Oregon to Host 2018 Master National

umpqua-logoThe Master National Retriever Club Board of Directors is pleased to announce it has selected Roseburg, Oregon as the site for the 2018 Master National event.

And congratulations to the 2018 host club, the Umpqua Valley Retriever Club.

Handlers can look forward to a fabulous event in the magnificent Pacific Northwest.  See you there, October 18-28, 2018.

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Apply to AKC for a MNH Title

Are you new to the Master National Hall of Fame?

Here’s a link to apply to the American Kennel Club for issuance of a Master National Hunter title!

Congratulations and see you in Texas! http://bit.ly/2kIiqbE

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MNRC Welcomes Two New Member Clubs

_MLA6145_W The Master National Retriever Club would like to welcome two new member clubs to the organization.  All tests presented by these clubs will count toward the 2017 Master National Qualifying year. New to the list of clubs this year are:

Central Coast Hunting Retriever Club of California
Facebook: Central Coast HRC

Master Amateur Retriever Club
Facebook: Master Amateur

Congratulations everyone!

 

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Slideshow: Looking Back Master National 2016

As we look forward to 2017 at The Big Woods On The Trinity, here’s a look back to bud-horseGreater St. Louis.  A big Thank You to photographer and Region 4 Director Randy Frager.

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Bill Autrey Named ‘Handler of the Year’

John Blackbird (left), Bill Teague Bill Autrey & Geri Autrey

John Blackbird, Bill Teague Bill & Geri Autrey

Bill Autrey, has been named the 2016 Bill T. Teague Handler of the Year award recipient.

Bill Autrey is the owner and operator of Autrey Kennels in Bentley, Louisiana. A large group of almost 100 representing 16 states in the United States and Canada attended the event held at Autrey’s Kennels. The 2015 recipient of the award, Ken Virdine from Lake Charles, Louisiana was among the attendees.

Guests included owners of retrievers Autrey is or has trained; handlers of dogs that  Autrey has trained, fellow retriever enthusiasts, neighbors, local public officials and many members of Autrey’s family, including his wife Geri and daughter, Polly Smithye.

For full details on the presentation, please see contact information below. The Foundation Awards program includes awards to both adult and youth handlers of retrievers at the Master National Retriever Club’s annual AKC licensed event.

Autry was surrounded by friends & family at the award presentation

Autry was surrounded by friends & family at the award presentation

In 2016, the Master National event was held at the August Busch Conservation Area in Greater St. Louis. September 29-October 9.

No Youth Handlers were nominated in 2016.

MNRCF Board of Directors members attending the event were John Blackbird and Bill Teague.

Autrey was nominated by several retriever enthusiasts, including his daughter, Polly Autrey Smithye from Minnesota. He was cited for his ability to overcome major health obstacles, including cancer of the throat to produce well trained retrievers who excelled at both the local, state and national level. One of his recent treatments included removal of his larynx rendering him unable to talk. While clearly a challenge, he overcame this obstacle by talking to judges & colleagues at tests mostly thru writing on a pad & hand signals.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) approved a special ‘mechanical whistle’ Mr. Autrey used by pushing a button resulting in the whistle being ‘blown’ to handle his dogs.  Mr. Autrey is a very competent dog trainer that has resulted in numerous AKC Master Hunter titles and successful qualifications of dogs at the Master National Retriever Club events.

He is an inspiration to many, a mentor to both young and more seasoned trainers & handlers and is a wonderful asset to the retriever sport. Of the  820 retrievers entered in the 2016 Master National event, only about 275 qualified and Autrey had several dogs qualify. After his selection as Handler of the Year, it was learned the cancer has returned in his tongue and he’s currently taking radiation treatments.

A recreation of the award presentation will be scheduled at the 2017 MNRC’s annual business meeting at the 26th annual event to be held at the Big Woods on the Trinity outside Palestine, Texas, October 12-22, 2017.

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

Additional Foundation board members are:

Gloria Mundell, Colorado
John Blackbird, Minnesota
Larry Kimble, MNRC President 2017
Jimmy Hughes, Treasurer, Treasurer
Bill Teague, Texas, President

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2017 Master National Site Wins Texas Conservation Award

Check out this video showing portions of our 2017 Master National site. Some great shots of our amazing grounds!

The Leopold Conservation Award winner for the Texas Parks and Wildlife 2015 Lone Star Land Steward awards is The BigWoods on the Trinity, Anderson County, Texas, managed by Dr. Robert McFarlane.

