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Latest News

March 22, 2021

Note from the Bavarian Inn: We are so sorry to hear that the NCA will not be joining us in 2021, but look forward to 2022! Our team will work on transferring all the current reservations, and remaining deposits, from the 2021 show to the corresponding days of the week for 2022 (example: if your current reservation was for Monday – Sunday it will be transferred to Monday – Sunday for 2022). You will have the opportunity to adjust those dates once a fresh confirmation letter is sent to you. Please take time to review the confirmation when it comes to your email as it will contain the 2022 reservation information. Please note this process will take us up to 20 days to get through all the reservations. Your patience is appreciated.

March 19, 2021

2021 National Announcement
After careful consideration and thought, the Board of Directors has regretfully decided to cancel the October 2021 National Specialty. The Board made this decision after consulting with National Specialty Show Committee, Show Chairs, and with experts in the medical field. This difficult decision was based on extensive research concerning the quality of the show, approaching financial commitment deadlines, and the additional financial impact to the NCA. The Board determined that we could not provide the membership with the quality of the National that they deserved. We feel this is the best decision at this time for the NCA and the membership. The Board thanks the National Specialty Show Committee and Shows Chairs for their input and diligent hard work. We now can focus fully on the May 2022 national specialty, chaired by Susan Wagner, and make 2022 a great national specialty. The Board extends sincere thanks to Sheri Russell and Kathy Wortham, 2021 national specialty co-chairs, Robin Seaman Grenier, chair Specialty Show Coordinating Committee, Mark Keyser, 2021 national specialty treasurer, and their committees, for the efforts in planning the event. NCA Board of Directors

September 30, 2020

In accordance with ARTICLE IV, SECTION 3(a) of the Newfoundland Club of America Bylaws, the 2020 NCA Nominating Committee has nominated a slate as candidates for election to the NCA Board of Directors - view the slate

September 15, 2020

The 20201 National Specialty has been rescheduled for October 25-30 in Frankemuth, MI.

July 18, 2020

The NCA Board of Directors decided to accept the recommendation of the majority of the Working Dog Committee to cancel the WRDX level at all NCA Water Tests for the 2020 water test season. WD/WRD levels at tests can proceed as long as all CDC, state and local guidelines allow. This decision was not made lightly and was made with the health and safety of all people involved at the forefront as there is no feasible way we could ensure the safety of participants at this level across the country. Please understand we took into account the gravity of the situation and how it effects our club members and our community.

April 14, 2020

Recording Secretary’s Notice:

Please be advised, by order of NCA President John Cornell and as authorized by recent action of the NCA Board of Directors at its March 26, 2020 meeting, the Annual Membership Meeting of the Newfoundland Club of America scheduled for 8 p.m. April 28, 2020 is cancelled.

Michigan’s Legislature has extended Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency order through April 30, 2020 and the NCA is unable to lawfully convene its annual membership meeting at the Bavarian Inn Lodge on the April 28, 2020 date.

The 2020 annual meeting will not be rescheduled.

Thank you for your consideration.

Steve Britton
NCA Recording Secretary


March 20, 2020


The 2020 Show Committee, with NCA Board of Directors approval, would like to communicate to the membership and those who were planning on attending this year’s National Specialty the latest information on refunds. Please note the following general policies and processes:

1. Reservations for 2020 National Specialty events are not able to be transferred to future 2021 National Specialty events.

2. Refunds will be for the full amount of purchase – no partial refunds will be offered.

3. Refunds will be credited in the same manner as original purchase – credit card or check.

4. If you placed your original order by mailing a check, please request a refund by sending an email to: refunds@ncanationalspecialty.org

5. If you placed your original order through the NCA National Specialty online store you will receive an email (sent to the email address you used in the online store) listing those items that you purchased that are eligible for a refund. THE ONLY WAY TO OBTAIN A REFUND FOR ORDERS PLACED VIA THE ONLINE STORE IS TO REPLY TO THE OFFICIAL EMAIL REQUESTING ONE. Phone calls or individual emails will not constitute a valid refund request. PLEASE DO NOT request refunds until you receive your official refund email which will be sent out in the next few weeks.

6. If you do not reply to the official refund email you are sent (see #5 above for online orders) or have not requested a refund by email to the above referenced email address (see #4 above for mailed in orders) by June 1, 2020 no refund will be issued and all monies paid will be considered a donation to offset expenses for the 2020 National Specialty.

7. All refunds will be processed and returned by June 30, 2020

8. If you wish to make a donation to help offset expenses for the 2020 National Specialty, you may do so via an option found in the NCA National Specialty Online Store once it reopens. Donations of any monetary size are accepted and appreciated!


  • • Uniform Trophy Sponsorships
  • • Registrations
  • • Reserved Grooming and adjacent crate spaces
  • • Handler Parking
  • • RV Camping & Daytime Parking
  • • Reserved Ringside Seating
  • • Catalog Ads and Post Show Catalogs
  • • Cardiac and Ophthalmology Clinics
  • • Golf Cart Rentals
  • • Water Orders
  • • Honors Parade
  • • Specialty Carting & Wagon Exercises
  • • CGC Tests
  • • Trick Dog Tests
  • • Speakeasy Lounge Passes
  • • Dinner With The Board Meals
  • • Who Done It Mystery Dinner Reservations
  • • Gatsby Gala Banquet Reservations
  • • Top 20/10 – Tickets, Program Ads & Sponsorships
  • • Vendor Booth Rental


All entries of Living Legends will have all mementos associated with this event mailed to them and as such, there will be no refund available for Living Legend entries.


