MNRC Foundation Report

Report on status of Foundation to MNRC Delegates & Members,
October 18, 2019. Cheraw, South Carolina

As previously reported, 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.

Since the last report to this body, October 19, 2018, Roseburg, Oregon, the Foundation has completed nearly all organizational efforts and is fully 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 individual’s 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.

In 2015, 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 8-12 y/o and 13-17 y/o. 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. No nominations for either award were received this year.

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.

The “Humanitarian Sportsman Recognition” (Recognition) was established by the Foundation in February 2019 to recognize individuals or groups within the Retriever Hunting Test (RHT) Sport that participate in the Master National Retriever Hunting Test program and provide humanitarian services to either those in the sport or outside the sport. The Recognition may not be given every year.  This Recognition is designed to recognize members of the RHT sport for their humanitarian services and raise the awareness of the positive impact on individuals, groups and communities that members of the RHT provide. While it is expected members of the RHT sport will provide some humanitarian services, this Recognition is to recognize those who go ‘above and beyond the call’ to provide that service. Candidates for this Recognition must meet the tenets of the AKC Code of Sportsmanship and Master National Retriever Clubs’ Code of Ethics. This award consists of a personal plaque, name on a perpetual plaque & presentation of the plaques at the first Master National Retriever Club’s annual event following their selection. Nominations for the recognition will be received within 30 days after the close of this event and criteria for the recognition is available at the delegate’s check-in table.

The Foundation board is exploring ways to financially assist youth handlers at weekend tests as well. The AKC regulations currently 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. The Foundation has begun a feasibility study to determine how it might assist youth handlers at weekend events to encourage new entries in the sport. 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. For example, the Wisconsin Amateur Field Trail Club has produced two, youth, seminars and the Foundation has financially supported both of them.

The 2015  (the first) “Handler of the Year” Award was presented to Ken Vidrine on March 17, 2016 at the monthly meeting of his home club, the Lake Charles Retriever Club in Lake Charles, Louisiana.  The “2016, Handler of the Year Award” was presented to Bill Autrey at his kennels outside Bentley, Louisiana on January 17, 2017 & the 2017 Handler of the Year award was presented to Bob Neipert, Lexington, Texas in February, 2018 at the monthly meeting of the Waterloo Amateur Retriever Club.

Professional Handler Lyle Steinman (left) receives the Bill T. Teague “Handler of the Year Award” from Foundation President Bill Teague.

The 2018 Bill T. Teague Handler of the Year Award was earned by Lyle Steinman. Mr. Steinman summers in Gower, Missouri and spends the winter in Natchez, MS. Owner and operator of Castile Creek Kennels; LLC in Stewartsville, Missouri, Lyle has accumulated an impressive success record in American Kennel Club retriever hunting tests and the Master National Retriever Hunting Test programs. He has qualified 198 dogs at the MNRHT; 31 dogs he’s handled have earned the MNRC’s ‘Hall of Fame’ honor & AKC title of MNH (Master National Hunter) earned by having passed three MNRHT’s; and he and his team have earned more than 3,000 AKC Master Test passes and titled 166 dogs with the MH (Master Hunter) title from AKC. He’s a charter member of the MNRC and strong supporter of the Retriever Hunting Test Sport. Congratulations, Lyle and please come up. Lyle is capably assisted by his wife, Stephanie & the award was presented to Lyle in July at his kennels.

We commend the MNRC for authorizing the establishment of this totally separate 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 and send your nominations for this year’s awardees.

In September 2018, the Foundation Board of Directors approved a gift of $2,500 to the AKC Canine Health Foundation. Since this was a ‘1st time gift’ from the Foundation, the Canine Foundation matched the gift so $5,000 was added to the Foundation. The Foundation asked the MNRC to consider giving the same amount to the Canine Foundation and raising awareness of the Canine Foundation at the MNRC event.

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 has done an exemplary job!

The members of the Foundation board are:

  • Jimmy Hughes, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Gloria Mundell, Director
  • Jack Morris, Director
  • Jack Combs, 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 Jack, thank you again for allowing us to give this report & Lyle, congratulations on your well-deserved award.

