36th Potomac Specialty

  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
DOGS: 1,007 1,075 1,121 1,130 1,067 1,077 1,109
ENTRIES: 1,470 1,523 1,644 1,665 1,557 1,596 1,588

Conformation - April 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th, 2011

Four Rally Trials - April 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th, 2011

Four Obedience Trials - April 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th, 2011

Canine Good Citizen & Therapy Dog International Testing & Certification

Sponsored By:

Holiday Inn Conference Center at FSK Mall

Frederick, Maryland

2011 Host Hotel Details

Directions to Potomac

Other Frederick Area Hotels

Airport Transportation

Frederick Tourism

Pointer Graphic File

2011 Directory

* Judges * Judging Schedule * Premium * Event Committee * Committees * Judge's Education At Potomac * Potomac Gala * Juniors At Potomac * Health Clinics * CGC * Catalog Ads * Obedience & Rally * RV Parking * Vendors and Concessions * Canine Health and Reproduction Seminar * Match * WC * Raffle * International Reception * General Trophy Fund Donations *


Best of Breed - Mrs. Clare Senfield - Allegheny

Non-Regular Except Stud/Brood - Mrs. Clare Senfield - Allegheny

Veterans - Mrs. Clare Senfield - Allegheny

Best Veteran - Mrs. Clare Senfield - Allegheny

Hunting Retriever - Mrs. Clare Senfield - Allegheny

Best Hunting Retriever - Mrs. Clare Senfield - Allegheny

Best Puppy - Mrs. Clare Senfield - Allegheny

Best Bred By Classes - Mrs. Clare Senfield - Allegheny

Bitches - Linda Porter - Lindall

Dogs, Stud Dogs, Brood Bitches & Generations - Gunilla Ek - Attikonak

Sweepstakes Dogs - Mr. Dan Clark - Everwood

Veteran Sweepstakes Dogs - Mr. Dan Clark - Everwood

Best Veteran Sweepstakes - Mr. Dan Clark - Everwood

BOS Puppy Sweepstakes - Mr. Dan Clark - Everwood

Sweepstakes Bitches - Dr. Christine Kofron - Valleywood

Veteran Sweepstakes Bitches - Dr. Christine Kofron - Valleywood

BOS Veteran Sweepstakes - Dr. Christine Kofron - Valleywood

Best Puppy Sweepstakes - Dr. Christine Kofron - Valleywood

Junior Showmanship - Mrs. Catherine DiGiacomo -

Obedience Tuesday - Mr. Anthony (Tony) Cherubini

Obedience Wednesday - Mr. Anthony (Tony) Cherubini

Obedience Thursday - Mrs. Suzanne Hemminger

Obedience Friday - Mrs. Suzanne Hemminger

Rally & Rally Pairs Tuesday - Mr. Anthony (Tony) Cherubini

Rally & Rally Team Wednesday - Mr. Anthony (Tony) Cherubini

Rally & Rally Plus Thursday - Mrs. Suzanne Hemminger

Rally Friday - Mrs. Suzanne Hemminger

Judging Schedule

36th Potomac Judging Schedule

36th Annual Potomac Premium

36th Potomac Specialty Premium

Event Committee

Show Chairman - Vicky Creamer

Assistant Show Chairperson - Betty Dust

Obedience/Rally Trial I & II Chairman - Linda Surmacz

Obedience/Rally Trial III & IV Chairman - Susan Smith


Breeder's Seminar - Phyllis Giroux & Linda Noll

Judges' Education Seminar - Traci Stintzcum

Catalog Advertising - Linda Berkeley & Tina Barks

Catalog Sales - Ruth Ellen Coffey

Chief Steward - Allen (Buddy) Voshell

Club Table - Ruth Ellen Coffey

Concessions - Jodi Riley

Emergency Preparedness - Charles (Bucky) Simpson

Grounds - Charles (Bucky) Simpson

Hospitality - Stacy Paleologos

Judges Welfare - Bonnie Anthony

Judging Schedule - Vicky Creamer

Membership Meeting (Tuesday)- Betty Dust

Member Recognition - Cheryl Little

Health Clinic - Susan Patterson

International Guest Hostesses - Sherry Jessup &
Marilyn Reynolds

Premium - Vicky Creamer

Publicity - Anne Maynard

Match - Dolores Neigh

Working Certificate - Betty Dust & Mario Cilia

Parade of Rescue Dogs - Ruth Ellen Coffey

Raffle Table- Wortley Ganoe & Keith Ensor & Diane Leonard

Raffle Donations - Shar Pitman

RV Coordinator - Penny Kretchmer

Ring Decorations - Donna Forney

Show Decoys - Cindy Harbaugh

Show Trophies - Kim Stahl

Trophy Donations - Nancy Hope Love

Potomac Gala - Donna Forney

Auction - Rachael Shatz

Junior Showmanship Coordinator - Becky Coss

CGC/TDI - Ellen Moon & Debby Kay & Sam Cochran

Photographer - Carl Gernazio Photograph

Judges' Education At Potomac*

