LAST CALL: Photos of Retiring and Hall of Fame Dogs

It’s time to get your information together so we can include your dog in our Master National Videos. The videos will premiere at the Handler’s Banquet at the 2019 Master National in Cheraw, South Carolina and will be posted on the Master National website following the event.

Each year the Master National creates two videos. The 2018 Hall of Fame Retrievers and the  2019 Master National Retiring Dogs.

If  you have decided to retire your retriever from Master National competition you can submit a request to retire him now. You are still illegible to run him at the 2019 event, but not after that in the Master National.

Here’s what you need to know. Click on the Retiring Dog Video Form or the Hall of Fame Video form page below.  Fill out the video form, and email the form with a JPG photo as soon as possible! Information on the form tells you what quality photo we need and how to email us.  Thank you and see you soon in Cheraw, SC October 17-27.

The deadline for submissions is August 1th.

2019_Retiring_Form

2018 Hall of Fame Video Form

 

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MNRC Call for Donations

The qualification period for the 2019 Master National Retriever Club Annual Event closes in less than 20 days.  Best of luck to all!

The MNRC Annual Event is undoubtedly the world’s largest canine retriever event year after year.  We trust all are in training for the 2019 event which takes place Oct. 17-27th.   It will be held in Cheraw, South Carolina, at the H. Cooper Black Jr. Memorial Field Trial and Recreational Area.  This event could not occur each year without the support of our sponsors, owners, handlers, volunteers and local communities.

Thank you to our two Diamond Sponsors –

Avery Sporting Dog

Nestle Purina PetCare

Year after year, this world-class event would not have happened with you.

And Thank You to ALL of our Sponsors through the years!

As the MNRC event grows each year, we do need more sponsors at every level to help defray the cost of birds, equipment, decoys, workers, judges’ expenses, free social events, etc.  The option is an unwelcome increase in entry fees.

Beginning in 2017, MNRC reached out to our professional handlers and trainers.  The response   has been amazing over the past two years.  We continue to reach out to this generous group of men and women who have always been there to help, not just at the MNRC Event but at every weekend AKC Hunting Test.

MNRC understands that many, if not most, of the professional handlers and trainers at weekend AKC Hunting Tests may not have bird workers other than their clients, spouse and children.  For this reason, among others, MNRC has relied upon paid bird workers the past several years.  Our paid workers have ranged from Field Trial Pro staff, to Craig’s Listings, to the wonderful Church crew in Oregon last year.  With the expected overwhelming number of entries in 2019 and beyond, we are reaching out to our larger retriever community for additional sponsors and donors to offset the cost of equipment, field labor and other expenses for this wonderful, growing retriever event.

If you are new to MNRC, welcome to the 2019 event!  Enjoy the ride!  The qualification to enter the event is truly a success.  The “Pewter Plate” is one of kind in the AKC dog world.  Many volunteers help forge the “Pewter Plate” and your contribution is greatly appreciated.

MNRC has multiple sponsorship levels as well as donor levels.

The first two levels of sponsorship are highlighted below:

Bronze Sponsor: A sponsor who contributes $500 or more in cash and/or in kind where no less than $100 is in cash, or a sponsor who contributes solely ‘in kind’ items worth $2,000 or more without contributing cash.  Recognition includes:

  • Bronze Sponsors — banner limited to 18×36
  • Banner placement on all days at site of the event, if provided; banner size limited to 18×36
  • ½ page black/white ad in catalog (3 ½” tall x 4 7/8” wide horizontal)
  • Mention during Annual Meeting
  • Marketing printed materials placed in each handler’s & worker’s bags
  • Priority, preferred, reserved seating for two (2) guests at each event listed above
  • Sponsor Highlight on MNRC website

Silver Sponsor:
A sponsor who contributes $2,000 or more in cash and/or in kind where no less than $250 is in cash, or any sponsor who contributes solely ‘in kind’ items worth $4,000 or more without contributing cash.  Recognition includes:

  • Silver Sponsors — banner limited to 24×48
  • Banner placement on all days at site of the event, if provided; banner size limited to 24×48
  • One (1) page black/white ad in catalog (7” tall x 4 7/8” wide vertical)
  • Mention during annual meeting and all special events
  • Marketing printed materials placed in each handler’s & worker’s bags
  • Priority, preferred, reserved seating for four (4) guests at each event listed above
  • Sponsor Highlight on MNRC website

If you would like to become a Bronze or Silver sponsor, please contact Rex Gibson by cell, text, or email at 713-417-1245 / email: rex.gibson@comcast.net with questions.

