Berners & Brews: Draft Trials

Berner pulling the brew

October 27-28

Blue Mountain Brewery: Barrel House Site

495 Cooperative Way

Arrington VA 22922

Judges

Saturday, October 27, 2018: Patti Davieau & Christine Mann

Sunday, October 28, 2018: Patti Davieau & Mary Dowski

Entries Close on October 17, 2018

Have your entry form to the Test Secretary's address by 5 pm on Wednesday, October 17, 2018.

Make Checks Payable to BMDCCV and mail to:

Dan Lynn

38 Emperor Court 

Stuarts Draft, VA 24477


Click here for a .pdf with the complete packet and registration form.

Draft Tests in the South & East Fall 2018

Additional Information

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22

Potomac Valley Bernese Mountain Dog Club   [Club Info]    [Club Website]    [Social Media

Draft Test:   All purebred and mixed heritage dogs welcome.
Test not open to Apprentice Judge.
Eligibility rules may be found in Chapter 3, Section 1,
Paragraph B of the current regulations.
Hearts Delight Farm
4050 Garfield Rd.
Smithsburg, MD 21783
More InformationCloses: Wednesday September 12 6:00 PM
Katherine Skerl
153 Burnt Wharf Rd
Lancaster, VA 22503
804-462-7088
kskerl@focus-corp.com
Judges: Sara Steele & Steve Dudley


SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 23

Potomac Valley Bernese Mountain Dog Club   [Club Info]    [Club Website]    [Social Media]

Draft Test: All purebred and mixed heritage dogs welcome.
Test not open to Apprentice Judge.
Eligibility rules may be found in Chapter 3, Section 1,
Paragraph B of the current regulations.
Hearts Delight Farm
4050 Garfield Rd.
Smithsburg, MD 21783
More InformationCloses: Wednesday September 12 6:00 PM
Katherine Skerl
153 Burnt Wharf Rd
Lancaster, VA 22503
804-462-7088
kskerl@focus-corp.com
Judges: Steve Dudley & Sara Steele


FRIDAY OCTOBER 5

Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Watchung   [Club Info]    [Club Website]    [Social Media]

Draft Test: All purebred and mixed heritage dogs welcome.
Test open to Apprentice Judge.
Eligibility rules may be found in Chapter 3, Section 1,
Paragraph B of the current regulations.
Best Western Bethlehem
300 Gateway Drive
Bethlehem, PA Closes: Tuesday September 25 6:00 PM
Janice Bann
594 Allegheny Road
Mt. Bethel, PA 18343
570-897-5737
janicebann@gmail.com
Judges: Nancy Van Horne & Phil Atkinson


SATURDAY OCTOBER 6

Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Watchung   [Club Info]    [Club Website]    [Social Media]

Draft Test: All purebred and mixed heritage dogs welcome.
Test open to Apprentice Judge.
Eligibility rules may be found in Chapter 3, Section 1,
Paragraph B of the current regulations.
Best Western Bethlehem
300 Gateway Drive
Bethlehem, PA Closes: Tuesday September 25 6:00 PM
Janice Bann
594 Allegheny Road
Mt. Bethel, PA 18343
570-897-5737
janicebann@gmail.com
Judges: Nancy Van Horne & Ruth Nielsen


SATURDAY OCTOBER 20

Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Nashoba Valley   [Club Info]    [Club Website]    [Social Media]

Draft Test: All purebred and mixed heritage dogs welcome.
Test open to Apprentice Judge.
Eligibility rules may be found in Chapter 3, Section 1,
Paragraph B of the current regulations.
Bolton Sports and Fairground Fields
600 Main St.
Bolton, MA 01740
More InformationCloses: Wednesday October 10 6:00 PM
Adam Conn
93 Acton Street
Maynard, MA 01754
978-461-1763
AdamConn@aol.com
Judges: Larry Bohlig & Kathy Berge


SUNDAY OCTOBER 21

Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Nashoba Valley   [Club Info]    [Club Website]    [Social Media]

Draft Test: All purebred and mixed heritage dogs welcome.
Test open to Apprentice Judge.
Eligibility rules may be found in Chapter 3, Section 1,
Paragraph B of the current regulations.
Bolton Sports and Fairground Fields
600 Main St.
Bolton, MA 01740
More InformationCloses: Wednesday October 10 6:00 PM
Adam Conn
93 Acton Street
Maynard, MA 01754
978-461-1763
AdamConn@aol.com
Judges: Larry Bohlig & Kathy Berge


SATURDAY OCTOBER 27

Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Central Virginia   [Club Info]    [Club Website]

Draft Test: All purebred and mixed heritage dogs welcome.
Test open to Apprentice Judge.
Eligibility rules may be found in Chapter 3, Section 1,
Paragraph B of the current regulations.
Blue Mountain Brewery Barrel House
495 Cooperative Way
Arrington, VA 22922
More InformationCloses: Wednesday October 17 5:00 PM
Daniel Lynn
38 Emperor Court
Stuarts Draft, VA 24477
540-943-1994
drlynn@ntelos.net
Judges: Patti Davieau & Christine C. Mann


SUNDAY OCTOBER 28

Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Central Virginia   [Club Info]    [Club Website]

