogs or their human families. The raffle helps to offset some of the expenses incurred.

In addition to ribbons and toys, cash awards are given for High in Trial, High Combined, High-est Scoring dog in Breed and High Scoring dog in Group. Cash and check donations are also welcome to help offset these trophy expenses.

On Thursday evening, from approximately 4 - 7 p.m. we will host a fun match. On both Friday and Saturday, a fun match will be held beginning approximately 30 minutes following the final judging for the day. Match Rules: $5. per run for 5 min. of ring time for dogs in Novice or Open, and 7 minutes for dogs in Utility. Maximum two runs per dog per match. Anyone wanting a second run with the same dog must wait until all dogs have had their turn before returning for a second run. Participants will also be needed to assist other handlers with their runs.


2018 TITLES

Remember to send all your information on all titles your dog(s) earned during Calendar Year 2018 (i.e., be-tween January 1st and December 31st, 2018) to Marcia Bishoff bossmare54@yahoo.com by Tuesday, January 15th, 2019. This includes Obedience, Utility, Agility, Tracking, Carting, and any other dog sport for which you and your dog earned a title in 2018. CGC titles are also now eligible under the AKC rules, provided that the $20 fee has been paid for the CGC title certificate. Pet Therapy visits are eligible as well. Send your dog's registered name, the name of the title and the date it was earned. Also include any therapy hours you have for each dog. If this is the first year you received titles for a dog, SPOTC also supplies you with a plaque. Please indicate that you need a plaque and, if it is different from the registered name, include the dog's name as you would like it to be engraved on the plaque.

Special Award for Top Novice A Dog-and-Handler Team

The Ben Lumpkins Award recognizes the Club's top Novice A handler and dog for the past year. Points are earned for this award based on qualifying scores, class placements, and titles earned from the Novice A class at AKC competitions. If you have competed in the Novice A class in any AKC venue this year, contact Marcia Bishoff (subject title Ben Lumpkins Award) at bossmare54@yahoo.com for a worksheet to chart your activity. If you showed in a Novice Preferred class (which doesn’t divide into A or B) you are also eligible for the award as long as this was your first time to compete in that venue.


NOVEMBER AGILITY TRIALS WERE GREAT - THANKS!

Thanks to everyone who helped make our November Agility trial a success. Every time I looked around there were club members and out-of-town competitors helping with whatever needed to be done. Putting on an Agility trial is a huge undertaking, and it would not be possible without so many people pitching in. I really appreciate all my committee heads doing their jobs and the hard-working course building crews that were at the show site early each day. We have a few months to catch our breath before the next one-- so relax, enjoy your dogs, and have a great holiday!


AUGUST 4-DAY AGILITY TRIAL ANOTHER GREAT EVENT THANK YOU

I want to thank all the club members for their hard work at the Levelland trial. Four days of Agility trials is a tremendous undertaking and many of you went the extra mile to ensure it was a success. All my Event Committee heads did their jobs AND ran their dogs with great success.

A special thanks to Joe Harth for figuring out a way to make our ring sizes accom-modate all the crating in the main arena. Randy Shipp stepped up again to haul the big trailer for SPOTC. Our course building crews headed by Marian McGuire, Coye McCleskey, and Cheryl & Larry Birdwell were always right on top of things and had the courses built in record time. Thanks to all of you who helped them with this important job. Jodi did a great job of keeping the judges and trial secretaries fed, in addition to keeping drinks iced down for all the workers. Nancy Lewis, Dana and Vernon Brown, and Joe and Kathy Harth did a wonderful job managing the volunteers for both rings. Judy Flagle always stepped up and helped with the timers. Margaret Freeman helped organize the volunteer boards and running orders for the gates each day. Sherell Guichard-Thomas put together another amazing raffle. A special thanks to D'Nae Wilson for copying the course maps for us when one of our judges couldn't make it the first day. Mary Jane and Tim Sampson picked up the judge at the airport when she finally arrived Thursday night. Every time I looked up, there were club members volunteering to work the rings.

After four days, we were all tired, but we all knew that SPOTC did it again. We put on another class act Agility trial!!


ELECTION OF OFFICERS FOR 2018-2019

Dana Brown - President

Mary Jane Sampson - Vice President Jodi Pritchard

Secretary - Cheryl Birdwell

Treasurer - Jodi Pritchard

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Ruth Ann Parsley, Teresa Janssen, Joe Harth, Mary Lou Vardy, and Michael Felker


FARM DOG CERTIFICATION

There will be two Farm Dog Certification Tests on August 25th, 2018. Judges are Kathy Harth and Cathy Jacobs. Cost for each test is $30.00. The test is limited to 20 teams per test and if not filled before, entries will be accepted on the day of the test. Two spots remain available. The premium will be available soon. For more information contact Dana Brown - ddbro@sbcglobal.net


NEW TRAINING CLASS SCHEDULES

We are excited to announce a few changes to our class offerings. Classes offered on Monday evenings will still be offered as follows:

6:00 p.m. Household

7:00 p.m. Puppy Class

8:00 p.m. Canine Good Citizen (as always, assuming sufficient applicants for this class)

Household classes previously offered on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. have been rescheduled to Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. The class previously offered on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. will be replaced by a Novice Rally class, to take place on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.


