September 2020 Spaniel Hunting Tests and AKC Spaniel Hunting Test Seminar

Saturday, September 12th & Sunday, September 13th, 2020
Rebel Ridge Farms
295 Woods Road, Elkton, Maryland 21921

First, all the text below describes what we are planning. These days, of course, it’s hard to know exactly what will be feasible. If changes need to be made, we will be sure to post those here and to notify those who have already registered. And, full refunds are always available at least until registration deadlines. Now, on to the fun stuff…

It’s MSDA’s Fall Fieldapalooza! Including:

  • Two days of AKC Spaniel Hunting Tests (for all eligible flushing breeds)
  • AKC Spaniel Hunting Test Seminar for judges, prospective judges, and handlers
  • Working Dog testing for spaniel breeds (subject to parent club approval)
  • Instinct Clinics for all sporting dogs
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen CGC and CGCA testing for all breeds

Ready to sign up? Use our online entry. Or, click on a topic or scroll down for much more information, including the official Hunt Test Premium List and mail-in entry forms.

Online Entry for All Events * AKC Spaniel Hunting Tests * Hunt Test Premium List and Mail-In Entry Forms * AKC Junior Handler Program * AKC Spaniel Hunting Test Seminar * Working Dog Tests * Instinct Clinics * CGC Testing * Lunches * Wine & Cheese Reception * Dinner * Deadlines & How to Sign Up & Pay * Weather * Blaze Orange Required * Severe Correction/Training * Spectators & Volunteers Welcome * Location * Where to Stay * Covid-19 WarningQuestions?

AKC SPANIEL HUNTING TESTS: There will be two days, and actually three separate events, of hunt tests. Please read the descriptions below. Very important: you can only enter a dog in ONE test on Saturday, not both.

Not just for spaniels, the hunting tests are open to all eligible flushing breeds. Currently, these are: Airedale Terrier, American Water Spaniel, Boykin Spaniel, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Clumber Spaniel, Cocker Spaniel, Curly-Coated Retriever, English Cocker Spaniel, English Springer Spaniel, Field Spaniel, Flat-Coated Retriever, Golden Retriever, Irish Water Spaniel, Labrador Retriever, Miniature Poodle, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Standard Poodle, Sussex Spaniel, Welsh Springer Spaniel. Dogs of these breeds recorded with the Purebred Alternative Listing Program/Indefinite Listing Privilege (PAL/ILP) or dogs with Conditional registration are eligible to participate. Spayed and neutered dogs are eligible to participate. Bitches in season are not eligible to participate, nor are they allowed on the grounds. Dogs with Limited Registration are eligible to participate.

Tests will be conducted according to the American Kennel Club’s Regulations for AKC Hunting Tests for Spaniels available at https://images.akc.org/pdf/rulebooks/RHTSPN.pdf.

Saturday, September 12th – Hunt Test A: This hunt test is being held in conjunction with an AKC Spaniel Hunting Test Seminar and, although the official starting time is 8 am, actual judging in the field is expected to begin later, after completion of the classroom portion of the seminar. The test will continue until completion, probably ending after 3 pm. A midday lunch break will be taken as decided by the judges, and ribbons will be awarded at the clubhouse after the end of the testing.

Junior, Senior, and Master Hunter stakes will be available. Chukars will be used for all levels. The entry limit for this test is 25 dogs in total, and there will be a single judging panel. The judges are Tom Meyer and Jim Zimmerman. Seminar attendees may also enter one or more dogs in this hunt test, but are encouraged to sign up early due to the low entry limit. Handlers are also welcome to enter this hunt test without also signing up for the seminar, but please be aware of what is different about this test: Tom Meyer, who is presenting the seminar, will be discussing key points of judging the dogs as the test proceeds. This is something new that the AKC is trying — we hope that it will be especially informative to seminar participants, but it is definitely going to slow down the testing process a bit. To help move things along, this hunt test has a smaller entry limit and also will make use of callbacks, so if a dog does not qualify on one portion of the test, it will not continue with subsequent parts of the test.

The AKC Event # for this test is 20207441907. The hunt test fee is $65 per dog ($30 for Junior Handlers (under age 18)). This fee does not include lunch. 

CAVEAT: Planning for this seminar and test was undertaken while COVID-19 impacted approvals for AKC events. At this time, the AKC has furloughed many employees and is not willing to commit to approving the seminar. If the seminar does not happen, Hunt Test A will still be held, but will start promptly at 8 am and be run the same as Hunt Test B. It’s also likely that Tom Meyer will be replaced with a different judge.

Saturday, September 12th – Hunt Test B: This will be the usual MSDA Saturday hunt test. Junior, Senior, and Master Hunter stakes will be available. Chukars will be used for all levels.

Judging begins promptly at 8 am and continues until completion, typically ending after 3 pm. A midday lunch break will be taken as decided by the judges, and ribbons will be awarded at the clubhouse after the end of the testing. The entry limit for this test is 30 dogs in total, and there will be a single judging panel. The judges are John Dunn and Jeffrey Thomas. For this event only, depending on the number of entries and the weather, we are hoping to provide all participants the opportunity to be judged in all the elements of their test, rather than using callbacks that reduce the number of dogs participating as the test proceeds each day. We will assume that all dogs will be available in running order for all portions of the testing. Of course, if you choose to withdraw your dog at any point, you may do so simply by informing the marshal.

The AKC Event # for this test is 20207441909. The hunt test fee is $65 per dog ($30 for Junior Handlers). This fee does not include lunch.

Sunday, September 13th – Hunt Test C: This will be the usual MSDA Sunday hunt test. Junior, Senior, and Master Hunter stakes will be available. Chukars will be used for all levels.

Judging begins promptly at 8 am and continues until completion, probably ending after 3 pm. A midday lunch break will be taken as decided by the judges, and ribbons will be awarded at the clubhouse after the end of the testing. The entry limit for this test is 55 dogs in total, and there will be two judging panels. Dogs will be assigned randomly to one panel or the other, subject to adjustments required to balance the groups and allow the tests to run smoothly. This hunt test will make use of callbacks, so if a dog does not qualify on one portion of the test, it will not continue with subsequent parts of the test.

The AKC Event # for this test is 20207441908. The hunt test fee is $65 per dog; $30 for Junior Handlers (under age 18). This fee does not include lunch.

If you have any questions about how the hunt tests are conducted or would like to volunteer to help, please contact Steve Roth.

