NCLC 2017 Fall Specialties

 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

All information and Premiums found on their website at:  http://www.norcal-leonbergers.org/

 

2018 Leo Pride

2018_logoHeld at

Pheasant Run Resort
4051 East Main Street, St Charles, IL 60174

Extensive Hotel information for reserving your room found HERE!

Preliminary schedule coming SOON!

CERF and CARDIAC clinics are planned. The Specialty Chairs need a preliminary count to make this successful.  If you plan on taking advantage of these health opportunities, PRE-REGISTER on the login are of our site at:    https://lca.memberclicks.net/Cerf-Cardiac

 

 

The following images are of the show are taken at the Dobe Nationals:

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2017 LCA Awards

The Heinrich Essig Award:  The Heinrich Essig Award is the LCA’s highest honor.  It is named after the man that tradition holds created the Leonberger breed; Heinrich Essig, a town counselor in the town of Leonberg, Germany.  The HEA is presented to individuals who have demonstrated sustained and exceptional dedication to the club and/or breed over a period of at least five (5) years.  This award comes with a life long membership. 

The Leo Award:  The Leo Award is given for exceptional work on a particular project, or for a body of work on behalf of the breed or the club that takes place over the course of a year.  It can be awarded for a particularly well-done individual project, or for more generally applied excellence. 

The Leonberger Heart Award:  Sometimes people do things that don’t really benefit the breed or the club as a whole, but which show remarkable heart nonetheless. The Leonberger Heart Award has been created to honor these people. 

Certificates of Appreciation:  Certificates of Appreciation are awarded to anyone who has done any type of work for which the Club should express special appreciation.  It generally refers to work over the past year, but is not limited to any particular time period.  

To submit a nomination, email lkmspirio@iname.com.  The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2017.

2017 National Specialty – Old Bay Leos

Old Bay Leos2017 LCA NATIONAL SPECIALTY
OLD BAY LEOS

Hunt Valley Inn – Maryland

Club Show Premium

AKC National Specialty Premium

AKC MALC of VA Concurrent Specialty Premium

Official Results:

2017 Club Show Regular Results

2017 Non-Regular Results

2017 Drafing Results

2017 AKC National Specialty Results

2017 Obedience / Rally Results

Judges Review and Candid Pictures

 

2016 LCA Awards

2016 LCA Awards
April 29, 2016

In recognition of their contributions to the club, the following people have been selected for special recognition by the club, as follows:

HEINRICH ESSIG AWARD

The Heinrich Essig Award is the LCA’s highest honor. It is named after the man that tradition holds created the Leonberger breed in 1846; Heinrich Essig, a town counselor in the town of Leonberg, in what is modern day Germany. Originally presented to the LCA’s founders in 1994, the Heinrich Essig Award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to the club sustained over the course of many years. This award comes with a life-long LCA membership.

Ann Rogers

Language on Award Certificate: “For sustained perseverance and excellence over many years working to raise awareness and educate Leo owners about important health issues affecting the breed.”

Ann Rogers for an HEA. Ann has been an active breeder and contributor to the Leonberger breed for nearly three decades, and has bred more Grey Muzzle recipients than any other active breeder. Over the years Ann has worked in a variety of areas. She served on the Board of Directors in the early 1990s, with exemplary service on the Breeding and Governance Committees in the 2000s. As a co-chair of the Governance Committee in the mid-2000’s she was instrumental in the creation of our current Member Practices document, adopted in 2007, the centerpiece of which is public posting of health testing results on the Canine Health Information Center database. Ann has worked to raise awareness for Leonberger Polyneuropathy, and co-creating Harvey’s List to support owners of affected Leos, for which she and Judy Johnston received Leo Awards in 2007. Her tireless work on LPN has contributed to the welfare of Leonbergers around the world, and she continues to work on this and other health issues. Ann co-founded Leonberger University to help educate future breeders and owners. This was a natural extension of the mentoring that she has done for so many in our club. Often people’s interests will wax and wane, but Ann’s passion has been consistent and impactful. In 2015 Ann authored a thoughtful paper regarding Thyroid and LPN2 testing that eventually formed the basis for a change in health testing policy by the Board of Directors this year. In the process Ann also took on the role of being front person for the club relating to discussion of the topic on the Members’ List.

For all of this and more, a grateful club presents Ann Rogers with the Heinrich Essig Award.

LEO AWARD

The Leo Award is given for exceptional work on a particular project, or for body of work on behalf of the breed or the club that takes place over the course of a year. It can be awarded for a particularly well-done individual project, or for more generally applied excellence.

Astrid Robitaille

Language on Award Certificate: “For excellence as the voice of the LCA and the breed in the AKC Gazette.”

In addition to many years of service to the club on the Board of Directors, and as President, and on the LCA Show Committee, Astrid has most recently taken on the task of writing our breed articles for the AKC Gazette. In this role she has been the voice of the LCA and the Leonberger Breed in the AKC Gazette. It is a voice that we have grown to rely upon, presenting compelling and well-written material that has reflected well on the LCA and the breed. It is a steady voice, and whether writing about life span, showing, or trimming of fur, it is a voice that we can all be proud of. It is easy to take for granted such reliability and excellence, but those of use who work as volunteers know that it is a truly remarkable thing when a volunteer takes on a role and fulfills it with in a seamless and transparent fashion year-after-year.

For all of this and more, and with profound thanks, a grateful club presents Astrid Robitaille with the LeoAward.

CERTIFICATES OF APPRECIATION

Certificates of Appreciation are awarded to anyone who has done any type of work for which the Club should express special appreciation. It generally refers to work over the past year, but is not limited to any particular time period.

Standard Committee – Agi Hejja, Harry Austin, Alida Greendyk, Ginny Bartholomay, Mary Decher and Connie Kent (Chair).

Governance Committee – Jim Henshaw, Linda Gagnon, Judy Johnston, Ray Robitaille, Jim Walker, and Glen Ferguson (Chair).

Language on face of Award Certificates:

“To the Standard Committee for invaluable service to the LCA through years of dedication and hard work managing the review process for the proposed changes to the AKC Standard.”

“To the Governance Committee for invaluable service to the LCA through years of dedication and hard work managing the review process for the proposed changes to the LCA Constitution & Bylaws.”

The work of these committees has been entirely separate, but has followed parallel courses. For the past two years these two committees have drafted and re-drafted proposed changes to the Constitution & Bylaws and Standard, posted their work on the LCA website, collected member comments, worked with the AKC and the LCA Board of Directors, and then dug right back in to start the process all over again, as needed, to move these projects forward in a fair, open, and democratic fashion. The Governance Committee also did considerable work researching not-for-profit law and AKC guidelines regarding electronic communication and voting, and prepared what will very likely be the first fully formed Bylaw provisions applicable to those topics for any Parent Club. The amount of work and dedication to task exhibited by these committees has been remarkable.

Thank you to all of our 2016 award recipients. Volunteerism is the heart of our club, and we also wish to thank not only the award recipients, but those who submitted names in nomination for the various awards. If your nominee was not recognized this year, please re-submit next year!

Sincerely,
The LCA Awards Committee
Yves Parent, Linda Mullins-Spirio, Carin Shadwick, Glen Ferguson and Mary Decher (Chair)

2016 HEA Request for Nominations

HEINRICH ESSIG AWARDS COMMITTEE
SEEKS NOMINATIONS 

THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE WORKED TIRELESSLY FOR THE WELLBEING OF OUR DOGS AND OR OUR CLUB AND WE WANT TO KNOW WHO THEY ARE. 

