2014 Master National Retiring Dogs Video

If your dog has been a participant of the Master National event and he is retiring from Master National competition, we would like to include him in our Master National Retiring Dogs video.

This video is created before the 2014 Master National event and will be show at the Handlers Dinner in California. It will also be posted on the Master National web site after the event so you can enjoy it later.

Chigger, Retired 2013

Chigger, Retired 2013

Please complete the Retiring Dog Form and enclose a JPG image with your application. Click Here to download the Retiring Dog Form

Deadline for submissions is September 12, 2014. 

*Special Note: The slideshow presentation is created in a Horizontal (landscape) format.  Photos look best if they are displayed in a horizontal (landscape) layout rather thank a vertical (portrait) format.  We will make whatever we receive work, but if you take a look at our previous HOF videos, you will clearly see the difference

 

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2014 Hall of Fame Video

3768yellowlabwebCalling all FIRST TIME qualifiers of the Master National Hall Of Fame. If you would like your dog included in our Master National Hall of Fame Inductee video shown at the 2014 Master National event.

To be included, please fill out the Hall Of Fame form and send along with a picture to the Master National. The form includes the necessary information to add your dog. Keep in mind; we also need a JPG image to be included with the form. Deadline for submissions is September 12th!

*Special Note: The slideshow presentation is created in a Horizontal (landscape) format.  Photos look best if they are displayed in a horizontal (landscape) layout rather thank a vertical (portrait) format.  We will make whatever we receive work, but if you take a look at our previous HOF videos, you will clearly see the difference

First Time HOF Qualifiers Click Here: Hall Of Fame Form

To View Previous Hall of Fame Inductees and Retirement Videos
Click Here: http://mnrc.publishpath.com/video

 

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Advice for the first-time Master National Handler

What advice do you have for the handler who is coming to the Master National for the first time?

So many handlers come to this event each year, and we often forget what it was like to enter the Master National for the very first time. So we decided to ask some of the handlers what advice they have for the Master National novice.

Frankie Prendergast

Frankie Prendergast

Frankie Prendergast, has attended every EVERY Master National since its beginnings in 1991!  He embodies the Master National spirit.  I asked Frankie what he would say to a first-time handler and he didn’t hesitate a moment to answer, “Take Your Time, You Own The Line!” Of course Frankie had to add and “You never forget your first time.” Frankie is certainly an experienced handler but he was the first to say, that his advice isn’t always easy to follow.

Jack and I were thrilled to be entering the 2009 Master National for the first time in Texas and what remains foremost in my mind is the warm welcome we received from the retriever community.

Jack Combs and Ten

Jack Combs and Ten

It is quite overwhelming coming to this event for the first time, finding yourself in the company of  such experienced pros and amateurs alike, with dogs that perform flawlessly series after series.

I was amazed at the level of support we received from so many folks, who have now become our life-long friends. I was so afraid they would laugh at Jack when he came to the line with a white poodle, but I could not have been more wrong. These same handlers were very supportive, offered great advice and never made us feel we didn’t belong here.  We all understand that it takes a great deal of dedication and work to qualify for the Master National and everyone should be very proud of this accomplishment.

You will meet so many new handlers at the Master National, people who share your love of dogs and excellent field work.  That bond creates an instant camaraderie, one I have never felt anywhere else in the dog world.   You will find yourself surrounded by the greatest ‘dog’ folks ever

NOTE: We will be updating this blog with quotes from others in the Master National community, so be sure to check back for our most recent posts.

For a more detailed look at What To Expect at the Master National take a look at this document created by Bill Teague, former president and judge of the MN.


Sam Ferguson
Master National Retriever Club Vice President, Region I, former MN Judge

I am not sure the first-time jitters ever disappear; they seem to always be present. As part of your MN preparation, you may be asking yourself why this process is different from a weekend test.