Hunt test entries, including payment, must be received by the Secretary no later than 8 pm (Eastern) on Saturday 9/5. Running orders will be assigned using a random drawing the evening of 9/6, and entrants will be notified via email the following day. For registration questions, to change/cancel your entry or request a refund, contact the Secretary, Pamela DeSmidt.

If your dog is working toward a Spaniel Hunting Test Advanced title, please bring your Hunt Test Advanced Title Application form with you. The Event Secretary must verify your dog’s score and sign the form on the day of the test.

Use MSDA’s online entry form for hunt tests, judging seminar, working dog tests, and instinct clinics. Or download a PDF file of the official hunt test Premium List and printable Entry Forms.

AKC JUNIOR HANDLER PROGRAM: Anyone up to the age of 18 is eligible to compete as a Junior Handler in hunting tests and other AKC performance events. MSDA welcomes Junior Handlers and is pleased to announce that the entry fee for Junior Handlers at the September 2020 AKC Spaniel Hunting Tests is reduced from $65 to just $30. To participate as a Junior Handler, you must obtain a number from the AKC by having a parent or guardian submit this form. (If you don’t yet have a Jr. Handler number, send in the AKC form and meanwhile write “applied for” in the space on the MSDA hunting test entry.)

AKC SPANIEL HUNTING TEST SEMINAR: This seminar, on Saturday September 12th, is designed to review and explain the regulations and guidelines for the AKC Spaniel Hunting Test program. Seminar participants will improve their understanding of the performance requirements and standards as well as additional AKC policies.

The program will begin promptly at 8 am with a classroom presentation and group discussion at the clubhouse. The seminar continues in the field with a quick summary of how hunt tests are set up and then discussion of key points of judging dogs in an actual hunt test (Saturday’s Hunt Test A). Seminar attendees should expect to do a lot of walking, since they will be following the action in the field and must observe all elements of all three levels (Junior, Senior, Master) to receive credit. Seminar attendees will all receive judging books so that they make notes of each dog’s performance, practice judge, and note the score of the seminar judge. 

All AKC judges are required to attend one of these seminars every five years to maintain active status. Attendance at the seminar also is recommended for newcomers to hunt testing and anyone interested in learning more about the program and how dogs are scored. Seminar attendees may enter one or more dogs in Saturday’s Hunt Test A, but are advised to sign up early, since there is an entry limit of 25 dogs for that hunt test.

The seminar fee is $25 if the registrant also enters a dog in Saturday’s Hunt Test A. The seminar fee is $40 if the registrant does not also enter a dog in Saturday’s Hunt Test A. Registration fees do not include lunch. 

CAVEAT: Planning for this seminar and test was undertaken while COVID-19 impacted approvals for AKC events. At this time, the AKC has furloughed many employees and is not willing to commit to approving the seminar. If the seminar does not happen, registrants who have prepaid will be provided refunds for the seminar and may also withdraw from, and receive refunds for, the associated hunt test. (Saturday’s Hunt Test A.)

If you have any questions about the seminar, please contact Steve Surprenant. Use MSDA’s online entry form for hunt tests, judging seminar, working dog tests, and instinct clinics.

WORKING DOG TESTS: Before there were AKC Hunt Tests, MSDA held the first Working Dog Test for English Cocker Spaniels in 1977. In keeping with that tradition, we are once again offering our annual Working Dog Tests (WD, WDX) in association with our Hunting Test on Sunday, September 13th (only). You do not have to be entered in the AKC Hunting Tests to participate in Working Dog Tests, though we offer a discounted entry fee to dogs signed up for both WD and either Junior Hunter or Senior Hunter, since those can be judged simultaneously.

If you are interested in working dog tests, please note that approval to hold these tests must be obtained separately from each breed club. We try to obtain approval at least for Clumber Spaniels, Cocker Spaniels, English Cocker Spaniels, English Springer Spaniels, Field Spaniels, Sussex Spaniels, and Welsh Springer Spaniels. We recommend signing up early to be sure that we have time to get approval for your breed. Other breeds are welcome to run in the separate WD test, but they will not receive parent club recognition. Please check with your breed’s parent club for WD/WDX upland hunting test requirements and judging guidelines. Such information is usually on the parent club’s website.

There is an entry limit of 10 dogs being judged only for WD. (Dogs signed up for both JH or SH and WD/WDX do not count toward the limit.) Dogs entered in both the AKC Hunting Test and the WD test must be ready to start at 8 am on Sunday. Dogs entered only in the WD Test will be run later in the morning, after the upland portion of the hunt tests. WD/WDX judges will be Marybeth Piedrafite Clark and Deborah Kirk.

The fee for WD/WDX testing is $15 if the dog is also entered in Junior or Senior Hunter tests on Sunday. Otherwise, the fee is $35.

If you have any questions about how the WD/WDX tests are conducted or whether your dog is ready for this activity, please contact Steve Roth. Use MSDA’s online entry form for hunt tests, judging seminar, working dog tests, and instinct clinics.

INSTINCT CLINICS have been a very popular activity at our annual Spring Event in Howard County, so we are offering something similar at this year’s Hunt Test Weekend. There will be scheduled time slots available between 10 am and 4 pm on both Saturday September 12th and Sunday September 13th. (You will select your time slot when you register.) For a bird dog with little or no field experience, this is a great way to get started. It is set up as a fun, relaxed, and encouraging activity.

These one-on-one sessions will include a brief introductory chat followed by work with each dog and handler. Trainers get the dogs excited about the birds, and then the dogs are able to scent a bird and find a bird, triggering their basic hunting instincts. Flushed birds fly away and there is no gunfire at these sessions. (However, there will be live fire, at a distance, on other parts of the property.) Instinct Clinics are run by experienced handlers, trainers, and AKC hunt test judges for flushing, pointing, and retrieving breeds. Sessions will be coordinated by Sally Eck, who leads the Pointing Breeds group at MSDA’s annual Field Day and was one of the trainers at the 2020 Spring Event Instinct Clinics. The number of registrations will be limited so each dog gets plenty of attention. This is a wonderful stepping stone for you and your dog to get involved with training for your parent club’s WD or WC program or the AKC Hunt Test programs, or to simply see how much fun you can have when your dog gets turned on to birds!

Since there will be WD/WDX testing and flushing hunt tests occurring on the same property, participants are encouraged to watch those and even volunteer to help. Though much of the weekend focuses on activities for flushing breeds, all potentially “birdy” dogs and breeds are welcome at Instinct Clinics. Your dog only needs a collar and leash (not just a slip lead) . We’ll provide a very long lead and all other supplies, including birds. Dogs are never off-leash during these sessions.

