The Midwest JRT Club

is a regional affiliate of the Jack Russell Terrier Club of America.   Accepted as an affiliate on October 16,  1992,  the club's primary mission  is preserving and protecting the working characteristics of the Jack Russell Terrier.   Striving to foster an inclusive environment,  the club invites owners of all dog breeds,  especially those commonly referred to as  earthdogs,  to participate in its activities.


in the Midwest JRT Club is offered to anyone willing and able to support the Jack Russell Terrier Club of America and the Midwest JRT Clubs mission to preserve and protect the Jack Russell Terrier.   JRTCA Membership, a Jack Russell Terrier, or any dog ownership, is neither required nor necessary.  Club membership is a January through December membership.  The membership roles include applicants scattered across the United States and Canada in addition to its core constituency  from Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin.

Club Activity

The Midwest JRT Club offers year-round activities, most often the 3rd weekend of the month.  The snow and winter month options are indoor activities such as JRT friendly parties and meetings.  Spring and Fall is the most probable time to find members engaged at a breed education event or participating in a JRT racing demonstration.  Summertime brings Club sponsored terrier play days and the annual JRTCA-sanctioned trial, Summer Celebration.  Summer Celebration, is held the third weekend in August, at the historic Sandwich Fairgrounds in Sandwich, Illinois.  The canine extravaganza is open to all canine breeds.  In addition to the core JRTCA Trial events, a plethora of alternate canine performance challenges are offered, all conducted in the "tail-gate" atmosphere that typifies a Jack Russell terrier trial.

Related Activity

To keep their dogs busy,  Midwest JRT Club members are engaged in virtually every type of canine activity.  They are involved with or are active judges in recognized dog sports such as Nose Work, Barn Hunt, agility, flyball, etc.  Some members serve on the boards of recognized national organizations.  The activity held closest and heralded least is terrier field work - working a terrier in the ground.  Seek and you will find members that regularly pursue the final element in the Jack Russell Terrier Club of America's motto, "Preserve, Protect, and Work the Jack Russell Terrier".