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American Water Spaniel Club, Inc.

AKC Member and Parent Club

American Water Spaniels Coming At You!


Be Ready with Yours!

Wednesday, August 2 - Sunday, August 6, 2017

Clintonville, Wisconsin

(Watch this page for the latest!  Last Updated:  6/22/17)

Join Us!

*  See American Water Spaniels in Action! 
*  Meet other AWS owners!
*  Show your American Water Spaniel!
*  Test your dog's hunting prowess!
*  Have some fun!

The AWSC Nationals consists of four consecutive days of events held during the month of August for the benefit of AWS owners and members of the AWSC. The National Specialty is a licensed AKC conformation dog show held specifically for the American Water Spaniel.  Other events during these four days include a Obedience Trial,  Rally Trial, Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test, Roustabout, AWSC and AKC Spaniel Hunt Tests,  Junior events, the club's annual meeting, an awards banquet, and much more.  The Nationals offers many opportunities to display your dogs' talents, meet and socialize with other AWS owners, and participate the AWSC's most important event of the year. 

National Specialty Location:

Olen Park,  55 E. 12th Street, Clintonville, WI, 54929

Hunting Events Location:

Wolf River Game Farm, Shiocton, WI


Host hotel: Landmark Motel, 5 North Main Street, Clintonville, WI, 54929.

Phone: (715) 823-7899 Website:
Regular rooms with 1 Queen bed or 2 doubles -- $64 + tax ($70.72).
Suites are $80 + tax ($88.40).
Pet fee: flat $20 one-time fee.
Mention the American Water Spaniel Club when making your reservation in order to get this special rate.

Alternate hotel: Cobblestone Inn & Suites, 175 Waupaca St, Clintonville, WI.

Phone: (715) 823-2000 Website:
Check rates and pet fees.

Camping: FarmerGene’s Campground, N11301 Kinney Lake Rd., Marion,WI

(Located about 14 miles from Host Hotel)
Phone: 715-754-5900 Website:
Pets permitted on leash
Check rates and confirm pet policy.

Tentative Schedule

Wednesday August 2, 2017

Special Guided Tour of the Four Wheel Drive Museum in Clintonville -- See Below for more information

Welcome Table will be located in the lobby of the Landmark Motel, Clintonville, Wisconsin
3:00 p.m.– 4:30 p.m. Judges Seminar and Hands On – Landmark Motel
5:00 p.m. Welcome Pizza Party/ Auction of your states favorite beverage/Olen Park
7:00 p.m. Health & Genetics—Seminar on Spaying and Neutering /Olen Park

Thursday, August 3, 2017

9:00 a.m. National Specialty at Olen Park, Clintonville, WI
Followed by 4-6 Month Beginner Puppy during lunch break
(See Judging Program for exact times)
AKC Canine Good Citizen Test following National Specialty Show at Olen Park
6:00 p.m Photo Contest – Lake Aire Supper Club, County HY Y, Clintonville
6:30 p.m Social Hour - Cash Bar – Banquet – Lake Aire Supper Club followed by - Awards and Brown Bag Raffle, some Auction items

Friday, August 4, 2017

7:30 a.m Hunt Test Check-In – Wolf River Game Farm
8:00 a.m. AWSC/AKC Combined Hunt Tests
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunches available at site
6:30 p.m. Social Hour - Dinner – Annual Meeting 8:00 pm. – Mathew’s Supper Club, Clintonville

Saturday, August 5, 2017

7:30 a.m. Hunt Test Check-in – Wolf River Game Farm
8:00 a.m. AWSC/AKC Combined Hunt Tests, Junior Handling Event
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunches available at site.
6:30 p.m. Social Hour—Buffet Dinner at Wolf River Game Farm, followed by Annual Auction

Sunday August 7, 2017

7:30 a.m. Roustabout Check-in – Wolf River Game Farm
8:00 a.m. . Roustabout
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunches available at site


Special Health and Genetics Blood Sample Collection

The Health and Genetics Committee will sponsor a blood collection clinic for
our breed at the American Water Spaniel National Specialty on August 2, 3
and 5, 2017.

The purpose is to provide DNA samples along with corresponding health
information about each dog to the CHIC DNA Bank to facilitate future
research and testing aimed at reducing the incidence of inherited diseases
in dogs.

Those who are in the area, members and non-members, are encouraged to
participate in the clinic. For all others, blood collection kits are
available for all American Water Spaniel owners from the Orthopedic
Foundation for Animals. You may take these kits to your veterinarian to
obtain a blood sample. For more information and to answer any questions you
might have, Frequently Asked Questions (Chic DNA Repository) are available
on the link below.

Complete Information Here...


