2024 Schipperke Club of America
National Specialty

Show Information will be updated as it becomes available!

You can find a Schedule of Events on the master list of pages in the sidebar to the right. Check that page for all important information, dates and deadlines!

SCA Parent Club Specialty Judging Panel

Conformation – Janice McClary, Hacienda Heights, CA
Juniors – Janice McClary, Hacienda Heights, CA
Sweepstakes – David C Cook, Lake Villa, IL
Obedience – Fred Buroff, Conover, OH
Rally – Fred Buroff, Conover, OH

SCA 2024 National Specialty Judging Panel

Conformation – Don Hanson, Scottsdale, AZ
Juniors – Don Hanson, Scottsdale, AZ
4-6 Month Beginner Puppy – Lynette Niemann, Felixstow, Australia
Stud Dog, Brood Bitch, Brace & Team – Lynette Niemann, Felixstow, Australia
Futurity – Lorrie Carlton, Plymouth, MI
Maturity – Dr. Larry Letsche, DVM, Plymouth, MI
Sweepstakes – Rich Mysliwiec, Lancaster, TX
Obedience – Linda MacDonald, West Salem, OH
Rally – Linda MacDonald, West Salem, OH

There will be an independent Agility trial hosted by the Illiana Schipperke Club in Ballroom A on Wednesday, April 24, 2024. Entry fee is $20.00. Entries open February 1, 2024 and close April 8, 2024. Judge is Dr. Roger O’Sullivan. This trial is open to all dogs fifteen (15) months of age or older that are registered with the American Kennel Club or that have AKC Limited Registration, Purebred Alternative Listing/Indefinite Listing Privileges (PAL/ILP), an AKC Canine Partners listing number, or are approved Foundation Stock Service (FSS) breeds.

Preference for Schipperkes available for the first 3 weeks only so there will be no special consideration for Schipperkes after February 20, 2024.

For more information contact:
Theresa Corcoran, Event Secretary
FLORISSANT, MO 63034-2541
(314) 303-8066

The AKC National Owner-Handled Series is a non-titling competition for dogs that are exhibited by their owners that are not professional handlers.

All dogs that are owner-handled and are not owned, co-owned or exhibited by professional handlers* meet the requirements for this competition. Exhibitors must declare their dogs are Owner-Handled eligible at the time of entry using the check box on the entry form. Eligible dogs will be identified by an asterisk in the steward’s book & the catalog. Dogs must be handled throughout the breed level competition for the regular show by an eligible owner. Professional handlers, household members and assistants to current professional handlers may not exhibit the dog in any breed competition during the entire show.

Owner-Handled Best of Breed will be selected from the dogs that are eligible to compete in the Best of Breed competition including Winners Dog, Winners Bitch and winners of the non-regular classes.

* Professional handlers are not permitted to exhibit in this competition. Professional handlers are defined as any person who belongs or has belonged to a professional handlers’ organization, distributed rate cards, or otherwise advertised or represented themselves as handling dogs for pay or received payment for handling a dog.

See the Banquet Information page to order your meal. Deadline is April 15, 2024.

See Seminars.

See Catalog Advertising.

Fast CAT
April 20 & April 21 – two trials held each day by Hamilton Dog Training Club, Inc. at K9 Splash Zone, 9386 National Rd., Brookville, OH. Katie Maess, Event Secty., 8872 Snider Rd., Mason, OH 45040. trialsecy@gmail.com Entries open February 1, 2024 at 8:00 am Eastern time and close April 10, 2024 at 6:00 pm Eastern time. Entry fee: $20.00. For more information and premium list, go to http://hamiltondogtraining.com/trials–events.html. Schipperke Club of America will be offering Rosettes on Saturday (4/20) & Sunday (4/21) to the fastest and to the slowest Schipperke!

See Futurity Nomination Form & Maturity


ALL RESERVED GROOMING SPACE HAS BEEN FILLED!!!  There will be plenty of free grooming space and most of those spaces will have electricity. All free grooming spaces are first come, first served. If you have a paid grooming space you cannot also take a free one.