CALLING FOR NOMINATIONS for outstanding contributions to Leonbergers and/or to the Leonberger Club of America.  Please read over the award descriptions below and designate for which award you have in mind for your nomination.  Then, write a short note that describes the reasons you are making your nomination and e-mail it to marydecher@gmail.com by February 29th, 2016.  

Thank you from the HEA Committee: Yves Parent, Carin Shadwick, Linda Spiro, Glen Ferguson and Mary Decher, Chair. 

AWARD DESCRIPTIONS

The Heinrich Essig Award:  The Heinrich Essig Award is the LCA’s highest honor.  It is named after the man that tradition holds created the Leonberger breed; Heinrich Essig, a town counselor in the town of Leonberg, Germany.  The Heinrich Essig Award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to the club sustained over the course of many years.  This award comes with a life long membership.

The Leo Award:  The Leo Award is given for exceptional work on a particular project, or for body of work on behalf of the breed or the club that takes place over the course of a year.  It can be awarded for a particularly well-done individual project, or for more generally applied excellence.

The Leonberger Heart Award:  Sometimes people do things that don’t really benefit the breed or the club as a whole, but which show remarkable heart nonetheless. The Leonberger Heart Award has been created to honor these people.

Certificates of Appreciation:  Certificates of Appreciation are awarded to anyone who has done any type of work for which the Club should express special appreciation.  It generally refers to work over the past year, but is not limited to any particular time period.

PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO E-MAIL ANY HEA COMMITTEE MEMBER WITH QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE.

Glen Ferguson fergusong1@gmail.com

Yves Parent YP@wispertel.net

Linda Mullins-Spiro lkmspirio@iname.com,

Carin Shadwick cmshadwick@gmail.com

Mary Decher marydecher@gmail.com

Please submit your nomination to marydecher@gmail.com by February29thth, 2016

 

NCLC – Fall Shows 2015

The premium for the AKC Fall Shows.

Club Show Premium
NCLC entry form

Two Conformation shows – handling clinic and more.
Saturday, November 14, 2015

Reserve Bag Lunch

Purchase Merchandise

Further information on the regional club website – Northern California Leonberger Club

2015 Triple Crown

September 25th, 26th, and 27th – LEONBERGER TRIPLE CROWN at Historic Long Branch Farm in Millwood, VA

LCA Triple Crown Premium

Triple Crown – Hunt Country Cluster All Breed Premiums

Triple Crown Premium Supplement 2015

 

2016 National Specialty – Gold Rush Leos

Gold Rush Leos Logo

2016 LCA NATIONAL SPECIALTY
GOLD RUSH LEOS

Red Lion Woodlake Conference Cntr
500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento, CA 95815
April 27 – May 1,  2016

Pictures and Video from the Shows

LCA Club Show Catalog Marked
AKC Catalog Marked

Wednesday, April 26, 2016

Puppy Sweeps

6 – 9 Month Puppy Dog

Lowenhohle’s Magical Phalin Perrin “Perrin”
Reg # WS51138301 COO: Canada DOB: 08/26/2015
Breeder(s): Julie Schaffert Sire: Kwenobe Balfen Shiku Dam: Vectiseleon Rian Daxia Owner(s): Sue Turbow
9 – 12 Month Puppy Dog

BluDrift’s Secret Link to Diadal “Lincoln”
Reg # WS50688301 COO: United States DOB: 05/22/2015
Breeder(s): Luanne Moede
Sire: C.I.B. Multi CH Medvebergi Maszkos Excel Dam: GCH JuneBug from Yellow’s Garden Owner(s): Luanne Moede & Candy Jordan
12 – 18 Month Puppy Dog

CH El Dorado’s He Is My Everything “Satchmo Tennessee”
Reg # WS49099302 COO: United States DOB: 12/30/2014
Breeder(s): Pat McDaniel
Sire: GCH Khaimas’ Daydream Believer CGC
Dam: Ch El Dorado’s Diamonds to Emeralds CGC Owner(s): Shonnie Layland & Pat McDaniel

6 – 9 Month Puppy Bitch

Kamenah’s Epic Journey “Journey”
Reg # WS51611101 COO: United States DOB: 10/10/2015
Breeder(s): Juanita Allen
Sire: GCH CH Vavoom Mobster v. Sanftenloewen CGCA Dam: Gemma Von Alpensee
Owner(s): Juanita Allen
9 – 12 Month Puppy Bitch

Panthera’s Go For It “Grier”
Reg # WS50300404 COO: United States DOB: 05/13/2015
Breeder(s): Virginia Bartholomay
Sire: Intl Multi CH Namupalan Bling Smack Chap
Dam: GCH CH Panthera’s Cheetah
Owner(s): Virginia Bartholomay & Gary Butterfield

12 – 18 Month Puppy Bitch

Lowenhohle’s Love You Just A Lot “Ella”
Reg # WS50464205 COO: United States DOB: 03/15/2015
Breeder(s): Julie Schaffert
Sire: CH Namupalan Bling Smack Chap
Dam: Wotsit von der Lowenhohle
Owner(s): Julie & Sophie Schaffert & Mark Christensen

Best in Puppy Sweeps
BluDrift’s Secret Link to Diadal “Lincoln”
Reg # WS50688301 COO: United States DOB: 05/22/2015
Breeder(s): Luanne Moede
Sire: C.I.B. Multi CH Medvebergi Maszkos Excel Dam: GCH JuneBug from Yellow’s Garden Owner(s): Luanne Moede & Candy Jordan

Best of Opposite in Puppy Sweeps
Panthera’s Go For It “Grier”
Reg # WS50300404 COO: United States DOB: 05/13/2015
Breeder(s): Virginia Bartholomay
Sire: Intl Multi CH Namupalan Bling Smack Chap
Dam: GCH CH Panthera’s Cheetah
Owner(s): Virginia Bartholomay & Gary Butterfield

Veteran Sweeps

9 Years & Over Dog

GCH CH Desperado’s Bronco Billy RN “Bill”
Reg # WS21990401 COO: United States DOB: 10/29/2005
Breeder(s): Lori Taft
Sire: Amos Pride of Aslan Dam: Kingleo’s Electraleone Owner(s): Lori Taft
7 Years & Under 9 Years Bitch

BOS CH Joelle Vom Dreiburgenland CDX RE CGC ODD CDX RE CGC ODD Therapy Dog “Biscuit”
Reg # WS30037302 COO: Germany DOB: 12/21/2008
Breeder(s): Mathias Schroeder Sire: Jokull Lowe Von Walhall Dam: Bayla V. Diemensland
Owner(s): Jody Woodruff & Lori Taft
9 Years & Over Bitch

CH Panthera’s Adair “Addie”
Reg # WS24904301 COO: United States DOB: 01/15/2007
Breeder(s): Virginia Bartholomay
Sire: CH Kingleo’s Eduardo
Dam: CH Forevergreens Keepsake
Owner(s): Virginia Bartholomay & Gary Butterfield

Best in Veterans Sweeps
GCH CH Desperado’s Bronco Billy RN “Bill”
Reg # WS21990401 COO: United States DOB: 10/29/2005
Breeder(s): Lori Taft
Sire: Amos Pride of Aslan Dam: Kingleo’s Electraleone Owner(s): Lori Taft

