The Rip Van Wrinkler, Volume XXII, Issue 2, May 2018

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The 22nd Annual
Rip Van Wrinkle Basenji Club

Spring/Summer Specialty Fun Match & Annual Meeting

CAT & dandelions. . . .

See last year.

Saturday,12 May, 2018 (and also 13 May)
Westerlo Town Park, 950 CR 401, Westerlo, NY 12193.

In conjunction with HRVHA (Hudson River Valley Hound Association) - CABT (Coursing Ability Testing)

This is an opportunity to have your dogs try lure coursing. See the HRVHA Premium, and send your entries in soon, as these events fill up. Entry Form.

Our vegetarian potluck luncheon: We have promised to feed the HRHVA judge and club members both Saturday and Sunday, so bring more. Contact Karen.

Our Match will be held around lunch time (in between the two CAT tests). We will all judge, by consensus. Costume class is "My Favorite Mythological Creature". We'll have our fun classes, and our pot luck vegetarian luncheon. Of course, we'll also have our "Famous" Veggie Eating Contest for the dogs. Entry form for our Match.

Found out about the Coursing Ability Testing.

"Want an easy, low-stress way to get involved in the world of dog sports? Start with a Coursing Ability Test (CAT) because it is designed specifically for newcomers.

The first thing to know about the CAT is that – as with all of our tests – dogs do not compete against each other (as opposed to Field Trials where winners are chosen). Each dog runs individually and chases after an artificial lure on either a 300- or 600-yard long course. Your dog must finish in less 1 ½ minutes and 2 minutes, respectively. Because the course is for beginners, it is set up with safety in mind because we recognize that many of the dogs are new to the sport and might not possess the agility of an experienced sight hound.

But don’t worry about being judged: Dogs only earn a pass/fail, and the maximum time is not meant to be difficult to achieve. Yes, your dog will need to run, not walk, to earn a passing grade. But even if he doesn’t do his best, don’t worry! Think of it as just a fun day out for both of you to meet other dogs and dog lovers."

Any questions, contact me.

Show Chair – Susan Kamen Marsicano

Pre-Entry Fees: $6 for first entry, $2 for each add’l entry of same dog. Early Entries close Friday, May 4th.

(Day of show entries will CLOSE AT 1pm - Day-of-show entry fees - $15 first entry, $5 add’l entry of same dog.)


Memberhsip renewal


Schedule of Events:

1. CAT roll call 8:30 am. 2nd CAT roll call at 12:30 pm.

NOON or there-abouts ~ Buffet Vegetarian Pot Luck vegetarian lunch (spanakopita, etc.) & Meeting.

2. Best Yodeler, Curliest Tail, Most Wrinkles, Best Coat, Most Senior senior.

Susan Chuvala's Donald Sansabark always yodeled at her blue alarm clock.
Wonderful memory of our best yodelors

3. Costume Class ~ “My Favorite Mythologial Creature”.

4. Bambi's Memorial Veggie Eating Contest.

4' Selket’s Memorial Toys We Don’t Want Exchange!!  (bring yours from home & swap)

Please contact  Karen Christensen & let her know what you are bringing for the pot luck luncheon.


Westerlo Town Park
950 CR 401, Westerlo, NY 12193

From I-87 exit 23: 9W South, after .8 mile rt onto Rt 32, 3.2 mile – Left onto Rt 32/Elm,
13.1 mile-Right onto CR 401, .3 mile arrive 950 CR-401

From the South: I-87 exit 21 go right, toward Cairo/Catskill, .06 mile Turn Left onto
23B, .4 mile Rt onto 23W, 7.7 mile-Right onto Rt 32, 10.7 mile-Left onto CR405, .7 mile
Right onto CR 401, 4.9 mile arrive 950 CR 401


Westerlo Town Park (Event Site)
950 CR 401, Westerlo NY Free overnight parking, self-contained units only, limit 20. Park has NO Hookups.

The Rose Motel
3840 State Highway 145, Durham NY 12422 (518 239-8496)

Thompsons Lake State Park Campgrounds, Thatcher State Park, East Berne, NY (518 872-1674)Web Site:

Red Roof Inn, Albany Airport