2016 Master National Ceremonies to be held at Purina Farms

The Dardenne Retriever Club announced that the 2016 Master National Opening and Closing Ceremonies will be held at Purina Farms in Gray Summit, Missouri.

The activities will take place at the Purina Event Center and the Main Show Field. PurinaCenter PurinatentWe are excited for the opportunity that is available to use Purina Farms for this national event and look forward to working with Purina, one of our premiere sponsors for the Master National event.

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MNRC names new Corporate Sponsor Liasions

The Master National Retriever Club is pleased to announce the appointment of two new leaders for the Corporate Sponsor Program.  Appointments include Michelle Love from the Carolinas and Rex Gibson from Katy, Texas.

Michelle LoveMichelle and Rex have accepted the responsibilities for leading the MNRC Corporate Sponsor Program for the next four years. Michelle and Rex have both been actively involved with the Master National Retriever Club for a number of years.

Their contact information is as follows:

Michelle Love 
803-463-1313
michellelove2000@yahoo.com  and

Rex Gibson
713-417-1245Rex Gibson
rex.gibson@comcast.net

Please welcome Michelle and Rex to the Board!

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Host Club Announced for 2016 Master National

August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area

August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area

The Dardenne Retriever Club will be the host club of the 25th Anniversary Master National event to be held in St. Louis, MO at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area on September 29 – October 9, 2016.

The Busch Conservation Area represents almost 7,000 acre conservation area that is owned and managed by the Missouri Department of Conservation.

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The property is located in Weldon Spring, MO, which is an extended suburb of St. Louis. The terrain includes hills, valleys, flats, tree lines, crop fields, clover, prairie grass and fescue fields. Bodies of water include features consisting of islands, points and various shaped shorelines. Other features include old gravel service roads, casting mounds, cover strips, swales and waterways.

In addition Purina Farms, as part of the Nestle Purina PetCare Company, in 2010 opened an 84,000 sq. ft., multi-million dollar event venue specifically to host shows and trials for canine enthusiasts. This facility complex will be host to the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the 2016 Master National event.

We look forward to working with the Dardenne Retriever Club and all the great folks in St. Louis.

The Host Hotel and MNRC headquarters will be the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, O’Fallon, MO. We are told there are over 3,600 rooms available in the hunt test area.

Dardenne Club History

After many discussions over the last year about forming a new retriever club in the St. Louis area because the need and opportunity was present, the four founding members, of what is now known as the Dardenne Retriever Club, held a formal organizational meeting early into 2015.

The founding members each have a long history of experience and involvement in field trials, hunt tests, obedience, agility, training, breeding and judging.  As such they saw the need in the St. Louis area for a new all-breed AKC club that would serve a void in hosting AKC licensed field events and related activities.   The DRC has plans to hold an AKC hunt test in the spring of 2016.

Also, the founding members of DRC were instrumental in developing and submitting the original host club proposal for the 2016 Master National.  After being chosen by the Master National Retriever Club, Inc. with the winning proposal, all of the local organizing and preparations have been completed by these same individuals over the last year.  Although, the club name may have changed the individuals involved remain the same.

The name Dardenne has historical and geographical significance both locally and regionally.  The Dardenne Creek drains a 165-square-mile watershed in St. Charles County, Missouri, and flows northeast to the Mississippi River.  The Dardenne Creek also flows through and bi-sects the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area.

The Dardenne Prairie was originally a prairie region which began in the area near St. Peters, Missouri and extended north of Dardenne Creek.  The name was borrowed from the Dardenne family, early pioneers in the Mississippi Valley.

The first known retriever field event in Missouri was held in 1938 on private ground of the Dardenne Club, a famed and historic duck club where the Dardenne Creek meets the Mississippi River. This club dates back to the 1800’s.

More about the August A. Busch Conservation Area:

In 1947, Mrs. August A. (Alice) Busch Sr., donated monies to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) to purchase the land from the U.S. government as a memorial to her late husband. During the early 1940’s portions of the area were used by the Weldon Spring Ordnance Works and the Department of the Army for the production of TNT and DNT to support the effort of World War II. There are 100 old bunkers formerly used for the storage of TNT still in the area.

The Busch family (Anheuser-Busch Corporation) has a long history of being avid sportsman and conservationists. It should come as no surprise that they would continue that with their generosity and contributions. Also noted, August A. Busch Jr. was a Missouri Department of Conservation commissioner serving in 1964-65.

In addition, the Busch Conservation Area is nearly 7,000 acres with approximately 600 acres of water available. The area is labeled as a multi-use area and offers the public an array of outdoor activities including many managed hunts, educational events, fishing, hiking, bird watching, nature walks and use of state-of-the-art archery and shooting ranges.

The first national field event (National Retriever Championship) was held at Busch in 1950. Since that first national event the Busch Conservation area has held more national retriever events than any other grounds, public or private, in the North America. It also continues to hold a multitude of local sporting dog events each spring and fall including beagle braces, retriever field trials, retriever hunt tests, breed specialty field events and NAVHDA events.

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Slideshow: Master National 2015

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Thank you to Master National Board Member Randy Frager who shared some of his wonderful photos.  Enjoy!

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Thank you to Master National Board Member Randy Frager who shared some of his wonderful photos.  Enjoy

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2015 Proposal for By Law Change on Judging Selection

Here is the Club by Club vote on the proposal to make a By Law Change on Judging Selection. 107 votes were cast. 71 votes are needed for 2/3 majority. 53 YES votes were cast and 53 NO votes were cast with 1 Abstention. The proposal failed.

To view a complete tally of how each Master National Club voted:  Click Here

If  you have corrections or questions about the vote, please email Secretary Elaine Goodner

 

 

 

 

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Master National Shout-Out

A Big Shout Out to Event Co-Chairs Laurice Williams & Michelle Love

A Big Shout Out to Event Co-Chairs Laurice Williams & Michelle Love

A big thank you to the 2015 Master National Host Club Co-Chairs Michelle Love and Laurice Williams for their outstanding dedication and work on this year’s event.

Michelle and Laurice along with so many volunteers from Cooper River, Lumber River and Neuse Retriever Clubs worked for an entire year to put this event together. Everyone should take great pride in how well the largest AKC  Performance event ever was executed and staged.

We appreciate and applaud your efforts! Kudos to all.

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New Master National Retiring Pin

2015 Retiring Dig Pin

2015 Retiring Dog Pin

The Board of Directors has instituted a new Retiring Dog Pin.  Designed by John Gerbino,  the pin is given to the owner of a retriever who is officially retired from Master National competition.

Owners wishing to receive a pin for a dog retired prior to 2015, can request a Retiring Dog Pin from MNRC Secretary Elaine Goodner. Please send your dog’s name, the year he retired, a self-addressed envelope along with $5.00 to:  Elaine Goodner, 2817 Duell Avenue, Medford, Oregon 97501. Continue reading

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2015 Master National Retriever License Plates

20151020_115201Take a look at some of the great license plates seen at the 2015 Master National.  There are so many ways to say ‘retriever’–  and they are all good!  Enjoy

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2015 Master National Hall of Fame Video

Our sincere thanks to Video Editor Gina Bollotta and her assistant Jeannie Ferguson for the spectacular job on the 2015 Master National Hall of Fame and Retiring Dog videos. Thank you ladies, you did a super job!

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2015 Retiring Dogs Video

Our sincere thanks to Video Editor Gina Bollotta and her assistant Jeannie Ferguson for the spectacular job on the 2015 Master National Hall of Fame and Retiring Dog videos. Thank you ladies, you did a super job!

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