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We are excited to have this event in the Northwestern Region. It was our own Menlo Park Schutzhund Club that hosted the first U.S. Sieger Show back in 1990; now Way Out West Schutzhund Club will have the distinction of hosting the inaugural USCA National Breed Show, which is USCA’s national conformation show in the years that GSDCA hosts the Sieger Show.
- Co-hosted by: Way Out West Schutzhund Club
- Location: Ione, CA
- Date: April 12-15, 2018
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2018 Regional IPO Championship: TBA
- Hosted by: San Jose German Shepherd Dog Club
- Judges: TBD
From the very beginning, the Northwestern Region has played an integral role in the history of Schutzhund in the United States. Officially designated as a region within United Schutzhund Clubs of America in 1976, the Northwestern Region has been home to many of the individuals involved in the beginnings of Schutzhund and USCA. It was in the Santa Clara Valley in Northern California that Schutzhund was first introduced into the U.S., through immigrant Gernot Riedel in 1957. In 1959, the first Schutzhund club in the United States was formed in Santa Clara: the Peninsula Police Canine Corps (now Peninsula Canine Corps, or PCC).
Our region has the privilege of holding many of Schutzhund history’s “firsts”: first Schutzhund Club, first Schutzhund-style trial, first three USCA-licensed judges, first USA representative to compete in the EUSV (WUSV) International Championship, first National Championship, first inklings of an independent Schutzhund organization, first USCA magazine editor, first USCA Treasurer, first U.S. Sieger Show. From judges to competitors to trials to USCA members and staff, the Northwestern Region has played a vital role in Schutzhund in the United States.
Our region today continues to be active and influential in USCA. Covering a wide range of territory that includes Hawaii, Northern California, Nevada, and Utah, this region contains 20 USCA clubs of varying sizes. While we are a USCA region dedicated to the preservation of the total German Shepherd Dog, the clubs within our boundaries have consistently produced handler/dog teams who compete nationally and internationally for a variety of organizations: USCA, DVG, AWMA, USRC, AWDF. Teams from the Northwestern Region have represented the United States of America in multiple international championships, including the ADRK Championship in Germany (Rottweilers), the FCI World Championship, the FMBB Championships (Belgian Malinois), the WUSV Championship (German Shepherds), and the International Doberman Championship.
Our region is also home to multiple USCA Regional and National level helpers, all of whom continue to provide safe, skilled, and consistent helper work at all levels of trials. The excellent helper work also makes this area a prime location for helper education. We are proud to have four USCA teaching helpers in our region: Dave Deleissegues, Joel Monroe, Gary Park, and Richard Tom. Annually, these teaching helpers host a large number of helper seminars and classifications. The cooperation and camaraderie of these experienced helpers is shared among their clubs, creating an overall climate and culture of collaboration and support in the sport of Schutzhund.
The Northwestern Region is truly unique. The rich history, experienced helpers, top-level training, dedicated handlers, and shared camaraderie among clubs are all part of what makes this region so special.