41st Potomac Specialty

Dedicated to the memory of:

Chuck Winslow (Bartestree)
Bonnie Anthony (Robnie)
Valerie Cartwright

April 12 - 15, 2016

Conformation - April 12th,13th,14th and 15th, 2016

Puppy Match - Monday, April 11th, 2016

Four Rally Trials - April 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th, 2016

Four Obedience Trials - April 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th, 2016

Canine Good Citizen Certification - April 13th, 2016

2016 Potomac Premium

Sponsored By:

Holiday Inn Conference Center at FSK Mall

Frederick, Maryland

Directions to Potomac

Other Frederick Area Hotels

Airport Transportation

Frederick Tourism


Breed - Mrs. Janis I. Grannemann (JanRod)

Bitches - Mrs. Tanja Nordhues (Precious-for-Eternity)

Dogs - Mr. Sergio Scarpellini (Dukeland)

Stud Dog and Brood Bitch - Ms. Elizabeth "Beth" Sweigart (Yarrow)

Sweeps Bitches - Ms. Krista Beal (Belquest Conclusion)

Sweeps Dogs - Ms. Kathy DeVito (Trinity)

Rally & Obedience - Tuesday & Wednesday- Mr. Ted G. McCall

Rally & Obedience - Thursday & Friday- Mrs. Nancy K. Withers &
Ms. Jean Nocilly

Judges Critiques

Breed - Mrs. Janis I. Grannemann (JanRod)

Bitches - Mrs. Tanja Nordhues (Precious-for-Eternity)

Comments - Mrs. Tanja Nordhues (Precious-for-Eternity)

Dogs - Mr. Sergio Scarpellini (Dukeland)

Comments - Mr. Sergio Scarpellini (Dukeland)

Judges Education Seminar, Workshop and Mentoring

The LRCP in cooperation with the LRC, Inc. is pleased to offer a seminar on Judges Education for judges and those interested in becoming judges. The seminar will be held Monday, April 11, 2016 at 10:00 AM in room 105 with hands-on to follow. Ringside mentoring will be available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. There is no charge for mentoring, but participants must register in advance for planning purposes. Lunch may be purchased at the Hotel Concession in the Atrium. The presenters will be Marilyn Little and Barbara Nowak. The seminar and workshop is limited to 20 participants and the cost is $36. Please use the link below to register for the seminar/workshop or separately for mentoring.

On-line entries closed.

Potomac 2016 Health Clinic

Heart Exams & Paw Print Genetics DNA Testing

Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Paw Print Genetics DNA Testing

Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Thursday, April 14, 2016, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Friday, April 15, 2016, 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon

The LRCP is pleased to offer Heart Exams (Auscultation with Echocardiogram with Color Dopler) and Paw Print Genetics DNA testing. Please download the Potomac 2016 Health Clinic Flyer for complete details. Please note that all testing fees are to be made payable directly to the testing organization. For more information about any aspect of the clinic, please contact Elisa Ballard, email: edmbs@yahoo.com, phone: 571-309-8932 (c).

Paw Print Genetics will be on site Tuesday through Friday (Friday until 12:00 noon) to assist you with your order and to take cheek swab samples on your dog. You are also encouraged to create an account at https://www.pawprintgenetics.com/ and enter your dogs that you need tested prior to coming to Potomac. You do not need to complete your order, as you can do that at the show to receive the show discounts. For specific information about DNA testing, you can contact Paw Print Genetics at AskUs@pawprintgenetics.com.

No appointments are necessary for the DNA clinic, but participants are encouraged to get their testing done early in the week to avoid delays. Only a limited number of kits will be available at the show. Special pricing will be available at the show and for one week after the show. All DNA testing will be done by cheek swabs; fast and painless. Dogs must not have food for one (1) hour prior to testing. This includes treats or bait. You will receive results in your Paw Print Genetics account about two weeks after the show. Test results are strictly confidential and will be uploaded to the owner's Paw Print Genetics account. Credit/debit cards, checks and cash are all acceptable forms of payment

To avoid mistakes, missing information and confusion, you are encouraged to complete your Heart Exam forms online before coming to Potomac, so that you can print them and bring them to the clinic.

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.

On-line reservations closed. Contact Elisa Ballard for information.

Potomac Breeders Semnar

The LRCP is proud to announce the 2016 Breeders Seminar, "The Labrador Puppy Experience - Preconception to 8 Weeks", a look at what breeders should be doing before you breed, during, and after the puppies are born.

Speakers: Dr. Scott Dove (well-known breeder of BIS Deerhounds) will speak on getting the bitch ready, conception and after care of the dam. Dr. Dove is nationally and internationally known for his expertise on canine reproduction. He is owner and breeder of Foxcliffe Hictory Wind - winner of 2011 Westminister Kennel Club show. He is an active member of both the Society for Theriogenology and the European Veterinary Society for Small Animal Reproduction ((EVSSAR).

Speakers: Joan and Gerardo Saldana (Zinfndel Labradors) will speak about neonatal stimulation and its benefits.

