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Fairfield Inn HartsvilleSC

Host Hotel Fairfield Inn, Hartsville, South Carolina

Hotel Accommodations

Cheraw, SC  approx. 20 minutes from Cooper Black MN grounds

Quality Inn
885 Chesterfield Hwy
Cheraw, SC  29550
843-537-5625

Inn Cheraw
321 2nd Street
Cheraw, SC 29550
843-537-2011

Executive Inn
710 Market Street
Cheraw, SC  29550
843-537-2101

Days Inn
820 Market Street
Cheraw, SC  29550
843-537-5554

Simply Southern Bed & Breakfast
504 Kershaw Street
Cheraw, SC  29550
843-921-4579

Spears Guest House
228 Huger Street
1-888-4CHERAW
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Hartsville, SC – approx. 25-30 minutes

Fairfield Inn – ** Host Hotel
200 South 4th Street
Hartsville, SC  29550
843-332-9898

Quality Inn
903 South Fifth Street
Hartsville, SC  29550
843-383-0110

Landmark Inn
1301 S. 4th Street
Hartsville, SC  29550
843-376-4861

Hampton Inn
203 East Carolina Avenue
Hartsville, SC  29550
843-332-2128
Note: this hotel is still under construction/ due to open in June 2015. Reservations can only be made online at this time

Oak Manor Inn
314 E. Home Avenue
Hartsville, SC  29550
843-383-9553
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Florence, SC – approx. 35-45 minutes

Red Roof Inn 
2690 David H. McLeod Blvd.
Florence, SC  29501
843-678-9000

Baymont Inn & Suites
1826 W. Lucas Street
Florence, SC  29501
843-468-9994

LaQuinta Inn & Suites
2123 W. Lucas Street
Florence, SC  29501
843-629-1111

Ramada Inn
1819 W. Lucas Street
Florence, SC  29501
843-665-4555

Holiday Inn Express
3440 W. Radio Drive
Florence, SC  29501
843-432-1500

Quality Inn & Suites Civic Center
150 Dunbarton Drive
Florence, SC  29501
843-664-2400

Best Western Inn
1808 W. Lucas Street
Florence, SC  29501
843-678-9292

Comfort Suites
2120 W. Lucas Street
Florence, SC  29501
843-662-5295

Econo Lodge
1920 W. Lucas Street
Florence, SC  29501
843-665-4558

Days Inn
2111 W. Lucas Street
Florence, SC  29501
843-665-4444

Microtel Inn & Suites
1912 Enterprise Drive
Florence, SC  29501
843-629-9522

County Inn & Suites
1739 Mandeville Road
Florence, SC  29501
843-317-6616

Sleep Inn
1833 Florence Park Drive I-95 & US 52
Florence, SC  29501
843-662-8558

Laurinburg, NC – approx. 45-50 minutes

Quality Inn
14 Jameson Inn Court
Laurinburg, NC  28352
910-277-0080

Hampton Inn – Laurinburg
115 Hampton Circle
Laurinburg, NC  28532
910-277-1516

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
400 Plaza Drive
Laurinburg, NC  28532
910-291-3300

Comfort Inn
1699 US Highway 401 Byp S.
Laurinburg, NC  28532
910-277-7788

Ramada
Hwy 15 401 South Byp
Laurinburg, NC  28352
910-276-6555
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Camping Facilities – Cheraw, SC

H. Cooper Black
843-378-1555

Sand Hills State Forest
843-498-6478

Cheraw State Park
843-537-9656

Hartsville, SC

Charlie Brown’s Camper Spaces
843-383-7271

Easterling Landing
843-332-9810

Johnson’s Landing
843-332-7189

Florence, SC 

Florence RV Park
843-665-7007

Swamp Fox Campground
843-665-9430

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Club Reminder: Voting Deadline June 5

May 5, 2015

A reminder to all Master National Clubs.

Master National Secretary Elaine Goodner reports that to date she has received only 50 ballots from a total of 177 Master National Clubs.

The Deadline to Vote on the two proposals is June 5th.  That means less than 1/3 of the clubs have submitted their ballots!

When submitting your club ballot please be sure the Ballot has the Club name, the Proposal name and the Club’s Vote.  Only clubs are eligible to vote.

A record of how each club voted will be published on the Master National site following the deadline.

