MAY 2021


The next Board meeting will be Tuesday, May 18th at our training facility located at 5222 Marsha Sharp Freeway at 6:30 PM. All members are welcome to attend.


The next members meeting will be Tuesday, May 18th at our training facility located at 5222 Marsha Sharp Freeway at 7:30 PM. This is also elections night. Also dues are due by June 1st. Those interested in dog sports are welcome to attend. Masks are welcomed, but your choice.


Our annual May Agility trials will be held at the Texas Tech Equestrian Center from Friday, May 7th through Sunday, May 9th, 2021.

Equipment loading will begin at the SPOTC Club building at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 6th. Pickups and trailers and willing hands are always welcome. Unloading will follow at the trial site, the Texas Tech Equestrian Center. Any help for all or part of this procedure will be greatly appreciated and rewarded with course fee credits.

Don’t forget we will need help loading up equipment on Sunday after the trial (beginning at approx. 2:00 p.m.) and unloading at the building. This show needs everyone to make it successful.

Volunteers will be needed for loading and unloading equipment, serving as ring crew, course building, and other fun activities. Experience is not required; training will be provided.

Contact Dana Brown at to let her know what jobs you may be available to do and on which days and hours.

A Google Doc has been posted on the trial secretary’s site for volunteers to fill in when/where they can work. the link is: Note the illustrated ring crew tips on the last two pages of this newsletter.

Everyone’s assistance is both needed and appreciated! These events cannot succeed without you. Because of your help, SPOTC has developed a reputation for very well run trials and we plan to continue that tradition.

Raffle donations are always needed. New or gently used items for dogs or their two-legged companions are very welcome. Our raffles have earned high praise from competitors both at home and from other areas. Raffle donations may be given to Sherell Guichard-Thomas. Contact her at for more information, or bring your donation to the meeting or on loading day.


A few weeks ago we started a group for Draft/Carting work. This is open to all levels, from beginners to experienced. We are currently meeting during the weekends, weather permitting, in various locations (Levelland, Shallowater, etc.). If you are interested, please let me know. You can also reach out to Lynn Gregory or Liz Brandt. Patti Emmerling


On Saturday, May 15th, we’ll hold a general building cleanup. Volunteers are welcome, as always, and will be rewarded.


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

Ben Lumpkins Award for the top Novice A team: Kaylea Talbot

Service Award for the person who contributes behind the scenes: Sherell Guichard-Thomas

Good Sportsmanship Award: Margaret Freeman

Joann Neal Award for the Instructor of the Year: Cathy Smith and Assistant Instructor: Liz Brandt

High in Trials Award: Joann Neal

Congrats to all the winners and titleholders on a successful 2018!


Thanks to all the club members who helped to make our Obedience trial a great success. Biggest kudos to Dana Brown, trial secretary, who did the premium list, took entries and lunch orders, made the trial catalog, judges’ books, running orders, then kept her nose down in the computer all weekend getting everything recorded and sent to AKC. A huge job! JoAnn Phil-lips worked hard on set-up. Thanks to head ring steward Vernon Brown for keeping the rings manned and running smoothly. Margaret Freeman kept our West Texas hospitality flowing with coffee, donuts, drinks, and dispensing lunches. The match crew of JoAnn Phillips, Laura Smith, Cheryl Birdwell, and others kept the match rings going. Laura also got all the equip-ment organized and ready to go, and organized ribbons and prizes. Sherell Guichard-Thomas did a wonderful job (as usual) with the raffle and with the AKC information table. Cheryl Birdwell kept the bills paid. And more thanks to everyone who came up to ring stew-ard, set up the show and haul equipment, keep the ribbons and prizes flowing, donate to the raffle, provide transportation and meals to the judges, and anything I haven't remembered to mention!

Congratulations to members who showed their dogs--whether you brought a ribbon home or not, an entry results from a lot of work, and the bond you have with your dog is better for it!

A brag on the students in our Novice Rally class. They did great at our Obedience trial, with many of them competing in Beginner Novice Obedience as well as in Novice Rally. We had fun and earned titles at the same time. There is a nice story about us on the AKC Sports Facebook page. Scroll down to "Posts" on the left-hand side. There are pictures and comments by Judge Aimee Kincaid.


Make sure to catch our club's debut on 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 thanks to Paula Perry. To take a look, just go to this direct link:

SPOTC Ropes Agility Demo


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.


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.