Clintonville’s Four Wheel Drive Museum Special Opportunity

Did you know that Clintonville is the home of the Four Wheel Drive? It is! Two Clintonville machinists, Otto Zachow and William Besserdich, developed the first effective four wheel drive automobile, and, in 1909, formed the Four Wheel Drive Auto Company, with the help of local lawyer, Walter Olen (for whom Olen Park was named.) A few years later, the Company’s emphasis changed to trucks. It developed and manufactured mail carriers, ammunition carriers (20,000 for our WW I forces), highway and road maintenance vehicles, firetrucks, race cars, and more.

The Four Wheel Drive Museum in Clintonville, located in the original machine shop where it all started, contains a sampling of the vehicles designed and manufactured during the Company’s history. Typically, the Museum is only open on Saturday afternoons, when many of us will be in the field. However, we have arranged for a special guided tour to take place on Wednesday afternoon, August 2, 2017. Further Details will follow.

Crate Raffle!  by AWSC Health and Genetics Committee

 Buy Tickets for the Health and Genetics Committee Crate Raffle.  The Raffle prize is a “safe to fly” L.L.Bean “Ruff Tough” intermediate size crate (retail value $200).

 Cost of tickets:  1 for $5; 5 for $20.  Tickets are available at Nationals, and, prior to Nationals, directly from Committee members:

Aaron Field –
Lois McCracken
Sharon Mann –
Brian Husbands –
Haley Pemble

The Drawing will be held on Friday evening, August 4, after the AWSC dinner at Mathew’s Supper Club. You do NOT need to be present to win. 

Proceeds will go to the Health and Genetics Committee for its initiatives to protect the health of American Water Spaniels.  Help support the well-being of our breed and get a chance to win a GREAT CRATE!           

Photo of Kennel

Winger Raffle!

The AWSC Nationals is coming up this summer, and the American Water Spaniel Club is once again raffling off a Gunners Up  Son of a Gun Winger.  This year, we are including a Winger Carry Bag, and a Dogtra Remote Transmitter and Receiver.
Tickets are available now, and buying
tickets is a great way to support the breed and the Club -- and maybe win yourself some great gear.
A $685 Value! 
ONE for $5!
FIVE for $20!
  • Gunners Up Son of a Gun Winger!
  • Winger Carry Bag,
  • Dogtra Remote receiver and transmitter

This package has a retail value of over $685, and is just what you need to get started on advanced retriever work or hunt test training.
Drawing will be held on August 5, 2017 at the AWSC Nationals.
Winner need not be present!
For more information or to purchase tickets, email Kevin Smith, or write to him at --

Kevin Smith, AWSC Hunts
6 Golfview Lane
Barrington, IL 60010

Announcing the Trash Duck Challenge Fun Event!

There's going to be a Brand New Event at the 2017 National Specialty Day on Thursday, August 3rd -- the Trash Duck Challenge.

Suitable for all American Water Spaniels -- they only need to like to chase bumpers.  To be held after lunch, at the Olen Park show site in Clintonville. 

You, the Handler will have two minutes to toss bumpers -- 10 of them --  and attempt to get them in the barrel.  The barrel will be set at a pre-set, defined distance for all participants.  Your "misses" are retrieved by your dog, and can be re-tossed by you.  

Your dog must remain behind the line until after the bumper hits the ground.  Dog may be held by another person, and the handler is encouraged to arrange for a "dog holder."

 2 minute time limit.  $10.00 Entry fee.  Winner(s) split the pot with the Club.  

Here are the Rules:
1.  Team consists of 1 dog and 1 handler. The dog does not have to be owned by the handler. A third party may hold unsteady dogs.
2.  Each team is given 10 Avery Hex Bumpers.*
3.  Each team is allowed 2 minutes per run. Cost per run is $5 or 5 runs for $20.
4.  When a bumper is thrown and missed, the handler will send the dog to bring back that bumper and it is thrown again until made. The dog cannot leave the line until the bumper hits the ground. If a dog "breaks" (leaves early) the team will be disqualified for that run.
5.  The team that scores the most bumpers in the trash can in 2 minutes is the winner. If two teams score all 10 bumpers, the team with the fastest time will be the winner.
6.  The total "pot" will be split between the winning team and the AWSC.
7.  Decisions of the judges are final.  Judges are Mary Klema and Jesse Goodman.

*Bumpers donated by Avery Sporting Dog.

Get Ready for the Roustabout!

It is a fun event that simulates an upland game hunt.

The 15 minute hunt consists of two gunners who each have only 3 shells,
one AWS and 3 planted birds. It is a timed event that gives the hunter
credit for unused time and shells, and for birds shot, and retrieved.

Pre-entry is strongly encouraged by the closing date of July 12th
to be assured a spot and to be listed in the catalog. Limited gate entries
may be accepted depending on bird supply, weather and time limitations.
Entries received after the closing date will be considered a gate entry
and an additional $5 fee will be required.

See the entry form on page 35 of the National Specialty and Hunt Tests Booklet.

See 2016's Results Here....