The Instinct Clinic fee is $20 per dog. Note that, because of AKC rules about “training on the grounds”, dogs may not be registered for both Instinct Clinic and either WD/WDX or a hunt test on the same day. Instinct Clinic is an introductory activity for dogs not familiar with birds; it is not to be used as a “warm-up”. Also, bitches in season are not allowed on the property.

If you have any questions about the Instinct Clinics, please contact Sally Eck. Use MSDA’s online entry form for hunt tests, judging seminar, working dog tests, and instinct clinics.

CANINE GOOD CITIZEN TESTING also will be offered on Saturday September 12th starting at 10 am, with a very flexible schedule. The fee is $10 (cash, or check to “MSDA”), payable at the time of the test. All dog breeds are welcome, and you don’t sign up in advance for this. Both CGC and Community Canine (also known as CGC-Advanced) will be available. Learn more about AKC’s CGC titling at https://www.akc.org/products-services/training-programs/canine-good-citizen/ .

LUNCH: Test, seminar, and instinct clinic fees do not include lunch. MSDA volunteers will be setting out a buffet lunch at the clubhouse on both Saturday and Sunday. This year, at least, it may be a served buffet rather than one where you help yourself. Advance reservations for this lunch are $8 per person per day. (Note that hunt test fees are lower this year since lunch is not included.) Alternatively, all attendees are welcome to bring their own lunches to eat at the clubhouse or to picnic on the grounds. Please remember, however, that we are guests on this very beautiful private property, so we need to be respectful and be sure to clean up after ourselves if we are to be invited back.

WINE & CHEESE RECEPTION: A wine and cheese reception is planned immediately follow the conclusion of hunt testing on Saturday, during the time the judges are finalizing their scores and marking the official results.  All handlers and guests are welcome.

DINNER Saturday, September 12th: A group usually gathers informally on Saturday evening around 6 pm for dinner (with separate checks) at Baker’s Restaurant (1075 Augustine Herman Hwy, Elkton, MD 21921). Baker’s is less than a 10-minute drive from Rebel Ridge.

DEADLINES AND HOW TO SIGN UP AND PAY: MSDA offers online entry on this website for all activities: after you submit the registration form you will receive a unique link to securely make your payment using a credit card (via Square). There is no additional fee for registering or paying online. You also will have the option of mailing a check. For Hunt Test entries (only), you may enter either online or by mailing in the paper entry forms. Paper entries must be accompanied by a check. Entries are not complete until payment has been received.

  • Hunt test entries are $65 each ($30 for Junior Handlers – those under age 18). Use MSDA’s online entry form and pay securely online with a credit card or mail a check. Or, download the official Premium list and paper entry forms to complete and send by mail. Hunt test entries, including payment, must be received by the Secretary no later than 8 pm (Eastern) on Saturday 9/5. However, entries will close earlier if the entry limit for a particular test is reached. Running orders will be assigned using a random drawing starting at 8 pm (Eastern) on Sunday 9/6, and entrants will be notified via email the following day.
  • Seminar registrations are $25 each if the attendee also enters a dog in Saturday’s Hunt Test A. Entries are $40 per person if a dog is not entered in Saturday’s Hunt Test A. Seminar entries are via MSDA’s online entry form only. You then may pay securely online with a credit card, or mail a check. Seminar entries, including payment, must be received by the Secretary no later than 8 pm (Eastern) on Tuesday 9/8. (Note that hunt test entries are due sooner.)
  • Working dog entries are $15 each if the dog is also entered in Sunday’s Junior or Senior hunt test; $35 each if the dog is not entered in Sunday’s Junior or Senior hunt test. WD/WDX entries are via MSDA’s online entry form only. You then may pay securely online with a credit card, or mail a check. WD/WDX entries, including payment, must be received by the Secretary no later than 8 pm (Eastern) on Tuesday 9/8. (Note that hunt test entries are due sooner.)
  • Instinct Clinic entries are $20 each. Instinct Clinic entries are via MSDA’s online entry form only. You may pay securely online with a credit card, or mail a check. Instinct Clinic entries, including payment, must be received by the Secretary no later than 8 pm (Eastern) on Tuesday 9/8.
  • Lunch reservations are $8 per person per day, to be included with your other registration payments. Lunch reservations, including payment, are due with your other entries.
  • Until the relevant registration deadline, any entry may be withdrawn for any reason and a full refund will be given.
  • After the relevant registration deadline, refunds will be provided only if the dog is sick or injured or for bitches in season. This year, refunds also will be provided if the handler is ill. (An appropriate medical certification may be required for any refund.) To be eligible for a refund, the Secretary should be notified of the withdrawal by 8 am on the test, seminar, or clinic day.

WEATHER: Hunting tests and related activities go on rain or shine. The average early morning low temperature at Elkton in mid-September is below 60(F); the average late afternoon high is in the upper 70s. On a sunny day it can feel quite a bit warmer. MSDA provides chilled water as well as some sports drinks at the fields. On particularly hot days, we may also have chilled wet towels to keep you cool, and we may require you to show the marshal that you are carrying water for your dog before you enter the field. The ponds, when not being used for testing, can be used to cool your dog and are always available in an emergency.

The AKC, the State of Maryland, and MSDA require that all people in the field (where there is live fire) wear BLAZE/FLUORESCENT ORANGE clothing. This includes judges, gunners, handlers, marshals, bird planters, seminar attendees, and observers in the field. A cap by itself is not sufficient to meet this requirement. You need a “vest or jacket containing back and front panels of at least 250 square inches of solid fluorescent orange color (worn as outer garment at all times) or an outer garment of camouflage fluorescent orange worn above the waist which contains at least 50% fluorescent orange color.” If you are a spectator remaining outside the fields, or are participating only in Instinct Clinics and CGC testing, blaze orange is not absolutely required. It is also not required during hunt dead and water portions of tests. However, blaze orange is strongly recommended for everyone on the property and it is the favorite fashion statement color for these events! A limited number of plain blaze orange t-shirts will be available for sale on site for $5.00 each.

SEVERE CORRECTION OR DISCIPLINE will not be allowed on any part of the grounds at any time. TRAINING by dogs and handlers entered in the hunt tests is not permitted. Dogs can be aired or exercised only in designated areas (areas that will not be used during the course of the tests). Please scoop poop from where people will be walking and deposit the poop bags in trash receptacles.

