The Maryland Sporting Dog Association (MSDA) is a group of dog owners and friends working for the good of all dogs, but especially sporting dogs. We endeavor to rise above our human weaknesses for the sake of our canine companions and put our best efforts toward furthering the advancement of sporting breeds, to protect and advance the interests of sporting dogs and sporting dog activities, to conduct sporting dog events, and to encourage sportsmanlike behavior in all situations.
MSDA was first organized in 1974. Through the years we have hosted conformation shows, obedience trials, hunt tests, field trials, training sessions, and social events. We also participate in regional outreach activities and fund raising. A listing of upcoming and recent activities is on our Calendar page.
Maryland Sporting Dog Association, Inc. is a Maryland nonstock corporation and operates as a tax-exempt entity under 26 U.S. Code Section 501(c)(4). Donations to MSDA are not tax deductible.
Scroll down for more information about MSDA’s history, philosophy, and to see a list of its current board members.
If you have questions about MSDA and would like to learn more about our activities, please contact us at Info@mdsportingdog.org . If you would like to become a member, we invite you to one of our events to get to know us and submit an application. If you have already attended an event but didn’t fill out the form there, please e-mail our Secretary, Pamela DeSmidt for an application. MSDA does not currently have dues or any initiation fees. However, we do hope that members will support the organization by volunteering to work at least one event each year.
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Board of Directors of the Maryland Sporting Dog Association, Inc. (2019-2020):
- Steve Roth, President
- Richard Jackson, Vice President
- Gary Seibel, Treasurer
- Pamela DeSmidt, Secretary
- Other board members: Pat Cottingham, Sally Eck, Bill Marlow, Loreen Peterson
History & Philosophy of MSDA:
January of 1974 saw a group of energetic acquaintances and friends come together to form an organization that embraces the concept of sportsmanship, companionship and love of bird dogs (sporting dogs). Some belonged to local breed clubs or kennel clubs. Some had breeds so rare that there was no organization. All wanted to learn more. Most faced dissatisfaction with their local clubs because the total dog was not addressed. The clubs either lacked direction or moved in only one direction (such as breed showing). They all wanted to do more with their dogs. Thus, Maryland Sporting Dog Association (MSDA) was born.
MSDA is a group of sporting dog owners and friends working for the good of all dogs, but especially sporting dogs, in the home, field, obedience, and breed. It has been our focus to put our best efforts toward promoting intelligent, rational, sportsmanlike attempts at the betterment of sporting dogs without resorting to petty jealousies and backbiting that strangles so many organizations. Naturally there have been some rough spots. However, we endeavor to rise above our human weaknesses for the sake of our canine companions. Any organization is what its working membership makes of it.
The sport of dogs just that, SPORT. We respect each other’s particular fields of interest and work together to help each other in all canine endeavors. MSDA also is deeply dedicated to the idea of sporting dogs for human companionship.
We are a family club with children and spouses helping out wherever and whenever they can. Many a close personal friendship has come about through MSDA. The foundation of any organization is its members and because of its hard working, loving, vivacious people, Maryland Sporting Dog Association has grown into an active and successful club that encompasses all activities associated with the Sport of Bird Dogs.
We are not a private social club. Nearly all of our activities are open to the public and we strive to educate not only our membership, but also the dog-loving public, about sporting dogs and the activities they enjoy.
Over the years, we have achieved many milestones:
- We were charter members of The States Kennel Club.
- Since 2002, we have been conducting licensed conformation shows and obedience trials.
- We have hosted competitions for pointing bird dogs under the license of the Field Dog Stud Book, Amateur Field Trial Association, and U.S. Complete Shooting Dog Association.
- We host spaniel hunting tests licensed by the American Kennel Club, and helped to develop the AKC hunting test program.
- We host breed club field testing (“Working Dog tests”) under the sanctioning of the respective parent breed clubs.
- We also have held many field training sessions as well as obedience and breed handling classes with occasional seminars on varied subjects. We’ve hosted tattoo & chip clinics, eye clinics, and AKC judges’ seminars. We also participate in regional outreach activities to advance the sport of dogs.
- We are continuing to develop innovative programs for sporting dogs and their families.