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Elizabeth H. Durland

Elizabeth Durland2004 Hall of Fame Nomination
Service to the Organization

Her pivotal role in the development of the ASC Health Registry and her active commitment to its implementation by the fancy and the ASC membership distinguish her for meritorious service recognition.

As a founding member of the ASC Hereditary and Congenital Defects Committee (HCDC), Betty spearheaded the organization’s efforts to identify and define the types and scope of inherited defects in the cocker spaniel, beginning with cataract, progressive retinal atrophy, Factor X deficiency, and hip dysplasia. As the first Chair of the Health Registry, she, with the able assistance of Health Registrar Alice Ewing, accomplished the publication of the first Health Registry in April 1976. With Alice as Registrar for the first 10 years and Judith Wright for the next 8 years, Betty energetically facilitated the collation, publication, and distribution of the Annual Health Registry. A tireless and outspoken proponent of genetic disease testing, she promoted the exchange of information about these defects among breeders so that all cockers-not just hers-could benefit. As a prominent successful cocker breeder for over 40 years, finishing 98 champions under the Dur-Bet, Reg., prefix, Betty had the credibility and tenacity to promote the acceptance of the Health Registry by the fancy. When its leadership responsibilities were passed to Judy Iby and Tina Turner in 1994, the Health Registry was-and remains-a dynamic and respected resource for Cocker Spaniel breeders and owners. For this the ASC owes Betty Durland and her registrars a debt of acknowledgement and gratitude.

In addition to the Health Registry, Betty’s involvement with the HCDC included the development of educational publications for the fancy, explaining in understandable terms what these defects are and how they could be identified. In April 1986 she co-authored the ASC publication, Guidelines for Breeding and Purchasing Cocker Spaniels.

During the middle of her tenure as Health Chair, Betty energetically served the ASC further as a Board member for 3 terms (1984-1990) and as the Show Chair of the 1986 summer National in Syracuse.

In short, Betty’s contributions to the American Spaniel Club transcend mere service to the organization; her legacy is the American Spaniel Club’s ongoing commitment to the health of the breed she loves. Elizabeth H. Durland was inducted into the ASC Hall of Fame in 2004.

ASC Archival Work Group, Thomas J. Kern, DVM


All of the ballots regarding the proposed changes to the Cocker Spaniel Breed Standard have been counted. The only proposed change that passed was to add the disqualification for blue eyes or blue specks in the eye.  The results are as follows:


BALLOT 1: Proposed change to include disqualification for blue eyes:

Number of ballots returned 710

Invalid ballots 2

Total number of valid ballots 708


Number required to pass (2/3s) 472


Number of Yes votes 512 (72.32%)


Number of No votes 196 (27.68%)


This proposed change passed.


BALLOT 2: Proposed change to include undocked tails:


Number of ballots returned 708


Invalid ballots 2


Total number of valid ballots 706


Number required to pass (2/3s) 471


Number of Yes votes 324 (45. 89%)


Number of No votes 382 (54.11%)


This proposed change did not pass.


BALLOT 3: Proposed change to include solid sable:


Number of ballots returned 709


Invalid ballots 2


Total number of valid ballots 707


Number required to pass (2/3s) 471


Number of Yes votes 337 (47. 67%)


Number of No votes 370 (52.33%)


This proposed change did not pass.


BALLOT 4: Proposed change to include parti-color sable:


Number of ballots returned 706


Invalid ballots 2


Total number of valid ballots 704


Number required to pass (2/3s) 469


Number of Yes votes 336 (47. 73%)


Number of No votes 368 (52.27%)


This proposed change did not pass.


This has been a thoughtful, vigorously debated, and sometimes contentious process, but the membership has spoken. For the good of ASC and the love of our breed, I hope, and I think we will, all move forward together.


Linda Moore 



Earlier the National Nominating Committee presented the following nominees to serve 2-year terms (1-18 to 1-20) as officers of the club.:


President — Diane Kepley 

1st VP — Julie Virosteck 

2nd VP — Kathy Egeland-Brock


Now the Zone Nominating Committees have finished their work and are nominating the following individuals to serve as Directors and Alternates for 2-Year terms (1-18 until 1-20).


Zone 1 

Director — Stacy Dobmeier; Alternate — Vivian Hudson


Zone 2

Director — Dale Ward; Alternate — Karin Linde Klerholm


Zone 3

Director — Bonnie Buell; Alternate — Lisa Arnett


Zone 4

Director — Linda McLean; Alternate — Lane Tarantino 


Zone 5

Director — Alan Santos; Alternate — DeAnn Jepson


Any members who were not nominated by these committees may run by petition received by the Secretary on or before November 15th. Requirements for the petitions are contained in Article IV, Section 2 of the bylaws found on the ASC website under Documents.


Just a reminder that the ASC Board is soliciting member input prior to taking action on the proposed bylaw changes. The 30 day comment period ends on October 28, 2017.

Please post any comments or questions to the ASC Yahoo List or send your comments to me, Tony Stallard, privately if you so desire. a4r4s4@aol.com 


***** FLUSHING SPANIEL SHOW 2018 U P D A T E *****

Due to unforeseen delays with the building improvement construction, the Knoxville Exhibition Center will not be ready in time for our January show. Therefore, we will move the show to the Jacob Building at Chilhowee Park (2201 E. Magnolia Avenue, Knoxville).

The venue is a short 5 ½ miles (approximately 10 min.) drive from the Holiday Inn. The Knoxville Convention Center team has committed to making this unexpected transition as seamless as possible. We are working with Visit Knoxville (Convention & Visitors Bureau) to provide shuttle service for our members and guests to/from the Holiday Inn and the show venue.

More information will be available shortly as the Show Committee works on the logistics of the Show.  For now, we recommend that everyone who has reservations at the Holiday Inn, KEEP them. The few motels located by the facility are not recommended by the KCC or Chilhowee Park management. However, if you would like to cancel your reservation, please DO NOT call the Holiday Inn.  Please contact Jane Williams.  We have a waiting list for rooms and we need to facilitate the room change or the room will go back to general hotel inventory. 

ASC 2017 National Specialty DVD Clips

Best in Futurity July 2017

Best of Breed  July 2017

Junior handlers July 2017 

Latest report from Dr. Aguirre/University of PA cataract study

ASCF WEBINAR Report and Presentation