2017 Frankie’s Party

Join us Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. at BigWoods for a very special celebration. It started years ago in the parking lot of Frankie Prendergast‘s hotel with a few steaks and some beers.

Twenty-six years later, and with the help of his friends, Frankie’s Party has become a Master National tradition.

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Look for the equipment barn and follow the smell of steaks! The barn is located across from the Master National store which will be open during the party.  See  you there.

Take a look at some past parties and see who you can recognize!

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Frankie’s Party @ the Master National

Frankie’s Party at the 2015 Master National

A Master National Tradition

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Slideshow: Worker’s Party

Thank you to Michelle Love & Rex Gibson for their attention to detail in making the Worker’s Appreciation Dinner a smashing success!  And we want to thank ALL of our wonderful workers. Without you this event would not be possible.

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Thank you to Michelle Love & Rex Gibson for their attention to detail in making the Worker’s Appreciation Dinner a smashing success!  And we want to thank ALL of our wonderful workers. Without you this event would not be possible.

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2018 Master National Judges

Congratulations to the 2018 Master National Judges. These judges were elected by the MNRC clubs and announced at the MNRC Annual Meeting.

Looking forward to seeing you in Oregon.

Region 1:  Megan Baker; Keith Maready and Jim Wonnell
Region 2: Keith Kesow and Dave Kress
Region 3: Mike Akeroyd and Bill Blochowiak and Randy Morton
Region 4: Ron Saul and Michael O’Bannon

The 2018 Master National will be held in Roseburg, Oregon .  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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Slideshow: Handler’s Meeting

Handler’s pick up their bags and judges give last instructions to the handlers.

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2017 Master National Diagrams

Whistling Duck, S.E. Nevada

Moonshine, Big Bee

Bionic Thong, Blue Lagoon, Gar Hole

Middle Church, Pecan Blind, West Persimmon

Crawlin’ Buck, Red Lakes, Baby Herrington

House Pasture, Frantzen, Uncle Honey

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Master National Signboards

The Master National Retriever Club now has three new signboards.  The stations are ready to use and will be available for pictures throughout the week.

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We would like to thank Jeannie & Sam Ferguson, Jean & Jay Herrington and Gina & Pierce Blitch for their generosity and support in getting this accomplished.

Three Master National photo stations are set up right after you enter BigWoods, the first road on the right. The stations will be set up  ready to use through Sunday.  We hope you like our new look!

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Dr. Bob’s Eats About Town

Dr. Robert McFarlane, owner of BigWoods On The Trinity decided to step out-of-the-box and give us his take on what to expect in eateries for those attending the Master National. 

Dr. Bob’s Eats About Town

Our neck of the woods has seen its share of bland homogenization by restaurant chains.

Since they are a known quantity, I won’t speak to them, rather this generally addresses places where you Golden Retriever folk will be treated gently, Labrador owners normally and Chesapeake owners rudely. So, from a life-long chronic resident redneck to yall, here goes:

THE HAMBURGER BAR. Opened in 1942, the same cranky women still work there now. Although the light bulbs have been changed out once since then, the peeling linoleum floor, fallen tops off the bar stools and duct-taped chairs give a back-in-time quality to the place, but, opening at 6 AM, they offer a mean breakfast, a good hamburger – often winning the best in Palestine award, and is still a favorite lunch spot where the local blue and white-collar folks eat side by side. This place might be too rough for Golden Retriever