The LRCP is pleased to present a judges' education seminar for judges and those interested in becoming a judge on Monday, April 11 with Dr. Michael Woods (Waterdog) and Clare White-Peterson. The seminar will consist of three separate sessions. The first session begins at 8:00 AM Monday morning in the Hotel Ballroom with a classroom presentation "The labrador Retriever" by Dr. Michael Woods. The second session, Monday afternoon, will be limited to twenty five (25) participants and will be a hands-on examination of labradors. The third session on Tuesday will be ring-side mentoring. Each Monday session will cost $25 and will include morning muffins and coffee. Tuesday's mentoring session will be free, but participants must register in advance for planning purposes. Lunch may be purchased both days at the Hotel Concession in the Atrium. Participants are asked to complete the following form and make payment using the Paypal button. For additional information, please contact contact Traci Stintzcum at (717)657-2116 or email at foxhilllabs@aol.com

*Parent Club Approved

Judges' Education Seminar Registration


Breeder's Seminar

Canine Health and Reproduction

Trade Show

The LRCP is delighted to present an exciting two-track canine health and reproduction seminar and trade show on Monday, April 11. Track one will feature veterinary expert speakers in the areas of Exercise Induced Collapse, Tickborne Diseases, Vaccination Protocols, OFA, CHIC and Puppy Diarrhea. Track two will focus on reproductive issues such as Ovulation Timing, Collection of Semen for Extension and Shipping, Artificial Insemination and a Roundtable Forum for Questions and Answers. Speakers will include Dr. Fran Smith, Board Certified Theriogenologist and President of the OFA, Dr. R. Scott Dove whose special interests include Reproduction, Acupuncture, Massage and Chiropractic, and Dr. Valeria Rickard with interests in Reproduction, and owner handler of multiple AKC Champion Airedales. Dr Eric Altom from Eukanuba will provide two miniseminars on “What the Dog Food Label Really Means” and “GI Stress, Pre and Pro biotics”.

Merial will be sponsoring one of the seminars, a seminar break and have an informational booth available for all attendees with information on exciting new products. OFA will also sponsor a seminar, with OFA personnel available to answer your questions about OFA and CHIC.

Pre-register before April 8, 2011 for $50 using the Paypal button below, or mail your personal check, payable to LRCP, Inc. to Linda Noll, 1517 Brookdale Court, Winchester, VA 22601. Check must be RECEIVED not later than April 8, 2011. Or, pay at the door $75. Registration includes seminar attendance, seminar materials, and refreshments. Lunch may be purchased at the Hotel Concession in the Atrium.

The following companies or organizations will be represented at the trade show: Butler Schein Animal Health, Merial, OFA, Eukanuba, Minitube, Reproduction Resources, Polar Tech Industries, Inc., Nasco, Inc., Exodus Breeders Corp. and Hamilton Research, Inc.

North Oatlands Animal Hospital (Dr. Rickard) will be on site Monday, Tuesday and Thursday for semen evaluation, collection and freezing, semen storage, Brucella testing, DNA collection, OFA cardiac, patella, & thyroid evaluation. For more information, please follow the link below.

To schedule appointments, please contact Angela Norfleet.


Breeders Seminar Flyer

Track "A"
Track "B"
Time Topic Speaker   Topic Speaker
 8:30-9:30 EIC Dr. Smith   Ovulation Timing Dr. Giroux or Dr. Rickard
9:45-10:45 Lyme Disease and Vaccination Dr. Jaffe (Merial)   Collection of Semen and preparation for Shipping Dr. Rickard
11:00-12:00 Other Tickborne Diseases Dr. Jaffe (Merial)   Artificial Insemination Dr. Smith
12:00-12:30 Role of Fibre and Health in Dog Food Dr. Eric Altom   Lunch and Exhibits  
12:30-1:00 Lunch and Exhibits     Dog Food Product Knowledge - What Does The Label Really Mean? Dr. Eric Altom
1:15-2:15 OFA /CHIC Dr. Smith   Short topics on alternative care as applied to Repro, C sections (indications, what to expect, post op etc)Procedures and techniques that breeders should know and be able to perform in their kennels (tube feeding, injections, vag smears, bandages, accurate TPR's, membrane assessment, puppy resuscitation ....) Dr. Scott Dove

The Potomac Gala

Sponsored By:


Ah... the Potomac Gala! Veterans Night! The Silent Auction! Juniors at Potomac! The Live Auction! A reception sponsored by Black Lab Vodka and Leader Dogs for the Blind! It's gonna be a full night of fun. As always, Yellow, Chocolate or Black Tie is Optional. But the fun is not. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 13 in the Hotel Ballroom. We have available, twenty reserved tables for you and nine of your closest friends for veterans judging and the live auction. Make reservations now for a good seat and a good time!