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

October 18, 2019
Cheraw, South Carolina
BTT

 

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2018 Hall of Fame and 2019 Retiring Dog Videos

Congratulations to these amazing retrievers! These fabulous canines have qualified at three Master National events in 2018 and represent our newest inductees into the AKC Master National Hall of Fame. Kudos to the owners, handlers and dogs!

And Congratulations to the marvelous retrievers who Retired from Master National Competition in 2019.  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!

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Last Call: Entries for Youth, Handler of Year, Humanitarian Awards

Entries for the Master National Retriever Club Foundation awards will soon close.  Please take a few minutes to review the requirements for A Youth Handler, Handler of the Year, and Humanitarian Award and nominate someone you know for these prestigious awards.

“Youth Handler of the Year Award” Policy

The “Youth Handler of the Year Awards” were established by the Foundation in 2015 at the suggestion of an active supporter of the annual Retriever Hunting Test conducted by the Master National Retriever Club under the current American Kennel Club (AKC) regulations and guidelines. The support is in memory of beloved Master National Retriever Hunting Test (MNRHT) dogs lost, in honor of dogs competing in MNRHT and in the prospects of upcoming pups for future MNRHT events, as well as in memory and honor of all handlers who have sacrificed so much to experience such an awesome event and in unending support of those still to come. Our future lies not only with future retriever breeding’s that compete at the highest level of our sport, but also in the hearts and abilities of future handlers that share in the love and sportsmanship of MNRHT’s.

Bill Teague (Pres MNRCF) & with Handler Emma Simon

The primary purposes of the Award are to honor and continue to encourage a youth handler in each bracket to step up to the line not only at the weekend AKC tests but also at the MNRHT. There shall be two award categories; a 12 year old and below and a 13-17 year old. The primary purpose of having two categories is to be fair to participants in each age group. Each award consists of a plaque and check in the amount of $1,000.

The recipients shall be selected by the Foundation Board of Directors (Board) who have final authority on the selection of the awardees and whether or not the Awards will be given in a particular year. The Awards may not be awarded each year. In considering potential awardees, the Board shall, among other things consider the following criteria:
1. The age of the handler; must meet above requirements;
2. The handler must handle a dog(s) in all eligible series (any series where the dog is ‘called back’) at the Master National Retriever Club’s annual Retriever Hunting Test;
3. The dog(s) does/do not have to “qualify” (get a plate)at the MNRHT for the handler to be eligible for the award;
4. The handler must have trained, or at least participated in the training of the dog(s) handled;
5. The handler must successfully control the dog from the holding blind to the line at the tests;
6. The handler must exhibit expertise in handling the dog(s) during the tests;
7. The handler must have knowledge of the AKC’s current Regulations and Guidelines applicable to the event;
8. The handler must apply the AKC’s current Regulations and Guidelines applicable to the event;
9. The handler must exhibit an ability to handle the dog(s) to the AKC Standards;
10. The handler must exhibit knowledge of how to properly care for the dog(s); and
11. The handler must exhibit personal & professional conduct at the event.
12. The handler must be in good standing with the MNRC and AKC.
13. A handler of a dog that is owned by any member of the MNRC or MNRCF board of directors or their family is ineligible for this award.
14. A handler of a dog shall not ‘campaign’ for the award.

To nominate an individual for the awards, submit a legible, written description of how/why the individual meets the above criteria and why they should receive the award. The submission must include all necessary contact information for the submitter and the name and age of the candidate. Hard copies or e-mail copies will be accepted and must be received within 30 days of the completion of the MNRHT in which they participated. Hard copies must be mailed to MNRCF, 734 CR 630, Nacogdoches, Texas 75964. E-mails sent to ta9@hughes.net.

For further information, contact Bill Teague at ta9@hughes.net or 713-252-3918, Central time.

“Bill T. Teague Handler of the Year Award” Policy

The “Bill T. Teague Handler of the Year Award” was established by the

Professional Handler Lyle Steinman (left) receives the Bill T. Teague “Handler of the Year Award” from Foundation President Bill Teague.

