AHC 16th Annual Specialty Breed Event 2019
October 11 - 13, 2019
Hosted by Cynthia McWilliams
Judge – Anne Stewart of Ireland
Crufts 2009-Anne with Fasskoley’s Sallins Solo “IR CH Fasskoley’s Sallins Solo” Crufts 2018-Anne with Castlemary Druid
AHC'S 16TH ANNUAL BREED SPECIALTY EVENT
October 11 - 13, 2019
WHERE: White Horse Farm & Kennel, 15 Bellus Road, Hinckley, Ohio
HOST: Cynthia McWilliams
JUDGE: Anne Stewart of Ireland
Our Judge, Anne Stewart, will be visiting North America for the first time and we certainly will give her a warm welcome! Since 1995, Anne has been involved with the Hovawart in a variety of roles: guardian, handler, breeder (Kennel name Fasskoley’s), trainer and judge. She is recognized as a Class C Specialist with the UK Hovawart Club and in that capacity, Anne has judged the Hovawart at Breed Specialties in Holland, Germany and United Kingdom. In the role as a Hovawart handler, Anne has been quite successful. This success includes winning the Best of Breed in 2009 at Crufts (the largest dog event in the world) with her own home-bred male Fasskoley’s Sallins Solo (and Best Dog in 2012). In 2018, Anne won Best Male with Castlemary Druid aka Guinness. She has won numerous other events with top finishes with multiple Hovawart dogs. Anne has a background in Obedience and Agility and with that, Anne offers Agility classes at the Canine Country Club in Kileenmore, Sallins, Co, Kildare, Ireland (where by profession she is a Canine Hydrotherapist). Adding to her busy schedule, Anne also offers one on one obedience training lessons. We look forward to learning from Anne’s experiences!
This is an event for all Hovawart dogs and their people!
CONFORMATION AND TEMPERAMENT TESTING FOR HOVAWART DOGS OF ALL AGES, INTACT OR NEUTERED
PRE- REGISTRATION REQUIRED BY SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2019
SPECTATORS ARE WELCOME WITH ADVANCE NOTICE TO AHC
LUNCH AVAILABLE ON- SITE SATURDAY AND SUNDAY FOR A REASONABLE FEE. SEE EVENT SCHEDULE.
DINNER AVAILABLE AT EVENT SITE ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY EVENING FOR A REASONABLE FEE.
SEE EVENT SCHEDULE.
SEE FOLLOWING PAGES FOR REGISTRATION FORM, EVENT SCHEDULE & RULES, HOTEL & CAMPGROUND INFO AND MORE
TALKS ON VARIOUS SUBJECTS ABOUT THE HOVAWART WILL BE GIVEN THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND EVENT!
ABOUT THE EVENT LOCATION
The 2019 AHC Hovawart Breed Specialty will be hosted by Cynthia McWilliams at White Horse Farm and Kennel in Hinckley Ohio. Cynthia has owned and operated the kennel for over 20 years. She has trained and competed with her Hovawart dogs in Agility, RallyO, Tracking and Search and Rescue. She is an avid supporter of the Bath Pony Club, the Ohio Horseman’s council and Richfield Heritage Preserve. She lives in a beautiful stone cottage that was built in 1840, which she has renovated. White Horse Farm is home to several horses, dogs, cats and chickens. The Farm includes indoor and outdoor arena’s, a pond, many trails for walking and riding, pasture and beautiful flowers! Fall is a wonderful time to visit NE Ohio with the beautiful fall colors and there are many outdoor activities within 30 minutes of the event site to enjoy. Below are some photos of Cynthia’s White Horse Farm and Kennel.
EVENT INFORMATION, REGISTRATION AND RULES
In order to receive the Member registration fees /price, a legible and completed Registration form with deposit must be received by AHC, no later than September 1, 2019. Registrations received after September 1, will be charged the non-member fee. The registration deposit is non-refundable, unless a refund request is approved by the AHC Board.
