42nd Potomac Specialty

Conformation - April 11th,12th,13th and 14th, 2017

Puppy Match - Monday, April 10th, 2017

Four Rally Trials - April 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th, 2017

Four Obedience Trials - April 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th, 2017

Canine Good Citizen Certification - April 12th, 2017

  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
DOGS: 1,007 1,075 1,121 1,130 1,067 1,077 1,109 1,025 961 1,050
ENTRIES: 1,470 1,523 1,644 1,665 1,557 1,596 1,588 1,483 1,351 1,518

  2015 2016 2017
DOGS: 1,099 1,005 956
ENTRIES: 1,566 1,404 1,403

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Frederick, Maryland

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Breed - Ms. Pauline Mortier (Lubberline Labradors)

Bitches - Ms. Glenice McClure (Blackboy Labradors) Australia

Dogs - Mr. Chris Mills (Lembas Labradors) England

Stud Dog and Brood Bitch - Ms. Nancy Arbuckle (Hunt Club Labradors)

Sweeps Bitches - Mrs. Jennifer Howard (Waterberry Labradors)

Sweeps Dogs - Mr. Andrew MacArthur (Springtoofarm)

Tuesday Rally & Obedience Trials #1 - Ms. Elizabeth Chase

Wednesday Rally & Obedience Trials #2 - Mrs. Cheryl Pratt

Thursday Rally & Obedience Trials #3 -Mrs. Carol Mett and Mr. Russell Hornfisher

Friday Rally & Obedience Trials #4 - Mrs. Carol Mett and Mr. Russell Hornfisher

Judges Critiques

Bitches - Glenice McClure (Blackboy Labraors)

Breed - Pauline Mortier (Lubberline)

Show Committees

  • Chair - Vicky Creamer
  • Co-Chairs - Krista Beal & Jacqueline Michou
  • Assistant to the Chairs - Heidi Kellerman
  • Auction/Raffle - Angela Rogalia & Marlys Swanson
  • Catalog Advertisiing - Travis Scarlett
  • Catalog Sales - Sue Lhotka
  • CGC - Beth Quinn, Sharlene Pitman
  • Chief Steward - Eastern Stewards Club, Inc.
  • Club Table - Adair Toddes
  • Concessions - Penny Kretchmar
  • Emergency Preparedness - Mike Creamer
  • "B" Match - Steve & Shari Kirschner, Betty Dust
  • "C" Match - Cindy Harbaugh
  • Grounds - Marion & Moye Daniel
  • Health Clinic - Elisa Ballard
  • International Night - Sherry Jessup & Dorothea George
  • Breeders Seminar - Marci Sale
  • Show Awards Coordinator - Betty Dust
  • Judges' Education - Marilyn Little & Barbara Nowak
  • Judges' Welfare - Ruth Ellen & Tim Coffey
  • Junior Showmanship - Carolyn Kellerman
  • LRCP Advertising - Anne Maynard
  • Member Recognition - Cheryl Little
  • Membership Meeting (Mon) - Betty Dust
  • Parade of Rescue Dogs - Betty Dust
  • Master of Ceremonies - Col. Jerry Weiss
  • Raffle Table - Angela Rogalia & Marlys Swanson
  • Ring Decorations - Tina Barks
  • RV Coordinator & Parking - Penny Kretchmar & Rusty Howard
  • Show Decoys - Cindy Harbaugh
  • Show Trophies - Donna Forney & Mike Creamer
  • Trophy Donations - Sharlene Pitman
  • Top Twenty Gala - Heidi Kellerman, Kathy Sneider, & Lynn Oelrich

  • 2017 Potomac Premium

    LRCP 2017 Stud Dog Auction

    Are you planning an exciting breeding this year with any of the fabulous dogs that have donated to the LRCP Stud Dog Auction. Why not “kill two birds with one stone?” Donate to the fabulous specialty that brings us together each year AND create a beautiful new litter that could have the Potomac Winner in YOUR whelping box!

    The following dogs will be available for bidding on Thursday Evening during the ALL NEW Silent Auction/Raffle/International Night.