Sam & Jeannie Ferguson

Sam & Jeannie Ferguson

The Master National uses 5 to 6 holding blinds in order to keep the dogs lined up and ready to go. But think about how this may affect your dog? While you are ready to perform a 4-minute test, you could be in line for as long as 30 minutes before the test.

When the dog in front of you returns with his birds, take a deep breath and try to relax so your teammate is ready to take his or her place at the line.  When you raise your hand to indicate to the judge be sure you are ready, before you send your partner. With all that’s happening, it’s important to take it one step at a time.

The journey to the line is an eternity, you and your four-legged partner have worked hard for this day — remember that.

Your bags are packed, you are READY to go! Your wife and co-workers probably think you have lost your mind over a dog! They’re right!

Then there is that awful feeling of who will run as Dog #1? The running order is finalized at the MNRC opening ceremony, so there’s no need to panic beforehand. It’s just the luck (or un-luck) of the draw.

You and your friends (old and new) all have the same goal, a “Master National Ribbon and a Plate”.

But in the end, hunt test friends are people who make Your Run Their Run, just so you don’t have to go through it alone!


 

Buck Shope and Risk

Buck Shope and Risk

From Professional Trainer Buck Shope
Swift River Retrievers, Orange, Massachusetts.

“Enjoy the journey. It’s nice to come home with a plate and ribbon but it’s more about the experience. Enjoy every moment of the event and the old and new friends you meet.  Those are the things you will remember long after what your dog does at the event.”


 

Robert Montler
Altoona, Pennsylvania

If this is your first time at the Master National make sure you enjoy the event, plan on attending the parties, meeting the others there and making new friends from all over the USA.

Bob Montler and Stevie

Bob Montler and Stevie

This is a Big Event and the first time can be intimidating. You will never see so many dog trucks, trailers and handlers at any other venue in the country. The MN headquarters the day before the event begins is something to see. People from all walks of life will be there, famous professionals to the one dog “weekend warrior.”

They are all there for the coveted Master National Plate and Ribbon. Keep in mind, you already have attained success, you have earned the right to run in this event!

You and your dog have met the requirements to run the “Test of Tests,” so no matter what happens, you did something great just to get there.

You will feel a great deal of anxiety going to the line at your first MN and if you want to minimize the stress for you and your dog make sure you are both prepared for the test.

I have talked to several people and did a tremendous amount of pre-training for the Master National. I feel the best thing you can do is go back and review the previous year’s setups and make sure Old Fido can easily complete the previous years’ tests. Incorporate the setups in your training program starting three months before the event.

Marks will be reasonably short but technical; blinds will have short swims with lots of factors. Try and train with a nice size group so the dog thinks he is at an event.

Generally, the setup is to be completed in seven minutes or less so keep that in mind when preparing.

So when you raise your hand for the judge to call for the birds; your hand isn’t shaking– and you looking at a setup you are prepared to run.

Good Luck and above all Have a Good Time!


 

MN Handler Sallie Sullivan

MN Handler Sallie Sullivan

Sally Sullivan
Thomasville, Georgia

I am about to enter my 23rd Master National and Yes, I still do get nervous! I call what happens “Carnivorous Butterflies”!

The best part of the Master National event is that you will make new friends from all over the country and will look forward to seeing them the next year.

Good Luck and Have Fun!


 

Elaine Goodner
Secretary, Master National Retriever Club

Elaine Goodner

Elaine Goodner

My advice to a first timer is get into a training group and participate in the pre-national training. I did not know about them the first time Gem and I went to the Master National. The training group really enhances the whole experience besides being my personal cheering section!


 

Larry Kimble
Master National Retriever Club Vice President, Region III

“Volunteerism expectations and the making of life-long MNRC friends”

Though all handlers sign up to work, it is necessary to seek out their volunteer

Larry Kimble

Larry Kimble

specialty/category (like throwers or hospitality) on the Thursday morning meeting to arrange the four-hour shift schedules for the first two days. Most rookie volunteers think this is about work. Actually, this is step one in the MNRC experience of meeting and working with your new retriever friends. These new MN friends will be at future MNRC events, training groups, dinner partners, and afterward at different regional events for the rest of your retriever life.

