|TENNESSEE VALLEY KENNEL CLUB
|MAY 2011 e-NEWSLETTER
will meet Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. M ay 17, 2011 in the Sequoyah Room of the University of
Tennessee Veterinary School. Our program this month will be
a doggie version of the family game show “The Family Feud.” The board will meet at 6:00 p.m.
Visitors are always welcome!
MAY 2011 PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
There is a great deal going on at the TVKC. Our annual elections will
be held on Tuesday May 17, 2011 at our regular meeting room. There were
no nominations from the floor at the April meeting so the slate of
nominated officers will officially be voted in at this meeting. (See
nominations below.) Our program this month will be a doggie version
of the family game show “The Family Feud.” I hope you will plan to join
us for the meeting as well as the program.
The November cluster plans are well under way. The Judges have been
hired and the premium list preparation has begun. If you wish to donate
a trophy please be sure to contact Carol Sommerfelt at 865-986-1614 or
by e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org for 2011 the cluster will again be
offering the beautiful pottery from Alewine Pottery in Gatlinburg. Paula
Smiddy and Bernadine Luketich are well into the planning stages of our
sanctioned B-OB match and meet the breeds day at Market Square in
Knoxville on Saturday September 24th, more information can be found on
our clubs web site.
Following a report from Beth White on the performance vision
committee the board approved a proposal to move forward on a plan to
locate a suitable training facility as well as funding to provide for
agility equipment to be used for training purposes. Beth and several
other members are in the process of securing a site and determining
The board also approved a motion to dedicate the upcoming November
Shows in memory of long time member Roberto Jimenez who passed away
suddenly last month.
Our annual Club Awards will be held at the June meeting. This year we
will be having a picnic meeting to be held at the “Two River Pavilion”
in Louisville, TN. The club will be furnishing Hamburgers and Hot dogs
for grilling, Jean Dinkins is furnishing the beverages and the club
members are asked to bring a “Pot Luck” side dish and condiments. The
Meeting/Pot Luck will start at 6:00 PM so bring a dish, a healthy
appetite and enjoy the food, fellowship, and awards with your fellow
members. And as always guests are invited it would be great if each
member would invite just one guest to the picnic/meeting so we can meet
more of our fellow dog lovers in the Knoxville area.
Our club continues to grow as we have welcomed several new members
this year and have several more already in the membership process.
DruAnne Martin is representing the club at a meeting of the group trying
to make Knoxville the “Most pet friendly city in America”. We all look
forward to hearing what she reports back to the club. Speaking of
DruAnne I would like to extend the club’s best wishes to her and fellow
member Dave Nutzell as they will be married on May 21st. The happy
couple will be residing in Lenoir City and we wish them years of great
Just a reminder that the club is always looking for volunteers to
serve on committees, work at shows, trials, and events. Volunteering is
a great way to get involved with many of your fellow members and learn
about them, their breeds and interests as well as share in their
knowledge of the various aspects of the world of purebred dogs. I
encourage everyone to get involved, don’t wait to be asked just let any
board member know your area of interest and we will direct you to the
right place. For those of you that may be “New” to the sport please do
not feel that you do not have enough experience to get involved, just
remember everyone, even the seasoned veterans were New to all of this at
one time or another. It is working together and sharing new ideas and
information that allows us to grow.
That’s it for now I hope to see everyone at the upcoming May meeting.
NOMINATING COMMITTEE RESULTS
The nominating committee has completed selection of nominees for the
2011- 2012 term.
The following members were selected for the respective offices and board
President Walter Sommerfelt
The nominating committee members are:
Chairperson Keith Bailey, Members Carol Sommerfelt, Judy Hart, Dru
Ann Martin, Pam Stanner.
The official voting will take place at the May meeting.
Vice President Paula Smiddy
Recording Secretary Maryellen Kasten
Corresponding Secretary Beth White
Treasurer Jean Dinkins
Board Members Keith Bailey, Pam Stanner, Barbara Price, Pat Hodges
and Robin Brown
AKC representative is Catherine Bell
MAY AKC CHAIRMAN'S REPORT
-- Grand Champions Win Bronze, Silver, Gold and
To celebrate the one-year anniversary of the AKC Grand Champion
title, we are pleased to present the new Grand Champion Achievement
Levels of Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum to honor your dogs’
accomplishments. Since the program’s inception, more than 5,800 dogs
have achieved the prestigious Grand Champion title and AKC clubs have
received nearly 51,000 more Best of Breed entries as a result.
Many exhibitors have told us that they’ve enjoyed bringing their
Champions out of retirement and would like to continue competing. Due to
the excitement fanciers have expressed to us and the increased
Conformation entries our clubs have received, we developed the Grand
Champion Achievement Levels. Multiple achievement levels have worked
well in other dog sports, with many Agility dogs earning numerous MACH
so we’re happy to introduce something similar in the Conformation world.
