Even though this may be the finish of their competition life we hope they will be enjoying many more years of retrieving and hunting and just enjoying life! View our Retiring Video!
This year we also had an great group of retrievers who were inducted into the Master National Hall Of Fame. View the 2018 Hall of Fame Video below
Congratulations to these amazing retrievers! These fabulous canines have qualified at three Master National events and represent the 2018 newest inductees into the AKC Master National Hall of Fame. Kudos to the owners, handlers and dogs!
This year we also had another great group of retrievers who have retired from Master National competition. CLICK BELOW to view the 2018 Retiring Dog Video
Keith Maready of Newport, North Carolina has been appointed to the Master National Retriever Club Board of Directors as Director for Region 1 for the current year. Keith fills a one-year vacancy left by Director Robert Rascoe as he becomes Vice President and Jack D. Combs serves as President of the Master National Retriever Club.
Here’s a bio from Keith as we introduce him to our membership. Congratulations and Good Luck Keith.
I consider it an honor to serve the clubs in Region 1 as a Master National Retriever Club Board member. I appreciate the confidence expressed by my appointment and I’ll strive to be an asset and positive representation for Master National, Region 1 and the entire Hunt Test community.
From the early days on the family farm in very rural Chinquapin, North Carolina, we lived and survived on what the farm provided. Most of our fathers were off serving in some branch of the military, and, for the most part, leaving cousins, moms, aunts, Grandma and Granddaddy on the farm. With NO education, Granddaddy took the leadership role and lead very well with a simple plan. Granddaddy Archie was a hard pusher in whatever the chore was and every day, for the first twelve years of life, in every chore I was reminded of Granddaddy’s simple plan to survive: “You gotta give to get.” You’ve got to give to the land to produce crops, you’ve got to give to the animals to produce meat, you’ve got to give help to the neighbors to get help when you’re in need and on Sunday you’ve got to give time and respect to God to get blessings when you’re in need. Granddaddy Archie lived a life of “give back” and his leadership to us, enforced a life of “give back”. Very simple, that’s why I try to serve the Hunt Test community.
Having had some type of hunting dog my entire life, it was natural to acquire a retriever and start duck hunting as my family migrated to the coast when my father came home from the Army. Hunting the big waters of Core Sound and Bogue Sound on the southern outer banks of North Carolina is challenging and thrilling. Having my lab to pick up birds is amazing. From the late sixties through the early eighties, our dogs were thoroughly trained. Their training was, we’re going duck hunting get in the boat. They hunted with me and my buddies five to six times a week during the season and if they didn’t figure out the retrieving part, they didn’t get to go hunting anymore and we would buy another dog. We went through several and had some that would have retrieved an elephant – if elephants could fly and we could hit them.
In 1983, on the way home from a morning hunt we stopped by the newspaper / book store for a newspaper to see if a previous hunting adventure of ours had made the paper. Well, it did, and we kept a low profile for a few hunts. My buddy also came out with a retriever training book and that was the beginning of a bad thing for the dogs. We managed to finally acquire a couple of labs that were tuff enough to overcome our vast knowledge / sheer ignorance and they became capable of doing some impressive things. If we threw a rock in the direction of the duck they didn’t see fall, they would go in that direction and not come back until they found a duck.
My wife Wendy and I now reside in Newport, North Carolina, overlooking Bogue Sound and the Intercoastal Waterway. We live there with our two yellow labs, Luke and Gabe. Upon discovery of how little I knew about a trained retriever, Luke, the old guy, and I went through a training program with a friend, neighbor and former professional trainer. That training program led me to the hunt test world. Thank you Richard Reese. Luke is grateful every day for your patience and determination to keep me from messing up. The thrill of running hunt test, meeting wonderful folks, watching amazing dogs, and living life’s survival plan taught by Granddaddy Archie contributes to an amazing life, and I’m blessed to find myself as a Master National board member. I’m excited to serve and look forward to being a part of enhancing Master National and the entire Hunt Test community.
All The Best
Keith, Wendy, Luke and Gabe Maready
In 2019 a Master National Host Committee, not an official club, was selected to run the event. The Event will be chaired by CSL Board Member Michelle Love along with key committee members. Those members include but are not limited to: Robert Roscoe (VP Region 1), Laurice Williams, Keith Maready, Trish Jagoda, Mary Harding, Robert Ehlers, Drew Neubauer, Lee Hanes, Betsy Pohl, Mary Gregg, Joel Porter and Linc Huffman. Other committee members are being added.
The event will take place October 17-27 at the H Cooper Black Sporting Dog Facility in Cheraw SC. The Hampton Inn in Hartsville, SC will be the Host Hotel.
More details and information will become available soon.
Congratulations to our 2019 Master National Retriever Club President Jack D. Combs. After nine years serving on the Board of Directors Jack will take the head up the team for Cheraw, SC.
Read Jack’s Bio
Keith Winch, VP of Region 3, becomes Chief Marshal for this year’s event. Keith served as Assistant Chief Marshal in 2018 to Allen Dillard.
Read Keith’s Bio
The event will take place October 17-27 at the H Cooper Black Sporting Dog Facility in Cheraw SC. More information about this beautiful property can be seen at the H. Cooper Black website.
More details and information will become available soon. So train hard and see you in Cheraw.
As you begin training and testing for the 2019 Master National event we would like to remind you to please support our generous Partners. Without their help the Master National event would not be possible.
While we highlight our Diamond, Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Partners and individual Donors on our website, there are so many volunteers and wonderful people who help us throughout the year. Thank you to everyone who has helped with the organization, planning and presentation of this magnificent event. Good Luck to all and see you October 17-27, in Cheraw, South Carolina. Handlers can look forward to a fabulous event and a return to the H. Cooper Black Jr. Memorial Field Trial and Recreation Area.
Many thanks to Graphic Designer John Gerbino for creating the great new Flight signs for the Master National event. The new clean look was well received by Sponsors and Handlers this year.
John could not attend this year’s event but he is often seen at the Master National gunning for us, while his wife Randall handles her dog. We appreciated your support John and look forward to seeing you and Randall next year in Cheraw, SC.
With Set-Up week behind us, we are ready to roll. Here are some shots from around the flights.
For the first time since the first Master National (1991), Frankie Prendergast has been a part of the Master National event. This year, Frankie was unable to attend but with the help of Joe Rhinehart and pals the party was celebrated in his name. Frankie was there in spirit and even Elvis made an appearance to delight the group.