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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.

June 24, Summer Picnic, Kittery, ME
Nov. 9-12, Retreat Weekend, Ocean Park, ME

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

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
Dec 17: Holiday Gathering, Boxborough, 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

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 28 and 29, 2017
WHERE: Cogswell's Grant, Essex, MA

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

Entry deadline: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Judges: Ruth Nielsen & Barry Solomon

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 18, 2017, after which time entries cannot be accepted, canceled or substituted.

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.

The Draft Test Committee will host dinner on Saturday evening, October 28. 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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Fall Retreat - Veteran's Day Weekend
WHEN: November 9-12, 2017
WHERE: Oceanwood Camp & Conference Center, Ocean Park, ME

2-3 Nights Lodging, All Meals & Berner FUN included for $250 per person ($200/person if payment in full is received by July 31). This year a day rate is available. Contract Tressy for more information.

Come and join us for a fun-filled weekend at camp with your Berner!

*130 acre dog-friendly property, close to beach, trails and town.

*Easy to find - just 2 miles off Exit 36 on Route 95 (about 90 min north of Boston) *Inside locations for events during inclement weather.

*Housing is either cabin or rooms in retreat lodge.

Bring your dogs for a variety of events. We'll also have discussion groups on a variety of topics from therapy work, puppy basics, breeding and whelping!

Come learn a new skill, volunteer and share a skill you have, meet new friends and reconnect with old ones. Relax with friends by the fire, or join in all the fun - you decide!

Register online here. Once you submit the registration, you'll see instructions for payment (both online and through the mail). Paper registration is here.

For more information please contact Tressy Manning at tressy.manning@gmail.com

Directions to Oceanwood

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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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