MSDA Stewarding Seminar

Saturday, August 17th
1:30 – 4:30 pm

North Laurel Community Center
9411 Whiskey Bottom Rd.
Laurel, MD 20723

This event is free, but please sign up (below) so we know how many people to expect.

This Saturday afternoon seminar will cover stewarding for AKC conformation, obedience, and rally events.

The day will focus 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’ll review what you need to know to confidently fulfill a stewarding role at MSDA’s Spring Event. If you are interested in volunteering as a steward for MSDA or another club, or if you are considering a future in judging (there is a stewarding requirement to obtain licensure), we hope you will attend on August 17th.

Specific seminar topics will include:

  • A quick overview of events and classes, e.g., obedience vs. rally; breed judging vs. junior showmanship.
  • Who’s who in the hierarchy, e.g., event chair, judge, steward, superintendent.
  • Stewarding procedures from setting up your space to turning in the steward’s book at the end of the day. This is where most of the seminar will be focused. There will be presentations, Q&A, discussions, plenty of real-life examples, amusing stories, and demonstrations using actual equipment and tools from MSDA’s events. But, no, there will NOT be a test at the end of the day. 😊

Printed materials will be provided to each attendee.

Presenters:

  • Gregg Kantak: Gregg, who is chairing 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

More about the seminar:

  • Light snacks and chilled drinks will be available throughout the afternoon.
  • You do not have to be a member of MSDA to attend this event.
  • Please note that this seminar is for humans only; no dogs.

If you have any questions, please contact Gregg Kantak at greggkantak@yahoo.com .

Please fill out this short form to register, so we know how many people to expect:

If you have problems filling out this form or don’t receive the confirmation e-mail, please contact webmaster@mdsportingdog.org.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

2019 Summer Pool Party

Saturday, July 20 2019
(Rain date 7/21)
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
8809 Slate Quarry Rd
Dickerson, MD 20842
Hosted by Alex and Steve Roth

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

Planning to attend? Please let us know by sending an e-mail to Steve Roth. Be sure to tell us if you can help, can bring some equipment, and if you would like to participate in individualized training with John Bruggeman. See below for details. 

MSDA will provide grilled hamburger & chicken and cold non-alcoholic drinks. We’re also going to offer some Beyond Meat burgers. Attendees should bring a side dish or dessert to share for lunch.

Volunteer! If you have some grilling skills, we still need some help with the cooking (Steve has a large gas grill at the pool), and help setting out the potluck buffet.

All MSDA members, their guests, family, and well-behaved dogs are welcome. For field-trained dogs, or those who might be interested, there also will be opportunities for informal field training and demonstrations.

As a bonus, John Bruggeman has offered to give a mini-seminar during the MSDA Pool Party on the use of the “place” command for training gun dogs. John is a professional trainer who helped with the training in the advanced flushing field at the MSDA Field Day in May. The seminar presentation will mostly consist of demonstrations and discussion but, time permitting, John can work with a limited number of handlers and dogs.  Individual training will be on a first come (registered) first served basis. John will help on any issues or questions you may have, not just limited to the “place” command. If you would like to participate, be sure to note this in your Pool Party RSVP e-mail to Steve Roth.

We’d also like to set up some other courses (rally? obedience? agility?) for fun and demonstrations. When you RSVP, let us know what interests you and whether you can bring some equipment or help with activities. (An agility tunnel would be great!)

The pool will be open all day. Dogs are allowed in the pool, subject to careful adult (human) supervision. Bring your floating dog toys and bumpers! To prevent damage to the pool’s edge, dogs should only exit the pool using the stairs at the shallow end.

The Roth’s property is fenced but the gates must be opened when cars enter or exit, so please make sure you keep an eye on your dogs at all times and bring a leash to use as necessary.

Directions: From I-270, take exit 22 onto Rt 109 South toward Poolesville.  After about ¼ mile, branch right onto Slate Quarry Road.  It’s about 1 ½ miles to #8809 on the left. Slate Quarry Rd is paved, but it’s also narrow with curves and no center line. Stay to the right and drive slowly.

Remember, if you are planning to attend, please let us know by sending an e-mail to Steve Roth.

