Ch 1 Introduction & History
BELGIAN SHEEPDOG CLUB OF AMERICA
National Specialty Guidelines Book
This manual has been compiled with two specific goals in mind:
1. To assist local groups and clubs in determining if they wish to make a bid to host a National Specialty of the Belgian Sheepdog Club of America; and
2. To assist local groups in the actual execution from planning through final financial reporting of the National Specialty.
The committee hopes you find these guidelines informative and helpful. As always, please feel free to make
suggestions or recommendations for improvement.
The BSCA held its first National Specialty in 1949, drawing a total entry of 24. Since that time, the BSCA has
held a National Specialty once each year. In 1983, the first independent National was held in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The BSCA continues to hold an independent, National Specialty each year through the hard work and dedication of
its many members and volunteers.
In the mid-1960s, due to an increase in membership, a larger volunteer pool and adequate financial resources, the BSCA began an active program to improve the quality of the National Show for all BSD fanciers. In 1964, Sarah Sawyer was appointed by the Board of Directors to chair a committee to write formal Show Guidelines to assist local volunteers in hosting the National. The initial publication was completed in May 1965 and was formally adopted as the methodology to be followed by the National Specialty Committee in the future. In 1967, Fred Pisani was appointed as committee chair to update the guidelines. At this time, the name of the documentation was officially changed to The BSCA Show Policies & Procedures.
These procedures have remained unchanged since 1967, however, the Belgian Sheepdog breed has continued to grow and excel at many different events and the 5 days currently allotted to hold the National Specialty is barely adequate to get all the events and activities scheduled. In 2003, the Board of Directors appointed Barb Trezza to chair a committee to accomplish two tasks. The first task is to update the BSCA Show Policies & Procedures to
incorporate all the many activities that have been added to the National over the years. Secondly, to define the
various activities that should be coordinated locally and those that may be handled by any volunteer throughout the United States in order to reduce the burden on the local show committees. The following are the results of the committee’s work.