THE GREENSPRING Poodle Club will hold its 37th dog show on Friday at the Pikesville Armory. This one is for poodles only, with judging in obedience and conformation.
Three sizes of the popular breed -- toy, miniature and standard -- have been entered in the show, which begins with obedience judging at 9 a.m. The show's chairman, J. Donald Paulus, says there are 38 entries in that category. Conformation judging begins at 10 a.m. Paulus says 15 toys will compete, followed by 18 miniatures and 29 standards.
The Greenspring club was established in 1953 and is one of the oldest clubs in the area. Of its 33 members, Charles LeBoutillier, of North Baltimore, was the founder of the club. LeBoutillier, a nationally recognized pioneer in obedience training, bred standard poodles for 50 years. At 88 today, he says, ''I'm enjoying the last pick of the pea vine and have just a few poodles at home now; no more breeding.'' He adds with a chuckle that ''on Friday, I'll just be looking and criticizing.''
Rebecca Tansil is another of the first Greenspring club members. She has been breeding miniature poodles since the early 1950s, and, at 91, is still breeding in her Andechez Kennel in northern Baltimore County. She, too, is nationally known for her exceptional poodles.
Tansil has entered and will handle her Andechez Impish Iona in the open bitch class on Friday. ''Iona is working on her championship,'' says Tansil, whose dream is to see the construction of a building in the Baltimore area that would be devoted to fostering education about dogs and also used for the purpose of dog shows.
Show chairman Paulus, who is not a founding member of the club but is a very active one, is the owner of Alex, a standard poodle. Alex, whose official name is Champion Whisperwind Mariner of D'Este, holds American, Canadian and Bermuda CDX (companion dog excellent) obedience titles. He will not compete on Friday because the show chairman does not enter his own poodle.
The show will end around 5 p.m. with Best in Show choice. Admission to spectators is free, and there will be refreshments for sale. The Pikesville Armory is at 610 Reisterstown Road.
For show details call Paulus at 252-2894. Alex, the bark on the recorder, will take your message.