Greetings From The NGSPA Board of Trustees (BOT);
The purpose of this preview is to give all of you a quick look at how things are shaping up for the National Championships in 2020, to give you a heads up on changes that were made at the BOT meeting in June and to encourage all of you to let us know if you have ideas to make the Nationals better.
In 2019, the NGSPA National Championships were moved to new grounds at Grovespring, MO. The move, after more than 25 years running the Nationals at Booneville, AR, required many changes and involved numerous unknowns. 2019 is now in the history books and, from all reports, was a success! The grounds are great, the overall costs were about the same as Booneville, no major glitches were encountered and the Nationals Committee was able to use the experience to tweak our planning to, hopefully, make 2020 run even smoother!
New for the 2020 National Championships: At the June Meeting, the BOT voted to add an additional stake the National Amateur All-Age Championship. It will run following the Amateur National Championship (which is a Shooting Dog stake). Owners and handlers need to be aware that cross-over entries will not be allowed and the Board’s decision (in draft, awaiting BOT approval) reads as follows: “Beginning with the National Championships in 2020, a qualified dog may be entered in only one Amateur National Championship stake, and only one Open National Championship stake. The class of the stake (All-Age vs. Shooting Dog) may be changed between the Amateur and the Open Championships”.
2020 NATIONALS ONLINE ENTRY: The online entry forms will be available in about a week to ten days on the new NGSPA website. You should expect to receive separate notice that the revised website has been launched. It will be accessible using the web address: www.ngspa.org/events/nationals/
WHEN: The 2020 NGSPA National Championships will start at 8:00 AM, Saturday, March 28, 2020 with the National Amateur Championship, followed by the NGSPA National Amateur All Age Championship, the NGSPA National Futurity, the National Championship, and will conclude with the National Shooting Dog Championship. Drawing for the Amateur Championship will take place at approximately 6:00 PM on Friday, March 27, 2020. The Championships will take approximately 14-16 days total running time – Amateur 3-5 days, Amateur All Age 1-2 days, Futurity 2-3 days, National Championship 2-3 days, and the Shooting Dog 4-6 days.
RUNNING ORDER: The running order will be – Amateur Shooting Dog, Amateur All Age, National Futurity, National Championship and Open Shooting Dog.
ANNUAL DELEGATES MEETING: The Annual NGSPA Delegates Meeting will take place on the field trial grounds after dinner on Saturday, March 28, 2020.
WHERE: Sportsman Association Field Trial Grounds near Grovespring, Missouri.
QUALIFICATION STANDARDS FOR A DOG TO BE ELIGIBLE TO RUN IN THE NGSPA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS:
Qualifications for the National Championship, National Amateur Shooting Dog Championship, National Amateur Championship, and National Open Shooting Dog Championship.
TRUSTEE ASSIGNMENTS: Tradition dictates that one BOT duty is to help organize and run the National Championships and, in addition, select Trustees are task with specific responsibilities. For the 2020 Nationals, the following individuals volunteered for the listed responsibilities.
A Committee of NGSPA Trustees Chad Inderman, Mark Verdoorn, Dan DiMambro, Michael patrick, Art Armbrust, and Dean Crabbs was appointed to act as the “2020 NGSPA National Championships Committee”.
NGSPA Secretary, Natalie Inderman, agreed to act as the Social Committee Chair Woman assisted by a Social Committee composed of Trustees Art Armbrust, Ray Larrondo and Mike Patrick.
Trustee Chris Streitenberger agreed to be Official Scribe and will procure steaks for the Purina dinner.
Stake Manager Duties were assigned as follows: Amateur Shooting Dog –Dan DiMambro, National Amateur Championship - Mike Patrick, National Futurity– James Messer, National Championship - Chad Inderman; National Championship – Art Armbrust and Jody Orndorff, Open Shooting Dog – Chris Streitenberger.Pro-Trainer/Stud dog Auction: Several years ago the BOT decided to sponsor a “ Pro-Trainer/Stud dog” auction, every second year, as a fund raising event for the Nationals. In 2020, we will again be having the auction. Details will follow in future Previews. The auction will be coordinated by Trustee Kirk Bomer – he can be reached by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone (281-413-0514).