Foundation in 2015 at the suggestion of an active supporter of the annual Retriever Hunting Test conducted by the Master National Retriever Club under the current American Kennel Club (AKC) regulations and guidelines. The support is in memory of beloved Master National Retriever Hunting Test (MNRHT) dogs lost, in honor of dogs competing in MNRHT and in the prospects of upcoming pups for future MNRHT events, as well as in memory and honor of all handlers who have sacrificed so much to experience such an awesome event and in unending support of those to come. The award is named after a past MNRC President who has been and is a mentor and friend to many in the sport who exemplifies the spirt and tenets of the AKC Code of Sportsmanship. This award is to recognize and support an adult handler at the annual MNRHT who actively demonstrates the tenets of the AKC Code of Sportsmanship. The award consists of a plaque and check in the amount of $1,000.

The recipient shall be selected by the Foundation Board of Directors who have final authority on the selection of the awardees and whether or not the Award will be given in a particular year. The Award may not be awarded each year. In considering potential awardees, the Board shall, among other things consider the following criteria:
1. The handler must handle a dog(s) in all eligible series at the Master National Retriever Club’s annual Retriever Hunting Test;
2. The dog(s) does/do not have to “qualify” (get a plate)at the MNRHT for the handler to be eligible for the award;
3. The handler must have trained, or at least participated in the training of the dog(s) handled;
4. The handler must successfully control the dog from the holding blind to the line at the tests;
5. The handler must exhibit expertise in handling the dog(s) during the tests;
6. The handler must have knowledge of the AKC’s current Regulations and Guidelines applicable to the event;
7. The handler must apply the AKC’s current Regulations and Guidelines applicable to the event;
8. The handler must exhibit an ability to handle the dog(s) to the AKC Standards;
9. The handler must exhibit knowledge of how to properly care for the dog(s); and
10. The handler must exhibit personal & professional conduct at the event.
11. The handler must be in good standing with the MNRC and AKC
12. A handler of a dog that is owned by any member of the MNRC or MNRCF board of directors or their family is ineligible for this award.
13. A handler of a dog shall not ‘campaign’ for the award.

To nominate an individual for the awards, submit a legible, written description of how/why the individual meets the above criteria and why they should receive the award. The submission must include all necessary contact information for the submitter and the name of the candidate. Hard copies or e-mail copies will be accepted and must be received within 30 days of the completion of the MNRHT in which they participated. Hard copies must be mailed to MNRCF, 734 CR 630, Nacogdoches, Texas 75964. E-mails sent to ta9@hughes.net. For further information, contact Bill Teague at ta9@hughes.net or 713-252-3918, Central time.

“Humanitarian Sportsman Recognition” Policy

The “Humanitarian Sportsman Recognition” was established by the Foundation in February 2019 to recognize individuals or groups within the Retriever Hunting Test (RHT) Sport that participate in the Master National Retriever Hunting Test program and provide humanitarian services to either those in the sport or outside the sport. The Recognition may not be given every year. This Recognition is designed to recognize members of the RHT sport for their humanitarian services and raise the awareness of the positive impact on individuals, groups and communities that members of the RHT provide. While it is expected members of the RHT sport will provide some humanitarian services, this Recognition is to recognize those who go ‘above and beyond the call’ to provide that service. Candidates for this Recognition must meet the tenets of the AKC Code of Sportsmanship and Master National Retriever Clubs’ Code of Ethics. This award consists of a personal plaque, name on a perpetual plaque & presentation of the plaques either at the recipient’s home and/or the first Master National Retriever Club’s annual event following their selection.

The recipient shall be selected by the Foundation Board of Directors who have final authority on the selection of the recipient and whether or not the Award will be given in a particular year. The Recognition may not be awarded each year. In considering potential awardees, the Board shall, among other things consider the following criteria:
1. The candidate must be a retriever enthusiast associated with the Master National Retriever Club’s annual Retriever Hunting Test (MNRHT) within 3 years of the nomination;
2. Handling a dog in the MNRHT is not a requirement;
3. The candidate must have trained, or at least participated in the training of the dog(s) handled in the event;
4. The candidate must have knowledge, and be familiar with, the AKC’s current Regulations and Guidelines applicable to the event;
5. The candidate must apply the AKC’s current Regulations and Guidelines applicable to the event;
6. The candidate must exhibit compliant personal & professional conduct at the event.
7. The candidate must be in good standing with the MNRC and AKC
8. The candidate must have provided humanitarian services to individuals or groups inside or outside the RHT community within 3 years of the year in which they are nominated;
9. These services may be on a ‘one time’ basis or over a longer period;
10. The services provided must be non-compensated to the individual and/or their family providing the services
11. The services must have made a significant improvement in the recipients (individual or group) life
12. An individual that has a dog that is owned or trained by any member of the MNRC or MNRCF board of directors or their family is ineligible for this Recognition.
13. No individual may be nominated for multiple awards or Recognition in a given year.
14. An individual shall not ‘campaign’ for the Recognition.