It hardly ever rains on MSDA’s Summer Pool Party, but it did last year. Therefore, we’ve set Sunday 7/21 as a rain date this summer. If you’ve RSVP’ed, we’ll let you know by e-mail or phone if the party must be delayed.

Not an MSDA member? Learn more about us, how to join the club, and sign up for our e-mail list. If you’ve attended one of our recent events, it’s not too late to join in time for Summer Pool Party!

Field Day May 4, 2019

Saturday, May the Fourth
8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Rebel Ridge Farms, Elkton MD

MSDA’s Annual Field Day — a full day of FUN, bird dog training for all levels, and some very good food — was Saturday, May 4th at Rebel Ridge Farms in Elkton, MD. We counted 82 people and 72 dogs in attendance, making this our biggest Field Day so far. Though training is targeted at Sporting Group dogs who are interested in hunting, hunt tests, and field trials, Field Day welcomes all “birdy” dogs. Breeds included: Boykin Spaniel, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Clumber Spaniel, English Cocker Spaniel, English Setter, English Springer Spaniel, Flat-Coated Retriever, German Shorthaired Pointer, Golden Retriever , Gordon Setter, Labrador Retriever, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Poodle, Pudelpointer, Sussex Spaniel, Vizsla, Weimaraner, and Wirehaired Pointing Griffon.

Photos from the day are posted below. (As a result, this page may take a while to load.) If you have pictures to share, please email them to Pamela DeSmidt at FieldDays@mdsportingdog.org. Also, if you are on Facebook, please post on Maryland Sporting Dog Association’s private group.

There were training groups for flushing, pointing, and retrieving breeds; each divided into intro and advanced groups. This year we also added CGC testing, e-collar and safe-gunning info, event t-shirts, and a raffle! Last but not least, our potluck lunch, as usual, was delicious.

May the Fourth be with you!
And with your bird dog!
(Huh? It’s a Star Wars reference.)

View our full calendar  of upcoming and recent activities.

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

A Dog Show Event’s Ambassador – The Steward

by Gregg G. Kantak

Perhaps like many of you, my first experience with showing dogs was in field tests.  My Silver Standard Poodles, all corded, were waiting for the judge to begin the water fowl retrieval tests and I would happily let them off-leash to dive into the lake or marsh and bring back the “quarry.”  Assisting the judge was a “runner” who took the Judge’s scorecard back to a desk for tabulation.  Little did I know, that “runner” was the Judge’s steward.  Later, when my Basset Hounds experienced hunt trials, and the Judge would check for packing ability, their “voice” and reaction to the gun-firing, I would either be whacking the bushes or yelling “Talley Ho!” when I saw the quarry while, again, this “runner” (Steward) would return to the desk with the Judge’s scorecard.  Then came conformation….

As you may know, in an AKC conformation show ring, the Judge actually is assessing “breeding stock.”  While all that is going on, however, the Judge requires an able assistant:  the Steward.  Since I am everything “dog-related” and enjoyed the energy of a dog show, I found stewarding a ring allowed me to participate when I was not actively showing one of my breeds.  Over the past fifteen years, I have actively stewarded AKC shows and served as Chief Steward (the ring leader) for several AKC shows, most notably for the past ten years as MSDA’s Chief Steward.

From my many years stewarding dog shows, I have discovered that the Steward is a show’s finest “Ambassador.”  Not only must the Steward ensure the Judge and ring are running smoothly, they, unlike any other show staff, have the greatest impact on the Exhibitor’s experience.  A Steward is the first person an exhibitor meets prior to showing.  The Steward marks them as present and provides them with their armband, calls them into the ring for their breed class and ensures the Judge maintains the schedule and accurately records the wins.

As an exhibitor, I can tell you that the most positive ring experiences have been when a Steward simply greets me, provides me with my armband, wishes me success, and eventually ushers me into the ring.  The Steward can make or break a show and their ambassadorial skills set the tone for any exhibitor’s experience during the show.

