For you "plan-aheaders", our 2013 National Website is up and running, the link is below for you to bookmark.
As we get closer to the time, I will ask the mods to make this thread a sticky, so everything will be in one place.
The 2013 theme is "Denim, Diamonds and Gold". The diamonds come in because we will be celebrating the 75th anniversary of the GRCA in 2013. The logo was designed by the Forum's own K9-Design and Anney did a fablulous job. It really looks nice on all the merchandise. We took some of the merchandise to the National in St. Louis and quickly sold out.
Some of you saw the beautiful quilt we are raffling when we brought it to St. Louis. Alison Desmarais (Mirasol Goldens) gave us one-time permission to use her stained glass designs in a quilt. Quilter extraordinaire Arlene Blouch did the panels - it took her over 1 year. Long-arm quilter Marj Deupree put it together. The quilt has been appraised at $3,000 and is on the website.
All grooming will be indoors. All vendors will be indoors. Lots and lots of RV spaces.
For those of you competing in conformation/obedience/agility/rally and also in field, the location of the field events is only about 20-30 minutes away from the main building where conformation et al will be.
Our answer gal is Patti Caldwell. I know some of you are on other lists where she will post updates, but many of you are not - so I will post her updates here. Below is her first one:
"Date: Sun, 2 Dec 2012 16:15:34 -0800
From: Patti Branch Caldwell
Subject: 2013 Golden Retriever National Information!
You know the saying "Everything's bigger and better in Texas?" The
2013 National Committee is working hard to prove that to be true
We hope you all have your calendars marked for the events you will be
attending October 20-30, 2013 in Wichita Falls, TX!
I hope you will all take a moment to go to our website: 2013 GRCA National Specialty - Wichita Falls, Texas - October 20 - 30
where you can view our beautiful show site where
*everything* (except field & tracking events, of course
will be held indoors!!
The website also gives you up-to-date information and may answer
many of your questions.
While you are there, be sure to make your
hotel reservations through Connections - please take the time to read
"What is Connections Housing and Exactly What Do They Do?" to
understand the importance of booking through them and not making your
own hotel reservations.
In addition to checking the website for information, you will want to
sign up for the GRCANationalSpecialty yahoo list now! The link is : http://groups.yahoo.com/group/GRCANa...Specialty/join
You may also want to sign up to sponsor a trophy now, so you can be
sure to support the one you want to be acknowledged in the catalog
for your donation.
Judges will be listed on the website as they are approved by AKC --
Tracking and Field Judges are already there
I know this is a busy time of the year, but we are here to make some
of your shopping easy (don't forget to buy something for yourself,
too!) with our wide selection of 2013 National Merchandise --- check
out the website for all these beautiful items!!!!!!!
I am pleased and proud to be this year's Answer Gal! To avoid
questions getting overlooked in my personal emails, I have opened a
gmail account just for National questions -- please send any
questions you may have to: firstname.lastname@example.org
. The address
can also be found on our website.
The Dallas-Ft. Worth Golden Retriever Club and committee members from
all over the country are very excited about all the plans in progress
for a fun and fabulous National and hope y'all plan to come enjoy
Patti Branch Caldwell