Golden Retrievers from across America and as far away as Brazil and China will be bounding into the Hendersonville area from Friday, October 24th through Saturday, November 1st. to participate in the Golden Retriever Club of America (GRCA) 2014 National Specialty events.
The dog events will include, but will not be limited to, obedience, agility, field, tracking, working and conformation. There will also be a Parade of Rescues for Goldens adopted into new homes, often through a breed-specific organization. And a Parade of Titleholders for Goldens that have earned at least one of the AKC (American Kennel Club) titles specified on a qualifying list.
The people events will include Junior and Senior Showmanship, seminars and workshops, dinners, a golf tournament, and even a Halloween party following Friday’s GRCA annual membership meeting.
The events are organized and run by the GRCA, and, this year, referred to as the Shades of Gold events, in recognition of the fall foliage in the Western North Carolina Mountains and the wide variations in the breed’s coat colors. Long among America’s three favorite purebred dogs, Golden Retrievers have coats that can vary from a pale cream color on the lighter end of the spectrum to a red gold on the darker end.
Events will be spread out over three states during the week of competitions, with some outdoor action at nearby South Carolina and Tennessee venues. The grand finale of the National Specialty will be on November 1st at the WNC Ag Center in Fletcher when the 2014 Best of Breed Golden Retriever will be crowned.
Throughout the week, spectators will be welcome at all events, free of charge. Dates and venues for events are listed below. Specific times will be posted on the web at www.2014national.com nearer to the opening date.
Hunting tests will be the first competitions. They will run Friday, 10/24 through Sunday, 10/26 at 535 Paddlecreek Road, Bristol, Tennessee. Field trials will start Monday, 10/27 and last through Wednesday, 10/29 at the H. Cooper Black Jr. Memorial Field Trial and Recreation Area, Patrick, South Carolina. Obedience and Rally competitions will start on Tuesday, 10/28, run at least through Wednesday, and, if necessary, into the morning of Thursday, 10/30. Conformation events will run from Tuesday, 10/28 through Saturday, 11/1. Tuesday will be devoted to a Sweepstakes (no points are awarded toward a title) for puppies (under 18 months) and veterans (as defined by the hosting club). Tracking events will be held on Sunday, 10/26, at three different venues: Mills River, Tryon, SC, and the Asheville campus of AB Tech.
For the humans owned by the Goldens, there will be a Senior Showmanship event on Thursday, 10/30 and a Junior Showmanship event on Wednesday, 10/29. Both groups will be in the Davis Center.