2019 National Specialty – Ridgeline Leos

The LCA is proud to announce the following information regarding the 2019 National Specialty:

The Specialty will be held at the beautiful Ridgeline Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. The name of the show will be Ridgeline Leos and will be held from Tuesday, May 14th through Sunday May 19th, 2019

The show itself will be held at the new Estes Park Events Center which is withing walking distance of the the hotel. http://www.estesparkeventscomplex.com/

Those of you who have been with the club for a while will certainly remember that we’ve staged the show in Estes Park on two previous occasions. You could not ask for a more picturesque venue than the Rocky mountains in Colorado. We hope you are as excited as we are when you read this announcement.


Mr. Ron Horn (USA) – Draft Test
Mr. Todd Snyder (USA) – Draft Test
Ms. Julie Pepper (USA) – Puppy and Veteran Sweeps
Sr. Raphael Malo Alcrudo (Spain) – LCA Club Show, 3-6 Month puppy & Non-Regular Spay/Neuter
Mr. Don James (USA) – LCA Club Show Juniors
Mrs. Linda Scanlon (USA) – Tuesday AKC Obedience and Rally
Mr. Jim Owens – (USA) AKC National & Juniors
Mrs. Pat Maynard – (USA) AKC National Obedience and Rally
Mrs. Pat Maynard – (USA) Saturday PM AKC Obedience
Mrs. Marrin Sampson – (USA) Saturday PM AKC Rally


Click to expand the official schedule of events for the 2019 LCA National Specialty in Estes Park, Colorado May 14-19, 2019
We’ve schedule a Barn Hunt workshop on Wednesday for anyone who wants to try this fascinating dog sport. The following 3 days, there will be an official Barn Hunt Association Trial put on by the Rocky Mountain Ratters. Leos are encouraged to enter and will be given run priority to avoid scheduling conflicts.    Download a pdf version of the  2019_Schedule

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Silent Auction and Raffle information

All forms of contributions accepted! Let’s make this years’ Raffle & Silent Auction the best ever!

Raffle and Silent Auction Options:

  • Order online and have sent to LCA Specialty Raffle, c/o Matt Messley, 3868 E. 2609th RD, Sheridan, IL 60551. Include a gift card with your info and/or email me to let me know it is coming.
  • Let me do the work for you! I can select something for you—simply send money to me via Paypal (send ‘as a friend’ to wendyruhl@comcast.net) or whatever method you wish (Venmo, check, etc.) and I will take care of everything for you. Email to let me know.
  • Bring it with you. Send me an email of what you will be bringing with you to the specialty (so I have an idea of spacing, amount of items, etc.)

SILENT AUCTION items: Be sure to indicate a minimum bid.
Some helpful tips for items:

  • Reach out to any vendors you frequent  (this is advertisement for them—Human and Dog alike)
  • What does your Leo love
  • What is your favorite Leo item
  • What is your favorite training item
  • What is something you wish you had
  • What would you like to try
  • Share your Talent with all of us!!! What are you good at?

Remember it doesn’t have to be dog related
Feel free to reach out with any questions!
Wendy Jones
email: wendyruhl@comcast.net phone: 832-515-1148
proceeds benefit membership programs!

Hotel booking information

Ridgeline Hotel, Estes Park, CO

Call central reservations at (480) 676-5209 or call directly to the sales office at (970) 480-4012 to call in reservations.

Be sure to mention your group name:  Leonberger Club of America and Group Code: LEONBERG18 to ensure you receive your discounted group rate.

Please book your reservation by March 12, 2019. After that date the hotel will not guarantee either room availability or rate, so please make reservations as soon as possible in order to receive the discounted group rate.
The contracted rates are good for 5/12/19-5/19/19.
In the event of a problem, with your hotel booking, please contact Matt Messley at matt@crazyfido.com

Additional Locations:


800 Big Thompson Avenue
Estes Park, CO 80517

Ph: (970) 586-3336


Thank you for your request to stay with us at Discovery Lodge, Estes Park, Colorado.  We have many rooms with two queen beds that might help with your group.  We have a few king and queen rooms.  Our pet fee is $15.00 per night per dog, we do not allow any other animals and we have a large area for walking them and a pond they can take a swim in.  Please take a look at our website to see the different rooms available




Murphy’s River Lodge

481 W Elkhorn Ave.

Estes Park, CO 80517



Only 1/3 of our rooms are pet friendly and they book up fast. A $20 per night per dog fee is added to your room rate. We do not take any other types of animals.

6 of our 7 standard king rooms have an occupancy of 2 people. These rooms also contain sofa sleepers for additional guests. Fees may apply.

Our standard 2 queen rooms have an occupancy of 4 people.

Jacuzzi suites have an occupancy of 4 people with 2 separate sleeping areas.

2 Queen with fireplace rooms have 2 beds and a sofa to sit by the fireplace.

King mountain view rooms can have 2 to 4 people depending on the room available.

Family rooms have an occupancy of 6 people. Keep in mind that there is only 1 bathroom.

We have a variety of suites with kitchenettes, 2 person jetted tubs, fireplace, and back patio. Amenities vary by suite.

When you book a hotel room, will  have to pay for the first night in full. We hold this as a deposit. You will have up until 7 days prior to your arrival to cancel for a $20 fee. When you are within 7 days of your arrival, your 1 night deposit becomes nonrefundable.

We also have 6 vacation homes in Estes Park. In the month of May we have a 3 day minimum for home rentals. When you book a rental home, you will have to have to pay half down. Full details can be found on murphysresort.com. Click on vacation rentals, then look for vacation rental policies. All homes are pet friendly. A $25 fee per pet per night applies. The cleaning fee is the same no matter how many days that you are staying. The benefit of a vacation home is that you have a kitchen with full size appliances and 2 bathrooms. Please call the front desk for more information.

Our grounds allow you to have 6.5 acres to spread out and have fun.  We have 2 covered pavilions with picnic tables and gas grills.