Meet Your 2018 Master National Judges

Thank you to our dedicated judges who will give up two weeks of their life to become a part of Master National History.  Here’s a look at these impressive hunt test judges.


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Master National 2017 Featured in Texas PBS Broadcast

The Master National 2017 event in Tennessee Colony Texas was the focus of a television segment featuring Texas Handler Dorothy Ruehman and Ruby.  The special broadcast was presented by Texas Parks and Wildlife department who did a great job representing our sport.

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Hotels & Lodging for 2018

2018 Master National Roseburg, Oregon
The following is a list of popular hotels with ample parking and within a 25 mile radius to Douglas Fairgrounds and Event Grounds:

Sleep Inn & Suites  (HOST HOTEL)
2855 NW Edenbower Blvd, Roseburg, OR 97471
Phone:(541) 464-8338
Pet Friendly Rooms: 45

Seven Feathers Casino Resort
146 Chief Miwaleta Ln, Canyonville, OR 97417
Phone:(541) 839-1111
Pet Friendly Rooms: 12

Holiday Inn Express
200 Creekside Rd, Canyonville, OR 97417
Phone:(541) 839-4200
Pet Friendly Rooms: 13

Best Western Garden Villa Inn
760 NW Garden Valley Blvd, Roseburg, OR 97470
Phone: (541) 672-1601
Pet Friendly Rooms: 30

Quality Inn Central
427 NW Garden Valley Blvd, Roseburg, OR 97470
Phone: (541) 673-5561
Pet Friendly Rooms: 13

Howard Johnson Express Inn- Roseburg
978 NE Stephens St, Roseburg, OR 97470
Phone:(541) 673-5082
Pet Friendly Rooms: 0

 Holiday Inn Express – Roseburg
375 W. Harvard Blvd., Roseburg, OR 97470
Phone:(541) 673-7517
Pet Friendly Rooms: 22

Comfort Inn Roseburg
1539 NW Mulholland Dr., Roseburg, OR 97470
Phone: (541) 957-1100
Pet Friendly Rooms: 0

Super 8 – Roseburg
3200 NW Aviation Dr, Roseburg, OR 97470
Phone: (541) 672-8880
Pet Friendly Rooms: 30+

Motel 6
3100 NW Aviation Dr, Roseburg, OR 97470
Phone: (541) 464-8000
Pet Friendly Rooms Call to Check

Steamboat Inn
42705 N Umpqua Hwy
Idleyyld Park, OR 97447
Pet Friendly Rooms: Call to check

Windmill Inn of Roseburg  ($$$$)
(part of HAMPTON Inn property-new hotel no animal rooms)
1450 NW Mulholland Dr., Roseburg, OR 97470
Phone: (541) 673-0901
Pet Friendly Rooms: 18 (in the older building)

Best Western Plus Hartford Lodge
150 Myrtle St, Sutherlin, OR 97479
Phone:(541) 459-1424
Pet Friendly Rooms:  10

GuestHouse Inn and Suites Sutherlin
1400 Hospitality Way, Sutherlin, OR 97479
Phone:(541) 459-6800
Pet Friendly Rooms:  7

RV Accommodations
In addition to affordable hotel accommodations, there are many RV parks and facilities in the same regional area as the hotels noted above.  The following is a list of the most popular RV facilities within a 25 mile radius to Douglas Fairgrounds and proposed Event Grounds:

Hi-way Haven
(has 3 acre parcel adjacent to RV park for training/airing.  Clean up after dogs a must).
609 Fort McKay Rd, Sutherlin, OR 97479
+1 (541) 459-4557

Umpqua RV Park
1919 Recreation Ln
Sutherlin OR 97479
tel: 5414594423

Amacher RV Park and Campground
5750 NE Stephens
Winchester, OR 97495

Twin Rivers Rv Park
433 River Forks Park Road
Roseburg, Oregon 97471
(541) 673-3811

Rising River RV Park
5579 SW Grange Rd, Roseburg, OR 97471

Umpqua Safari RV park
511 NE Main St, Winston, OR 97496

Rivers West South Umpqua RV Park
333 Ruckles Dr
Myrtle Creek  OR 97457
(541) 863-7601

Rising River RV Park
5579 SW Grange Rd, Roseburg, OR  97471
Phone: (541) 679-7256

Umpqua’s Last Resort
478 Elk Ridge Ln
Idleyld Park  OR 97447
(541) 498-2226

Elk Haven Rv Resort
22020 N Umpqua Hwy
Idleyld Park  OR 97447
(541) 496-3090

Seven Feathers RV Resort
I-5 Canyonville exit #99
Roseburg  OR 97470
(877) 839-3599

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MNRC Welcomes New Member Club

The Master National Retriever Club would like to welcome our newest member club to the organization. Welcome Minnesota Field Trial Association.  All hunt tests presented by Minnesota Field Trial Association will count toward the 2018 Master National Qualifying year. The event will be held in Roseburg, Oregon on October 18-28 .

