September & October
The Potomac Valley Golden Retriever Club (PVGRC), a non-profit organization, was formed in 1968 to promote the purebred Golden Retriever and to do all possible to bring their natural qualities to perfection.
We urge members and breeders to accept the standard of the breed as approved by the American Kennel Club (AKC) as the only standard of excellence by which Golden Retrievers shall be judged; we do all in our power to protect and advance the interests of the breed by encouraging sportsmanlike competition at dog shows as well as conducting sanctioned and licensed specialty shows, field events, obedience trials, and agility trials under the rules of the AKC.
At present we have members ranging from South Carolina to New York, with the heaviest concentration in the Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania areas. Our membership runs about 400, with 60 members being the most active.
We are a member Club of the Golden Retriever Club of America (GRCA), which in turn, is a member of the AKC. We are eligible to host Regional and National Specialty Shows and Trials, as well as our own Independent Specialty.
We publish a newsletter every other month, containing a calendar of upcoming events; field, obedience, rally, agility and show results for club members; various informational articles of interest, along with medical information relating to our Goldens.
Each year at our annual Awards Banquet, club members and their dogs are honored with rosettes and trophies recognizing their accomplishments during the year.
Many of our members also belong to GRREAT (Golden Retriever Rescue, Education and Training). This organization got its start from some very dedicated members of PVGRC. The group works feverishly to make sure homes are found for any unwanted or abused Goldens and those found in shelters ready for euthanasia. Foster homes are always in demand while these dogs await adoption.
We look forward to educating and welcoming into membership all who are crazy about Goldens as the rest of us…. come join us!
We are committed to protecting and advancing the interests of the breed. We achieve this by encouraging sportsmanlike competition at dog shows and conducting various events and trials, including specialty shows, field events, obedience trials, and agility trials. All our activities are conducted in accordance with the rules set by the AKC.
Our club has a diverse membership base, ranging from South Carolina to New York, with a concentration in the Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania areas. Currently, we have approximately 300 members, with the most active group consisting of 60 members.
As a member Club of the Golden Retriever Club of America (GRCA) and a member of the AKC, we are eligible to host Regional and National Specialty Shows and Trials, as well as our own Independent Specialty.
We take pride in keeping our members informed and engaged. To achieve this, we publish a newsletter for our members every other month. The newsletter includes a calendar of upcoming events, field, obedience, rally, agility, and show results for club members, along with various informational articles of interest. We also publish “All the Poop on Puppies” which is written to inform prospective golden retriever owners what being the human “parent” of a golden is all about.
Each year, at our annual Awards Banquet, we celebrate the accomplishments of our club members and their dogs. Rosettes and trophies are presented to honor their achievements throughout the year.
Many of our members are also active participants in Golden Retriever rescue organizations such as GRREAT (Golden Retriever Rescue, Education, and Training). This organization was initiated by dedicated PVGRC members and is devoted to finding homes for unwanted or abused Goldens, as well as those in shelters at risk of euthanasia. We actively seek foster homes to provide care for these dogs while they await adoption.
We are excited to welcome and educate all individuals who share our passion for Golden Retrievers. If you are crazy about Goldens like the rest of us, we invite you to become a member of PVGRC. Come join us in our mission to promote and protect this incredible breed!
September & October
A speed race for dogs that tests their coursing ability, held once per year in November.
Training sessions in April, May, June, August and/or September.
Annual fun day, a day honoring senior Goldens, and a fun end-of-year holiday-time event for people as well as puppy and adult dog games and
Held 6 times throughout the year, sometimes in conjunction with different PVGRC events. Meeting dates will be posted on the club calendar and in the
Held once annually as a means to allow club members to practice all that is involved in putting on such a show, and to give
Held annually in March or April, often in conjunction with other clubs’ shows and trials.
Spring & Fall