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NVBC News Flashes!

orange pin June 5, 2024 - 2023 ABC High In National Agility Trial title won by Sue Drazek and Kir, featured on the cover of the June ABC Magazine!

In 2016, ABC's 3rd Vice President, Emmy Wollenburg recommended that Brittany Agility be brought to Fort Smith. The 2017 American Brittany Club National Specialty Show was the first time conformation, agility, obedience, rally and barn hunt were all held together. Five all-Brittany agility trials were held at the inaugural event. Judge Christine Biship challenged the top agility Brittanys in the country with her courses. This milestone event highlighted the versatility and talent of the Brittany across multiple events.

orange pinJanuary 10, 2024 - NVBC, as the first of 2024, is 53 members strong. Officers for 2024 are listed HERE.

Also, 2024 NVBC ans ABC- related events are listed HERE. NVBC Board of Directors meetings will be held February, April, August 2024 viva Zoom at 7:00 p.m. (ET) with dates to be be posted HERE.

Likewise, the Annual NVBC Members Meeting will be held in December, 2024 via Zoom starting at 7:00 p.m. (ET) with date to be posted HERE.

orange pin December 14, 2023 - NVBC is announcing a partial listing of the club's 2023 Dog of the Year Awards. This 2023 DOY webpage will be completed as soon as final updates are available.

orange pin September 25, 2023 - NVBC is hosting our 50th Anniversary Double, Double Hunt Test, November 18 and 19 Entries close November 14., PREMIUM FOR ALL HUNT TESTS. To enter all four Hunt Tests, use this Entry Form.

orange pin July 22, 2023 - The Southeast Brittany Club is supporting the entries, with some very nice prizes, as part of The Carolina Cluster Shows August 18, 19 and 20, 2023 in Greensboro, North Carolina. It's the first time the club has done a conformation-related event. PREMIUM FOR ALL CLUSTER SHOWS

orange pin June 22, 2023 - NVBC 2022 DOGS OF THE YEAR PHOTO DISPLAY (to appear in ABC Magazine)

  orange pin June 9, 2023 - NVBC SPECIALTY
Northeastern Maryland Kennel Club, Inc. All-Breed Dog Shows
* 4 Months & Under Competition Each Day
* 6 Months Puppy Competition Each Day
* Best Puppy In Show Each Day
* Pee Wee Class Each Day
Friday & Saturday July 7 & 8, 2023

National Capital Kennel Club, Inc. All-Breed Dog Show
* 4 Months & Under 6 Months Puppy Competition
* Best Puppy in Show Competition
Sunday July 9, 2023


orange pin May 13, 2023 - Doesn't the Northern Virginia Brittany Club 50th Anniaversary Cake look delecious?!?! Did you miss out this tasty bit of history? No worries! The club is planning to have more cakes created for the July Specialty Show as well as the Field Trial and Hunt Test this fall. YUM!

orange pin April 6,2023 - NVBC 50th Anniversary HUNT TEST dates have been changed due to uncontrollable circumstances. New dates are May 13 and 14, 2023. Same location at Slate River Farm, Dillwyn, VA. CLOSES MAY 9th AT 6:00 P.M. PREMIUM

orange pin February 26,2023 - NVBC announces 2022 Dog of the Year Awards.

orange pin January 31,2023 - NVBC Celebrates our 50th Anniversary! A remarkable tribute to members throughout the years, from 1973 to today! (photo credit: Kat Shannon)

orange pin January 9,2023 - Kathy Shannon, NVBC's delegate to the Virginia Federation of Dogs Clubs and Breeders, asked me to forward this news release on to members.  Kat and the Virginia Federation had been following this Federal legislation.Fiscal Year 2023 Omnibus Bill Will Ensure Critical Resources for USDA Oversight of Canine Imports

orange pin December 27,2022 - NVBC - NVBC Spring Field Trial, February 16-19, 2023 Dick Cross WMA in Boydton, VA PREMIUM

orange pin October 4,2022 - NVBC Fall 2022 Field Trial, November 4 -6, 2022 Slate River Farm, Dillwyn, VA PREMIUM

orange pin November 16,2021 - the Annual Membership Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 15, 2021, at 7 pm on Zoom. This will be a virtual meeting for ALL full members to elect a President and First Vice President for three-year terms and to recognize special achievements - Dogs of the Year, an Angel Award winner, President's Cup recipients, and New Title holders.

For more informaiton: contact President Doug Welsh dougcwelsh@yahoo.com
Secretary Barbara Bice bbice1@verizon.net

orange pin November 11, 2021 - Northern Virginia Brittany Club Fall Double, Double Hunt Test - November 20 & 21, 2021. Open to all AKC Pointing Breeds. All four Hunt Tests will be held at Slate River Farm Slate River Mill Rd, Dillwyn, VA.


Saturday Events #1 2021148625, #2 2021148626
Sunday Events #1 2021148627, #2 2021148628 PREMIUM

orange pin  September 17, 2021 - Northern Virginia Brittany Club Fall Double, Double Hunt Test - November 20 & 21, 2021. Open to all AKC Pointing Breeds. All four Hunt Tests will be held at Slate River Farm Slate River Mill Rd, Dillwyn, VA. PREMIUM
orange pin  September 15, 2021 - Northern Virginia Brittany Club Fall Field Trial - November 4-7, 2021 open to all AKC Pointing Breeds. The trial will be held at Slate River Farm Slate River Mill Rd, Dillwyn, VA PREMIUM
orange pin  June 10, 2021 - Snake Bite! A timely article for Brittany owners in the Mid-Atlantic area by Ron Somers (NVBC member) and Dr. Johnny Clark, DVM, Luray, VA.

orange pin  May 22, 2021 - Despite Covid-19, we have been able to hold our April and May agility trials in a safe manner: masks required, social distancing and hand disinfection procedures were in place.