Best of Opposite in Veteran Sweeps
CH Joelle Vom Dreiburgenland CDX RE CGC ODD CDX RE CGC ODD Therapy Dog “Biscuit”
Reg # WS30037302 COO: Germany DOB: 12/21/2008
Breeder(s): Mathias Schroeder Sire: Jokull Lowe Von Walhall Dam: Bayla V. Diemensland
Owner(s): Jody Woodruff & Lori Taft

NEUTERED DOG
1- FOREVERGREEN’S ROAD TRIP “TRIP”
2- TSAVO’S FIRM FOUNDATION “CLIFFORD”
SPAYED BITCH
1- JELLONAAMAN LOVE;N HUGS “BIRDY”
2- BELLAWOOD’S DANCIN AWAY WITH MY HEART “EMMY”
3- SCHIEHALLION RIVER TUMMEL RN CGC “TUMI”
4- EARLYWINTERS AMAZING GRACE “GRACIE”

Thursday April 28,2016
Judge: Natalia Romanova

REGULAR CONFORMATION

ADULT DOGS
NOVICE DOGS
1. XTRA SWEET V. SANFTEN LOEWEN “KAM”

BRED BY EXHIBITOR DOG
1. LITTLE MTN’S BIG BEN “BEN”

OPEN DOG
1.IRRESISTIBLE FORCE VON ALPENSEE CGC “RUBICON”
2. BELLAWOOD’S CANUSA HERE WE GO AGAIN “HENRY”
3. CDN GCH LTL MTNS BRING DOWN THE HOUSE “GRIFFIN”
4.NUTHATCH’S ALPINE MEADOWS SUMMIT “SUMMIT”

VETERAN DOG
1. BOBYLELEJONET MADE-BY-EDDIE “SIGI”
2. GCH CH BELLA WOOD’S BORN ON THE BAYOU LTA “CAJUN”
3. GCH DESPERADO’S BRONCO BILLY RN “BILL”

WINNERS DOG:
115 – BLUDRIFT’S SECERET LINK TO DIADAL “LINCOLN”

RESERVE WINNERS DOG
131 – XTRA SWEET V. SANFTEN LOELWEN “KAM”

CHAMPION DOG
1. GCH CH VAVOOM MOBSTER V. SANFTENLOEWEN CGCA “VINNIE”
2. CH NAMUPALAN I AM LEGEND “DEXTER”
3.CH DESPERADO’S JUST A FIREBALL “SAMSON”
4. BISS SILVER GCH BLUDRIFT’S BOLD LION’S ROAR “LEO”

Friday, April 28,2016
Judge: Natalia Romanova

REGULAR CONFORMATION
YOUTH BITCHES
YOUTH 6 – 9 MONTH BITCH
1. KAMENAH’S EPIC JOURNEY “JOUREY”
2. BELLAWOOD’S I’M WALKING ON SUNSHINE “SUMMER”

YOUTH 9 – 12 MONTH BITCH
1. PANTHERA’S GO FOR IT “GRIER”
2. Z BEST KLEINA SCHWARMERAI VON SANFTEN LOEWEN “KLEINA”
3. PANTHERA’S GRETCHEN “GRETCHEN”
4. BLUDRIFT’S DIADAL KISS AT THE MASQUERADE “KISSKISS”

YOUTH 12 – 18 MONTH BITCH
1. EL DORADO’S HANDFUL OF SAPPHIRES CGC “PHIRE”
2. L’ASHANI DES NEUF GRAINSR D’OR “ISHANI”
3. LOWENHOHLE’S LOVE YOU JUST A LOT “ELLA””
4. BLACK ROCK ASYNJUR FROM GENTLE MONENTS “FREYJA”

BEST YOUTH BITCH:
118 – PANTHERA’S GO FOR IT “GRIER”

ADULT BITCHES
NOVICE BITCH
1. LITTLE MOUNTAIN’S BETTER THAN CHOCOLATE “DARLING”
2. BOLELEJONET YANINA OF NEW LOVE “MINA”
3. STARFIRE IRRESISTIBLE TAYIARUE “RUE”
4. BLUDRIFT’S CHAMPAGNE CHARMING TAWAL “TAWAL”

BRED BY EXHIBITOR BITCH
1. HIGH HOPES ABSOLUTELY ELECTRIC CGC “STORM”
2. WOTSIT VON DER LOWENHOHLE “WOTSIT”
3. YADA B LAVENDEHR AND LACE V.SANFTENLOEWEN “LACEY”
4. LAGACY’S ALPHABA “ALFIE”

FOREIGN BRED BITCH
1. LOWENHOHLE’S GREAT DEJA CGC “DEJA”
2. VECTISELEON BOLD ‘N BOOTIFUL “BOO”

OPEN BITCH
1. GREAT NORTHERN’S BY MOONLIGHT “LUNA”
2. GREAT NORTHERN’S BOURNE ON THE WIND CGC “ECHO”
3. LTL MTNS BAZILLION DOLLAR BABY “MACIE”
4.HIGH HOPES AMBUSH AT DESPERADO “OLIVE”

WINNERS BITCH:
118 – PANTHERA’S GO FOR IT “GRIER”
RESERVE WINNERS BITCH:
176 – GREAT NORTHERN’S BY MOONLIGHT “LUNA”

VETERAN BITCH
1. CH PANTHERA’S ADAIR “ADDIE”
2. NORWEGIAN CH JELLONAAMAN LOVE’N HUGS CGC “BIRDY”
3. CH BELLAWOOD’S ARIEL V.SANFTENLOEWEN “ARIEL”
4. CH CH JOELLE VOM DREIBURGENLAND CDX RE CGC ODD CDX RE CGC

CHAMPION BITCH
1. BRONZ GCH CH BLUDRIFT’S CHAMPAGNE TASTE OF DIAMONDS CGC “CHAMPAGNE”
2. GCH CH PANTHERA’S DILLY DALLY “DINA”
3. CH EL DORADO’S GONE WITH THE WIND “SCARLETT”
4. GCH EL DORADO’S CHILLI PEPPER “CHILLI”

Winners Dog: Bludrift’s Secret Link to Diadal “Lincoln”
Winners Bitch: Panthera’s Go for It “Grier”
Veteran Dog: Bobylelejonet Made-by-Eddie “Sigi”
Veteran Bitch: CH Panthera’s Adair “Addie”
Champion Dog: GCH Vavoom Mobster V. Sanftenloewen CGCA “Vinnie”
Champion Bitch: Bronz GCH Bludrift’s Champagne Taste of Diamonds CGC

Best in Specialty Show: GCH Vavoom Mobster V. Sanftenloewen CGCA
Best Opposite Sex: Bronz GCH Bludrift’s Champagne Taste of Diamonds CGC
Best of Winners: Panthera’s Go for It
Best Veteran: Bobylelejonet Made-by-Eddie

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AKC Specialty Show – Saturday, April 30th

WINNERS DOG…Nuthatchs Alpine Meadows Summit
RESERVE WINNERS DOG…Little Mountains Bring Down The House
OPEN DOG…Nuthatchs Alpine Meadows Summit
BRED BY EXHIBITOR DOG…Little Lyndon Big Ben
PUPPY 9-12 MONTHS…BluDrifts Secret Link To Diadal
PUPPY 6-9 MONTHS…Lowenholes Magical Phalin Perrin