SPECTATORS AND VOLUNTEERS ARE WELCOME. If you’re curious about flushing tests, want to learn more about field work or flushing breeds, or just would enjoy a day outside with a lot of bird-crazy dogs, please join us. We start promptly at 8 am and finish before 4 pm. There are plenty of friendly owners, handlers, and spectators and, if you want to get a closer view, you can walk alongside the field or, even better, we are always looking for volunteers to help with “shagging” and “marshaling”*. To volunteer, please contact Steve Roth. Note that to walk in or along the testing field you must wear blaze orange. Well-behaved dogs are welcome as spectators, but may not enter the testing fields.

*The shagger follows immediately behind the handler and judges down the middle of the field with a backpack-like basket into which the shot birds are placed. Field marshals walk down the middle or side of the field and report back to the Head Marshal by radio to let them know when each dog is finished.

LOCATION: Once again our hunt tests will be at Rebel Ridge Farms located at 295 Woods Road, Elkton, Maryland 21921. Convenient to I-95, a variety of restaurants, hotels that welcome dogs, and an RV/camping site, this beautiful property provides more than 250 acres of fields, ponds, and woods as well as a heated and air-conditioned clubhouse. Most GPS will find it easily using the address. After you turn in to the property, drive very slowly approaching the dip before the bridge! Follow the driveway in and stay right at the fork. The clubhouse is the last low building on the left. Pull in there to pick up a hunt test catalog, get field assignments, and ask questions.

A note about blue-green algae: There has been much attention paid to toxic algae blooms, especially in waters that collect a lot of fertilizer run-off. This has not been a problem at Rebel Ridge Farms. Experts from Aquatic Engineering complete periodic examinations of Rebel Ridge’s man-made ponds and, to date, have not seen any evidence of algae blooms. The owners swim their own dogs (including their puppies) regularly, and there are events scheduled at Rebel Ridge before our September date.

WHERE TO STAY: Here is information on some local accommodations. This is not a complete list. Please read the notes below the list about nightly rates, pet policies, etc.

  • Self-Described as “Pet Friendly”:
    • Best Western: 39 Elwoods Rd North East, MD Ph: 410-287-5450. $117 per night
    • Days Inn by Wyndham: 311 Belle Hill Rd Elkton, MD Ph: 410-392-5010. $75 per night
    • La Quinta Inn by Wyndham: 304 Belle Hill Rd Elkton, MD Ph: 410-620-9494. $110 per night
    • Motel 6: 223 Belle Hill Rd Elkton, MD Ph: 410-392-5020. $80 per night
  • “Pet Friendly”, but policy says small dogs only:
    • Comfort Inn and Suites: 1 Center Dr North East, MD Ph: 410-287-7100. $121 per night
    • Elk Forge B&B Inn: 807 Elk Mills Rd Elkton, MD Ph: 410-392-9007. $260 per night
    • Hampton Inn: 117 Sandhill Dr Middletown, DE Ph: 302-378-5656. $228 per night
  • Policy says service animals only:
    • Hampton Inn: 2 Warner Rd Elkton, MD Ph: 410-398-7777. $160 per night
    • Holiday Inn Express & Suites: 1570 Elkton Rd Elkton, MD Ph: 443-350-9154. $137 per night
    • Holiday Inn Express & Suites: 315 Auto Park Dr Middletown, DE Ph: 302-696-2272. $208 per night
    • Holiday Inn Express & Suites: 101 Hotel Plaza North East, MD Ph: 410-287-0008. $138 per night

Those who travel with an RV or camper are directed to Lums Pond State Park in Bear DE, about a 10-minute drive from Rebel Ridge Farms. Rebel Ridge is private property and does not provide overnight RV parking or camping.

Important notes: Rates were checked in Spring 2020 for one person for one night. Obviously, a lot may have changed since then, so this is only a general guide. “Pet friendly” hotels usually have restrictions such as a limited number of rooms, weight limits on dogs, limits on number of dogs and, of course, extra charges. Be sure to check pet policy carefully when booking, especially since we have observed that stated policies may differ from reality and may change over time. These are not complete lists and specifically there are many more hotels and restaurants in Newark DE, near the Univ of Delaware. MSDA does not endorse or recommend any hotels or restaurants. The accuracy and currency of information listed here is not guaranteed. Note, however, that our experience in this area especially with respect to hotels is that “you get what you pay for”, i.e., there may be a reason that the cheapest hotels on the list are in that position.

COVID-19 WARNING: An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and those with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. By attending this MSDA event you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. MSDA will be using enhanced health and safety measures for all participants and volunteers. These will be guided by rules and recommendations provided by the State of Maryland and the AKC. Details will be decided closer to the date of the event, but this may include social distancing and wearing masks. If you are not willing to comply with these measures, do not sign up. Let’s keep each other healthy!

QUESTIONS? Please feel free to ask!

The Fall Fieldapalooza Event Committee is: (* denotes AKC hunt test committee members)

Online Entry for All Hunt Test Weekend Events

Saturday September 12th, 2020
& Sunday September 13th, 2020
Rebel Ridge Farms in Elkton, MD

Enter MSDA’s Fall Fieldapalooza events now by filling out the online form below. You can sign up here for:

  • Two days of AKC Spaniel Hunting Tests (for all eligible flushing breeds)
  • AKC Spaniel Hunting Test Seminar for judges, prospective judges, and handlers
  • Working Dog testing for spaniel breeds (subject to parent club approval)
  • Instinct Clinics for all sporting breeds
  • Lunches

There’s also CGC testing available on Saturday 9/12, but that doesn’t require pre-registration.

Not ready to enter? If you need more information about MSDA’s Fall Fieldapalooza, there’s lots of info available here.

After your entry is submitted and reviewed by an actual human, a detailed confirmation e-mail with payment instructions will be sent. You will have the option of using a unique secure link to pay online (via Square) using any major credit card or you may mail a check to MSDA’s Hunting Test Secretary. Fees are as follows:

  • For Junior, Senior, and Master hunt tests, $65 per dog per test. Except, if the dog is handled by an AKC-registered junior handler, the fee is only $30.
  • Seminar registration is $25 if the attendee also enters a dog in Saturday’s Hunt Test A. Seminar registration is $40 if a dog is not entered in Saturday’s Hunt Test A.
  • For the Working Dog flushing test (Sunday only), the fee is $35. However, if you are also testing at the Junior or Senior Hunter level the same day, the WD fee is only $15.
  • Instinct Clinic entries are $20 per dog.
  • Lunch reservations are $8 per person per day.