Question and Answer period after each presentation.

Time: 6 PM. Price: $29 Place: Ballroom

Please use the link below to make your reservations.

On-line reservations closed. Contact Sue Lhotka for information.

Support Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia Research

Canine researchers have taken a big step toward identifying the gene that causes the most common heart condition in Labrador Retrievers, tricuspid valve dysplasia (TVD). Having located the chromosome that contains the defective gene, the scientists now are working to isolate the gene so a genetic test can be developed for determining dogs that are carriers.

Kathy Wright, D.V.M., a canine cardiologist and her team of scientists at the Comparative Cardiovascular Catheterization Laboratory in the Division of Cardiology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, have studied 234 Labrador Retrievers with TVD during the past two years. The dogs represent 12 different bloodlines.

The first major discovery by the team was learning that CFA 9 is the chromosome housing the gene causing this serious and sometimes life-threatening heart condition in Labs. "Isolating the specific gene in that region of CFA 9 is the next step," Wright says. "Once that is accomplished, a DNA test can be developed for that genetic mutation."

Potentially, in the future, breeders will be able to take dogs to the veterinarian for a simple blood test to determine whether they carry the condition. This will help breeders make informed breeding decisions and reduce the incidence of TVD in Labrador Retrievers.

Needless to say, these researchers need our help. Together with the AKC Canine Health Foundation, the Top 20 Foundation and the LRCP, we are seeking to raise funds for this important research. 100% of all donations will go to the AKC Canine Health Foundation to support TVD research. Can you find it in your heart to help protect the hearts of our beloved Labradors? Please consider a donation today.

And keep up to date on TVD research and follow us on Facebook for more details.

On-line donations closed. Thank you for your support. Your check will still be accepted at the show. Please see Heidi Kellerman. Thank You!

Remember: 100% of all donations will go to the AKC Canine Health Foundation to support TVD research.

Labrador Reriever Top 20 Foundation Gala


This year the Top 20 Labrador Retrievers (2015 Breed Standings) will be presented at the 2nd annual Labrador Reriever Top 20 Foundation Gala to be held in conjunction with the LRCP Spring Specialty each year. Please join us on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at the Holiday Inn FSKM, 5400 Holiday Drive, Frederick, Maryland 21703.

Tickets are $50 per person including sit down dinner. If purchasing a full table (10) please include the names of all your guests with your RSVP below.

The Top 20 dogs will be presented, along with an art auction, benefitting Labrador Retriever Health Research through the AKC Canine Health Foundation*. Last years gala raised $9,980.

Seating is limited to the capacity of the ballroom. Tickets may be purchased here using PayPal beginning Tuesday March 1, 2016 through Tuesday March 24, 2016 or until sold out.


Email questions to Dr. Kathy Sneider, DVM at kathyvmd@yahoo.com or Heidi Kellerman at hk2kids@gmail.com or Marci Sale at marcia.sale@purina.nestle.com

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*The American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to advancing the health of all dogs and their owners by funding sound scientific research and supporting the dissemination of health information to prevent, treat and cure canine disease.

The Potomac Gala

Ah... the Potomac Gala! Veterans Night! The Silent Auction! Juniors! 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 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 (see PayPal Reservation Form below) for a good seat and a good time!

Tables will be reserved on a first come, first to choose basis. Donna will email you a ballroom layout so you can choose from the available tables. Please remember to bring your reservation confirmation with you Wednesday night!

On-line reservations closed. Contact Donna Forney for information (717)579-5290.

Sanctioned B Match (Pending AKC Approval) and Pizza Party to Follow

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 11th, starting at 11:00 AM, 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 Vicky Creamer & Krista Beal (Belquest Conclusion)

Regular Classes:Sonia Czajor (Bella Mare), Poland
Sweepstakes:Lena Wilberg-Johansson (Annuals), Sweden
Junior Handler:Kristen Creamer-Allison (Belquest Conclusion), USA

NO class division by color.

Regular 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 to under 18 years of age. Novice JR & SR, Intermediate JR & SR, Open JR & SR

On-line entries closed. Register in the Atrium Monday morning

You may pre-register using the form below. AND, if you pre-register here, you may pick up your armbands in the Lobby until 10:00 AM. On site entries will be taken from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM in the Lobby of the Francis Scott Key Holiday Inn. Entries will close promptly at 10:00, no exceptions. Pre-register entry fees: $16.00 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 11:00 AM. Judges will determine judging order to help avoid ring conflicts. If you have questions or require additional information, please contact Betty Dust at lrcpbetty@milltowne.com OR Steve Kirschner at sakirschner@earthlink.net OR Shari Kirschner at smkirschner@comcast.net.

Don't forget: Pizza Party in the atrium when the match is over sponsored sponsored by Vicky Creamer & Krista Beal (Belquest Conclusion)

On-line entries closed. Entries taken at the Match.