WINNERS BITCH…High Hopes Ambush At Desperado
RESERVE WINNERS BITCH…High Hopes Absolutely Electric
OPEN BITCH…High Hopes Ambush At Desperado
BRED BY EXHIBITOR BITCH…High Hopes Absolutely Electric
NOVICE BITCH…Bolelejonet Yanina of New Love
15-18 MONTHS BITCH…El Dorados Handful of Sapphires
12-15 MONTHS BITCH…Lowenholes Love You Just A Lot
PUPPY 9-12 MONTHS…Pantheras Go For It
PUPPY 6-9 MONTHS…Kamenahs Epic Journey
4-6MONTHS PUPPY COMPETITION… Paragon Von Alpensee
JUNIOR SHOWMANSHIP NOVICE… Sophie S. (Vectiseleon Bold N Bootiful)
VETERAN DOG…GCH CH Bella Wood’s Born on the Bayou LTA
VETERAN BITCH…CH Panthera’s Adair

BEST OF BREED…GCH BluDrift’s Champagne Taste of Diamonds CGC
BEST OF WINNERS…High Hopes Ambush At Desperado
BEST OF OPPOSITE…GCH Panthera’s Eight Is Enough
SELECT DOG…GCH Redwood Trail Duke BN CGC
SELECT BITCH…CH Foxglove Elysium Von Alpensee RN CA CGC
AWARDS OF MERIT:
…GCH BellaWood’s Born On The Bayou
…Nuthatch’s Alpine Meadows Summit
…GCH El Dorado’s Chili Pepper
…GCH Bludrift’s Bold Lion’s Roar CGC
OWNER HANDLED BEST OF BREED…High Hopes Ambush At Desperado
BEST BRED BY EXHIBITOR…High Hopes Absolutely Electric CGC

NRLC 2015 Spring Fling

NRLC SPRING FLING

March 27 – 29, 2015 – Holiday Inn Boxborough, MA

View/Download the Premium before and while registering

Register ONLINE

Hotel Information for Reservations

Conformation Class Descriptions

Drafting Class Descriptions – Drafting Test on Sunday open to All Breeds –DIRECTIONS to Register for the Drafting on Sunday only,.

CGC – CGCA – TDI requirements
TDI Brochure

Call for Nominations 2015

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR THE LCA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

If you are interested in running for the Board and/or AKC Delegate, or know someone who would make a good candidate, please submit a nomination to the Election Committee via email or U.S. Mail by March 18, 2015. Nominees must be members in good standing who have been members for two (2) years and have attended at least one (1) of the last two (2) general meetings (See, Article IV(2)).

Audrey Davis
LCA Election Committee Chair
63 Bellevue Ave
Rutland, VT 05701
Audreydavis57@gmail.com

Nominations for 2015 LCA Awards

CALLING FOR NOMINATIONS

for outstanding contributions to Leonbergers, the Leonberger Club of America or other efforts worthy of note. Please see award descriptions and designate for which award you have in mind for your nomination and submit a written description of the reasons you are making your nomination.*
Thank you,
The Heinrich Essig Award Committee

The Heinrich Essig Award:

The Heinrich Essig Award is the LCA’s highest honor. It is named after the man that tradition holds created the Leonberger breed; Heinrich Essig, a town counselor in the town of Leonberg, Germany. The Heinrich Essig Award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to the club sustained over the course of many years. This award comes with a life long membership.

The Leo Award:

The Leo Award is given for exceptional work on a particular project, or for body of work on behalf of the breed or the club that takes place over the course of a year. It can be awarded for a particularly well-done individual project, or for more generally applied excellence.

The Leonberger Heart Award:

Sometimes people do things that don’t really benefit the breed or the club as a whole, but which show remarkable heart nonetheless. The Leonberger Heart Award has been created to honor these people.

Certificates of Appreciation:

Certificates of Appreciation are awarded to anyone who has done any type of work for which the Club should express special appreciation. It generally refers to work over the past year, but is not limited to any particular time period.

Please submit nominations to marydecher@gmail.com by February 28th, 2015
HEA Committee: Yves Parent, Carin Shadwick, Linda Spiro, Glen Ferguson and Mary Decher, Chair
*The committee will evaluate all nominations and assess which awards, if any, are appropriate to the nominee. The committee may also elect to defer awards to a subsequent year depending on circumstances.

Constitution and ByLaws Review

NOTICE REGARDING CONSTITUTION & BYLAWS REVIEW PROJECT

The Governance Committee has been working on creating a revised Constitution & Bylaws for review and eventual ratification by the membership. The most current draft of the proposal is posted on the members only part of the LCA website via MemberClicks. If you do not have a MemberClicks password please contact the LCA webmaster, Sharon Betts for assistance. There may be additional notices regarding the progress of this and subsequent document review projects posted via MemberClicks, so it would be good to be sure you are in the system if you wish to stay up to date (The next document for review will be the Member Practices).

NCLC premiums posted

Premium posted on their website.  Norcal-leonbergers.org

Triple Crown 2014

The Official Triple Crown is planned for October 25th and 26th in Leesburg, VA in conjunction with the Middleburg Kennel Club and the Leonberger Club of America.

Saturday will have three events in one day – the All Breed Show, the LCA Concurrent Specialty, and a Match put on by the Mid-Atlantic Leonberger Club of Virginia.  With over 100 Leo Lovers likely to be in attendance, a great BBQ dinner, and our famous raffle all happening in one of the most beautiful spaces on the East Coast, this year’s Triple Crown is an event you don’t want to miss!

You can keep up with all the latest news on the event and let everyone know you are coming via the facebook page and website

middleburg premium

LCA Triple Crown Premium

NCLC Fall 2014

NCLC show is November 15 and 16 in Colusa, CA. They will have 2 AKC shows and 1 LCA show.
Check their site for more information.

10 Year old Male

Description : This is a wonderful dog of course! 🙂Akbar-v.-Schutzenrain

Breeder:agi hejja

Registered Name: Starhaven’s Dog

Call Name:dog

Age:10y

Gender:male

Spay/Neuter:Yes

Concerns: he is a hoarder of bones and other dog toy

Contact  email:ahejja@mac.com

Contact phone:804 556-6937

Breeder’s Website: http://starhavenkennel.com

Birka-v-Carolshofen

 

2015 Specialty – Leos in Little Bavaria

April 28 – May 3, 2015 in Frankenmuth, MI

CHECK OUT THE IMAGES AND VIDEO FROM THE SHOW

WERE YOU THERE? Please complete the  2015 National Specialty Survey (in Word format)

Still need to order your DVDs?  2015-DVD – Post Show Order Form

Newly elected to the board: Harry Austin, Don James, Jim Walker, Peggy Walker.
Don James will continue as AKC Delegate.

RESULTS:

Non Regular Conformation Judge Guido Perosino

Drafting Test QualifiersBISS - Lily

Juniors – ClubShowYouthMales

ResultsClubShowMales

ResultsClubShowBitches – Final rounds

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AKC National Results Corrected

AKC Regional Show Results – HighInTrials

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Schedule

Judge’s Panel

Wednesday Night Club Show Events
Sweeps – Ms Lori Taft
Non-Regular Conformation – Mr. Guido Perosino

Thursday & Friday
Club show Junior Showmanship – TBA
Club Show Conformation – Mr. Guido Perosino

Saturday
AKC National Specialty (4 -6 Month Puppy, Junior Showmanship, Conformation – Ms Joyce A Vanek
AKC Regional Specialty (4-6 Month Puppy, Junior Showmanship, Conformation – Mr. James E. Taylor
AKC National and Regional Obedience & Rally – M. James J Ham

2014 Board of Directors Nominees

The nominees for a position on the Board of Directors 2014 are:
Ginny Bartholomay
Amy Garabedian
Agi Hejja
Aleida Rios
Linda Sabastiani
Rachel White

Their introductory letters are now posted in the member-only portion of the Leoletter site.