Lots of hard work and long days by our committee: Jan Brunner, Susie Osmansky, Sue Drazek, Donna Rager, Pat Hollern, Beth Lobato and many others.

NVBC is supporting and working the June and October trials under license of the American Brittany Club. NVBC will get 20% of the profit from those trials.
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 March 19, 2021 - NVBC DOGS OF THE YEAR 2020 Award Pages to appear in ABC Magazine. Page 1 and Page 2.

orange pin   January 27, 2021 - NVBC Awards for 2020 Announced listed.   

orange pin  December 24, 2020 - Officers for 2021 listed.   

orange pin May 1, 2020  - Three major announcemens pertaining to COVID-19 and dogs.

1. CDC Expands on Social/Physical Distancing Guidelines to Include Pets After Some Tested Positive for Coronavirus

2. AKC's new webpage aimed at helping dog owners deal with COVID-19

3. AKC has launched the AKC Rally Novice Virtual pilot program during these times of physical distancing.

orange pin April 17, 2020  - PAVING MEMORY LANE FUNDRAISER For the Brittany Endowment Fund - a letter from Rick Smith (Word) (PDF) on behalf of the Brittany Field Trial Hall of Fame Election Committee ABC Regional Clubs.

orange pin February 17, 2020  - Westminster Dog Show Brittany Breed Judging, February 12, 2020. (Video is 27:55 in length.)

orange pin February 12, 2019 - CONGRATULATIONS Douglas Tighe, Nancy Hewitt, and GCHG CH HOPE'S EXCEEDING THE SPEED LIMIT UDX OM2, Best of Breed! at the 2019 Westminster Kennel Club Show!

orange pin September 22, 2016 - Excellent video on how to groom a Brittany by Dawn Droel of Sovereign Brittanys, Marine, MN. Dawn, with Joe on video camera, demonstraties how to groom a Brittany for show, field or pet trim. (Sept 2016). [Running time: 42:18]

Linked with permission.

orange pin June 7, 2016 - The AKC launched the new “I Am a Breeder” video series. The series visits four breeders at home and shows a side to breeders that the public generally does not get to see. The videos give people a behind the scenes look at the love and dedication breeders have for their dogs, and the dogs that become family pets to loving owners.

View the TRAILER of this series “I Am a Breeder” videos HERE.

I am a Breeder - Theresa Viesto - Labrador Retrievers VIDEO

I am a Breeder - Pat Flanagan - Mastiffs VIDEO

I am a Breeder - Peter Festa - English Bull Dogs VIDEO

I am a Breeder - Betsy Richards - Berger Picards VIDEO

DOGS 101 BRITTANY Animal Planet video

orange pin January 25, 2015 - NVBC lost a club founder, friend, leader and advocate for Brittanys and their owners: Peter "Pete" Hilgartner Col. USMC (Ret.) October 16, 1927 - January 8, 2015. Pete's history of NVBC, a true treasure.

orange pin January 2, 2016 - Aidan Is th Rally High Combined winner at the 2015 ABC Nationals.
GCH MACH Brookewood’s Just Too Hot UD RE MXG MJG MXF T2B, call name: Aidan; Owner/Handler: Sue Drazek / Co-owner: Cindy Mille


orange pinAugust 12, 2014 - JOEY IS FAMOUS! Barbara Bice and her Brittany, Brookewood's Joseph Brant (Joey), were featured in the Baltimore Sun's coverage of a then new Worthington Dog Park in Columbia, MD. This dog park plays an important part in Barbara and Joey's life. Many Brittanys and their owners enjoy socializing at community dog parks across the nation.


Barbara Bice and Joey

orange pinJune 3, 2014 - Tribute to Nick

orange pin December 16, 2013 - GCH CH Brookewood's Just Too Hot CDX MX MXB MXJ MJB XF, 'Aidan' wins Best of Breed making the cut in the Sporting Group at the Eukanuba National Championship in Orlando, FL. Mega kudos to Aidan and Sue Drazek!



orange pinNovember 9, 2013 - Tribute to Zac


2023 ABC National Agility High In Trial - GCH CH AGCH MACH15 RACH Keili's Goldstar Kir Royale CDX BN RM2 RAE3 JH MXB5 PDG MJG5 PJS MFC TQX T2B6 CA DCAT RATS CZ8B TKA

Since 1973 we have been dedicated to:

Orange_Ball promoting cooperation and friendship among breeders and owners of Brittanys with current (January 1, 2024) membership totaling 53 members
Orange_Ball encouraging the highest standards in breeding, training and showing of Brittanys in the field and in the show ring
Orange_Ball preventing the breed from becoming split into groups of "field dogs" and "bench dogs" to keep it forever a "dual dog."

Whether you are considering owning your first Brittany, have Brittanys as part of your life or just enjoy the breed, we look forward to sharing the joys of Brittanys with you. You are invited to join us at any of our events held throughout the year in the Mid-Atlantic area.

Watch the video below to get an overview of our club, our dogs, their owners and the tremendous versitlity of Brittanys. A giant thank you to Lisa McCormick who graciously allows us to use her songs, "All I See Is You" and "Are You Ready For Me?" as the song track on this video. (lisamccormick.com)

Contact us if we can provide any information about Brittanys. Better yet, join the NVBC - your Brittany will thank you! NVBC has members in MD, VA, NC, WV and NM. We look forward to you becoming part of our NVBC history.