To nominate an individual for this Recognition, submit a legible, written description of how/why the individual meets the above criteria and why they should receive the Recognition. The submission must include all necessary contact information for the submitter and the name of the candidate. Hard copies or e-mail copies will be accepted and must be received within 30 days of the completion of the most recent MNRHT. Hard copies must be mailed to MNRCF, 734 CR 630, Nacogdoches, Texas 75964. E-mails sent to ta9@hughes.net. For further information, contact Bill Teague at ta9@hughes.net or 713-252-3918, Central time.

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Handler’s Banquet Opens 2019 Event

Thank you Michelle Love and Rex Gibson for organizing a fabulous Handler’s Banquet. It was great to see so many ol’ friends enjoying a yearly reunion plus meeting all the new Handlers who joined us this year.  Many thanks to our Sponsors who helped make our 2019 event the Largest in AKC Event in History. Thank you to our longtime Sponsors: Avery Sporting Dog, Nestle Purina Petcare, Eukanuba, Garmin, Dogtra, Duck Dog Clothing Co., Dobb’s Training Center, Mom’s Gourmet, SportDOG Brand, Tangelo Products, Umpqua Oats and Zinger Winger.

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Get Your Free Closing Ceremony Award Photo

Professional Photographer Barbara Bozeman of Sights & Hounds Photography is offering the Closing Ceremony Award Photos to all for FREE.  She has posted the photos on her Sights & Hounds Facebook page.

Sights & Hounds Photography look for sightsnhounds on Facebook for details.  We know everyone does not have a Facebook account, but surely a relative or friend does. Just have them copy the photo and email or text you.

Photos from Closing Ceremony/Plate Presentations are posted on the Sights & Hounds Photography Facebook page. Barbara has created an album for each flight. The images are all 5 x7 at 72 dpi.

Link: https://www.facebook.com/sightsnhounds/

Thank you Barbara for these great shots!  Barbara took photos at Flight G and will have those posted at a later date.

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Call for Entries for Youth, Handler of Year, Humanitarian Awards

Entries for the Master National Retriever Club Foundation awards are now open.  Please take a few minutes to review the requirements for A Youth Handler, Handler of the Year, and Humanitarian Award and nominate someone you know for these prestigious awards.

“Youth Handler of the Year Award” Policy

The “Youth Handler of the Year Awards” were established by the Foundation in 2015 at the suggestion of an active supporter of the annual Retriever Hunting Test conducted by the Master National Retriever Club under the current American Kennel Club (AKC) regulations and guidelines. The support is in memory of beloved Master National Retriever Hunting Test (MNRHT) dogs lost, in honor of dogs competing in MNRHT and in the prospects of upcoming pups for future MNRHT events, as well as in memory and honor of all handlers who have sacrificed so much to experience such an awesome event and in unending support of those still to come. Our future lies not only with future retriever breeding’s that compete at the highest level of our sport, but also in the hearts and abilities of future handlers that share in the love and sportsmanship of MNRHT’s.

Bill Teague (Pres MNRCF) & with Handler Emma Simon

The primary purposes of the Award are to honor and continue to encourage a youth handler in each bracket to step up to the line not only at the weekend AKC tests but also at the MNRHT. There shall be two award categories; a 12 year old and below and a 13-17 year old. The primary purpose of having two categories is to be fair to participants in each age group. Each award consists of a plaque and check in the amount of $1,000.

