The Otterhound Club of America
                Promoting, Protecting & Preserving the Breed Since 1960

36th Otterhound Club of America
National Specialty

All shows will be held on
  August 18th-21st, 2016 at 
Island Grove Regional Park
501 North 14th Avenue 

Come play in the Island Grove Regional Park, one of the Greeley's and Weld County's crown jewels.   With a reputation of being one of the most versatile recreational complexes in the nation and with unbeatable customer service, Island Grove Regional Park is ideal for many different events. Many events keep coming back because the park ensures that their event will be both enjoyable and successful.   

Five buildings providing 162,000+ square feet of indoor space offers various size and setup options; a large covered pavilion, indoor and outdoor arenas, 300 full RV hookups provide limitless opportunities.

Island Grove was created in 1869 on 145 acres and has established itself as one of the most picturesque and versatile recreational complexes in the nation.  The "run through the grass barefoot" lawns and massive trees give shelter from the heat and make a cozy place for the family to gather.  With easy access to the Poudre Trail, picnic areas and playground, it makes for a great summer location for a family - and you can even take your dog along (on a leash of course).

                Show Information

Judging Schedule is now available with ring times for all shows

          Food & Entertainment

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016
Hospitality @ 5:30+  Pacific Railroad Depot (902 7th Avenue. Greeley, CO)
Get your Hospitality Bags and weekend schedule!  


Thursday, August 18th, 2016
Rocky Mountain Hound Show
OHCA Supported Entry & Rally

Ring 21 (outside)
Puppy Sweeps @ 8:35am - Judge Jan C. Sigler
Veteran Sweeps @ 9am - Judge Meghan Lord-Finn

Breed Judging @ 9:20am
Breed & Group Judge:  Starr White 

Group Judging starts @ 5:15pm
Puppy & Veteran Groups Judge:
          Meghann Lord-Fenn
Hound Group Judge:  Starr White
Rally Judge:  Linda Scanlon 
Click HERE for Rally & Obedience Premium List

 @ 6:00-8:00pm - Platte River Fort (Kenny's Catering)

1pm -  OHCA Health Committee Seminar with Dr. Fran Smith, President of the OFA.

Frances O. Smith, DVM, PhD became a Diplomate of the College of Theriogenology in 1986. Since that time she has been in private practice as a small animal practitioner specializing in canine reproduction. Dr. Smith is one of the only board certified theriogenologists in private practice. Her expertise in genetic counseling, chilled and frozen  semen and reproductive infertility of the male and female canine are known throughout the United States. Dr. Smith frequently speaks to breed groups, veterinary associations and the general public.

Dr. Smith breeds Labrador Retrievers under the registered kennel name Danikk. She serves on the board of directors of the Labrador Retriever Club, Inc, where she is the health committee chair. She is the President of the Orthopedic Foundation for Animal - the foremost animal health data base in the world. She competes in hunt tests, conformation dog shows, obedience trials and occasionally field trials. She is an approved hunt test judge. She is a nationally recognized lecturer and author. She has served Minnesota as a member and President of the Board o Veterinary Medicine.


Friday, August 19th, 2016 
Rocky Mountain Hound Show
OHCA Supported Entry & Obedience

Ring 21 (Outside)
Breed Judging @ 9:15am
Breed Judge: David Miller

Group Judging starts @ 2pm
Owner-Handler Group Judge:  David Miller
Group Judge: Patti Neale

Obedience Trial - Entries limited to 4.5 hours of judging per judge.
  • Rose Doan: Novice A & B - Open A & B Preferred Novice & Preferred Open.
  • Harold Doan: Utility A & B Graduate Novice, Graduate Open, Beginner Novice A & B - Preferred Utility
  • Trail Secretary:  Ginger Sammonds
Annual Meeting (~1hr after Judging) 
1:30-3pm Judges Education Seminar


Breeders Showcase & Dinner
 @ the Showgrounds

Breeders Showcase:
 To honor and recognize the many breeders who have supported our show over the past 50 years, on Friday evening, August 19th, Greeley Kennel Club will host our first Breeders Showcase.  This event will spotlight breeding programs by focusing on the quality of dogs produced.
Dogs entered must be of the same breed and presented in groups of 3, with at least two of the three dogs entered from different litters.   The breeder entering the trio must be the breeder of record on all 3 dogs and must be the first handler of the trio.  Entry fees will be $10 per trio and can be pre-entered or entered the day of the competition.

Competition will be at the group level and all 7 groups are eligible.  Monetary awards and rosettes will be awarded with first group placement and $150, Best in Showcase will be $500 and Reserve Best in Showcase at $250.   Auctions & Dinner @ Bunkhouse (building on show grounds) @ 6:30 PM (Caterer - Dickey's BBQ).

Saturday, August 20th, 2016
Greely Kennel Club All Breed Shows
36th OHCA National Specialty
Ring 8 (Indoor)
Sweepstakes @ 10am
Breed Judging @ 10:45am

Sweepstakes Judge:  Howard (Butch) Engel
Breed Judge: Rita Biddle
Group Judge:  Rita Biddle
BIS Judge: Mrs. Patti Widick Neale

Best in Specialty Shows (BISS) to be held after Best in Show.  Best of Breed winners from breed Specialties on Thursday through Saturday are eligible to enter BISS.  Breeds holding more than one Specialty can have multiple entries. The entry winning BISS will win $1,000!
              Rally (Saturday & Sunday)
          Click HERE for the Premium List

Annual Dinner, Auctions & Raffles @ Buckle Barn, at the showgrounds - 6:30pm (Cow Girl Catering)

Sunday, August 21st, 2016 
Greeley Kennel Club All Breed Show
OHCA Supported Entry

Ring 8 (Indoor)
Breed Judging @ 10:15am

Breed Judge: Gary Doerge
Group Judge:  Gary Doerge
BIS Judge:  Miss Gabrieal Garcia
Casual "polo day" - everyone encouraged to wear polo shirts.


Want to Help with 2016 Specialty?

2016 Specialty Trophies:   contact Becky Van Houten
If you'd like to make a payment for pledged trophies, please click HERE

     Auctions:  contact Sarah MacQuiddy

     50/50 Raffle:  contact Sue Plucheck
20 Raffle tickets will be mailed to all OHCA members.  If you'd like more tickets, please contact Sue.   Additional tickets will be available for purchase at the Specialty.  Please return via mail no later than August 12.


Hotel Information

Host Hotel:
Candlewood Suites
                        3530 W. 29th St.
                        Greeley, CO 
                        (970) 330-2333

For additional Hotels in the area, please click HERE.


RV Parking Information

Please see Premium List, if you still need RV Parking:  
  • For overnight RV parking, OHCA has requested 10RV spots on the oval next to grass. Early parking requests through OHCA must be for Wednesday-Sunday to be included on the oval with grass. Complete RV parking will be published in the Premium List.
  • For those that reserved RV parking early through the OHCA:  assignments will be posted at 14th Avenue and D Street at the Security Parking tent.  You will be then escorted to your site.
General day-parking at the show site will be at no cost.


                         Reserved Grooming:   please refer to Premium List
  • Air Conditioned Exhibition Building
  • OHCA has 30 spots held for the National
  • Approximately 8x8 feet
  • Shared electrical outlets
  • No excercise pens in the building
  • Dog Wash station will be located in the back end of the building
  • Opens at 6:00 AM
  • No dogs left in the building after 10PM

There will be free grooming area available, not in an air-conditioned building, east end of the Livestock Building. 

Grooming area location will be posted in the Exhibition Building for those that reserved grooming early through the OHCA.

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