2023 National Show & Convention · Springfield, Missouri
96th Annual National Convention
Sept 23-30, 2023

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2023 Schedule of Events

Page last updated Sep 13, 2023

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Thursday Sep 21
12:30 PM Ring setup; contact Ann Wulbrecht Expo Center
4:00 PM Welcome Bags/Coasters; contact Jan Stephenson Expo Center
Friday Sep 22
8:00 AM Chapter Club WAE; evaluator: Eric Peterson Lawn by Expo Center
12:00 PM Set up Decorations; contact Elaine Hopper Expo Center
Hang photos, place banners and posters; contact Jan Stephenson Expo Center
Agility Ring Set up; contact Carol Moore Equestrian Center
2:00 PM Agility Fun Match (will start after ring is set up) Equestrian Center
6:00 PM Obedience C Match Expo Center
Saturday Sep 23
8:00 AM-12:00 PM Regional Sweepstakes Expo Center
9:00 AM Regional Obedience / Rally Trials #1 Expo Center
12:00 PM Regional Agility Trial #1 Equestrian Center
1:45 PM Regional Conformation-Dogs/Puppy Bitches Expo Center
Sunday Sep 24
8:00 AM Regional Conformation-Bitches Expo Center
1:00 PM Regional Junior Showmanship Expo Center
1:15 PM Regional Conformation-Intersex Expo Center
8:00 AM Regional Obedience / Rally Trials #2 Expo Center
9:00 AM Regional Agility Trial #2 Equestrian Center
12:00 PM-5:00 PM Heart Clinic Arkansas/Texas Rooms-Hotel
Monday Sep 25
5:00 PM -7:00 PM Obedience C Match Expo Center
8:00 AM-4:00 PM Obedience Seminar: In and Out of the Ring-Maurer Expo Center
8:00 AM National WAE (Working Aptitude Evaluation); evaluator: Eve Auch Lawn by Expo Center
8:00 AM-6:00 PM Heart Clinic Arkansas/Texas Rooms- Hotel
9:00 AM National Agility Trial Equestrian Center
9:00 AM Top 20 Conformation handlers meeting Colorado A/B Hotel
1:00PM Top 20 Conformation hands on judging Colorado A/B Hotel
4:00 PM ROM Committee Meeting Board Room-Hotel
6:30 PM NOHS Recognition Expo Center
6:30 PM Welcome Party Expo Center Lobby
7:00 PM Top 20 Conformation Expo Center
Tuesday Sep 26
7:30 AM Member Breakfast Illinois Room- Hotel
7:00 AM Board Meeting Board Room-Hotel
8:00 AM-6:00 PM Heart Clinic Arkansas/Texas Rooms-Hotel
8:30 AM Annual Meeting Illinois Room- Hotel
10:30 AM National Obedience / Rally Trial Expo Center
10:00 AM-3:00 PM Breed Seminar-Huckfeldt Colorado A/B
10:30 AM-5:00 PM Breeder Education-Mya Savant Harris Kansas A/B
11:00 AM-4:00 PM Handling Clinic-Nicholson Conformation ring
10:30 AM-12:30 PM Intro to Nosework: Scent Work Seminar (sign up for working spot)-Soyke Expo Hall Upstairs
1:30 PM-4:00 PM Find it to Found It: Scent Work Seminar (sign up for working spot)-Soyke Expo Hall Upstairs
12:00 PM-1:00 PM Legislative Affairs Committee: Protecting Your Right To Own and Breed Dogs-Sullivan Kansas C
4:00 PM-5:00 PM Chapter Club Meeting Kansas C
7:00 PM Top 20 Agility Equestrian Center
Wednesday Sep 27
8:00 AM National Futurity Expo Center
1:45 PM National Maturity Expo Center
8:00 AM Scent Work Trials Convention Center
12:00 PM Sponsor Appreciation Luncheon Illinois
4:00 PM International Reception Colorado A
5:00 PM JEC Mentors Meeting Kansas A/B
7:00 PM Top 20 Obedience Expo Center
Thursday Sep 28
Board Meeting Board Room
8:00 AM National Conformation – All dog classes Expo Center
8:00 AM-2:00 PM Juniors Bake Sale Expo Center
12:00 PM-6:00 PM Judges Education Colorado A/B
2:30 PM National Owner Handled Sweepstakes Expo Center
7:30 PM What it takes to put on a National Texas
Friday Sep 29
8:00 AM National Conformation – All bitch classes Expo Center
After bitch judging Junior Jamboree and Pizza Party Expo Center
8:00 AM Judges Education ring side mentoring Expo Center
3:00 PM Set up for Fundraiser Banquet Illinois
6:00 PM DPCA Health/Rescue Fundraiser Illinois
Saturday Sep 30
8:00 AM National Conformation -Junior Showmanship Expo Center
8:30 AM National Conformation – Intersex, Non-regular Classes Expo Center
8:00 AM Judges Education ring side mentoring Expo Center
During lunch break Juniors Top 20 And Pee Wee Special Attraction Expo Center
After judging: Demolition Derby; contact Denise Rohweder Expo Center