AKC Minnesota Field Trial Association

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2019 Master National Returns to South Carolina

H. Cooper Black Field Trial Area

The Master National Retriever Club Board of Directors is pleased to announce it has selected Cheraw, South Carolina as the site for the 2019 Master National event.

Handlers can look forward to a fabulous event and a return to the H. Cooper Black Jr. Memorial Field Trial and Recreation Area in South Carolina.

Dates and site details have not yet been confirmed but will be announced soon.

More information about this beautiful property can be seen at the H. Cooper Black website.


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2017 MNRC Foundation Handler Awards Announced

Jack Morris, Bob Neipert and Bill Teague

The Master National Retriever Club Foundation is proud to announce the 2017 ‘Handler of the Year’ and “Youth Handler of the Year’ recipients.

The Bill T. Teague Handler of the Year Award was earned by Bob Neipert of Lexington, Texas.

Bob began his retriever career when 16 years old in Iowa hunting pheasant, quail and ducks. He’s continued his love for retrievers and has been running retriever hunting tests since 1999. An amateur trainer and handler, Bob has placed a dog on the National Derby list, earned QAA with two dogs and four earned AKC’s Master Hunter titles. All four Master Hunters qualified and entered the Master National Retriever Club’s annual event.

Bob has attended thirteen Master National events. His dogs have earned eleven pewter plates for passing the MNRCHT and two of them are MNH (or higher) and are in the MNRC’s “Hall of Fame”. His current dog, Steller’s Proud Mary, MNH6 (call name Mary) has passed six MNRHT’s; prior to the 2017 event.  Just, 23 dogs in the history of the MNRC have earned this title .

Bob is well known for being a hard worker whether it be a training day at home, a local retriever hunting test or a Master National event. Bob is a highly respected handler, volunteer and trainer. He gives credit for his early handling and training education to Patsy Martin and the Waterloo club members. He also gives longtime training partner, Jack Morris of Giddings, Texas a lot of credit for his success.  Bob is a member of two retriever clubs, Waterloo Amateur Retriever Club and Heart of Texas Retriever Club. He’s also active in his home club where he currently serves as Treasurer in the Waterloo club. He  was nominated by the Waterloo Amateur Retriever Club.

Neipert was awarded this top award from the MNRCF based on his quality and expertise as a handler in American Kennel Club Retriever Hunting tests and the Master National Retriever Club’s annual event. His dog, RCF based on his quality and expertise as a handler in American Kennel Club “Stellar’s Proud Mary, MH, MNH-6”, an almost 8 year old black Labrador, is one of only 23 retrievers in the country to have passed six Master National tests.

Bill Teague, President of the MNRC Foundation, presented the award at the monthly  meeting of Bob’s home club, the Waterloo Amateur Retriever Club in Austin, Texas. Bob was cited for  his dedication, commitment and support of the AKC Retriever Hunting Test program as well as his expertise as a handler. Bob & his wife, Nancy, live in Lexington, Texas.  MNRCF Director, Jack Morris, and Bill Teague represented the Foundation board at the presentation. Other members of the MNRCF board are Gloria Mundell (Colorado), Jimmy Hughes (Alabama) and Kevin Bunnell (Oregon).

Both awards consist of the recipient’s name placed on a perpetual plaque, an individual plaque and a check for $1,000.  Presentation to youth handler Mary Emma Simon in Monticello will be made at a later date.

The presentation to Bob Neipert was held on February 1, at Tres Amigos Restaurant & Cantina, in Austin. The presentation of both awards will be recreated at the Master National Retriever Club’s annual business meeting in Roseburg, Oregon, October 18, 2018.

Mary Emma Simon successfully met the criteria for the first “Handler of the Year, 13-17 year old” category and becomes the first youth in that category to earn the Award since the award was implemented in 2015. Mary Emma, who lives with her parents, Tim and Sylvia and her younger brother, Pete,  in Monticello, Arkansas, got her first Labrador retriever, (Cherokee Jenny’s Pistol Sadie Simon MH, call name ‘Sadie’) when she was 13 years old and Sadie was six weeks old.

She read all the books on retrievers she could find and found a professional trainer, Ronnie Lee, Duck Roost Kennels in Louisville, Mississippi, whom she credits with much of her success. She learned how to train Sadie to find downed birds the dog saw fall, birds she did not see fall, trainability, obedience and much more. She handled Sadie to American Kennel Club (AKC) titles as a Junior Hunter, Senior Hunter and Master Hunter.

She qualified Sadie to enter the 2017 Master National in Tennessee Colony, Texas October 11-22; Sadie was in Flight A, dog 104. Although Sadie did not pass all six series at the MN, Mary Emma handled the dog well, knew all the American Kennel Club Regulations for the hunting test and exhibited outstanding sportsmanship.

However, Mary Emma says it almost didn’t happen. Her mother was diagnosed with cancer in January 2017 and when she learned the news, she was devastated. She ran to get Sadie, took her to her room and covered up in her bed and cried. She credits her family and Ronnie Lee for supporting her, getting her back into training and eventually getting to the MN. The presentation will be recreated at the 2018 MN event in Oregon this coming October. Mary Emma was nominated by her mother, Sylvia Simon.