Beginning May 11, 2011, concurrent with the implementation of the
Point Schedule, AKC Grand Champions will now have the opportunity to
become Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum Grand Champions. To obtain the
Bronze level Grand Championship, a dog must achieve 100 Grand
Championship points. Silver will be 200 and Gold 400 points earned while
our ultimate Platinum level will require 800 Grand Championship points.
Upon reaching each level, AKC will mail special recognition
medallions and certificates to the owner of record. To keep up-to-date
with the competition, a new Top 100 All-Breed Grand Champions list will
be featured at
In addition, the online GCH Breed Lists will be expanded from the top
25 to 100 dogs including Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum level
designations. We hope exhibitors will enjoy and embrace the newest
enhancements to the Grand Championship program.
Grand Championship judging will not change with the introduction of
the Achievement Levels. All Champions of Record entered in the Best of
Breed/Variety competition will be eligible to compete for "GCh" points
at all-breed, group and specialty shows at no additional entry
fee. Points are awarded, at the judge’s discretion, to the following
placements: Best of Breed/Variety, Best of Opposite Sex, Select Dog and
After dogs have completed the initial Grand Championship title,
points will continue to accumulate and the dog will be recognized upon
reaching 100, 200, 400 and 800 points.
We look forward to honoring our Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze
Grand Champions and celebrating your dog’s achievements as you strive to
make breed and AKC history. For more information, visit:
www.akc.org/grandchampionship or contact
Ron Menaker, Chairman
LOCAL HERDING OPPORTUNITIES - DON'T MISS THIS!
There will be a herding workshop conducted by ABHA
Herding trial judge, Nancy Obermark on Saturday, May 21 & Sunday, May 22
in Walland, TN. Workshop fees are $100 cash per dog per day. To
reserve your space in the workshop, contact Nancy Obermark at: Sheepdog922@aol.com
Nancy will ALSO conduct herding instinct TESTING in conjunction with
her workshop. Testing starts are 2:00pm Saturday, May 21st. The
cost is $25.00 per dog. There will also be a few slots open for
private lessons at $20.00 per dog.
If you have any questions about testing, wish to reserve a slot for an
instinct test or private lesson, you can email Nancy at: Sheepdog922@aol.com
While September seems far away, it's never too early to start planning
an exciting AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days event. In 2011, the
program marks its ninth year. This is a great opportunity for you to
promote our club by organizing a free community event publicly promoting
responsible dog ownership anytime during September.
Holding an AKC RDO Day event is easier than you think! All efforts are
appreciated and welcomed, from hosting a public education table at a dog
show or dog run to creating a day-long festival.
The main AKC
RDO Days web page includes
many suggestions for events. The first 500 clubs and organizations that
confirm event details with us by August 1, 2011 will receive a
All Kinds of Vendors * Games
for the Dogs *
Fun, Family, Food * Silent
* Crafts & Concessions* Wildlife Rehab
* Adoptable Pets * Animal Rescue Groups *
* T-Shirts * Face Painting * Gourmet Dog Treats *
* Pet Micro Chipping *
Robin Brown will be organizing a booth to
represent our club at this event.
If you would like to help, contact Robin at
AKC and AKC CAR Support Companion
Animals in Need after Southern Storms
The American Kennel Club and AKC Companion Animal Recovery are
assisting animal organizations in need after the recent devastating
tornadoes in Alabama and the South via the
AKC CAR Canine Support and Relief Fund.
More about our efforts:
- Members of the Tuscaloosa Kennel Club recently delivered
supplies to the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter on behalf of AKC and
AKC CAR, including crates, bowls, leashes and collars, dog food and
- The Marion/Winston Animal Shelter, supporting Hackleburg and
Guin, Alabama, is currently feeding 40 dogs, 8 cats and 20 horses,
as well as supplying food to local area families who need it for
their own pets. With the group’s dog food supply depleted, AKC and
AKC CAR donated $2500 for food, crates and other animal supplies
that the shelter will purchase locally.
- Hale County, located 30 miles south of Tuscaloosa, was hit by
two massive tornadoes. As more pets begin to reappear after the
storm, Hale County Animal Shelter expects to be inundated with
strays. AKC and AKC CAR supplied more than $1000 worth of
vaccinations to ensure the health of the animals that come into
their care. Shelter contact Dee Sullins was thrilled, saying, “This
is just frosting on the cake for us!”
AKC and AKC CAR are reaching out to other groups in Alabama at this
time. If you know of organizations in need of assistance, please contact
Stephanie Smith at 212-696-8228 or
Hello, Agility Exhibitors!
We hope you are having a good month and having lots of
fun running agility.
As we play this sport which we so love, at times we find
ourselves running the course and shouting the wrong
command, or giving the correct command too late, our
arms sometimes flailing in multiple directions while our
body position occasionally indicates the incorrect
obstacle. All the while our wonderful dogs are doing
their best to figure out what it is we really want them
to do. Our dogs are really amazing creatures, loving us
no matter what mistakes we make. It always warms our
hearts watching agility exhibitors return the favor and
give our dogs a well deserved hug at the end of a run.
