The Garden State Bearded Collie Clan (GSBCC) began in August 1981 as an informal group of friends from the Delaware Bearded Collie Club (no longer in existence).  Although membership was relatively small, the club was active throughout the 1980’s, holding annual fun matches.  Membership increased throughout the years and the club added educational events, such as herding and agility clinics.  The GSBCC Constitution and By-Laws were revised in 1992-93 to comply with AKC recommendations. In 2015 the club decided to formally incorporate as the Garden State Bearded Collie Clan, Inc..

The GSBCC is a local affiliate club of the Bearded Collie Club of America.  Club membership is drawn primarily from Central and Northern New Jersey.

The Club meets the third Wednesday of every month from March through December.  At our monthly meetings we share triumphs, occasionally have guest speakers, plan future events, and generally have a good time swapping Beardie stories and advice over a cup of coffee and a piece of chocolate anything.  The meetings are held at the home of one of the members, we rotate locations every month.

In December/January, we end the year with our Annual Holiday Party.  Good food and a fun grab-bag.

In 1995, the club was granted permission by the AKC to hold “B” sanctioned matches.  The first sanctioned “B” match was held in 1995 and a second “B” match was held in 1996.

In 1997, the club applied for and was granted permission to hold an “A” sanctioned match.  Our first AKC “A” match was held on October 5, 1997.  We held our second AKC “A” Match Show and Sweepstakes on September 13, 1998.

In 2000, we held our first Bearded Collie Regional Specialty. It was a huge success!  Since then we’ve had Regional Specialties annually.

2003 marked the first year that the Garden State Bearded Collie Clan offered the Dolores Benzing Memorial Challenge Trophy at our Regional SpecialtyEach year, the Best of Breed Winner’s name will be added to the base of the trophy.

Every year we try to plan one or more activities for our members and/or their Beardies, such as:

  • Regional Specialty (in conjunction with the Somerset Hills KC Show)
  • Barn Hunt
  • World CynoSport (APDT) Rally Trial
  • AKC Obedience & Rally Trial
  • Picnic (Fun Day!)
  • Herding
  • Holiday Party & Grab Bag

We also participate in AKC Meet the Breeds events at local shows.

The 2018 Club Officers are:

The 2018 Board of Directors are:

  • Robin Deily
  • Elaine Kroposki
  • Megan Woods
  • Edie Circelli
  • Karen D’Elia

For membership information, please contact Gail Faherty.


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Garden State Bearded Collie Clan, Inc.

This site last updated on Thursday, August 28, 2018