To Review the Proposals for Bylaw Changes put forth to the membership CLICK HERE

Thanks for voting!

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Mark Atwater Returns as 2015 MN Photographer

MarkAtwaterThe Master National Retriever Club is pleased to announce that Mark Atwater of Upclose Photo will be the Official Photographer for the 2015 Master National in Cheraw, S.C. October 15-25th.

Most of you know Mark as the premiere dog action photographer in the country. Mark served as our photographer in 2012 and 2013 and we are thrilled to have him returning again this year.

Welcome back Mark!

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Welcome: North Mississippi Amateur and Golden Retriever Club of Greater LA

MN_RibbonsThe Master National Retriever Club is pleased to welcome two new Retriever Clubs to our membership.

The North Mississippi Amateur Retriever Club and the Golden Retriever Club of Greater Los Angeles have become new member clubs of the Master National Retriever Club.

Welcome aboard and we encourage all our our Master National participants to support their weekend hunt tests!

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Master National reports feedback from Strategy Inquiry

The Master National Retriever ClubFrom Master National President Sam Ferguson

As a part of its ongoing planning process, the MNRC recently requested feedback and comments – from both our member clubs and individual participants – in the 2014 event on several ideas related to the future of the Master National Hunt Test.  The event has experienced significant growth over the last few years and input from the vested constituents is an important consideration in managing and planning for growth.

Quite a bit of time was spent tabulating input and discussing during our Board conference calls and at our annual Winter Board Meeting.

The feedback received was widely varied as to any specific idea, and there were many new ideas proposed.  While it would have been wonderful to have a clear consensus from our constituents, that was not the case. No one idea, either of those presented originally or new ideas submitted, represented any majority or consensus.  All respondents did, however, demonstrate a passion for addressing growing pains.

The MNRC also considered several factors that will not only impact the current year event, but all events in the future.  Those include:

·        Expected number of entries

·        Available test sites

·        Grounds infrastructure and logistics

·        Available time

The primary objective is to ensure that the event is of the highest quality in all measures.  In addition to a great experience for the participants, the event should demonstrate the highest level of performance standards.

It is with these objectives in mind that the MNRC decided to formulate the event around 5 testing series, with the focus on presenting the highest quality, most challenging tests given the resources available. Thus in the 2015 event (where we are anticipating possibly 900+ dogs), we will plan for 5 quality testing series.

Implementation of this decision will:

·        Improve the quality of each test series

·        Improve the evaluation of dog work

·        Better utilize the available grounds and test sites

·        Improve handler/participant experience

We would like to sincerely thank all the clubs and individuals who took the time to provide feedback on the various strategies presented, as well as new ideas for consideration.

Contact Sam Ferguson:  Phone: 850-508-8026 or email: sam.ferguson@fldoe.org

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Attention Master National Clubs: Voting

A Message from the Master National Secretary:

If you are a Master National Contact or Delegate and have not received ballots for the 2 proposals being submitted to the Master National membership, please contact me with your correct e mail address.

I have sent out over 400 emails and a few have bounced back. I am working to find the correct addresses but I need help so all clubs can have the information in a timely manner.

Special Note: We are getting requests to change the name of the Club Delegate or Club Contact:

If a member club wishes to change their Contact person or their Delegate a “Change of Contact/Delegate” form must be sent to the MN secretary via U.S. mail (2817 Duell Ave. Medford, OR 97501) or e mail (elainegoodner1251@gmail.com).

This form documents that the change is approved by the club’s membership.  The form can be found on the Master National web site.
Click Here for the Notice of Contact/Delegate Change Form
Thanks for your help.
Elaine Goodner, Master National Secretary
elainegoodner1251@gmail.com

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Important Notice to MNRC Clubs: Proposed By-Law Changes

The Master National Retriever ClubAll Master National Retriever Club contacts and delegates have been emailed information about two proposed changes to the MNRC By-Laws.

One  proposal made by the MNRC Board of Directors and supported by several clubs has a change to the current by-laws that would exempt Hall of Fame dogs (MNH title holders) from having to re-qualify for the Master National each year.

To view the Proposed “Hall of Fame Exemption” proposal CLICK HERE

To view the entire By-Law HOF justification for this change CLICK HERE

The second proposal was made by Western New York Retriever Club, Ohio Valley Retriever Club and Presque Isle Retriever Club of Erie, PA.

