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Hi Newman's Keeper,

Yes, of course Newman is welcome to come with you to watch. I would add that there will be a lot of goldens in some crowded areas waiting to compete, along with a lot of people, so you want to make sure that Newman would be comfortable in that type of situation.
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EQUIPMENT RENTAL AT THE NATIONAL:

Date: Sun, 3 Mar 2013 17:34:15 -0800
From: Patti Branch Caldwell
Subject: Equipment Rental for National

While making your plans to attend the National, you may be concerned how you are going to transport your grooming equipment. We have good news for you!! One of our vendor's - Three C's Equipment Rental - will have everything you need to rent, as well grooming supplies for sale at the National!

A limited number of crates and grooming tables will be available to rent. All arrangements must be made in advance through 3 C’s. Contact Pat or Cheryl at 509-246-1451, Fax: 509-246-0354 or email at mail@3cdog.com

Most crates are 36” wire, and most grooming tables are 36” with an arm and noose. This equipment will be checked out from and returned to the 3-C’s booth.

All rental fees are for the duration of the show. Each item will be $75.00. We will ask for a credit card and cell phone number as well as home address. Cards are not run until check out time. There will be no cancellation fee before arrival, however, after show arrival, there will be a $10 per item fee.
Limited dryer rental on request, as well as 48” exercise pens.

This information is also on our website: 2013 GRCA National Specialty - Wichita Falls, Texas - October 20 - 30

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Who says there's no such thing as a "free lunch"?? ........Not us.

Well, in this case, it's a FREE DINNER and FREE BEER!

We like to do things bigger in Texas, and we've planned a special "Tailgate Party" this year at the National. Courtesy of the "Mavericks", a civic group from Wichita Falls, we are providing a FREE BBQ Dinner and FREE Beer for ALL National participants on Friday 10/25!

Come on by for authentic Texan BBQ: ribs, red beans, corn-on-the-cob, cole slaw and all the fixin's. And of course the beer truck. Fun continues throughout the evening for those "tailgaters" with potluck drinks, appetizers and dessert.

The Mavericks are are group of good ole Texas guys who love to cook and eat BBQ and drink beer with hundreds of their closest friends. They were established to promote the city if Wichita Falls and to honor groups who will be beneficial to the city. All functions like what they are doing for us are funded and underwritten by the Mavericks.

They have a huge semi, fitted out with all their smokers. They will be pulling up to the MPEC center about noon that day and the cooking begins! Check out some of their photos from past events:
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We think this is a special way for the City of Wichita Falls and us to say: "Welcome Y'all:.
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Hertz Car Rental:

Well, you may not get a car like the one below (seen today at breakfast), but Hertz is offering us special rates (lower than the rates on Priceline) for the National. You can call 1-800-653-2240 and ask for rate CV#022Q6235.

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Ann,

Thanks for continuing to update this thread.

One question, from what I'm reading the event is 10 days long. What portion of that would a complete novice spectator attend to get a good all-around feel for everything that is Nationals? I'm thinking like a two, maaaaybe three day chunk?
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Hi Robert,

I would say a Fri/Sat/Sun for the following reasons:

Friday has a lot going on:
* Conformation
* Gundog sweeps - one of my personal favorites. You will see dogs with field titles
competing in conformation
* at Noon is the Rescue Parade. 30 rescue Goldens and their owners, from all over the
country will be honored. There will be a parade in the conformation ring and a short
bio of the golden will be read as their owner takes them around the ring.
* Obedience
* and of course a FREE BBQ Dinner and beer is that night. You and your family are
very welcome to attend. I'm guessing you've had good BBQ being Texan, but I think
the Mavericks will put on a very good spread. It's also a good opportunity to talk to
new friends.

Sat: the Best of Breed competition will take place. To see some of the very best Conformation Goldens from across the country and Canada, (and maybe Mexico) all in
one place is very special.

Sunday: is the Wc/WCX which is a Field event and will be about 20 minutes or so away at the Boddy Ranch in Henrietta. I think it's very worthwhile to take the time so see it. You could head back to Dallas Sunday afternoon. Here's a link to a better description to what is involved: GRCA-FIELD

Of course, we will have some great vendors there and lots of cool Raffles going on, in case anyone needs some retail therapy.

Look forward to seeing you there!
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Excellent Ann, that sounds perfect. Thank you!
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update from our "Answer Gal", Patti Caldwell:

"Date: Tue, 2 Apr 2013 09:19:40 -0700
From: Patti Branch Caldwell
Subject: NEW National Information!!