From a Judge’s perspective, I rely on my Steward to be just that… my ambassador.  The Steward maintains the ring’s order, ensures a table or ramp is accessible, pulls the ribbons for the classes, calls in the armband numbers, announces the winning armband numbers in each class, congratulates the winners, etc.  They serve as my liaison with exhibitors, handlers and the superintendent.  So, you see, stewards are integral to the success of the show.  Whether your interest is in conformation, obedience, rally, utility, field or hunt tests, ultimately you have relied upon a steward to ensure you knew what was to come.

I believe I join you in our love of dogs and our enjoyment at seeing them perform in any capacity.  Our sport becomes our social outlet, bonding experience and/or avocation.  Being a part of it, whether exhibiting, judging or stewarding is truly rewarding.  Stewarding, particularly, allows those who may have ended their “showing” years remain an active part of the show.  If given a choice, most of us would be spending more time with our dogs or being around dogs, and there is no better way to do that then to participate in a show, especially as a steward.

If you have interest in pursuing stewarding or if you are considering a future judging (there is a stewarding fulfillment requirement to obtain licensure), please contact me at greggkantak@yahoo.com.  I would love to have you be an integral part of MSDA’s 2020 Show!

Acting as a steward at a dog show or obedience and rally trials is a great way to contribute to the sport, make friends, and get the inside scoop about these dog activities. However, we find many people are reluctant to participate because they think that they don’t know enough about what is involved. MSDA is organizing an introductory seminar for conformation and obedience/rally stewarding sometime during the weekend of August 17-18 (exact date, time, and location are to be determined). Check back to this website, contact Gregg, and/or sign up for our email list to find out more.

2019 Conformation Win Photos

MSDA’s Spring Sporting Group Dog Shows were Saturday March 2 and  Sunday March 3, 2019. These are two of the largest Sporting Group conformation events in the U.S. Much more information from the entire spring weekend, including many candid photos, is available here, but below are more than 20 official win photos, provided by the show’s official photographer, David Sombach.

Proofs for all official win photos may be viewed at https://davidsombachphotos.com/. Scroll down his page to “PHOTO GALLERIES” and click on “Official Win Photos”. Then click on the box for Maryland Sporting Dog Association. An email address is required to view the proofs.)

2019 Sporting Dog Instinct Clinics

MSDA held Sporting Dog Instinct Clinics on  Friday March 1st and Saturday March 2nd during the MSDA Spring Weekend 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!

It was chilly for our first day of clinics on Friday, but we were able to protect a section of the field from snow the night before, and the dogs didn’t seem to mind the weather at all. Saturday was warmer. Altogether, we ran 52 dogs in five clinic sessions. Here are some pictures, and one video (on YouTube), from the 2019 sessions.

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!!

Participating breeds this year included the following: Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Cocker Spaniel, English Cocker Spaniel, English Setter, English Springer Spaniel, Flat-Coated Retriever, German Shorthaired Pointer, Golden Retriever, Irish Red and White Setter, Irish Water Spaniel, Labrador Retriever, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Pointer, Spinone Italiano, Sussex Spaniel, Vizsla, Weimaraner, Welsh Springer Spaniel, and Wirehaired Pointing Griffon.

Live birds are used. There is no gunfire. (Flushed birds fly away.)

For more information, photos, and videos, see our Instinct Clinic pages for 2018 and 2017. Questions? Please contact Steve Roth.

2019 MSDA Spring Event

MSDA’s Spring Sporting Group Dog Shows and All-Breed Obedience & Rally Trials were Friday March 1 – Sunday March 3, 2019.

Once again, the weekend included three days of AKC-licensed events at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, MD. In addition to conformation, obedience, rally, and specialty events sponsored by other dog clubs, we held a third year of just-for-fun Instinct Clinics to introduce sporting dogs to field work. THANK-YOU participants, judges, stewards, and all volunteers!

Mark your calendar for next year’s event, Friday February 28 – Sunday March 1, 2020.

