A Homecoming is the tradition of welcoming back former residents and it is built around a certain event (in our case the National Specialty) and the coronation of a Homecoming queen (again in our case, the Bests of Breed and Opposite Sex).

As you know, the history of our breed traces back to New England, and the names with which you are familiar:  Demidoff, Lombard, Posey, Seeley, etc.

It is only fitting that we should honor our heritage and breed by returning to New England for THE HOMECOMING 2011.

The 2011 National Specialty will be held at the Royal Trade Plaza and Marriott Hotel Complex, in Fitchburg, MA (http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/boscf-courtyard-fitchburg/) during the week of October 22nd – 29th, 2011.  Fitchburg is easily accessible by car via major interstates.  Fitchburg is a one hour drive from Boston’s Logan International Airport.

The Trade Center is a separate and fully heated /air-conditioned building.  Most (if not all) of our events will take place in this building.  Grooming will be indoors in a separately draped off area.  The hotel also includes a separate water park facility for the use and pleasure of its guests (not dogs).  The facility is brand new and a great attraction.

The 2011 National will be only the third National in SHCA history to host a Futurity.  Our Futurity chair, Dawn Eisele is busily accepting bitch nominations.  She can be reached via e-mail at:  dawn_eisele@uhc.com.  [Be sure to put the underscore between Dawn and Eisele].

We are still waiving late fees for bitches and will do so for 2 more months (or until January 2011) – so there is still time to get those bitches nominated.

The Homecoming 2011 Judging Panel (pending AKC approval) is:

Futurity Sherri Del Pozo
Puppy Sweepstakes Karen Burnside
Veteran Sweepstakes Sandy James
All Dog Classes (Regular & Non-Regular) Vern Harvey
All Bitch Classes (Regular & Non-Regular) Marie Falconer
Best of Breed Mickey Polimeni
Obedience and Rally Pat Scully
Agility LaVonda Herring
Junior Showmanship Kristofer Kelso

Thank you to all who have already pledged trophies – for those that haven’t and wish to get an early spot, contact Pat Benincasa via e-mail at:  Pathusky@aol.com.

And, don't forget that the complete regulations for the futurity appear on this website. Please click here Futurity Rules and Forms.

Last update of this page: 11/05/2010

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