AKC approves Owner-Handler Series for Specialty and Group Clubs

AKC approves Owner-Handler Series for Specialty and Group Clubs

Hosted exclusively by All-Breed clubs during the first two years of its existence, the American Kennel Club® (AKC®) National Owner-Handled Series (NOHS) has now been opened to local and national Specialty clubs as well as Group clubs.

After Specialty clubs saw the success All-Breed clubs had with the NOHS at their events, we received inquiries from many different breed clubs interested in taking part. We’re pleased to be able to fulfill the requests by expanding the program. For Specialty clubs just now considering the NOHS, it’s very easy to add the competition to your event, even if your club is already hosting special attractions like Best Puppy, Best Bred-By Exhibitor or Best Veteran.

The expansion to Specialty and Group clubs will allow owner-handlers additional opportunities to compete for year-end points and rankings. The top ten owner-handled dogs (plus ties) in each breed in the 2014 qualifying year will be invited to compete in the National-Owner Handled Series Final, scheduled to be held in conjunction with the  AKC/Eukanuba National Championship on December 12, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. In the inaugural Finals last year, more than 520 competitors entered, representing 160 breeds and 43 states and Canada.

National Owner-Handled Series Best in Show results can also now be viewed in the Weekly Wins section of the AKC website.

Specialty or Group clubs interested in offering this competition can indicate it on their event application or email eventplans@akc.org. Owner-handlers can find a local event offering the NOHS here.

Alan Slay
AKC Director of Event Programs

Specialty Refund Policy

Refund Policy: Payments to the Leonberger Club of America or Leonberger National Specialty for registration, meals, and seminars are 100% refundable up to March 12, 2014. No refunds for merchandise will be given unless we are able to sell unwanted items at the show. In which case, you will receive a refund within 60 days after April 26th. The Leonberger Club of America reserves the right to modify this Refund Policy at its discretion. Any such revision or change will be binding and effective immediately after posting the revised Refund Policy on this LCA web site.  Reviewing our refund policy periodically for revisions is your obligation.

Osteosarcoma Vaccine

Learn About University of Pennsylvania’s Life-Extending
Osteosarcoma Vaccine Research

DrMasonThe Leonberger Health Foundation has arranged for the principal investigator of the osteosarcoma vaccine, Dr. Nicola Mason, to speak to us on Thursday evening at 7:30. The newest clinical trial that will begin this spring will include a Leonberger.

Dr. Mason and her team are experimenting with a vaccine designed to eliminate the deadly cancer cells that survive in a dog’s body following surgery and chemotherapy. “If the immune system is appropriately ‘awakened’ by this vaccine, then the immune cells will find and eliminate any remaining cancer cells that have avoided chemotherapy. Furthermore, it is hoped that the immune system will develop a ‘memory’ of these cancer cells and will be able to prevent further osteosarcoma lesions from developing.”

The preliminary results are encouraging. Dogs who have received the vaccine are still alive and healthy well beyond the time they would have expected to die.

Too many Leonberger owners have heard the frightening diagnosis; spent sleepless nights deciding whether or not their Leo would want to live as a tripod; struggled with the question of where to get the thousands of dollars for surgery and six rounds of chemotherapy, just to gain a few more precious weeks of life.

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear Dr. Mason in person and learn about this important step forward in Leonberger health.

 

Board elections 2014

It is that time of year again.  The LCA needs a few good men and women to serve on the Board.  It does not take too much of your time and you would be giving back to the breed we love so much.  If you are interested, please read the following to see if you are eligible to serve.

In order to be eligible to run, nominees must be members in good
standing for at least two (2) years and have attended at least one (1)
of the last two (2) general meetings. Nominations must be accompanied
by a written statement of the nominee stating their willingness to be
a candidate.  The full election provisions of our bylaws, Article 1,
Section 2, may be referenced by going to the following link:

http://www.leonbergerclubofamerica.info/club-info/constitution-bylaw/

2014 Green Mountain Leos

2014 National Specialty – Burlington, VT – April 23 – 27

2014 SpecialtyContacts: Kirsten Becker  or  Elizabeth Burnham

Judges Review Recording

LCA National Club Show Non-Regular Results – Final 2014 Regional Specialty ObRally – Final
2014 National Specialty ObRally – Final
2014 AKC Regional Results – Final
2014 AKC National Results – Final
LCA National Club Show Results – Final

 

Awards

Sharon Betts, Heinrich Essig Award, “For perseverance and excellence in guiding and managing the LCA’s technology and on-line presence.”

Jim Carretta, Leo Award, “For years of tireless dedication to planning, managing, and working all aspects of the show side of the National Specialty.”

Jim Walker and Peggy Walker Leo Heart, “For combining your love for Leos with dedication to helping raise cancer research money for the benefit others.”

Brenda Ford, Certificate of Appreciation, “For dedication to managing The Merlin Fund for the benefit of Leonbergers and canines in need of medical care.”

Cindy Stratton, Certificate of Appreciation, “For years of dedication successfully selling national specialty catalogue advertisements ads for the national specialty.”

The following were awarded Leonberger Therapy Awards at this years national specialty:
Vic Neumann Vikan
Kayla Skiba Meeko
Peggy & Jim Walker Jake
Leo Therapy Hall of Fame inductees having achieved more than 150 therapy
visits where:
Julia Roberts Alvin
Pixie Baber Gus & Cajun
Theresa Koprowski Rommie
Congratulations to all for “Sharing the Love” of their Leos
If you haven’t tried therapy with your Leo, please contact me and get
started. It is a wonderful way to give back to your community. Your Leo will
have a good time, the patients/children will love it and you will feel
really good about what you have done by sharing your Leo with others.

Recap of a wonderful event:

It is hard to believe that another LCA National Specialty week has come and gone. As the co-chair of this year’s specialty it is even more unbelievable that the week is over after spending the last two years working to bring this event together. I am thrilled to report that Green Mountain Leos was a rousing success! I would like to personally thank my amazing co-chair, Elizabeth Burnham, for her tireless efforts and nonstop work. She is truly the energizer bunny! I would also like to thank each and every one of our volunteers. I will not do this by name as I don’t want to miss anyone, but you all know who you are. Without the army of volunteers that worked so hard on this event it would not have been the tremendous success that it was. Three cheers to all of our volunteers!!!!!!

There are so many volunteering opportunities within the club – both at a continual level (serving on a committee) or at an event level. I encourage each of you to seek out a volunteer opportunity. It is a great way to learn more about our breed and club operations and to meet other club members. For me it is the most rewarding way that I can give back to the wonderful Leonbergers I have had (and currently have) the pleasure of sharing my life with.

Green Mountain Leos really had something to offer every person and every dog. We had two days of rally and obedience, four days (1 club show, 2 AKC shows) of conformation and the draft test. On Friday evening we also had our first ever stud parade, which raised over $1000 for the LHF! We tried something new with our working dog seminars, and we know we need to work on improving our communication around those so they will be better attended in the future. There was a ringside buffet dinner on Wednesday night during
Sweeps and non-regular conformation. We had two sit down dinners, Friday and Saturday. On Saturday evening we also did our dog and people awards – congratulations to all of our award winners)!

