Greetings All

I hope your summer has been going well, and your DD training for the Fall is ahead of schedule. We have been very busy this summer, and I wanted to share some of the highlights.

Armbruster 2011 Preparations
The planning is done except for a few final details. Our Test Director, Cal Bambrough (UT), has been busy getting the test sites approved and the judges lined up. This is going to be a wonderful event for the handlers, judges and guests. We do plan a spicy “Louisiana experience” to make this event fun and memorable. Make plans to attend and volunteer if possible.

The Armbruster committee is very busy working on different parts leading up to the event. The Browns (TX) will be handling the program and ad sales. Expect to hear from Zane and Dan soon. Chad Crissup (OK) is coordinating the volunteers, and Kevin Sherrodd (TX) is gathering items for the prize table and auction. John Odom (LA) is busy with the final planning for some great Louisiana food and fun for our social events. All of these tasks are huge, so please support these men as they work to make this event special, particularly for the handlers.

Armbruster Headquarters Hotel Change
We will move to the La Quinta Airport in Shreveport for our host hotel site. We had some unforeseen problems with the other site, and we were able to negotiate a much better situation at the La Quinta. The room rate is $70/night with no pet fee and a continental breakfast each morning. Please make your reservations as soon as possible. The cutoff date is 28.09.11 for our room block. We can not guarantee rates past that date. Please refer to the notice in this NL to get the correct toll free number and block contact name. We are pleased to join with La Quinta for this and many other BRC events in the future.

Fall Testing
We have scheduled both HZP and VGP tests in addition to our Armbruster. Please contact your state chairman to attend training days this summer to ensure your dog is test and hunt ready. Please refer to the GNA and BRC website for more information.

BRC Website Upgrade
Please take time to check out the upgrades made to the BRC website. We are indebted to Tracie Moore for getting our original site developed and hosted for several years. Recently we exceeded our bandwidth, so Zane Brown (TX) and Sean Hicks (TX) conferred and crafted an upgrade to accommodate the new content. Please go to to see the site. Thanks Zane and Sean for taking care of this project.

New State Chairman
We have had some turnover with our State Chairpersons in North Texas and Missouri. Our long time friend Jeff McDaniel (TX) has stepped aside due to growing family demands. It is impossible to replace Jeff, but we are going to try with Zane Brown assuming his duties for the North Texas folks. In addition, Dan Fisher has stolen the reins of the Missouri State Chairman’s job from Jim Wion. Jim hated to give up the responsibility, but it was time. He is busy. Dan has hit the ground running and will be very effective for us on the “Yankee” end of our chapter. Thanks Jeff and Jim for your dedicated service. Zane and Dan, please let us know how to assist you in your efforts ahead.

I have to go. I have my big Armbruster checklist as well. As you can tell BRC is active and growing. Please let me or any Board member know how to help you have a significant experience developing your DD. We are glad you are a part of the Big Rivers Chapter.

Brandt Hardy
BRC Chairman

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