'Jack' Kimble

‘Jack’ Kimble

Most of us foresee our first MNRC event experience based on a big weekend event experience. It is way more than that. It is the making of life-long retriever friends not only through hunt test, but also through volunteering, banquets, meetings, setting together in the gallery for many days, and just meeting in the parking lot each day. Trust me if you have a problem these friends will help you out with a solution.

Even if you are not handling your dogs, there is an expectation of you volunteering for a few four-hour shifts during the event. So if you attend, please volunteer and volunteer those traveling with you. If not attending, think what you can contribute toward the event or possibly the event’s auctions.


Anonymous
Don’t forget to bring toilet paper, just in case!


 

Everyone’s advice has merit.  So please share your advice with us by posting a comment on this blog!  Train hard, have fun and see you in Corning on Oct. 9th

Submitted by Mia DiBenedetto

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Master National Club Dues

MN_RibbonsAnnual dues notices have been mailed to all Master National Member Clubs.

Dues must be received by August 1, 2014.  For questions or comments, please contact Elaine Goodner, Master National Retriever Club Secretary.  Email Elaine: elainegoodner1251@gmail.com 

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Calling All Photographers: 2014 MNRC Photographer needed

2013 Master NationalThe Master National Retriever Club is looking for a team of four photographers to shoot our event in Corning, CA October 9-19, 2014.

The MNRC needs one photographer for each of the four flights to photograph every dog, either in the field or at the line, in the first series.

Capturing other series is at the discretion of the photographer.

More details are available in the 2014 Photographer Request For Proposal

If you are interested in working at the event, please contact MNRC Secretary Elaine Goodner at (541) 227-3154  or email Elaine at elainegoodner1251@gmail.com  by July 15.

 

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Voting Complete: Sooner RC and Tulsa RC Amendment Proposal

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Voting for the proposal from the Sooner Retriever Club and the Tulsa Retriever Club is complete.  68 clubs (57%) voted Yes to the proposal and 51 clubs (43%) voted No.

Yes votes failed to reach a Two-Thirds Plus 1 Majority therefore the amendment failed. 119 clubs participated in the voting, and 45 clubs failed to submit a ballot.

To view the Entire List of Clubs and their votes CLICK HERE.

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MN Advanced Judges Seminar Grant awarded to Central Minnesota Retriever Club

Congratulations to the Central Minnesota Retriever Club of Sauk Rapids, MN on receiving a Master National Advanced Judges Seminar Grant for Region 2.

An Advanced Judges Seminar will be held on April 18 & 19, 2015 in St. Cloud and Sauk Rapids, MN. **NOTE: this seminar will be held next year not this April.

The classroom portion of the seminar will be held at the Best Western Plus Kelly Inn, in St. Cloud and the field work at the grounds of the Central Minnesota Retriever Club which is 8 miles away, and only a 10 minute drive from the Best Western Hotel in St. Cloud.

Participant fees:
Registration fee will be $85. We may adjust the registration fee pending the awarding of this grant. Our goal is not to make money, but cover our expenses and provide a service to our judges as well as educate new judges.

Lodging/food arrangements:
A special room rate has been negotiated with the Best Western for all participants. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided each day. The meals on Saturday will be catered by the hotel, the Sunday meals will be prepared by CMRC club members at the clubhouse on the grounds. Pending the awarding of this grant, we may add an evening meal on Saturday, yet to be determined.

For Additional Information, Contact:
Gordon J. Schlichting
320-685-8997 or 320-248-8532 or email:  hohumsretrievers@aol.com

Information on how your retriever club can receive a Master National Advanced Judges Seminar Grant go to the Master National Retriever Club web site.

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Western Montana Retriever Club receives MN Advanced Judges Seminar Grant

Congratulations to the Western Montana Retriever Club of Missoula, MT on receiving a Master National Advanced Judges Seminar Grant for Region 3.

