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Coming Events

The BMDCNV always has "something cooking" when it comes to fun Berner-related events! Find the latest updates below.

May 13 and 14, Spring Draft Tests, Sturbridge, MA
June 10, Spring Fun Day, Westford, MA
June 24, Summer Picnic, Kittery, ME
Oct 21 and 22, Fall Draft Tests, Essex, MA

SAVE THESE 2017 DATES!
(As dates, locations and details get firmed up we'll provide complete information in the Event descriptions below):

April 23-29: National Speciality, Portland, OR
Saturday, July 29: VT Picnic at Dog Mountain, VT
Saturday, Sept. 16: Supported Entry, Falmouth, MA
September 30: Fall Fun Day, Westford, MA
Oct date TBD: Walk in Ridgefield, CT
Nov 10-12 Retreat Weekend, Ocean Park, ME
Dec 17: Holiday Gathering, Sturbridge, MA

You don't have to be a Club member to attend most events -- all "friends of Berners" are welcome! Come make new friends, learn about the breed, and watch those Berners dogs and puppies in action -- carting, showing, doing obedience or agility, or just having a blast!

Learn more about the events we participate in with our Berners!

Agility Conformation
Draft Herding
Obedience Rally Obedience
Tracking  

BMDCA Draft Tests - Spring Edition
WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, May 13 and 14, 2017
WHERE: Sturbridge, MA

Location: US Army Corps of Engineers - Westville Lake Recreational Area, Sturbridge, MA

Event Chair: Lori Bellussi/Margot Burwood
Secretary: Jo Anne Coniglio
Chief Steward: Jon Cons

Saturday, May 13, 2017
Judges: Christine Mann and Phil Atkinson

Sunday, May 14, 2017
Judges: Christine Mann and Barb Gibson

Awards
All participating teams will receive a suitable keepsake. Qualifying teams will receive a rosette. Teams qualifying in a BMDCNV test for the first time will receive a classic wooden contoured silhouette of a Bernese Mountain Dog pulling a cart. Qualifying teams who have previously qualified will receive a special trophy. There will be an award given to the oldest qualifying BMD on each day.

Entry Fee
$35 per single entry or brace entry (Separate entry form required for each dog)

Entries Close
Entries close at the Test Secretary’s address Wednesday, May 3, 2017, after which time entries cannot be accepted, canceled or substituted.

Regulations
Entrants are responsible for obtaining BMDCA Draft Test Regulations and being familiar with them. Regulations are available here.

Tentative Schedule
The following schedule is subject to change, once entries close. You will be notified of the final schedule when we confirm entry.

7:30 am - 8:00 am ~ Entrants and judges arrive
8:00 am - 8:45 am ~ Equipment check/freight haul weigh-in
to follow ~ Course familiarization
to follow ~ Judging
Lunch (judging will halt): Judges' discretion


Bitches in season are not allowed to participate in the Draft Test. Contact Draft Test Secretary for more information.

Dinner
There will be an informal Judges' Dinner on Saturday evening at the Public House Historic Inn restaurant for Judges and Draft Committee only. All entrants, stewards, club members and officials will need to make their own plans due to occupancy constraints/other events in town.  Some suggestions are Thai Place(371 Main Street), Cedar Street Grill(12 Cedar Street) and Avellino(502 Main Street).

Let's draft!

Please refer to the Premium List for more details, including directions and accomodations.


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Spring Fun Day
WHEN: Saturday, June 10, 2017 ~ 9 am set-up; events from 10-3
WHERE: Middlesex County 4-H Fairgrounds, Westford, Massachusetts

The BMDCNV Spring Fun Day is one of the most anticipated and well-attended Club events of the year.

Join us for a great day of meeting, greeting, eating, activities, shopping and fun. People interested in owning a Bernese Mountain Dog are encouraged to attend, meet some of these wonderful dogs, learn about the breed and meet some great people too.

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FUN DAY SCHEDULE
(This is last year's schedule. This year's will be posted when available).