The recipients shall be selected by the Foundation Board of Directors (Board) who have final authority on the selection of the awardees and whether or not the Awards will be given in a particular year. The Awards may not be awarded each year. In considering potential awardees, the Board shall, among other things consider the following criteria:
1. The age of the handler; must meet above requirements;
2. The handler must handle a dog(s) in all eligible series (any series where the dog is ‘called back’) at the Master National Retriever Club’s annual Retriever Hunting Test;
3. The dog(s) does/do not have to “qualify” (get a plate)at the MNRHT for the handler to be eligible for the award;
4. The handler must have trained, or at least participated in the training of the dog(s) handled;
5. The handler must successfully control the dog from the holding blind to the line at the tests;
6. The handler must exhibit expertise in handling the dog(s) during the tests;
7. The handler must have knowledge of the AKC’s current Regulations and Guidelines applicable to the event;
8. The handler must apply the AKC’s current Regulations and Guidelines applicable to the event;
9. The handler must exhibit an ability to handle the dog(s) to the AKC Standards;
10. The handler must exhibit knowledge of how to properly care for the dog(s); and
11. The handler must exhibit personal & professional conduct at the event.
12. The handler must be in good standing with the MNRC and AKC.
13. A handler of a dog that is owned by any member of the MNRC or MNRCF board of directors or their family is ineligible for this award.
14. A handler of a dog shall not ‘campaign’ for the award.

To nominate an individual for the awards, submit a legible, written description of how/why the individual meets the above criteria and why they should receive the award. The submission must include all necessary contact information for the submitter and the name and age of the candidate. Hard copies or e-mail copies will be accepted and must be received within 30 days of the completion of the MNRHT in which they participated. Hard copies must be mailed to MNRCF, 734 CR 630, Nacogdoches, Texas 75964. E-mails sent to ta9@hughes.net.

For further information, contact Bill Teague at ta9@hughes.net or 713-252-3918, Central time.

“Bill T. Teague Handler of the Year Award” Policy

The “Bill T. Teague Handler of the Year Award” was established by the

Professional Handler Lyle Steinman (left) receives the Bill T. Teague “Handler of the Year Award” from Foundation President Bill Teague.

Foundation in 2015 at the suggestion of an active supporter of the annual Retriever Hunting Test conducted by the Master National Retriever Club under the current American Kennel Club (AKC) regulations and guidelines. The support is in memory of beloved Master National Retriever Hunting Test (MNRHT) dogs lost, in honor of dogs competing in MNRHT and in the prospects of upcoming pups for future MNRHT events, as well as in memory and honor of all handlers who have sacrificed so much to experience such an awesome event and in unending support of those to come. The award is named after a past MNRC President who has been and is a mentor and friend to many in the sport who exemplifies the spirt and tenets of the AKC Code of Sportsmanship. This award is to recognize and support an adult handler at the annual MNRHT who actively demonstrates the tenets of the AKC Code of Sportsmanship. The award consists of a plaque and check in the amount of $1,000.

The recipient shall be selected by the Foundation Board of Directors who have final authority on the selection of the awardees and whether or not the Award will be given in a particular year. The Award may not be awarded each year. In considering potential awardees, the Board shall, among other things consider the following criteria:
1. The handler must handle a dog(s) in all eligible series at the Master National Retriever Club’s annual Retriever Hunting Test;
2. The dog(s) does/do not have to “qualify” (get a plate)at the MNRHT for the handler to be eligible for the award;
3. The handler must have trained, or at least participated in the training of the dog(s) handled;
4. The handler must successfully control the dog from the holding blind to the line at the tests;
5. The handler must exhibit expertise in handling the dog(s) during the tests;
6. The handler must have knowledge of the AKC’s current Regulations and Guidelines applicable to the event;
7. The handler must apply the AKC’s current Regulations and Guidelines applicable to the event;
8. The handler must exhibit an ability to handle the dog(s) to the AKC Standards;
9. The handler must exhibit knowledge of how to properly care for the dog(s); and
10. The handler must exhibit personal & professional conduct at the event.
11. The handler must be in good standing with the MNRC and AKC
12. A handler of a dog that is owned by any member of the MNRC or MNRCF board of directors or their family is ineligible for this award.
13. A handler of a dog shall not ‘campaign’ for the award.

To nominate an individual for the awards, submit a legible, written description of how/why the individual meets the above criteria and why they should receive the award. The submission must include all necessary contact information for the submitter and the name of the candidate. Hard copies or e-mail copies will be accepted and must be received within 30 days of the completion of the MNRHT in which they participated. Hard copies must be mailed to MNRCF, 734 CR 630, Nacogdoches, Texas 75964. E-mails sent to ta9@hughes.net. For further information, contact Bill Teague at ta9@hughes.net or 713-252-3918, Central time.