A lot more information about all the activities during the weekend are available here. If you prefer to use a paper entry form for entering the hunting tests, download this PDF which includes the Premium List and entry forms. Entry for the seminar, working dog tests, and instinct clinics is online only. No pre-registration is required for the CGC testing on Saturday.

Hunting test entries are to be completed only by the owner or the owner’s authorized agent.

If you’re having trouble with these forms or need to make changes to a previously-submitted registration, please e-mail the Hunt Test Secretary, Pamela DeSmidt. If you have questions about how activities will be conducted or would like to volunteer to help, please contact:

There are spaces to enter information for one handler (or seminar participant) and up to three individual dogs on this form. If there may be a second handler, use the "Other Info" box at the bottom of the form to let us know. If you are entering more than three dogs, you may wish to contact the Hunt Test Secretary, Pamela DeSmidt to send your information directly, rather than using this form.

Fields marked with * are required.

First, the handler's or seminar participant's information...



Hunt Test Judging Seminar...

If you are just doing the seminar and not bringing any dogs, skip directly to the LUNCH BUFFET section below!


Next, tell us about the dog(s)...

DOG #1:


Enter this dog in the following events:
(On Saturday, Hunt Test A is the one with the seminar; Hunt Test B is the regular one.)
Saturday Junior Hunter - AKC Spaniel Hunt Test A
Saturday Senior Hunter - AKC Spaniel Hunt Test A
Saturday Master Hunter - AKC Spaniel Hunt Test A
Saturday Junior Hunter - AKC Spaniel Hunt Test B
Saturday Senior Hunter - AKC Spaniel Hunt Test B
Saturday Master Hunter - AKC Spaniel Hunt Test B
Saturday Instinct Clinic (select time below)

Sunday Junior Hunter - AKC Spaniel Hunt Test
Sunday Senior Hunter - AKC Spaniel Hunt Test
Sunday Master Hunter - AKC Spaniel Hunt Test
Sunday Working Dog Certificate Testing
Instinct Clinic Sunday (select time below)

For AKC hunt tests and WD ONLY: enter more information for this dog:

Important -- please check AKC# carefully!









If you don't have any more dogs to enter, skip directly to the LUNCH BUFFET section below!

DOG #2:


Enter this dog in the following events:
(On Saturday, Hunt Test A is the one with the seminar; Hunt Test B is the regular one.)
Saturday Junior Hunter - AKC Spaniel Hunt Test A
Saturday Senior Hunter - AKC Spaniel Hunt Test A
Saturday Master Hunter - AKC Spaniel Hunt Test A
Saturday Junior Hunter - AKC Spaniel Hunt Test B
Saturday Senior Hunter - AKC Spaniel Hunt Test B
Saturday Master Hunter - AKC Spaniel Hunt Test B
Saturday Instinct Clinic (select time below)

Sunday Junior Hunter - AKC Spaniel Hunt Test
Sunday Senior Hunter - AKC Spaniel Hunt Test
Sunday Master Hunter - AKC Spaniel Hunt Test
Sunday Working Dog Certificate Testing
Instinct Clinic Sunday (select time below)

For AKC hunt tests and WD ONLY: enter more information for this dog:

Important -- please check AKC# carefully!









If you don't have any more dogs to enter, skip directly to the LUNCH BUFFET section below!

DOG #3:


Enter this dog in the following events:
(On Saturday, Hunt Test A is the one with the seminar; Hunt Test B is the regular one.)
Saturday Junior Hunter - AKC Spaniel Hunt Test A
Saturday Senior Hunter - AKC Spaniel Hunt Test A
Saturday Master Hunter - AKC Spaniel Hunt Test A
Saturday Junior Hunter - AKC Spaniel Hunt Test B
Saturday Senior Hunter - AKC Spaniel Hunt Test B
Saturday Master Hunter - AKC Spaniel Hunt Test B
Saturday Instinct Clinic (select time below)

Sunday Junior Hunter - AKC Spaniel Hunt Test
Sunday Senior Hunter - AKC Spaniel Hunt Test
Sunday Master Hunter - AKC Spaniel Hunt Test
Sunday Working Dog Certificate Testing
Instinct Clinic Sunday (select time below)

For AKC hunt tests and WD ONLY: enter more information for this dog:

Important -- please check AKC# carefully!











Lunch Buffet

Finally, legal and other stuff...

COVID-19 Warning:
An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and those with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.
By attending this MSDA event you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.
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AGREEMENT
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Field Day 2020


MSDA’s Annual Field Day — a full day of FUN, bird dog training for all levels, and some very good food — had been scheduled for Saturday, May 2nd at Rebel Ridge Farms in Elkton, MD. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, Field Day 2020 was canceled.

We plan to somewhat expand the activities at our fall hunt test weekend September 12-13th, 2020. Information about hunt test weekend is usually posted in June. And, of course, we hope to see everyone at next year’s Field Day in early May of 2021.

Check out our photos, and more, at our pages for 2019 Field Day, 2018 Field Day,  July 2017 Field Day at Rebel Ridge (MD), and June 2017 Field Day at Wilder Wildlife Area (DE).

View our full calendar  of upcoming and recent activities.

Join the conversation! MSDA has a (private) Facebook group.

2020 MSDA Spring Event

MSDA holds two of the largest sporting group conformation shows in the U.S. and, along with those, three days of all-breed obedience and rally trials, breed specialties, bird instinct clinics, and other activities. In 2020, the dates and major activities for MSDA’s events at the Howard County Fairgrounds (just south of I-70) in West Friendship, MD were February 28th – March 1st.

THANK-YOU participants, judges, stewards, trophy sponsors and all volunteers!

Mark your calendar! Our next Spring Event will be Friday March 5th, Saturday March 6th, and Sunday March 7th, 2021.

Please contact our Event Chair, Richard Jackson, with any questions or comments or if you would like to be involved in our 2021 Spring Event. And, you can learn more about MSDA and stay informed of our activities by signing up for our e-mail list.

Below are some snapshots of the event. Click any picture to open an enlarged slide show of all of them.

The trainer also took photos of many of the dogs who participated in the Barn Hunt Try-It. See them at Nose Prints and More.

David Sombach Photography was the official photographer. He took all of the “win” photos. Literally hundreds of photos are available for viewing and purchase online at his website.