Volunteers make this weekend possible! As of 2018, we run two of the largest Sporting Group dog shows in the U.S. And, we’re so much more than a dog show — there’s conformation, obedience, rally events and also instinct clinic, educational, and some just-for-fun activities. As we have grown, we are finding that we are understaffed — too few hard core volunteers are doing too much work. Did you earn points, ribbons, trophies at our event? Maybe you just had a great time and made some friends, or your dog was introduced to their first bird. If so, we hope you will plan to come back and also volunteer to help out in 2020. Show dates are 2/28-3/1/2020. Even an hour or two setting up, refreshing coolers at steward tables, handing out trophies, taking candid photos, or selling catalogs is extremely helpful. More significant commitments to stewarding and assisting with planning and committees are also needed and will be enthusiastically welcomed. Whether you have decades of experience or  you are new to the sport or to the DelMarVa region, jump right in — this is a great way to make some new friends. Don’t wait! Get your name on the 2020 volunteer list now by contacting our event coordinator Richard Jackson.

There now are lots of pictures available!

  • The Baltimore Sun sent a reporter/photographer, Phil Grout, to the show on Saturday and he really captured the spirit of the weekend with a few great photos of conformation and instinct clinic.
  • Melissa Hampton, a photographer and dog person, is sharing over 250 candid photos of the conformation events.
  • Some of our own snapshots of conformation, obedience, and rally are below. (Instinct Clinic photos are on a separate page.)
  • More than 20 official conformation win photos, provided by the show’s official photographer David Sombach, are here, along with a link to all proofs.

Some results are shown below the photos on this page, and  official AKC results are now available. Entry details and placements, by dog, are at Jim Rau Dog Shows.

We are eager to continue to improve our Spring Event. If you have any comments or suggestions, or just have follow-up questions, please contact our event coordinator Richard Jackson.

Here are some pictures! If you have some photos or stories to share, please send them to webmaster@mdsportingdog.org or post to our Facebook group.

Results for Friday, March 1 2019

Rally, Highest Triple Score in ADVB/EXCB/MASTER:
MACH PACH RACH2 Mrl N Dfl Whatever It Takes CD RM4 RAE11 MXB MJS MXP3 MXPB MJP4 MJPB PAX OF T2B
Cocker Spaniel
M Lindquist

Rally, Highest Combined Score in ADVB/EXCB:
MACH Gayhearts Let The Good Thymes Rol Bt CD PCDX BN GN RM2 RAE4 HT MXS MJS T2B
Pembroke Welsh Corgi
A Pribyl

Results for Saturday, March 2 2019

Unofficial conformation results with photos

Best in Sporting Group :
Sporting Judge Ms. Maureen Day
#1-
Dog Reg: GCH Foxwoods Ivywood All Hallows Eve [Bitch]
Breed: Spaniel (English Cocker)
Handler: Kristin Lyons
Owner: K Lyons & D Mauterer
Breeder: K Lyons & D Mauterer
#2-
Dog Reg: GCHB Sevenoaks Lady Penelope [Bitch]
Breed: Setter (English)
Handler: Katie Bernardin
Owner: S Nordstrom
Breeder: Hilary Oakes, William Potts & Sabrina Oakes
#3-
Dog Reg: GCHS Nani Breica N Crosswinds Aloha [Dog]
Breed: Weimaraner
Handler: Derek Beatty
Owner: D Beatty, S Burns, C Grisell, J Mendez Cervera & A Stewart
Breeder: Jessica & Brenda Doub
#4-
Dog Reg: GCHG Evergreen Set Fire To The Rain [Bitch]
Breed: Setter (Irish)
Handler: Mary Merlo
Owner: M Merlo
Breeder: Mary Merlo

Best Junior Handler: Abigail Van Meter, Cocker Spaniel Parti
Reserve Best Junior Handler: Erin Bernecker, Pointer

Obedience, Highest Scoring Dog in Regular Classes:
Open B, OTCH Rhumbline’s Once In A Blue Moon UDX9 OGM BN GN VER RE JH ACT1 SCN SIN SBN CGC TKI
Labrador Retriever
L Brennan

Obedience, Highest Combined Score in OB and UA/UB:
OTCH Rhumbline’s Once In A Blue Moon UDX9 OGM BN GN VER RE JH ACT1 SCN SIN SBN CGC TKI
Labrador Retriever
L Brennan

