2017 Chase Away K9 Cancer Video Tribute

Thank you to Cera Reusser of Chase Away K9 Cancer for honoring our lost loved ones and K9 cancer survivors in this year’s touching tribute video.

Almost $4,000 was raised to help Chase Away K9 Cancer. A special thanks goes to David Kurt Handmade Knives Carla Lund and Oakcreek Lanyards for their donations to the auction. A thanks also to Mike Collson who did an amazing job as auctioneer along with Terry Elliot and Pam Bunnell for selling Duck Bands.

 

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New Region 4 Director to Serve on MNRC Board

NOTE: Jeff Manuel has been appointed to the MNRC Board of Directors as Director for Region 4 for the current year. Jeff says he looks forward to working with the regional clubs and members as well as the Master National. Here’s a brief bio to introduce him to our membership.

My name is Jeff Manuel. My wife Rhonda and I live and work in Medford, Oregon. Southern Oregon has been a great place to make a home and raise a family. Lots of public lands, waterways, and a diverse environment offer many opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast.

I have been an avid hunter and fisherman all my life, as is true with many of us involved in this sport, it is here that I cut my teeth training dogs. I began with no formal training plan, or even a clue as to what a trained dog was capable of, I only knew what I wanted my dog to do; “fetch that bird”…so I don’t have to go for a swim myself to get it.  With a lot of trial and error I managed to get mostly what I wanted from the dog.

Some things I began to learn for myself were the art of teaching the dog in the simplest ways, and how valuable the bond between handler and dog can be to successful training. In the early 90s, on a hunting weekend on Klamath Lake, I was introduced to a new friend and whole new world of dog training. My new friend; Andy, in addition to hunting with dogs was doing these things called Field Trials and Hunt Tests, and his dogs were amazing.

I was instantly infatuated with the idea of training a dog to be amazing. While I continued to work with dogs over the next several years, our young family and new baby girl took center stage, but I knew this was a thing I wanted to get more involved with…. someday. In 2009 I decided it was someday, I acquired a new dog and began the process of training and making the connections and friends that would ultimately lead me into the seemingly endless obsession that is dog training.

Presently, I am the latest installment of President of the Rogue Valley Retriever Club, an active member of the Umpqua Valley Retriever Club, and attempt to be a good helper at any event I attend.

Along the way I have taken two dogs, Jozie and Iza, to MH title, Jozie to a MN qualifying in 2014, and am currently focused on the next best dog “Draco”, who will be a year old in December.

While I have learned so much, (with much left to learn still) those lessons from the early days; simple teaching and the remarkable bond between a person and a dog, remain true in my training and in my heart. It has been an interesting journey to this point, I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting the many people (and dogs) this sport has introduced me to.

As this next chapter of the journey begins, I am grateful for the opportunity to serve and give back to the sport. I am looking forward to the new challenges and getting to meet and work with the broad group of people that are and support the Master National.

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Meet 2018 President Kevin Bunnell

The 2018 Master National will be held in Roseburg, Oregon on October 18-28 an taking the helm of our ship will be former Region IV Vice President Kevin Bunnell.  We thought you might like to get to know Kevin as he embarks on a journey for the love of the sport. Good Luck Kevin!

I live in Roseburg, Oregon with my wife Pam of 45 years. We have two sons, five granddaughters, and 4 black Labradors. My occupation as a self-employed contractor has given me the freedom to devote a lot of time to this sport.

I have been involved with hunting dogs for about 30 years. It was in the early 90’s that I was introduced to the “hunt test” sport of training and testing. When I was first introduced to this sport, my main objective was to learn
new training techniques to improve the hunting abilities of my dogs. An older gentleman, Bob Klausman, shared his observation that a lot of people start this sport to improve their hunting dogs. However, it wasn’t long before the sport of training and retrieving overtook the sport of hunting. At the time, I heartily disagreed. After twenty five years of training, testing, judging and lots of money … Bob Klausman was so right!!

I have trained and titled 10 Master Hunters. I also had the privilege of judging the 2007 Master National. I am a founding member of the Umpqua Valley Retriever Club, the 2018 Master National Host Club, and have served on the board for many years. My family and friends know that from February to October, judging and running dogs are my obsession, Pam and I are on the road “Doggin It”.

Our social calendar is scheduled around hunt tests, training days, and judging. Hopefully no weddings or funerals are
planned around this time – because I probably won’t be able to attend! My kids have labeled me a “Hunt Test Junky”.

I’ve come to realize that attending the Master National is like a class reunion of sorts. The friendships, comradery and shared successes and failures are what I cherish most. After all, where else can you go and find a whole field of “Hunt Test Junkies”?

It is an honor to serve on the Master National Board of Directors as the president of this organization. It is
my goal to orchestrate a smooth and successful event. Fun and comradery will be the main focus.

Please feel free to contact me through email or phone at any time. I love talking dogs!!

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Slideshow: Closing Ceremony

Thank you to everyone for participating, volunteering and attending the 2017 Master National at BigWoods on the Trinity. We hope you enjoy the rest now and look forward to seeing you October 18-22 in Roseburg, Oregon for our 2018 event.

If you have a Master National picture to share just email us and we will add to the slideshow!  masternational@gmail.com

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Thank you to everyone for participating, volunteering and attending the 2017 Master National at BigWoods on the Trinity. We hope you enjoy the rest now and look forward to seeing you October 18-22 in Roseburg, Oregon for our 2018 event.

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2017 Master National Retiring Dogs

Congratulations to the marvelous retrievers who have retired from Master National Competition in 2017.

Even though this may be the finish of their competition life we hope they will be enjoying many more years of retrieving and hunting and just enjoying life! View our Retiring Video!

This year we also had an great group of retrievers who were inducted into the Master National Hall Of Fame.   View the 2017 Hall of Fame Video below

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2017 Hall of Fame Video

Congratulations to these amazing retrievers! These fabulous canines have qualified at three Master National events and represent our newest inductees into the AKC Master National Hall of Fame. Kudos to the owners, handlers and dogs!

 

This year we also had an great group of retrievers who have retired from Master National competition.  CLICK BELOW to view the 2017 Retiring Dog Video

 

 

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2017 Master National Slideshows

Handler’s Hats

Take a look back at some of the sites of this year’s Master National.

Slideshow:  Test Week

Slideshow: Handler’s and Annual Meeting

Slideshow: Worker’s Party

Slideshow: Opening Banquet

Slideshow: Set Up Week Wednesday

Slideshow: Set Up Week Begins

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Slideshow: Test Week

Thank you to everyone who sent in photos for us to share!

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A Master National First: Drone Video

Dr. Jay Herrington

Thank you to Dr. Jay Herrington for the Drone pictures you have seen of BigWoods throughout the year and for some Drone video that will be used for a Texas PBS show.

The dog you see running at Baby Herrington in this video was shot OUTSIDE the test and will be used as part of the TV show.  NO competition dogs were used. We just wanted to show the audience what our retrievers can do and what a test looked like.

 

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Thank You WHATABURGER

The Master National Retriever Club would like to thank WHATABURGER for their support this year.  WHATABURGER was a new Platinum sponsor , in addition to Garmin.

This great company provided each handler with a free meal (coupon in Handler’s bags) and also provided coffee for us at the Handler’s registration.  In addition a WHATABURGER representative Shelly Lipe actually drove out to each flight to deliver fresh coffee to handlers in the morning.

WHATABURGER and What A Company!  Be sure to visit the Master National Facebook page and let them know how much we appreciate their support!

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