Major activities this year included:

    • MSDA Sporting Group Conformation Saturday and Sunday.
    • MSDA All-Breed Obedience & Rally Trials. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
    • Breed Specialty Show on Friday – Northern Virginia Brittany Club.
    • Breed Specialty Show and Obedience & Rally Trial – Potomac Valley Golden Retriever Club.
    • Designated Specialty – Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club (USA) on Saturday.
    • Bird Instinct Clinics in the morning and afternoon on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
    • Sporting Dog Fun Match, by the Chesapeake English Cocker Spaniel Association, Friday evening.
    • Canine Good Citizen Testing Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
    • Barn Hunt “Try-it” on Saturday and Sunday.
    • Flyball demonstration and “race” on Sunday.
    • MSDA Membership Meeting, dinner, and seminar on Saturday evening.

Also on the schedule were sweepstakes, owner-handled, junior handler, and best bred-by-exhibitor competitions. There was puppy and veteran sweepstakes, a dog show tour and new exhibitor briefing, and morning coffee & doughnuts.

Official results are available at the AKC website:

The following clubs supported entries at the shows: Capital City Cocker Club, Capital Region Flat-Coated Retriever Club, English Cocker Spaniel Club of America, Flat-Coated Retriever Society of America, Irish Setter Club of Greater Richmond, Irish Water Spaniel Club of America, Labrador Retriever Club of the Potomac, Lower Susquehanna Irish Setter Club, Maryland Brittany Club, Mid Atlantic Field Spaniel Club, National Capital English Setter Club, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club – USA, Potomac Valley Golden Retriever Club, Susquehanna Valley English Springer Spaniel Club, Sussex Spaniel Club of America, Welsh Springer Spaniel Club of America, and Wilderness Pointer Club.

A big THANK-YOU to all who answered the call to work as volunteers and to those who sponsored trophies for our 2020 Spring Event!

Vendors:

Horse Brooch: So much more that a brooch or cute pin. Horse Brooch makes hand-made enameled (glass/porcelain enamels fused onto copper) brooches true to standard AKC dogs as well as a large variety of animal images. A technique of “painting” with enamel, originating in Limoges, France, in the 15th century which was developed by the Penicaud family. The use of this technique was the first time that different enamel colors were put next to each other without the separation of wire or surface metal. The pieces offered at The Horse Brooch are completely unique. The Realistic Style of each piece is individually drawn on and hand-sawn from a sheet of copper, which is then hand-painted using the Limoges painting technique. Each piece requires a minimum of five separate firings in
an enameling kiln producing a work of art.

White Bone Company: Since 1994, White Dog Bone has been family owned and operated by parents, children, and even grandchildren. The whole family is committed to offering quality Pet products and customer service. We work to represent as many USA manufacturers as possible and provide the same customer service you’d find at your neighborhood pet supply store. We provide quality, USA-manufactured products for pets and educational resources for owners.

The Sharp Shop: We offer a complete line of scissors, clippers blades to meet your individual needs. Family owned and operated in Maryland.

Salty Dog & Sweet P’s Swag is an Authorized Dog is Good Retailer. We offer paw-some clothing, accessories, and gifts for dog and cat lovers. Check out our events tab on Facebook for the location of our upcoming Pup Up Show.

MFD/Digi- Art Photography and Portraits: I am a pet portrait photographer. I use several art programs on my computer to create a digitized portrait of your “dog” or other pet… making it look like a painting. I then print on canvas (on site) in my booth and offer matting and framing. These portraits are completed in about a half hour, depending on how busy I am. I offer many custom gift items for clients, once I have a working portrait in my system. I also have created a line of note cards, (Gadfly Note Cards) using many of the fine breed representations I have taken over the years. I get the owners approval before doing this. Most of my MFD/Digi-Art career was spent in the Northeast, when I lived in PA. Now I’m located in South Carolina, and only come north a few times a year. I’m looking forward to seeing many old friends at the Sporting Dog Cluster.

Sunflower Trading Company: With 30+ years in the hat industry we know a thing or two about quality hats. We’re always looking to improve the shopping experience for our customers, so please don’t hesitate to let us know if there’s anything more we can do to help.

ComfyPooch by Mindy offers dog beds, crate pads, throws and now ottomans made from Crypton fabric. Products: Dog Beds, Pillow covers – to cover multiples for beds or decorative single pillow covers, Crate pads, Throws and Ottomans.

K-9 Fun-Fit, LLC is a multi-dynamic dog service business. We are passionate about fulfilling our canine family members in every way. We have learned the importance meeting our dogs’ needs by providing them with healthy food and treats along with keeping them in a balanced state through proper training, structured walks, and interactive play. K-9 Fun-Fit, LLC was birthed out of a life-long love of dogs. We understand the importance of gaining the dog’s trust and respect while providing a positive, well balance training experience. We teach that training your dog is a lifestyle. It is a continual, ongoing activity that you can be creative with. Lifestyle training goes beyond obedience commands. It is for everyday life and cohabitation. We are looking forward to opening a facility that will encompass all aspects of the K-9 Fun-Fit, LLC vision. We invite you to grab some treats from the online store or fetch the Mobile Treat Truck in your neighborhood. Also, you can schedule midday walks, training or stimulating activity sessions.

More Information: Once again, the chair of this event was Richard Jackson. Please contact him directly with any questions or comments.

We’ll continue to post updates on this page for MSDA’s 2020 Spring Event, so be sure to keep checking in with us. We also invite you to learn more about us, and sign up for our e-mail list to be updated (mostly via a monthly newsletter) on all club activities:

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2020 Sporting Dog Instinct Clinics

MSDA held six Bird Instinct Clinics during the 2020 MSDA Spring Event at the Howard County Fairgrounds. For a bird dog with little or no field experience, this was a great way to get started.

Instinct Clinic is a fun, relaxed, and encouraging activity. The session includes a brief introductory discussion followed by individual work with each dog and handler. Trainers get the dogs excited about the birds, and then the dogs are able to scent a bird and find a bird, triggering their basic hunting instincts. There is no gunfire and flushed birds fly away. Clinics are run by AKC hunt test judges and experienced handlers for flushing, pointing, and retrieving breeds. There is lots of fun, and great information, too!

Instinct Clinic also is a wonderful stepping stone for you and your dog to get involved with training for your parent club’s WD or WC program or the AKC Hunt Test programs, or to simply see how much fun you can have when your dog gets turned on to birds!!

There were a total of six identical clinics, at 9:30 am and 1:30 pm on Friday 2/28, Saturday 2/29, and Sunday 3/1 and in 2020 they were fully booked. All potential bird dogs are welcome at our Instinct Clinics. We had one or more of the following breeds participating: Barbet, Clumber Spaniel, Cocker Spaniel, Curly-Coated Retriever, English Cocker Spaniel, English Setter, English Springer Spaniel, Field Spaniel, Flat-Coated Retriever, French Spaniel, German Shorthaired Pointer, German Wirehaired Pointer, Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Pointer, Saint Usuge Spaniel, Spinone Italiano, Standard Poodle, Vizsla, Weimaraner and Wirehaired Pointing Griffon.

