Diagrams: 3rd and 4th Series

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flight A
Strader Water Test  This test is a Water Triple with a Single Blind. Bird #1 is a dead duck thrown across the pond from left to right and lands in medium cover 117 yards from the line. Birds 2 & 3 are thrown from the same gun station. Bird #2 is a dead duck and is thrown right to left across the water and one island. It lands on a second island 86 yards in front of the handler. A diversion shot is fired from the “mom & pop” gun station whenever bird #2 is retrieved.   Bird 3 is also a dead duck, thrown left to right and lands in medium cover at 96 yards. After picking up the marks the handler Is asked to pick up a blind retrieve 133 yards away.

 

 

Flight B

KB’s Water Test  This test is a Water Triple with a Single Blind and Diversion Shot.  Bird #1 is a dead duck thrown left to right directly across the pond and lands 103 yards away. Whenever Bird #1 is picked up a diversion shot is fired from the #1 gun station.  Birds number 2 and 3 appear from behind a mound of dirt to the handlers right. Bird # 2 lands in close proximity to a single tree across the water and at 58 yards. Bird #3 is thrown left to right and lands 67 yards away. After picking up the marks the handler is asked to complete a blind retrieve to the left side of the pond and 101 yards away.

 

 

 

 

 

Flight C
Barnyard Water Test  This test is a Water Triple with a Single Blind. Bird #1 is a dead duck thrown across the pond from right to left and lands in medium cover 92 yards from the line. Bird #2 comes from the handlers left and lands 78 yards away. Bird #3 is a splash bird landing 35 yards in front of the handler. The test concludes with a 105 yard water blind that requires a water re-entry and a channel swim.

 

 

 

Flight D

Lynch Water. This test is a Water Triple with a Single Blind. Bird #1 is a dead duck thrown from left to right across the water and landing in cover 103 yards from the line. A diversion shot is fired when this bird is retrieved.   Bird # 2 is thrown from the left side of the pond and splashes 46 yards from the line. Bird #3 is another dead duck from the right side, thrown right to left and lands in tall cover to the right of the line.  The test concludes with a 95 yard blind that is under the arc of Bird #2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flight E
TJ’s Water Test

This test is a Water Triple with a Single Blind with all dead ducks. Bird # 1 is thrown right to left on the far side of the pond and lands on top of the pond dike 77 yards from the line. Bird # 2 comes from the right side and is thrown across the water landing 52 yards away on an island.  Bird # 3 comes from the left side of the pond and is thrown across the water landing on an island 55 yards from the line. A diversion shot comes from the left hand gun station while the dog is on its way back with Bird #1. The blind is run from the same line and crosses a point of land from the island where bird # 2 lands. The blind is 82 yards from the line.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flight D:
Hamlin North Land:
This test is a Land Triple with a Flyer, Double Blind, Honor.  Bird #1 is a dead duck thrown right to left at 98 yards from the far corner of the field. Bird #2 is another dead duck thrown right to left and landing on the hillside at 103 yards. Bird #3 is a duck flyer thrown right to left and landing approximately 105 yards from the line. After picking up the marks the left hand blind is run first at 108 yards. The finish to this blind is approximately 8 yards up the hillside. Blind number 2 is to the far right and is 89 yards away. After picking up the blinds the test concludes with an honor for the next working dog.

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MNRC Announces Distinguished Service Awards

Four of the world’s Best Volunteers were presented Distinguished Service Awards by the Master National Retriever Club at it’s Opening Banquet on October 18th, 2018.

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President Kevin Bunnell, Rex Gibson, Michelle Love and Keith Winch

Michelle Love and Rex Gibson were given Distinguished Service Awards were given with deepest gratitude for dedication and loyalty to the MNRC and in recognition of their outstanding service as Corporate Sponsor Liasons Michelle Love and Rex Gibson. Region 2 Director and Award Committee Chairman Keith Winch presented their awards citing their many accomplishments since joining the MNRC Board of Directors.

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Pam Bunnell, Janet Peters, Terry Elliott

In a move called “long overdue” former MNRC President Janet Peters announced two more Distinguished Service Awards to Pam Bunnell and Terry Elliot for their contributions in managing the Master National Store. Pam and Terry generated thousands of dollars to the MNRC since taking over the store sales in 2010 when Janet was club president.