Rally, Highest Triple Score in ADVB/EXCB/MASTER:
MACH PACH RACH2 Mrl N Dfl Whatever It Takes CD RM5 RAE11 MXB MJS MXP3 MXPB MJP4 MJPB PAX OF T2B
Cocker Spaniel
M Lindquist

Rally, Highest Combined Score in ADVB/EXCB:
MACH PACH RACH2 Mrl N Dfl Whatever It Takes CD RM5 RAE11 MXB MJS MXP3 MXPB MJP4 MJPB PAX OF T2B
Cocker Spaniel
M Lindquist

Results for Sunday, March 3 2019

Unofficial conformation results with photos

Best in Sporting Group:
Sporting Judge Mrs. Cindy Lane
#1-
Dog Reg: GCHG Evergreen Set Fire To The Rain [Bitch]
Breed: Setter (Irish)
Handler: Mary Merlo
Owner: M Merlo
Breeder: Mary Merlo
#2-
Dog Reg: GCHS Nani Breica N Crosswinds Aloha [Dog]
Breed: Weimaraner
Handler: Derek Beatty
Owner: D Beatty, S Burns, C Grisell, J Mendez Cervera & A Stewart
Breeder: Jessica & Brenda Doub
#3-
Dog Reg: GCHB Foleys Frat Party [Dog]
Breed: Spaniel (Cocker) ASCOB
Handler: Lisa Arnett
Owner: N Foley
Breeder: Genea Jones & Nancy Foley
#4-
Dog Reg: GCHB Sevenoaks Lady Penelope [Bitch]
Breed: Setter (English)
Handler: Katie Bernardin
Owner: S Nordstrom
Breeder: Hilary Oakes, William Potts & Sabrina Oakes

Best Junior Handler: Abigail Van Meter, Cocker Spaniel Parti
Reserve Best Junior Handler: Ashley Dornak, Pointer

Obedience, Highest Scoring Dog in Regular Classes:
Open B, Quarry Run’s Worth The Wait UD OM1 RE SH CGC TKN
Labrador Retriever
D ROMANCZAK

Obedience, Highest Combined Score in OB and UA/UB:
Victory’s Ketch’N A Storm UD BN JH
Flat-Coated Retriever
D Orth/J Gladson

Rally, Highest Triple Score in ADVB/EXCB/MASTER
Old Lyme’s Canadian Yukon Timberwolf UD BN GN GO RM2 RAE2 JH DS CGCA CGCU TKA
Golden Retriever
N Herzner/L Crawford

Rally, Highest Combined Score in ADVB/EXCB
RACH Canobie Lake Miss Tilly CDX BN RM3 RAE5 FDC ACT1 CGC
Australian Shepherd
L Zagnit

The public was welcomed at this event and we were pleased to meet so many who came to check out the breeds, make contacts in the sport, and learn more about our club.

Many other dog clubs also participated in the weekend through specialties and supported entries. The Potomac Valley Golden Retriever Club held an all-day specialty conformation event with obedience and rally trials that attracted over 100 Golden Retrievers on Friday. The Irish Water Spaniel Club of America had a Specialty on Saturday. If your club would like to have a Specialty at our 2020 show, please contact our event coordinator Richard Jackson.

Clubs with supported entries were: American Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Association, 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 of America, 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, and Welsh Springer Spaniel Club of America.

On-site veterinary care was available from Seibel Veterinary Services. Their mobile clinic van was parked near the Main Hall throughout the weekend.

Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services provided on-site emergency medical coverage for humans.

This year’s vendors included the following, located in the Main Hall: Firefox Leather, Horse Brooch, Kathy Edwards Paper Mache Dog Sculptures, Madison & Maude, The Sharp Edge, and White Dog Bone.

Thanks again for your interest and participation. Please contact our Event Coordinator,  Richard Jackson, with any questions or comments or if you would like to be involved in our 2020 event. And, you can learn more about MSDA and stay informed of our activities by signing up for our e-mail list.