The Bavarian Inn Lodge will begin transferring the deposits (less a $25 administrative fee) for 2020 National Specialty room reservations to reservations for the 2021 National Specialty. There will be no refund of deposits. You will receive a new 2021 reservation confirmation via email in the next few weeks. 2021 reservations will be for the same days as your 2020 reservation. You will have the opportunity to change your arrival/departure days at a later time.


The show Superintendent, MB-F, Inc. will be refunding all entry fees received (less a $2 administrative fee) for entries made directly to them. Checks will come directly from MB-F, Inc. and will begin processing in the next few weeks.


No refunds will be offered for logo merchandise or Top 20/10 merchandise that has been paid for and already shipped. Logo merchandise and Top 20/10 merchandise already ordered that was to be picked up at the 2020 National Specialty is non-refundable and will be mailed out within the next few weeks. While no shipping fee will be charged for items that were to have been picked up, a donation to cover these costs would be gratefully accepted. You can make your donation via an option found in the NCA National Specialty Online Store once it reopens.

We thank you for your understanding and patience as we work through the refund process as it is not an easy one. The kindness and appreciation shown to myself and the hardworking volunteers on the 2020 National Specialty Committee has been overwhelming and greatly appreciated as we all put our disappointment behind us and move forward to happier times and plans for the 2021 National Specialty. Stay tuned for exciting updates in the near future!

Kind regards,

Susan Wagner 2020 National Specialty - Chair

March 13, 2020

The Newfoundland Club of America and the 2020 National Specialty Show Committee regret to inform you that, upon the advisement of respected health care professionals and in accordance with the latest recommendations from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, we will be cancelling the 2020 National Specialty scheduled for April 24 – May 2, 2020. 

This decision was reached after much thought and discussion and was not made lightly. At the end of the day, the safety and wellbeing of all our members and those planning to attend is of primary importance. Please be patient as we work through the details of cancellations and refunds. We will communicate the process to you in a clear and timely manner. We thank you all for your support and understanding of this prudent decision.

Susan Wagner                                                                              
2020 National Specialty Show Chair

John Cornell  
President – Newfoundland Club of America

February 15, 2020

We, the undersigned, do agree to the following:
1. The ballot envelopes were intact and unopened with seals intact.
2. The ballot counters attest that, to the best of their knowledge, the results were found in accordance with policy set by the NCA Board of Directors and were counted in a fair and equitable manner.
3. The resulting vote count is as follows:
Tellers’ Report
One Ballot Left Blank
Number of votes ............................................................................... 3358
Number of illegal votes (voted for 7 or 8 candidates) ........................ 29
Number of votes necessary for election ............................................ 421 (plurality)
Mary Lou Cuddy received ............................................................ 522
Steve Britton received .................................................................. 515
Pam Rubio received ..................................................................... 481
Roger Frey received .................................................................... 466
Sue Marino received .................................................................... 455
Stacy Roderick received .............................................................. 421
Benita Edds received ................................................................... 242
Terri Lewin received ..................................................................... 227

July 1 2019

Beginner Draft Dog Title - new on-leash test division available for clubs to apply to host tests starting July 1

Beginner Draft Dog Committee Toolkit

Complete Draft Test Regulations including Beginner Division

Beginner Draft Tutorial - thanks to Heidi Peterson and Taylor Vinge

February 16, 2019

Board of Directors Election Results:

Congratulations to the following NCA Members who will be joining the Board for a 2 year term beginning after the Annual Meeting this May:

Donna Thibault

Mary L. Price

John Cornell

Lynne Anderson Powell

Patrick Randall

Katie Sidesinger

February 1, 2019

Have you seen the new initiative from NCA Charities? They are raising seed money to attract researchers to study SAS in our breed. First identified 51 years ago, SAS kills many young Newfoundlands. Help fund research to find a genetic marker, an effective treatment, a cure.


January 9, 2019

Reservations and online ordering for the 2019 NCA National Specialty are open as of 1/9/19 at 9AM PST - visit the National Specialty Site

December 9th, 2018

The 2019 Board of Directors Candidate Packet is now available to download from the online member portal. The packet was also attached to an email distributed to NCA members, and if you requested a mailed hard copy, the mailing was scheduled to go out Thursday December 6th, so it should be arriving shortly.

June 17, 2018

Working event forms: New versions of the Score Sheets, Test Records Forms and Secratary's Reports have now been posted. Working Event Secretaries should download now for their upcoming events.

Water Test Secretary's Toolkit

Draft Test Secretary's Toolkit

Advanced Draft Test Secretary's Toolkit

June 14, 2018

Membership Renewals are now open -

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June 10, 2018

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April 21, 2018

Want to get involved? Looking for a way to do more in the NCA/ Now live in the Online Member Portal:

Newf Ambassador Application

Breeder's List Application

Breeder Education Mentor Application

Judge's Education Mentor Application

Water and Draft Judge Applications

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by Roger Powell


reprinted from Newf Tide

How often do you let your Newf be a nanny? Newfs will be nannies. All you have to do is let them. They need no training.  

When Virginia, our daughter, was six, we entered Kati in a draft test sponsored by the Bear Mountain Newf Club. Consie handled Kati in the test and, during the out-of-sight down; I hid so as not to distract Kati but watched her unbeknownst. Virginia played loudly with other kids in a wooded area behind the ring used for basic control. Clearly, Kati could hear Virginia and she was concerned. I watched Kati turn her head this way and that, looking for Consie or me. Finally, when she concluded that neither Consie nor I were paying proper attention to Virginia, she sat up, turned around, and watched Virginia until Consie returned. There was nanny work to be done and she did it. 






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