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UPCOMING EVENTS:

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 right 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.

8/8-9/2020 The Southern Tier Spaniel Field Trial Assn is holding an AKC Spaniel Hunt Test on Saturday, August 8, 2020 and Sunday, August 9, 2020 at Sunrise Kennels in Canisteo, NY. The test is open to all AKC eligible breeds of spaniels and retrievers. Hen pheasants will be used for the Senior and Master events and chukars for the Juniors. More information can be found at https://www.huntsecretary.com/eventinfo_A.asp?mhuntid=1003989. Entries close 7/28. (Caution: New York state has travel restrictions for people coming from many other states.)

10/10-11/2020 Spaniel Hunting Tests hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Hunting Spaniel Club. (Although these have been tentatively approved by AKC as of 7/17/2020, we hear that they have lost their venue due to  Covid-19, so the location, date, and event must be considered uncertain.)

** MSDA ** 3/5-7/2021 (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.

**MSDA** Also in Spring 2021, MSDA’s annual Field Day and possibly a spring hunting test for 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: 

**MSDA** 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 May 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.

3/1-3/2019 MSDA Spring Weekend Sporting Group Conformation, All-Breed Obedience & Rally Trials, Bird Dog Instinct Clinics, and more! (Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship MD).

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)