2015 Winter Board Meeting

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The Board of Directors meeting was held Feb. 7 & 8, 2015 in Hartsville, South Carolina.  In attendance was MNRC President Sam Ferguson, Past President Janet Wood, Secretary Elaine Goodner, Treasurer Jimmy Hughes, Region 1 VP Jack Combs, Region 1 Director Bob Swift, Region 2 VP Jace Tramontin, Region 2 Director Allen Dillard, Region 3 VP Larry Kimble, Region 3 Director Keith Winch, Region 4 VP Kevin Bunnell and Region 4 Director Randy Frager.

Also present at the meeting were Master National Hunt Test Secretary Frank Barton, Merchandise/Store Manager Pam Bunnell, Corporate Sponsor Liaison Alice Rodriguez and Communications Director Mia DiBenedetto.

The Board was treated to a comprehensive tour of the test grounds and Coker College meeting facilities by Host Club representatives Michelle Love and Laurice Williams and Butch Driggers, H. Cooper Black  Memorial Field Trial Area Manager.

The Board spent the weekend making plans to ensure a terrific event for 2015 as well as other MNRC business.  As most folks know, the 2016 Master National site was selected and will be held at the August A. Busch Conservation Area in Weldon Spring, MO Sept. 29- Oct. 9,  2016.  Congratulations to the Host Club King River Retriever Club!

Also on the agenda was some difficult and heated discussions concerning the complex issues facing the future growth of our sport. The Board reviewed the comments and suggestions put forward by individuals and clubs and are working hard to develop strategies for growth and the immense challenges ahead.

Details on action plans and proposals will be posted as it becomes available.

Many thanks to Board Member Randy Frager for taking such terrific pictures!

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25th Anniversary Master National 2016

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The 2016 Master National will take place in St. Louis, MO. Congratulations to Host Club River King Retriever Club!  Other retriever clubs will become involved in helping River King as plans come together to present an amazing event.

The 25th Anniversary of the Master National will take place 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.

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, 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 Closing Ceremony for the 2016 Master National event.

The Host Hotel has NOT been selected, and many details have not been determined, but the MNRC will let the community know as soon as details are final.  We are told there are over 3,600 rooms available in the hunt test area.

Thanks for your patience and we look forward to working with the River King Retriever Club and all the great folks in St. Louis.

River King Retriever Club on Facebook

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 Retriever Championship event 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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Tommy Fairchild dies

Tommy Lerue Fairchild
July 16, 1951 – January 25, 2015

TommyFThe Master National community has lost a dear friend and supporter.

Tommy Lerue Fairchild, 63, of Estill Springs, MS.  passed away January 25, 2015 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

Tommy died of complications due to his diabetes. He was involved in our hunt tests for many years, and judged the 1998 Master National in Seattle.

A native of Forrest County, MS, he was the son of the late Halbert Lerue and Marie Scruggs Fairchild. Mr. Fairchild was a retired teacher from the Tullahoma City School System.

He was an avid Waterfowl hunter and member of the Middle TN Amateur Retriever Club. He was often described as a “classic curmudgeon” a quality everyone loved about him.

Tommy is survived by one son, Cabot Fairchild of Atlanta, GA; one sister, Jeanna Lofton of Hattiesburg, MS; three nephews and former wife, Gloria Fairchild of Sunnyvale, California.Fairchild_2012MN(2)

The family has requested memorial donations be made to the Bird Dog Foundation or to Vanderbilt Diabetes Center.

We are saddened to hear this news and know we have lost such a valued member of our retriever family.  Our sincere condolences go out to his family.

Read the Eulogy delivered by Tommy’s son, Cabot

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Central Minnesota Retriever Club Advanced Judges’ Seminar

CMRCCongratulations to the Central Minnesota Retriever Club on being the Region 2 recipient of the Master National Retriever Club seminar grant.

Their AKC Retriever Hunt Test Advanced Judges’ Seminar will be held on Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19, 2015 from 8 a.m. until 5  p.m.

Two day seminar with one-half day spent indoors and one and a half-day spent outdoors developing and running tests. Participants will have an opportunity to actually watch and judge or score dogs as they perform. In order to better understand what has been presented in the classroom presentation, the group will critique each dog’s performance in the field after they have run the tests.

The classroom portion of the event will be held at the Best Western PLUS Kelly Inn in St. Cloud.

Best Western Plus Kelly Inn
100 4th Avenue S
Saint Cloud, Minnesota, 56301
Phone: 320/253-0606
www.bestwesternstcloud.com

A special rate for hotel rooms at the Best Western Plus Kelly Inn in St. Cloud has been negotiated for
all seminar participants. Please mention you are attending this seminar when you make your
reservation to receive the special rate. The Best Western Plus Kelly Inn in pet friendly and also has a
bar and Green Mill Restaurant attached for your convenience. The grounds of the Central Minnesota
Retriever Club is located within a ten minute drive of the hotel.

