38th Potomac Specialty

Potomac 2013 Judges Critiques

Per Iversen

Hanele Jokisilta

Karen Helmers

Live Auction Highlights

BISS AM CH Borador's By George, CGC

The LRCP is grateful for the generosity of Vicky Creamer, Belquest Labradors who is offering at live auction with a reserve, a breeding (frozen semen) to BISS AM CH Borador's By George, CGC. Successful bidder is responsible for all shipping, progesterone, extender and storage expenses. Bitch must meet stud dog owner's specifications.

As of 6/25/12, Gordy is the sire of 80 Champions, plus Master Hunter & Numerous offspring with Hunting-Obedience-Rally-Agility-Tracking & Grand Championship Titles.


BORN: 2-17-99
HIPS: LR-116497G26M-PI
EYES: LR-33658/2009--122

Conformation - April 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th, 2013

Puppy Match and Judges Education Seminar, Monday, April 8th, 2013

Four Rally Trials - April 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th, 2013

Four Obedience Trials - April 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th, 2013

Canine Good Citizen Certification

Sponsored By:

Holiday Inn Conference Center at FSK Mall

Frederick, Maryland

2013 Host Hotel Details

Directions to Potomac

Other Frederick Area Hotels

Airport Transportation

Frederick Tourism


* 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 * Match * Raffle * International Reception * General Trophy Fund Donations *


Best of Breed - Mrs. Jacqueline Mischou (Caer Bren)

Non-Regular Except Stud/Brood/Generations - Mrs. Jacqueline Mischou (Caer Bren)

Veterans - Mrs. Jacqueline Mischou (Caer Bren)

Best Veteran - Mrs. Jacqueline Mischou (Caer Bren)

Hunting Retriever - Mrs. Jacqueline Mischou (Caer Bren)

Best Hunting Retriever - Mrs. Jacqueline Mischou (Caer Bren)

Best Puppy - Mrs. Jacqueline Mischou (Caer Bren)

Best Bred By Classes - Mrs. Jacqueline Mischou (Caer Bren)

Dogs & Generations Classes - Ms. Hannele Jokisilta Kirstinmaki (Palabras)

Bitches - Mr. Per Iversen, Mylskervdvn (Brenna)

Stud Dog & Brood Bitch classes - Ms. Diane Pilbin (Chucklebrook)

Sweepstakes Dogs - Mr. Rusty Howard (Waterberry)

Veteran Sweepstakes Dogs - Mr. Rusty Howard (Waterberry)

Best Veteran Sweepstakes - Dr. Karen Helmers (Paradocs)

BOS Puppy Sweepstakes - Mr. Rusty Howard (Waterberry)

Sweepstakes Bitches - Dr. Karen Helmers (Paradocs)

Veteran Sweepstakes Bitches - Dr. Karen Helmers (Paradocs)

BOS Veteran Sweepstakes - Mr. Rusty Howard (Waterberry)

Best Puppy Sweepstakes - Dr. Karen Helmers (Paradocs)

Junior Showmanship - Mrs. Barbara A. Gilchrist (Blackthorn)

Obedience Tuesday - Mr. Russell Hornfisher

Obedience Wednesday - Mr. Russell Hornfisher

Obedience Thursday - Mr. Theodore A. Walshesky

Obedience Friday - Mr. Theodore A. Walshesky

Rally & Rally Pairs Tuesday - Mr. Russell Hornfisher

Rally & Rally Team Wednesday - Mr. Russell Hornfisher

Rally & Rally Plus Thursday - Mr. Theodore A. Walshesky

Rally Friday - Mr. Theodore A. Walshesky

Judging Schedule - When Available

Tentative Schedule of Events - See Premium

38th Annual Potomac Premium - When Available

Event Committee

Vicky Creamer, Show Chairperson - (301) 831-5323 E-mail: belquest1@aol.com

Krista Beal, Co-Chair - (301) 972-0977 E-mail: conclusions@erols.com

David Heacock, Assistant to the Chairs - E-mail: deheacock@earthlink.net

Mike Creamer, Assistant to the Chairs - (240) 687-8271 E-mail: buckskin2@aol.com

Cindy Harbaugh, Obedience & Rally Chairperson - (240) 446-1383 E-mail: pawsalways@comcast.net