NEW RALLY CLASS

SPOTC will be offering a 7-week Rally Novice class beginning with the August 1st class sessions. This class will be open to the public, but members will have the first opportunity to sign up for it. The cost of this class will be $110.00, and coupons can be used.

Rally is an Obedience-related performance sport in which dogs and handlers follow a course, at walking speed, determined by numbered cones and instructions for what to do at each cone station. Rally is less rigorous than Agility and more relaxed than formal Obedience.

It is recommended that dogs undertaking this class are good on lead, as learned in the House-hold and/or Canine Good Citizen courses.


SPOTC MAY 2018 AGILITY TRIALS - ANOTHER SUCCESS!

Our annual May Agility trials was held at the Texas Tech Equestrian Center from Friday, May 4th through Sunday, May 6th, 2018 was another success. Thank you to all who helped.


AWARD NIGHT!

Our annual awards night and potluck dinner was held in March with the following results:

Ben Lumpkins Award for the top Novice A team: Shirley Jackson

Service Award for the person who contributes behind the scenes: Tim Sampson

Good Sportsmanship Award: Teresa Janssen

Joann Neal Award for the Instructor of the Year: Laura Smith and Assistant Instructor: Sarah Oden

High in Trials Award: Joann Neal

Congrats to all the winners and titleholders on a successful 2017!


AUGUST AGILITY TRIALS ANOTHER SUCCESS! THANK YOU

What a great job our members did putting on our summer agility trials!! Lots of hard work keeping the trial going, and congratulations to members who had success with their dogs!

A special thanks to the hardest workers of all--the course-building teams who did the heavy lifting, and kept the trial moving. Chief course-builder JoAnn Phillips and her side-kick Ruth Ann Parsley headed up the two rings -- and many more slaving away. The Lord of the Rings -- Ronda and her sidekick Teresa kept the rings staffed and workers "paid."

Jodi Pritchard kept everyone hydrated and judges nourished. Sherell Guichard-Thomas did her usual great job putting together the raffles and selling tickets. Thanks to every-one who donated items for the raffle. Sherell also puts up the public education booth that is attractively displayed.

It takes about 8 workers to run each class, times 10 classes times 4 days. Everyone stepped up and kept things moving, and showed up to load and unload all that equip-ment. Thanks to Marcia and Gary for organizing & hauling the SPOTC trailer, and others for their own trailers and vehicles.

Cheryl Birdwell & Marcia Bishoff have taken over the job of ordering and maintaining equipment, and keeping it in line with AKC's ever-changing regulations. They have everything organized and labeled in storage so that we have everything we need when we get to the trial. Cheryl Birdwell kept the checks flowing so expenses were met and a profit/loss report is provided. Thanks to everyone who helped! Great trial,


MAY AGILITY TRIALS ANOTHER SUCCESS!

A big THANK YOU to club members and significant others who gave their time and muscle so generously for the SPOTC agility trials! Everything went smoothly, and many exhibitors and the judge complimented us on the good trials and the friendly atmosphere. A special thanks to the course builders, who work the hardest of all at events like this. Everyone should pat him/herself on the back before taking another Aleve. I saw lots of good runs and lots of worthy efforts in the ring, and I hope everyone had as good a time as I did.


SPOTC AGILITY DEMO ON YOUTUBE WEBSITE

Make sure to catch our club's debut on YouTube.com. Club members recently performed an agility demo at halftime for the Ropes High School football game on November 2nd. The club got rave reviews from the crowd. The demo was video taped and placed on the website YouTube.com thanks to Paula Perry. To take a look, just go to this direct link:

SPOTC Ropes Agility Demo

CLUB MEMBERS WALL OF TITLE HOLDERS

All members are encouraged to show their pride and hang an 8x10 photo of their titled dog on the wall in the meeting room. If you do not have an extra copy of your precious color photos, you can frame a color copy. Also keep in mind that the club has voted to hang photos of dogs that earn an MX or UDX in an honored place on the wall with our OTCH dogs.


GET YOUR "ANIMAL FRIENDLY" TEXAS LICENSE PLATES

Honk if you love animals! Better yet, purchase a special Animal Friendly license plate for an additional $25. Proceeds will provide free or reduced-cost spaying and neutering for dogs and cats across Texas. Call the Texas Department of Transportation for more information at 512-374-5010 or contact your local animal shelter.