The field experience will be held on the grounds of the Central Minnesota Retriever Club.
Central Minnesota Retriever Club
2232 Golden Spike Road NE
Sauk Rapids, MN 56379

Registration fee $85 includes all seminar materials, continental breakfast and lunch each day.

Register online at Entry Express or
Register by mail:
Gordie Schlichting
24306 County Road #2
Cold Spring, MN 56320
Email hohumsretrievers@aol.com or call 320-248-8532

Registrations required by April 1, 2015

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Waterloo Amateur RC Advanced Judges’ Seminar

waterlooThe Waterloo Amateur Retriever Club will hold a judges seminar on May 16-17, 2015. 

Format:    The two-day seminar includes one-half day spent indoors and one and a half-day spent outdoors developing and running tests.  (Participants will have an opportunity to actually watch and judge or score dogs as they perform.   In order to better understand what has been presented in the classroom presentation, the group will critique each dog’s performance in the field after they have run the tests.)

Start Time:  8:30 a.m. promptly on both days

Location: Saturday, May 16th — classroom work will be held at Redmark Kennels in Lexington, TX followed by fieldwork in Lexington and Manheim.

Cost: $55.00 for 2 day seminar (Coffee & Donuts provided; Onsite lunch for $8.00)

Registration:  Registration form is available via email request at roger_anna.hillhouse@yahoo.com

Directions: To be provided upon Registration.  Located in Lexington, Giddings, Elgin area

This Advanced Seminar will be an exciting and interesting way to bridge the gap between the normal classroom seminar and actual Hunting Test situations. Topics covered will include judge’s duties prior to and for the test, land & water marks and combinations, blinds and other important considerations.

For more information contact:  Roger Hillhouse – email:  Roger_anna.hillhouse@yahoo.com   phone:  (210) 367-3959  Or go to Entry Express and register online:  https://www.entryexpress.net/loggedIn/events.aspx?tab=true&eventTypeName=Seminars

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2015 H. Cooper Black Slideshow

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Take a look at some photos taken in December of  the H. Cooper Black Field Trail and Recreation Area in Cheraw,  South Carolina.

The 2015 Master National will be hosted by The Cooper River, Neuse & Lumber River Retriever Clubs on Oct. 15-25.

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Survey on MNRC Growth Strategies

Dear Master National Handlers and Member Clubs,

DSC_0161The Master National Retriever Club Board of Directors handed out almost a 1,000 copies of the Growth Strategies Survey  at the Master National.

To date we have received only a few back from the membership and handlers. We want to hear from you.  Your comments and input is important to us!

Please take the time before the holidays to submit your opinions and comments on this important issue.  Deadline for submissions is Dec. 31, 2014

The Survey Can Be Found at the END of the Growth Strategies document.   Please send your completed survey to MNRC Secretary:
Elaine Goodner
2817 Duell Ave
Medford, OR
97501

Thanks.  Elaine
elainegoodner1251@gmail.com

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2014 MNRC Hall of Fame & Retiring Dog Videos

HOFThe 2014 Master National Retriever Club Hall of Fame & Retiring Dog videos have been posted online.

Congratulations to the new MNH title holders, three qualifications at Master National events have made you eligible to enter the Master National Retriever Club Hall of Fame.

And Congratulations and Good Luck to all of our wonderful retrievers who have retired from Master National competition this year. Your great work,and handler’s dedication set you apart from the rest! Enjoy your retirement!Retiring

To view both videos go to the Master National Retriever Club website

Click Here to view the 2014 MNRC Hall of Fame video

Click Here to view the 2014 Retiring Dog video

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Notice: Proposals for the 2016 Master National

Notice to all MNRC Members:The Master National Retriever Club

Please be sure your clubs are aware that Proposals for the
2016 Master National
are due by January 15, 2015.

Clubs in Region 2 can submit their proposals to become a host club/clubs to Master National Retriever Club Secretary
Elaine Goodner via email or by post.
(Mailing Address: 2817 Duell Ave., Medford, OR 97501)

There is no formal format you must present, but pictures and explanations of resources are useful.  In addition to the Host Grounds, please include the numbers for the amount of people you can accommodate, numbers of housing units available, and food and banquet facilities.  If you would like to see previously submitted proposals, please contact Elaine Goodner for examples.

Looking forward to a great 2016 event!  Thank you.  Sam Ferguson, MNRC President

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2014 Women Challenge Trophy New Inductees

Missy Lemoi of Garmin

Missy Lemoi of Garmin

Congratulations to the newly qualified Women Challenge Trophy winners from the 2014 event.   This list only reflects new dog/handler combinations.  Some of these women handlers were previously inducted as winners but with a different dog.  Congratulations to all!

CREOLE’S LOUP-GAROU MH MNH Ida Richards
GOODTIME RUBY TUESDAY MH MNH Elaine Goodner
HL TECHNICALLY HE’S ROYAL MH MNH Missy Lemoi
MY GAL SAL MH MNH Kathy Folsom
SUNNYVIEW’S IRONWOOD BECKETT II MH MNH Barbara Martin
YOU GO GIRL MH MNH Diane Green
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