An Advanced Judges Seminar with Jerry Mann will be held on October 4-5 2014 in Missoula. The classroom portion of the seminar will be held at the Guesthouse International Inn & Suites, 3803 South Brooks Street in Missoula.  The conference center is located 1.6 miles from the WMRC training grounds.

The Western Montana Retriever Club training grounds where the field work will be held is located at 4955 Lower Miller Creek Road in Missoula.

Participant fees and instructions:  The $40 fee would cover participation in the seminar, morning coffee, and a sack lunch and drink.  The seminar would be open to judges, handlers, and others interested in hunt tests.  In addition, we would propose to provide a member of the Professional Retriever Trainers Association to assist with coaching handlers on the line, if approved by AKC.

Lodging: Guesthouse International Inn & Suites,  3803 South Brooks Street, Missoula, MT.  Pets are allowed.

Additional lodging: Super 8 Motel, 3901 South Brooks Street, Missoula.  Pets are allowed in selected rooms.

Register at Entry Express –Seminars

For Additional Information, Contact:
Ed Nesselroad
10050 Steppin High Lane
Missoula, MT 59804        406-543-7645  or email:  pentoad@aol.com

Information on how your retriever club can receive a Master National Advanced Judges Seminar Grant go to the Master National Retriever Club web site.

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Umpqua Valley receives MN Advanced Judges Seminar Grant

Congratulations to the Umpqua Valley Retriever Club of Oregon on receiving a Master National Advanced Judges Seminar Grant for Region 4.

An Advanced Judges Seminar will be held on April 18, 2014 in Roseburg, Oregon.

The American Kennel Club presenter will be Jerry Mann.  For more information and details of the event please contact Region 4 Vice President, Kevin Bunnell, 143 Val Vista Lane, Roseburg, OReegon, 97471. Email Kevin@ kpbunl@douglasfast.net or call (541) 679-2802.

Information on how your retriever club can receive a Master National Advanced Judges Seminar Grant go to the Master National Retriever Club web site.

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Hotel Lodging & RV Parks for 2014 Master National

The Marin Retriever Club has just posted a list of hotels in the area for the 2014 Master National.Clear Creek

ACCOMMODATIONS: The hotels listed are in no particular order. The approximate distance from the grounds are listed for each hotel. Note on most special rates if you tell them you are coming into Corning to participate in the Master National!

SUPER 8 – 2165 Solano Street, Corning (about 1 mile from grounds) (530) 824-2468 Pet Friendly Rate is $79 (2 queen beds) + $10 per night pet fee. Dogs on trucks n/c. When calling say you’re coming for the MN for rate.

BEST WESTERN – 910 Hwy 99 West, Corning (about 1 mile from grounds) (530)824-5200 Pet friendly Rate is $89.99 (weekends $99); Say your coming for the Master National and their normal pet fee of $10 per day will be waived. Per Yolanda (Mgr). Small field right next door for airing.

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS – 3350 Sunrise Way, Corning (about 1 mile from grounds) (530)824-6400 Pet Friendly for this event. Rate is $99/2 queens or $94.99 1 King. Full hot breakfast 6-9:30 am. Mention the MN and the pet fee will be waived.

DAYS INN – 3475 South Hwy 99 West, Corning (about 1 mile from grounds) (530)824-2000 Pet Friendly. One time pet fee. Rate is $69.99+ tax 1 bed or $79.99 + tax for 2 beds.

RV PARKS
RV Park at Rolling Hills Casino $28. per night (However, a Good Sam Club card gets you 10% off!) Small airing field next door. (530) 528-3586 Directly next door to grounds.

Heritage RV Park, 975 Hwy 99 Corning $28.60 per night/$25.75 with Good Sam or AAA. Weekly rate is $143. (Price is for 2 persons, each additional person is $2.0o per night/ $10 per week) (530)824-6130 One mile from grounds.

For More Information see the Marin Retriever Club website.

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