For more information, photos, and videos, see our Instinct Clinic page for 2019. Questions? Please contact Steve Roth.

World of Pets Expo 2020

MSDA had a booth at the 2020 World of Pets Expo at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium MD. The Expo was Friday 1/24 – Sunday 1/26.

We made a lot of new friends — many Expo attendees were not familiar with MSDA and followed up by signing up for upcoming Instinct Clinics and by getting more information about Field Day and club membership. Old friends came by to say “hi”, too. And, of course, kids loved meeting a bird dog!

There were many other booths with products and information for dogs and every other pet. Also a petting zoo, dog agility competitions, and dock diving.

Special thanks to Sally Eck for organizing this and to Bree the English Setter for being such a great (and patient) representative of sporting dogs. We plan to be back at the 2021 Expo.

Thank-you MSDA 2020 Trophy Sponsors!

MSDA holds two of the largest sporting group conformation shows in the U.S. and, along with those, three days of all-breed obedience and rally trials. In 2020, the dates for MSDA’s events at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, MD are:

Friday February 28th (All-Breed Obedience & Rally)
Saturday February 29th (Sporting Group Conformation, All-Breed Obedience & Rally)
Sunday March 1st (Sporting Group Conformation, All-Breed Obedience & Rally)

These events attract more than 600 dogs, along with owners, handlers, breeders, and the dog-loving public. Many “trophies” in the form of plaques, embroidered towels, dog toys, and other gifts are awarded to the winners each day.

A hearty THANK-YOU to all who are sponsoring trophies in 2020 for the following:

  • Chesapeake Bay Retriever – Saturday Best of Breed, Sponsored by: Jay Demarest
  • Chesapeake Bay Retriever – Saturday Winners Bitch, Sponsored by: Jay Demarest
  • Chesapeake Bay Retriever – Sunday Best of Breed, Sponsored by: Jay Demarest
  • Chesapeake Bay Retriever – Sunday Winners Bitch, Sponsored by: Jay Demarest
  • Clumber Spaniel – Saturday Best of Breed, In memory of Moby, CH Shogun’s Seadog CGC, RN, BN
  • Clumber Spaniel – Saturday Best of Opposite Sex, Sponsored by: Hank and Stanley
  • Clumber Spaniel – Saturday Winners Dog, Sponsored by: Gus
  • Clumber Spaniel – Sunday Best of Breed, In memory of Moby, CH Shogun’s Seadog CGC, BN, RN
  • Clumber Spaniel – Sunday Best of Opposite Sex, Sponsored by: Hank and Stanley
  • Clumber Spaniel – Sunday Winners Dog, Sponsored by: Gus
  • English Cocker Spaniel – Saturday Winners Bitch, Sponsored by: Anonymous
  • Field Spaniel – Saturday Best of Breed, Sponsored by: Dianne and Jeffrey Harab
  • Flat-Coated Retriever – Saturday Best of Breed, Sponsored by: Betsy & Steve Surprenant
  • Flat-Coated Retriever – Sunday Best of Breed, Sponsored by: Betsy & Steve Surprenant
  • Golden Retriever – Sunday Best of Breed, Sponsored by: Celebrate Golden Retrievers, Mary Ann and Caroline Bruton
  • Irish Water Spaniel – Saturday Best of Breed, Sponsored by: Author Jeanne Adams
  • Irish Water Spaniel – Sunday Best of Breed, Sponsored by: Author Jeanne Adams
  • Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever – Saturday Best of Breed, Sponsored by: Dr. Sherry and Mr. Gary Seibel
  • Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever – Sunday Best of Breed, Sponsored by: Edlyn Retrievers – Sherry and Gary Seibel
  • Sussex Spaniel – Saturday Best of Breed, Sponsored by: Sussex Spaniel Club of America
  • Sussex Spaniel – Saturday Best of Opposite Sex, Sponsored by: Sussex Spaniel Club of America
  • Sussex Spaniel – Saturday Best of Winners, Sponsored by: Sussex Spaniel Club of America
  • Sussex Spaniel – Saturday Winners Bitch, Sponsored by: Sussex Spaniel Club of America
  • Sussex Spaniel – Saturday Winners Dog, Sponsored by: Sussex Spaniel Club of America
  • Sussex Spaniel – Sunday Best of Breed, Sponsored by: Sussex Spaniel Club of America
  • Sussex Spaniel – Sunday Best of Opposite Sex, Sponsored by: Sussex Spaniel Club of America
  • Sussex Spaniel – Sunday Best of Winners, Sponsored by: Sussex Spaniel Club of America
  • Sussex Spaniel – Sunday Winners Bitch, Sponsored by: Sussex Spaniel Club of America
  • Vizsla – Saturday Best of Breed, Sponsored by: Raimee Eck & Carlos Williams
  • Vizsla – Sunday Best of Breed, Sponsored by: Raimee Eck & Carlos Williams
  • Welsh Springer Spaniel – Saturday Best of Breed, Sponsored by: Karen Fehr
  • Welsh Springer Spaniel – Saturday Best of Opposite Sex, Sponsored by: Martha Perkins in loving memory of Gentle Welshie Gus (2003-2019)
  • Welsh Springer Spaniel – Saturday Winners Dog, In memory of CH SHR UH Greenwood’s Angus JH SH MH (14) WD WDX CGC, 2002-19
  • Welsh Springer Spaniel – Sunday Best of Breed, Sponsored by: Karen Fehr
  • Welsh Springer Spaniel – Sunday Best of Opposite Sex, Sponsored by: Martha Perkins in loving memory of Gentle Welshie Gus (2003-2019)
  • Welsh Springer Spaniel – Sunday Winners Dog, In memory of CH SHR UH Greenwood’s Angus JH SH MH (14) WD WDX CGC, 2002-19
  • Wirehaired Pointing Griffon – Saturday Best of Winners, Sponsored by: Stephanie Martin/Stonehenge Griffons
  • Wirehaired Pointing Griffon – Sunday Best of Winners, Sponsored by: Stephanie Martin/ Stonehenge Griffons
  • Obedience – Saturday 1st place, Open A, In memory of Crush
  • Obedience – Sunday 1st place, Open A, In memory of Crush
  • Rally – Saturday 1st place, Novice A, In memory of then-14-year old Maximillian Von Hoytt II
  • General Trophy Fund, Sponsored by: Lyn Cortright
  • General Trophy Fund, Sponsored by: Anonymous

All trophies are selected by the Show Committee and are not the same every year. Here are some of the 2019 trophies:

September 2019 Hunting Tests for Flushing Breeds

AKC Spaniel Hunting Tests
For All Flushing Breeds
September 14th & 15th, 2019
Rebel Ridge Farms
Elkton, Maryland 21921

MSDA held two days — two separate events — of AKC Spaniel Hunting tests on Saturday September 14 and Sunday September 15, 2019 at Rebel Ridge Farms in Elkton MD.