“Humanitarian Sportsman Recognition” Policy

The “Humanitarian Sportsman Recognition” was established by the Foundation in February 2019 to recognize individuals or groups within the Retriever Hunting Test (RHT) Sport that participate in the Master National Retriever Hunting Test program and provide humanitarian services to either those in the sport or outside the sport. The Recognition may not be given every year. This Recognition is designed to recognize members of the RHT sport for their humanitarian services and raise the awareness of the positive impact on individuals, groups and communities that members of the RHT provide. While it is expected members of the RHT sport will provide some humanitarian services, this Recognition is to recognize those who go ‘above and beyond the call’ to provide that service. Candidates for this Recognition must meet the tenets of the AKC Code of Sportsmanship and Master National Retriever Clubs’ Code of Ethics. This award consists of a personal plaque, name on a perpetual plaque & presentation of the plaques either at the recipient’s home and/or the first Master National Retriever Club’s annual event following their selection.

The recipient shall be selected by the Foundation Board of Directors who have final authority on the selection of the recipient and whether or not the Award will be given in a particular year. The Recognition may not be awarded each year. In considering potential awardees, the Board shall, among other things consider the following criteria:
1. The candidate must be a retriever enthusiast associated with the Master National Retriever Club’s annual Retriever Hunting Test (MNRHT) within 3 years of the nomination;
2. Handling a dog in the MNRHT is not a requirement;
3. The candidate must have trained, or at least participated in the training of the dog(s) handled in the event;
4. The candidate must have knowledge, and be familiar with, the AKC’s current Regulations and Guidelines applicable to the event;
5. The candidate must apply the AKC’s current Regulations and Guidelines applicable to the event;
6. The candidate must exhibit compliant personal & professional conduct at the event.
7. The candidate must be in good standing with the MNRC and AKC
8. The candidate must have provided humanitarian services to individuals or groups inside or outside the RHT community within 3 years of the year in which they are nominated;
9. These services may be on a ‘one time’ basis or over a longer period;
10. The services provided must be non-compensated to the individual and/or their family providing the services
11. The services must have made a significant improvement in the recipients (individual or group) life
12. An individual that has a dog that is owned or trained by any member of the MNRC or MNRCF board of directors or their family is ineligible for this Recognition.
13. No individual may be nominated for multiple awards or Recognition in a given year.
14. An individual shall not ‘campaign’ for the Recognition.

To nominate an individual for this Recognition, submit a legible, written description of how/why the individual meets the above criteria and why they should receive the Recognition. The submission must include all necessary contact information for the submitter and the name of the candidate. Hard copies or e-mail copies will be accepted and must be received within 30 days of the completion of the most recent MNRHT. Hard copies must be mailed to MNRCF, 734 CR 630, Nacogdoches, Texas 75964. E-mails sent to ta9@hughes.net. For further information, contact Bill Teague at ta9@hughes.net or 713-252-3918, Central time.

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AKC Announces Hunt Test Rule Changes

Doug Ljungren, Exec. VP AKC Sports & Events

Mr. Doug Ljungren, Executive Vice President, AKC Sports & Events announced new rule changes at the 2019 Master National Handler’s Meeting on Friday, October 18th.

Ljungren said the AKC Board Of Directors voted to make three changes to Regulations & Guidelines for AKC Hunting Tests for Retrievers, to increase the

Doug Ljungren, Caroline Murphy, Director of Performance Events & Russ Reavis Field Director for Retrievers

capacity of the Master Hunter level test and have a more efficiently run event. Also present at the meeting were Caroline Murphy, Director of Performance Events & Russ Reavis, Field Director for Retrievers.

Here are the changes as written in the AKC Board of Directors Meeting from October 14-15, 2019:

1) Increase the entry limit in the Master level test by approximately 10%,

(2) limit the scratch fee for dogs that scratch prior to closing to approximately the credit card processing fee incurred by the club or entry service, and

(3) request that individuals that handle more than 12 dogs in a hunting test bring along assistance to get the dogs to the proper test and get them to the line in
a timely manner.

