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.

Field Day Saturday May 2, 2020

Save the Date! MSDA’s Annual Field Day — a full day of FUN, bird dog training for all levels, and some very good food — will be Saturday, May 2nd at Rebel Ridge Farms in Elkton, MD. Much more information will be posted in the coming weeks and online registration will open by the end of February.

There will be training groups for flushing, pointing, and retrieving breeds; each of these will be divided further into at least beginning and advanced sections. There also will be opportunities for very experienced handlers to “work on your own”. Whether you are a total beginner or an experienced handler with titled bird dogs, there will be something for you.

And, we will have additional beginner and other educational activities. We want to give everyone the opportunity to stay busy throughout the day. Fees are $10 per handler plus $25 per dog. Guests/observers are free. We also ask that you/your group either bring a potluck dish to share (preferred) or contribute $10 per person toward lunch. MSDA will provide gunners. Birds are included for both introductory and advanced training groups.

Location:

Rebel Ridge Farms is a private property located in northeastern Maryland and has:

  • 250+ acres of specially-managed sporting dog training areas connected by a driveway that runs the length of the property
  • Eight major field areas, up to 1,000 feet long, with low to medium cover
  • Four large ponds
  • Air-conditioned clubhouse
  • Property edged by large trees and dense cover
  • Parking at the fields, ponds, and clubhouse

Many photos and an aerial tour of the property are available on the Rebel Ridge Farms website.

Training Groups:

There will be field and water training opportunities throughout the day.  MSDA will provide gunners. Birds are included for organized training groups.

Organized Training: Work at introductory through advanced levels with experienced trainers, handlers, and gunners. Groups for flushing, pointing and retrieving dogs. Group activities and individual attention for you and your dog(s) based on your training goals for the day. Field Day is set up to be attentive to each dog’s experience and training needs, rather than running all dogs through a standard set of drills. We will keep the groups small so that everyone has plenty of training time. Birds will be provided and are included in the per-dog fee for the day. Much more information will be provided in the coming weeks about specific training activities and goals for the flushing, pointing, and retrieving groups.

Work Entirely On Your Own: Experienced handlers only. All sporting dog breeds. There will be a designated field area and pond for those not needing training assistance or gunning. Peer-to-peer training opportunities within your group, using thrown or planted bumpers and birds. No live fire. Bring your own birds. Work-on-your-own attendees do not pay the per-dog fee.

Other Activities:

In 2019, we offered CGC testing, an introduction to using e-collars for field training, information about safe gunning at field events, and a raffle. We’re still sorting out the details for 2020; suggestions are welcome!

Questions & Comments:

We continue to finalize plans for this year’s Field Day. If you are interested in helping or would like to volunteer on the day of the event, please contact us. Trainers, gunners, and committee members receive free admission and birds for their own dogs’ field work, as well as access to the fields outside of general training hours. Handler fees may be waived for other volunteers.

If you have questions about whether your dog is ready for these activities, how to help, or any other issues, please contact the event coordinator, Pamela DeSmidt.

Much more information will be posted in the coming weeks and online registration will open by the end of February. Meanwhile, see 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).

You do not have to be an MSDA member to participate in Field Day. But, if you are interested, learn more about us,  how to join the club, and sign up for our e-mail list.

View our full calendar  of upcoming and recent activities.

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

2020 MSDA Spring Event

** Updated Info:  Entries for AKC conformation, obedience, and rally events are now closed. Judging schedules are available.**

  • MSDA’s Premium List is available here.
  • Schedules of ring times for conformation, obedience, and rally are now available at Rau’s website.
  • Don’t forget that there are also lots of other activities at Spring Event. Read on for more information.
  • The dog-loving public is invited to attend! More info below.
  • There will be many fine vendors selling dog-related products and services. Most will be located in the Main Exhibition Hall. Scroll down or click here for a complete list and descriptions.
  • Lastly, some volunteers are still needed to help at the events. Check here for available jobs and to sign up. You do not have to be a club member to volunteer and even a brief commitment will be very much appreciated.