This By-Law change would require a dog to pass 6 of 8 Master Hunt Tests at MNRC clubs to qualify for the Master National event each qualifying year.

To view the entire Proposed “6 of 8 Tests” change  CLICK HERE

To view the justification for the 6-of-8 pass rate change CLICK HERE

Please note: Ballots must be returned to Elaine Goodner, MNRC Secretary by email: elainegoodner1251@gmail.com or US mail: 2817 Duell Ave., Medford, OR 97501

Deadline is June 5, 2015.
Only Ballots with Club Names will be counted, these have been sent to each club.

Results of club ballots will be posted on the Master National Retriever Club web site.

 

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Proposed Change : Exemption of HOF Dogs from Annual Re-Qualifying

Proposed By-Law Change for Hall of Fame Qualifying Exemption

Exemption of Hall of Fame Dogs from Annual Re-Qualifying

SECTION 3  Number of Contestants, Eligibility and Entry Fee

(a)  Contestants shall be limited to the following:

(4)  Dogs having passed three prior MNRC annual events are exempt  from the requirements of Paragraphs (2) & (3) of this section and are qualified for all future MNRC annual events.

 

 

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Exemption of Hall Of Fame Dogs from Annual Re-Qualification

Exemption of Hall Of Fame Dogs from Annual Re-Qualification

Purpose of the Amendment:
A dog passing its 3rd Master National and earning Hall of Fame status has proven that it belongs in the annual event and re-qualifying every year does not add any value to their worthiness.

The average age of a dog earning its HOF in 2014 was 6 ½ years. These dogs will be 7 ½ years old when they return to the annual event. There are only so many retrieves left in a dog when they reach this age and using them up by re-qualifying is not in the dog’s or our event’s best interest.

Master National Retriever Club
Board of Directors

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Proposed Change: Revisions to Qualifying Standards (6 of 8)

Change to Article IX  MNRC ByLaws 

OLD:  ARTICLE IX

THE MASTER NATIONAL HUNTING RETRIEVER TEST

SECTION 3. Number of Contestants, Eligibility and Entry Fees
(a) Contestants shall be limited to the following:
(1) Qualifying dogs of the previous year’s Master National Hunting Retriever Test shall receive credit for two qualifying scores.
(2) All contestants shall be required to obtain qualifying scores in a minimum of six (6) Master Hunting tests conducted by member clubs. Contestants who enter exclusively in Alaska must obtain qualifying scores in a minimum of four Master tests by member clubs and have an MH title.
(3) Dogs, domiciled in Canada, running exclusively in CKC Master Hunt Test events, that passed the most recent CKC Canadian Master National Hunt Test prior to the July 31st MNRC qualifying end date.
(b) In order to be counted towards the qualifying requirements, hunting tests at which qualifying scores are awarded must have a beginning date falling between August 1 of the year preceding the current National Master Hunting Retriever Test and July 31 of the year of the National Master Hunting Retriever Test.
(c) Each entrant must pay an entry fee, to be determined by the Board of Directors.

NEW: ARTICLE IX

THE MASTER NATIONAL HUNTING RETRIEVER TEST

SECTION 3. Number of Contestants, Eligibility and Entry Fees
(a) Contestants shall be limited to the following:
(1) Qualifying dogs of the previous year’s Master National Hunting Retriever Test shall receive credit for two qualifying scores.
(2) All contestants shall be required to obtain qualifying scores in a minimum of six (6) out of eight (8) Master Hunting tests conducted by member clubs. Contestants who enter exclusively in Alaska must obtain qualifying scores in a minimum of four out of six (6) Master tests by member clubs and have an MH title. Dogs entered in an event, but not scratched for approved medical reasons prior to the published starting time of the event, shall be scored as Failed if they do not complete the event. If a dog has run and/or after the published starting time of the event is injured or not able to complete a test due to medical reasons a vet certificate must be submitted to the Hunt Test Secretary addressing why the dog was unable to complete the test. This certificate must be received by the Hunt Test Secretary prior to the conclusion of the event to be considered as a non-completion and not a Fail. This circumstance may only be used ONCE per dog per qualifying year. All other scratches during a started event will be counted as a Fail. Once a dog fails three (events) within the qualifying time period that dog will not be eligible to enter that year’s Master National.

Special Note: Clarification: Proposals to revise qualifying standards for the Master National

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