Friday, October 19, 2007

25th Annual JRTCA Nationals Trial

The Jack Russell Terrier Association's National Trial starts tomorrow in Havre de Grace, Maryland, just North of Baltimore. Click here for a 9-page PDF of the flyer. The actual location is Stepping Stone Park. Directions are as follows:

  • Take Interstate 95 to Exit 89. Turn onto Route 155 towards Bel Air. Follow 1/2 mile to right on Earlton Road. Follow for 1/2 mile, bear left on Quaker Bottom Road. Follow Quaker Bottom Rd. to Steppingstone Park entrance.

The JRTCA Nationals trial runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and I will be there at least part of the day Saturday (the only show I go to all year long), mostly to see a few people, look through a few bits and pieces of dog stuff for sale, and see the Bronze medallions presented to the dogs that have worked three types of quarry in the field before a JRTCA-certified working judge.

A reminder: No dogs other than Jack Russells or working terriers are permitted on the trial grounds for any reason, and pups under the age of four months, and bitches in season, are not permitted on the trial grounds at all.

There is a BAER test (for hearing) clinic for $45, and a CERF clinic for $27, but due to the number of dogs at the trial, it is only open to Jack Russells and to JRTCA members.

If you attend Nationals this year, say something nice to anyone who looks like they are setting up or taking down. These kinds of things are a lot of greasy, hard, thankless work with long hours put in and absolutely no recompense. A little applause costs you nothing and will long be remembered.

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