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Overall Schedule: 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 will be:

  • Thursday February 27th:
    • No events. Show location is available after 3 pm for setup. No entry after 10 pm.

Also on the schedule are sweepstakes, owner-handled, junior handler, and best bred-by-exhibitor competitions. There will be puppy and veteran sweepstakes (Sunday), dog show tour and new exhibitor briefing (Saturday),  morning coffee & doughnuts (Sat & Sun), and an armband raffle and afternoon snacks on Saturday. The NSDTRC-USA also will be offering designated ringside mentoring areas for prospective judges.

Event hours are officially 6:30 am – 6:30 pm all three days. However, actual activities generally start later and finish earlier.

Look who’s coming! Based on preliminary counts, we have 540 entries for breed judging on Saturday and 484 on Sunday. Please consult the Judging Schedules for more final counts by breeds and classes.

Preliminary conformation entries by breed are as follows: ASCOB Cocker Spaniel (5 on Saturday,4 on Sunday), Barbet (2,2), Black Cocker Spaniel (4,5), Boykin Spaniel (2,2), Brittany (16,15), Chesapeake Bay Retriever (22,20), Clumber Spaniel (12,17), Curly-Coated Retriever (9,5), English Cocker Spaniel (16,17), English Setter (13,12), English Springer Spaniel (27,22), Field Spaniel (6,6), Flat-Coated Retriever (42,33), German Shorthaired Pointer (22,19), German Wirehaired Pointer (1,1), Golden Retriever (72,63), Gordon Setter (2,2), Irish Setter (17,17), Irish Water Spaniel (12,10), Labrador Retriever (50,49), Lagotto Romagnolo (4,4), Nederlandse Kooikerhondje (1,1), Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever (68,46), Parti-color Cocker Spaniel (4,4), Pointer (19,19), Spinone Italiano (6,7), Sussex Spaniel (14,13), Vizsla (25,21), Weimaraner (15,18), Welsh Springer Spaniel (25,22), Wirehaired Pointing Griffon (7,8). Unfortunately, this year we have no entries for the American Water Spaniel, Irish Red & White Setter, and Wirehaired Vizsla breeds. There are 13 Junior Showmanship entries on Saturday and 8 on Sunday. You can see detailed preliminary counts by breed and also for obedience and rally events and the Friday Brittany and Golden Retriever specialties at Jim Rau Dog Shows. Please remember that these are all just the preliminary counts.

The following clubs are supporting 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 and sponsored trophies for our 2020 Spring Event!

CGC and CGCA testing will be available on Friday late afternoon, Saturday morning, and Sunday early afternoon. The Friday session will be in the main exhibition hall once a ring becomes available following Golden Retriever and/or Brittany Specialty judging. Saturday and Sunday sessions will be in the partially-enclosed Barn #6 next to the Main Exhibition Hall, though this location could change. The fee per entry is $10, payable at the start of the test in cash or by check. There will be more information and clipboards for signing up in the Main Hall at Spring Event; you do not need to register before then. If you would like to learn more about AKC’s Canine Good Citizen program, please visit https://www.akc.org/products-services/training-programs/canine-good-citizen/ for general information, https://www.akc.org/products-services/training-programs/canine-good-citizen/take-the-test/ for requirements for the CGC test, and https://www.akc.org/products-services/training-programs/canine-good-citizen/akc-community-canine/test-items/ for requirements for the Advanced CGC (aka CGCA or Community Canine) test.

There will be a Barn Hunt “try-it” on Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon in Barn 6 (next to the Main Exhibition Hall). Just go on over and sign up for a time slot right there. All breeds are welcome to participate. This is not an official event or test, but is just for fun. For $20, a dog will have up to four minutes to find a rat hidden among the hay bales. Encouragement and advice will be available from an experienced instructor. (If you’re worried about what happens to the rat, don’t be: they are well-protected and are not harmed during Barn Hunt events.) The Barn Hunt activity is being organized by the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club, which is holding a specialty event on Saturday.