There will be a “Ring Steward” and “Monitor” for all AHC Events, as well as an “on deck” area. This will ensure that each Hovi team competitor is ready to enter the ring when it is their turn and to facilitate that the entrance / exit ring areas provide easy passage and less drama.
Each dog must be on leash and under control at all times, unless in a designated off leash area or directed by the judge or evaluator to take off leash. Please be sure to ask the owner of any dog if it is OK to approach their dog. Owners are responsible for ensuring there is a safe distance between dogs at all times.
Children must be supervised at all times. (Note: Remind your children not all dogs are used to small children and should ask the owner if it’s OK to approach the dog.)
Please be courteous of the judge and others during the events and hold conversations to a minimum volume as they can be distracting. An option is also to move away from the spectator area for conversations.
The AHC will not delay the start of the Event or any Class if owner and dog are late or not prepared to participate at the start time. Your registration fee will be forfeited unless approved for refund after the event by the Board of Directors. The Participant must write to the Board with an explanation regarding their request for a refund.
AHC Member Hovawart dogs who have earned a BIS, Best Dog or Best Bitch with an Excellent rating at an AHC Event and who have also passed the AHC Adult Temperament/Behavior Test, will earn the title of AHC Club Champion.
AHC Member Hovawart dogs earning two Best in Shows, Best Bitch or Best Dog with the AHC with an Excellent Rating, at two separate events under two different judges AND have passed the AHC Adult Temperament/Behavior Test with Recommended to Breed status, will earn the title AHC Grand Champion.
All Hovawart dogs, with a FCI recognized registration, will be eligible for all prizes unless neutered before 8 years of age.
Dogs may be disqualified or their owners asked to remove them from the AHC Event Site, if they show undue aggression towards any person or dog attending the AHC Event, as determined by the AHC Judge and 2 Board or Show Committee members.
The AHC Board, Show Committee and/or Show Host reserves the right to remove or have removed, any person attending the AHC Event Site for behavior they believe to be inappropriate. This includes but is not limited to: Negative behavior or talk towards or about other event attendees; negative talk or behavior about other attendee’s dogs; arguing with or disrespecting the judge, behavior test evaluator/s, speakers or any other person who is assisting at the event; or for exhibiting other behavior deemed unacceptable (as determined by the AHC Board, Judge and/or Show host) and causing discomfort for other event attendees. Attendees should bring any unacceptable behavior of a dog or person, immediately, to the attention of the host and an AHC board member.
All Hovawart dogs participating in the AHC event in Conformation, with the exception of puppies and super senior dogs, will be given a written evaluation and a detailed evaluation form covering the structure of the dog from nose to tail. Puppies and Super Seniors will receive a written evaluation only. All participants will receive a Certificate of Placement and ribbon. (Evaluation and detail of structure forms may be mailed at a later date.)
All Hovawart dogs participating in the AHC Temperament/Behavior Test, will receive a copy of the evaluation form complete with comments from the evaluators. Dogs that pass the Temperament/ Behavior Test will receive a Certificate. Adult dogs that fail the test may be re-tested at another date. (Temperament Testing forms may be mailed at a later date.) Females in heat will be tested last.
Event attendees may speak with the Judge and/or Temperament/Behavior Test evaluators regarding the evaluation of his/her dogs Conformation or Temperament/Behavior Test results after the completion of all Conformation Classes and/or once all dogs have completed the Temperament/Behavior Test. To prevent any possible bias, do not provide the judge with information on your dog’s pedigree before the Conformation event.
Conformation Class Information:
Working – To participate in the working class, the dog must have at minimum the following working titles: BH + Sch1, 2 or 3; OR, BH + FH1, 2 or 3; in addition, they must have passed the adult AHC /Behavior test. If your Hovawart has a tracking title + obedience title other than those listed, or has been certified in SAR by FEMA, NASAR, or other nationally recognized certification organization AND has passed the Adult AHC /Behavior Test, please contact an AHC Board Member to see if your Hovawart may participate in the working class.
