New Qualifiers for 2018 Master National

As of December 31, 2017  there are now 116 retrievers qualified to enter the 2018 Master National on October 18-28, in Roseburg, Oregon.  Hope to see you there.

To view a current list of qualifiers:  Click Here


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AKC Hunt Tests: It’s A Labs World

We thought you might be interested in seeing some numbers so far from  the 2018 Master National Qualifying Year.

Beginning August 1, 2017 through December 31st there have been a total of 3,909 Master passes (data represents Master National Retriever Clubs only).  Here is a rank order of passes by AKC Breeds.

Topping the list, of course, are:  Labrador Retrievers with 3,234 passes with 83% of the total Master passes.  Next up:

Golden Retrievers with  466 Master passes.

Chesapeake Bay Retrievers with 76

Flat-Coated Retrievers with 37

Standard Poodles with 21

Curly-Coated Retrievers with 6

Boykin Spaniels with 6

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers with

Irish Water Spaniel with 3

** Complied from the American Kennel Club Retriever Hunt Test results

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Congratulations to the 2017 MNH Retrievers

Congratulations to the owners, handlers and retrievers who are first-time Master National Hunter titled dogs from Texas. These dogs have passed three Master National events!
For a complete list of all MNH retrievers, Click Here

Dog Name Owner
Aragon’s Rio De Fe MH F Aragon/S Aragon
Ayers Gunnery Sargent MH Bryant Wood
Barracuda Brown From Big Mamou Town MH Joe Perron
Bayou-Star Ms Independence MH Jack O’Connor
Big Dude’s Whistleblower MH Russell Young
Catch Me If You Can III MH Deena Driskell
Conecuh River’s Elegant Ella MH Chase Haws
Crispin’s This Is It Finis MH Chris Akin
Cypress Brake’s Tanker MH Bart Vanderhoeven
Dalton’s High Voltage Tigg MH Dalton Lancaster
Elphabas Big Boom Roxy MH Marc & Sharon Gemellaro
Ferguson’s Retirement Bonus MH Sam & Jeannie Ferguson
Field Of Dreams Ollie MH Tyler Patterson
Gooseneck’s Over The Limit ‘Visa’ MH Glenn & Rebecca Rogers
Hi-Top’s Sudden Impact VCD2 BN RE MH50 Carol Young
Ironweed Hi-Bird Rascal MH QA2 Mary Gregg
Jedi Klampett Klar MH Kevin Klar
Jlb Rough’s Roman Goddess MH J Brion/L Brion
Kate’s Crown Jewel MH Michael & Dorothy Ruehman
Kenai’s Yukon King MH J Martin/C Martin
Kings Hudson MH David Rolens
Lone Willow’s Cypress Boo MH Wendell Barton
Luther’s High Grade Black Coal MH David Knott
My Captain Fantastic MH Patrica Jagoda
Northern Belle’s Spicy Delight MH Jon Dayton
Old Oak’s Kid Dynamite Dave MH Chuck Anderson
Rendezvous Sassy Pants MH Carol Davis
Salt Marsh Ceilidh Dancer MH75 Elaine & David Boothman
Seaside’s All American Girl MH Scott Cooper
Sir Samson Shady Oaks MH Wendell Barton & Buddy Vail
Smokin 8-9-8 MH Charles Pugh
Tfk’s Head Man In Charge MH Nunzio Litterio
The Blast’s Fisticuffs MH Dan & Melody Robinson
Tiderunner II MH Wanda Estep
Tnt Explosive Drago Sugar Bars MH M Miller
Vinwoods Tweety Bird MH Kelsi Toth & William Carrington
Wall’s Cash On The Line MH Christopher Wall
Watermark’s Maxwell’s Royal Flush MH Dan Nicole Boettger
Watermark’s River Trace MH Billy Cobb
Will-Do’s Sir William MH Ralph Ardis
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Judge Change for 2018 Master National

Master National Retriever Club is pleased to announce that John Kinard has accepted the invitation to judge at this year’s Master National.  Kinard will replace Ron Sauls who had a scheduling conflict.  Kinard will represent Region 4 in Roseburg, Oregon.

Kinard judged the 2015 Master National in Cheraw, South Carolina. He lives in Ephrata, Washington and  judges regularly in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and Alaska. Thank you John for stepping into the position and we look forward to working with you October 18-28th.

Other judges for the event include:
Region 1:   Megan Baker; Keith Maready and Jim Wonnell
Region 2:  Keith Kesow and Dave Kress
Region 3:  Mike Akeroyd and Bill Blochowiak and Randy Morton
Region 4:  Michael O’Bannon and John Kinard

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AKC Hunt Test Advisory Committee Update

The American Kennel Club Hunt Test Advisory Committee is pleased to announce two new appointments to its group.  Carol Hynes and Dave Coffey have agreed to serve in this volunteer position.