Linda Surmacz, Assistant Obedience & Rally Chairperson - (410) 441-4170 E-mail: lcspt@zoominternet.net

Mario Cilia, Assistant Obedience & Rally Chairman - (410) 489-5212 E-mail: mario@milltowne.com

And All Officers & Directors of the Club


Auction - Carol Quaif

Catalog Advertising - Travis Scarlett & Lisa Weiss

Catalog Sales - Anne Maynard

CGC - Rachael Shatz

Chief Steward - Allen (Buddy) Voshell

Club Table - Sara Raynor & Ruthellen Coffee

Concessions - Jodi Riley

Emergency Preparedness - Charles (Bucky) Simpson

B Match - Catie Clowser

C Match - Cindy Harbaugh

Grounds - Charles (Bucky) Simpson

Health Clinic - Dr. Phyllis Giroux

International Guest Hostesses - Sherry Jessup, Marilyn Reynolds & Dorothea George

Judges' Education Seminar - Traci Stintzcum

Judges Welfare - Valerie Taylor

Membership Meeting (Tuesday)- Betty Dust

Member Recognition - Cheryl Little

Junior Showmanship Coordinator - Kristen Creamer-Allison

Parade of Rescue Dogs - Rachael Shatz

Potomac Gala - Donna Forney

Premium List - Vicky Creamer

Publicity - Sharlene Pitman

Raffle Donations - Catie Clowser

Raffle Table- Wortley Ganoe & Keith Ensor & Diane Zell

Ring Decorations - Tina Barks

RV Coordinator - Penny Kretchmer

Show Decoys - Cindy Harbaugh

Show Trophies - Donna Forney

Trophy Donations - Sharlene Pitman

Photographer - J. C. Photography


All rights to TELEVISE, VIDEOTAPE, ADVERTISE, PHOTOGRAPH, PROMOTE or otherwise exploit these events are vested in The Labrador Retriever Club of the Potomac, Inc. or in persons to whom assignments of such rights have been made in writing by the Club. All persons and animals on the event grounds at anytime while the events are in progress, do so by attending these events or participating therein, grant to the Club the right to photograph, televise, videotape, audiotape or othewise use their likeness and voice in any manner without further release or consent.

Reproductive And Pediatric Nutrition Seminar

The Club regrets that this seminar has been canceled.

Sponsored by Purina

Tuesday, April 9th, 4:00 PM in Room 183

Exhibitors and guests are invited to attend a presentation on reporductive and pediatric nutrition by Dr. Deborah Greco on Tuesday afternoon in Room 183, to be followed by a wine and cheese reception, all sponsored by Purina.

Deborah S. Greco DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM is currently a senior research scientist with Nestle Purina Petcare and travels globally to deliver lectures on endocrinology and nutrition. She received her DVM from the University of California in 1982 and completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Louisiana State University. She became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 1986 after completing an internal medicine residency and PhD at Texas A&M. Dr. Greco was a professor of small animal internal medicine at Colorado State University for 12 years and chief of medical service at the Animal Medical Center for 5 years. Dr. Greco was the recipient of the Pfizer award for research excellence at Colorado State University in 1996 and in 1998 she received the AAFP research award for her work on feline diabetes mellitus. She is a Standard Poodle breeder and lectures extensively on canine reproduction and pediatrics

Dr. Greco will also be available in the Purina booth on the show grounds throughout the show to answer questions.

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 8th with Dr. Michael Woods (Waterdog) and Clare White-Peterson. The seminar will consist of three separate sessions. The first session begins 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 reservation form and make payment. (PayPal accounts OR any major credit card accepted). You will receive an immediate email acknowledgment for your reservation and payment. For additional information, please contact contact Traci Stintzcum at (717)657-2116 or email at foxhilllabs@aol.com

*Not Parent Club Approved

The Potomac Gala

Ah... the Potomac Gala! Veterans Night! The Silent Auction! Juniors at Potomac! The Live Auction! 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 10 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 (see PayPal Reservation Form below) 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 2013. Plan to attend a social in the Hotel Atrium on Tuesday, April 9, 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. Barbara A. Gilchrist will 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 Kristen Creamer-Allison, LRCP Junior Showmanship Coordinator at Kristen Creamer-Allison if you have questions.

