Border Terrier Club of America 2023 National Specialty

June 10 – June 16, 2023

All events and activities will be held at
Purina Farms, 500 William Danforth Way
Gray Summit, MO 63039

Purina Farms Property Map

Dedicated to the memory of Nancy Hughes of Trails End Borders.

2023 logo for specialty site


Tribute to Nancy Hughes (Trails End)

The 2023 BTCA National Specialty will be dedicated to the memory of Nancy Hughes of Trails End Borders. Nancy was a long time member of the BTCA and a successful breeder of many fine Border Terriers who won multiple awards at many National Specialties, particularly in the 1970s and 1980s.

We are asking for contributions of photographs of Nancy or short remembrances about her to create a special tribute to be displayed at the 2023 National Specialty.

Please send any contributions to:
Susan Kane, Publicity Chair
e-mail: susan.kane@oberlin.edu
postal address: 111 Forest Street, Oberlin, OH 44074
Nancy Hughes web

2023 Scent Work Announcement

January 25, 2023|

We have been approved for Scentwork. The premium will be available soon.

Event Secretary
Elizabeth Dinkins
4600 Hockaday Place
Columbia, MO 65202-3364
Event Chairperson:
Kathy Echols
9150 S. Rangeline Road
Columbia, MO 65201-8955
Virginia H. Huxley (#93020)
Novice Buried, Novice Exterior, Advanced Buried, Advanced Exterior. Excellent Buried, Excellent Exterior, Master Buried,  Master Exterior
Erin Seely (#102464)
Novice Container, Novice Interior, Advanced Container, Advanced Interior, Excellent Container, Excellent Interior, Master Container, Master Interior,
1st Entry: $25
Additional Entries: $25
Entries Open April 1  (8:00 am)
Entries Close May 25 (8:00 pm)
Entry Limit: 260 runs
Entries accepted on a first come, first served basis.

2023 National Specialty RV Reservations

January 12, 2023|

The Purina Farms reservation form is NOW AVAILABLE!!! Thank you, everyone, for your patience. Please read all of the information carefully as it contains everything you need to know.

If parties wish to be assigned space near each other, please write that in on the form or include it in your return email to Purina Farms. Every effort will be made to honor your request by the Purina Farms RV Engagement Specialist who makes the site assignments.

Please visit the RV Reservation page for detailed information and download the Purina Farms RV Reservation Form created specifically for the 2023 BTCA National Specialty.

Happy camping!

NASDA Clinic and Trial at Specialty

September 13, 2022|

The Border Terrier Club of America will be offering a NASDA (North American Dog Sport Association) Clinic and Trial at the 2023 National Specialty.

What is NASDA?

The North American Sport Dog Association (NASDA) was formed to demonstrate the breadth of canine olfactory abilities, in other words, to show how well non-professionally schooled dogs can easily be trained to use their noses to find rats, an antler shed or their owner’s lost car keys.

Trials are designed to resemble both historic working and competitive field work as closely as possible. NASDA Working Dog Trials offer an opportunity for all dogs to engage in scent games. Competing teams can get titles and championships that showcase their merits and abilities within hunt and search situations.1

Put simply, our Border Terriers are predisposed to work quarry. For those that are not able to attend earthdog or working terrier tests due to regional limitations, NASDA can help your Border reach its full terrier potential. NASDA trials build the skills necessary for your dogs to become successful hunters in the field as well as in urban settings.

Trailing and Locating (TL) trials allow your Border to follow a scent trail in a natural environment to locate and work quarry in a manner similar to earthdog with rats also in cages, but hidden above ground. TL is a great way to get young dogs introduced to working quarry. These tests can even build drive in those Borders that like to aggressively stare at rats in the earthdog tunnel. Simply stated, you and your dog leave the start line together and your dog follows the laid down scent line to the rat cage. Many dogs air scent as well. No previous training is necessary for either you or your dog. Unlike scent work or barn hunt, the judge makes the call when your Border has located its quarry. The first two levels of TL can be performed on lead, but we would recommend using a long line if you’ve got a runner!

Urban Locating (UL) trials do not utilize a scent trail for the dog to follow. These hides are placed in a manmade environment such as a shed or garden and the quarry odor is allowed to pool. Like TL, the judge also makes the call when your Border has located the quarry. Urban search areas are smaller than TL tests, but dogs must be kept on lead at all times. A 12’ to 15’ lead is commonly used.

In NASDA trials, all dogs start off with a perfect score of 25. A passing score is 20 points. Deductions, listed in the Master Handbook on the nasda.dog website, may be made for things like having a tight leash (you can’t lead your dog to the quarry), failing to pass through the start line, etc. Also, you can choose to have the judge tell you the hide location in both TL and UL level I and II searches; level III searches are done blind. In addition to Trailing and Locating and Urban Locating, NASDA offers Lost Item (like handler discrimination) and Shed Antler searches. Dogs that have earned Trailing and Locating titles can also compete as part of a Brace team to earn Trailing Brace titles.

Future articles will have videos of dogs participating in the various NASDA sports so you can see first hand how much the dogs love


1North American Sport Dog Association, (2022), http://nasda.dog/

Tribute to Nancy Hughes (Trails End)

August 26, 2022|

The 2023 BTCA National Specialty will be dedicated to the memory of Nancy Hughes of Trails End Borders. Nancy was a long time member of the BTCA and a successful breeder of many fine Border Terriers who won multiple awards at many National Specialties, particularly in the 1970s and 1980s. Nancy influenced many of us when we first became border terrier enthusiasts and continued to mentor new members.

We would like to remember Nancy in a booklet to be given to her family who will be attending the specialty.

Please send your memories or photos of Nancy to me, Laurale Stern, at 832 Lincoln Blvd, Manitowoc, WI 54220 OR lauralestern1@gmail.com no later than May 1, 2023. PLEASE send digitally if at all possible, including photographs in appropriate resolution, since this will make converting into a booklet much easier.

Nancy Hughes web

Attention Junior Handlers

August 22, 2022|

An exciting new $500.00 scholarship will be awarded to the student who is judged Best Junior Handler at the 2023 BTCA National Specialty in June.
The Junior Handler or his/her family must be a member in good standing of the BTCA or an affiliate/ regional club at the time of the National Specialty. The BTCA Health and Scholarship Foundation will reserve the funds until the student is accepted at an accredited junior, community, or 4 year college. The Scholarship must be used within 2 years from the date of his or her secondary school graduation.


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