For the first time (to my knowledge) the LCA offered New Titleholder Ribbons. We handed out quite a few of these ribbons to dogs that earned their AKC Championship, obedience titles, rally titles and draft titles. Speaking of draft we had nine draft teams participate in our test this year, and a special round of applause goes to our first ever LCA draft test qualifying team – Cindy Atwood and Questa (Questa von Stutensee)! Congratulations to everyone that participated in rally, obedience, draft and/or conformation with their Leos. You are all winners for putting in time to build a bond with your dog and train for any of these events.

The Burlington Sheraton, our host hotel, was wonderful and very accommodating to our dogs and guests. This was the first dog show they have hosted, and they would love to have us back! Thank you everyone for cleaning up after your dogs and respecting the hotel grounds and rooms. Downtown Burlington and the surrounding area offered so much for our guests and dogs, and I have heard a lot of great feedback about how welcoming the town was.

Welcome to our new board members – Amy Garabedian, Agi Hejja and Ginny Bartholomay. I look forward to working with each of you on the LCA Board. Thank you to our departing board members – Don James, Karen Zedeker and Beth O’Connor. Beth has served an incredible 8 years as our LCA President – job well done Beth!

Kirsten Becker – President
Michael Bloink – Vice President
Glen Ferguson – Secretary
Elizabeth Burnham – Treasurer
Ginny Bartholomay
Amy Garabedian
Agi Hejja
Connie Kent
Peggy Walker

I hope everyone has a safe trip home, and I look forward to seeing everyone next year in Frankenmuth, Michigan!

Kirsten Becker
LCA President

Eukanuba 2013 – Meet the Breeds

The Eukanuba National Championships will be held December 14 and 15. We will once again have a Meet the Breeds booth on that Saturday and Sunday. We can use all of the help that we can get. This is a chance for all of you Floridians come share some of your Leo love with the public. If you are entered in the show, we would really appreciate it if you and your Leo would spend a little time with us too.
This is a very fun event. Besides the show, there are over 150 breed booths, many interesting vendors, as well as dock diving for you to see. The conformation is exciting and the agility is amazing! If you bring your Leo for the booth, you can also take them with you when you walk around to see everything. The only requirement of your Leo is that they are groomed and have a good temperament for this type of setting.
Please contact me privately if you can join us. It’s not easy to staff a Leo booth in Florida and we need your help!
Thanks,
Connie Kent
snicks202@yahoo.com

Waltraut Zieher award announced

The Leonberger Health Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Waltraut Zieher Memorial International Health Award.

Anita Treichler, President of the Leonberger Club of Switzerland and Mary Decher, Founder and Past President of the Leonberger Club of
America were notified over the weekend that they were the inaugural recipients of this international award for their outstanding contributions to worldwide Leonberger Health and Longevity. They will be honored at a special ceremony at the LCA National Specialty in Burlington, Vermont, April 23 – 27, 2014.

The women were nominated by individual groups of their peers that included breeders, companion dog owners, representatives of their respective national clubs and members of the international Leonberger community.

Both women are known for their courage in bringing to light the existence of unwelcome genetic mutations in the Leonberger Breed–Mary with Addison’s Disease and Anita with Leonberger Polyneuropathy. In the face of potential criticism of themselves as breeders, they chose to work tirelessly to bring these breed-specific health issues to the attention of the international Leonberger community.

Both women contacted researchers and helped to establish fundraising mechanisms for their respective national Leonberger clubs. Mary was one of the Founding members of the Leonberger Health Foundation. Both continue to be active today.

Addison’s Disease was virtually eliminated from the American population of Leonbergers due to Mary’s work with breeders and the collection of DNA for researchers who were interested in the disease; among them Dr. Elaine Ostrander of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Ry Wagner of the University of Oregon, and Anita Oberbauer of the University of California at Davis. The initial research on Addison’s Disease in Leonbergers was funded entirely by the Leonberger Health Foundation. Later research has been funded by the LHF working in concert with the AKC’s Canine Health Foundation.

Through the efforts of American Leonberger breeder and health advocates, Ann Rogers and Judy Johnston and the canine genetics laboratory of Dr. James Mickelson at the University of Minnesota, Anita was able to bring the canine genetics team of the University of Bern in Switzerland in to the search for the genetic mutations responsible for Leonberger Polyneuropathy. With the aid of funding from the LHF, the CHF and the Leonberger Club of Switzerland researchers from both Universities were able to isolate and develop a test for the mutation that causes the LPN1 variation of the disease. They are now addressing other forms of the disorder.

For further information, contact Susan Grosslight, Chairperson of the WZ Award Sgleos@aol.com

If you would like to see the full press release with photos please go to http://leonberger.com/ZieherAward%20Winners%20.pdf

2013 National Specialty – Leos and Clark, April 3 – April 7, 2013

Leos and Clark was held in Vancouver, Washington.  Show chairs: Don James and Glen Ferguson.

Keynote speaker for the event was Dr. Jean Dodds.

Nice article from the Columbian paper.

Schedule of Events

LCA Show

Best in Show – A. Feiner Eros
Best of Opposite – Bolelejonet Up-Town-Girl
Best Veteran – Bellawood’s Adelaide Rainbow

All LCA Results

Judges Review by Per Andersen found in our Media Gallery

AKC Show

Best of Breed: GCH A. Feiner Eros
Best of Opposite Sex: Woo hoo I Love you v. Sanftenloewen
Select dog: Early Winter’s Anslow
Select Bitch: Victoria’s Secret v. Sanftenloewen
Desperado’s Bronco Billy and Lionscrest Always be my Panda were the Awards of Merit.
All AKC results

 

2012 – Oconomowoc, WI

2012 Nation Specialty Winners Slideshow

Download the Results

 

Spinning and Creating

An article in  the Parola’s County news can be seen (with video, photos AND a write up) how exciting!
This is the direct link.   Spinning Hands

Jan (as well as a multitude of volunteers) work very hard for LeoPALs to produce  a lovely afghan ever year (and other great items from Leo fur). The proceeds from the donations for the afghan raffle help countless Leonbergers.

 

2011 – Leos in the Ring – Warwick, RI

2011 Specialty Logo

Leos in the Ring
Crowne Plaza at the Crossings
Warwick, Rhode Island
April 13-17, 2011

AKC Best in Show                                                               AKC Best of Opposite
Teberuu von Alpensee (Behru)                                               Mandolin Trails Beckon Me Home (Annie)
Owner: Kristin Steichen                                                        Owner: Lyn Bufton

Winners Collage

LCA Best in Show                                                    LCA Best of Opposite
                              A. Feiner Eros (Odin)                                       Mandolin Trail’s Beckon Me Home (Annie)
Owner: Lisa Bazlen                                                     Owner: Lyn Bufton

 

Results

 

2010 Lionsgate Leos – Sacramento, CA

25th Annual LCA National Specialty and Annual Meeting
Lions Gate Hotel and Conference Center, Sacramento, CA

Lionsgate Logo

The 2010 LCA National Specialty was a Grand Success! The Dogs were great, the People were great, the Lionsgate was great and the weather was great!
Thank you to Specialty Chairs Linda Sebastiani, Beth O’Connor, Cindy Stratton, Janet Dierson and all their Specialty Committee members for a terrific Specialty.

