Calendar

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Events with entry limits generally are filling up quickly. Don’t expect to wait until the last minute to sign up!

Also, 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.

** MSDA ** 10/24 and 10/25/2020 10 am – 3 pm (Dickerson MD). Field Training Basics: Field work training for all sporting dogs. Limited registration of not more than 25 dogs per day, dispersed among multiple fields and simultaneous activities. No shot birds.

10/24-25/2020 Delaware Valley Weimaraner Club (DVWC) will be holding Weim ratings tests (including land and water retrieves) in Colliers Mill, NJ. See website for premium at https://www.dvwc.org/

10/31-11/1/2020 Mid-Atlantic Hunting Spaniel Club is holding spaniel hunting tests at Boone’s Farm in Tyrone PA (north of Altoona). Premium and entries are at Hunt Secretary.

10/31-11/1/2020 Mason-Dixon GSP Club is holding pointing breed hunting tests in Charlotte Hall, MD (southeast of La Plata). Premium and entries are at PerfDog.

11/6-8/2020 Salisbury Maryland Kennel Club is pleased to have THREE days of dog shows at the Wicomico Civic Center! November 6,7, & 8, 2020. Entries open at 9 AM on October 12. MB-F is the superintendent. Entry Limit 1500. Limited Obedience and Rally Trials on November 6 & 7, 2020.

11/10-13/2020 (Medford NJ) English Setter Association of America National Field Trial. English Setters only. Entries by mail and email only.

** MSDA ** 11/14 or 11/15/2020 Puppy Match: (Howard County Fairgrounds – tentative). Fun match (conformation only) for puppies at outdoor location. For AKC-registered sporting breed dogs ages 3 months up to 18 months. CGC testing also to be offered for any dogs. Plans for this event are subject to AKC approval. More information coming soon.

** MSDA ** 12/5/2020 approximately 10 am – 3 pm (Chester Springs PA) Tentative. Safe Gun Handling: Relevant to handlers of all sporting dog breeds. Activities will include firing a starter pistol, carrying a shotgun in the field (e.g., as required for some flushing hunt tests), and firing a shotgun at a target and maybe clays. No birds at this event. Dogs welcome but they must be under control and will not be run in the fields. Limited to about 20 human participants. More information coming soon.

** 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** Saturday 4/17/2021 – MSDA’s Annual Field Day – a full day of FUN bird dog training for all levels.

**MSDA** Saturday May 8 & Sunday May 9, 2021 – Two spring AKC hunting tests for all flushing breeds. May also include a judges’ seminar and other activities. The hunt tests have been approved by AKC, but we will not be posting detailed information or opening entries for these events until 2021.

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 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.

3/1-3/2019 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)