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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Host Hotel

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

DateEventLocationMiles from Show Site
Thursday 9/29Tracking (TD TDX Track laying)Forest Preserve District of Kane County35
Friday 9/30Tracking (TD, TDX)Forest Preserve District of Kane Cty35
Hunting Performance TestsNo. Illinois Brace Club10
Saturday 10/1Field TrialsNo. Illinois Brace Club10
Rescue Fun DayMercyhealth Sportscore TwoShow Site
Tracking (TDU, VST Track Laying)No. Illinois University, Dekalb, IL42
Sunday 10/2Tracking (TDU, VST)No. Illinois University, Dekalb, IL42
Field TrialsNo. Illinois Brace Club10
Scent Work (2 trials)Alpine Hills Park9
Minn/St Paul BHC SpecialtyMercyhealth Sportscore TwoShow Site
Monday 10/3Ft. Dearborn BHC Specialty/Obedience/RallyMercyhealth Sportscore TwoShow Site
Welcome PartyRiverview Inn and Suites8
Tuesday 10/4BHCA Nationals Obedience/RallyMercyhealth Sportscore TwoShow Site
BHCA Nationals Sweepstakes (wear your favorite team jersey)Mercyhealth Sportscore TwoShow Site
BHCA Futurity/MaturityMercyhealth Sportscore TwoShow Site
Wednesday 10/5BHCA Dog ClassesMercyhealth Sportscore TwoShow Site
BHCA Member EducationMercyhealth Sportscore TwoShow Site
Thursday 10/6BHCA AgilityForest City Dog Training4
BHCA Bitch ClassesMercyhealth Sportscore TwoShow Site
BHCA Annual MeetingMercyhealth Sportscore TwoShow Site
Friday 10/7Judges EducationMercyhealth Sportscore TwoShow Site
BHCA Intersex & Jr ShowmanshipMercyhealth Sportscore TwoShow Site
Annual DinnerRiverview Inn & Suites8
Saturday 10/8Board MeetingRiverview Inn & Suites8

Questions? More information will be coming soon. In the meantime, contact the Nationals Coordinator Sharon Nance, or the Nationals Show Chair Richard Nance.