Potomac 2013 Health Clinic

Tuesday, April 9 - 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM

The LRCP is pleased to offer OFA Cardiac Testing Auscultation or Echocardiogram Doppler by Luis Braz-Ruvio, DVM, DVSc, DACVIM, Cardiology, Optigen tests, DNA & EIC sample collecting and much more for your dogs at Potomac 2013. Please download the Potomac 2013 Health Clinic Flyer for more details.

Please note that all testing fees are to be made payable directly to the testing organization. Samples must be mailed as a group from the clinic to get the discounted prices. To avoid mistakes, missing information and confusion, you are encouraged to complete your forms online before coming to Potomac, so that you can print them and bring them to the clinic. A collection and shipping fee of $5 will be charged per sample in cash or by check made payable to the LRCP, Inc. For more information about any aspect of the clinic, please contact Dr. Phyllis Giroux by email at DeepRunRet@AOL.COM.

To schedule an Optigen or EIC test, please go to the appropriate organization web site Optigen (LRCP134) (LRCP134) or University of Minnesota VDL) to pre-register and make payment. Please note that the Special 20/20 Optigen Clinic fee is 20% off the regular price. To get an additional 5% discount for a total discount of 25%, test forms must be completed online at the Optigen website using the code LRCP134.

All DNA testing will be done by cheek swabs only. Fast and painless. Dog should not have eaten for at least four hours prior. This includes treats or bait. Results in about two weeks. Bring dog's AKC and Microchip/Tattoo number. Test results are strictly confidential and will be sent directly to the owner.

To schedule an echocardiogram, please download and complete the OFA form and bring it with you to the clinic. Then, simply use the online form below to pre-register and make payment (PayPal accounts OR all major credit cards accepted). 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.

Reservations for ECHO testing are FULL.

Testing for Canine Good Citizen Certifications

CGC Testing ~ Tue. April 9, 2012

Breakaway Action Dogs, Inc

900 E. Patrick St. , Frederick, MD 21701

Directions to Breakaway Action Dogs

All testing will be done indoors 10AM until 2PM

The LRCP is pleased to offer testing for Canine Good Citizen (CGC) for you and your dog on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 10AM until 2PM. Testing will be indoors at the Breakaway Actions Dogs, Inc, 900 E. Patrick Street, Frederick, MD 21701. The testing fee is $20 and each passing team will receive a rosette. Please use the green link below to register and make payment (credit cards and/or PayPal accounts accepted). More information can be found at www.akc.org. Brochure for CGC available at http://www.akc.org/pdfs/cgc/GK9GC1.pdf

Please note that the Club will not be offering TDI certification this year due to extensive recent changes in the testing protocol. We expect to resume TDI certification again next year.

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 :)

If you have any questions please contact Rachael Shatz or 703-430-4554

For a summary of the tests, please go here.

Catalog Ads

Deadline: February 20, 2013

To place a catalog ad, please use the green link below to reserve your ad space and make payment (credit card of your choice or PayPal account). A full page ad is $75 and a half page ad is $45. One photo can be used with a full page ad. No photos with a half page ad. Then send your ad materials to Travis Scarlett. Photos should be black and white and in jpeg format. Simple text can be included in a email message. Travis will crop photos as necessary and add text as you direct. If necessary he will send you a proof copy before submitting the ad to MBF.

Other Labrador Retriever clubs wishing to place ads may do so at the special Club Rate of $50 for an ad (no photo, no free catalog).

Please contact Travis Scarlett or Lisa Weiss if you have any questions.

Obedience & Rally Welcome

The Club is pleased to host four indoor obedience and four indoor rally trials at Potomac this year. Directions to Breakaway Action Dogs, Inc., where the Obedience and Rally trials will be held, and alternate directions are available at the link below for Google map/directions. Additionally, the Club will host a Sanctioned OB Match on Monday for anyone wishing to participate. Please see below for details and join us for a fun start to Potomac 2013!

For additional information please contact Cindy Harbaugh.

Directions to Breakaway Action Dogs

Sanctioned Obedience Match

Monday April 8, 2013
Location: Breakaway Action Dogs
Entries taken from 11 AM to 1 PM ringside.
10 minute sessions of practice ring time for each entry.
Entry fees are $10 each.
Entries limited to Labrador Retrievers.
Contact Cindy Harbaugh for more information.