There is a Flyball demonstration and “race” scheduled for Sunday afternoon and, tentatively, for Saturday morning. Flyball will be either in a semi-enclosed barn or outside if the weather is good. Watching the demonstration is free. The demo will show how to teach a box turn, how to teach how to grab the ball, how to teach the jumps, and then put it all together. Then, for just $5, you (a human!) get to race a Flyball demo dog. The race is a great activity for kids, but adults are welcome, too. The Flyball activity is being organized by the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club, which is holding a specialty event on Saturday.

Public Invited: The dog-loving public is invited to attend MSDA’s Spring Event! If you are interested in sporting dog breeds or obedience training for all dogs, a  dog show is a wonderful place to learn more since many hundreds of dogs will be entered. Check the published schedules for each day for judging times for the breeds or obedience events that especially interest you. Those documents also contain final counts of number of entries by breed and obedience/rally class. Although owners and handlers will be busy preparing dogs for judging before their time in the ring, you can view the dogs in their event and then afterwards have a chance to ask questions and make friends with owners, handlers and the dogs themselves. Dogs entered in these events are very friendly and love attention. Similarly, owners, handlers, and many of our spectators are very knowledgeable and are usually happy to share.

Location and Grounds: The Fairgrounds’ address is 2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship, Maryland 21794. It’s adjacent to I-70 and near that highway’s Exit 80. The grounds are open  until 10 pm each day. There is a $5.00 (cash) daily parking fee. Prime Parking and RV Parking are available at an additional charge but must have been reserved in advance. See the Premium List for more information.

The Fairgrounds food vendor will be open all three days. Fairgrounds rules do not allow food to be delivered. So, you can buy something from them or bring in your own lunch but you  may not, for example, order a pizza delivery. Volunteers may get a free lunch!

Brittany and Golden Retriever Friday specialties, the Tollers’ Saturday specialty, MSDA conformation, vendors, hospitality, and all admin tables will be in the Main Exhibition Hall located directly on the Midway. All MSDA Obedience and Rally events will be in “Barn 7/8”, which is just behind the small barns off the Midway to the left of the Main Hall.

Vendors:

David Sombach Photography is the official photographer. He will be taking all of the “win” photos. Photos will be available for viewing and purchase online, usually within days of the event.

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 is Richard Jackson. Please contact him directly with any questions.

Please help us spread the word about our Spring Event. Download and share the 2020 event flyer.

We’ll continue to post updates on this page as plans are finalized for MSDA’s 2020 Spring Event, so be sure to keep checking in with us. Meanwhile, photos, some results, and lots of other information from our 2019 event are here. 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

** Update: As of 2/12, all Instinct Clinic sessions are full (and, in fact, slightly overbooked), so we are no longer accepting online registrations. Conformation, obedience, and rally ring schedules are likely to be available around Feb 20th. If you have signed up for Instinct Clinic and need to switch to another session due to a schedule conflict, please contact Pamela DeSmidt and we will do our best to accommodate you. If you have signed up for Instinct Clinic and will not be able to attend, please let us know. We do slightly overbook in anticipation of cancellations but, if space becomes available, those slots will be opened in the hour or so before individual Instinct Clinic sessions. Please visit us at the Field Activities table in the Main Hall to check on availability. All Instinct Clinic registrants will receive an email from us with more information during the week before the Spring Event. See you there!

** Even if you are not signed up, you are absolutely welcome to come watch any of the Instinct Clinic sessions. Check at the Field Activities table in the Main Hall for the exact location. And, please consider the following outdoor activities: Barn Hunt “Try-It” and Flyball demonstrations at the Spring Event, and MSDA’s Field Day on May 2nd.

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MSDA will hold Bird Instinct Clinics on  Friday February 28th, Saturday February 29th, and Sunday March 1st during the MSDA Spring Event at the Howard County Fairgrounds (2210 Fairgrounds Rd, West Friendship, MD 21794). For a bird dog with little or no field experience, this is a great way to get started.