Congratulations, Michelle, Rex, Pam and Terry and thank you for your many years of service to the Master National.

View Previous Distinguished Award Winners

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Diagrams: Series 2

 

 

 

 

 

Flight A
Strader Land Water. This test is a Land Water Triple, single Blind with a Diversion Shot. Bird #1 is a dead duck thrown left to right directly in front of the dog and lands 43 yards away. Bird #2 is another dead duck that is thrown left to right across the pond and lands at 50 yards away. Bird #3 is a duck flyer to the handlers right and lands approximately 67 yards away in medium cover. The test concludes with a 98 yard blind retrieve across the pond.


Flight B
KB’s Water.
This test is a Water Triple, Single Blind. With Diversion Shot Bird #1 is a dead duck thrown left to right across the pond at 103 yards. Bird # 2 is thrown right to left from behind a large mound of dirt and lands at 58 yards. Bird #3 is thrown left to right from the same mound of dirt and lands 67 yards. A diversion shot is fired from station #1 on the retrieve of that bird. The test concludes with a 101 yard blind across the left side of the pond.

 

 

 

 

 

Flight C
Barnyard Land/Water. This test is a Land Water Triple, Walkup and Single Blind. Bird #1 is a dead duck thrown to the handlers right and lands 39 yards away. Bird #2 is a dead duck thrown right to left from the far side of the barnyard pond and lands 94 yards away. Bird #3 is a duck flyer from the handlers left side and lands about 75 yards away. The test concludes with a 110 yard water blind requiring multiple water entries.

Flight D
Lynch Land-Water. This test is a Walkup Land/Water Triple with a Flyer and a Single Blind. Bird #1 is a dead duck thrown right to Left from 41 yards away and lands 56 yards away. Bird #2 is a duck flyer to the left of the walkup bird and lands about 101 yards away. Bird #3 is a short splash bird thrown from the far left and lands about 40 yards from the line. The test concludes with a 119 yard land blind that angles across a drainage depression.

Flight E
TJ’s Land Water Test. This test is a Land/Water Triple, Walkup, and Single Blind. As you exit the last holding blind and walk towards the technical pond a dead duck is thrown from your left and lands in tall grass at 45 yards. Bird # 2 is a duck flyer from the far right and is angled back, right to left landing approximately 63 yards away. Bird #3 is a dead duck, thrown left to right and lands on a point of land 92 yards away. After retrieving the three marks the dog must pickup a blind 112 yards away. The line to the blind is under the arc of the walkup bird with the last 15 yards requiring a water entry to swim to the far bank.

 

 

 

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AKC Reports on State of Hunt Test Program

The following is a report prepared by AKC Representative Joe Rhinehart delivered at the MNRC Annual Meeting, Friday, October 19, 2018.

I have been tasked by the AKC with the assignment to present to you a brief report of the state of the Retriever Hunt Test program. Retriever hunt tests continue to be one of the largest performance events, however, the program is showing a slight decline. In 2017 total entries were down 0.8%. The entire decrease occurred at the Senior level. Junior and Master level entries were flat. Although we are seeing a slight increase in the number of events with 8 more events held in 2017 compared to 2018. We are seeing a downward trend in 2018 with year to date entries as of August down 1.7%.

Junior entries are down 4.7%, Senior down 4.1% and Master down 3.0%. At this time we are not sure why we are experiencing the decline.

Retriever Hunt Test Club numbers remain strong with an additional 5 new Retriever Hunt Test club applications submitted.

At the beginning of 2018, a regulation amendment occurred allowing clubs to hold a maximum of 8 tests at each testing level per calendar year in any combination or order. This is in Chapter 1, Section 3 Making Applications. Clubs for the most part are remaining with their traditional calendar dates and test levels.

For events held or planned this year as of the end of August:

  • 34% of the clubs held or plan to hold 1 event
  • 44% 2 events
  • 18% 3-4 events
  • 3% 5-6 events

A study was done for events held during January to April of 2018 found that 9% of the Master slots were unfilled.

The regulations for Retriever Hunt Tests continue to be reviewed. In addition to the items being looked at by the RHTAC, the Retriever HT program staff are also looking at the regulations. In May we attended a meeting and a number of topics related to the regulations arose. Quite a bit of the emphasis concerned providing better education for current and prospective judges as well as making it a little easier on clubs when hiring judges.

