2020 Master National Area Hotels

2020 Master National  Area Hotels

**Committee Recommended


Residence Inn St. Cloud

** HOST HOTEL
Waite Park, MN
Reserve by Phone 320-640-0200
Rates for this property: $99 – $154

Courtyard St. Cloud
**HOST HOTEL
Saint Cloud, MN
Reserve by Phone 320-654-1661
Rates for this property: $139 – $159

Homewood Suites by Hilton St Cloud
** HOST HOTEL
Saint Cloud, MN
Reserve by Phone 320-252-5900
Rates for this property: $123 – $265

Hilton Garden Inn **
Waite Park, MN
Reserve by Phone 320-640-7990
Rates for this property: $129 – $147

 Quality Inn Saint Cloud  **
Saint Cloud, MN
Reserve by Phone 320-251-1500
Rates for this property: $79 – $98

Courtyard St. Cloud **
Saint Cloud, MN
Reserve by Phone 320-654-1661
Rates for this property: $139 – $159

Country Inn & Suites, St Cloud W MN **
Saint Cloud, MN
Reserve by Phone 320-259-8999
Rates for this property: $124 – $152 

Best Western Plus Kelly Inn **
Saint Cloud, MN
Reserve by Phone 320-253-0606
Rates for this property: $124 – $284

Nights Inn Motel and Suites **
Saint Cloud, MN
Reserve by Phone 320-255-1274

Country Inn & Suites, St. Cloud East **
Saint Cloud, MN
Reserve by Phone 320-252-8282
Rates for this property: $139 – 149

Best Western Chelsea Hotel
Monticello, MN
Reserve by Phone 763-271-8880
Rates for this property: $ 109 – $131

Super 8 By Wyndham Monticello
Monticello, MN
Reserve by Phone 763-295-5900
Rates for this property: $69 – $138

Baymont By Wyndham Albany
Albany, MN
Reserve by Phone 320-200-9819
Rates for this property: $104 -$124

Travelodge Of St Cloud
Saint Cloud, MN
Reserve by Phone 320-253-3338
Rates for this property: $63 – $85

Days Inn, St Cloud
Saint Cloud, MN
Reserve by Phone 320-253-4444
Rates for this property: $63 – $114

Hampton Inn St Cloud MN
Saint Cloud, MN
Reserve by Phone 320-252-4448
Rates for this property: $133 – $182

Holiday Inn Express ST. CLOUD
Saint Cloud, MN
Reserve by Phone 320-240-8000
Rates for this property: $124 – $182

Super 8 St. Cloud
Saint Cloud, MN
Reserve by Phone 320-253-5530
Rates for this property: $62 – $90

Days Inn, Monticello
Monticello, MN
Reserve by Phone 763-295-1111
Rates for this property: $100

American By Wyndham St. Cloud
Saint Cloud, MN
Reserve by Phone 320-253-6337
Rates for this property: $129 – 169

Americas Best Value Inn St Cloud
Saint Cloud, MN
Reserve by Phone 320-252-8700
Rates for this property: $59 – $129

Holiday Inn & Suites ST. CLOUD
Saint Cloud, MN
Reserve by Phone 320-253-9000
Rates for this property: $112 – $140

Americas Best Value Inn Clearwater
Clearwater, MN
Reserve by Phone 320-558-2221
Rates for this property: $58 – $109

AmericInn By Wyndham Sartell
Sartell, MN
Reserve by Phone 32-259-0877
Rates for this property: $127 – $161

AmeriVu Inn And Suites Avon
Avon, MN
Reserve by Phone 320-356-2211
Rates for this property: $62 to $87

Host area campgrounds

St Cloud Clearwater RV Park **
2454 Co Rd 143
Clearwater, MN   55320
320-558-2876

St Cloud Campground & RV Park **
2491 2nd St SE
Saint Cloud, MN   56304
(320) 251-4463

Benton Beach Campgrounds
96 125th St NW
Rice, MN 56367
(320) 393-3420

Airstream
8795 82nd St SE
Clear Lake, MN 55319
(320) 743-2771

AJ Acres Campground
1300 195th Street East
Clearwater, MN   55320
320-558-2847

 

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Judges Elected for 2020 Master National

The judges election was announced at the 2019 Annual Meeting, Friday, Oct. 18 by MNRC Secretary Elaine Goodner.

