UVRC Hosts Spring Test on Site of Master National

The Umpqua Valley Retriever Club, local hosts of the 2018 Master National held their Spring hunt test on June 16 & 17 on some of the grounds that will be used for this year’s event.

Thanks to Master Judges, Michelle Love & Rex Gibson for sending us these great photos. We heard you moved “mountains’ to get the test ready, well maybe not mountains, but at least one Very Large log and lots of lily pads!

Also, thanks to the great volunteers from Umpqua Valley for putting on a super show. We are told that the theme for this test was “Dogstock.” Woodstock didn’t have anything on you folks. We also heard a group of bird handlers who will be working at the Master National came out to see how things were run. We certainly are looking forward to working with such dedicated people.

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Calling for 2018 Hall of Fame and Retiring Dog Videos

It’s time to get your information together so you can include your dog in the 2018 Master National Hall of Fame and Retiring Dog videos. The videos will premiere at the Handler’s Banquet at the 2018 Master National in Roseburg, Oregon and will be posted on the Master National website following the event.

The deadline is August 15th.

Here’s what you need to know. Go to the New Hall of Fame or Retiring Dog page, fill out the video form and send your entry with a photo as soon as possible!  Thank you and see you soon in Roseburg, Oregon October 18-28.

2018 Hall of Fame Retriever Video

2018 Retiring Dog Retriever Video

 

 

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2018: New Hall of Fame Qualifiers Video

Calling all FIRST TIME qualifiers of the Master National Hall Of Fame.

We would like to include your dog in our Master National Hall of Fame Inductee video for this year.

This video is created before the 2018 Master National event and will be shown at the Handler’s Dinner in Roseburg, Oregon. The event is scheduled for October 18-28. The video will also be posted on the Master National web site after the event so you can enjoy it later.

Here’s what you need to do to be included.  Fill out the Hall Of Fame form and send along with a picture of your dog to the Master National. The form includes the necessary information we need to include your dog. Keep in mind; we also need a JPG image sent along with the form.

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

1st Time HOF Qualifiers Click Here: 2018 Hall of Fame Form

Deadline for submissions is August 15, 2018.

You will email the form and the jpg image to: masternational@gmail.com

To View Previous Hall of Fame Inductees and Retirement Videos

Click Here: http://mnrc.publishpath.com/video

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2018: Master National Retiring Dog 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 2018 Master National Retiring Dogs video.

This video is created before the 2018 Master National event and will be shown at the Handler’s Dinner in Roseburg, Oregon. The event is scheduled for Oct. 18-28, 2018.  The retiring video will also be posted on the Master National web site after the event so you can enjoy it later.

Please complete the Retiring Dog Form and enclose a JPG image with your application.

Click Here to Download the 2018 Retiring Dog Form

Deadline for submissions is August 15, 2018.

You will email the form and the jpg image to: masternational@gmail.com

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

Click Here to see the previous Hall Of Fame and Retiring Videos

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Important Reminder: How to Use an AED Device

We want to remind everyone attending the 2018 Master National that an AED device will be available at each flight.

Knowing how to use an Automated External Defibrillator could save a life during sudden cardiac arrest. Please take a minute to watch this important video explaining the simple use of a public defibrillator in the case of an emergency.  The video is presented by the American Red Cross.

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An Inside Look At the Master National Part 2

In Part 1, The Retriever Journal magazine explored the AKC Master National event from a macro perspective.  They discussed the significant growth of the event since the first one took place in 1991 and how the atmosphere is something special to behold.  Certainly, the popularity of our sport has grown overall, and the MNRC event plays a significant role in that.

In Part 2, writer Ryan Eder spoke with two professional trainers and handlers about preparing for the Master National.

