HONYASC is an ASCA affiliated club dedicated to promoting the versatile Australian Shepherd, educating the public, and providing competetive and fun venues for interaction with this amazing breed. There are no geographical boundaries for membership, though the club is centered in central New York, and members range from Ohio to Canada to New England and down to Pennsylvania.
The club hosts three show weekends each year, in April, December, and our major event, the Dawg Daze of Summer each August. In January we celebrate the prior year's accomplishments with a seminar (free to members) and awards banquet. Club meetings are every other month, and are open to the general membership and guests.
Membership is encouraged for anyone eager to enjoy an active life with their Aussie. Our members are breeders, competitors, and companion dog owners who simply desire more ways to enjoy their Aussies. Our members are active in all areas of competition, including tracking, herding, rally, and agility, though currently the club only hosts conformation and obedience events on a routine basis. Involvement in HONYASC provides guidance and mentoring to those seeking to become involved in these areas, and newcomers are encouraged to become actively involved in the events the club hosts.
Take a look at the event calendar for upcoming shows and meetings, and come check us out!
Announcing the first ever
I ♥ NY Regional Specialty
held in conjunction with the
Dawg Daze of Summer!
The Heart of New York ASC has wholeheartedly accepted ASCA's position in regards to "mini" and "toy" Aussies:
"The Miniature Australian Shepherd, North American Shepherd, North
American Miniature Australian Shepherd, and/or Toy Australian Shepherd breeds are not recognized as a variety of Australian
Shepherd by ASCA. The club considers such dogs to be a distinct and
separate breed and will not accept them into its registry.
"Our bylaws state that ASCA's purpose is: 'To encourage members and breeders to accept one breed standard for the Australian Shepherd as
approved by the Club as the only standard of excellence by which
Australian Shepherds shall be judged.' It is the mission of this club
and the mission of its members to preserve the breed rather than
Comment: ASCA wishes to respond to the breeders of small and tiny
dogs resembling Australian Shepherds who claim they are producing a
size variety. The Aussie was never intended to be selected for size:
it was developed to be a functional working dog capable of handling
tough stock and going for miles in the back country or snow drifts.
Changing the appearance of the breed to personal aesthetic tastes
rather than suitability for work does not fulfill ASCA's mission
statement: "to preserve the Australian Shepherd as an intelligent
working dog of strong herding and guardian instincts. "