Here is to many more hugs for our dogs!
Carrie DeYoung, Director of Agility
National Agility Championship - Lexington, VA
The 2011 National Agility Championship is in the record
books, and what an incredible event it was. A record
entry, 5 rings of agility, and over 8,000 runs; just
The fun began on Thursday afternoon with the Time 2 Beat
fun runs and did not stop until the completion of the
Finals on Sunday afternoon. Congratulations to everyone
who participated and a special thank you to the 200+
volunteers who make this event possible.
Some Fun Facts from Nationals
There were 97 different breeds
- There were 41
different states represented, with 5 dogs coming all
of the way from Alaska.
- More than 8,000
total runs at the event.
- Almost 10% of all
dogs entered had their AKC breed championship.
- Two All-American
dogs participated for the first time since the AKC
began allowing mixed-breed dogs to participate in
the AKC Companion events of Agility, Obedience and
- Thirteen Junior
Handlers (under the age of 18) competed, the highest
Junior entry ever.
- Entries included
twenty three past National Agility Champions.
- 773 of the dogs
entered had already earned a MACH title, including
418 dogs that had at least a MACH 2, and one dog
with a MACH 16.
- The 10 breeds with the highest number of dogs
- Border Collie - 244
- Shetland Sheepdog - 222
- Australian Shepherd - 66
- Golden Retriever - 62
- Poodle - 45
- Pembroke Welsh Corgi - 41
- Labrador Retriever - 35
- Papillion - 33
- Miniature Schnauzer - 30
- Cocker Spaniel - 28
The state with the largest number of competitors was
New Jersey with 91. Virginia had 61 dog and handler
National Agility Champions -
AKC COO, John Lyons; Andrea Samuels & Sparkle; Patti
Gagnon & Sparkle; Ashley Deacon & Luka; Judge, Scott
Stock; Tracy Golden & Blink; Rosanne Demascio & Drifter;
Tori Self & Revolution
Preferred National Champions -
AKC COO, John Lyons; Sandi Osborne & Skyler; Barbara
Scanlan & Taylor; Margaret Howes & Angel; Judge, Scott
Stock, Judge; Kelly Armstrong & Devon: Naci Berkoz &
For complete coverage, results, courses, and more
pictures of the Nationals, please visit
November 3-6, 2011
Cluster Countdown: 175 days until the big event!
Four days of dog shows with more than a thousand dogs
expected At Chilhowee Park!
You could say Knoxville is going to the dogs in a big way. And not just
any dogs, but more than a thousand beautiful and skilled dogs, in
every shape and size vying for ribbons, trophies and bragging rights.
Nov. 3 - 6 at Chilhowee Park.
TVKC Agility Trial - NEW DATE
December 2 - 4, 2011
in the indoor arena at Harriman, TN
STD, JWW, T2B all days
FAST Friday and Saturday
We will need volunteers all 3 days.
can contact Dawn Darr at email@example.com or
Open: Oct. 5 Entries Close: Nov. 16
Julie Haas' Austrailian Shepherd,
exiting the tunnel at a
recent trial in Birmingham, AL
Ace Russell and his loyal
Corgi, Harpo, at the February
TVKC Trial in Harriman.
Beth White's miniature poode,
Nina, weaving at the Poodle
Club of Las Vegas, NV trial
Tracking Seminar -
Mid-Kentucky Kennel Club is hosting the “AKC Tracking Seminar for
Exhibitors and Judges” on June 11 & 12, 2011 at the Best Western
Atrium Gardens in Elizabethtown, KY. This seminar is designed
to provide information that will be useful for all levels of
participation in tracking from novice to expert and fulfills the
Judge’s Education Requirements for prospective and approved judges.
Attendees will receive the latest information on changes to the
tracking regulations. Click
here, for a flyer with registration form. If there are
problems opening the file or questions regarding the seminar, please
contact Mary Ginterbackhome@toast.net
Conformation Handling Seminar -
The Mid-Kentucky Kennel Club is proud to announce the George Alston
in Elizabethtown, KY, in September for his handling seminar! Click
here to download a
flyer for the two day workshop for the seminar to be held on
September 24 and 25.
HERDING WORKSHOP: There
will be a herding workshop conducted by ABHA Herding trial
judge, Nancy Obermark on Saturday, May 21 & Sunday, May 22 in
Walland, TN. Workshop fees are $100 cash per dog per day.
There are several open spots left. To reserve your space in the
workshop, contact Nancy Obermark at: Sheepdog922@aol.com
For location information i.e. motels, directions, etc., contact
workshop host at: firstname.lastname@example.org
|WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH YOUR DOG?
Congratulations to Beth White and Nina -
Beth White's NINA completed the requirements for MJX - Master Excellent
Jumpers With Weaves title at the recent Oak Ridge Agility Trial and AX -
Agility Excellent title on Easter weekend at Durham, NC.
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