AKC StyleShow

BISS – LCA Ch Joshua von Alpensee “Destry”      owner: Don James
BOS – LCA Ch Bella Wood’s Ariel v. Saften Loewen “Ariel” owner:Mary Ann Ruggiero

Lionsgate AKC WinnersLCA Show

BISSLCA CH Amos Pride of Aslan “Mama’s Boy” owner:Lori Taft
BOS – LCA Ch Bella Wood’s Ariel v. Saften Loewen “Ariel” owner:Mary Ann Ruggiero

Lionsgate LCA WinnersResults

New Board Members 2013

Introductions from your new Board members:  Glen Ferguson, Connie Kent and Michael Bloink:

Our story with the Leonberger began in fairly typical fashion. Met a Leo, fell in love, had to get one. Of course, as everyone knows, “You can’t have just one.” What has come since has been both an amazing, and at times heartrending, experience. We wouldn’t change it for the world.

As a Leo owner, I have found great joy and satisfaction in the versatility of the breed. It has been my experience that these wonderful companions will gladly take on any activity we ask of them, creating an amazing bond between us. Sometimes their enthusiasm can create great embarrassment for us humans in the ring, but it never fails to bring smiles to the crowd. My experiences with many of these activities make me comfortable discussing topics from conformation showing to drafting to therapy work, with many points between. Additionally, my service on the LCA Governance Committee has helped me understand the mechanics of how our breed club operates, and how it relates to the AKC.

I have had the sincere pleasure of meeting a great many of you during my 9 years as a club member, at various events and specialties, and I look forward to the opportunity to meet many more. It is my honor to accept this nomination, and I plan to make every effort to represent the interests of all our members: loving pet owners, dedicated conformation competitors, and performance enthusiasts alike.

Thank you,

Michael Bloink
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Dear Fellow Leo Lovers:

Once again I am asking for your vote, so that I can continue working on behalf of you and our wonderful Leonbergers as an LCA board member. For those who don’t know me; a little background.
Junko and I brought home our first Leo pup, Miss Fifi, in July 1991, and took her to our first LCA national specialty in Elgin, Illinois, in 1992. Fifi’s last national was 2003 in Sonoma, California, but she won Best Spay/Neuter at age 12! In addition to conformation, we have dabbled in obedience, and all three of our current Leos have AKC Rally Novice titles. Although we started off as “pet people,” we have continued to try new things and balance our Leo related interests over 22 years in the LCA. I have scribed at national and regional Club Shows since 1999, and became a BACL examiner in 2006. After several failed attempts Junko and I were proud to finally join the ranks of LCA breeders with the birth of our “A” litter in 2009. Given the above, I feel my perspective on the needs of the breed, the membership, and the club is quite broad. Professionally I am an attorney in Seattle, but my avocation is Leos!
LCA Service includes board & officer 15 of the past 22 years (president 1998-99); Governance Committee 22 years (member/advisor working on all governing documents); National Event Committee 2007 to 2008; and the Breeding Committee, 2010 to present. I have attended 21 of the last 22 national specialties, and co-chaired the national in 1994 & 2013. Outside of the LCA: I served on the board of the Washington State Obedience Training Club, from 2007 to 2010. My first International Leonberger Union meeting was in 2001, and at the 2012 meeting I was elected to chair the Constitution Committee.
Awards include the LCA’s highest honor, the Heinrich Essig Award (2002), and the Club Italiano del Leonberger’s Millennium Leonberger Award (2008). It’s not all glamour and awards though. I have helped with LCA & regional events for 22 years, including planning, set up/tear down, sweeping floors, trash pick-up, poop patrol, and blood draw. If elected I will keep working hard on tasks; large and small. So why a 6th board term? I believe more passionately than ever that people of integrity and good will must do more than just express their love for the breed, they must step forward and work in good faith together to do what is best for the club and the breed. I believe this requires supporting:

• The Leonberger Health Foundation with its efforts to improve the health and lifespan of our Leos.
• An aggressive judges’ education program and getting our best dogs out to AKC conformation events, so that our future Champions are worthy of the designation and meet our AKC Standard; structurally, functionally, and in temperament (Temperament is critical to type!).
• Preservation of our LCA Club Shows, with written critiques from judges who are true Leo experts, to promote our effort to keep a single Leonberger “type” on both sides of the Atlantic.
• Education for all fanciers, but especially breeders & stud owners, through Leo-U classes, Breeding Committee programs, and our Breeding Assessment Check List (BACL) program.
• Working and obedience events, as well as continuing recognition of our therapy Leos.
• Energizing our leadership by bringing in new people with sound ethics and a willingness to serve.
• Improved communication for the purpose of sharing information and fostering a positive and supportive Leonberger community to effectively further all of the above.

We are one of the largest and best supported parent clubs in the AKC, but we can always do better. Our goal should be to have 100% of people who buy puppies from our breeders join and stay in the club, and our breeding community should strive always to assist one another to learn and improve best practices, so we can hand the breed off to the next generation in better condition than we found it.
When we brought Miss Fifi home those many years ago we thought she was joining our family. Little did we realize that we were actually joining a world-wide Leo family that has enriched our lives in ways that we could, frankly, have never imagined. I look forward to seeing you in Vancouver, Washington, for the National Specialty in April, and I ask you for your vote.

Sincerely, Glen Ferguson
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Many of us are looking for our passion in life. We look for something that creates a limitless enthusiasm within us. I found mine in 2007. It came as a 19 lb., fluffy bundle with a beautiful black mask and remarkably soulful eyes. This new love affair led me to attending my first Leonberger Club of America National Specialty in Estes Park. To be honest, I thought it was just going to be a nice weekend away with my husband and our cherished Leonberger puppy. I thought we might meet a person or two and visit with our breeder. I went with few expectations, but found myself quickly saying, “this is my community.” People were friendly, inviting, and fun while still being serious about the integrity of our breed. This culture is what makes our LCA unique and it is what we need to strive to maintain.

I live in Ormond Beach, FL with my husband, three daughters, and three Leos. Our youngest Leonberger is from our own first litter. These dogs have become a major focal point for our whole family. I have participated in obedience, rally, therapy work, and most recently conformation. Itʼs not uncommon to find us at the beach with the dogs or on hikes in our beautiful state parks. My next goal is to get our 155 lbs male on the paddleboard with me. I have been told that it can be done, but that is left to be seen.

The love of my Leonbergers led me to a love of the breed and the belief in the Leonberger Club of Americaʼs Mission Statement which is, “The core purpose of the club is to preserve the health, temperament, and type of the breed.” I became involved in a variety of areas of the club because I felt I had skills to contribute to the LCA community. I had a desire to learn from the wealth of knowledge present and I wanted to develop and continue friendships. The positions that I have been involved with are the following:

• Ring Steward at two Specialties

• LCA Corresponding Secretary

• Member of the Leonberger University team

• BACL Coordinator

• Chair of the Nominating Committee

• Associate member of the Governance Committee

• Chair of the Meet the Breed booth at the Eukanuba National Championships in 2011

• Co-chair of the Meet the Breed booth at the Eukanuba National Championships in 2012

• Foster home for a Leo with Leos In Need

• LCA member breeder which has been by far the most demanding and rewarding activity that I have been involved in.

Through the positions that I have held, I have learned an immense amount about our breed, had hands on experience in many areas of the LCA, shared our breed with endless admirers, and made numerous friends along the way. I canʼt even begin to list all that I have gotten out of being a part of this group. My diverse involvement, commitment, willingness to take on responsibility and follow through are all qualities that would contribute to continuing our LCA goals and mission. It would be a great honor to serve you on the Board of Directors of the LCA. Thank you for your consideration.