9:30 - 10 Grounds set-up- we need your help - please volunteer

Schedule of Activities

M O R N I N G

10:00- Puppy Corral Opens

10:30- Educational Display on Berner Health

11-1:30 - C G C Testing| Evaluator Colleen Brown

11:45- Finding a Puppy

11- 12:30 – Agility Demos| Run Through

12:30- LU N C H

AFTERNOON

1:00- Raffle Drawing

1:30- Conformation| Handling Tips

1:30- Agility Beginner Training | Run Throughs


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Lots of special sale items in Paws N Shop






Raffle donations can be brought to the event by 10:00

We don't want you to get lost! Directions to the Fun Day site :

Rte 495, exit 32, Boston Road.
Follow signs to Rte 110 (about 1/4 mile).
Turn left on Rte 110 and proceed 1/2 mile.
Turn right onto South Chelmsford Road.
4-H grounds are 1 mile on the right.

BMDCNV Classic Summer Picnic
WHEN: Saturday, June 24, 2017 ~ 11 am - 3 pm
WHERE: Fort Foster, Kittery, ME


Come to picnic with friends and romp in the ocean! The BMDCNV Summer Picnic returns to the Maine Coast on Sunday, June 26th at Fort Foster in Kittery, Maine.

We will be in the Large Pavilion for the day - easy parking and plenty of shade this year.

There is an entrance fee of $10 per car.

Park amenities include, three beaches, a fishing pier, picnic tables, grill, playground, walking trails, and restrooms.

Bring your dogs, chairs, and towels. All paper goods, plates, napkins, cups, utensils will be provided by the Club. You can bring your own lunch or something to share. berner swimming


Check our Face Book page for weather conditions or any cancellation.

We are looking forward to a fun time with you!


About Fort Foster:
Fort Foster was built in 1900 as a military coastal protection facility and was used until the end of World War II. In 1947 it was sold to the town of Kittery to be used as a public recreation area. BostonPlus.com calls this park a “Hidden Jewel”. Park amenities include three beaches, a fishing pier, picnic tables and grills, playground, walking trails, restrooms and outside showers.

Directions to Fort Foster:
Directions for Route 95 North: Take Exit 2 North
From South Exit onto Route 236 South to Route 1 to Kittery Traffic Circle and take right @ Dairy Queen and follow signs to Kittery Point-236 South.
Route 236 merges onto Route 103: go over bridge and pass Ft McClary. After you pass the gas station on your right you will see a sign for Fort Foster cross bridge
Turn left & proceed approximately ½ mile to Ft Foster Gate. Parking at the large pavilion or general parking.
Fort Foster, Pocahontas Road, Kittery Pt., Maine.

BMDCA Draft Tests - Fall Edition
WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, October 21 and 22, 2017
WHERE: Cogswell's Grant, Essex, MA

Event Chair: Elizabeth Malcolmson / elizabeth@malcolmson.org / (978) 546-1010
Saturday Secretary:  Beth Atkinson
Sunday Secretary: Jon Cons

Entry deadline: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Judges: Ruth Nielsen & Stacy Temples

Awards
Each passing team earning a title for the first time at a Nashoba Valley test will receive Nashoba's classic keepsake wooden cutout of a Bernese Mountain Dog pulling a cart; and also a rosette. All teams earning a leg toward an advanced title will receive a mug, a rosette, and a pawprint sticker to affix to their previously acquired wooden cutout. All participating teams will receive a ring favor.

Entry Fee
$35 per single entry or brace entry (Separate entry form required for each dog)

Entries Close
Entries close at the Test Secretary’s address at 11:30 EDT, Wednesday, October 11, 2017, after which time entries cannot be accepted, canceled or substituted.

Regulations
Entrants are responsible for obtaining BMDCA Draft Test Regulations and being familiar with them. Regulations are available here.

Tentative Schedule
The following schedule is subject to change, once entries close. You will be notified of the final schedule when we confirm entry.

7:30 am - 8:00 am ~ Entrants and judges arrive
8:00 am - 8:45 am ~ Equipment check/freight haul weigh-in
to follow ~ Course familiarization
to follow ~ Judging
Lunch (judging will halt): Judges' discretion


Bitches in season are not allowed to participate in the Draft Test. Contact Draft Test Secretary for more information.

Dinner
The Draft Test Committee will host dinner on Saturday evening, October 21. All entrants, stewards, club members and their guests are welcome to attend. Details will be available after entries close..



Let's draft!

Please refer to the Premium List (will be linked here when available) for more details, including directions and accomodations.


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CLUB SCRAPBOOKS

View an online scrapbook of the 1988 Specialty. Many thanks to Club Historian Susan Todhunter for putting these treasured memories online!

Click here to see the historical pages from the 2011 Draft Tests - marking the 20th anniversary of draft tests hosted by the BMDCNV.



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