2016 Master National Hotels & RV Parks

25th Anniversary 2016 Master National Greater St. Louis   Sept. 29-Oct. 9
August A. Busch Sr. Memorial CA is located in Weldon Spring, MO

Busch MapHotel Accommodations
***O’Fallon, MO

 

  • Holiday Inn Express    ** Host Hotel
    • 122 rooms
    • Pet friendly/pet fee
    • $ 99/night
  • Staybridge Suites          ** Host Hotel
    • 97 rooms
    • Pet friendly
    • $ 135/night
  • Sleep Inn
    Special Note: There is a new Sleep Inn hotel under construction next to the Staybridge Suites and Holiday Inn Express our MNRC Host Hotels. The tentative open date will be August 1, 2016. They cannot accept any reservations until they are at least 30 days from their opening date. More information will be provided as it becomes available.
  • Hilton Garden Inn
    • 150 rooms
    • Not pet friendly
    • $ 105/night
  • Residence Inn
    • 108 rooms
    • Pet friendly
    • $ 159/night
  • Comfort Inn
    • 71 rooms
    • Pet friendly
    • $ 109/night
  • Super 8
    • 43 rooms
    • Pet friendly
    • $ 58/night

Hotel Accommodations
***St. Peters, MO

  • Drury Inn
    • 135 rooms
    • Pet friendly
    • $ 125/night
  • Country Inn & Suites
    • 63 rooms
    • Not pet friendly
    • $ 92/night
  • Extended Stay America
    • 122 rooms
    • Pet friendly
    • $ 58/night
  • Days Inn
    • 45 rooms
    • Pet friendly
    • $ 55/night

Hotel Accommodations
***St. Charles, MO

  • Hampton Inn
    • 122 rooms
    • Not pet friendly
    • $ 89/night
  • Super 8
    • 43 rooms
    • Not pet friendly
    • $ 59/night
  • Americas Best Value Inn
    • 64 rooms
    • Pet friendly
    • $ 64/night
  • Comfort Inn & Suites
    • 72 rooms
    • Pet friendly
    • $ 154/night
  • Red Roof Inn
    • 108 rooms
    • Pet friendly
    • $ 58/night
  • Fairfield Inn
    • 80 rooms
    • Not pet friendly
    • $ 109/night
  • Best Western Plus
    • 133 rooms
    • Pet Friendly
    • $ 109/night
  • Holiday Inn Express
    • 73 rooms
    • Not pet friendly
    • $ 81/night

Hotel Accommodations
***Wentzville, MO

  • Super 8
    • 43 rooms
    • Not pet friendly
    • $ 58/night
  • Fairfield Inn
    • 80 rooms
    • Not pet friendly
    • $ 109/night
  • Knight Inn
    • 30 rooms
    • Not pet friendly
    • $ 43/night
  • The Regency Hotel
    • 50 rooms
    • Pet friendly
    • $ 60/night
  • Crossroads Heritage
    • 42 rooms
    • Pet friendly
    • $ 50/night
  • Budget Inn
    • 44 rooms
    • Pet friendly
    • $ 45/night

Hotel Accommodations
***Chesterfield, MO

  • Doubletree Hotel
    • 224 rooms
    • Not pet friendly
    • $ 99-$214/night
    • Restaurant, Bar, Starbucks
  • Comfort Inn & Suites
    • 96 rooms
    • pet friendly
    • $ 84/night
    • Complimentary Breakfast
  • Drury Plaza Hotel
    • 274 rooms
    • pet friendly
    • $ 109/night
    • Complimentary Evening Reception & Full Breakfast
  • Hampton Inn
    • 91 rooms
    • pet friendly
    • $ 85/night
    • Complimentary Breakfast
  • Hampton Inn and Suites
    • 120 rooms
    • pet friendly
    • $ 85/night
    • Complimentary Breakfast
  • Hilton Garden Inn
    • 100 rooms
    • Not pet friendly
    • $ 85/night

Hotel Accommodations
***Chesterfield, MO

  • Homewood Suites by Hilton
    • 91 rooms
    • Pet friendly
    • $ 80/night
    • Complimentary full breakfast,
  • Hyatt Place Hotel
    • 145 rooms
    • Pet friendly
    • $ 99/night
    • Complementary Evening Reception & Breakfast
  • Residence Inn by Marriott
    • 104 rooms
    • n/a – pet friendly
    • $ 99/night
    • Complementary Reception & Breakfast Buffet
  • Spring Hill Suites by Marriott
    • 92 rooms
    • n/a – pet friendly
    • $ 95/night
    • Free breakfast