The grooming setup will be available the evening of Sunday, April 21st or sooner if all the grooming spots get taped out earlier. Maybe you could come help us lay the tape so you can claim your space sooner if you are looking for a free spot.

DO NOT use wall plugs for blow dryers! You will trip the circuit to the entire ballroom.

Please note that there is to be no grooming or bathing of dogs in the sleeping rooms per SCA’s contract with the Hotel.

Please contact Kathy Davis at crosswindschipperkes@gmail.com for more information.

The Hospitality Room is on the 5th floor in the Montgomery Board Room.

It will be open each morning with coffee and Danish for attendees not enjoying their pre-paid breakfasts, camping in their RVs or not staying overnight. Check the judging program for other hours of operation or contact Kathy Davis at crosswindschipperkes@gmail.com for more information.

Breakfast for 2 guests in the dining room is included each day in the room rate. The espresso stand in the lobby will also offer limited food items.

See the Host Hotel page for information.

See Seminars

See Logo Merchandise

Marked catalogs are $20.00 and can be ordered at 2024 Trophy Donations & Reservations Shop. Contact Kass Sauve, kassioo7@ameritech.net if you have questions.

Note to SCA Members: Please advise Virginia Larioza, vlarioza@gmail.com if you know of any SCA members who have passed away and are not listed on the SCA website “In Memoriam” page.

Parade of Titleholders
Any Schipperke with an AKC title may be entered in the Parade of Titleholders. The entry form must indicate “Parade of Titleholders.”
Parade of Rescues
Any Schipperke that has been placed in its home through a rescue organization, animal shelter, SPCA, etc. may be entered in the Parade of Rescues. The entry form must indicate “Parade of Rescues.”
Parade of Veterans
Any Schipperke that is 7 years or older, regardless of titles, may be entered in the Parade of Veterans. A special goodie bag will be given to each veteran. The entry form must indicate “Parade of Veterans.”

Each Parade entrant will receive a commemorative item.

For all Parades: Entries are $20 each and are to be sent to Caper, the Show Secretary, on the show entry form in the Premium List or entered online on Caper’s website. Deadline for entries is April 3rd.

In addition, a description of the dog’s achievements will be read while the dog is presented. A brief owner-provided biography (100 words or less, please) must be sent to Diane Harris at whenspiritstalk@aol.com. or mailed her at 7664 Tomotley Road, Maryville, TN 37801. Deadline to get bios to Diane is March 10th. If you are late submitting your bio, you will not receive the gift.

See Parades Biography Form

There is ample free car parking at the Hotel.

See the Hotel page for information.

Please contact – Lynn Brown, schipstar@aol.com

There are 24 full-service hookups available (electric and water) and 2 with just electric and water at a rate of $40/night and additional sites without hookups for $25/night. You must keep your parking area clean at all times. No wood shavings allowed to be used in x-pens.

GUESTS MUST PRE-REGISTER FOR RV PARKING. RV parking availability is on a first come first serve basis. The hotel will fill in the spots in the order in which the reservations are received.

All guests must check-in at the front desk of the hotel to receive a parking tag prior to parking in your designated spot Check-in time is 1:00 pm, check-out time is 12:00 pm on the last day of your visit unless a later check-out time is agreed to by the Roberts Centre. Contact the Hotel Front Desk for assistance.

Compliance with RV Parking Rules is MANDATORY!

See the Hotel page for information on RV Parking.

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Wednesday, April 24, 2024 in Franklin 1 and 2

Pet CPR/First Aid Course hosted by The Schipperke Club of America Rescue and Health Foundation, Inc.

Program Description: This course provides an overview on how to manage a life-threatening medical emergency that may occur with dogs and cats. It focuses on how to either try to keep the animal alive or prevent its condition from getting worse prior to arriving at a veterinary facility.