September 2018 Hunting Tests for Flushing Breeds

** Next hunting tests: Mark your calendars for Sept 14-15, 2019! **

MSDA’s 2018 AKC-licensed Spaniel Hunting Tests were Saturday September 15 & Sunday September 16 at Rebel Ridge Farms in Elkton, MD. We ran Junior, Senior, and Master Hunter stakes both days, as well as Working Dog certificate testing on Saturday. (See more info below.) Not just for spaniels, the hunting tests are open to all eligible flushing breeds. Also on Saturday, there was optional Canine Good Citizen evaluations available. (See more info below.)

We ran 26 dogs on Saturday and 23 dogs on Sunday, fairly evenly divided among Junior, Senior, and Master levels. Seventeen dogs earned qualifying scores each day and many had completed titles by the end of the weekend. Dogs also earned WD, WDX, and CGC titles. The following ten breeds were represented: Airedale Terrier, Clumber Spaniel, Cocker Spaniel, English Cocker Spaniel, English Springer Spaniel, Flat-Coated Retriever, Golden Retriever, Irish Water Spaniel, Labrador Retriever, and Standard Poodle.

Something different this year: we provided all participants the opportunity to be judged in all the elements of their test, rather than using “call backs” that reduce the number of dogs participating as the test proceeds each day. (AKC Regulations state that, “if a dog fails to qualify in a particular ability, it is important to score as accurately as possible in all other abilities to provide the handler with information to plan future training.”) It seemed to work well, and we will consider doing this again. The elements of the AKC spaniel hunting tests, by level, are:

  • Junior Hunter: Land work, Marked water retrieve
  • Senior Hunter: Land work, Hunt dead, Marked water retrieve
  • Master Hunter: Land work, Hunt dead, Blind water retrieve, Marked water retrieve

Some pictures are posted below.

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 once again offered our annual Working Dog Tests, in association with our AKC Spaniel Hunt Test, on Saturday, September 15th.  Dogs did not have to be entered in the Spaniel Hunting Tests to participate in Working Dog Tests, though we offer a discounted entry fee to dogs signed up for both Junior Hunter and WD since those can be judged simultaneously.

The AKC’s Canine Good Citizen program is the gold standard of behavior for dogs in our communities. Almost one million dogs have participated in the program since it began in 1989. The heart of the CGC program is the 10-step Canine Good Citizen test. At MSDA’s hunt test weekend, a CGC evaluator was available most of the day Saturday.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Steve Roth,  HuntingChair@mdsportingdog.org .

Field Day June 16 2018

MSDA’s 2018 Summer Field Day
was Saturday June 16th 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Rebel Ridge Farms, Elkton MD

Introductory through advanced training opportunities for flushing, pointing, and retrieving sporting dogs.

We had a great time and learned a lot! Some pictures are posted below and others have been shared via our Facebook group.

A big thank-you to all who came out to work with their dogs (and to all of you who brought all..those..desserts, as well as the other great food for the potluck lunch).  A special thanks to the volunteers who made the day so successful and to Rebel Ridge Farms for having us out to their beautiful property and for somehow conjuring up a gorgeous weather day.

There were field and water training opportunities throughout the day, with many simultaneous activities. There were organized training groups for introductory and advanced levels of flushing, pointing and retrieving breeds, as well as plenty of work-on-your-own areas for advanced handlers. We counted 59 people and 55 dogs in attendance. Some were just getting started and received a warm welcome to the sport as well as ideas for future training opportunities. Others worked on specific issues or just had plenty of time for dogs to run in big fields and swim in different ponds. (A couple humans waded in, too, in the name of training.) New friends were made and both dogs and people had a lot of fun. Many made a point of returning their name badges at the end of the day and saying, “keep it for next year because I’ll be back”.

Look who came! The following breeds are among those who came to Field Day: Brittany, Clumber Spaniel, English Cocker Spaniel, English Setter, English Springer Spaniel, Flat-Coated Retriever, Golden Retriever, Gordon Setter, Irish Water Spaniel, Labrador Retriever, Llewellin Setter, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Sussex Spaniel, Vizsla, Weimaraner, and Wirehaired Pointing Griffon.

For even more pictures from 2017 Field Days, go here and here. (The second link includes an Outdoors Delmarva video about our event.)

MSDA’s Spring Show and Obedience/ Rally Trials March 2-4, 2018.

