2019 National Specialty

The 2019 ASTC National Specialty will be April 22-26
At the Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina | Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Book your Hotel Now by CLICKING HERE
OR BY PHONE: Call 1-954-678-3917. Be sure to mention the American Shih Tzu Club to get our rate. $ 139.00 a night. Click Here for more Hotel Information

Hotel will extend group rate before and after our dates if rooms are available, and such nights will count towards our required room nights. The resort occupies a large piece of property near the docks where cruise ships depart, and you may want to take a cruise before or after the shows or visit other nearby Florida attractions. Bring a bathing for the beach or the beautiful pool. A special thank you to Greg Larson for finding this lovely location and negotiating the contract.

For trophy donations, contact trophy chair

Greg Larson
9978 Colonial Walk N.
Estero, FL 33928
E-mail: gregoryslarson66@yahoo.com
Phone: 612-791-56577





Tentative Schedule (more details to follow)
Schedule of Events | (Subject to change)

MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2019
Ballroom and Vendor Set up: TBA
ASTC Registration: TBA
Exhibitor Set up: TBA
Meet & Greet ‐ 6:30 pm ‐ 8:00 pm

TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2019
ASTC Raffle
ASTC Regional #1 Judge Mr. Jason Hoke
ASTC Board of Directors Meetings
Evening: Grooming Seminar: including demonstrations and tips - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Coordinated by Kristi Mann & Kathy Garcia (with crew)

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2019
ASTC Raffle
ASTC Obedience Trial & Rally Trial #1 Judge: TBA
ASTC Regional #2 Judge: Mrs. Barbara Dempsey Alderman
“It's Five O'clock Somewhere” Party 4:30-??

THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2019
ASTC Raffle
ASTC Obedience Trial & Rally Trial #2 Judge: TBA
Sweepstakes Classes Judge: TBA
ASTC Annual General Meeting @ Ringside following Sweepstakes
Judges Education: TBA
Possible Educational Committee Seminar TBA

FRIDAY APRIL 26, 2019
Junior Showmanship Judge: Janis Clary Oehlschlager
ASTC Specialty Show Judge: Mr. Luke Ehricht*
Awards Dinner & Charitable Trust Auction
No Host Cocktails 6:30 PM Dinner 7:00 PM

Date to be determined
ASTC Agility Trial(s) Judge TBA
* Subject to AKC approval


BY POPULAR REQUEST: There will be another grooming/handling seminar

NEW TO DOG SHOWS? Download this New Exhibitor Orientation Brochure CLICK HERE and plan to come join us for a fun time!

OWNER HANDLER? CLICK HERE for some of the reasons to attend your National Specialty

For newcomers or regulars, expect the same great time we had in Oklahoma.
You gotta read these comments from the regulars and the newcomers.
From the Regulars
“This was indeed my favorite National of all time. Each one there showed an abundance of graciousness with their time and expertise. The mood during the shows was electric, fun, and exciting!! However, the mood after hours was even more so! It was grand to see each and every one unwind, sharing and caring with new and old friends alike.” “Great experience, awesome family. Agree that this National was Amazing. Can’t wait to see all of you next year in Florida.”
“The National is like a family reunion only better because our dogs are family too” “Had a blast…thanks for your hospitality!”
“The hard work and dedication by the club members made it all possible! Greatly appreciated! “I had a wonderful time and enjoyed meeting all my old and new friends and meeting new people.”

And from Those Attending for the First Time
“Really cool, fun people, lots of cute puppies.” “Everyone has been so friendly and welcoming…I even got to meet my mentor’s mentor!”
“Met so many wonderful people, including those I knew only on Facebook.” “Even though I’m not an official “Tzu” person, I had a blast. My first Shih Tzu national, but not my last. I enjoyed it! Safe travels home to all and congrats to all the winners!!! You all know how to have a party!!!”
“I was scared to death but it was fabulous!” “Enjoyed everything I’ve done.”
“The shopping was really good too.” “Beautiful time, thanks to all.”

The 2018 pictures show how much fun we all had. Now let’s plan to “flamingle” in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in April 2019. Once again there will be a Meet and Greet and another party, a grooming/handling and other seminars, and lots of fabulous dogs and wonderful people.