The National Specialty



September 23 – 28, 2017


Boxboro Regency Hotel and Conference Center,

Boxborough, Massachusetts

for reservation contact Reservations Manager Brittani Cruz  978 889 1713.

cost per room $115.00 plus tax

*The hotel requires a one night non refundable deposit


Specialty Dog Shows/Arden Shaw show secretary for most of the events at the National except as noted.  Copies of the PL will be emailed to the membership when they are available and will be on the Specialty Dog Shows website

Friday September 22, 2017
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm drop in handling class – Kerry McComskey Boyd AKC RHP instructor
Saturday September 23, 2017
Rally Trial Judge Julie Rembrandt Seeley
Obedience Trial Judge Sandra Walker 
Independent ABA Specialty and Sweepstakes/Veteran Sweepstakes 
Sweepstakes and Veteran Sweepstakes Judge Kara Anderson Gonzalez 
Breed – dog classes – Judge Patricia Sosa –
Rescue Parade 
Sunday, September 24, 2017
Independent Specialty bitch classes, Best of Breed, non regular classes, JS, 4 – 6 month Beginner Puppy – Judge Patricia Sosa –
Tracking Trial – Judges Michael A. Clemans and Arthur Twiss – High Ridge, Gardner, MA
4 pm Conditioning Seminar Debbie Torraca


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Monday September 25, 2017
Agility Trial – (American K9 Country, Amherst, NH) Judge Howard Etzel is trial secretary. Email for copy of PL
Sweepstakes and Veteran Sweepstakes – Judge Pam McClintock
Breeder Seminar – Breeder Education with an International Perspective
Welcome Party

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Tuesday September 26, 2017
Judges Education
Futurity – Judge Becky Martin
Dog Classes – Judge Lynn Spohr
Dr Joshua A. Stern, DVM, Phd, Diplomate ACVIM Cardiology echocardiograms all day
Top 25


Wednesday September 27, 2017
4 – 6 month puppy classes – Judge Lynn Spohr
Bitch classes – Judge Lynn Spohr
Dr Joshua A. Stern, DVM, Phd, Diplomate ACVIM Cardiology echocardiograms all day
4 PM Annual Meeting
Titleholders and Veterans Parades
Cash Bar (6 PM) filled by Dinner Silent Auction & Art Auction at 7 PM


Thursday September 28, 2017
Junior Showmanship – Judge Marianne Conti
Best of Breed – Judge Lynn Spohr
Non Regular Classes – Judge Lynn Spohr
Stud Dogs
Brood Bitches
Farewell party


Reservation Form (ringside seating, dinners, crating, catalogs etc..)



RV reservations are to be made directly with the Boxboro Regency.

RV Parking form National 2017


Reserved Seating $20 per seat for the entire week.  Amy Hebert contact to discuss location of the seat


Room raffle tickets  $25.00 per ticket.  Lois Heaphy coordinator Live drawing July 30


2017 ABA National Health and Research Cardiac Clinic

Cardiac DNA Repository and Study

Over the past 3 years we have had the honor of presenting Dr. Joshua Stern, DVM, PhD, Diplomat ACVIM (Cardiology) at our National Specialty. Dr. Stern will return for another 2 days of Cardiac Exams (echocardiograms) at the 2017 ABA National. To date, we have tested over 100 dogs. This is just a beginning; many more dogs are needed to enhance this study. Due to the response in the past, and with the approval of the AKC CHF Foundation, a grant is in place to identify a genetic marker for Familial Subvalvular Aortic Stenosis. The start date was April 1, 2017. The more dogs entered in the study, the better. Please take this unique opportunity to have you dog tested by the country’s leading research canine cardiologist.

Currently, we are inviting any bullmastiff 1 year and older. This is the age group that can give us the most data. If scheduling permits, there may be an opportunity to have younger dogs tested. Please check with the desk at the clinic to see what might be available.

To further our goals and to get as many dogs tested as possible, we are offering

a deeply discounted price. Cost of Echo: $125.00 which includes a blood draw and inclusion in the study. If you bring more than one dog to be tested (Owner and/or Breeder) the cost of each sequential dog is only $100.00. You won’t find any other deal better than this one!