Dr. Robert McFarlane of Big Woods on the Trinity and Marc Mitchell Exec. Director, Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Robert McFarlane of Big Woods on the Trinity and Mark Mitchell Exec. Director, Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce

Dr. McFarlane has worked hard to show that you can manage East Texas bottomland hardwoods as a business and for wildlife conservation.

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2017: Master National Retiring Dog Video

Borderline's Miss Liberty MNH5

Borderline’s Miss Liberty MNH5

If your dog has been a participant of the Master National event and he is retiring from Master National competition, we would like to include him in our Master National Retiring Dogs video.

This video is created before the 2017 Master National event and will be shown at the Handlers Dinner in Texas. The event is scheduled for Oct. 13-22, 2017.  The retiring video will also be posted on the Master National web site after the event so you can enjoy it later.

Please complete the Retiring Dog Form and enclose a JPG image with your application.

Click Here to Download the Retiring Dog Form

Deadline for submissions is August 15, 2017.

You will email the form and the jpg image to: masternational@gmail.com

*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.

Click Here to see the previous Hall Of Fame and Retiring Videos

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2017: New Hall of Fame Qualifiers Video

hofformCalling 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 for next year.

This video is created before the 2017 Master National event and will be shown at the Handlers Dinner in Texas. It will also be posted on the Master National web site after the event so you can enjoy it later.

Here’s what you need to do to be included.  Fill out the Hall Of Fame form and send along with a picture of your dog to the Master National. The form includes the necessary information we need to include your dog. Keep in mind; we also need a JPG image sent along 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, 2017.

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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2017 Master National Site & Judges

Congratulations to our judges for 2017.  Larry Kimble 2017 MNRC President announced at the Annual Meeting the 2017 Master National event will be hosted by Dr. Robert McFarlane and the East Texas Black Gumbo Retriever Club.  The site of the 2017 event is BigWoods on the Trinity located in Tennessee Colony,  Texas.  See you there October 14-22.

Region 1: Jack Belicka, Roger Everette and Laurice Williams

Region2:  Blake Lemish, Jimmy Olszewski and Helen Romain

Region 3: Lara Foster, Gary Kavan and Dale Langhorne

Region 4: Wendy Rowan, Steve Souder and Janet Wood

Dr. Robert McFarlane of Big Woods on the Trinity and Mark Mitchell Exec. Director, Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Robert McFarlane of Big Woods on the Trinity and Mark Mitchell Exec. Director, Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce attended this year’s event to see how things run.

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Master National Retriever Club Foundation

Master National Retriever Club Foundation (MNRCF, Foundation) Report on status of Foundation to MNRC Delegates & Members, September 30, 2016, Purina Event Center, St. Louis, Missouri

As reported last year at this meeting, the establishment of the Foundation that functions as a totally separate, IRS 501 (c) (3) organization from the MNRC was approved by the MNRC board July 7, 2013 and chartered in the state of Tennessee, December 20, 2013. Its EIN is 46-3114401. The purpose of the Foundation is primarily, but not exclusively, to support the programs and projects of the MNRC. The Foundation received its Determination Letter from IRS stating the Foundation was granted a 501 (c) (3) code designation on September 17, 2014 in record time thru a newly approved IRS “online” application process. As such, the Foundation can receive Charitable Contributions and the donor can receive all the benefits allowed by that IRS Code. The MNRC is an IRS Code 501 (c) (7) and contributions to it are not a Charitable Contribution.

The first “Handler of the Year” Award was presented to Ken Vidrine .

“Handler of the Year” Award was presented by Bill Teague to Ken Vidrine .

Since the last report to this body, October 16, 2015, in Cheraw, South Carolina, the Foundation has rapidly implemented organizational efforts which are continuing but have become operational under the Code determination. The Foundation has approved Bylaws, Conflict of Interest Policy, Gift Policy, and other organizational efforts.