Other donor levels are available as well:

DONOR LEVELS – All persons or organizations who contribute less than $500 in a combination of cash and/or in-kind to the MNRC will be considered “DONORS” and will be acknowledged in a listing, under the appropriate heading identified below, on the Donors page of the Annual Catalog:

  • Master: $250 – $499
  • Senior: $100 – $249
  • Junior: $25 – $99

If you would like to become a Donor, please contact Michelle Love by cell, text, or email at 803-463-1313 / email: michellelove2000@yahoo.com  with questions.

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MNRC Foundation Announces Humanitarian Sportsman Recognition

The Master National Retriever Foundation announces a new “Humanitarian Sportsman Recognition award for individuals or groups within the Retriever Hunting Test (RHT) Sport that participate in the Master National Retriever Hunting Test program and provide humanitarian services to either those in the sport or outside the sport.

The Recognition may not be given every year.  This Recognition is designed to recognize members of the RHT sport for their humanitarian services and raise the awareness of the positive impact on individuals, groups and communities that members of the RHT provide. While it is expected members of the RHT sport will provide some humanitarian services, this Recognition is to recognize those who go ‘above and beyond the call’ to provide that service. Candidates for this Recognition must meet the tenets of the AKC Code of Sportsmanship and Master National Retriever Clubs’ Code of Ethics. This award consists of a personal plaque, name on a perpetual plaque & presentation of the plaques either at the recipient’s home and/or the first Master National Retriever Club’s annual event following their selection.

To nominate an individual for this Recognition, submit a legible, written description of how/why the individual meets the criteria and why they should receive the Recognition. The submission must include all necessary contact information for the submitter and the name of the candidate.

Hard copies or e-mail copies will be accepted and must be received within 30 days of the completion of the most recent MNRHT. Hard copies must be mailed to MNRCF, 734 CR 630, Nacogdoches, Texas 75964. E-mails sent to ta9@hughes.net. For further information, contact Bill Teague at ta9@hughes.net or 713-252-3918, Central time.

The Foundation, established in 2014, offers two ‘Youth Handler of the Year Awards’; one for 12 year olds and younger and one for 13-17 year old handlers and the ‘Bill T. Teague Handler of the Year Award’ in addition to this new Recognition.

For further info on the awards and recognition, contact Bill Teague at ta9@hughes.net or 713-252-3918 or 734 CR 630, Nacogdoches, Texas 75964.

Foundation Board members are:

Gloria Mundell, Colorado
Jack Morris, Texas
Jimmy Hughes, Alabama, Treasurer
Jack Combs, Rhode Island, MNRC President 2018-19
Bill Teague, Texas, President

 

 

 

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Taking a Look Back: Memories of MN

Take a look back and see how many of these handlers and folks you remember from Past Master National events.  Enjoy the show.

 

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New: Retrievers Qualified to Run 2019 Event

June 20, 2019 we now have 1,023 dogs qualified to run the 2019 Master National.

View the Current List of Dogs Qualified for the 2019 Event 

The 2019 Master National takes place October 17-27 at H Cooper Black Sporting Dog Facility in Cheraw, South Carolina.  See you there.

Meet Your  2019 Master National Judges

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Annual Meeting and Notice of Deadlines

Attention Master National Clubs.  All Master National  Clubs have been sent a notice of deadlines for nomination of Board Members and new business items for the Master National Annual Meeting.  The meeting will be held in South Carolina, Friday October 18th.

Board member positions open for election:
1. V.P. Region 2 – Allen Dillard, current V.P., will be moving to the position of President after the 2019 event. This leaves the position open for election. All regions vote on this position
a. Deadline for clubs submitting a nomination for this position is July 20, 2019.
b. Nominations must include the following:
i. Member club submitting nomination with member club officer signature.
ii. Summary of nominee qualifications
c. Officer signature from at least one-member club in each region

2. MN Secretary – currently held by Elaine Goodner
a. Deadline for clubs submitting a nomination for this position is July 20, 2019.
b. Nominations must include the following:
i. Member club submitting nomination with member club officer signature.
ii. Summary of nominee qualifications

c. Officer signature from at least one-member club in each region

3. Region 1 Director – currently held by Keith Maready. Only Region 1 clubs vote on this position.
a. Deadline for clubs submitting a nomination for this position is July 20, 2019.

b. Nominations must include the following:
i. Member club submitting nomination with member club officer signature
ii. Summary of nominee qualifications
c. Officer signature from at least one other member club within the region

4. Region 3 Director – currently held by Chuck Strange. Only Region 3 clubs vote on this position.
a. Deadline for clubs submitting a nomination for this position is July 20, 2019.

b. Nominations must include the following:
i. Member club submitting nomination with member club officer signature
ii. Summary of nominee qualifications

c. Officer signature from at least one other member club within the region Proposed By-laws changes and/or new business items for Annual Meeting agenda:

1. Deadline for submitting By-laws changes and/or new business is August 24, 2019.

2. By-laws changes are submitted using the change form with required signatures.

3. New business items must be submitted with supporting documentation and required club signatures.

4. All documents must be submitted to MNRC Sec. (email or U.S. mail)

Elaine Goodner MNRC Sec.
elainegoodner1251@gmail.com
2119 Tallow Dr. Portland TX 78374
541 227-3154

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Calling for Photos of Retiring and Hall of Fame Dogs

It’s time to get your information together so we can include your dog in our Master National Videos. The videos will premiere at the Handler’s Banquet at the 2019 Master National in Cheraw, South Carolina and will be posted on the Master National website following the event.

Each year the Master National creates two videos. The 2018 Hall of Fame Retrievers and the  2019 Master National Retiring Dogs.

If  you have decided to retire your retriever from Master National competition you can submit a request to retire him now. You are still illegible to run him at the 2019 event, but not after that in the Master National.

Here’s what you need to know. Click on the Retiring Dog Video Form or the Hall of Fame Video form page below.  Fill out the video form, and email the form with a JPG photo as soon as possible! Information on the form tells you what quality photo we need and how to email us.  Thank you and see you soon in Cheraw, SC October 17-27.

The deadline for submissions is August 1th.

2019_Retiring_Form

2018 Hall of Fame Video Form

 

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Important Notice: Judge Change for 2019

The Master National Retriever Club is pleased to announce that Stacy Overcash Atkins has accepted the invitation to judge at this year’s Master National. Atkins will replace Joe Eschert.  Eschert was replaced from judging due to health concerns.  Atkins will represent Region 1 in Cheraw, SC.

Atkins lives in Cleveland, NC  and is a member of the Labrador Retriever Club of the Piedmont and judges regularly in the area.
To read more about Stacy Atkins CLICK HERE.

Thank you Stacy for stepping into the position and we look forward to working with you October 17-27th.

Other judges for the 2019 event include:
Region 1: Ellison Armfield, Jane Doolittle
Region 2: Richard Ellis and Helen Romain and Troy Tilleraas and LinGelbman
Region 3: David Coffey and Dennis Long and Scotty Maddox
Region 4: Rich Anderson and Julie Cairns and Linda Johnson and Laura Judd

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AKC Appoints Chair of Retriever Advisory Committee

Doug Ljungren, Executive Vice President Sports and Events of the American Kennel Club has appointed Jack D. Combs as the new Chair of the AKC Retriever Hunting Test Advisory Committee.

“I’m very excited and look forward to working with the members of Advisory team and the AKC,” said Combs. “The growth of our sport is unprecedented which has presented new challenges for us. There is much to do and I am committed to continuing our forward progress.”

Bill Teague, who has provided leadership as the Chair of this Committee for nine years, is stepping down. The AKC Performance Events Department appreciates his dedication to the sport and acknowledges his many contributions.  Other members of the Advisory Committee include Keith Maready, Eastern tine zone; Carol Hynes, Central time zone; Dave Coffey, Mountain time zone and Patricia “Patty” Polish, Pacific time zone.

Combs has served on the Master National Retriever Club Board of Directors for nine years  and is currently the President of MNRC.  After 35 years, he recently retired from teaching Public Policy and Social Science Research Methods at Brown University in Providence, RI.

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 AKC HT participants or from the Committee members themselves. The Performance Events Department may also direct ideas to the Committee for consideration.

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Officials Welcome Master National to Cheraw

It was an extremely successful weekend in Cheraw, SC for the CSL team Michelle Love and Rex Gibson. The Cooper River Retriever Club was holding a Hunt Test at H Cooper Black (April 26-28) and many of the Master National folks were there too and were included in the festivities.

Town officials welcomed Master National reps to a dinner Wednesday evening which included Cheraw town council representatives, local advocates such as Bill Lenz and Brian with State Forestry, and distinguished delegates: Richie Yow – District 53 State Representative; Andy Ingram – Mayor of Cheraw; Robert Wolfe – Cheraw Marketing-Tourism Director; Eric Dusa – H. Cooper Black Jr. Memorial Field Trial Area Park Manager

From a CSL perspective, we now have contacts to attract local business sponsors and support, as well as groups to help stuff handler bags. The State Park site (a newly renovated building called The House on the Hill was the site of the welcome dinner.

Also happening that weekend, Chief Marshal Keith Winch and Assistant Chief Marshal Mike Colson as well as President Jack Combs visited some new properties that might be included in this year’s event.  Here are some shots taken that weekend.

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