    • BISS GCH CH Laurglen Ardent Rogue At Hyspire, JH RA CD CGC - Rogue
    • BISS Can CH/ Am GCH Ch Saddlehill Late Knight, WC - Scramble
    • BISS Can CH/BISS GCHS CH Gateway's Nothin' But Trouble - Trouble
    • BISS Can GCH CH/ BISS Am CH Chablais Rendez-Vous - Herve
    • GCH CH Caer Bren McLeod, JH
    • GCH CH Zinfndel Lengley's Big Papi - Papi
    • Choice of one - CH. Piccadilly's Citius Altius Fortius - Phelps OR BISS GCH CH Banner's No Line On The Horizon - Fez OR an upcoming youngster at Piccadilly
    • Choice of one Wiscoy Stud Dog GCH CH Wiscoy's Jack Sparrow JH or CH. Wiscoy's Rocco or CH. Wiscoy's - Tony
    • Polish CH, Mex. CH, Mex. Great GCH BIS, Am CH Vegas Night Bella Mare - Vegas
    • Ryse Depredador (Anguiano) - Ryse

    Words cannot describe how grateful we are for you generous contributions to The Labrador Retriever Club Of The Potomac! Thank you to:

    Dr. Julie Oghigian DVM

    Bill Eberhardt

    Jill DiGesare

    Nicole & Beth McCarthy

    Kendall Herr & Jorge Anguiano

    Jackie Mischou

    Jean-Louis Blais & Madeleine Charest

    Jerry & Joan Saldana

    Vicky & Mike Creamer, Kristen Creamer-Allison, & Krista Beal

    Judy Heim

    Vonnie Russell

    Sonia Czajor

    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 10, 2017 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 Breeders Semnar

    The LRCP is proud to announce the 2017 Breeders Seminar, Wednesday, April 12 at 7pm in the Atrium. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

    The speaker is Dr. Callie Harris, DVM and the subject is recent major advances in canine nutrition. See the link below for complete details.

    Potomac 2017 Health Clinic

    Dr. Steven L. Rosenthal DVM Dip ACVIM Cardiology and Dr. Kacie Schmitt DVM ACVIM Cardiology will be at the LRCP Specialty on Tuesday April 11th, 2017. The doctors are taking appointments for Color Echo Doppler screenings and Auscultations.

    Fees- $250 for screening examination with echo and OFA forms, $60 for auscultation alone with OFA forms

    Please contact Elisa Ballard edmbs@yahoo.com to schedule your appointments. Pre-payment is required. There will be a small number of walk-in appointments available. Appointments will be between the hours of 8am - 11am.

    Exhibitors will also have the opportunity to meet with Dr. Kathryn Meurs to discuss TVD diagnosis, genetics, and how it affects our breeding programs. Dr. Kathryn Meurs will be available from 9-11 in the Health Clinic room for private questions and answers. Dr. Meurs will also have blood collection kits for TVD affected dogs to participate in her new study.

    Kathryn M. Meurs, DVM,PhD
    Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology)
    Assoc Dean of Research and Graduate Studies
    North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine

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

    Canine Good Citizen Certifications

    CGC Testing ~ Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 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 12, 2017, 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.

    Top Twenty Gala

    World's Largest Labra-Disco

    This year the Top 20 Labrador Retrievers (2016 Breed Standings) will be presented at the 3rd Annual Labrador Retriever Top Twenty Foundation Gala, in conjunction with the 42nd Potomac Specialty. Join us on Tuesday April 11, 2017 at the Holiday Inn, 5400 Holiday Drive, Frederick, Maryland 21703.

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

    The Top 20 dogs will be presented along with an art auction benefiting Labrador Retriever Health Research through the AKC Canine Health Foundation*. Last year's Gala raised $12,000 bringing the total for the first two years to $21,000.

    There will be a Special Raffle for attendees with proof of Color Echo Doppler - Details to follow.