See also our page for our 2019 event including conformation, obedience, rally, instinct clinics, and more. And, mark your calendar for February 28-March 1, 2020.

MSDA Spring Sporting Group Dog Shows and All-Breed Obedience & Rally Trials: three days of AKC-licensed events at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, MD. Conformation events included more than 30 sporting breeds. All obedience and conformation events were indoors. In addition, there were just-for-fun “Instinct Clinic” sessions held outdoors to introduce sporting dogs to field activities. THANK-YOU exhibitors, judges, stewards, and all volunteers!

Snapshots from the event are below. Also, proofs for all official win photos may be viewed at https://davidsombachphotos.com/. Scroll down the page to “PHOTO GALLERIES” and click on “Official Win Photos”. Then click on the box for Maryland Sporting Dog Association. An email address is required to view photos.

Some MSDA conformation winners are listed below the photos on this page. Full detailed results also are now available and posted at Jim Rau Dog Shows.

We are eager to continue to improve our show weekend. If you have any comments or suggestions, or just have follow-up questions, please contact Richard Jackson,  ShowChair@mdsportingdog.org.

Some show results follow. Congratulations to all winners and to everyone who entered.

Show Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018
Total Entry: 690
Sporting Judge’s Name: Mr. Gordon William Hayburn
#1-
Dog Reg: GCHB Kamands Full Of Beans @ Erinhill [Dog]
Breed: Spaniel (Sussex)
Handler: Per Ingar Rismyhr
Owner: K & A Toner
Breeder: Karen Ann & Amanda Toner
#2-
Dog Reg: GCH Evergreen Set Fire To The Rain [Bitch]
Breed: Setter (Irish)
Handler: Mary Merlo
Owner: M Merlo
Breeder: Mary Merlo
#3-
Dog Reg: GCHB Legacyk Naughty By Nature SH CGC [Dog]
Breed: Pointer (German Shorthaired)
Handler: Michelle Smith Wolcott
Owner: K Gelder
Breeder: Nancibeth Koutstaal & Sherri Griswold
#4-
Dog Reg: GCHG Random Legacy Dylan Du Revention [Dog]
Breed: Spaniel (English Springer)
Handler: Kellie Fitzgerald
Owner: R & S Mockoviak & K Fitzgerald
Breeder: David Rand & Jason Douglass

Show Date: Sunday, March 4, 2018
Total Entry: 652
Sporting Judge’s Name: Mr. Jamie Hubbard
#1-
Dog Reg: GCHB Kamands Full Of Beans @ Erinhill [Dog]
Breed: Spaniel (Sussex)
Handler: Per Ingar Rismyhr
Owner: K & A Toner
Breeder: Karen Ann & Amanda Toner
#2-
Dog Reg: GCH Evergreen Set Fire To The Rain [Bitch]
Breed: Setter (Irish)
Handler: Mary Merlo
Owner: M Merlo
Breeder: Mary Merlo
#3-
Dog Reg: GCHB Rolyart’s Crocodile Rock [Bitch]
Breed: Welsh Springer Spaniel
Handler:
Owner: S. Traylor & C. Ford
Breeder: Owners and D. Brewer
#4-
Dog Reg: GCHG Random Legacy Dylan Du Revention [Dog]
Breed: Spaniel (English Springer)
Handler: Kellie Fitzgerald
Owner: R & S Mockoviak & K Fitzgerald
Breeder: David Rand & Jason Douglass

Saturday Best Owner Handled Dog
Golden Ret.
GCHB. Hillock’s Jack Daniels, JH, RA, RATN, WCX, CGC
Owner: T.H. Tomlinson, J. Cohen, R. Samios

Saturday Best Puppy
Pointer
Wynot HH Wired For Sound
Owner: K.B. Shorter

Sunday Best Owner Handled Dog
Golden Ret.
GCHB. Charms Causin’ Commotion, CGC, RN, BN, THDN
Owner: A. Alsante, V. A. Boyle, J. Boyle-Grant

Sunday Best Bred By Exhibitor
Irish Setter
Carillon Taking The Long Way Round
Owner: C.R. Hills

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