2024 National Specialty Weekend May 30 - June 2, 2024

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This page will be updated as information becomes available.

Latest update (5/4/2024). Registration information for the Judges Ed seminar has been add to the event schedule.  Opportunity to order logo T-shirts has passed. 

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Schedule of Events

All events will be held at Purina Farms.  Events listed are hosted by WSSCA; please check the AKC Calendar for other activities that are part of the Start June Cluster.  We will update the page as more specific location details become available. 

Thursday, May 30

Welsh Springer Supported Entry at the Gateway Sporting Dog Specialty

Obedience & Rally Trials

Judges Education Seminar presented by Meghen Bassel; time to be announced after judging program is available to avoid schedule conflicts. The presentation will be in the Founders Room at Purina Farms Event Center. Information Flyer & Registration     

WSSCA Annual Membership Meeting and Banquet.  

Friday, May 31

Welsh Springer Designated Specialty with Veteran and Puppy Sweepstakes at the Missouri Rhineland Kennel Club Show.  Breed judge is Marjo Jaakkola of Turku, Finland. Sweepstakes to be judged by Kit Goodrich of Wellington, Colorado.

Social Hour (after judging) on the Purina grounds.  

Saturday, June 1

Supported Entry hosted by the Gateway Welsh Springer Club

Scentwork Trial

Sunday, June 2


ACT Agility Trial (open to any dog that doesn’t have an agility title) and non- AKC runs for dogs with an Agility title

Location Details

Purina Farms

500 William Danforth Way, Gray Summit, MO  63039

Purina Farms is located 10 minutes west of Six Flags St. Louis on Highway 44. Take the Gray Summit exit #253 and head North on Highway 100 for 1/2 miles. Take a left and head West on MM for approx. one mile until you reach the Purina Farms entrance on the left-hand side of the road.

Map of Purina Farms

All events will be a Purina Farms unless otherwise noted.


There is no host hotel.  Information on local pet friendly lodging and guidelines for RV camping can be found on the Purina Farms Website. RV reservations are handled by Purina.  Please see the Premium and Reservation form for more information. 

Premiums & Entry Information

Links will be updated as soon as information is available.  Entries close May 15, 2024.

Iron Welsh

There will be an Iron Welsh competition in 2024.  The premiums and/or entry forms for Rally, Obedience, Agility and Scentwork will be posted when available in the Premiums section. 

Iron Welsh Registration Form

Show your support for the Iron Welsh competition with an Iron Welsh 2024 Logo T-shirt or sweatshirt . Click on the link to select size, color and style, and ship directly to your home.  Purchases are through Redbubble.

Obedience, Rally, Scentwork & Agility at the National Specialty

Look for some Welshie-only fun at the National Specialty!  On Thursday, May 30, there will be Obedience & Rally.  In addition to the regular classes, we’ll be offering some non-regular classes that are guaranteed to be a great time!


The Novice Brace Class has 2 Welshies performing the Novice exercises in tandem with one handler. The dogs need not be owned by the same person and may be shown unattached or coupled.  Note: It’s a good idea to have both dogs doing the “Finish” in the same direction!


The Novice Brace class is similar to the obedience description above.  The TEAM Rally class is something to behold! There are 4 dogs and handlers who perform the Novice Rally exercises one at a time. Teams generally dress according to a theme and often have music to accompany them. Think about having a regional team or from a particular kennel for some good old friendly competition. But remember, this is absolutely for fun!

The non-regular classes are offered at a reduced rate ($20 for the entire team and for the brace duo). So please gather your friends and Welshies and join in! The Premium List will be on the website when available or email Merrielle Turnbull at mtwss53@gmail.com.


On Sunday, June 1, there will be an ACT Agility Trial open to dogs over the age of 15 months who do not already have an agility title.  There will also be an Agility event open to dogs with an Agility title.  Please see the “Premiums” section for entry forms.  Both Agility events will accept “day of” entries until the trial begins.

For more information contact Donna Stebbins at redstonewss@aol.com. 


There will be two Scentwork Trials on Saturday, June 1 at Purina Farms.  Time and specific location to be announced. The Trials will have Interior & Container elements, and offer Novice A & B, Advanced and Excellent classes. 


Banquet Reservations

The annual membership meeting and banquet will be held in the Founders Room at the Purina Farms Event Center.  The Founders Room is on the second floor of the event center.

Banquet reservations can be made through the on-line Store or using the Mail-In Order Form.


The Cluster offers reserved grooming and there is also free grooming space. Here is a summary of the grooming information provided by the Missouri-Rhineland Kennel Club:

  • Reserved Grooming Form
  • The fee for a reserved 5 x 10 grooming space is $25 for the weekend and includes electrical access
  • If you want to be assigned a space next to someone the forms must be mailed in together
  • Forms must be postmarked by May 15, 2024
  • Welsh Springer reservations will be grouped together and near the ring
  • Spaces are 5 x 10
  • No more than 2 spaces may be reserved on each form
  • You will be able to access your grooming space beginning at 3 pm on Wednesday, May 29th
  • There is free grooming space, some with electrical, but it is not in the main hall

Trophy Sponsorships

Trophy sponsorships may be made through the websites on-line Store

Undesignated trophy sponsorships can be made via the Mail-in Order Form

Judges Education Seminar

The Judges Education Seminar conducted by Judges Education Chair Meghan Riese-Bassell will be on Thursday, May 30, in the Founders Room at the Purina Farms Event Center and is open to all interested parties.  Time will be announced after the judging program is released. Please see addition information and pre-resigration link is on the Judges Education Information Flyer.