This is a fun, relaxed, and encouraging activity. The clinic 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. 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 will be 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.

All potential bird dogs are welcome. Your dog does not have to be entered in any other dog show events to participate in the Instinct Clinic.

The clinic fee is $20 per dog – cash or check, payable the day of the clinic. The number of registrations for each session is limited to ensure that each dog gets plenty of attention. As noted above, all sessions are now full. (Once conformation, obedience, and rally judging schedules are posted, in case of conflicts, we will do our best to accommodate those who are pre-registered if you need to switch to a different session.)

Look who’s coming! We have one or more of the following breeds signed up: 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.

Spring Event parking at the Fairgrounds is $5 per day.

The Instinct Clinic is held outside, so please dress for outdoor fun! Your dog only needs a collar and leash (not just a slip lead) . We’ll provide a very long lead and all other supplies. Dogs are never off-leash during these sessions.

Live birds are used. There is no gunfire; flushed birds fly away.

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

And, if you and your dog have fun at the Instinct Clinic, consider attending MSDA’s late-spring Field Day for an introduction to field training your bird dog.

2020 Membership Meeting and Dinner + Seminar

Meeting: A brief but informative annual MSDA membership meeting will be held on Saturday 2/29 in the main conformation building at Howard County Fairgrounds immediately following the completion of best-in-show judging during our Spring Event. Meeting agenda items are expected to include: approval of minutes; secretary’s report on membership and communications; treasurer’s report on revenues, expenses and current financial position; brief summaries of major club activities during 2019 and plans for 2020; and election of board members for the coming year. Club members will receive an email with more specific information two weeks before the meeting. If you are an MSDA member but have not been receiving the monthly newsletter or other emails, please send your current email address to secretary@mdsportingdog.org.

We hope many members will attend the annual meeting this year. You do NOT need to attend the dinner to be a part of the meeting.

** UPDATE: Reservations are required for the dinner + seminar. This event is FULL, so reservations are no longer being accepted. Also, we have sent our counts to the caterer, so we are no longer offering refunds. If you have made a reservation and you cannot attend, please contact the Secretary and we will try to help you re-sell your ticket(s) to another member.**

Dinner: After the meeting on Saturday 2/29, MSDA members and their guests were invited to a catered dinner & seminar in the 4H building of the Howard County Fairgrounds. There also will be a silent auction of some great baskets of doggy items.

Seminar: Sherry Seibel, DVM will present a somewhat condensed version of her popular seminar on dog first aid. This will be a one-hour overview of CPR techniques, the when, how and why to do it; what should be in your first aid kit and how to customize it to suit your needs; review of rescue techniques such as the Heimlich for your dog if choking; heatstroke, frost bite, how to make and use a muzzle, splinting do’s and don’ts, emergency preparedness and two excellent apps for your phone for reference. “Dr. Sherry” also will be available to answer questions after dinner.

The dinner + seminar is being hosted by the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club (USA); they are having a Designated Specialty at MSDA’s dog show on Saturday 2/29. The Toller club has graciously invited MSDA members, their families and other guests to also attend. MSDA is subsidizing the cost for its own members and guests.

Longtime MSDA members will remember that we used to have a membership dinner in conjunction with our annual membership meetings each spring. Since moving the event from Charles County to Howard County we have been unable to arrange this. However, with the help of the Toller club, we have the opportunity to try again this year in hopes of restarting the tradition.


Volunteers Needed for Spring Event (for 2/27-3/1)

MSDA currently does not charge members any dues or initiation fees so we depend heavily on volunteers to make our activities a success. This is particularly true of our “Spring Event” which includes two days of conformation, three days of obedience & rally, six bird instinct clinics and many other activities. Please help by signing up for at least one job.

“Drop Ins” are welcome, too: If you’re at the Event and have some free time, please stop by the Club Table or the Field Activities Table in the Main Hall and volunteer to help out, even for a short while. We’ll be happy to put you to work somewhere around the events. We also welcome people to just join in setting up (starting Thursday at 3 pm) and packing up (Sunday after events are completed). Just come on by!

