MSDA Spring Sporting Group Dog Shows
and All Breed Obedience & Rally Trials

The entry deadline has passed, but please join us the first weekend of March even if you don’t have a dog entered. Preliminary counts of entries are now available from Jim Rau Dog Shows (Superintendent) and we are excited that this is going to be a big weekend!

Volunteers needed

Running a dog show with hundreds of entries is an enormous job. MSDA depends on volunteers to keep things moving smoothly. Volunteering also is a great way to meet people, learn about the events, and collect some wet doggy kisses. Experience is not required for many jobs and you can be a huge help even if you have only a few hours to contribute. Volunteers do not have to be MSDA members. To volunteer, or to get more information, please contact Laurie Doumaux,

We particularly need volunteers to serve as Obedience Stewards. Stewards help to keep the obedience activities running smoothly. Previous experience as an obedience exhibitor or steward is helpful, but not required. If you are specifically interested in volunteering to help with Obedience (or Rally), please contact Pat Hess,  

Seminars and clinics will be offered on the show grounds. 

  • Friday March 3 — The Susquehanna English Springer Spaniel Club is offering an AKC Judges Education Seminar. Anyone may attend: judges, breeders, exhibitors, fanciers. There will be a 90-minute classroom program on the breed standard and a hands-on segment. Ringside mentoring will be available all weekend. RSVP is required for the classroom program; time is tbd. Contact Deb Kirk for more information and to sign up.
  • Saturday March 4 3:00 pm — New “Instinct Clinic” to allow dogs without previous field training or experience to discover their basic instincts for hunting.
  • Saturday March 4 — Royal Canin and MSDA are sponsoring a general seminar starting 45 minutes after the conclusion of Best In Show. The seminar will be held in the “Bingo Hall” of the Fairgrounds.

MSDA’s Annual Membership Meeting will be held on Saturday 3/4/2017 in the Hospitality Area of the Main Hall of the Howard County Fairgrounds. The meeting will start one hour after completion of the day’s Best-in-Show. Food will be provided.

March 3-5, 2017
31st & 32nd Sporting Group Dog Shows
& All Breed Obedience & Rally Trials

Licensed by the American Kennel Club
to be held at the
Howard County Fairgrounds
in West Friendship, MD
All judging and grooming areas are indoors.

Building opens at 3:00 pm for exhibitor setup
FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 2017 
All Breed Rally & Obedience
Potomac Valley Golden Retriever Club Specialty
Welsh Springer Spaniel Club of America Specialty
All Breed Obedience & Rally
Sporting Breed Conformation
SUNDAY, MARCH 5, 2017 
All Breed Obedience & Rally
Sporting Breed Conformation

Show hours are 6:30 am – 6:30 pm each day

Detailed schedules will be posted here when available
More information:
2017 MSDA Spring Show Premium List (pdf)
and at Jim Rau Dog Shows.

MSDA Show Location: Howard County Fairgrounds