National SpecialtyTen years after the first AKC recognized IRWSAA National Specialty was held in Metamora, MI at Hunter’s Creek, we will return to Michigan. The show will be held on July 6, 2018, in Monroe, MI, concurrently with the Michigan Sporting Dog Association’s Maize & Blue Combined Specialties. Our Judge will be Sharon Lyons. On Saturday and Sunday, the 7th and 8th, there will be supported entries for the Ann Arbor Kennel Club shows. Thus, there will be four opportunities to show in three days. Obedience and Rally trials will be held by the Ann Arbor Kennel Club all three days. One of the days, yet to be determined, we will support the entry by providing IRWSAA Qualifying Ribbons and High in Trial IRWS awards. Plans are rapidly being made and more information will be coming in the future via Facebook, the IRWSAA Website, and emails to the membership. Tentative plans call for a Judge’s Education Seminar at 8:30AM on the 6th, followed by the Specialty after 10:00AM and the MSDA classes for IRWS in the PM. Our Award Banquet and Annual Meeting will be that same evening on the Show Grounds. Exact times will be determined after entries are in for both the IRWSAA Specialty and the MSDA Specialties. Plans are being made for hotel rooms and camping sites and will be finalized in the near future. We will get that information to you as soon as the details are finalized. Come join us in the Great Lakes State.Keith Eldred2018 IRWSAA National Specialty Chairman*Subject to change until finalized*2018 IRWSAA National Specialty Updates as of 4-2-2018The Premium is scheduled to be mailed to the IRWSAA Membership on May, 9, 2018.Hotel Accommodations: A block of 20 rooms has been reserved at the EconoLodge at 6500 East Albain Road, Monroe, MI, 48161. The room rate for two Queen beds is $60 per night, starting July 5th and ending July 8th. There is a $25 pet fee collected one time. The phone # for reservations is 734-384-1500. Do not use online reservations, the reservation must be made directly with the hotel. Our Account # is 3240261. Use that number to identify yourself as part of the group. Breakfast is included each morning. There is an indoor pool, sorry no dogs are allowed in the pool. There is plenty of space to exercise the dogs. The hotel is about 15 minutes from the Fair Grounds. I have visited the hotel and checked out the rooms. (Keith Eldred, Show Chair)RV camping on the Fair Grounds. Although reservations cannot be made at this time we need to know how many sites to set aside for our members. Please email the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Name of RV Owner, Size of RV(Length of RV and tow vehicle), Electrical Power needed, Arrival Date. Sending this information does not constitute a reservation, that will come later. Last year the fee was $30 per night with water and electric hookups. Please email the information before April 8th.RAFFLE: Details in regard to donations for the Raffles will be coming soon. One item that will be offered as a single item is a one night B&B stay at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. Once arrangements have been made with the State of Michigan Lottery Commission we will let you know how to purchase your tickets.ANNUAL BANQUET AND AWARDS: This event will be held on the Fair Grounds one half hour after the completion of the Michigan Sporting Dog Association Group Judging. The Dinner will be a Michigan Picnic Dinner. More details will be coming as we get closer to the date.COMPETITION OPPORTUNITIES: On Friday, July 6th in the morning will be the IRWSAA National Specialty, that afternoon there will be the Michigan Sporting Dog Association Show with classes for the IRWS. On Saturday, July 7th there will be the Ann Arbor Kennel Club Show with a Supported Entry for the IRWS by the IRWSAA. On Sunday, July 8th, there will be another Ann Arbor Kennel Club Show with a Supported Entry for the IRWS by the IRWSCC.