These changes are effective for events held after January 1, 2020.

Changes underlined below:
Regulations & Guidelines for AKC Hunting Tests for Retrievers,

Chapter 1. Section 3. Limiting Entries to Master Hunter Tests Clubs may at their option limit the number of entries in their Master Hunter test to either 66, 100, 132, or 200 entries. Clubs may run unlimited Master level tests if they choose.

If entries are limited, the number must be stated in the premium and announcements for the event. Entries
shall be accepted on a first come, first served basis. The regulations regarding the days required for testing and the splitting of test levels remains the same as explained in Chapter 1, Section 18.

Remaining paragraphs in this section are unchanged.
Regulations & Guidelines for AKC Hunting Tests for Retrievers, Chapter 1. Section 5. Bitches in Season / Scratches / Refunds.

Bitches in season shall not be eligible for entry in any Hunting Test and shall not be allowed on the grounds. Entry fees paid for a bitch withdrawn because of coming in season or for a dog withdrawn because of injury or illness, or for a dog that dies, shall be refunded in full by the testgiving club.

Prior to paying such refund, the club may require an appropriate veterinary certificate. In the event a dog is withdrawn for other reasons after entries have closed, the testgiving club is free to formulate its own policy regarding refunds provided the said policy is fixed in advance of the mailing of the premium list for any particular test.

If a handler knows that a dog will be withdrawn for reasons other than a bitch in season, injury, sickness or death, it is in the best interest of the event that the dog be withdrawn prior to closing so another dog may utilize the slot. Therefore, the club or an entry service employed by the club, may only charge a scratch fee approximately equal to the credit card processing fee that they incurred.

Regulations & Guidelines for AKC Hunting Tests for Retrievers, Chapter 1. Section 4. Entry requirements.
New paragraph 14.

Efficient Running of an Events. For the efficient running of an event and with consideration for fellow participants, an individual that handles more than 12 dogs in a hunting test (all testing levels) is asked to take responsibility for having assistance at the event in order to take care of the dogs, get dogs to the proper test and get them to the line in a timely manner.

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409 Qualify At 2019 Master National

Congratulations to everyone who participated, judged, volunteered and served on the Board of Directors at the 2019 Master National. This year, 409 outstanding retrievers qualified at the event of almost 1,000 canines.  The retrievers participated in running six challenging series over 7 days and divided into seven flights!
Master National Qualifiers are now posted online.

Among those who qualified this year was Junior Handler, Haleigh McKeithan of Wilmington NC. Congratulations Haleigh, you did a great job!

Also seen at the Closing Ceremony was a marriage proposal in Flight D.  Congratulations to James Fender who proposed to girlfriend Kelly Young (she said yes by the way).

We hope everyone had a great experience at the largest event in AKC History!  See you in 2020 in the St. Cloud, Minnesota!  The dates are Sept. 24-Oct4.

To View the Final Callbacks through the 6th Series CLICK HERE

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Special Thanks To Set-Up And Test Dogs

The Master National sends a special Shout-Out to Handler Mary Gregg who arranged for our Set-Up and Test Dogs in Cheraw. These folks volunteered to work for two weeks to help make this a super Master National. They are our unsung heroes. Both groups were at their tests at the crack of dawn and we appreciate their efforts.

We hope you enjoyed the experience and want you to know we appreciate your efforts!

Test Dogs

Flight A Keeva handled by Annemarie Poole, Flight B Trek handled by Catherine Kanouse, Flight C Ace handled by Jim Poole, Flight D Duke handled by Chuck Prowler, Flight E Chilly handled by Jim Pollard, Flight F Sunny handled by Trace Sloan, Flight G Chief handled by Corey Smith.

Set-Up handlers: Annemarie Poole, Jim Poole, Bill Edwards, Terri Leafstedt, Mel Ferucci, Sue Puuffenbarger, Caleb Hull, Jeff Henderson.

 

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Thank You John Gerbino

A special thanks to John Gerbino and Associates. John has provided detailed design, consulting and printing for the Flights signs and assisted with the design of the 2019 Cheraw Worker’s Pin.

John and Randall Gerbino

If you see John please express your appreciation for his volunteer work!

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