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The 2005 English Cocker Spaniel Club of America National Specialty will be held at the Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center on Cedar Lake in Sturbridge, MA from May 16 - 20. The show site includes a 12,000 square foot exhibit hall for conformation and obedience events, a large lawn overlooking the lake for the agility trial, multiple restaurants, an indoor swimming pool, a health club and racquetball courts. A nine-hole miniature golf course and paddle boats are available for outdoor enjoyment. Room rates are $93 (excluding tax), $103 for a triple and $113 for a quad. A one-time fee of $25 will be charged for pets. Reservations will be accepted from now until April 14, 2005.  To contact the hotel, call 1-800-582-3232. Parking for recreational vehicles is available, but overnight use is not permitted.

Sturbridge is a small central Massachusetts town, home to Old Sturbridge Village, a 200-acre replica of a 1830s American working village. Most restaurants, the Village and other hotels are within walking distance of the host hotel and shopping and the Yankee Candle Factory are nearby. The town and the host hotel are located less than a mile from the Massachusetts Turnpike (Rt. 90 E & W) and Connecticut Rt. 84. Three international airports are within 90 minutes of the hotel - Logan in Boston, MA, T. F. Green in Providence, RI and Bradley in Hartford, CT.

The preliminary judging schedule is as follows:



Hunt & Working Tests



ECSCA Supported Show – Windham County K.C.



Agility Trial



Obedience Trial, Puppy Sweepstakes & Veteran Sweepstakes



Conformation - Dogs



Conformation - Bitches



Jr. Showmanship, Best of Breed & Non-Regular Classes

And the judges will be:

Breed & Non-regular Classes     

Eileen Weston

Puppy & Veteran Sweepstakes 

Lynda Gall

Jr. Showmanship                                  

Anne Bowes

Obedience Trial   

Robert Harris & Wayne Gile

Agility Trial 

Rene Fitch

Hunt Test 

Barbara & Cary Haupt

Working Test   

Meaghan Skaggs

Educational seminars, clinics and the Annual Meeting will occur on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and the Boutique will be open for business at posted times after judging.

The hunt and working tests are the only events not being held at the host hotel. Field events will be held on the Saturday prior to the National at the Hedgerow Kennels & Hunting Preserve in Royalston, MA, about an hour’s drive from Sturbridge. Hotels in the area that accept pets are the French King Motor Inn in Erving, MA at 413-423-3328 and the Super 8 Motel in Gardner, MA at 978-630-2888.

Other events in the area on the weekend prior to the National are the St. Hubert Kennel Club show on Saturday, May 14, in N. Stonington, CT and the Windham County Kennel Club show on Sunday, May 15, in Woodstock, CT. Both these shows will be held outdoors. Woodstock, CT is about a half hour drive from the site of the National.  The ECSCA will support the entry of English Cockers at the Windham County show.

The Show Committee is made up of the following Northeast English Cocker Spaniel Club members and volunteers from around the country:

Show Chairman: Donna O'Connell

Hospitality: Heidi Ferris

Show Secretary: Kate Romanski

Education: Elizabeth Neff

Obedience Chairman: Barbara Potter

Fundraising: Donna O’Connell/Susan Karsch

Chief Ring Steward: Gale Klun

Catalog Advertising: Lesley Forman

Agility Co-Chairmen: Ruth Heston/Emily McDermott

Breeders Showcase: Elizabeth Neff/Catherine Nikiforow

Field Chairman: Cortney Oliver

Exhibit Hall Setup: Joanne Torres/Richard Torres

Banquet: Susan Karsch

Grounds: Jeffrey Potter

Trophies: Barbara Potter

Foreign Guest Rep: Elizabeth Neff.

Boutique: Eileen Courtney



Special thanks go to Eileen Weston for our wonderful logo, another artistic gem,
and to Judith Schenck for coming up with our theme, “The Bark Heard ‘Round the World”.


The following is a Schedule of Events for the week.

Saturday, May 14th:

Hunt Test - Hedgerow Kennels & Hunting Preserve

Working Test - Hedgerow Kennels & Hunting Preserve

Sunday, May 15th:

ECSCA Supported Show - Windham County Kennel Club

Monday, May 16th:

Agility Trial - Judge: Rene Fitch

Welcome Reception sponsored by Mrs. Jane Doty, Graecroft

Tuesday, May 17th:

Morning Hospitality sponsored by ECSC of Southeastern Wisconsin

Obedience Trial - Judges: Mr. Robert Harris & Mr. Wayne Gile

Puppy & Veteran Sweepstakes - Judge: Mrs. Lynda Gall

New England Clam Bake

Wednesday, May 18th:

Morning Hospitality sponsored by the ECSC of Northern California

Dog Classes - Judge: Mrs. Eileen Weston

Boutique open after judging in the Southbridge Room

“The Puppy Puzzle” - Seminar with guest speaker, Pat Hastings

ECSCA Annual Awards Banquet

Thursday, May 19th:

Morning Hospitality sponsored by the Northeast ECSC

Bitch Classes - Judge: Mrs. Eileen Weston

Judges Education prior to & during judging

Boutique open after judging in the Southbridge Room

BAER Clinic - Dr. George Strain

ECSCA Annual Meeting

Breeders Showcase & Reception, sponsored by the Northeast ECSC

Juniors Seminar with guest speaker, Mari-Beth O’Neill, & Pizza Party

Friday, May 20th:

Morning Hospitality sponsored by Mrs. Catherine Nikiforow, Arcata

Judges Education continues during judging

Junior Showmanship - Judge: Mrs. Anne Bowes

Best of Breed & Non-regular Classes - Judge: Mrs. Eileen Weston