Draft Test: All purebred and mixed heritage dogs welcome.
Test open to Apprentice Judge.
Eligibility rules may be found in Chapter 3, Section 1,
Paragraph B of the current regulations.
Blue Mountain Brewery Barrel House
495 Cooperative Way
Arrington, VA
More InformationCloses: Wednesday October 17 5:00 PM
Daniel Lynn
38 Emperor Court
Stuarts Draft, VA 24477
540-943-1994
drlynn@ntelos.net
Judges: Patti Davieau & Mary A. Dowski


SATURDAY NOVEMBER 3

Piedmont Bernese Mountain Dog Club of SC   [Club Info]    [Club Website]    [Social Media]

Draft Test: All purebred and mixed heritage dogs welcome.
Test open to Apprentice Judge.
Eligibility rules may be found in Chapter 3, Section 1,
Paragraph B of the current regulations.
Anderson Civic Center
3027 Mall Rd.
Anderson, SC 29625
More InformationCloses: Wednesday October 24 at Noon
Dawn L. Paine
1220 W. Gilbet St.
Hendersonville, NC 28792
864-270-3114
dpaine1959@hotmail.com
Judges: Nancy Fuselier, DVM & Mary Alice Eschweiler


SUNDAY NOVEMBER 4

Piedmont Bernese Mountain Dog Club of SC   [Club Info]    [Club Website]    [Social Media]

Draft Test: All purebred and mixed heritage dogs welcome.
Test open to Apprentice Judge.
Eligibility rules may be found in Chapter 3, Section 1,
Paragraph B of the current regulations.
Anderson Civic Center
3027 Mall Rd.
Anderson, SC 29625
More InformationCloses: Wednesday October 24 at Noon
Dawn L. Paine
1220 W. Gilbet St.
Hendersonville, NC 28792
864-270-3114
dpaine1959@hotmail.com
Judges: Nancy Fuselier, DVM & Carolyn Crockett


SATURDAY NOVEMBER 17

Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Hampton Roads   [Club Info]    [Club Website]    [Social Media]

Draft Test: All purebred and mixed heritage dogs welcome.
Test open to Apprentice Judge.
Eligibility rules may be found in Chapter 3, Section 1,
Paragraph B of the current regulations.
New Quarter Park
1000 Lakeshead Dr.
Williamsburg, VA 23185Closes: Wednesday November 7 11:00 PM
Cindy Robertson
1805 Hartford Drive
Norfolk, VA 23518
757-374-0342
CharismaDancersMom@msn.com
Judges: Eden Jonas & Jasen Duncan


SUNDAY NOVEMBER 18

Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Hampton Roads   [Club Info]    [Club Website]    [Social Media]

Draft Test: All purebred and mixed heritage dogs welcome.
Test open to Apprentice Judge.
Eligibility rules may be found in Chapter 3, Section 1,
Paragraph B of the current regulations.
New Quarter Park
1000 Lakeshead Dr.
Williamsburg, VA 23185Closes: Wednesday November 7 11:00 PM
Cindy Robertson
1805 Hartford Drive
Norfolk, VA 23518
757-374-0342
CharismaDancersMom@msn.com
Judges: Eden Jonas & Jasen Duncan

Drafting

What is Drafting?

For as long as domestic dogs have been associated with humans, they have worked in a  partnership with their human families. This was never truer than on the farms, where dogs earned their keep in a variety of ways – guarding the herd, herding the livestock with their humans, even tracking lost animals. In Switzerland in days past, dogs like the Bernese Mountain Dogs were used for these chores and more, to include pulling butchers carts around the farm, hauling milk down from the hillsides to the dairy and then wheels of cheese and milk to market. They were sometimes referred to as the “poor man’s draft horse”. There is even anecdotal evidence of these beautiful dogs hitched to mail carts, delivering mail through the small towns without benefit of human company. 

Our Club

The Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Central Virginia supports drafting as our primary Club performance competition. While individual members often compete successfully in other performance tests, such as Rally, Obedience, Herding, even Tracking, as a Club our focus is holding Drafting competitions and workshops. 

We had a a great draft workshop in March, 2017. We look forward to doing it again in 2018!

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Draft Workshop

We had a great turnout for our March 25, 2017 draft workshop. We look forward to doing it again in 2018!


Steve Dudley conducted a one-on-one clinic in 2017 prior to the Draft Trials.

Premium Draft Trials

We had two days of Premium Draft Trials in Crozet, Virginia on September 16-17. Check back later for dates and info on the 2018 Draft Trials.

Prep for your first draft test

Your first Draft Test By Karyn Beyer

Your first draft test is a few weeks away, and you and your canine partner (whom I shall call Partner) have been working hard on your training and preparation. You and Partner can execute nice tight turns around the trees in your yard and Partner slides the cart through those narrows like nobody’s business. You have both mastered the freight haul and can comfortably pull at least 35 pounds (just to be safe) at least two miles without panting (that goes for both of you). Read more here.

How to get Ready for the First Test

This stage is lots of repetitious practice to develop teamwork and fine tune your performance. Work off-lead occasionally as you and your dog begin to work together better so you are not so dependant on the leash for control.
Read this for lots of tips.

Dogs at Work

The Draft Test is one of the events at the specialty that always draws a crowd of both knowledgeable and curious spectators. For the newcomer, the National provides an opportunity to learn about the working history of our breed and how we keep that heritage alive. Read more here!