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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:  4/16/17)

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...

Special Opportunity – Clintonville’s Four Wheel Drive Museum

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.

See 2016 Nationals Results!