Juniors at Potomac - “Retrieving for the Future!”

The Club is delighted to announce a program of special events for Junior Handlers attending the Potomac Specialty in 2011. Plan to attend a social in the Hotel Atrium on Tuesday, April 12, to meet the competition and receive your show assignments for the week. And get ready for the big night Wednesday in the Hotel Ballroom where Mrs. Catherine DiGiacomo will judge and choose the Best Junior. And if you survive that, we are planning a Junior Handler Training Seminar on Thursday evening. All Juniors ages 9 - 18 are welcome whether you are competing or not.

Parents contact Rebecca Coss, LRCP Junior Showmanship Coordinator at Becky Coss if you have questions.


Health Clinics

The LRCP is pleased to offer heart exams, Optigen tests and EIC testing for your dogs at Potomac 2011. Cardiologist Dr. Luis Braz-Ruivo. DVM, DVSc DACVIM will be available to perform Ausculation with echocardiogram with color doppler. Please download the flyer below for complete details including information for registration and prepayment.

To schedule an Optigen, EIC or DDC test, please go to the appropriate organization web site (Optigen (BKXi414), University of Minnesota VDL or DNA Diagnostics Center) to pre-register and make payment. To sehedule an echocardiogram, please download and complete the OFA form and bring it with you to the clinic. Then, simply use the Paypal button below and include your cell phone number when asked. We will call you when the judging schedule has been published to set up an appointment. Discounts are offered for all tests, but require pre-registration and prepayment.

Health Clinic Flyer


Canine Good Citizen & Therapy Dog International Testing & Certification

The LRCP is pleased to offer testing and certification for Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog International. What a wonderful treat for you and your dog and everyone you meet! I speak from personal experience - check it out! All testing will be done indoors by pre-registration and every passing team will receive a rosette! CGC is $15 and TDI is $20. OR, both CGC and TDI individual certification for the same team for $25. (This gives the option for CGC certificate from AKC along with awards for both levels) Registration closes April 6 with a limit of 20 dogs. Testing will be done from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Wednesday, April 13th.

Things to bring: Dog's registration name & number(if you have one - dog is not required to be registered) Birth date/age. Proof of rabies & county registration. Buckle collar and your dog's brush. Don't forget the dog :)

CGC Evaluators: Ellen Moon, Debby Kay & Sam Cochran
TDI Evaluator: Susan Hertz

If you would like more information on either of these great programs, the AKC offers a wonderful brochure on their web site. For more information on the TDI certificate please go to www.tdi-dog.org Additionally, Ellen Moon has prepared a couple of guides to help you prepare for these tests. A summary of test requirements will give you a complete overview of each step of the tests. What is AKC’s Canine Good Citizen Program? will give you some history and background on the tests. I recommend both.

For more information, please contact Ellen Moon (301)-689-3385 or (866)-309-0493.


Catalog Ads

Deadline: March 1, 2011

Catalog Ad Form

Download Catalog Ad Form and Follow Instructions

A full page ad is $75. One photo can be used with a full page ad. Half pages are $45. No photos can be used with half page ads. If you have catalog ad questions, please contact Linda Berkeley or Tina Barks


Obedience & Rally Welcome

The Club is please to host four obedience and four rally trials at Potomac this year. Additionally, the Club will host timed run thru's on Monday for anyone wishing to participate. Please pre-register for the run thrus by downloading the following form and mailing it to Linda Surmacz. Deadline for registering for the run thrus is April 6. Please join us for a fun start to Potomac 2011!!

Obedience limits for run-thru's will be 15 and Rally limits for run-thu's will be 22.


Monday April 11, 2011
Obedience 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
5 minutes max/run
Rally 2:45 PM to 4:00 PM
Nested course that will have all 3 levels
3 minutes max/run
$5.00 for one run $8.00 for 2 runs of same dog. Checks payable to LRCP, Inc.
Location: Obedience Ring
There will be experienced Obedience and Rally folk there to answer your questions.

If you have questions before the show, please contact the Rally and obedience Chairs above.

Notice: Anyone interested in joining a team for Rally Team on Wednesday should contact Susan Smith.

Potomac Rally Obedience Flyer

RV Parking

Exhibitors wishing to park a motor home or recreational vehicle at the Holiday Inn must agree to abide by the following "Rules, Regulations and User Agreement" and must make advance reservations and pay the applicable fees. The LRCP gratefully acknowledges the efforts of Penny Kretchmer who has volunteered to coordinate motor home/RV parking for the 2011 show. Please note that all RV parking will be assigned by Penny who has the full blessing and authority of the Club to make these decisions. Your cooperation is appreciated. Towed vehicles may be claimed at Henry's Towing in Fairfax, Virginia.