Region 1
Megan Baker and Christian Ricker and Robert Johnson

Region 2
Jimmy Olsweski; Alan Bruhin and Beth Trudel

Region 3
Judges: Laura Foster; Willie Alderson; Eric Fryer

Region 4
Judges: Mike Black, Mark Schlender and Ron Margiotta

The dates for the 2020 event will be September 24th until October 4, to be held in the St Cloud, Minnesota area.

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Changes to the MNRC Board of Directors Announced

Keith & Wendy Maready

The Master National Retriever Club announces the following changes to the current Board of Directors.  Region 1 Director Keith Maready will become Region 1 Vice President following the resignation of current VP Robert Rascoe.  Robert has decided to step down due to long term health concerns.  Maready is a former Master National Judge, an active AKC Hunt Test participant and a officer and active member of the Neuse Retriever Club.
Read Keith’s Bio

Laurice Williams

The Region 1 Director position will now be filled by Laurice Williams of  Autryville, North Carolina. Williams is a two-time former Master National Judge, a Host Committee Member for the 2015 and 2019 Master National events, and an active Lumber River Club officer and member.
Read Laurice’s Bio

Matt Griffiths

In addition, a new Region 2 Director has been appointed.  Matt Griffiths of  Columbia, Tennessee will fill the vacancy Keith Kiesow leaves as Keith becomes Region 2 Vice President. Read Keith’s Bio

Griffiths is an AKC Judge and active club officer and member of the Middle Tennessee Amateur Retriever Club.
Read Matt’s Bio

Congratulations to Keith Maready and Keith Kiesow to Laurice Williams and Matt Griffiths.  We look forward to your positive input and work on behalf of the Master National Retriever Club.

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2020 MNRC President, Chief Marshal Begin Term

Congratulations to our 2020 Master National Retriever Club President Allen Dillard. After serving on the Board of Directors as Vice President of Region 2, Allen will lead the team for the 2020 event in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
Read Allen’s Bio

Mike Colson, VP of Region 4, becomes Chief Marshal for this year’s event. Mike served as Assistant Chief Marshal in 2019 to Keith Winch.
Read Mike’s Bio

The event will take place September 24- October 4 in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

More details and information will become available soon.  So train hard and see you in Minnesota.

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Watch Now: 2019 Master National Event on AKC.TV

In case you missed the Live premiere of the 2019 Master National video presented by AKC.TV you can watch it anytime on demand. Thank you AKC.TV for visiting the largest performance event in the country.

The Master National Retriever Club is proud to present this amazing national retriever event each year. The 2020 Master National will be held Sept. 24-October 4th, in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

If you cannot view the video below, try this link:  https://akc.tv/watch/7/4109/events/2019-master-national/

 

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New: 2020 List of MNRC Clubs

Attention Club Secretaries:  Please take a look at our updated 2020 list of MNRC Member Clubs to be sure your club is listed.  If your club is not showing, your dues are in the arrears.  Contact MNRC Secretary Elaine Goodner for more information.  Thank you for your support.

