Don't forget to send in your FREE reserved grooming form (found in the PL) and mark on there that you want to be with the Belgian Specialty area. If you want to be with certain people you need to mail the forms all together or just put everyone on one form. We will have a hospitality table in the grooming area. Please bring snacks or sweets to help us keep the table stocked for all four days of the show.
Hotel OVBTC has a block of rooms reserved for March 14-17. Baymont Inn and Suites Louisville Airport South 6515 Signature Drive, Louisville 502-968-4100 $75.60/night - pet fee waived Ask for block for OVBTC If you plan on staying at the Baymont, be sure to make your reservations by February 28. We will release the remaining rooms in the block on that date.
Dinner OVBTC is hosting a BBQ dinner for all our Belgian friends on FRIDAY, March 16. The dinner will be held at the host hotel (Baymont Inn and Suites, 6515 Signature Drive, Louisville, KY) at 7:00 p.m. The menu includes chicken, pork, potato salad, green beans, coleslaw, and pie! Water will be provided; otherwise bring your beverage of choice. The cost is $20. Email Lisa Heilmeier (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the names of people attending. Reservation deadline is March 1 (same day as many National deadlines!). PayPal to OVBTC@fuse.net, or make checks payable to OVBTC and mail to Lisa Heilmeier 728 Olde Orchard Drive, Tallmadge, Ohio 44278.
Raffle We will be having a raffle at the dinner. Please clean out all of your drawers, cupboards, grooming bags, etc. to find items for our raffle and arrange to get them to Jamie Baker, or to give them to us by Friday afternoon at the show. If you have any baskets you aren't using, please also donate them to the raffle.
We are going to have a large item raffle with separate, higher-priced tickets. Please consider purchasing an item for this raffle or donating something you have that is new or nearly new. We could use any crates, including soft sided, nice Terv-size dog beds, higher-end brushes or other grooming tools, nice grooming bag, or any other item you might think of. If you have any nice non-dog items you would like to donate, let us know.
And, of course, come to the dinner and buy raffle tickets! :-)
Tracking Workshop with Beth Walker May 5, 2018
This is a one-day seminar geared to introduce newcomers to the world of tracking. Everything you need to know to get started will be covered, and all working teams will have the opportunity to work with Beth one on one in the field while attendees observe. Basic regulations and equipment requirements will be discussed as well as basic scenting theory as it applies to AKC tracking. All participants and auditors are encouraged to ask questions throughout the day. Introduction to the variable surfaces will be covered if time allows. Teams who have already started tracking are encouraged to attend and will also be given training tracks.
Complete details on flyer (see link below).
Registration Limited to 16 working spots, as Beth works with each team one on one. Unlimited auditing spots.
Registration limited to OVBTC members until March 23. Registration limited to Belgian Shepherd Dogs (any variety) until April 6. Open registration after April 6. All registrations must be received by April 20.