MSDA’s spring show and obedience/ rally trials will be March 2-4, 2018.

MSDA Spring Sporting Group Dog Shows and All-Breed Obedience & Rally Trials: three days of AKC-licensed events. All dog show entries are via Jim Rau Dog Shows. The dog show premium list is now available and entries are open! If you have any questions , please contact Richard  Jackson,  ShowChair@mdsportingdog.org or Pat Hess, ObedienceChair@mdsportingdog.org.

Once again we will be at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, MD. All judging and grooming areas are indoors. Here is the general schedule for the show and other activities:

Thursday, March 1st
Show site opens for setup after 3:00 pm. No admittance after 10 pm.

Friday, March 2nd
All Breed Obedience & Rally
Potomac Valley Golden Retriever Club Specialty
MSDA Sporting Dog Instinct Clinics (9:30 am & 1:30 pm)

Saturday, March 3rd
All Breed Obedience & Rally
Sporting Breed Conformation
MSDA Sporting Dog Instinct Clinics (9:30 am & 1:30 pm)
MSDA Membership Meeting (after Best in Show)

Sunday, March 4th
All Breed Obedience & Rally
Sporting Breed Conformation

Official show hours are 6:30 am – 6:30 pm Friday-Sunday. Grounds are available 6:30 am – 10:00 pm each of those days. A map of key locations on the show grounds is shown below. (Click on the image to enlarge the map.)

There is a daily parking fee of $4.00. Reserved “prime parking” spaces are available for $10/day (two day minimum). RV parking spaces are $35/night (two night minimum). Prime and RV parking applications are included in the Premium List and must be received by February 14th.

Volunteers! On January 3rd the Maryland Sporting Dog Association lost our Vice-President and Show Chair with the passing of Laurie Doumaux.  As Chair of the MSDA Sporting Group Dog Show, Laurie relied on a large group of volunteers, affectionately called “Laurie’s People”.  All of Laurie’s People and anyone else that could help with this year’s show are asked to please contact the new Show Chair, Richard Jackson.

The Maryland Sporting Dog Association’s Sporting Group Dog Show includes three days of All-Breed Obedience and Rally Trials.  The Obedience and Rally Trials need a minimum of ten (10) stewards each day, starting a half hour before the trials start.  Although experienced stewards are needed, newcomers, with no experience stewarding, are also welcomed and needed.  If you think you will be able to help, please contact the Obedience and Rally Chair, Pat Hess, as soon as possible so she can plan a schedule.

Contact information for both Richard and Pat also are included in the Premium List.

Member Meeting: The annual MSDA membership meeting will be held in the hospitality area of the main hall on Saturday after the conclusion of the Best-in-Show judging. Light dinner and other refreshments will be provided.

Instinct Clinics: Also at the spring show, MSDA will offer four “Instinct Clinics” to introduce sporting dogs to birds and AKC hunting events. In the clinic we will look at prey drive, biddability in association with retrieving, and the instinct to hunt and find birds.  Instinct clinics will be held outside, in a field near the main show building. There will be no gunfire, but live birds (pigeons or quail) will be used. Click here for much more information, and to register online today.