Obedience & Rally Welcome

The LRCP is pleased to host four indoor obedience and four indoor rally trials in conjunction with the Potomac again this year. On Tuesday, April 12th, and Wednesday, April 13th the day will start with an obedience trial which will then be followed by a rally trial. These trials will be judged by Ted G. McCall. On Thursday, April 14th and Friday, April 15th the obedience and rally trials will be held simultaneously with some of the obedience classes being held in each of the two rings (consult the judging program for more details). These trials will be judged by Nancy K. Withers and Jean Nocilly. New this year, the Beginner Novice obedience class is being offered all four days; and as in the past, the veteran's obedience class will be held on Friday, April 15th (who doesn't love watching the veterans perform?). Also on Friday, the LRCP obedience challenge trophies are offered for competition in certain obedience classes.

Additionally, the Club will host an indoor Sanctioned Obedience 'C' ('open ring time') Match on Monday, April 11th with registration from noon until 2:00 p.m. There is a $10.00 fee (cash or check) per dog for the "C" match collected ring side at registration. Note: Rally exercises may be practiced during your 'time in the ring', but no rally courses will be set up for this match. This obedience match is open to anyone with a Labrador wishing to participate. Come join us for a fun start to Potomac 2016! Hint: This is a great time to come set up your crate(s) and chair to 'hold your space' for the rest of the week of obedience and rally trials.

All of the obedience and rally trials, as well as the obedience match, will be held at Breakaway Action Dogs, Inc., 900 E. Patrick Street, Frederick, MD 21701, (see link below for directions); this facility is approximately 3 miles from the conformation show site. If you don't want to move your vehicle from the conformation show site, a courtesy shuttle to transport you and your dog to and from the obedience/rally venue is available with advanced notice.

Not entered in obedience or rally? Do take the time to make the short trip over to Breakaway Action Dogs, Inc., to watch some outstanding obedience and rally performances by our wonderfully versatile Labradors.

If you have any questions, or wish to make transportation arrangements between the conformation show site and the obedience/rally trial site, please contact Cindy Harbaugh on 240-446-1383 or by email at pawsalways@comcast.net

Directions to Breakaway Action Dogs

Catalog Ads

Catalog Ad Form

Download Catalog Ad Form and Follow Instructions

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 if you have any questions.

Full-Page Ad (with photo and free catalog) ....................... $75

Half-Page Ad (no photo, no free catalog) .......................... $45

Club Rate (no photo, no free catalog) ................................ $50

All ad copies and checks are to be sent to:

Travis Scarlett
205 Race Street
Cumberland, MD 21502

Use the following link to make your reservation and pay online with the credit card of your choice:

Vendors and Concessions

Vendors wishing to participate at the 2016 Potomac Specialty should download and read the documents below. Space is extremely limited. All vendors must complete the registration process and make non-refundable payment not later than January 30, 2016. Please use the Vendor Registration Form to make payment with the credit card of your choice or your Paypal account if you have one. New vendors should contact the Vendor Chair, Erv Lhotka at 703-369-2681 or erv@labfolks.com to confirm space availability before registering. All vendors must sign and return the Vendor Agreement to Erv at 10991 Boutilier Lane, Manassas, VA 20112.

2016 Vendor Welcome Letter

2016 Vendor Agreement

2016 Vendor Tent Layout


Please use the form below to order tables and chairs for your vendor space.

On-line reservations closed. Contact Erv Lhotka for information.

Canine Good Citizen Certifications

CGC Testing ~ Wednesday, April 13, 2016, Noon to 3 PM

Holiday Inn FSKM - Room 105

5400 Holiday Drive

Frederick, Maryland 21703

The LRCP is pleased to offer INDOOR testing for Canine Good Citizen (CGC) for you and your dog on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, noon until 3PM. Testing will be indoors at the Holiday Inn, Frederick, MD 21701, room 105. The testing fee is $21 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

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 Beth Quinn or 757-408-8010

For a summary of the tests, please go here.

On-line reservations closed. Contact Beth Quinn for information.

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 6, 2016 (see form below). After this date you must call Penny to make a reservation. The LRCP gratefully acknowledges the efforts of Penny Kretchmer who has volunteered to coordinate motor home/RV parking for the 2016 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

On-line reservations closed. Contact Penny Kretchmer for information (518)339-2075.

Reception for International Guests

Sponsored By:

The LRCP is proud to announce a welcome reception for our guests from around the world sponsored by Mount Pleasant Hospital for Animals and hosted by past Club Presidents, Sherry Jessup (Blackamoor), Marilyn Reynolds (Finchingfield) and Dorothea George (Icknield). Please join us in the Hotel Atrium Thursday evening at 6:00 PM for a glass of wine and light h'ordeureves.

General Trophy Fund

The Club welcomes donations to the General Trophy Fund for the 41th Annual Potomac Specialty (2016). Donations received before the Catalog is published will be listed in the Catalog. Donors may mail checks payable to The LRCP, Inc. to Jackie Mischou, 8840 Gue Road, Damascus, MD 20872 or use the following Paypal link to pay electronically with credit card or Paypal account. Donations must be received by February 22, 2016 to appear in the Catalog.