Only 200 more days until we will all be together at the Golden
National!! Additional information is being posted regularly on our
website: 2013 GRCA National Specialty - Wichita Falls, Texas - October 20 - 30, so please keep checking it. In the
meantime, I have been receiving questions about the Gala and can now
give you the scoop)

GALA

The 2013 Gala/Top Twenty will be held in the Exhibition Building in
Wichita Falls. Ticket price is $75 (no refunds); this year the tables
will seat 8 guests ... "please" no exceptions! Unfortunately, ticket
sales may be limited due to space restrictions, more information
to follow. Tickets may be purchased through the National RSVP page.
Please, check the Gala/Top Twenty website Golden Retriever Foundation Gala for
additional information or contact Judy Word at bravogr@aol.com.

WE NEED YOUR CLUB'S HELP!

*Clubs who would like to sponsor a breakfast can get all the info
from Anna Hackney, our Hospitality Chair, by contacting her at:
hackney21@bellsouth.net. Your 2013 National Specialty Committee will
be subsidizing the breakfast sponsorship this year to a certain
extent. That should help make sponsorship much more attractive to
the clubs!

*Clubs should be starting now to put together a basket or other
donation for the general raffle! All donations from clubs really
help put the National Specialty on, and your host club really
appreciates it!! Contact info for club baskets is Kathy Felix at:
k.felix@tx.rr.com

HOTEL RESERVATIONS

If you have a question about your reservation, or want to change or
cancel it, please DO NOT call the hotel -- call Connections! The
hotel won't know who you are until around the first part of October
2013. Even then, ALWAYS go to Connections for information about
your reservation. If you have any questions or need information
about your hotel reservations, please contact Connections Housing at
855-436-4746 or 702-476-6976. They are always willing to answer
questions and help in any way they can.

CASINO NIGHT OPPORTUNITY!

We can have an evening trip on Wednesday evening with transportation
to Kiowa Casino
that includes a buffet and $10 in free game play.

In order to do this, there has to be a minimum of 40 people signed
up. The casino will pay for the bus, buffet, and game credit.

If you're interested, please contact
Shane Sorenson - shane.sorenson@wichitafallstx.gov

and let him know that you'd like to do this and he can set it up if
there are 40+ people for that night. Please contact him on or before
October 1.

There will be a small deposit required to insure participation.
You'll receive a refund of your deposit upon boarding the bus.

This sounds like a really fun night, so make sure to call Shane with
your reservation!!

I hope you are as excited about this National as I am -- I will
continue to tell you about all the fabulous plans we are making and
if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask me at:
branchcaldwell@gmail.com. In the meantime, make sure you are getting
in your hotel or RV reservations and grooming spots. We hope you
will also consider donating to sponsor a trophy and/or bring
something for our general raffles Together, we can make this a
National to remember with fun and fond memories!!!

Patti Caldwell

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from our "Answer Gal", Patti Caldwell:

"Date: Mon, 29 Apr 2013 08:49:49 -0700
From: Patti Branch Caldwell
Subject: National News

WOULDN'T YOU LIKE TO HAVE A FREE NIGHT'S STAY - UP TO SIX NIGHTS - AT THE HOTEL CLOSEST TO THE SHOW SITE?!?

Everyone needs to go to the Raffle page on the 2013 National website. Scroll down to the bottom and see the raffle for a 6-night room stay at the beautiful HOLIDAY INN. The winner for this raffle will be drawn on August 15, so don't delay in contacting Kathy Felix to get your raffle tickets. Do it NOW!

While you are on the Raffle page, be sure to look at all the beautiful items you can send your tickets in for now. I can't imagine there is a Golden person who won't want to buy tickets for the breathtaking, one-of-a-kind quilt "Return to Guischan" Every time it has been displayed, people are completely in awe of its beauty!

PREMIUM LISTS

In case you're wondering, the Premiums will be posted around the 1st of July. The Premiums for the Agility Trials will be posted around the first part of June. We want to make it as simple we possible for everyone, so most of the deadlines are all set for Saturday, September 21. But be sure to check "your" events and everything you put on your itinerary to make sure you know the exact deadline for everything you want to do.

TROPHY DONATIONS

If you are planning to sponsor a trophy, make sure you do it soon -- the available classes are filling up fast and you don't want to miss out! This is such a great way to support the National while promoting your kennel - you can even list the trophy in memory of or in honor of a special person or dog. Contact Lesley Pettingill - all information can be found on our website.

Keep checking the website: 2013 GRCA National Specialty - Wichita Falls, Texas - October 20 - 30 as it is being updated regularly with new information!! If you have any questions, please write me at: branchcaldwell@gmail.com

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