Mark your calendar for MSDA’s hunting test weekend next year:
September 12-13, 2020!

A big THANK-YOU to: judges Mary Lackey and Kate Ostrowski; gunners Walt Mullen, Brian Schmidt, and Barry Schroeder; CGC Evaluator Karen Cottingham; all the owners and handlers (many of whom also pitched in to help shag, drive the ATV, throw birds, contribute potluck dishes – yum! – and set up lunch); spectators; the hunt test committee; and Rebel Ridge Farms.

Junior, Senior, and Master Hunter levels were held both days. There also was Working Dog certificate testing and CGC evaluations on Saturday. Not just for spaniels, hunting tests are open to all eligible flushing breeds. These are:

Airedale Terrier, American Water Spaniel, Boykin Spaniel, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Clumber Spaniel, Cocker Spaniel, Curly-Coated Retriever, English Cocker Spaniel, English Springer Spaniel, Field Spaniel, Flat-Cwereoated Retriever, Golden Retriever, Irish Water Spaniel, Labrador Retriever, Miniature Poodle, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Standard Poodle, Sussex Spaniel, Welsh Springer Spaniel. Dogs of these breeds recorded with the Purebred Alternative Listing Program/Indefinite Listing Privilege (PAL/ILP) or dogs with Conditional registration are eligible to participate. Spayed and neutered dogs are eligible to participate. Bitches in season are not eligible to participate, nor are they allowed on the grounds. Dogs with Limited Registration are eligible to participate.

We had a great entry! One or more of the following participated: Boykin Spaniel, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Clumber Spaniel, Cocker Spaniel, English Cocker Spaniel, English Springer Spaniel, Golden Retriever, Irish Water Spaniel, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, and Standard Poodle. Attendees came from Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ontario, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia. In all, there were 27 dogs participating in hunt tests on Saturday and 32 on Sunday. Of these 13 qualified (passed, or “earned a leg” toward their hunting titles) on Saturday and 16 on Sunday. Overall, that’s about a 50% pass rate though, not surprisingly, the Juniors and Seniors had a greater success rate than the Masters did.

Ken Harringer got some great photos of his own dogs and of dogs entered in Senior Hunter on Saturday. Here are some of his shots:

Some pictures from Saturday’s Hunt Tests:

Pictures from Sunday’s Hunt Tests:

If you have any questions about hunting tests or working dog tests for flushing breeds, please contact Steve Roth . If you have some photos to share, please send them to the hunt test secretary Pamela DeSmidt and/or post them to our Facebook group.

MSDA Stewarding Seminar August 2019

Saturday, August 17th
1:30 – 4:30 pm

North Laurel Community Center
Laurel, MD 20723

This Saturday afternoon seminar covered stewarding for AKC conformation and obedience events.

The day focused on events and procedures for Maryland Sporting Dog Association’s “Spring Event”, which is held the first weekend of March each year at Howard County Fairgrounds. The spring weekend includes two days of conformation judging for AKC Sporting Group breeds. These events are two of the five biggest sporting dog conformation shows in the U.S. and attract well over 500 entrants each day. We also have three days of obedience and rally trials that are open to all breeds, and these draw another 100-150+ entries each day. Managing all of this requires an enormous volunteer effort, and stewards play a key role.

During the seminar, we reviewed what you need to know to confidently fulfill a stewarding role at MSDA’s Spring Event, especially stewarding procedures from how to greet your judge in the morning to how to keep all your notations organized in your steward’s book. There were presentations, Q&A, discussions, plenty of real-life examples, amusing stories, and demonstrations. Seminar materials were provided to each attendee.

Presenters:

  • Gregg Kantak: Gregg, who chaired this seminar, is an AKC conformation judge, breeder, owner and handler. For more than ten years, Gregg has served as Chief Steward for the MSDA conformation events.
  • Erv Lhotka: Erv is an AKC obedience judge, breeder, owner and handler of Labrador Retrievers with both conformation and obedience titles. Erv has served at MSDA’s Spring Event in both conformation and obedience stewarding roles.
  • Richard Todd Jackson: Richard is an AKC conformation judge, breeder, owner and handler. Since 2017, Richard has been the Show Chair for MSDA’s Spring Event.

2019 Summer Pool Party

Saturday, July 20 2019
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Dickerson, MD
Hosted by Alex and Steve Roth

This event was for MSDA club members, their families, and their guests. Dogs, too, of course!

MSDA provided grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, Beyond Meat burgers and cold non-alcoholic drinks. Attendees brought side dishes and desserts to fill out a great summer picnic buffet. There were also fresh delicious blackberries picked from Steve’s bushes near the pool, and many people took blackberries, as well as some garden-fresh tomatoes and cucumbers, home with them.

We weren’t really counting, but we think 25-30 people attended. Canine pool party participants included the following breeds: Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Clumber Spaniel, English Cocker Spaniel, Field Spaniel, Flat-Coated Retriever, Golden Retriever, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Standard Poodle, Vizsla, and Welsh Springer Spaniel.

The day turned out to be really Hot! Though the weather forecast predicted 100 degrees, someone observed that, driving up the road toward Steve’s property, the reading on their car’s thermometer dropped by 10 degrees. Still, running around the open fields was not a popular activity, though we coaxed a few dogs through the agility tunnel. Mostly, everyone headed straight for the pool. Outside of the pool itself, there was also plenty of shade, extra cooling tubs for the dogs, hoses and misters, chilled towels, fans, plus lots of ice and cold drinks. Everyone from the kids to the, ahem, “long-time club members” were in and out of the pool and having a great time with a lot of wet, happy dogs.

Here are some photos. (Click any photo for a larger “slide show” view.)

Miss the pool party because you’re not an MSDA member? Learn more about us, how to join the club, and sign up for our e-mail list.