Champion – Meets the requirements listed above for AHC Champion or has earned a CACIB at an FCI or FCI recognized event.
Dynasty – The Dynasty class is a new offering in 2019. This class is separate from the other classes and an Award will be given to each “Dynasty” group, with the top group winning a Best of Dynasty Class. Each Dynasty group will include at minimum 3 dogs that are related. For example: 3+ littermates; or Dam and 2+ of her offspring; Or Sire and 2+ of his offspring; Or Mother and her littermate and an offspring; etc. A dam and sire cannot be in the same Dynasty group, as they should not be related. If you have any questions regarding qualifying for this class, please contact Susan G at
TO COMPLETE REGISTRATION FORM:
The registration form is set up in WORD as a FORM that can be filled out in a word processing program by using your tab key to move from one field to the next. Check boxes will be filled in by hitting the space bar on your keyboard.
Please use back of form to add information if you are entering more than 2 hovawart dogs in the weekend event. Check the appropriate boxes on the front of the form for dogs 1-4.
Print, fill out and send to address on form with $50 deposit no later than September 1, 2019.
Please contact a member of the AHC Board of Directors with any questions or Susan Garka at
ACCOMMODATIONS IN THE AREA
The Medina area is southwest of the farm, at interchange of I-71 & St Rt 18. The area looks like any interchange across America: hotels, fast food and car dealerships, but is close to us and an easy drive.
Red Roof Inn
5021 Eastpointe Drive Medina, OH
No pet fee charged
10.8 miles, 17 minutes
2875 Medina Rd Median OH
11 miles, 19 minutes
Super 8 Medina
5161 Montville Dr Medina, OH
10.9 miles, 18 minutes away
Cleveland Hopkins Airport area…north, off I-71
Days Inn Cleveland Airport South
7233 Engle Rd Middleburg Heights, OH
19 miles, 27 minutes away
Comfort Inn Cleveland Airport
17550 Rosbough Dr Middleburg Heights, Oh
16 miles, 24 minutes
Fairlawn/Montrose area…south of us, near I-77
This area contains fast food, chain restaurants and major retail stores and the pricier accommodations but all are close to us.
Extended Stay America
185 Montrose West Ave. Akron, Oh
$25 per day pet fee
8.8 miles, 16 minutes away
Studio Plus Akron
170 Montrose Ave. Akron, Oh
$25 per day pet fee
8.8 miles, 16 minutes away
3180 W Market Street Akron, Oh
$50 one time pet fee
9.9 miles, 20 minutes away
Willow Lake Park
2400 Substation Rd Brunswick, Oh
12 miles, 20 minutes away
4275 Blake Rd Seville, Oh
30 minutes away
5960 Vandermark Rd Medina, Oh
21 miles, 40 minutes away
Clay’s Park Resort
13190 Patterson St NW N. Lawrence, Oh
30 miles away, 40 minute drive
We have 2… the Akron/Canton airport. It is about a 40 minute drive from us but smaller and more user friendly. Then there is the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport...less than half hour away. However, all overseas flights go through major airports such as Detroit, New York, Atlanta or Chicago.
www.whitehorsefarmflowers.com A website where you will find pictures of the farm from a garden tour of two years ago.
www.customcaninecompany.com The dog training website
www.hillndaleclub.com A private sportsmen‘s club offering upland bird hunts, fishing and clay tar-get shooting. They have lodging available in rustic log cabins, a lodge that sleeps 8 as well as camping on site. Dogs are welcome. We can make your reservations for you and if time and interest, facilitate hunting or fishing.
www.thepetloft.com A local pet food store who carries raw diets and could special order items if you needed while here. Located less than 5 miles from the farm.
www.visitingvet.net A good friend and veterinarian, should a need arise.
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