National Updates

The 2023 National has something for everyone

SeminarsThe DPCA continues to advance its educational mission with a full line up of seminars on a variety of topics. Lunch will be available to attendees of the seminars. Please note that the seminar on Whelping presented by Myra Savant Harris and the Scent Work...

Dedication of the 2023 National

As many of you may have heard, long-time DPCA member E. A. "Skip" Thielen passed away earlier this week. The entire DPCA family offers our deepest condolences to Joyce and Skip's extended family.  In recognition of Skip's many contributions to the Club and especially...

ROM Display, Maturity Nominations

ROM Display   The DPCA National Show Committee is excited to announce that Karen Mundy has volunteered to set up the ROM booth at the National again!!!! Last year was the first time for a ROM booth showcasing the current year's ROM...

Decorations, Sponsor Pkg, RVs, Scent Work, Maturity Nominations

Calling all Creative Minds!   This year I am assisting the National Show Team with the site decorations, and I am looking for a few volunteers to help come up with a decorative plan using the club theme and logo. We are open to ideas to make this a great...

Calling all Scent Work Enthusiasts

The Board approved holding a Scent Work trial at the 2023 National. In order to make this a reality, we need a group of volunteers to organize it. The first step to hosting a trial is to get AKC approval for the DPCA to hold a Scent Work...


The DPCA room block at the 2023 host hotel has been set up. You may call this number to make a reservation, (417) 864-7333, or use the following link to reserve on line:


The host hotel is the University Plaza Hotel, 333 John Q Hammons Parkway, Springfield, MO 65806.

The room rate is $132 per night plus tax. You may have up to 4 dogs in your room and the non refundable pet fee is is $75.

A deposit equal to one night’s room rate plus tax will be charged at the time of your reservation. This deposit is fully refundable through August 9, 2023.

If you have already made reservations at the Crowne Plaza in Denver, you need to call the hotel and cancel that reservation. The hotel may not legally change a reservation without the consent of the person making the reservation.


RV Parking

Golf Carts

Golf Cart Rental –   Ozark Golf Cart Rentals  417-581-2644   Let them know you are with the DPCA.

For general rentals  Ozark golf carts.

2-PASSENGER WEEKLY RENTAL $225, 4-PASSENGER $250.  Pickup and delivery $50.

Judging Panel

Regional Conformation

Sweeps- Mona Fasth DVM
Dogs- Doug Jensen
Bitches- Cynthia Woodward
Intersex- Sioux Forsyth Green

National Conformation

Futurity & Maturity – Linda George
Owner Handled Sweeps – Sharon Marinelli
Dogs- Linda Krukar
Bitches- Faye Strauss
Intersex- William “Bill” Shelton

Agility, Obedience, and Rally

Regional Agility Trials – Lisa Potts 

National Agility Trial – Lisa Potts 

Regional Obedience and Rally Trials – David Maurer and Celeste Meade Maurer

National Obedience and Rally Trials – Fred Buroff

Stay Connected with Remind

We will be using the Remind app to communicate real time updates and reminders during the event.

If you have paid for RV parking and want to stay up-to-date with RV related announcements, please join the RV Parking group.

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Sponsor Packages and Donations


Sponsor Packages

Thanks to all of our sponsors!

Photo Display

These 24×36 photo enlargements will be displayed throughout the convention area.

Chapter Club Sponsorship

Thank you to all of our Sponsors! Your support makes the National a success!


Logo Apparel

Logo Chair

Reserved Seating



These vendors will be attending the National. Please support them at the show and visit them online! Click on their name to either visit their website or send them an email.

