An Inside Look At the Master National Part 2

In Part 1, The Retriever Journal magazine explored the AKC Master National event from a macro perspective.  They discussed the significant growth of the event since the first one took place in 1991 and how the atmosphere is something special to behold.  Certainly, the popularity of our sport has grown overall, and the MNRC event plays a significant role in that.

In Part 2, writer Ryan Eder spoke with two professional trainers and handlers about preparing for the Master National.

Read:   Inside the Master National Part 2

Previous article: Inside the Master National Part 1

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MNRC Foundation Awards First Youth Handler Award

Bill Teague (Pres MNRCF) with Handler Emma Simon

Mary Emma Simon, a 16 year old Monticello High School student at Monticello, Arkansas was awarded the Foundation’s first ‘Youth Handler of the Year, 13-17 year old Category.  The award was announced at the 2017 Master National Retriever Hunting Test and was presented to her at school on April 12, 2018 in Monticello, AR.

About 40 teachers, fellow students, her principal, family, trainer, Foundation Board Members and other guests attended the event. The students created a banner congratulating her and her family had a cake with a congratulatory message on it along with other refreshments for the group.

Emma, a vibrant, well respected young lady received accolades from her parents, grandparents, fellow students, teachers and the school principal plus from Ronnie Lee, the professional retriever trainer who helped her train Sadie, her 4 year old black Labrador.

Bill Teague, Drs. Tim & Sylvia Simon (Emma’s parents), Emma Simon (recipient), Jack Morris (Director, MNRCF), Pete Simon (Emma’s 5th grade brother)

Additionally, Bill Teague, MNRCF President, told the audience of the significance of Emma & Sadie’s accomplishments at the 2017 MNRC test held in Texas last October and described the Master National Retriever Club’s qualification requirements and tests. Foundation Director, Jack Morris who owns Stellar Retrievers, LLC in Giddings, Texas assisted in the presentation of the award.

The Foundation offers two ‘Youth Handler of the Year Awards’; one for 12 year and younger and one for 13-17 year old handlers and the ‘Bill T. Teague Handler of the Year Award’. No submissions were received for the 8-12 year old category this year.

The Foundation presented the 2017 ‘Bill T. Teague Handler of the Year Award’ to Bob Neipert, Lexington, Texas earlier this year on February 1, 2018. Previous recipients of this award are Ken Virdine (2015), Opelousas, LA & Bill Autrey (2016), Bentley, LA.

For More Information about the MNRCF Awards CLICK HERE

Requirements for the MNRCF Awards

Previous Article: 2017 MNRCF Foundation Handler Awards Announced


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New Region 2 Director to Serve on MNRC Board

Frank Barton has been appointed to the Master National Retriever Club Board of Directors as Director for Region 2 to fill a vacancy for Corrine Clavey.  Corrine resigned from the Board of Directors for family reasons. She has served on the MNRC Board since 2016.

For those new to the sport here’s a brief bio about Frank Barton:

I attended my first Master National event in 2003. It was during that event that I first witnessed the deep and profound influence that the Master National Retriever Club had on many retriever enthusiasts. Shortly after that event I was appointed to be the Club Secretary and Event Secretary. I later also served as the Club Treasurer. I still serve in the role of Master National Event Secretary.

In 2008 I developed an entry system specifically for the MNRC event which has been in use continuously since that time. In 2016 fellow board member Jack Combs and I developed the system currently in place to track qualifiers for our annual event.

I am an avid duck hunter and fortunate that I can hunt 45-55 days a year in my home state of Arkansas. My regular hunting companions are also dedicated retriever trainers and we enjoy our mornings talking about our common bonds of ducks and dogs.

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MNRC Welcomes New North Carolina Club

The Master National Retriever Club is pleased to welcome Sandhills Retriever Club of North Carolina as a new member club.

Congratulations and thank you to officers Scott Durkin, Jim McSwain, Don Bierer and Roberta Playte and club members for their support.

For those of you in the Northeast, the Sandhills Retriever Club will be hosting an AKC Handlers and Judging Seminar on June 2 at Dewitt’s Outdoor Sports, 443 Jimmy Carriker Rd, Ellerbe, NC 28338.

See the Sandhills Retriever Club website for more details.  And you can also find them at




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An Inside Look at the Master National

In case you missed it, The Retriever Journal (April/May ’18) featured an article on the Master National Retriever Club.

In Part 1 of a Two-Part series, Writer Ryan Eder takes a look at what makes the Master National event unique and what factors have contributed to its amazing growth and success.  
Click Here to Read the Retriever Journal

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A Look Back at Master National Over the Years

It’s been 27 years since the First Master National Event was held in 1991 in Glasgow, Delaware. Just 94 dogs started that event.

In celebration of those years, we would like to salute your memories in a special Video to be presented at the 2018 Master National!  This is a call for photos for our video.  We are especially interested in photos of our handlers having fun, working at the test, and pictures of the ground.

Please email a good quality .gif or .jpg Master National photo to

If you know the year your photo was taken please include that in the email.  Let the Fun Begin.