Dr. Robert McFarlane, BigWoods on the Trinity

owners.
THE RED FIRE GRILLE. An elegant restaurant that sticks out in Palestine like a sweet thumb. They must have mistaken this place for North Dallas. Open only for dinner, the food runs from very good to truly terrific prepared by its Culinary Institute of America trained chef. Excellent desserts and drinks as well. If you wanna get the redneck dust off you, this place is better than a shower though is probably too refined for Chesapeake owners.
HERNANDEZ. Off the beaten trail in Malakoff, TX, about 20 minutes from the BigWoods is my Manhattan resident son’s favorite restaurant in Texas. Their chimichangas are sensational, their street tacos are to kill for, and their sumptuous sopapillas with honey can induce full-blown diabetes in less than an hour.
SWITCH. The coziest fattening place in town, run by a Philadelphia expat – unfortunately their Philadelphia cheese steak is available only on Tuesdays; their pizzas are terrific; my favorite dish is the wild mushroom rigatoni, and the drinks are good. All pastas are homemade. Open for lunch and dinner.
CHIPS BURGER VILLAGE: Their cheese and chili-cheese burgers with toasted buns are off the charts. The opulent, luscious milkshakes and malts are so rich they will clog your left main coronary artery before your straw starts sucking air. So as not to alarm the customers, an ambulance is hidden behind the store, always kept running.
RESTAURANT AUBERGINE @ SABOR A PASSION: By reservation only, the meals are elegant and delicious; the bucolic setting is as if in an English country garden, but the chef is from New Zealand. About three miles north of Palestine.
SHEP’S BBQ. A long-standing Palestine institution proving that a black guy can cook as well or better than a beer-bellied country redneck. The excellent fried catfish on weekends will get your cholesterol levels to the point where even I can’t help you, and the Hercules sandwich is a house specialty you’ll still remember when you go home, licking your wounds and your fingers. The only thing that makes this place suck is that too many lawyers eat here.
GIOVONNI’S. An overlooked Italian eatery. Good pasta. Their appetizer calamari is always exquisitely cooked. The best homemade rolls in town go well with their olive oil dip.
LITTLE MEXICO. Family oriented Tex-Mex with no alcohol. (This probably rules out a visit for most of you.) Perhaps the most popular, long standing restaurant in the town.
DON MARIOS. EL TORO. These are both good standard Tex-Mex joints with fine margaritas. The fajitas at El Toro are mighty fine.
TAQUERIA SAN LUIS: Simple, good Mex-Mex. Nothing fancy about the place, but the tacos are dependably good.
PADRINOS: Out of the way in Fairfield, TX, about 25 minutes from the BigWoods, 30 minutes from Palestine. An unheralded treasure, hidden in a crappy looking strip mall. The pizzas are awfully good, but their veal is to kill for, rivaling anything you would find in the Little Italys of the metropolitan world, my favorite being the veal-con-fungi.
PINT & BARREL: An artisan beer hall with especially good comfort food suitable for the Pillsbury Dough Boy. Their Rueben fries are my favorite, partly because, if companioned with a large glass of water with very high counts of coliform bacteria, they are non-fatting. The breezy outdoor back porch will be a lovely place in October to discuss how much better your dog has performed than the person’s across the table. You’ll get better at this the more 10% German beer you guzzle. (Unfortunately, if your dog flamed out, they don’t serve whiskey.)
ERNIE’S PHARM: Way out again in Buffalo, TX, 30 minutes from Palestine. Hands down, the best redneck slathered-in-white-gravy chicken fried steak in a three-county area. A taste of this dish will get some of the prim & proper out of you overly well-mannered mid-westerners; however, if yall learn to say yall, then you can skip this. But, then, again, when in Rome do as … The stupid name derives from the fact that the owner was a pharmacist and didn’t know how to farm.
THE TENNESSEE COLONY GENERAL STORE. Seven minutes from The BigWoods, opening at 6 AM, serving good hot breakfasts and fine grill lunches. As you pass by on your drive out to the Master National grounds, good hot biscuits, scrambled eggs and sausage will do wonders for your hangover. Not open on Sundays.
RUMPS BBQ. Known far and wide for the best pork ribs in the area. Normally their deep fryers are dedicated only to their mighty good fried catfish, but if you can get them to cook them for you, their onion rings are worth the special-order hassle. And their gross sounding strawberry cake is truly special. This is my culinary-school-graduate-daughter’s favorite restaurant in the area. Usually just a lunch watering hole, open for dinner on Fridays and Saturdays only. If you eat here just once and don’t have their ribs, you are a fool.
CAPITAL GAINES, SOUTHERN SPIRITS, THE ROUNDHOUSE, FOOTS’ LIQUORS … any liquor store. These places are essential to helping you cope when your dog is running under one of those judges whom, if he had another eye, would be a Cyclops.

 

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Slideshow: Opening Ceremonies

There was lots of excitement and anticipation as the Master National gets under way at this year’s Opening Ceremony.

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Handler’s and MNRC Annual Meeting

Handler’s Meeting:
President Larry Kimble
opened the meeting with a moment of silence remembering former Master National President John Blackbird.

The Handler’s Meeting began with Chief Marshal Jack Combs announcing the Judges

The 2017 Judges:
Flight A- Blake Lemish & Jack Belick;
Flight B – Laurice Williams & Helen Romain;
Flight C – Steve Souder & Laura Foster ;
Flight D – Gary Kavan & Jimmy O;
Flight E – Roger Everett & Wendy Rowan
Flight F- Dale Langhorne
& Janet Wood

Starting Saturday:
Flight A: SE Frantzen L/W
Flight B: House Pastue Land
Flight C: Red Lakes  L/W
Flight D: Baby Herrington L/W
Flight E: Crawlin’  Buck  Land
Flight F: Uncle Honey Land

Judge Spokesperson Steve Souder talked to the handlers about safety. About protecting your dog and yourself from the high heat. He also said each judge will determine the creep line and will decide on handling on a blind.  Be sure your dog is leashed immediately following your test.  And Good Luck to all.

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Rotation will be Starting Dog Saturday Series One: #118; Series Two #3; Series Three #26; Series Four #49; Series Five #72 and Series 6 #95.

Scratches:
Flight A: # 60; 106 & 108 & 122
Flight B:  # 9 24 60 73 94 116 & 122
Flight C:  # 26 35 67 88 90 106 & 108
Flight D:  # 10 16 53 54 79 91 109 116 119 119 122
Flight E: #1 11 13 27 30 38 42 43 49 50 57 62 65 66 69 71 106 & 129
Flight F:  # 8 37 39 57 92 108 121 127  & 134

Moves: E 9 will become C 138 and E 39 will become  B139

Master National Annual Meeting:
Bill Teague opened the meeting with his Retriever Hunting Test Advisory Committee (RHTAC) Report

Read:  RHTAC and  MNRC Foundation Report

Russ Reavis addressed the meeting on behalf of the AKC. He outlined the status of the AKC Hunt Tests in terms of numbers

Voting:   VP Allen Dillard announced the results of the Election of Judges for the 2018 Master National.

Region 1:  Megan Baker; Keith Maready and Jim Wonnell
Region 2: Keith Kesow and Dave Kress
Region 3: Mike Akeroyd and Bill Blochowiak and Randy Morton
Region 4: Ron Saul and Michael O’Bannon

Re- elected was Robert Rascoe, Director, Region 1 and Jimmy Hughes, Treasurer.  Mike Colson, Region 4 was elected as Vice President, Region 4.

Both By-Laws changes were approved.

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Slideshow: Set-Up Week Wednesday

Judges, committee members and assistant stake marshals to set up tests. Corporate Sponsor Liaisons Michelle Love & Rex Gibson plus volunteers prepare the Handler’s bags. Store ladies Pam Bunnell and Terry Elliott and friends unpack the trailer filled with gear for the MNRC Store.

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