RV Parks & Campgrounds

  • St. Peters, MO
    • Lakeside 370 Park
      • 50 RV full service sites
      • Bath house
    • St. Charles, MO
      • Sundermeier’s RV Park
        • 107 full service RV sites, concrete pads
        • 10 cabins
        • Bath house
      • Wildwood, MO
        • Edmund A. Babler State Park
          • 75 RV sites w/ up to 50 amp service
        • Augusta, MO
          • Klondike Park Camping
            • 10 campsites
            • 31 primitive sites
            • Bath house
          • Eureka, MO
            • KOA Campground
              • 39 RV full service pull-thru sites
              • 30 RV pull-thru sites w/ water & electric only
              • 8 tent/pop-up camper sites w/ water & electric
              • 30 primitive tent camping sites
              • 16 camping cabins
              • 4 deluxe full service cabins
            • Eureka, MO
              • Jellystone Park
                • 24 full service & pull-thru RV sites
                • 37 cottages
                • 22 cabins
                • 20-30 a/c & primitive camp sites
                • Eureka, MO
                  • Local RV and Trailer Rentals
                  • If participants are looking to not stay in a hotel, they have the option of renting a RV or Travel Trailer once they arrive in town
                    • Byerly RV
                      Eureka, MO
                      (636) 938-2000

 

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2015 MNRCF selects Handler of the Year

Suellen Vidrine, Ken Vidrine, Bill Teague, John Blackbird, 3-17-16

Suellen Vidrine, Ken Vidrine, Bill Teague, John Blackbird, 3-17-16

The Master National Retriever Club Foundation is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2015 Handler of the Year Award.

Ken Vidrine successfully met the criteria for the first annual Bill T. Teague Handler of the Year Award and was presented with his plaque and check on March 17, 2016 at the regular meeting of the Lake Charles Retriever Club in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Vidrine was nominated by his son Chad. He was cited for his ability to overcome injuries and knee replacement surgery and continue his training of his dog, Ruby. Ruby earned her Master Hunter title from the American Kennel Club in May of 2014 and then qualified to enter the Master National Retriever Hunting test in Cheraw. Vidrine was noted for his ‘can do’ attitude, his hard work ethics and his love for dogs and the retriever sport. Under his handling abilities, Ruby received her Master National plate signifying she’d successfully qualified at the 2015 MNRHT.

The Foundation also offers two ‘Youth Handler of the Year Awards’; one for 12 year and younger and one for 13-17 year old handlers. No submissions were received for these awards this year.

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

Learn how to nominate a Youth Handler of Handler of the YearClick Here

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New National Retriever Club wins AKC recognition

MARCOn behalf of the Master National Retriever Club, the Board of Directors would like to Congratulate the independent Master Amateur Retriever Club on receiving recognition and approval from the American Kennel Club as the newest National Retriever Club.

The mission of the Master Amateur Retriever Club (MARC) is to promote and protect the breeding, field training, hunting traditions and best interests of all retriever breeds and those breeds qualified to enter American Kennel Club (AKC) Hunt Tests for Retrievers; and, to promote the interests of amateur owners and trainers who respect the history, traditions and integrity of the sport of purebred hunting retrievers.

MARC will conduct an annual Master Amateur Invitational hunt test that will promote the use of retrievers as hunting companions by simulating as nearly as possible the conditions met in a true hunting situation.

For more information on the qualification process and club events, log on to the Master Amateur website at http://www.masteramateur.com/

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2016: New Hall of Fame Qualifiers Video

072B4_Hutch_045_MN12r_proofCalling 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.

This video is created before the 2016 Master National event and will be shown at the Handlers Dinner in St. Louis.  It will also be posted on the Master National web site after the event so you can enjoy it later.

Be sure to fill out the Hall Of Fame form and send along with a picture to the Master National. The form includes the necessary information to add your dog.  Keep in mind; we also need a JPG image 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.

First Time HOF Qualifiers Click Here: Hall Of Fame form

Deadline for submissions is August 15, 2016.
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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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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