As a result, as of January 1, 2019, clubs will be able to assign one of their 2 judges at a test level to judge the same test level on consecutive days or consecutive back to back events. This will be found in Chapter 1, Section 6 Judges eligibility.

Lastly, we are well in to the age of electronic communications. Notification of the latest regulation update is always sent to the email address of all judges, club secretaries and presidents. We ask that you update your email addresses so that we have the current info in our records. To make updates of check an address please call Performance Events at 919-816-3908 operators standing by or by email at performanceevents@akc.org.

Updates and the latest regulations can also be found on the  AKC website under Regulation Resources.

Thank you for your time today. On behalf of the AKC Congratulations to all of you that are running this year’s Master National Hunt Test and good luck.

One bird at a time!

Submitted by Joe Rhinehart
October 19, 2018

 

 

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Slideshow: Opening Ceremony

In addition to the traditional Reception, Auction and Starting Dog Selection two “special”  guests paid a visit to the MNRC Opening Ceremony and Banquet  Thursday, October 18th to officially kick off the 2018 Event. Two gorgeous Cheetahs came by to say hello along with the staff from a local Wildlife Safari park.

Handlers seemed please to see these animals parading in front of the stage as spectators pulled out their cell phones to capture the event.

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2018 Master National Diagrams: Series 1

Flight D
Lynch Land Triple

 

 

 

 

 

Lynch Land-Water. This test is a Walkup Land/Water Triple with a Flyer and a Single Blind. Bird #1 is a dead duck thrown right to Left from 41 yards away and lands 56 yards away. Bird #2 is a duck flyer to the left of the walkup bird and lands about 101 yards away. Bird #3 is a short splash bird thrown from the far left and lands about 40 yards from the line. The test concludes with a 119 yard land blind that angles across a drainage depression.

 

 

 

 

 

Flight E
TJ’s Land Test
. This test is a Land Triple, Double Blind, and Honor. Bird #1 is a dead pheasant thrown from the far left side and lands 77 yards away. Bird #2 is also a dead pheasant from the handler’s left side, thrown left to right and lands in a drainage depression at 52 yards. Bird #3 is rooster pheasant flyer from the handlers right side, thrown left to right and lands approximately 105 yards from the line. After picking up the marks the handler runs the left blind first. This blind is 63 yards away and the line passes behind gun station #2. The right hand blind is next and is 120 yards form the line. The handler receives the last blind from inside the honor box and completes the test by honoring the next working dog.

Flight A
Strader Land/Water. This test is a Land Water Triple, single Blind with a Diversion Shot. Bird #1 is a dead duck thrown left to right directly in front of the dog and lands 43 yards away. Bird #2 is another dead duck that is thrown left to right across the pond and lands at 50 yards away. Bird #3 is a duck flyer to the handlers right and lands approximately 67 yards away in medium cover. The test concludes with a 98 yard blind retrieve across the pond.

Flight B
KB Land

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KB’s Land: This test is a Land Triple with a Flyer, Double Blind, Honor. Bird #1 is a dead pheasant thrown left to right and lands beside a round hay bale at 53 yards. Bird 32 is a pheasant flyer and lands up the hillside at 147 yards. Bird #3 is a dead pheasant that is thrown right to left and lands 52 yards away. After picking up the marks the handler is asked to retrieve the left hand blind 132 yards away and then the right hand blind at 94 yards. The line to right hand blind splits two hay bales giving plenty of opportunity to lose sight of the dog. After picking up both blinds the test concludes with an honor of the next working dog.

 

 

 

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2018 Handlers and Annual Meeting

President Kevin Bunnell opened the meeting on Friday October 19, 2018.

The Handler’s Meeting began with Chief Marshal Allen Dillard announcing the Judges pairing. He cautioned Handlers of the narrow bridges and curvy roads and asked that everyone be careful driving to the properties and on site. He also said the Gunner licensing has been addressed and anyone who signed up to gun should check with their Flight Gun Captain for details on reimbursement.