Respectfully, Connie Kent

2009 Leos in the Heartland – Oconomowoc, WI

April 1-5, 2009
Olympia Resort, Oconomowoc, WI

The LCA 2009 National Specialty and Annual Club Meeting was held at the Olympia Resort in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, 30 miles west of Milwaukee. The Olympic Resort was a wonderful Host and the entire event was a great experience. Thank you Ginny Bartholomay and Brenda Ford for putting on a wonderful specialty!

Heartland Logo

Best in Specialty
LCA,UKC,RH CH Bevard’s Augustus “Augie”
Laurie and Hank Schueler
BISS Augie

Best of Opposite, Best Of Winners, Winners Bitch, Best Youth Bitch
Portia v. saftenLowen – “Hannah”
Catherine Brown and Mary Ann Ruggerio-Smith
BOS HannahResults

2008 Shining Leos – Estes Park, CO

2008 Shining Leos – Estes Park, CO

BOS Addie2008 BISS

Show Results

 

New to Specialties?

We were all Newbies at one point, and we can all remember the anxiety of attending our first Nationals. Especially if you attend by yourself. I hate missing a Nationals now, but I remember driving into Delavan, WI, knowing only 1 or 2 people, and thinking I will never feel like part of this group. Ha, you can’t get rid of me now! 🙂

I was thinking of ways to plan for your first trip, and for ways to jump right in. Several have already mentioned volunteering as a way to get to know people, so that is first on my list:

1. Volunteer at the National. It is a great way to get to know people.
2. Plan on attending the Rookie Orientation. It was created just for Newbies to get to know other Leo people and take some of the mystery out of
all the events.
3. Create your own LeoList Scavenger Hunt. Write down the names of your favorite LeoList posters and find out if they will be attending. If they
are, put them on your list, and make it a point to meet them face-to-face. Think of the number of people you can meet while you are on the hunt.
4. Remember we are all Leo Lovers! You can strike up a conversation with just about anyone at the show, because we all love to talk about our dogs!
5. Want to get involved with an LCA committee, the LHF, or any of the rescue organizations? Find out who will be attending from each of the
organizations, and search them out. Contact information for almost everyone serving on a committee or for one of the charitable organizations
is listed in the LeoLetter.                        Teresa Schlaffer
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Many of us coming have one human & multiple dogs. 🙂
Another great way to get involved or to help if you are not bringing a dog is to help a human traveling with more than one dog. It is another great way to put names with faces & meet the dogs behind the stories.  Really looking forward to nationals this year!   Tiffanie Guibord
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I agree that volunteering is the best way to get acclimated to the National experience. Of all the volunteer positions available, the best one for a rookie is most definitely registration. You’ll be checking people in and giving them their tote bags and merchandise and, in so doing, you’ll learn the names of all the people who are registering undoubtedly meeting some ‘List friends that you’ve never met face to face. We’re all wearing name tags and the new folks will have a special colored badge identifying them as a first time attendee. We’re doing everything we can to make that somewhat stressful first show be as enjoyable as it possibly can be. I can most definitely tell you there’s no reason to be apprehensive. We’ve all been there at one time or another.             Don James
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Although I previously had a couple of pure bred dogs, I certainly never imagined that I would go out of town for a dog show. My husband and I decided to go to the Estes Park Specialty on a whim and LOVED it! We were immediately taken in by fellow Leo lovers. I can remember a few things that we were doing which were no nos at a dog show. Instead of people being critical of us, they would educate and guide. We were all the Newbie once.
I would definitely recommend volunteering. It doesn’t have to take up much of your time and it’s an easy way to meet people. The Rookie Orientation is great if you don’t want to make the mistakes that I made. 😉 If you don’t get there early enough for that, never fear. People will take you under their wing and you will find yourself with a new set of friends.
Connie Kent
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I too went to my first Nationals solo ( no dogs no humans!) even though I had been on the leolist and an LCA member I sort of “knew” some folks but not really. Never for a moment at the Nationals did I feel left out 🙂 I met face to face so many folks I had chatted with and met lots of new friends ( 2 and 4 legged!). Everyone was so helpful explaining how the judging worked etc it was a lot of fun an very educational too!
YES INDEED volunteer! Jump right in there it is the best seat in the house LOL & it takes many volunteers to make the show run smoothly!                Donna Porter
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I went without Misha and CC to the one in Sacramento, CA in 2010. I almost did not go, but thank goodness I was encouraged to fly out and have fun. It was a blast. I was able to volunteer for lots of activities and I took so many pictures. It is so much easier to take a picture when you don’t have a Leo attached to your arm. I cuddled puppies and behaved like a groupie. It was great. If you can find the time to go and you have never been to a Specialty, I cannot encourage you enough. It is an amazing adventure to be in a hotel with 100+ Leonbergers.         Audrey Davis
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Turns out, it’s all about people and their Leos. What could be better? Anway, I’m sure I am not the only one who can attest that the relationships built at the national can be quite special.  You never know. If you’re not careful you may suddently find yourself with Leo friends all over the country, if not the world.

If you think you might want to come, but your not sure, feel free to contact us and we’ll answer as many questions as we can. Then you can
decide for yourself (But you really should come!).                   Glen Ferguson
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Where have we been?
1986 – Ontario, CA
1987 – Elgin, IL
1988 – Seattle, WA
1989 – Phoenix, AZ
1990 – Baltimore, MD
1991 – Los Angeles, CA
1992 – Elgin, IL
1993 – Albuquerque, NM
1994 – Redmond, WA
1995 – Cleveland, OH
1996 – Gloucester, MA
1997 – Monterey, CA
1998 – Estes Park, CO
1999 – Monticello, NY
2000 -Seaside, OR
2001 – Delevan, WI
2002 – Williamsburg, VA
2003 – Healdsburg, CA
2004 – Cleveland, OH
2005 – Austin TX
2006 – Coeur d’ Alene, ID
2007 – Asheville NC
2008 – Estes Park, CO
2009 – Oconomowoc, WI
2010 – Sacramento, CA
2011 – Warwick, RI
2012 – Oconomowoc, WI
2013 – Vancouver, WA

and where are we going?
2014 – Burlington, VT
2015 – Frankenmuth, MI

AKC Breed Ranking posted

The 2012 Breed ranking are posted for Leonbergers as reported by the AKC.  LCA rankings will be forthcoming.

AKC Breed Rankings

2013 Grey Muzzle Award

The Leonberger Health Foundation would like to honor your 12 year old Leonberger ( or older) with the 2013 Grey Muzzle Award.

We need:

Grey Muzzle

Grey Muzzler – Gullgutta

Full name of your dog
Call name of your dog
Birthdate (if still alive)
Birthdate and date when they crossed the rainbow bridge (if they aren’t alive)
Owners name, address, phone, and email.
Breeder’s name, address, phone, and email.

Please email the information to: Yogilov@aol.com

Triple Crown

triplecrownThe GLLC, MALC, NRLC, and LCA enjoyed five days of fun and showing in Pennsylvania on May 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, and 27th.  More information available at  ww.facebook.com/LeoTripleCrown

The Triple Crown produced 12 Championship majors and 24 Grand Champion majors, a Leonberger placed in the Groups at all but one show, and a great time was had by those that made it out!

RESULTS:   Triple Crown

 

Find an AKC event

Leonbergers compete in AKC Conformation Shows in the Working Class as well as in companion events.  You can use the AKC search function to find events near you.

Search here!   

Licensed Superintendents send out information regarding upcoming shows.
AKC Show Superintendents.

Licensed Superintendent list.