The Foundation congratulates these two, fine recipients of the 2017 awards and encourages nominations of qualified handlers for the 2018 event in Oregon; nominations must be received within 30 days of the completion of the event.

The Foundation 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’. No submissions were received for the 8-12 year old category this year.

For further info on the awards, contact Bill Teague at or 713-252-3918 or 734 CR 630, Nacogdoches, Texas 75964.

Youth Handler & Handler of Year Award Requirements

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New Qualifiers for 2018 Master National

As of January 14,  there are now 134 retrievers qualified to enter the 2018 Master National on October 18-28, in Roseburg, Oregon.  Hope to see you there.

To view a current list of qualifiers:  Click Here


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AKC Hunt Tests: It’s A Labs World

We thought you might be interested in seeing some numbers so far from  the 2018 Master National Qualifying Year.

Beginning August 1, 2017 through December 31st there have been a total of 3,909 Master passes (data represents Master National Retriever Clubs only).  Here is a rank order of passes by AKC Breeds.

Topping the list, of course, are:  Labrador Retrievers with 3,234 passes with 83% of the total Master passes.  Next up:

Golden Retrievers with  466 Master passes.

Chesapeake Bay Retrievers with 76

Flat-Coated Retrievers with 37

Standard Poodles with 21

Curly-Coated Retrievers with 6

Boykin Spaniels with 6

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers with

Irish Water Spaniel with 3

** Complied from the American Kennel Club Retriever Hunt Test results

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Congratulations to the 2017 MNH Retrievers

Congratulations to the owners, handlers and retrievers who are first-time Master National Hunter titled dogs from Texas. These dogs have passed three Master National events!
For a complete list of all MNH retrievers, Click Here

Dog Name Owner
Aragon’s Rio De Fe MH F Aragon/S Aragon
Ayers Gunnery Sargent MH Bryant Wood
Barracuda Brown From Big Mamou Town MH Joe Perron
Bayou-Star Ms Independence MH Jack O’Connor
Big Dude’s Whistleblower MH Russell Young
Catch Me If You Can III MH Deena Driskell
Conecuh River’s Elegant Ella MH Chase Haws
Crispin’s This Is It Finis MH Chris Akin
Cypress Brake’s Tanker MH Bart Vanderhoeven
Dalton’s High Voltage Tigg MH Dalton Lancaster
Elphabas Big Boom Roxy MH Marc & Sharon Gemellaro
Ferguson’s Retirement Bonus MH Sam & Jeannie Ferguson
Field Of Dreams Ollie MH Tyler Patterson
Gooseneck’s Over The Limit ‘Visa’ MH Glenn & Rebecca Rogers
Hi-Top’s Sudden Impact VCD2 BN RE MH50 Carol Young
Ironweed Hi-Bird Rascal MH QA2 Mary Gregg
Jedi Klampett Klar MH Kevin Klar
Jlb Rough’s Roman Goddess MH J Brion/L Brion
Kate’s Crown Jewel MH Michael & Dorothy Ruehman
Kenai’s Yukon King MH J Martin/C Martin
Kings Hudson MH David Rolens
Lone Willow’s Cypress Boo MH Wendell Barton
Luther’s High Grade Black Coal MH David Knott
My Captain Fantastic MH Patrica Jagoda
Northern Belle’s Spicy Delight MH Jon Dayton
Old Oak’s Kid Dynamite Dave MH Chuck Anderson
Rendezvous Sassy Pants MH Carol Davis
Salt Marsh Ceilidh Dancer MH75 Elaine & David Boothman
Seaside’s All American Girl MH Scott Cooper
Sir Samson Shady Oaks MH Wendell Barton & Buddy Vail
Smokin 8-9-8 MH Charles Pugh
Tfk’s Head Man In Charge MH Nunzio Litterio
The Blast’s Fisticuffs MH Dan & Melody Robinson
Tiderunner II MH Wanda Estep
Tnt Explosive Drago Sugar Bars MH M Miller
Vinwoods Tweety Bird MH Kelsi Toth & William Carrington
Wall’s Cash On The Line MH Christopher Wall
Watermark’s Maxwell’s Royal Flush MH Dan Nicole Boettger
Watermark’s River Trace MH Billy Cobb
Will-Do’s Sir William MH Ralph Ardis
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2018 Master National Judges

Master National Retriever Club is pleased to announce that John Kinnard has accepted the invitation to judge at this year’s Master National.  Kinnard will replace Ron Sauls who had a scheduling conflict.  Kinnard will represent Region 4 in Roseburg, Oregon.

Kinnard judged the 2015 Master National in Cheraw, South Carolina. He lives in Ephrata, Washington and  judges regularly in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and Alaska. Thank you John for stepping into the position and we look forward to working with you October 18-28th.

Other judges for the event include:
Region 1:   Megan Baker; Keith Maready and Jim Wonnell
Region 2:  Keith Kiesow and Dave Kress
Region 3:  Mike Akeroyd and Bill Blochowiak and Randy Morton
Region 4:  Michael O’Bannon and John Kinnard

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