The establishment of the Foundation was suggested by an active supporter of the annual Retriever Hunting Test by MNRC who wishes to remain anonymous. No, it wasn’t me or any other member of the board; wish I’d thought of it and had funds to give. This donor has provided a generous contribution that has enabled the Foundation to become effective quickly and we are deeply indebted to them. Many people ‘talk’ a lot about providing this type of support, this individuals’ actions speak louder than words. While the donor’s gift was originally restricted to Awards, you’ll hear about a little later in this report, they have generously agreed to allow some of the contribution to cover establishment costs and some grants you’ll also hear about later in this report. I think it’s appropriate to acknowledge this anonymous support with an enthusiastic & appreciative round of applause! We would encourage each of you to consider making a contribution to the Foundation; I know the original, anonymous donor would encourage you to do that. It’s easy, just make a check payable to MNRCF and provide to me or any MNRCF board member.

The Foundation “hit” the ground running and has responded favorably to several MNRC requests for financial support and the Foundation has provided almost $2,000 to support AKC Advanced Judges’ Seminars hosted by MNRC member Retriever Clubs. If your club is interested in receiving this type support, the request should come thru the MNRC.

Last year the Foundation announced they had approved supporting three, new Awards developed by the Foundation and suggested by the original donor. The Foundation has carefully followed the donor’s request. Hard copies of the details of each of the three awards are available at the check in table and this info was shared with other organizations for publication in their venues!

The Awards are:

  • Youth Handler of the Year Awards: There are two, separate Awards that represent handlers aged 12 & under and 13-17. Details on the Awards, including criteria reviewed, are available at the check in table. Nominees for this Award must be received by the Foundation within 30 days of the conclusion of this event. Each Award consists of a plaque and a check for $1,000.

This next award is personally embarrassing but very humbling and is in complete compliance with the donor’s request.

  • Bill T. Teague Handler of the Year Award: Details on this Award are also available at the check in table. Nominees must be received by the Foundation within 30 days of the completion of this event. This Award also consists of a plaque and a check for $1,000.

In addition to the individual plaques received for each award, there is a “Perpetual Plaque” for each award that displays the individual’s name and year of the award; the “Handler of the Year” plaque is on display here.

No nominations for the “Youth Handler of the Year Awards” were received last year; we hope to receive some this year. However, the Foundation board is exploring ways to financially assist youth handlers at weekend tests. The AKC regulations include an option for the club conducting the test to reduce, or eliminate, an entry fee for youth handlers and some clubs are offering seminars to youth without charge. If you have ideas on how these youth handlers could be supported at weekend tests, please let any of the board members know, we’d love to hear from you.

The first “Handler of the Year” Award was presented to Ken Vidrine on March 17 of this year at the monthly meeting of his home club, the Lake Charles Retriever Club in Lake Charles, Louisiana by Foundation board members John Blackbird & Bill Teague. Ken was nominated by his son, Chad and cited for his perseverance in overcoming physical ailments, his dedication to the sport, his success at the MNRHT and his ‘can do’ attitude among other things. Ken handled his black Labrador Ruby to a pewter plate at the 2015 Master National in South Carolina. Ruby only handled on one mark throughout the five series of the event which is a great showing in itself, but it’s the obstacles they overcame in order to get there that make it remarkable. The road to the Master National wasn’t easy for Ken and Ruby; Ken had injuries and knee replacement surgery but they still managed to participate and earn qualifying scores in 15 consecutive events throughout 2014 and 2015. He handled Ruby to her Master Hunter title at 2 years old & qualified for the Master National both years. We are pleased to recreate the presentation today and would you help me welcome and congratulate the 2015 “Bill Teague Handler of the Year”, Mr. Ken Vidrine from Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Presentation of the Award to Ken:

We commend the MNRC for authorizing the establishment of this totally separately functional organization and the anonymous donor who conceived the idea of establishing the Foundation and the concept of the Awards. We hope you’ll make a charitable contribution to the Foundation while you’re here.

We also commend members of the Foundation’s board of directors for their dedication, expertise and strong support; it’s clearly exciting but very challenging to get such an organization established and functional & each member of the board had done an exemplary job!

The members of the Foundation board are, and I ask each of you to stand when you are recognized and remain standing until all are introduced.

  • Jimmy Hughes, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Gloria Mundell, Director
  • John Blackbird, Director
  • Jace Tramontin, Ex-Officio Director (bylaws are designed to include each MNRC President for their term in an attempt to insure close coordination & effective communications of the Foundation’s activity to the MNRC board)
  • Bill Teague, President

President Jace, thank you again for allowing us to give this report & Ken congratulations on your well-deserved award. If there are any questions, we’ll address them at the next break or after this meeting.

Good luck with your dogs and have a safe trip home. Many thanks!

September 30, 2016

BTT

 

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