    Limited Seating Available - Reserve Early

    Tickets will be available here online beginning Monday February 20, 2017 through Friday March 24, 2017 OR UNTIL SOLD OUT!

    Email questions to: Dr. Kathy Sneider, DVM at Kathyvmd@yahoo.com or Heidi Kellerman at hk2kids@gmail.com.

    Check us out on Facebook - "Labrador Retriever Top 20 Gala" to stay updated with the exciting details for this year's Gala!

    *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.


    World Famous Sanctioned B Match (AKC Approved)

    Entries close at 6pm EDT Thursday, April 6, 2017

    The LRCP Sanctioned B Match has quickly become a huge event. With over 100 entries last year, it rivals most specialties in size. Here is a fabulous chance to get your puppies out for a warmup and help shake off any cobwebs yourself. It is a great time every year with terrific Judges from around the globe. Please take a look and don't leave those gorgeous babies at home, help them have fun in the sun.

    Regular Classes: Julia Van Dinter (Sangate), Australia
    Sweepstakes:Pablo Guillaument Muzzio(la Morocha) Argentina

    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.

    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.

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

    Juniors at Potomac 2017

    Back by Popular Demand!!

    The Juniors are moving back outdoors. This year our Junior Showmanship will be held Friday, April 14th. Mrs. Shari Kirschner (Big Sky Labradors) will be judging at 8:45 before Best of Breed.

    Junior Showmanship classes are open to children from 9 to 18 years old and are divided into Novice and Open classes: All participants in Junior Showmanship classes must have an AKC Junior Showmanship Handler Number. Novice classes are for those children who, at the time entries close, have not won three (3) first-place awards in a Novice class at a licensed or member show. To qualify as a win, more than one child must be in competition in a class. The Novice class gives those children who are beginners a chance to gain experience and confidence apart from the more seasoned youngsters. Open classes are for those children having three or more first-place wins; these are the more experienced Junior Handlers. A beginner can learn how to present their dog more effectively by watching these talented youngsters in the ring

    The classes may further be divided into: Junior: At least 9 years old but under 12 years old on the day of the show. Intermediate: At least 12 years old but under 15 years old on the day of the show. Senior: At least 15 years old but under 18 years old on the day of the show.

    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, 2017 (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 2017 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.

    Catalog Ads

    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.

    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:

    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. New for this year is the addition of the Preferred Novice, Preferred Open and Preferred Utility obedience classes. Also, we will be simultaneously running two rings each day to accommodate the increase in entries over the past few years and the additional classes. Each day one ring will start with the obedience trial utility classes. Upon completion of the obedience utility classes, the rally trial will be held in that ring. The other ring will used for the obedience trial; beginning with the open classes and then proceed with the balance of the obedience classes being offered. We are delighted to have Cheryl Pratt, and Elizabeth (Tibby) Chase join us again to judge the Tuesday and Wednesday trials; and also Russell Hornfisher for the Thursday and Friday trials. A new judge for the LRCP, but not a new face to our Specialty, is Carol Mett. Carol has been an exhibitor in our obedience and rally trials in the past and enjoyed the conformation classes as well. She is a highly regarded obedience and rally judge and we are very pleased that she will be judging for us on Thursday and Friday this year. Of course, you will not want to miss, and perhaps participate in, the veteran's obedience class that will be held on Friday, April 14th (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 10th 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 2017! 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

    Vendors and Concessions

    Vendors wishing to participate at the 2017 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, 2017. 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, Penny Kretchmer at 518-339-2075 or Pennybgl@nycap.rr.com to confirm space availability BEFORE registering. All vendors must sign and return the Vendor Agreement to Penny at Penny Kretchmer, 18 Wineberry Lane, Ballston Spa NY. 12020.

    2017 Vendor Welcome Letter

    2017 Vendor Agreement

    2017 Vendor Tent Layout


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

    On-line reservations closed. Contact Penny Kretchmer for information.

    General Trophy Fund

    The Club welcomes donations to the General Trophy Fund for the 42th Annual Potomac Specialty (2017). 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, 2017 to appear in the Catalog.