Carol Hynes will represent the Central Time Zone and Dave Coffey the Mountain Time Zone Representatives to the Retriever Hunt Test Advisory are appointed for the terms noted below.

Both appointees met all the criteria for the position which included being an 8 point Master judge, in good standing with the AKC, an ‘active’ judge (judged recently), qualified multiple dogs at master level and is active in local retriever club(s). Additionally, each is familiar with the AKC Regulations for Retriever Hunting Tests, has the ‘big picture’ of the program and has proven they can interact with people successfully.

We take this opportunity to thank Keith Winch as he completes his term for his stellar performance in the Mountain Time Zone and Patty Polish and Keith Maready for their continued service. We are pleased Carol and Dave have agreed to serve in this volunteer position and look forward to working with them. If you have any questions, please let me know.

It is the responsibility of the RHT Advisory Committee to provide input to the AKC Performance Events Department with regard to the Retriever Hunting Test Regulations. This may involve clarification of existing Regulations or new Regulations that are felt to enhance the sport. Topics for Advisory Committee discussion may originate from RHT participants or from the Committee members themselves. The Performance Events Department may also direct ideas to the Committee for consideration.

Members and terms of service of the Retriever Hunting Test Advisory Committee are:

Rocky Mountain Time Zone Representative

Dave Coffey                                              2021
4172 E 550 N
Rigby, Idaho 83442              208-201-6944 (C)

Central Time Zone Representative

Carol Hynes                                         2018
6245 County Road CM
Pardeeville, Wisconsin 53954      608-235-9158 (C)

Pacific Time Zone Representative

Patricia “Patty” Polish                            2019
235 Sutro Road                       775-246-5746(H)|
Dayton, Nevada 89403        775-848-0252 (C)

Eastern Time Zone Representative

Keith Maready                                     2020
117 Michelle Manor Court      252-916-6986
Newport, North Carolina 28570

RHTAC Chairman
Bill Teague                   
734 CR 630                           936-559-9007 (H)
Nacogdoches, TX 75964       713-252-3918 (C) December 28, 2017

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MNRC Foundation Donates $9,600 to Canine Relief

The Foundation is pleased to report they have sent $9,600 to the American Kennel Club Canine Relief Fund to support the assistance to dog owners and their families after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The Master National Retriever Club (MNRC) and its member clubs, in response to a challenge by an anonymous donor, raised $4.800 which was matched by the challenger resulting in the $9,600 gift to the Canine Relief Fund. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to support the relief fund because of the overwhelming need for canine medications, homes, food and other necessities needed by the dogs.

The Master National Retriever Club conducts an annual retriever hunting test for the nation’s top retrievers licensed by the American Kennel Club and is comprised of 170 member retriever clubs all over the United States. For detailed information on the AKC Canine Relief Fund, contact Tom Sharp, President & CEO, | 919-816-3839.

The Foundation is also pleased to report Jack Morris, Owner and Operator of Stellar Retrievers, LLC, ( outside Giddings, Texas has been elected to the Foundation board. Mr. Morris fills the vacancy that occurred when John Blackbird passed away last September. Mr. Morris is a very well respected, professional, retriever trainer and a strong supporter of the Master National Retriever Club and the Master National Retriever Club Foundation. Mr. Morris joins Jimmy Hughes (Alabama), Gloria Mundell (Colorado), Kevin Bunnell (Oregon) and Bill Teague (Texas) on the board.

The Foundation is a 501, (c) (3) non-profit organization under the IRS Code and separate from the MNRC. The foundation, all volunteers, manages annual ‘Handler of the Year’ Awards, supports projects of the MNRC and provides related support. For further information, contact Bill T. Teague, 73 CR 630, Nacogdoches, Texas 75964, or 713-252-3918.

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2017 Chase Away K9 Cancer Video Tribute

Thank you to Cera Reusser of Chase Away K9 Cancer for honoring our lost loved ones and K9 cancer survivors in this year’s touching tribute video.

Almost $4,000 was raised to help Chase Away K9 Cancer. A special thanks goes to David Kurt Handmade Knives Carla Lund and Oakcreek Lanyards for their donations to the auction. A thanks also to Mike Collson who did an amazing job as auctioneer along with Terry Elliot and Pam Bunnell for selling Duck Bands.


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New Region 4 Director to Serve on MNRC Board

NOTE: Jeff Manuel has been appointed to the MNRC Board of Directors as Director for Region 4 for the current year. Jeff says he looks forward to working with the regional clubs and members as well as the Master National. Here’s a brief bio to introduce him to our membership.

