Special statement – 2017 National Specialty Schedule

The LCA Show & Event committee has been in discussion about member’s concerns with the currently published schedule.  As a result, we are offering a change that we believe will sit well with those who want to show in Timonium as well as those who want to make sure we recognize those groups of dogs (veterans, rescues and therapy dogs) who really help make the LCA the great club that it is.  Nobody wants to see these outstanding contributors to our breed shortchanged.

We’re announcing the following schedule change for Saturday, April 22nd.

The LCA Specialty will start at 11:00 AM on Saturday.  That’s one hour later than the original schedule.  The original start time of 10:00 AM was based on an estimate of the entry for the Supported Entry at Timonium.  That entry turned out to be much larger than anticipated.  With a full 1/3 of that entry being Specials, class entries should be done around 10:30.  It’s therefore important for those showing at the AKC event to return to Hunt Valley in order to make it back in plenty of time for your dog’s class.  We will be on a tight schedule and will not have time to wait for people to “drift in” from the Timonium show.  I hope everyone understands this.  BOB at Timonium should wrap up around 11:30 or 12:00.  Champions will not begin at the Club show until sometime in the afternoon.

There will be a break in the afternoon around 2:30 PM.  At that juncture, the Veterans, Rescue and Therapy parades will be staged.  We expect this to take about 45 minutes based on the number of dogs being honored this year and the historical time frame, but please have your dogs ready when it’s their time to appear in the ring.
In order to accommodate the later finish of the show, the LCA Board will cancel its meeting scheduled at 4:30 PM.  This will give us some cushion should the Club Show run long.  It’s always hard to estimate how long a judge will take on each evaluation.

We believe we can finish the show in time to make the currently scheduled start of the Awards dinner at 6:30 PM.

There has been a lot of talk about how the LCA has changed since we became a member club of AKC and how we don’t honor the same traditions, especially as it relates to our non-show members and their dogs.  Please understand that this year’s Specialty presented some extraordinary challenges because of the unusual nature of associating our event with the Timonium all-breed cluster.  While this was not the original plan for our National, that is how it turned out.  There are currently no plans to conjoin an AKC all-breed show with future LCA specialties, so the schedule should not be so tight in future years.

The LCA Show & Event Committee