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

Motor Home/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 not later than April 5(see form below). The LRCP gratefully acknowledges the efforts of Penny Kretchmer who has volunteered to coordinate motor home/RV parking for the 2013 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.

Motor Home/RV Rules, Regulations and User Agreement

Vendors and Concessions

Vendor space in the Common Vendor Tent is fully subscribed for this year. Vendors still wishing to participate may contact Jodi Riley at 717-677-0140 to discuss the remaining available options.

Sanctioned B Match and Pizza Party

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 Sanctioned B Match! Get out! No really! On Monday, April 8th, starting at 1:00 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 sponsored By Dr. Rock Vali, DVM, Chinar Labardors & Mt. Pleasant Hospital for Animals.

Regular Classes: Rosa Agostini (Rosamade) Italy
Sweepstakes: Paulo Cimmerman (Dicroft) Brazil
Junior Handler: Vicky Creamer (Belquest) USA
Senior Handler: Jen Leitao USA

NO class division by color.

Regualar Classes for Dogs and Bitches:
Open - all dogs/bitches over 18 months
Awards will be for Best Puppy and Best Opposite Puppy
and Best Adult and Best Opposite Adult
Rosettes will be given to all placements.

SweepstakesClasses for Dogs and Bitches:
Awards will be for Best in Sweeps and Best of Opposite in Sweeps.
Rosettes will be given to all placements.

Junior Handler:
8-14 yrs. Novice JR & SR, Intermediate JR & SR, Open JR & SR

Master Class - Senior Showmanship:
50 to 59
60 to 69
70+ and still mobile.
Free! Be sure to bring your Medicare card and proof of Supplemental Insurance. Dog optional.

You may pre-register using the form below. On site entries will be taken from 8:30 AM to 11:45 AM in the courtyard of the Francis Scott Key Holiday Inn. Entries will close promptly at 11:45, no exceptions. Pre-register entry fees: $15.00 for Regular Classes and $ 10.00 for Sweepstakes. Same-day entry fees $20.00 for Regular Classes and $15.00 for Sweepstakes. Each dog or bitch must be entered in the regular conformation class to enter sweepstakes. Judging starts at 1:00 PM. Judges will determine judging order to help avoid ring conflicts. If you have questions or require additional information, please contact Catie Clowser at Catie Clowser.

Don't forget: Pizza Party in the atrium when the match is over sponsored By Dr. Rock Vali, DVM, Chinar Labardors & Mt. Pleasant Hospital for Animals.

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

The LRCP is proud to announce a welcome reception for our guests from around the world hosted by past Club Presidents, Sherry Jessup, Marilyn Reynolds and Dorothea George. 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 38th Annual Potomac Specialty (2013). Donations received before the Catalog is published will be listed in the Catalog. Donors may mail checks payable to The LRCP, Inc. to Shar Pitman at 17647 Wild Cherry Lane, King George, VA 22485 or use the following Paypal link to pay electronically with credit card or Paypal account. Donations must be received by February 22, 2013 to appear in the Catalog.

Labrador Trivia
Hosted by Tony Ciprian (Lake Pine)

Tuesday Evening - Details Coming SOON!

Well, well, well! Potomac wouldn't be Potomac if there wern't some controversy and rumor mongering. I mean REALLY. Who knows more about Labradors than those of us who gather regularly in Frederick, Maryland to compare notes, gather semen and other bits of toxic material and false information to carry back home to improve our breeding program? And speaking about false information, nothing beats the font of completely bogus information than Potomac Trivia Night, hosted again this year by the one. and thank God only, Tony Ciprian.

But for all his wisdom, Tony's well of Labrador minutia is always in need of refreshing and priming. And that is where YOU come in. Take a moment, or as long as it takes to clear the cobwebs from your own personal cloud storage and send Tony a rare and never seen before tiny bit of insignificant information that just might be used to stump the teams at Potomac Trivia Night. It goes without saying that you MUST provide the answer. What do you think Tony is...Carnak the Magnificent? Well he does have a small likeness.

So hurry, or take as much time as you want or need. Success depends on you. And speaking of Depends, it's time for a change, so I'll be off now. Just use the green link below to submit your question directly to the mistro himself. And do it quickly. Special prize for the BQ (Best Question) and in keeping with theme, special prize for BO to BQ (Best Opposite to Best Question). Grand Pubah points to the winning team only.