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The Border Collie Club of New South Wales Inc

The Border Collie Club of NSW Inc hosted the 5th Border Collie National Championships in Sydney, Australia from the 10th to the 13th October 2019. This prestigious event returned to Sydney to celebrate all things Border Collie, including Conformation, Herding, Agility, Jumping & Games, Obedience, Rally O and Dances with Dogs!

The inaugural Australian Border Collie National took place in 2006 in Sydney and is now hosted on a rotational basis by a different Border Collie state club associated with the National Border Collie Breed Council - an affiliate of the Australian National Kennel Council Ltd (ANKC).

5th National - Sydney 2019 - Thanks for the memories...!

Please enjoy this quick 'snapshot' of the National weekend!Thanks for the memories...!

Posted by BC Nationals Australia on Friday, November 1, 2019


Thank you everyone for your support of the 5th Border Collie National - Sydney 2019!


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*Warning: long THANK-YOU post coming!**

We feel it is timely, now that the dust has begun to settle from what was undoubtedly a fantastic weekend, to publicly acknowledge all those who helped put this National together. There were too many of you to name at the Presentation Dinner (or else we may have been there until midnight!), so please we would appreciate if everyone could take a moment to read through this long list of contributors for the 5th Australian Border Collie National.

Firstly, thank you to all our exhibitors in every discipline for your support of our National! Your entry helped to make this event truly spectacular, the sportsmanship on display was exemplary and the quality of competition was impressive!
A special thank you to our wonderful panel of judges across all events who accepted our invitations so enthusiastically – your warmth and excitement was infectious and went a big way to making this event so successful! Extra thanks to Ross Carlson and family for his willingness to ‘roll up sleeves’ and pitch in throughout the weekend – it was very much appreciated!
Also, a big thank you to all our helpers and workers on the day – there were many of you! But especially our army of stewards, stock handlers, lead holders, timers, scribes, officials, announcers (and anyone else we may have inadvertently forgotten) who put their hand up to help us run six disciplines! We could not have run this National without you and your expertise certainly ensured everything ran smoothly.
To our International visitors and guests – thank you for coming all the way to Australia! Your presence at the 5th National and support of our Border Collies was very much appreciated and made the event all the more special – we hope you enjoyed your stay!
We were blessed to have the support of corporate sponsors as well as personal donors and clubs whose contributions went a long way to making this event possible! Too many to list here individually, but they are all acknowledged on our website and in the catalogue. As we recognized at our Official Opening Ceremony, an extra special thanks to Libby from Blackhawk for always saying “yes” to our multiple requests and questions, and for their outstanding support of this National as our major sponsor.
Big shout out to the Dogs NSW Board of Directors, Grounds Committee and staff for their assistance in putting an event of this size together, use of the brand-new Dogs NSW Library, and for allowing us to enact our ‘vision’ in rethinking the way the Dogs NSW rings, grounds and Rotunda could be used. We think the Rotunda in particular underwent a vast transformation and we were pleased and proud to use this historic building as the perfect rustic hub of our show.

Our committee was a small band, as is the case with many breed clubs these days trying to do a big job with a limited workforce, but we are very proud of the National we managed to put together. At the forefront of our minds was to put on an event that was a celebration of our breed and its long history in this country, as well as the special people behind the dogs. We have a fabulous community to be proud of, and it was heartening to see you all enjoying each other’s company and supporting the successes of our beautiful breed! So big thank you to the BCCNSW Inc club, with events organized by:
• Patrice Smith, Lauren Somers & Courtney Spencer who oversaw the ‘National operation’ and specifically the breed ring events. We were greatly supported by Lynne Cook who came on board as Show Manager and her hard work behind the scenes was invaluable!
• Ann Lenehan & Julia Lawrie who took charge of the massive task of directing the Agility, Jumping & Games trial, drawing in a record entry!
• Ann Moy, Sue Fedoryschyn & Kathryn Griffiths who organized the Herding trials, including caring and transport of the ducks all the way from Raglan!
• Julie Huber who made sure the Obedience and Rally O competitions ran smoothly in a fantastic entry, including her quick thinking in securing two additional judges and four stewards in record time to ensure we could accommodate all exhibitors!
• Penny Dalzell (not officially on committee) but who was the first to put her hand up to help to put together a fantastic Dances With Dogs competition.
• Courtney S (assisted by Lynne & Courtney Butler) took charge of communications, including the Facebook page, website and International Guest mailouts.
• Kathryn, Ann L & Julia for taking charge of the Merchandise and sales items, and for finding SportsCentre to do our wonderful branded items!
• Julia, as treasurer, your attention to detail was second-to-none and you have done brilliantly at this massive job.
• Also thanks to Judy de Jong, Brett Farrell, Karen Galbraith and especially Hannah Kelly for their contributions whilst on committee in getting the National up and running, as well as your continued support of the event in terms of giving your time and assisting with fundraising.

We were lucky to have the experienced Lynda Brandt come on board as our Master of Ceremonies, and her assistance behind the scenes leading up to and at the weekend, including paperwork, on-the-go problem solving and a multitude of general duties, was simply amazing - Thank you!
Thank you to Courtney Butler for coming on board to take on two big jobs in volunteering to do marquee organisation and catalogue advertising – your help was fantastic and very much appreciated by us!
Tracie Buckley, ably assisted by husband Peter and daughter Kathleen, was an invaluable asset to the National effort, in organising our major fundraiser the Virtual Dog Show (which was a great success!), organising the framing of our many prints and artworks, setting up much of the trophy table, supplying historical images and articles and the fantastic mementos of the 1st National video! A few very significant jobs, and as always Tracie said “yes” with her signature smile!