And in case you are wondering, pictured in the above photo from 1991 are the First Master National Plate Qualifiers and to the right are Handlers Aurelia Carter and Janet Woods giving each other the High-5!

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2019 Master National Dates Announced

The 2019 Master National event will be held October 17-27 in Cheraw, South Carolina.

Handlers can look forward to a fabulous event and a return to the H. Cooper Black Jr. Memorial Field Trial and Recreation Area in South Carolina.

More information about this beautiful property can be seen at the H. Cooper Black website.

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Meet Your 2018 Master National Judges

Thank you to our dedicated judges who will give up two weeks of their life to become a part of Master National History.  Here’s a look at these impressive hunt test judges.


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Master National 2017 Featured in Texas PBS Broadcast

The Master National 2017 event in Tennessee Colony Texas was the focus of a television segment featuring Texas Handler Dorothy Ruehman and Ruby.  The special broadcast was presented by Texas Parks and Wildlife department who did a great job representing our sport.

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Hotels & Lodging for 2018

2018 Master National Roseburg, Oregon
The following is a list of popular hotels with ample parking and within a 25 mile radius to Douglas Fairgrounds and Event Grounds:

Sleep Inn & Suites  (HOST HOTEL)
2855 NW Edenbower Blvd, Roseburg, OR 97471
Phone:(541) 464-8338
Pet Friendly Rooms: 45

Seven Feathers Casino Resort
146 Chief Miwaleta Ln, Canyonville, OR 97417
Phone:(541) 839-1111
Pet Friendly Rooms: 12

Holiday Inn Express
200 Creekside Rd, Canyonville, OR 97417
Phone:(541) 839-4200
Pet Friendly Rooms: 13

Best Western Garden Villa Inn
760 NW Garden Valley Blvd, Roseburg, OR 97470
Phone: (541) 672-1601
Pet Friendly Rooms: 30

Quality Inn Central
427 NW Garden Valley Blvd, Roseburg, OR 97470
Phone: (541) 673-5561
Pet Friendly Rooms: 13

Howard Johnson Express Inn- Roseburg
978 NE Stephens St, Roseburg, OR 97470
Phone:(541) 673-5082
Pet Friendly Rooms: 0

 Holiday Inn Express – Roseburg
375 W. Harvard Blvd., Roseburg, OR 97470
Phone:(541) 673-7517
Pet Friendly Rooms: 22

Comfort Inn Roseburg
1539 NW Mulholland Dr., Roseburg, OR 97470
Phone: (541) 957-1100
Pet Friendly Rooms: 0

Super 8 – Roseburg
3200 NW Aviation Dr, Roseburg, OR 97470
Phone: (541) 672-8880
Pet Friendly Rooms: 30+

Motel 6
3100 NW Aviation Dr, Roseburg, OR 97470
Phone: (541) 464-8000
Pet Friendly Rooms Call to Check

Steamboat Inn
42705 N Umpqua Hwy
Idleyyld Park, OR 97447
Pet Friendly Rooms: Call to check

Windmill Inn of Roseburg  ($$$$)
(part of HAMPTON Inn property-new hotel no animal rooms)
1450 NW Mulholland Dr., Roseburg, OR 97470
Phone: (541) 673-0901
Pet Friendly Rooms: 18 (in the older building)

Best Western Plus Hartford Lodge
150 Myrtle St, Sutherlin, OR 97479
Phone:(541) 459-1424
Pet Friendly Rooms:  10

GuestHouse Inn and Suites Sutherlin
1400 Hospitality Way, Sutherlin, OR 97479
Phone:(541) 459-6800
Pet Friendly Rooms:  7

RV Accommodations
In addition to affordable hotel accommodations, there are many RV parks and facilities in the same regional area as the hotels noted above.  The following is a list of the most popular RV facilities within a 25 mile radius to Douglas Fairgrounds and proposed Event Grounds:

Hi-way Haven
(has 3 acre parcel adjacent to RV park for training/airing.  Clean up after dogs a must).
609 Fort McKay Rd, Sutherlin, OR 97479
+1 (541) 459-4557

Umpqua RV Park
1919 Recreation Ln
Sutherlin OR 97479
tel: 5414594423

Amacher RV Park and Campground
5750 NE Stephens
Winchester, OR 97495

Twin Rivers Rv Park
433 River Forks Park Road
Roseburg, Oregon 97471
(541) 673-3811

Rising River RV Park
5579 SW Grange Rd, Roseburg, OR 97471

Umpqua Safari RV park
511 NE Main St, Winston, OR 97496

Rivers West South Umpqua RV Park
333 Ruckles Dr
Myrtle Creek  OR 97457
(541) 863-7601

Rising River RV Park
5579 SW Grange Rd, Roseburg, OR  97471
Phone: (541) 679-7256

Umpqua’s Last Resort
478 Elk Ridge Ln
Idleyld Park  OR 97447
(541) 498-2226

Elk Haven Rv Resort
22020 N Umpqua Hwy
Idleyld Park  OR 97447
(541) 496-3090

Seven Feathers RV Resort
I-5 Canyonville exit #99
Roseburg  OR 97470
(877) 839-3599

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