Vendors and Concessions

Vendors wishing to participate at the 2011 Potomac Specialty should contact the Vendor Chair, Jodi Riley at applemtlabs@yahoo.com or 717-677-0140 for information. Space is extremely limited and returning vendors are given preference. Vendors who participated at the 2010 show will receive contracts and show information in late January. Please download and read all of the documents below before contacting the Jodi. Returning vendors must complete the registration process and make payment not later than February 15, 2011. Please use the electronic payment button (Paypal) below to make payment with the credit card of your choice or your Paypal account if you have one.


Pre-Show Match and Pizza Party

Sanctioned B Match

With time on our hands and nothing left to do but dream up more fun things to entertain our guests, the Club proudly announces a Pre-Potomac Match! Get out! No really! On Monday, April 11th, starting at 3:00 PM, the following judges have graciously agreed to consider whatever you have in your van or xpen. Not ready for showtime? Don't leave that puppy at home. This is the functional equivalent of the NFL Pre-Game Show, with cheerleaders and crazy beer ads and pizza party when it's all over:

Regular Dog classes & Best Puppy : Maurice Givan, Sudeo Labradors, Scotland
Regular Bitch classes & Best Adult : Mary McCulloch, Frewlings Labradors, Scotland
Sweepstakes Dogs & Best in Sweeps : Julie Bedford-Pope, Croftsway Labradors, New Zealand
Sweepstake Bitches : Luis Anton, Kowalski Labradors, Spain

All Classes divided by color - Black - Chocolate - Yellow

Advance entry fees: $15.00 regular class $10.00 Sweepstakes for pre-entry. Same-day entry fee: $20.00 regular class $15.00 Sweepstakes. Same-day entries will be taken from 2:00 to 2:45 pm Monday. Judging starts at 3:00 PM. If you have questions or require additional information, please contact Dolores Neigh at goozliesl2@aol.com or (410)374-3909.


Working Certificate Test

The LRCP is pleased to host a Working Certificate Test at 10:00 AM, Sunday, April 10, at Belquest Kennels, 18745 Penn Shop Road, Mount Airy, MD 21771. Birds will be ducks and only single marks will be used at this test. The judge is Fred Perini. All qualifiers will receive a rosette and a Certificate at the completition of the test.

Test Requirements:

1. A land single of a shot bird over a distance of approximately 50 yards in light cover.
2. Back-to-back singles in the water. One bird should be retrieved in swimming water if possible.
3. The dog is not required to be steady or to deliver to hand, however, the judge(s) may designate an area for delivery.
4. The dog should not be gun shy.

Note: Bitches in season may not run.

Entry fee $30. Entries close April 8th, at 6:00 PM and are limited to the first 40 labradors entered. Entries may be made online using the online entry form and Paypal button below. Alternately, you may download the entry form and fax it or mail it to the Show Secretary. Checks (U.S. Funds) should be payable to LRCP, Inc.


WC Flier and Entry Form

Test Secretary/Chair:
Mario Cilia
P. O. Box 266
16224 Frederick Road
Lisbon, MD 21765
Home Phone: (410)489-5212
Fax Entries: (301)244-6656

Directions to Belquest Kennels

Raffle Donations

Friends, guests and exhibitors may make donations to the Potomac Raffle in a variety of ways. Articles may be delivered to the Raffle table Tuesday morning as usual. Alternatively, you may mail or hand deliver items for the Raffle to Vicky Creamer for storage until showtime. Finally, the Club is grateful to anyone wishing to make a cash donation. The Paypal button below will allow you to make a donation using the credit card of your choice or your Paypal account if you have one. The Club wishes to thank all Potomac exhibitors for your continuing support.

Reception for International Guests

Sponsored By:

The LRCP is proud to announce a welcome reception for our guests from around the world sponsored by Paulo Cimerman and Dicroft Labradors and hosted by past Club Presidents, Sherry Jessup and Marilyn Reynolds. Please join us in the Hotel Atrium Thursday evening at 5:00 PM for a glass of wine and light h'ordeureves.

General Trophy Fund

The Club welcomes donations to the General Trophy Fund for the 36th Annual Potomac Specialty (2011). Donations received before the Premium is published will be listed in both the Premium and the Catalog. Donations received before the Catalog is published but after the Premium is published will be listed in the Catalog only. Donors may mail checks payable to The LRCP, Inc. to Jodi Riley at the address above or use the following Paypal link to pay electronically with credit card or Paypal account. Donations must be received by December 1, 2010 to appear in the Premium and not later than March 1, 2011 to appear in the Catalog.