A note about volunteering. If you’re not ready to enter, or if you would like to learn more about sporting dog events, a great way to do that is to volunteer! Whether you’re an old hand or a total newbie, there is always something to do. At a field event, for example, even a complete beginner can carry the basket for the shot birds (“shagging”). You get to walk just behind the judge(s) and get an upfront view of all the action. Clubs cannot put on these events without volunteer workers, so please consider contacting the sponsoring club and offering to help out.
1/30-31/2021 (Cooper Black State Park, SC) The Wateree Spaniel Club is holding two days of AKC Cocker Field Trials (open to Cocker Spaniels and English Cocker Spaniels). Download the premium and enter via HuntSecretary at https://huntsecretary.com/eventinfo_A.asp?mhuntid=1004218
2/13/2021 (Glen Rock, PA) Mid-Atlantic Hunting Spaniel Club’s Annual Grouse Trial. Much more information is in this PDF file.
2/27-28/2021 (C&R Training Center Felton DE just south of Dover) Pointing Breeds Hunt Tests – it will be a double double test with the opportunity to title your dog in one weekend! More information and entries via PerfDog . Volunteers will be needed to line marshal, plant birds or just help out. Sponsored by Conestoga Vizsla Club and Mason Dixon GSP Club.
** MSDA ** Friday 3/5 -Sunday 3/7/2021 With much regret, the MSDA board unanimously voted to cancel the 2021 Spring Event (including sporting dog conformation, all-breed obedience & rally, and bird instinct clinics) that was originally scheduled for March 5-7, 2021 but then postponed. While we hoped to reschedule for a later date, there are just too many uncertainties and concerns resulting from the continuing pandemic. As a result, we are not confident that we can run a safe and fun event, even this summer. Spring Event is a major undertaking. It requires a considerable amount of lead time and planning for MSDA as well as for all of the specialty and supporting clubs that participate, so a decision needed to be made. Our attention now turns to MSDA’s Spring Event 2022, to be held March 4-6, 2022. We also continue to plan several smaller and entirely outdoor events beginning this spring.
**MSDA** Saturday 3/6 7:00 pm. MSDA Annual Membership Meeting will be held virtually this year. Members will be able to dial in by phone or log on for video conferencing. Details to be provided.
3/6-7/2021 (Mason Dixon Hunting Farm, Glen Rock PA) Cocker Spaniel Field Trial, pending AKC approval. Ted Lagala and Dan Lassen as judges. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Hunting Spaniel Club. More information coming soon.
**MSDA** Saturday 4/17/2021 (Rebel Ridge Farms, Elkton MD) MSDA’s Annual Field Day – a full day of FUN bird dog training for all levels. Information for Field Day is expected to be posted around mid-February.
Saturday May 1 – Sunday May 2 (Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium MD) World of Pets Expo (postponed from late January). MSDA will have a booth; stop by and learn more about sporting dogs and about our club!
**MSDA** Saturday 5/8 & Sunday 5/9/2021 (Rebel Ridge Farms, Elkton MD) Two days of spring AKC spaniel hunting tests for all flushing breeds. The hunt tests have been approved by AKC, but we will not be posting detailed information or opening entries for these events until probably sometime in March.
**MSDA** Saturday 9/18 & Sunday 9/19/2021 (Rebel Ridge Farms, Elkton MD). Pending AKC approval. Two days of AKC hunting tests for all flushing breeds.
Want to see your club’s sporting dog event listed here? Contact Pamela DeSmidt (MSDA Secretary) to be included on this calendar page and in our monthly newsletter. Of course, if you’re a member of Maryland Sporting Dog Association’s Facebook Group, you’re also welcome to share your event information there.
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PAST MSDA EVENTS:
10/24 and 10/25/2020 10 am – 3 pm (Dickerson MD). Field Training Basics for all sporting dogs.
Saturday 7/25 & Sunday 7/26. Annual Pool Party for club members, guests, and (of course) dogs!
9/12-13/2020 (Rebel Ridge Farms, Elkton MD) Hunt Test Weekend. Canceled this year due to the impact of Covid-19.
5/2/2020 Field Day (Rebel Ridge Farms, Elkton MD) Canceled this year due to the impact of Covid-19. Looking forward to seeing everyone again in Spring 2021!
