Fall 2022 Hunt Test Weekend

Saturday, September 17th & Sunday September 18th
9 am – 4 pm
Rebel Ridge Farms
295 Woods Road, Elkton, MD 21921

Something for everyone, including:

  • AKC-licensed Spaniel Hunting Tests (two days, two tests) on Saturday and Sunday.
  • WD (Working Dog) hunt tests for selected spaniel breeds on Sunday only.
  • On Saturday only:
    • Mock Junior Pointing Hunt Test
    • Mock Junior Retrieving Hunt Test
    • Open House for all MSDA members and potential members.

The rest of this web page is about the Pointing and Retrieving Mock Hunt Tests and the Open House, all on Saturday. Follow the link for information about the Spaniel Hunting Tests and WD Tests.

MSDA’s Fall Hunt Test Weekend has traditionally been focused on flushing breeds. In 2021, we added an “open house” for members and prospective members. This year, we expanded further to provide Mock Junior AKC Hunt Tests for pointing and retrieving breeds. For those who have done some hunt training, including perhaps at MSDA’s Field Day, and were either curious about pointing or retrieving hunt testing, were getting ready for a first hunt test, or just needed a bit of extra practice (and some feedback), this was a great opportunity. The mock hunt tests were no-pressure, fun and great learning experience.

21 dogs entered the Mock Hunt Tests with another half dozen signed up for Open House. This included one or more of the following breeds: Boykin Spaniel, Brittany, Clumber Spaniel, English Setter, Epagneul Breton, Flat-Coated Retriever, German Shorthaired Pointer, Golden Retriever, Irish Red and White Setter, Irish Setter, Labrador Retriever, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Vizsla, and Weimaraner.

Here are some photos. (Click on any picture to enlarge it and move through the slideshow.)

Of the Pointing Mock Junior Hunt Test:

Of the Retrieving Mock Junior Hunt Test:

And, of course, thanks to all the Pointing, Retrieving, and Open House attendees who contributed… the potluck lunch buffet!

If you’re on Facebook, more photos are posted on MSDA’s private group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/mdsportingdog.

If you have questions about:

Last, but not least, if you are an MSDA member, and you learned something or just had a great day with your dog, please consider sharing your progress via our new “Member Milestones“.

2021 Members’ Open Day

Saturday, September 18, 2021
Rebel Ridge Farms
Elkton MD 21921

Current and prospective MSDA members, their family and guests brought their dogs for an informal day at Rebel Ridge. Rebel Ridge Farms provides more than 250 acres of fields, ponds, and woods as well as a heated and air-conditioned clubhouse. They came out to practice their hunting, field obedience, and retrieving skills, see some experienced dogs in action, or just enjoy the day on this beautiful property.

The only price for attending was a generously-sized potluck lunch dish contribution. On the same day at Rebel Ridge, MSDA was holding a Spaniel Hunting Test. Members’ Open Day potluck dishes, supplemented with purchased items, also provided the day’s lunch for the hunt testers.

Members’ Open Day was very informal. There were no structured activities, though Sally Eck, who leads the Pointing Group at MSDA’s annual springtime Field Day, and Gary Seibel, who leads the Retrieving Group at Field Day, were there and were happy to provide demonstrations, encouragement and advice to others. We hope that everyone had a great time, learned something, and made some new friends.

If you have any questions about Members’ Open Day or have any follow-up comments, please contact the Event Chair Pamela DeSmidt (Secretary@mdsportingdog.org).

MSDA Summer Pool Party 2021

Saturday, July 24 2021
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!

The pool was open all day and dogs enjoyed retrieving as well as just swimming for fun. There also were a lot of interesting smells to investigate on the property, informal field training opportunities, and some great games of chase, especially among the youngest pups.

MSDA provided grilled hamburger & chicken and cold non-alcoholic drinks. Attendees brought side dishes and desserts to share for lunch.

Whether you had lots of fun at Pool Party, or had to miss it this year, we think you’ll enjoy Members’ Open Day on September 18th at Rebel Ridge Farms in Elkton MD. We hope to see you there!

Photos of 2021 Pool Party are below. (Click on any image to enlarge.)

2020 Summer Pool Party

Saturday, July 25th 2020
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.

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.

MSDA Member Crab Feast 2017

MSDA’s 2017 Crab Feast was Sunday October 8 at the South Carroll Swim Club in Westminster, MD.

This annual event is only for MSDA members and their guests. Crab Feast is the event where we honor our volunteers who have worked particularly hard during the past year. Members who have worked a full day as a volunteer at an MSDA event within the past 12 months eat for FREE! For all others, lunch was still only $10 per person. MSDA provided steamed crabs, grilled burgers & hot dogs, side dishes, and (non-alcoholic) beverages.

MSDA Facebook Group

MSDA has a Facebook group as another avenue for dissemination of information and for discussion. This group is “closed”, which means that postings are available only to its members. You do not have to be a member of MSDA to join the Facebook Group.

To join the group, you must first have a Facebook account. Then, just log in and search for “Maryland Sporting Dog Association”. Click on “Join” or click through to the group’s page and choose “Join Group”.

A moderator must approve your membership (just to keep out the spammers). If you’re having problems joining or have questions, please contact Webmaster@mdsportingdog.org .

If you are not yet an MSDA member, but might be interested in joining, please read About Us .

Members: Please share photos!

The MSDA website needs photos! MSDA members are asked to share pictures of happy sporting dogs and their families. We’ll include them in the photo gallery as well as feature some on pages relating to specific events or topics (e.g., hunt test, spring show). Short descriptions identifying the breed and/ or event will be helpful to include.

Please be sure that you own the copyright to the photos you send and that you have permission from anyone who is identifiable in a picture.

Send photos to Webmaster@mdsportingdog.org. If you have questions, comments, or would like more specific guidance about what kinds of pictures we are seeking, also e-mail Webmaster@mdsportingdog.org.