Read:   Inside the Master National Part 2

Previous article: Inside the Master National Part 1

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MNRC Foundation Awards First Youth Handler Award

Bill Teague (Pres MNRCF) with Handler Emma Simon

Mary Emma Simon, a 16 year old Monticello High School student at Monticello, Arkansas was awarded the Foundation’s first ‘Youth Handler of the Year, 13-17 year old Category.  The award was announced at the 2017 Master National Retriever Hunting Test and was presented to her at school on April 12, 2018 in Monticello, AR.

About 40 teachers, fellow students, her principal, family, trainer, Foundation Board Members and other guests attended the event. The students created a banner congratulating her and her family had a cake with a congratulatory message on it along with other refreshments for the group.

Emma, a vibrant, well respected young lady received accolades from her parents, grandparents, fellow students, teachers and the school principal plus from Ronnie Lee, the professional retriever trainer who helped her train Sadie, her 4 year old black Labrador.

Bill Teague, Drs. Tim & Sylvia Simon (Emma’s parents), Emma Simon (recipient), Jack Morris (Director, MNRCF), Pete Simon (Emma’s 5th grade brother)

Additionally, Bill Teague, MNRCF President, told the audience of the significance of Emma & Sadie’s accomplishments at the 2017 MNRC test held in Texas last October and described the Master National Retriever Club’s qualification requirements and tests. Foundation Director, Jack Morris who owns Stellar Retrievers, LLC in Giddings, Texas assisted in the presentation of the award.

The Foundation offers two ‘Youth Handler of the Year Awards’; one for 12 year and younger and one for 13-17 year old handlers and the ‘Bill T. Teague Handler of the Year Award’. No submissions were received for the 8-12 year old category this year.

The Foundation presented the 2017 ‘Bill T. Teague Handler of the Year Award’ to Bob Neipert, Lexington, Texas earlier this year on February 1, 2018. Previous recipients of this award are Ken Virdine (2015), Opelousas, LA & Bill Autrey (2016), Bentley, LA.

For More Information about the MNRCF Awards CLICK HERE

Requirements for the MNRCF Awards

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New Region 2 Director to Serve on MNRC Board

Frank Barton has been appointed to the Master National Retriever Club Board of Directors as Director for Region 2 to fill a vacancy for Corrine Clavey.  Corrine resigned from the Board of Directors for family reasons. She has served on the MNRC Board since 2016.

For those new to the sport here’s a brief bio about Frank Barton:

I attended my first Master National event in 2003. It was during that event that I first witnessed the deep and profound influence that the Master National Retriever Club had on many retriever enthusiasts. Shortly after that event I was appointed to be the Club Secretary and Event Secretary. I later also served as the Club Treasurer. I still serve in the role of Master National Event Secretary.

In 2008 I developed an entry system specifically for the MNRC event which has been in use continuously since that time. In 2016 fellow board member Jack Combs and I developed the system currently in place to track qualifiers for our annual event.

I am an avid duck hunter and fortunate that I can hunt 45-55 days a year in my home state of Arkansas. My regular hunting companions are also dedicated retriever trainers and we enjoy our mornings talking about our common bonds of ducks and dogs.

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MNRC Welcomes New North Carolina Club

The Master National Retriever Club is pleased to welcome Sandhills Retriever Club of North Carolina as a new member club.

Congratulations and thank you to officers Scott Durkin, Jim McSwain, Don Bierer and Roberta Playte and club members for their support.

For those of you in the Northeast, the Sandhills Retriever Club will be hosting an AKC Handlers and Judging Seminar on June 2 at Dewitt’s Outdoor Sports, 443 Jimmy Carriker Rd, Ellerbe, NC 28338.

See the Sandhills Retriever Club website for more details.  And you can also find them at www.Facebook.com/Sandhills-retriever-club

 

 

 

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An Inside Look at the Master National

In case you missed it, The Retriever Journal (April/May ’18) featured an article on the Master National Retriever Club.

In Part 1 of a Two-Part series, Writer Ryan Eder takes a look at what makes the Master National event unique and what factors have contributed to its amazing growth and success.  
Click Here to Read the Retriever Journal

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