ASCA Breed Standard - January 15, 1977, the Australian Shepherd Breed Standard becomes effective.
ASCA Yearbook - The historic ASCA Yearbook project was authorized. It was to be a book of the breed’s most important activities, top winning show dogs, stockdogs, and obedience dogs. It was to trace back over 20 years of the breed’s prime development, hence ASCA Yearbook 1957-Twenty Years Progress.
ASCA’s Development – In August, Ernie Hartnagle (ASCA’s President) wrote a letter to the membership dated August 1, 1977 regarding the club’s development:
Breeder Judge Program - This same year a Breeder Judge Program is proposed. The objectives of the program were:
Junior Showmanship Program -
In September, Steve Stevenson sent out a letter to the Juniors who
competed in the ASCA National Specialty in Kansas City, Missouri, at
which points were awarded in the new Junior Showmanship Program. In
the letter that Carol Ann Hartnagle received, Steve commended her,
“I also want to take the opportunity to congratulate you on your
placement in the show. I am sure that you realize that you competed
with some of the finest Junior Handlers that the country has to
offer. Yours was quite an accomplishment. Our club and our breed
rest in your hands. You are our future. After having the opportunity
to see you handle and to see the beautifully groomed dog that you
handled, I am very confident that our breed and club are in very
Results from the Specialty:
pointers from Senior Judge, Ernie Hartnagle (c), with a few spectators,
James & Joyce Reeves (r), looking on & getting a sneak peak at the score card.
ASCA Breeder Judge Program – The new ASCA Breeder Judge Program was announced in September at the National Specialty in Berrien Springs, Michigan. Five breeder judges have been approved under the new program: Phil Wildhagen, Jeanne Joy Hartnagle, Ernie Hartnagle, JoAnn Bishop and Harry Bishop (October 7, Monthly Board Report - Winter issue of the Aussie Times 1978-1979).
Letter to ASCA Membership – Ernie Hartnagle communicated with the membership through a letter. He wrote:
“This happened a couple of years ago, too. At that time, the Board of Directors agrees to compensate the Registrars at the rate of $1.00 per certificate issued. This fee was provided for the increase from $3.00 to $5.00 in registration fees at the Board meeting held in Scottsdale, Arizona, in late 1975. This action of paying the Registrars was met with howls of protest from segments of the membership. Judy Taylor, at the time, volunteered her services and consequently the Registry was moved to her location.”
ASCA had over 6,000 Australian Shepherds registered at the time. “If the members of ASCA wish to continue a registry service in the future, plans must be made to protect the Registry now, before it is too late.
“In preparing club records for my successor, many old issues were once again jogging my memory. This led back once again to names, faces, and dogs, many of which are no longer with us. Some have become inactive, while others have found other avenues of interest. There are some though, that have continued to maintain their interest and enthusiasm for the club and the breed.
“There have been many dark days during the forming of our programs and policies when it seemed doubtful to many that ASCA could meet the challenge to survive much less to grow and prosper. You begin again to recall these dedicated people who stayed to meet the challenge of furthering the goals and mold the club into the progressive organization that it now is.
“Not many fanciers today remember the emergency Board meeting held in Redding, California, shortly after Elsie Cotton’s resignation from the presidential office. It was at that meeting where the then-Board members, Phil Wildhagen, the late Gwen Stevenson, and I, with about a dozen concerned fanciers, laid the ground work upon which our present day organization is functioning. Shortly afterward, a long list of new policies, programs, and incentive activities began to appear in the horizon. At that point in time, ASCA did not have the financial stability to fund these programs, and they would not have become a reality had it not been for the people who contributed so freely to support these endeavors.
“We are not able to pass on to our
successors a complete set of programs, and a financially sound club. To
our Directors, Appointed Officers, both past and present, and members
who contributed to making this administration a success, I extend my
sincere appreciation and thank you. It has been both a pleasure and
honor to have served as President of ASCA for the past three years.
in western wear and to go from the conformation ring to the trial arena
© 2004 By Ernest Hartnagle & Jeanne Joy Hartnagle-Taylor
Copyright photos provided from the Hartnagle family archives.