2017 GRCA National Specialty

Paws 'N Claws

September 22-30, 2017

Hosted by the Potomac Valley Golden Retriever Club

Welcome to the website of the 2017 Golden Retriever Club of America National Specialty. The Specialty is being held from September 22nd through September 30th, 2017, on Maryland's beautiful Eastern Shore, in Salisbury and nearby venues in both Maryland and Delaware. The area is known for duck hunting, famous Chesapeake Bay seafood and crustaceans, Atlantic beach resorts, and historic homes. Come join us and experience our Golden Retrievers at their best in an environment perfectly suited to show off their many talents and abilities.

The Premium List for the 2017 National Specialty is available for download from the Forms Page or the Rau Dog Shows website.


Online Store


Current Updates & Information

Date Page Notes
10/6/17 Conformation Win Photos Instructions on how to view and purchae conformation win photos are now available on the Photos and Videos page. Scroll down to the Conformation section.
10/1/17 Store Is OPEN The online store is again open. Missed getting your merchandise on-site? Weren't able to attend? Here's your chance to still pick up 2017 National logo merchandise before it's all gone. Just go here: http://2017grcanational.org/store.
9/27/17 Live Video! ShowDogVideoPros are LIVE at the Civic Center. See details of how to watch here.
9/24/17 HT and WC/WCX Results Results of the Hunt Test and WC/WCX are posted on their pages in the Results section.
9/21/17 Pennsylvania Road Alert Coming to the National from the Midwest via I-76 in western Pennsylvania? Please take a look at this advisory: https://www.paturnpike.com/press/2017/20170919083802.htm.
9/20/17 Crown Center RV Parking New information about RV parking at the Crown Center is available on the RV page, or by clicking here: http://www.2017grcanational.org/images/GRCA.RV.Welcome.Letter.pdf.
9/18/17 Microchip Clinic New details on the microchip clinic are available on the Health Clinics page.
9/18/17 Educational Seminar Series New details and logistical information on the GRCA Educational Seminar Series is available on the Seminars and Workshops page.
9/16/17 Parade of Titleholders The timeline for the Welcome Dinner and Parade of Titleholders is available on the Welcome Dinner page and the Parade of Titleholders page.
9/14/17 Preferred seating raffle The preferred seating raffle for conformation ends tomorrow, 9/15/17. If you haven't sent in your money for raffle tickets to Kelly Shuffelbottom, you can do so using PayPal. Go to https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/send-money-online and send the money for your tickets ($5.00 each) to kshuffelbottomnational@comcast.net.
9/14/17 SIlent Auction Ending The Silent Auction of preferred seating for conformation ends at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, 9/15/17. So get your bids in NOW!!!
9/14/17 Ticket and Catalog Pickup Click here for everything you need to know about how to pick up your tickets and catalogs.
9/11/17 RV Pumping - New Info Check out the new information about Civic Center pmping services in #7 in the FAQ list here.
9/11/17 Gala Tickets Gala ticket sales end TODAY. Order here.
9/11/17 Online purchasing has ended On-line orders are no longer being accepted. The on-line store is now in "window shopping" mode only, as we pack up merchandise and move it to the National site. You can still visit the entire online store, but you will not be able to add any items to your shopping cart for purchase.
9/10/17 Online Store - Last HOURS Don't wait until 2:59 a.m. tomorrow morning to place your orders. Get your order in tonight! Otherwise, you'll need to visit the store on-site at the National to get all your gear.
9/9/17 Online Store - Last Days The online store will CLOSE at 3:00 a.m. September 11th nationwide. Get your orders in now, or take pot luck on your items being available at the stores at the National sites.
9/9/17 Judging Program  The judging program is now available on the Rau site here.
9/9/17 Kathy Hagerman Prints The deadline to order a print and be assured of having it waiting for you at the National is September 13th. Kathy will have some extras available at the National on a first-come, first-served basis only. See the Kathy Hagerman Print page here.
9/9/17 Volunteers Needed! Now that the judging schedule is available and you are planning your time, why not dedicate some of that time to volunteering? See the Volunteers page.
