AKC Outlines Four Changes to Hunt Test Regulations

AKC

In an email dated May 16,2016 the American Kennel Club notified all Clubs sanctioned to hold Hunting Retriever Tests, of four changes to the Retriever Hunting Test Regulations.

Performance Events Department
May 16, 2016
NOTE: TIME SENSITIVE INFORMATION

To:  All Clubs Licensed to Hold Retriever Hunting Tests

This communication is to inform your club that there have been four changes to the Retriever Hunting Test Regulations. (1) The event opening time will be determined by the time zone where the event is being held. (2) The event opening date will be moved earlier by one day so all events open to the public on Wednesday evening. (3) Clubs will be allowed, at their option, to hold Master level-only tests at their fifth and sixth events of the year provided the club has offered each of the test levels at least once at their first four hunting tests offered in the year. (4) Clubs will be required to use fresh-killed birds in their hunting tests.

The new Regulations are as follows: (1) & (2) Chapter 1, Section 3. Making Application – Paragraph # 14 Clubs that limit the number of entries in the Master Hunter Test must advertise an opening date for its hunting test. In order for there to be transparency for all participants, the opening date for public entries shall be the Wednesday closest to three weeks prior to the first date of the event.

The opening time shall be 8:00 pm in the time zone where the event is being held. The entries reserved for worker’s dogs shall open on Tuesday. These two changes become effective for any events that have an opening date after July 1, 2016. (3) Chapter 1, Section 3. Making Application – Paragraph # 5 A local club is permitted to hold up to six licensed or member club events per calendar year.

At the club’s option, their 5th and 6th events of the year are allowed to be Master level only tests provided the club has offered each of the test levels at least once at the first four hunting tests it offered in the calendar year. Clubs may start to apply immediately for their 5th – 6th Master level only test(s). (4) Chapter 3, Section 2. Game – Paragraph #2 A minimum of two live birds per entry must be made available for the use at the discretion of the Judges in all test levels.

Only birds shot as flyers during the event or euthanized within 24 hours of the event start time as stated in the premium may be used at an event. This change becomes effective for events held on or after July 1, 2016.

This e-mail has been sent to the President and Secretary of all clubs licensed to hold Retriever Hunting Tests. You are encouraged to forward this information to any one that might be interested. General comments can be e-mailed to the AKC at huntingtests@AKC.org

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Change in MNRC Event Qualifier Tracking

IMG_0972 copyThe Board of Directors of the Master National Retriever Club voted on May 11, 2016 to track qualifiers for the 2016 and future events within the framework of the MNRC organization.

This change follows a 14- month review of past processes and future possibilities of moving the tracking of qualifiers in house. In preparation of a possible change, MNRC member clubs were asked last August to start sending marked event catalogs to the MNRC.

The MNRC will secure data from the American Kennel Club which is the only official record keeper of event qualifications. This data will be combined with the MNRC’s extensive historical data to create the qualifier list for official publication, invitation list for mailing of congratulatory invitations, and email list for entrant contact.

Future uses of the data will be explored for value opportunities to the AKC Hunting Test community. The MNRC Board believes that the practice of securing data from AKC is a sustainable method of accessing important event qualifications.

MNRC Member Clubs are reminded to send a marked event catalog to:
Frank Barton, MNRC Event Secretary
c/o Barton Powersports 1901 S. Service Rd.
West Memphis, AR 72301

Please contact your Club’s MNRC Regional Director or Regional Vice-President if you have any questions.   The contact information for MNRC Board Members can be found on the Master National website.

To view a current list of 2016 Master National Qualifiers:  Click Here

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Event Update: Permits for Shooting Live Birds

AQ9P4885According to information provided by our Host Club Dardenne Retriever Club, permits are required for shooting live birds.  Anyone interested can contact the Missouri Department of Conservation for permit applications and further details.

The Missouri Department of Conservation is located in Jefferson City, MO. Phone: (573) 751-4115. Or via email at this website:  http://mdc.mo.gov/about-us/how-contact-us

Special Note:  Master National Event gunners do not need a permit. The event permit covers the gunners. This applies only to those shooting live birds in training outside the event.

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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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Attention Member Clubs & Delegates: Proposed By-Laws Change

DSC_0034All Master National Retriever Club Contacts and Delegates should have received two documents along with a ballot regarding  proposed by-laws change for 2016.

Please review these proposed by law changes with your membership and return the ballot by mail or email to Secretary Elaine Goodner.  If your club has not received any of the three documents, contact Elaine immediately.

Document 1
201603 AMMENDMENT PROPOSAL TO MNRC BY-LAWS

Document 2
Recommendation AGAINST the 50%+1-JT

Email questions to: elainegoodner1251@gmail.com

Or by mail to:  Elaine Goodner
2817 Duell Ave.
Medford, OR 97501

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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 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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