On Friday, October 13, Mr. Bill Teague presented this report before the MNRC Annual Meeting. It is a status report on the MNRCF.
We open this report with a saddened heart as we mourn the loss of a dear friend, a huge asset to the Retriever Sport and very productive member of this board, John Blackbird. Our prayers are with Karen and the rest of his family and while he’ll be missed, we will remember him for all he has done for this Foundation and our sport.
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.
Since the last report to this body, October 16, 2016, in St. Louis, Missouri, 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 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.
Two years ago 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 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 entry’s 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.
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 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.
The second “2016, Handler of the Year Award” was presented to Bill Autrey at his kennels outside Bentley, Louisiana on January 17, 2017. About a hundred friends, colleagues and other supporters attended the event. Bill was recognized by the foundation which was represented by Foundation board members John Blackbird & Bill Teague who presented the award to Bill.
Bill successfully met the criteria for the second annual Bill T. Teague Handler of the Year Award and 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 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 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, the most recent being outside St. Louis, Missouri, last year. 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.
Presentation of the Award to Bill: Bill, please step forward so we can re-create the presentation; ladies & gentlemen, the 2016 Bill T. Teague Handler of the Year Award, Mr. Bill Autrey!
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 and send your nominations for this year’s awardees.
We are pleased to advise you that on September 6, 2017, the MNRC board of directors unanimously approved a request from the Foundation to offer its members, participants, guests and any other interested party to meet a challenge gift from an anonymous donor by the end of this year’s annual event. Hopefully, you’ve seen or learned about it on the MNRC Blog and other MNRC publication.
The challenge will match, dollar for dollar, all gifts to the MNRCF up to $10,000 making it possible for the retriever community, led by the MNRC who committed $1,000 to the challenge, to generate a total of $20,000 restricted for the AKC Canine Relief Fund to help animals and their owners impacted by Hurricane Harvey in the Greater Houston area. Since the original announcement, a total of $_________ has been committed. This challenge was issued in response to the many professional & amateur owners/trainers/handlers that jumped in to help these animals and the AKC’s stalwart efforts to help them. If you’d like to support this cause, please make your charitable contribution check to the MNRCF, indicate it’s restricted for AKC Canine Relief and either give it to any MNRCF board member or mail it to MNRCF, PO Box 444, Columbia, TN 38402-0444.
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, 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 (Deceased September 9, 2017) • Larry Kimble, 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 Larry, thank you again for allowing us to give this report & Bill Autrey 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!
Bill Teague, President MNRC
RHTAC Report to MNRC, October 13, 2017
Retriever Hunting Test Advisory Committee (RHTAC) Report
Master National Retriever Club’s Annual Event
October 13, 2017
We open this report with a saddened heart as we mourn the loss of a dear personal friend, a huge asset to the Retriever Sport and very productive member of this Committee, John
Blackbird. Our prayers are with Karen and the rest of his family and while he’ll be missed, we will remember him for all he has done for this committee and our sport.
On behalf of this committee, I express our thanks to President Larry Kimble and AKC for the opportunity to make this report. There are copies of the charge, responsibility and authority for the committee, its membership and this report available for you here today at the Check In table and we encourage you to communicate your ideas on how to improve the retriever hunting test program to any member of the committee. It is not designed to be a ‘gripe’ session but rather tries to look at the overall benefits of any potential change to the entire program. The committee has operated mostly by e-mail and telecoms this year and has received an abundance of submissions. I know this info is “old hat” to some of you but it is included here for new participants in the sport that might be here for the first time.
At this time, I’m honored to introduce the committee members who are listed on the roster
distributed here today. I’m asking each of those in attendance to stand. (Introduce each as
listed on the 2017 Roster) You’ll note this committee is appointed by the AKC’s Vice President for Sports & Events, Mr. Doug Ljungren in consultation with AKC’s Field Director for Sporting Breeds, Mr. Jerry Mann.
Jerry has another assignment and will not be here. Doug will be here tonight and AKC Field Representative, Mr. Russ Reavis, is here today, both these gentlemen have been very
supportive and the knowledge, guidance and support they provide is most helpful. Mr. Joe
Reinhardt; AKC Contracted Field Representative, is scheduled to come in on the 18th and be here for the duration of the tests. Many of us remember Russ; he was MNRC president in 1998 and judged the 2005 event in Palestine, Texas. We welcome each of our friends from the AKC.