The skills and topics covered in this class include:

  • Safety techniques when working with sick and/or injured animals
  • How to perform emergency triage and assess if an animal is experiencing a life-threatening medical emergency
  • How to restrain and properly transport sick and/or injured animals
  • How to provide emergency first aid to dogs and cats en-route to veterinary care
  • How to take vital signs (temperature, pulse, respiration, CRT) and determine normal vs abnormal readings
  • Learn about the importance of the pet first aid kit and how to use the materials in it during an emergency
  • How to manage and provide first aid for many common medical emergencies such as severe wounds, poisoning, burns, choking and more
  • How to perform the most current industry standard method of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation on dogs and cats (Participants will receive a PetCPR+ Certification valid for 2 years)

This class is ideal for anyone who loves animals including animal professionals, obedience trainers, kennel staff, pet retailers, pet sitters, animal shelter staff/volunteers, rescue personnel, groomers, First Responders, Fire/EMT and pet owners. This course will provide an overview of what to do for a pet in an emergency situation prior to getting veterinary care. Curriculum for all classes is developed by licensed veterinary professionals using veterinary industry standard methods of emergency medical care.

There will be a charge for this seminar – $25.00 for SCA members, $75 for non-members, limited to 35 attendees.

To sign up for this CPR seminar, please go to:

4:30 pm Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Breeders Education Seminar in Franklin 1 & 2

“10 Things You Need to Know About Your Neonatal Puppy’s Micro Environment”. This seminar is free to all.

Thursday, April 25, 2024  Afternoon

The SCA would like to invite our Junior Handlers to participate in a hands on handling clinic on Thursday 4/25 in the afternoon . This will be a great opportunity for Juniors to receive coaching and feedback prior to competing in Junior Showmanship and Best of Breed on Friday. This clinic will be facilitated by Professional Handler Jessica Plourde. Jessica is a former AKC Junior Handler. She was the #1 Non Sporting Jr. Handler while handling a Schipperke, and placed 3rd in Junior Showmanship at Westminster with the Schipperke. Since then she has become a successful Professional Handler, handled many breeds to Best In Show, Specialty, and National wins. She has also won the Herding Group at Westminster Kennel Club twice.

There is no charge for the Junior Handlers Clinic.

Ballroom Hours: Monday – Friday – open 6:30 am to 10:00 pm or until last SCA event is complete.

All dogs must be removed from the ballroom immediately after completion of SCA events each day.

If you plan to leave dogs unattended in your setup during show hours, a phone number that you can be reached at must be visibly posted in your setup in case of emergency. No dogs are to remain in the grooming area overnight.

Don’t forget to bring some auction items with you to the national. We need your help with items! Contact Melissa Grueninger, mgmnmknl@yahoo.com for more information.

See Top 20 Invitational

Deadline to sponsor a trophy was March 30, 2024. Thank all of you who donated so generously.

Sponsor a trophy in your name, your kennel name, or in remembrance or honor of a loved one (two or four legged)! There is an item for the SCA Parent Club Specialty and one for the SCA National Specialty. We hope you will be generous and donate to both.

Take a look at the SCA National Trophy Donations and Parent Club Trophy Donations at the bottom of the right sidebar on https://schipperkeclubofamerica.org/national-specialty/ and see what trophies are still available to support.

No dog food may be sold or given away during the Parent Club specialty or the National specialty other than Royal Canin.

This year you will be allowed to bring your own tables and chairs for your 10’x10’ booth instead of renting them from the Roberts Centre.

Any 501(c)3 rescue group is entitled to one free 10’x10′ vendor space. Please bring your own table and chairs. If you need a larger space the additional space must be paid for.

If you intend to use a blow dryer or similar high-powered tool in your booth, you will have to pay $15.00 for your electricity. Otherwise, you may use the outlets on the wall behind your booth.

Please find the Vendors Sign Up Form here. Please note that all vendors are asked to donate an item of their choice for our auction.

Any further questions, please contact Beverly Henry, chestara@yahoo.com.

The Welcome Party will be Monday evening April 22nd in Ralph’s Garage. This is a change to the location. It will not be in the Hospitality Room. An Ice Cream Social will be held to welcome SCA National attendees. A wonderful chance to socialize with old friends and make new ones. Welcome bags will be handed out – one per person, please.