Note that there will always be one or more experienced volunteers to organize all these tasks and answer questions. MSDA members who volunteer will earn “Voting Member” status for the following calendar year. All volunteers who work at least four hours in a given day will get a delicious box lunch. (Stop laughing – these lunches are REALLY good.) And you don’t need to be a club member to volunteer – about one-fourth of MSDA’s volunteers in 2019 were not members. Below is a list of volunteer opportunities. At the end is a simple form you can submit to sign up. A very appreciative committee member will then contact you. THANK-YOU!!!

  • Set up:
    • Unload boxes of supplies, assemble “pipe and drape” hospitality space, and distribute decorations and supplies to judging rings.
    • Thursday February 27th, any time you are available between 3 and 6 pm.
  • Hospitality Area:
    • Maintain coffee & hot water, refill snack table, hand out lunch boxes, check to be sure judging rings have bottled water and other supplies, tidy up hospitality area.
    • Volunteers needed throughout the day on Fri, Sat, Sun but especially early morning and at lunchtime.
  • Catalog Sales:
    • Collect $15 cash or check and hand out show catalogs.
    • Volunteers needed throughout the day on Fri, Sat, Sun. (We’re busiest on Saturday.)
  • Club Trophy Table:
    • Trophy winners hand you a card and you provide them the matching trophy (typically something like an embroidered towel, dog toy, or “new title” ribbon) along with your hearty congratulations.
    • Volunteers needed throughout the day on Sat, Sun.
  • Instinct Clinic Staff:
    • Working from the running order we provide, call out the name of the next dog, check them off the list, and hand out a certificate when they’re done. No experience required. This job is outdoors.
    • Volunteers needed 9:30-10:30 am and 1:30-2:30 pm each day. (Fri, Sat, Sun)
  • Instinct Clinic “Interpreters”:
    • Mingle with the audience and offer commentary on what’s going on in the field. You should have some experience in field work with your own sporting dog(s), but you don’t need to be a professional trainer or judge to do this. This job is outdoors.
    • Volunteers needed 9:30-10:30 am and 1:30-2:30 pm each day. (Fri, Sat, Sun)
  • Field Activities Table:
    • Collect basic information and $20 cash or check for people signing up for Instinct Clinic. Hand out flyers about Field Day in May. It would be very helpful if you have attended a previous MSDA Field Day or Instinct Clinic (even the same or previous day).
    • Volunteers needed throughout the day Fri & Sat and until 1:15 pm on Sunday.
  • Obedience and Rally Stewarding:
    • Be a “post”; set up jumps; hold leashes. This is a great job – you get a close-up view of obedience and rally trials and will learn a lot from our very friendly judges and knowledgeable table stewards. No experience necessary.
    • A full-day commitment is preferred, but half-days are an option. Full-day volunteers may schedule a break to watch or handle their dog(s) in other rings. A total of ten FTE stewards are needed each day (Fri, Sat, Sun).
    • Update: Most stewarding positions have been filled, though we could use a couple more people for Sunday.
  • Pack up:
    • Gather decorations and supplies from judging rings, disassemble “pipe and drape” hospitality space, and pack up boxes of supplies.
    • Volunteers are needed Sunday March 1st, immediately following completion of all judging. 
    • Bonus: Any extra food and sodas usually get split up among those helping to pack up. 🙂          
  • Photography:
    • People LOVE pictures. We use them to inform, entertain, and promote. Whether you are an amateur using your smartphone or a semi-pro with $$$ in equipment, you can wander around the show unobtrusively snapping candids of the activities.
    • Photo credit will be included if we use the pictures on our website or in other materials.
    • P.S. Even if you don’t specifically sign up for this, your photos are always welcome. Send to webmaster@mdsportingdog.org.


(Use your “Call Name” because we may put it on a nametag!)

Select one or more that might interest you:










Day(s) you are available to work:




(We know you may need to change this later after ring times are announced)

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.)

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