2019 MSDA Spring Weekend

MSDA’s Spring Sporting Group Dog Shows and All-Breed Obedience & Rally Trials will be Friday March 1 – Sunday March 3, 2019. The Premium List, being finalized now, will be posted here when it is ready. Registration for most events will be via Jim Rau Dog Shows and is expected to open within the next few days. (Thanks for being patient! There was a slight paperwork “snafu” relating to our supported entries. But, we think we’ve finally resolved the problem.)

Once again, the weekend will include three days of AKC-licensed events at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, MD. In addition to conformation, obedience, rally, and specialty events sponsored by other dog clubs, we’re also planning a third year of just-for-fun Instinct Clinics to introduce sporting dogs to field work. There will be additional fun activities as well.

All judging, trials, and grooming are indoors. However, note that dogs may NOT be left in the exhibition halls overnight.

Thursday, February 28th:

  • No events.
  • Buildings open at 3:00 pm for setup.
  • No admittance to grounds after 10 pm.

Friday, March 1st:

  • MSDA All-Breed Obedience and Rally Trials in Hall B.
  • Potomac Valley Golden Retriever Club Specialty, and Obedience and Rally Trials. Get the Premium List, or go straight to registration. All PVGRC events will be held in the Main Hall (A).
  • 9:30 am and 1:30 pm: MSDA Sporting Dog Instinct Clinics. These are held outside but, even if you are preregistered, please check in (and pay) at the MSDA Field Activities information desk (in the Main Hall) at least 15 minutes before the Clinic starting time. Get more information and sign up here (not at Rau).

Saturday, March 2nd:

  • Conformation is in Hall A; Obedience/Rally is in Hall B. The Superintendent’s (Rau) Desk and MSDA Information Tables (e.g., show and club information, catalog sales, field activities information) are in the Main Hall (A).
  • MSDA Sporting Dog Conformation Show and All-Breed Obedience and Rally Trials.
  • 9:30 am and 1:30 pm: MSDA Sporting Dog Instinct Clinics. These are held outside but, even if you are preregistered, please check in (and pay) at the MSDA Field Activities information desk (in the Main Hall) at least 15 minutes before the Clinic starting time. Get more information and sign up here (not at Rau).
  • Irish Water Spaniel Designated Specialty
  • MSDA Annual Membership Meeting (after best-in-show).

Sunday, March 3rd:

  • Conformation is in Hall A; Obedience/Rally is in Hall B. The Superintendent’s (Rau) Desk and MSDA Information Tables (e.g., show and club information, catalog sales, field activities information) are in the Main Hall (A).
  • MSDA Sporting Dog Conformation Show and All-Breed Obedience and Rally Trials.

There will be supported entries at least for Brittanys, Cocker Spaniels, English Cocker Spaniels, English Setters, English Springer Spaniels, Field Spaniels, Flat-Coated Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Irish Setters, Irish Water Spaniels, Labrador Retrievers, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers, Sussex Spaniels, Welsh Springer Spaniels, and Wirehaired Pointing Griffons.

But wait, there’s more! Free coffee and doughnuts each morning. Practice ring. Grooming space with power at no charge. Ringside hospitality with snacks and beverages during Group Judging. Armband raffle. Duck decoy toss (proceeds go to charity).

General parking is free on Friday and $5 per car on Saturday and Sunday. Prime parking and RV parking (with electrical hookup) are available for an extra fee.

Limited food concessions are available on site; the Fairgrounds does not allow outside food to be delivered. So, you can’t order a pizza delivery, but you may bring your own lunch.

A map of key locations on the show grounds is shown below. (Click on the image to enlarge the map.)

Contact our Event Chair,  Richard Jackson, with any questions.

Even more information will be coming soon, but meanwhile please check out photos and some results from the 2018 event. And, you can learn more about MSDA and stay informed of future events by signing up for our e-mail list.