The last three Boykin Spaniel Society Nationals in Camden/Boykin have been so successful that we are going to do it again! We will return to Boykin SC for our annual National Field Championship from April 6th thru April 9th in beautiful Boykin, Rembert, and Camden SC. Activities begin on Thursday with the arrival of the judges and volunteer workers. Handlers arriving Thursday may check in at the newly renovated City Arena, with Elaine Baker so as to beat the long line on Friday morning. The City Arena is located at 416 Broad Street, Camden SC, right next to the historic Camden Revolutionary War site. If you have an auction item to be donated please give it to one of the volunteers when you arrive so that it may be cataloged and readied for presentation in the silent or live auction.
Dogs entering the test shall not be intentionally introduced to or trained on the announced test grounds for a period of 14 days prior to the scheduled Boykin Spaniel Society National Field Trial date. Please do not drive down to the test sites prior to the Friday morning meeting and remember these are private homes, be respectful of their property.
If you are not coming in until Friday or Saturday, come on into Camden and check in at the City Arena. You can get a map and info to help you find all the venues.
The Boykin Spaniel Foundation (BSF) will once again be sponsoring free eye C.E.R.F. and Heart clinics as well as other genetic testing on Thursday afternoon from 10 am– 4 pm. Please make sure you arrive no later than 3:30 pm as the doctors will need to leave by 4 pm. Check in at the City Arena for these also. Remember only one Boykin Spaniel per household qualify for the free clinics. If you have more than one dog and wish to have them evaluated then you may do so at the discounted cost the BSF pays to the participating vets.
As you can see we have a lot planned for Thursday, but we have one more thing for your enjoyment. It is our 9th Annual “Knock the Dust Off” oyster roast and BBQ, with all proceeds after costs going to the benefit of the Boykin Spaniel Foundation. This has been a really fun event and is a great way to get you ready for the rest of the weekend. It is here that the weekend really starts and many old friends meet and enjoy the smoky goodness of oysters along with a chilled glass of wine or beer. This year’s oyster roast will be hosted in beautiful downtown Boykin. You can set your GPS to: 73 Boykin Mill Road, Boykin, SC. Tickets for the Oyster Roast are on the BSS website. Deadline to purchase tickets for the Banquet is March 18, 2017. No tickets will be available at the door so please secure yours by the deadline.
All tests begin on FRIDAY morning. We will again utilize staggered starting times for each stake, with Novice beginning at 8:00 am, followed by Puppy, then Intermediate and finally Open. Please note that we will again host a mandatory handlers meeting Friday morning at 7:30am in the City Arena. Any questions and last minute changes will be addressed here. We will again ask handlers participating in more than one class to report first to Novice, sign up to run then move promptly to your next class. We shall have communications between Marshalls at each stake so that the progress of each stake may be monitored and handlers notified when they are needed at another stake. Testing for each class may be stopped at or around 5:30 PM on Friday and will resume first thing Saturday morning. The reason for this is to give everyone, especially our judges, ample time to clean up and be ready to relax at the Banquet on Friday night. Please remember that our judges are not paid and are voluntarily giving up a long weekend to judge our event. Please let them know how much you appreciate their involvement.
This will be an action packed weekend with something for everyone in your family. We will once again have the Duck Dog Shootout, Hot Dog Retrieve, Speed Dog, Children’s Handling Stake and of course the ever popular Natural Ability stake. A variety of vendors will be at the arena with many differing sporting dog accessories for sale. All of the fun side games will be held in the Boykin community and open to all walkups. You may sign up for Natural Ability and the other fun stakes at the door, Please pre-registered for the Roustabout on Sunday as the bird order for both the Singles and Doubles flights shall have some margin for error, but not always enough for walk up entries. Keep in mind that all Boykins can participate in these fun games & Natural Ability and it is great to see our friends from Boykin Spaniel Rescue and Operation Little Brown Dog out taking advantage of that. Tours will be available at the Camden Historic Revolutionary War Park, The Boykin Broom Store, Old McCaskill’s Farm, and the Camden Archives and Museum to name just a few. Please stop in and check all of them out. There is a lot to see and do in the Camden/Boykin area. To find out more check in at www.kershawcountychamber.org
Friday evening highlights the BSS Nationals banquet and cocktail party at the City Arena in Camden. It is a once a year opportunity to gather with other Boykin owners and brag on your dog or commiserate with folks that truly understand. We offer a fantastic meal along with auction opportunities to grab some one of a kind Boykin art, or that hunting/fishing trip you always wanted. If you’re feeling lucky, the raffles are always fun and feature different hunting, dog gear and other miscellaneous items. Tickets for the banquet are on the BSS website. Deadline to purchase tickets for the Banquet is March 18, 2017. No tickets will be available at the door so please secure yours by the deadline.
Most importantly join us on Facebook at “Boykin Spaniel Society Nationals Information” and “TheBoykin Spaniel Society”. Then you can keep up with changes and announcements that lead up to the Nationals starting. You will also be able to see the fun if you can’t make it. We always look forward to seeing old friends and making lots of new friends especially at this year’s Boykin Homecoming. So, come, enjoy and good luck to everyone.
BSS Hunt Test Chairman