2/28 – 3/1/2020 (Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship MD) MSDA’s annual Spring Event: Sporting Group Dog Shows and All-Breed Obedience & Rally Trials. Bird Instinct Clinics, membership meeting, and plenty of other activities.
1/24-26/2020 (Timonium, MD) MSDA hosted a booth at the World of Pets Expo at the Maryland State Fairgrounds.
9/14-15/2019 AKC Spaniel Hunting Tests and Working Dog Certificate Testing (Rebel Ridge Farms, Elkton MD). Two days (two events) of hunting tests for all flushing breeds. Junior, Senior, and Master stakes. Also Working Dog tests and CGC evaluations on Saturday.
8/17/2019 1:30-4:30 pm (North Laurel Community Center, Laurel MD) MSDA Introductory Seminar for Conformation and Obedience Stewarding.
7/20/2019 MSDA Summer Pool Party (Dickerson MD). A fun day for MSDA members, family, guests, and dogs!
5/4/2019 MSDA Field Day (Rebel Ridge Farms, Elkton MD). A fun day with training opportunities for all levels of flushing, pointing, and retrieving bird dogs.
3/2/2019 MSDA Annual Membership Meeting. (Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship MD) After completion of best-in-show. MSDA board of directors meeting was held immediately following the membership meeting.
12/16/2018 1:00 pm MSDA Holiday Party for members and their guests (Bayside Inn, Edgewater MD).
9/15-16/2018 AKC Spaniel Hunting Tests and Working Dog Certificate Testing (Rebel Ridge Farms, Elkton MD)
7/21/2018 MSDA Picnic & Pool Party (Dickerson MD). Lunch and fun for people & dogs. This event was limited to MSDA members, their families, and guests.
6/16/2018 MSDA Summer Field Day (Rebel Ridge Farms, Elkton MD). Training opportunities for all levels of flushing, pointing, and retrieving bird dogs.
4/21/2018 MSDA provided a Sporting Dog Demonstration for 300 scouts at a Mountain Man Camporee for the Boy Scouts in the FSK District (Thurmont Conservation and Sportsmen’s Club, Thurmont MD).
3/2-4/2018 MSDA Spring Sporting Group Dog Shows and All-Breed Obedience & Rally Trials (Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship MD)
3/3/2018 Sporting Dog Instinct Clinics, at the site of the MSDA spring show (Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship MD).
3/3/2018 after completion of Best-in-Show. Annual membership meeting, at the site of the MSDA spring show (Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship MD).
2/18/2018 AKC Spaniel Hunt Test Seminar (Mason Dixon Hunting Farm Inc., Glen Rock, PA). The Hunt Test Seminar was held in conjunction with a Grouse Trial sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Hunting Spaniel Club on Saturday, February 17th.
10/8/2017 1:00 pm (South Carroll Swim Club, Westminster, MD) MSDA’s Annual Crab Feast.
9/23/2017 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (Izaak Walton League of America, Clear Spring MD). 11th Annual Maryland celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day. Free, family-friendly event.
9/15-16-17/2017 AKC Spaniel Hunting Tests and Working Dog Certificate Testing (Rebel Ridge Farms, Elkton MD) sponsored by MSDA and The Susquehanna Valley English Springer Spaniel Club.
7/29/2017 MSDA Summer Field Day (Rebel Ridge Farms, Elkton MD). Training opportunities for all levels of flushing, pointing, and retrieving hunting dogs.
6/17/2017 7:30 am – 4:00 pm MSDA Summer Field Day (C&R Center at Norman G. Wilder Wildlife Area, Felton DE). Training opportunities for all levels of flushing, pointing, and retrieving hunting dogs.
3/3-5/2017 MSDA Sporting Group Dog Shows (Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship MD) including MSDA’s first Instinct Clinic for dogs without any field training or experience.
3/4/2017 after completion of Best-in-Show. Annual membership meeting (Hospitality Area of the Main Hall at the Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship MD). Light dinner and other refreshments included.
9/10-11/2016 MSDA Spaniel Hunting Tests (Rebel Ridge Farms, Elkton MD)
8/7/2016 11:00 am Membership meeting with training opportunities following the meeting (Rover’s Content, Brandywine MD)