The 2022 National Specialty will be held in and around Rockford Illinois from Thursday, September 29th through Friday, October 7th, 2022.
The week will include tracking, hunt performances tests, field trials, scent work, agility, obedience and rally, Futurity/Maturity, conformation, a rescue fun day, and member and health education. Two specialty shows will also be offered. Come join us for a celebration of our Basset Hounds' accomplishments in all these venues!
The theme for the 2022 BHCA National Specialty is “The Basset Hound - In a League of Their Own”. This is a take-off from the movie, “A League of their Own.” The movie was a fictionalized account of the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (1943). One of the teams was from Rockford, IL. They were called the Rockford Peaches. The Today show (April 1, 21) did a feature on Professional Women Baseball Players. Work is being done on a museum in Rockford. A special thank you to Anne Lind for the design and layout.
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NEWS BREAK! Room reservations can now be made by calling the hotel directly at 815-282-3033. We hope to have online reservations available soon, but for now, just call!
The Host Hotel for the National Specialty is the Riverview Inn and Suites. Set along the banks of the Rock River, the Riverview Inn and Suites offers modern conveniences with all rooms equipped with refrigerator and microwave. The hotel also offers a fitness center, an indoor heated pool, and outdoor spaces including a scenic bike path, a picnic area and a sundeck.
The room rate is $89/night and includes a hot breakfast each day. Up to four dogs are allowed per room, with a one-time $25 dog fee.
Schedule of Events
|Date||Event||Location||Miles from Show Site|
|Thursday 9/29||Tracking (TD TDX Track laying)||Forest Preserve District of Kane County||35|
|Friday 9/30||Tracking (TD, TDX)||Forest Preserve District of Kane Cty||35|
|Hunting Performance Tests||No. Illinois Brace Club||10|
|Saturday 10/1||Field Trials||No. Illinois Brace Club||10|
|Rescue Fun Day||Mercyhealth Sportscore Two||Show Site|
|Tracking (TDU, VST Track Laying)||No. Illinois University, Dekalb, IL||42|
|Sunday 10/2||Tracking (TDU, VST)||No. Illinois University, Dekalb, IL||42|
|Field Trials||No. Illinois Brace Club||10|
|Scent Work (2 trials)||Alpine Hills Park||9|
|Minn/St Paul BHC Specialty||Mercyhealth Sportscore Two||Show Site|
|Monday 10/3||Ft. Dearborn BHC Specialty/Obedience/Rally||Mercyhealth Sportscore Two||Show Site|
|Welcome Party||Riverview Inn and Suites||8|
|Tuesday 10/4||BHCA Nationals Obedience/Rally||Mercyhealth Sportscore Two||Show Site|
|BHCA Nationals Sweepstakes (wear your favorite team jersey)||Mercyhealth Sportscore Two||Show Site|
|BHCA Futurity/Maturity||Mercyhealth Sportscore Two||Show Site|
|Wednesday 10/5||BHCA Dog Classes||Mercyhealth Sportscore Two||Show Site|
|BHCA Member Education||Mercyhealth Sportscore Two||Show Site|
|Thursday 10/6||BHCA Agility||Forest City Dog Training||4|
|BHCA Bitch Classes||Mercyhealth Sportscore Two||Show Site|
|BHCA Annual Meeting||Mercyhealth Sportscore Two||Show Site|
|Friday 10/7||Judges Education||Mercyhealth Sportscore Two||Show Site|
|BHCA Intersex & Jr Showmanship||Mercyhealth Sportscore Two||Show Site|
|Annual Dinner||Riverview Inn & Suites||8|
|Saturday 10/8||Board Meeting||Riverview Inn & Suites||8|