The 2018 Judges:
Flight A- Doc Wonnell & John Kinnard

Flight B – Mike Akeroyd & Mike O’Bannon;

Flight C – Dave Kress & Keith Kiesow ;

Flight D – Robert Johnson & Fred Collins;

Flight E – Bill Blochowiak & Randy Morton

 

 

Starting Saturday:
Test Dog to run at 7:45 am, first dog to the line at 8 am.
Flight A: Strader Ranch L/W
Flight B: Bunnell Property  Land
Flight C: Hamlin Property  Land
Flight D: Lynch Property L/W
Flight E: TJ Lindbloom Ranch  Land

Rotation
will be Starting Dog Saturday Series 1 Dog # 46; Series 2 Dog # 68; Series 3 Dog # 90; Series 4 Dog 112, Series 5 Dog # 1; Series 6 Dog # 123.

Judge Spokesperson Doc Wonnell talked to the handlers about safety. He said there would be mats on all land/water and water tests. For safety reasons, the handler stands on the mat.  If there is no call or no shot, there will be a no bird. Judges will decide on other no bird matters.  He asked Handler to use common sense in handling. Ask permission to touch your dog if you are unsure.  When you begin to handle your dog handle to the mark. Be sure to shoulder the gun.  The handler on the honor must stand up. No intimidation.  And Good Luck to all.

Read:  RHTAC and  MNRC Foundation Report

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

Both By-Laws changes were approved.

Board Elections:
Region 1 VP: Robert Roscoe
Region 2 Director: Keith Kiesow
Region 4 Director:  Patty Polish

 

 

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Important Notice: Bird Disposal

For those of you in Pre-National Training, here’s a message from MNRC President Kevin Bunnell regarding Bird Disposal!

There are two locations for bird disposal!  There is a dumpster located at Bunnell’s Overhead Door, 991 NW Highland, Roseburg, OR 97470. The dumpster is located just north of the building.  And another Disposal Dumpster is located at the Bird Pick-Up Area right behind the large Gravel pile.

Please bag all birds. Thank you for your attention!

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Master National Store Opens Friday

The MNRC Event Store will be opening Friday, Oct 19th at 8 AM.  Note the time change, it’s earlier to accommodate crowds prior to our 10:30 am-11:30 am   Mandatory Handlers Meeting.

Please look for signs for the store which is at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in the Floral Bldg.  So get ready to Shop.  The store will be at the Fairgrounds all week so please visit us often.

Check our Complete Schedule of Events!

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Master National to Begin Thursday

It’s all set to begin Thursday with the Handler’s Banquet, followed by Handler’s Registration and Mandatory Handler’s Meeting on Friday and our FIRST SERIES starting on Saturday!  Good Luck to everyone and a Big Thank You to our Hosts, Umpqua Valley Retriever Club.

See below for a complete list of Master National activities.

2018 Master National Roseburg Oregon

Thursday, October 18, 2018
Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 SW Frear Street, Roseburg, OR  97471

Conference Hall
5:00 pm          Social Reception & Silent Auction begins

6:00 pm       Opening Ceremony & 52-Card Raffle open

6:45 pm         Intro & Starting Dog Selection

7:00 pm                       Handler’s Banquet

7:30 pm                       Live Auction & Raffle

Friday, October 19, 2018

Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 SW Frear Street, Roseburg, OR  97471

8:00 am-9:00 am       Bitch Check (parking lot)

8:00 am-10:0 am        Handler’s Registration (Douglas Hall)

8:00 am-4:00 pm        MNRC Store open (Floral Building)

9:00 am-4:00 pm        Vendor Village open (outside area near Floral Building)

Conference Hall

10:00 am-10:30 am    Chief Marshall meets with Committee Chairs

10:30 am-11:30 am   Mandatory Handlers Meeting

11:30 am-12:00 pm    RHTAC Report, AKC Report

12:00 mm-12:45 pm   Committee Signup

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm   Lunch available at Fairgrounds

1:30 pm -3:00 pm      MNRC Annual Meeting

Saturday, October 20-28, 2018

TBA                             Test Dog
Flight A @
Flight B @
Flight C @
Flight D @
Flight E @

Tuesday, October 23, 20108

Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 SW Frear Street, Roseburg, OR  97471
Conference Hall

6:30 pm                        Worker’s Appreciation event


Thursday, October 25, 2018

Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 SW Frear Street, Roseburg, OR  97471

Behind Floral Building

6:30 pm                       Frankie’s Party


Saturday, October 27, 2018, or Sunday, October 28. 2018

Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 SW Frear Street, Roseburg, OR  97471

Conference Hall

TBA                             Closing Ceremony and Awards

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