2020 Summer Pool Party

Saturday, July 25th 2020
and
Sunday, July 26th 2020

10:00 am – 3:00 pm each day
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 the meats for grilling and attendees brought side dishes and desserts to share. Split between two days, the event had fewer attendees each day and this allowed for social distancing. As always, the pool was a hit, and there was even a bit of field training in the shade.

Here are pictures from both days. Click on any photo to enlarge.

MSDA’s annual pool party is limited to members and their family and guests. Not an MSDA member? Learn more about us, how to join the club, and sign up for our e-mail list.

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!

Please contact our Event Chair, Richard Jackson, with any questions or comments or if you would like to be involved in a future 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,
  • WhiteDogBone,
  • The Sharp Shop,
  • Salty Dog & Sweet P’s Swag,
  • MFD/Digi-Art Photography and Portraits,
  • Sunflower Trading Company,
  • ComfyPooch, and
  • K-9 Fun-Fit, LLC.

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

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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.

    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.

    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.)

    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.

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    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.