8/30/17 Breeders Education Seminar Download the flyer on the Breeders Education Seminar here.
8/29/17 Cardiology Screening Clinic See the flyer on the Health Clinics page for more information on the Cardiology Screening Clinic and Taurine Testing.
8/28/17 Online Store Closing The online store will be CLOSING on September 10th. See announcement,as well as times and locations of on-site stores, by clicking here.
8/27/17 Obedience Trophy Sponsorship The obedience high in trial and high combined trophies are still available. Click here to sponsor one or both of them.
8/24/17 Field Venues Need the location of the field venues? Download here.
8/24/17 Parade of Golden Rescues Parade of Golden Rescues entry deadline extended until September 8. The entry form is available here. More information is available on the Parade webpage here.
8/24/17 Welcome Dinner Closed Sales of Welcome Dinner tickets are now closed. Confirmations will be sent in the next few days for people who have already ordered by mail. If you ordered over the website, you already have a confirmation by email.
8/20/17 Trophy Sponsorship Price Reduction for the Obedience High in Trial and High Combined Trophies. Go here to take advantage!
8/20/17 Grooming Space Update! Please go to the Grooming Space page for an update.
8/20/17 Retriever Art Exhibit The Ward Museum of Salisbury University is putting on an exhibit in honor of our National. More information here.
8/17/17 Gala ickets are on sale! Go here for the link to purchase Gala tickets: http://2017grcanational.com/social-events/gala-top-twenty/gala-tickets-announcement
8/15/17 Agility Entries Online Again! To allow you to enter the agility trial right up through the Wednesday 8/23 closing, ONLINE ENTRIES are again available through the AKC website (www.akc.org).
8/15/17 Silent Auction!!! We are holding a Silent Auction for five pairs of preferred seating for Conformation. You must log in to bid. Go here to make your seating bids.
8/13/17 Gala Update Click here for an update o tickets for the Gala.
8/11/17 Raffle Volunteers Raffle ticket sales volunteers are needed for the Civic Center and the Crown Center. Go here to volunteer. Thank you!
8/7/2017 Parade of Titleholders The 2017 Parade of Titleholders is now full. A waiting list of entries received after the parade filled is being maintained.
8/4/17 Parade of Rescue Goldens The entry form for the Parade of Rescue Goldens is available here. More information is available on the Parade webpage here.
8/1/17 Gala Tickets Gala tickets will be sold on the grfgala.org website, but are not yet available.  Check there for ticket sales opening.
7/13/17 Agility Entries are open! Agility entries for the GRCA National Agility Trial and the PVGRC Trial opened on July 12th.  Online entries are now FULL, but entries mailed to the PO Box are still being accepted. Please visit the Agility page for more information.
7/11/17 Home The 2017 GRCA National Specialty Premium List is available for download on the Forms Page.
7/11/17 CCA A revised CCA Premium is now available on the Forms page.
6/23/17 Parade of Titleholders Form The Parade of Titleholders Form is now available.  Please go to the Parade web page for information about how to download and fill out the form.
6/22/17 Dinner/Banquet Tickets Dinner and Banquet tickets can be ordered using the RSVP Form. Online ordering is NOW AVAILABLE in the store: http://www.2017grcanational.org/grca-national-merchandise-store
6/5/17 RSVP Form The updated RSVP Form is now available on the Forms page. Please note: If you printed an earlier version, it may have been missing instructions on how to make out your check.  Checks should be made payable to GRCA 2017 NS.
6/3/17 Photographers Information on photographers and videographers is now available on the Photos and Videos page.
6/3/17 Parade of Heroes Info on the Parade and Entry Form are now posted on the parade's page.
6/3/17 Call For Gunners 4 Call For Gunners 4 is now posted here.
5/19/17 Field Trial, Hunt Test Volunteers needed for key HT and FT positions!
4/19/17 Kathy Hagerman Paws 'N Claws Print Limited Edition - Place your order now!


Information will be posted on our Volunteers page.

In 2017, Yom Kippur falls on Saturday, September 30. Anyone interested in attending Kol Nidre services should contact Suzanne Miller.