My name is Jeff Manuel. My wife Rhonda and I live and work in Medford, Oregon. Southern Oregon has been a great place to make a home and raise a family. Lots of public lands, waterways, and a diverse environment offer many opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast.

I have been an avid hunter and fisherman all my life, as is true with many of us involved in this sport, it is here that I cut my teeth training dogs. I began with no formal training plan, or even a clue as to what a trained dog was capable of, I only knew what I wanted my dog to do; “fetch that bird”…so I don’t have to go for a swim myself to get it.  With a lot of trial and error I managed to get mostly what I wanted from the dog.

Some things I began to learn for myself were the art of teaching the dog in the simplest ways, and how valuable the bond between handler and dog can be to successful training. In the early 90s, on a hunting weekend on Klamath Lake, I was introduced to a new friend and whole new world of dog training. My new friend; Andy, in addition to hunting with dogs was doing these things called Field Trials and Hunt Tests, and his dogs were amazing.

I was instantly infatuated with the idea of training a dog to be amazing. While I continued to work with dogs over the next several years, our young family and new baby girl took center stage, but I knew this was a thing I wanted to get more involved with…. someday. In 2009 I decided it was someday, I acquired a new dog and began the process of training and making the connections and friends that would ultimately lead me into the seemingly endless obsession that is dog training.

Presently, I am the latest installment of President of the Rogue Valley Retriever Club, an active member of the Umpqua Valley Retriever Club, and attempt to be a good helper at any event I attend.

Along the way I have taken two dogs, Jozie and Iza, to MH title, Jozie to a MN qualifying in 2014, and am currently focused on the next best dog “Draco”, who will be a year old in December.

While I have learned so much, (with much left to learn still) those lessons from the early days; simple teaching and the remarkable bond between a person and a dog, remain true in my training and in my heart. It has been an interesting journey to this point, I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting the many people (and dogs) this sport has introduced me to.

As this next chapter of the journey begins, I am grateful for the opportunity to serve and give back to the sport. I am looking forward to the new challenges and getting to meet and work with the broad group of people that are and support the Master National.

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Meet 2018 President Kevin Bunnell

The 2018 Master National will be held in Roseburg, Oregon on October 18-28 an taking the helm of our ship will be former Region IV Vice President Kevin Bunnell.  We thought you might like to get to know Kevin as he embarks on a journey for the love of the sport. Good Luck Kevin!

I live in Roseburg, Oregon with my wife Pam of 45 years. We have two sons, five granddaughters, and 4 black Labradors. My occupation as a self-employed contractor has given me the freedom to devote a lot of time to this sport.

I have been involved with hunting dogs for about 30 years. It was in the early 90’s that I was introduced to the “hunt test” sport of training and testing. When I was first introduced to this sport, my main objective was to learn
new training techniques to improve the hunting abilities of my dogs. An older gentleman, Bob Klausman, shared his observation that a lot of people start this sport to improve their hunting dogs. However, it wasn’t long before the sport of training and retrieving overtook the sport of hunting. At the time, I heartily disagreed. After twenty five years of training, testing, judging and lots of money … Bob Klausman was so right!!

I have trained and titled 10 Master Hunters. I also had the privilege of judging the 2007 Master National. I am a founding member of the Umpqua Valley Retriever Club, the 2018 Master National Host Club, and have served on the board for many years. My family and friends know that from February to October, judging and running dogs are my obsession, Pam and I are on the road “Doggin It”.

Our social calendar is scheduled around hunt tests, training days, and judging. Hopefully no weddings or funerals are
planned around this time – because I probably won’t be able to attend! My kids have labeled me a “Hunt Test Junky”.

I’ve come to realize that attending the Master National is like a class reunion of sorts. The friendships, comradery and shared successes and failures are what I cherish most. After all, where else can you go and find a whole field of “Hunt Test Junkies”?

It is an honor to serve on the Master National Board of Directors as the president of this organization. It is
my goal to orchestrate a smooth and successful event. Fun and comradery will be the main focus.

Please feel free to contact me through email or phone at any time. I love talking dogs!!

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Slideshow: Closing Ceremony

Thank you to everyone for participating, volunteering and attending the 2017 Master National at BigWoods on the Trinity. We hope you enjoy the rest now and look forward to seeing you October 18-22 in Roseburg, Oregon for our 2018 event.

If you have a Master National picture to share just email us and we will add to the slideshow!

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Thank you to everyone for participating, volunteering and attending the 2017 Master National at BigWoods on the Trinity. We hope you enjoy the rest now and look forward to seeing you October 18-22 in Roseburg, Oregon for our 2018 event.

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