2018 PCA National Info & Schedule

Thursday, October 18 – Sunday, October 21

Please join us for the 2018 PCA National Specialty weekend!
Held in conjunction with the Leaf Peeper Cluster
(Albany and Troy Kennel Clubs)
Springfield, Massachusetts.

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Show Venue:
Eastern States Exposition “The Big E”
1305 Memorial Ave, West Springfield, MA 01089

Host Hotel:
Holiday Inn Springfield South – Enfield Connecticut
1 Bright Meadow Blvd
Enfield, CT 06082

Negotiated Room rate: $105 per night plus applicable room taxes (currently 15%).  Please ask for the Puli Club of America rate when calling.  Make your reservation early!  This is a limited room block as this will also be the Cluster’s host hotel!

The hotel offers an airport shuttle from Hartford’s Bradley International Airport (BDL) which is the closest airport at just 15 miles away.  Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and Albany, New York’s Airport (ALB) are both approximately 100 miles from the host hotel.

Tentative Schedule (all events/times subject to change)

Thursday, October 18     All Thursday Events to be held at the host hotel.

9:30am – 12 noon Judges Education – (The seminar portion of the judges education is open to all members for observation only.  The hands-on portion is closed and available to judges only.)

1:30 – 2:30pm Annual Board Meeting – All members are welcome to attend and give input to the Board.
2:30-4:00pm Breeders Forum – Carolyn Nusbickel will lead this important discussion for Puli breeders.

Results of the Breeders’ Survey will be shared with the membership. The Forum
is also intended to be a venue for discussion regarding breed sustainability
as well as the Breeders’ section of the PCA Guidelines and any necessary efforts
to further clarify the guideline language so that there is no ambiguity on
the club’s intent. Objectives for the discussion are two-fold:
1. Discuss and agree upon 2-3 next steps for the Board and Club to pursue related
to the sustainability of the breed in the United States; and
2. Discuss areas of the PCA Guidelines for breeders in need of clarifying language
with the aim of fostering a common understanding of club objectives and
the implied support the PCA Breeders listing and litter listings offer.

5-7pm Welcome Reception & Members Education

All Members are welcome and encouraged to attend and participate in Members Education!!!

Welcome bags will be distributed at the welcome reception!

Light refreshments will be served at the Welcome Reception – price is included
with the price of a banquet ticket.

Dinner on your own following the welcome reception

Friday, October 19           All Friday Events to be held at the Big E show site.

Puli Club of America Regional Specialty Ring 7
Albany Kennel Club
Superintendent: MB-F www.infodog.com
Judging Times –
Puppy & Veteran Sweepstakes 10 am
  Judge: Carol Brown (Kernersville, NC)

Regular Classes 10:45 am
Judge: Anna Quigley (Chehalis, WA)

Regular Herding Group Judge: Mr. Michael Gelinas – Groups start at 1:45 – Herding is 4th
Best in Show Judge: Ms. Linda Robey
Veteran Best in Show Judge: Mr. Michael Work

Friday Evening – Free Time

Saturday, October 20

Puli Club of America National Specialty Ring 7
Albany Kennel Club
Superintendent: MB-F www.infodog.com

Puppy & Veteran Sweepstakes 9:45 am
Judge: Linda Pitts (Knoxville, TN)

Regular Classes 10:45 am
Judge: Sharon Redmer (Whitmore Lake, MI)

Rally and Obedience Trials (Held in conjunction with the Berkshire Belgian Tervuren Club)
Judge: Karen Wrey (Stormville, NY)  2pm

Albany Kennel Club will host the NOHS competition on Saturday!

Regular Herding Group Judge: Mrs. Terry DePietro regular groups start @ 4pm herding 3rd
Best in Show Judge: Mr. Michael Gelinas
NOHS Herding Group Judge: Ms. Linda Robey  OH group starts@ 3:30 herding 3rd
NOHS Best in Show Judge: Mrs. Terry DePietro

Annual Banquet
Cash Bar opens at 6:30pm
Dinner Buffet opens at 7:30pm

Annual General Membership meeting to be held at the banquet; this year’s basket auction at the banquet will feature dog-themed adult beverages!


Silent Auction –  At the Banquet. Point of Contact Stacy Czekaj (email: pcadir-stacy@puliclub.org)
If you have items to donate, please let Stacy know you’ll be bringing them!!!

Sunday, October 21        All Sunday Events to be held at the Big E show site.

Puli Club of America Supported Entry Ring 7
Troy Kennel Club Judge: Ms. Linda Robey  2:30 pm

Regular Herding Group Judge: Ms. Linda Robey groups start at 2:45 
Best in Show Judge: Mrs. Terry DePietro
NOHS Herding Group Judge: Mrs.Sandy Gelinas OH will be after each regular group
NOHS Best in Show Judge: Ms. Linda Robey
Sunday Evening – Free Time