(to have a link to your website, send an email to DPCAWebMaster@dpca.org)

Alba Medical Cardiac Holter Monitors
Animal Accents Silver Jewelry, Fun Mache statues & accessories for You dog.
Animal Medical Bags First aid bags, Bloat kits, Micochips, First aid refills
Beauty of the Beasts T-shirts, fur & fleece tug toys and pouches, Italian charms
Cedar Knoll Bronze Art
DD Diagnostics Stand alone Diagnostic testing units
Doberman Network Breed Magazine
Doc Jackie Dog conditioning & performance, exercise physiology
Dog N Zone (phone: 918.316.4572) Canine Sports Massage and Trigger Point
Fuzzywumpets Collars, leads, toys, treats, beds,pads
Gear to Go Leashes, collars, toys, signs, decals & tshirts
Gulf Coast Laser Graphics Personalized Crate Tags, Ornaments, Tumblers, Pet Id Tags, Pop Art Breed Posters
K9 Rufflebutts Waterproof panties, belly bands, fleece wraps
Keeper Collars Training collars, leads & toys
Originals By Omar Beautiful 14k gold and sterling silver Doberman jewelry.
Pawty Express Fresh bait meat and products, Pet Pawties, specialty doggy cakes, treats, gifts and much more. 
Sparkle Britches  Crystal dog collars and leashes, crystal tumblers, and The latest in ladies’ fashions for the dog show enthusiast!
Vanes N Things Decals, Lawn & Garden, Home & Office, Magnets
Witchwynds Designs Custom clothing, car vinyl decals



T20 Chair

NOHS T20 Chair

T20 Agility Finalist Shirt

T20 Logo Merch

T20 Rosette

T20 Catalog

T20 Finalist Catalog Submission

National Owner Handler Series

The NOHS Recognition event recognizes the achievement of DPCA member-handlers participating in the AKC NOHS.  This is an annual event held at the DPCA National.




Seminar Information


THURSDAY-September 28- Noon – SEMINAR: DPCA Judges Educational committee will present the History, Temperament, Type, Head, Structure and Gait using computer presentations and live dog demonstrations along with panel discussions. HANDS-ON WORKSHOP: Presentation of quality dogs for examination and evaluation to begin ½ hr after judging is complete or immediately following seminar.

FRIDAY-September 29: Ringside Mentoring during Bitch judging by parent club approved mentors.

SATURDAY-September 30: Ringside Mentoring during Best of Breed by parent club approved mentors.

Additional ringside mentoring will be provided throughout the event beginning September 23 with advance notification.

Please contact Vicki Seiler-Cushman seilerva@yahoo.com if you would like a mentoring session prior to Friday.

*Both Seminar and Hands-on Workshop must be attended to qualify for a completion certificate.

Cost: $25.00 No Charge for AKC Judges

You must register in advance to receive Seminar Materials.

To register and pay online, please visit the DPCA website at https://dpca.org/product/judges-education-seminar/

If you have a question, please contact: Vicki Seiler-Cushman seilerva@yahoo.com




Don’t forget our obedience seminar we will be holding on Monday with Celeste Meade Maurer. A talented trainer that has been to crufts on the USA team and put a UD on a blood hound with many more accomplishments Our seminar should start at 8am and is free to all Doberman owners. Funds for this seminar came from the obedience raffles the last two years. If you can, bring a raffle item to support more seminars in the future.


Intro to Nosework presented by Joanne Soyke
This seminar is for any dog new to the sport of Nosework. We will go over how to get your dog started and give them opportunities to learn independent searching. This is also an opportunity for the humans to see the natural hunting style of your dog. Please bring lots of small, high value treats and a crate to contain your dog. All dogs will need to be safely contained when it’s not your turn. There will be unlimited Audit spots
Date: Tuesday September 26 Time: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Location: Expo Hall Upstairs Hosted by Janet Stavrides

Find it to Found It presented by Joanne Soyke
This seminar is for dogs already on odor, at the excellent and beyond levels. We will be discussing hide placements like inaccessible, elevation, blowing and trapping odor. As we let your dogs work these common scenarios, you will see how odor moves and how to better understand when to call “alert.” There will be unlimited Audit spots available
Date: Tuesday September 26 Time: 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Location: Expo Hall Upstairs Hosted by Janet Stavrides