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HCNA Fall 2019
 Specialty Show, Temperament Test,

Annual Meeting, & Training Event

October 11-14, 2018 | West Milford, New Jersey


Mark your calendars! The Hovawart Club of North America will be holding its Annual Fall Meeting, Specialty Show, Temperament Test, and Training over the Columbus holiday weekend in October. In addition to the regular conformation show and temperament evaluation by the highly experienced Kirsten Wesche, we are excited to have trainer Antje Engel return to provide her teamwork seminar to our club.

Judge Kirsten Wesche (left, with HCNA Vice President Deb McIntyre) will be the judge for the specialty show, will evaluate dogs’ character during the temperament test, and will assist Antje Engel with the training.

Kirsten has been one of the RZV breed wardens since 1997 and an advisor to the HCNA breeding committee since 2015. She has judged for our club at events in Indiana (2013), Georgia (2015), California (2016), and Pennsylvania (2017) and has been a wonderful promoter of our small club. With her assistance, we have imported multiple puppies from Europe and developed our successful breeding program within the club. In addition to judging for us periodically in North America, Kirsten regularly judges across Europe and was one of the judges selected for the International Hovawart Federation World Championships in 2014. 

CreaCanis Training

 Antje Engel

Those of us who recall Antje’s wonderful training events from 2008, 2012, and 2013 will remember the bonding and fun we had with our dogs and one another, and we look forward to another great weekend learning from her. 


  • * trained Lind-art® trainer, tutor, and lecturer (licensed by Lind-art® until 2016)
  • * SVÖ (Shepherd Dog Association Austria) puppy trainer and SVÖ instructor
  • * Focus: Roots, Education, Sports, IPO, & Obedience

Event Schedule

Friday, October 11, 2019
Passaic County Camp Hope
1792 Union Valley Road
West Milford, NJ 07480

 5:00 pm                        CreaCanis Training - Two-hour introductory presentation.
                                       All training participants (without their dogs) are expected to attend.
                                       This is the first part of the training.

7:15 p.m.                     Meet and Greet. Light food and drinks will be available                                                                           All event participants are welcome

Saturday, October 12, 2019
Passaic County Camp Hope
1792 Union Valley Road
West Milford, NJ 07480

8:30 am                                   Registration
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 am            Conformation Show
11:00 am-Noon                     Training with Antje Engel
                                                 (12 dog/handler teams and unlimited audit spots)
Noon – 1:00 pm                     Lunch
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm                Training continues
7:00 pm                                   Annual Meeting and Club dinner - TBD

Sunday, October 13, 2019
Passaic County Camp Hope
1792 Union Valley Road
West Milford, NJ 07480
9:00 am - 11:00 am                 Temperament Test
11:00 am-Noon                       Training with Antje Engel
Noon – 1:00 pm                      Lunch
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm                  Training continues
Dinner on your own

Monday, October 14, 2019
Passaic County Camp Hope
1792 Union Valley Road
West Milford, NJ 07480

9:00 am-Noon                         Training with Antje Engel
                                                   The event concludes after training

Hotel                                                                                                                  Cost/Night

The Breezy Inn (11 minutes away from Camp) - 4 rooms
620 Jersey Avenue                                                                                               $125
Warwick, NY 10925
(845) 477-8100

Warwick Motel & Suites (18 minutes away from Camp)
1 Overlook Drive Route 17a                                                                              $100
Warwick, NY 10990
(845) 986-6656

Homewood Suites by Hilton Mahwah, Mahwah
375 Corporate Dr.                                                                                               $149
Mahwah, NJ, 07430

Training Registration - Be aware that enrollment is limited to 12 working teams.

  •  Working Spot: $300.00 per team
  • Audit Spot: $150.00 (without a dog)

Conformation & Temperament 

The conformation show and temperament test are open to all Hovawarts with HCNA, FCI, CKC, and AKC papers. Hovawarts without approved papers are welcome to compete in the spay/neuter class.

To allow for a full weekend, conformation will be limited to 15 dogs. Temperament Testing will be limited to six dogs.

Passaic County Camp Hope