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Columbia Terrier Association of Maryland, Inc.
The Columbia Terrier Association of Maryland had its beginnings in the early 1970s as the Columbia Association of Terrier Clubs. Established by dedicated and enthusiastic Terrier fanciers in the Baltimore/Washington area, their first "associated" specialty show included Airedale Terriers, Fox Terriers and Scottish Terriers. As time went by, this original group was joined by West Highland White Terriers, Norwich Terriers, Lakeland Terriers and Skye Terriers, to make a total of seven specialty shows.
In early 1994, when the American Kennel club began to approve Group shows, the Board of Directors of the Association elected to request approval to hold a Terrier Group show. The Constitution was rewritten to conform to the new club's goals, and membership was increased to a maximum of 50 individuals spanning most of the Terrier breeds. All requirements as set for by the AKC were met, and permission was received to hold a Group show in late 1994. The April 1995 show of the Columbia Association of Terrier Clubs was its last.
On April 18, 1996, the Columbia Terrier Association of Maryland (CTAM) held its first show which included all Terrier breeds. It was a resounding success, with an entry of 820 dogs, with majors in 22 of the [then] 26 Terrier breeds. Best Puppy in Show competition was also offered.
The directors and members of the Columbia Terrier Association of Maryland sincerely hope to build on this success each year hence and trust that our fellow Terrier fanciers will be there with us to participate in a very special event for a very special group of dogs.