Required: 3 generation pedigree. For dogs that have had previous echoes done and want to be a part of the study, Dr. Stern will draw blood work at no cost. 3 generation pedigree and Submission form must be submitted. The echo performed must include the pulmonic and aortic velocity flow.

Download current submission form here:

Dates:   Tuesday, September 26, and Wednesday, September 27

Where:  Boxboro Regency Hotel and Conference Center. Room: See Reader Board at Hotel

Time:     9:00 am to Noon, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm (both days)

Registration Is Open Now

Payment Options:

Credit/Debit, Check, E-Check, PayPal, Square Cash, Google Wallet, etc.

Cash is also accepted on location.

All information is strictly confidential


Breeders Education

The ABA is proud to announce for this years’ presentation a panel of international breeders who will give varying perspectives on the bullmastiff standard with status updates.

It will be preceded by a brief report from the H & R committee.

This discussion is being offered to both members and non-members at no charge. However, please consider giving a small donation to benefit Rescue or Health and Research.

Date:   Monday, September 25, 2017

Time:  2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Place: Boxboro Regency Hotel and Conference Center.

Room: See Reader Board at Hotel

Although not required, we kindly ask that you pre-register in order to make sure that there is plenty of room for everyone.

Registration Information:


Payment for anything Specialty related (except RV reservations and show entries) go to Lois Heaphy 237 Monson Road Wilbraham, MA 01095 checks made out to ABA 2017 National Specialty or you can pay by PayPal the address is  


Kellye St. John Vendor Chair.  Cost per week is $75.  Contact her for the contract

Click Here for 2017 Vendor Contract PDF


Kellye St. John and Marlene Plante  State Basket Chairs.


Marlene Plante chair of the art auction and silent auction.  If you have something you would like to donate please contact her at


Looking for donations for the welcome bags.  Cheryl Pike is in charge, please contact her at if you have something to contribute.


For those of you who are on Facebook please check our 2017 ABA National Specialty group for updates.  Copies of the vendor contract, hotel electricity sign up, ringside seating form, RV parking form, Top 25 information are available in the Info/files section of the group.  PLs for all the events will be uploaded here when they are available.


Payment for anything Specialty related (except RV reservations and show entries) goes to Lois Heaphy 237 Monson Road Wilbraham, MA 01095 checks made out to ABA 2017 National Specialty or you can pay by PayPal the address is


Virginia Rowland, ShowChair

Cheryl Pike, Ass’t Show Chair

Agility Trial Chair, Jen Young

Tracking Trial Chair, Art Twiss

Obedience and Rally Trial Chair, Ira Kaplan DVM


Advertising deadline for 2017 National Catalog has been extended to August 5



**Schedule subject to change

Order Your 2017 National Apparel Now!!

Cost of hoody (zipup front)  $40.00 plus $6.00 postage size S through 3XL

Cost of tshirt $20.00 plus $6.00 postage size S through 3XL

Email to discuss order;
payment made out to ABA 2017 National should be sent to Lois Heaphy 237 Monson Road

Wilbraham, MA 01095 or  PayPal  Be sure to include size and address.




Streaming Video for ABA 2017


The conformation portions of the 2017 Bullmastiff National Show will be available to watch On Line by Streaming Video. The video recorded during each day of judging will be posted to the Internet at night and will be ready to view 24/7/365 starting the NEXT DAY AFTER judging.

More information may be found at the videographer’s website:

This show is NOT being streamed “live” or in “real time”.

Video Policy for ABA 2017

The exclusive video contract for this show STRICTLY PROHIBITS online distribution of show video. Streaming video by Facebook Live, Twitter Live, Apple FaceTime, YouTube, Vimeo, UStream, LiveStream or any other online platform is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Video recording of entire classes and/or filming of TV displays provided by the videographer is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Filming from any mounted camera (tripod, monopod, selfie stick) is prohibited.You may only film YOUR dog (NOT other dogs) using a handheld device.

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