As well as the committee, we were blessed to have quite a few helpers pitch in over the weekend who were not on committee, we were blown away with your work guys!
• Mel Dean, Daryn & Vicki Collins and Bronwyn Potter were also there early on to help with the setup of the space, especially the Rotunda. Thanks to Ann Moy, Lynne Cook, Deb, Lauren and the Meagher family for suppling all the great 'props' used in the Rotunda decoration.
• Lauren, Courtney S, Patrice, Errol and Daryn for the design and set up of the Conformation ring.
• Daryn for his excellent BBQ skills for our Herding exhibitors and for all the carting, carrying, shifting, lifting and moving of anything and everything!
• Vicki and Bronwyn for getting our Rally Judge safely to and from the airport on Friday.
• Judy de Jong for chaperoning our Breed judge in the days leading up to the National, and also to Ross Carlson for likewise ensuring Heidi was well taken care of during the weekend.
• Ann and Julia for collecting our Agility/Jumping Judge from the airport, hosting her for the National and then returning her safely back to the airport on Monday.
• Errol & Joy Badior for their excellent care of our Herding Judge, and for taking the ‘early shift’ and getting her to the grounds ready for judging as the sun was still coming up! Special thanks to Joy for also making the beautifully decorated National cakes and for running endless errands.
• Julie Huber, Errol & Joy, Royson Valore, Patrice & Simon Mills for your help and supplying of plants and items to allow us to beautifully decorate the rings and surrounds and Lauren for handmaking the crouching BCs, signage and banners.
• Carol Daniel was a huge help in the setup on Thursday through to Sunday, especially taking charge of finalizing the trophies and ribbons ready for presentations. Your positivity and willingness to jump in feet first to get things done was simply amazing – many many thanks Carol!
• Brooke Taylor for your help setting up for the Opening on Friday, including the sales table.
• Kelly Gill and her Wonderdogs for your enthusiasm and creativity which helped to make the Opening Ceremony truly special xx
• Ann Knight for all your help with the pre-event preparations and for making an unscheduled dash to the city to pick up some trophy items when they were not delivered as promised!
• Sue Brazier for all your support and assistance whenever needed over the weekend.
• Colleen Finch for handmaking those beautiful tissue holder gifts for the exhibitor bags, as well as many of those gorgeous items our lucky exhibitors won or purchased from the merchandise stand.
• Deirdre Bolwell, Trudi Thorpe and Donna Morris for your help manning stands, sorting, labelling and generally ‘getting the job done.’
• Teresa Bailey & Deb Richardson for organizing pick up and transport of trophies and sponsorship items to the grounds.
• Hannah Kelly for all your assistance and ‘running around’ on Friday (and in less than favourable weather conditions!)
• Mel & Brett for making sure the Keith Tulloch Wine made it safely to the Opening Ceremony on Friday (arguably one of the most important jobs)!
• Deb Richardson and Lauren Somers for organising and preparing the wonderful spread on the grazing table on Friday night! Also thanks to Courtney B for going out in the storm to collect some of the food and to one of our breed stewards Nellie Abela who kindly pitched in to help with the cleanup on Saturday morning before her stewarding gig!
• Joy Badior, Patrice, Mel, Lynne and Julia for manning the Library and organising the refreshments for the judges and lunches.
• Kathleen Buckley & Fiona Knight for helping pack up the trophies and transporting them to the venue for the preliminary setup of the Presentation Dinner on Saturday evening.
• Shiralee Fossey, Ross Carlson, Daryn, Brenda, Sue (and probably others!) for getting that welcome sign to finally sit right!
• Mel Scriven & Alex Mullaly (and I’m sure others!) for stepping up and helping cart dog food and trophies at the end of a big Saturday when a very tired committee needed a hand!

We were lucky to have a great team of photographers on hand for all events and thank them for their time and talents – Ffiona Erskine (Ffire Photography), Rosemary Richards (Western Sydney Dog Lovers Photography), Mellissa Fox (Zandeena Images) and Sue Town (Pinnacle Photography). Big thanks also to Scott our videographer (Prestige Drone Services).
Jeremy & Ruth from ShowManager were a great asset to the behind-the-scenes organization of this event, especially in the production of the beautiful colour catalogue. Also thanks to Courtney S for taking on the painstaking job of design, formatting, editing, and organizing the final catalogue production and for Lynne, Ruth, Ann, Julia, Patrice, Lauren & Nadia for putting together the event entry pages.

In closing, thanks everyone for a fantastic 5th National, and we extend our best wishes to the next host club.
This is the 5th National Sub-Committee (and helpers!) – signing off!
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Hi everyone!

We know many of you are keen to view/purchase images of your dogs from the National weekend. We had a fabulous team of photographers on hand who worked hard to cover as much as possible (in sometimes less than ideal weather conditions!) and we would like to take a moment to thank them for all their efforts over the weekend!! Your support of their work is greatly appreciated 🙂

Links to pages on their individual webpages have been shared over the past week as they became available, but just in case you've missed a post, here is a quick run-down on our photographs and where you need to go:

- FFIRE PHOTOGRAPHY was our main photographer and covered the Breed ring, all official Breed shots as well as Dancing With Dogs and many candids over the four days. Images available via their website -

- ZANDEENA IMAGES covered both days of Herding and all official Herding shots. Images available via their website -

- PINNACLE PHOTOGRAPHY covered majority of the Agility and all official Agility shots. Images available via their website -

- WESTERN SYDNEY DOG LOVERS PHOTOGRAPHY covered a variety of rings, including DWD, Breed, Agility as well as was our main photographer for Obedience & Rally including all official shots for Obedience & Rally. Images available via their Facebook page - and

Thank you for your patience - our photographers have had thousands of images to sort through and prepare for you to enjoy, and we understand this can take some time. Please enjoy the cherished memories of your National 🙂
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