The committee will address submissions by any individual involved in the retriever hunting test program, any club that holds licensed AKC events or from the AKC. We’ve tried to keep everyone who submitted items up to speed on the results of their submissions, but if you’ve submitted something and haven’t heard from the committee, please accept our apology and let us know; your submission will be addressed and you will get a response. Only written submissions to the committee are accepted to reduce the chance of misinterpretations.
The submissions are discussed in detail and a committee decision is reached. The decision may be by ‘consensus’ (all five agree) or by ‘majority’ (4-1, or 3-2 vote). Once the committee has agreed on a recommendation, it is sent to AKC. AKC can accept, reject, or modify the recommendations. Additionally, the AKC can implement changes in the regulations and guidelines without consulting the committee.
AKC made the announcement that this committee had been reorganized and activated at this meeting in 2010. Since that time, the committee has operated openly and sincerely appreciated each submission. I know our time on the program is limited, so if you have questions, any member of the committee will be happy to discuss them with you later.
Since our report last year, the Committee has recommended and the AKC has approved and implemented related to:
➢ Club’s ability, option, to hold up to six of each testing levels per calendar year. Clubs
may offer “Master Only” level tests provided the Junior & Senior levels have been
offered at least twice during that year. This is designed to expand capacity for master
dog entries and give clubs flexibility in structuring their events to best fit the demand
in their area and remain w/in the resources of the club. Clubs may start applying for
events under this new structure on November 1, 2017 for events held after January 1,
➢ When a series is discontinued or the next series of a test is started, Judges shall locate
the new series in an area different than the other series; this will create a fairer testing
situation for the dogs, effective August 29, 2017; and
➢ In a ‘walk-up’, a steadiness test, the walk-up bird must be presented at a maximum
distance of 45 yds. The old regulation required it be presented in 35-45 yds. which was
not the intent of the regulation; the intent is to ‘surprise’ the dog w/the bird coming
out in front of the dog anywhere from the line to a maximum of 45 yds., effective
August 29, 2017.
NOTE: It is expected the systems will be used in good faith and good sportsmanship and
not abused or used as not intended.
Currently, the committee has reviewed or is reviewing about a dozen issues submitted by
participants that requested the regulations be revised. Samplings of issues include:
✓ Mandatory use of wingers in tests
✓ An increase in the number of dogs entered thru ‘worker’s codes’
✓ Requiring at least one ‘triple’ series in a master test to be ‘clean’, no handles
✓ Inability for everyone who wants in master tests to enter
✓ High passing rate by some judges on master tests
✓ Talking to the honor dog
Please note these are issues submitted to the committee, so please don’t leave here saying
they are new regulations, they have been ‘submitted and are being discussed’ but no
recommendations to the AKC have been made on them!
I take this opportunity to publicly express my heartfelt gratitude to each of my colleagues on the committee. They have diligently addressed each submission with the goal of improving the retriever hunting test program, and I’m honored to serve with them.
We also take this opportunity to express the committee’s appreciation to each of the
submitters for their interest in improving the retriever hunting test program; the vast majority were well thought out and presented well. We also express our deep appreciation to Doug Ljungren & Jerry Mann at AKC and John Stracka at Entry Express for their superb collaboration on difficult challenges. Without exception, each has been open minded, progressive in their thoughts and strongly supportive of changes that will improve the program.
The AKC notifies the Club ‘secretary of record’ of AKC decisions on new/revised regulations via e-mail. Please insure your club’s records are updated with the AKC. The committee reminds you that any regulation change implemented will be carefully monitored and, if deemed appropriate, additional recommendations will be made.
President Larry, thank you again for the opportunity to bring this info to the assembly and we wish you and the MNRC the very best.
Members of the RHTAC:
Keith Maready, Eastern Time Zone
John Blackbird, Central Time Zone (Deceased September 9, 2017)
Keith Winch, Mountain Time Zone
Patricia “Patty” Polish, Pacific Time Zone
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the RHTAC by Bill Teague, Chairman
RHTAC Report to MNRC, October 13, 2017
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.
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
• 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.