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
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.
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.
Retiring Dog Pin
It’s time to get your information together so you can include your dog in the 2019 Master National Retiring Dog Video. 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. The video 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.
The deadline for submissions is August 1th.
Here’s what you need to know. Click on the Retiring Dog Video 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.
Additional Information: If you are looking for the 2018 Hall of Fame Video Form: CLICK HERE
Here’s a look at the Biographies and Photos of our 2019 team of Judges. Take a minute to get to know them. And we hope to see you in Cheraw in October!
As of April 30, we have 590 retrievers qualified to run the 2019 Master National.
The 2019 Master National takes place October 17-27 at H Cooper Black Sporting Dog Facility in Cheraw, South Carolina. See you there.
As you prepare for the 2019 Master National in Cheraw, South Carolina take a look back at some of the scenes from the Master National of 2018 in Roseburg, Oregon.
Congratulations to the newly elected judges for the 2019 Master National event October 17-27 at the H Cooper Black Recreation Area in Cheraw, South Carolina. Here is the slate elected by our Master National clubs. Congratulations to our newly elected judges!
Troy Tilleraas and if a 7th Flight is needed: Lin Gelbman
Please Note: **Wilson “Boogie” Lejeune has withdrawn his name
Christine “Scotty” Maddox
Linda Johnson and if a 7th Flight is needed: Laura Judd
Please Note: ** Bob Seitzler has withdrawn his name
It’s time to get your information together so you can include your dog in the 2018 Master National Hall of Fame Video. The video 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. The deadline for submissions is August 1th.
Here’s what you need to know. Go to the New Hall of Fame video form page, fill out the video form and send your entry with a photo as soon as possible! Thank you and see you soon in Cheraw, SC October 17-27.
Additional Information: If you are looking for the 2019 Retiring Dog Video Form: CLICK HERE