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Norman A. Austin

Norman A. AustinInducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006
For contribution to the breed

Very few people in the breed deserve the title "Mr. or Ms. Cocker Spaniel." Norman Austin was one of those few and deserves to be in the company of the greats such as Herman Mellenthin, Judge Scudder and Laura Henson. In his years as a professional handler, a very successful breeder and adviser to others' breeding programs and subsequently as a much respected judge, Mr. Austin earned the title of being one of the "Mr. Cocker Spaniels of All Time."

His accomplishments in the breed encompassed all three varieties. Just for example he guided the show and breeding career of CH Elderwood Bangaway in the '50s. This dog was a cornerstone for the great blacks and black & tans that have come down through the years, even to the present day. In particolors Norman was a major part of the success of the Honey Creek Cockers of Bea Wegusen. Honey Creek was the foundation for most of the particolor kennels that came after the fifties. Additionally in particolors Norman worked with Chris Snowden of Glenshaw Cockers. Through combining her CH Mar-Hawks Gift to Glenshaw with CH Dumar's Dapper Dan he created his own Baliwick line which was part of the basis behind the top winning particolors that followed. In browns Norman pioneered the color in the show ring via his and Frances Greer's CH Moderna's Brown Derby. He is also an integral part of the Van Valzah Cockers that were the basis of CH Clarkdale Capital Stock.

Norman and his wife Jean wrote one of the definite works on the cockers - The Complete American Cocker Spaniel. He also contributed to the American Spaniel Club's centennial books and additionally was the co-author of the three volumes of cocker history compiled with Dr. Frances Greer.

Norman's accomplishments and imprint on the cocker almost can never be duplicated. Each generation in his involvement in cockers has its own picture of him whether showing Vivacious, Bangaway, Fancy Parade or Capital Heir or as a judge at important shows whether at ASC or abroad will always picture him at the helm. He truly deserves to be among his peers in ASC's Hall of Fame.

Bill Gorodner and Lloyd Alton

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 


The ballots to vote on the proposed standard revisions were mailed to all ASC members on Wednesday, September 20, 2017.  In returning the ballots, please follow the instructions in order to insure that you are sending in valid ballots. There are four ballots, one for each proposed change.

The ballots MUST BE RECEIVED BY WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2017 to be valid.



ASC will be hosting a hunt test open to all registered breeds of flushing spaniels, Airedale Terriers, Irish Water Spaniels, and select Retriever breeds. This hunt test will be held on October 28 & 29, 2017 in Jacobus, Pennsylvania. Any one that is interested in receiving a premium list for this test or for being tested for the WD/WDX please contact 
Patrician Petraglia at px3@msn.com

Harvey Update - ASCF Disaster Relief Fund (click here)

The Board has appointed the following members to the Zone Nominating Committees.

They will start work later this month and will nominate candidates to serve as your Zone Director and Alternate Zone Director. These individuals serve for a 2-year term. The Zone Director is responsible for attending specialty shows around the Zone and keeping zone members informed about what is happening with ASC. The Zone Director will also attend 2 Board meetings a year and participate in conference calls approximately monthly. If you are interested in being nominated for any of these positions, please contact a committee member or members.

Zone 1 Committee
Bonnie Pike, chair
Kim Valvolo
Peggy Kotek
Karen Osper, alternate

Zone 2 Committee
Lindy Bennett, chair
Cheryl Brown
Jackie Cavallin
Erin Baker, alternate

Zone 3 Committee
Genea Jones, chair
Terri Procunier
Susan Gray
Laura English, alternate

Zone 4 Committee
Patricia Elkins, chair
Eilene White
DiAnn Prock

Zone 5 Committee
Barbara Shaw, chair
Beth Moore
Diane Hill
Laurie Foley, alternate

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Linda Moore.

***************************** 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