MEMBER CLUBS 2019-2020
Clubs in Good Standing November 21, 2019

Alamo RC
Albuquerque RC
American Chesapeake Club
Atlanta RC
Backwater RC
Black Creek RC
Blackhawk RC
Black Warrior RC
Bluebonnet RC
Blue Ridge RC
Bootheel RC
Brazosport RC
Bryan-College Station RC
Buckeye RC
Cajun Riviera RC
Carolina RA
Central Coast HRC of CA
Central Kentucky RC
Central Minnesota RC
Central Nebraska RC
Central Wisconsin Muddy Waters RC
Coastal Bend RC
Colonial Retriever FTC
Colorado Foothills RC
Colorado Women’s RC
Cooper River RC of S.C.
Copper State HRC
Curly-Coated RC of America
Cuyahoga Valley GRC
Dallas Fort Worth LRC
Dardenne RC
Del Bay RC
Duluth RC
East Tennessee RC
Eastern Carolina HRC
Eastern Idaho RC
Eastern Iowa HRA
Evergreen GRC
Fairbanks RC
Fall Line RC, Inc
Finger Lakes RC, Inc
First State RC
Flat-Coated Retriever Society of America
Four States RC of Texarkana
Fox Valley RC
Ft. Collins RC
GRC of America
GRC of Greater Los Angeles
GRC of Greater St. Louis
GRC of Illinois
Great Western Flat-Coated RC
Greater Pacific NW RTC
Greater Pittsburgh GRC
Greater Pittsburgh LRC, Inc
Heart of Texas RC
Hinckley RC
Idaho RC
Inland Valley RC
Island View RC
Jacksonville RC
Jayhawk RC
Keystone RC
Labrador Retriever Club
La Crosse Amateur RC
Lake Champlain RC
Lake Charles RC
Lake Country RC
Las Vegas HRC
Lassen RC
Long Island GRC
Long Island Retriever FTC
Lower Alabama HRC
LRC of Southern California
LRC of the Piedmont
LRC of the Potomac
Lumber River RC
Madison RC
Magnolia RC
Maine RTC, Inc
Manitowoc County Kennel Club
Marin RC
Marshbanks GRC S Central MI
Maryland RC
Master Amateur RC
Michigan Flyways RC
Mid Atlantic HRC of Virginia
Mid Florida GRC
Middle TN Amateur RC
Mid-South HRC
Mile-Hi GRC
Minnesota FTA
Minnesota Iron Range RC
Minot RC
Mississippi Headwaters RC
Missouri Valley Hunt Club
Monterey Bay HRC
Mount Rushmore RC
Nebraska Dog & Hunt Club
Neuse RC
NorCal GRC
North Alabama RC
North Dakota RC
North Idaho RC
North Mississippi Amateur RC
Northern Flight HRA
NW Iowa RC
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling RC (USA)
Ohio Valley RC
Oregon HRC
Oregon RTC
Ozark HRA
Palmetto RC
Penobscot HRC
Pikes Peak RC
Pinelands RC of New Jersey
Ponchartrain HRC
Poodle Club of America
Port Arthur RC
Potomac Valley GRC
Presque Isle RC of Erie, PA
Professional Retriever Trainers Association
Puget Sound LRA
Rainier HRC
Rappahannock River RC
Red Hills RC of Mississippi
Redwood Empire RC
Retriever Club of Alaska
River King RC
Rogue Valley RC
Rose City LRC
Rose Country RC of E Texas
Sagehens RC
Sandhills Retriever Club
Sand & Sage HRC
Shreveport Bossier RC
Sierra Nevada RC
Sooner RC
South Mississippi HRC
Southern Arizona RC
Southern Berkshire GRC
Southern Minnesota HRA
Southwest Missouri RC
Sunflower RC
Susquehanna RC
Swamp Dog Club
Talbot RC
Tallahassee HRC
Tejas HRC
Tidewater RC
Treasure Coast RC
Treasure State RC
Treasure Valley HRC
Tulsa RC
Umpqua Valley RC
Vikingland RC
Wasatch HRC
Waterloo Amateur RC
Weber River RC
West Allis Training Kennel Club
Westchester RC
Western Montana RC
Western New York RC
Wiregrass HRC of Georgia
Wisconsin Amateur FTC
Yadkin River Waterfowlers and RC
Yankee Waterfowlers HRC
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AKC Retriever Hunting Test Advisory Committee (RHTAC) Report

2019 President Jack D. Combs

 AKC Retriever Hunting Test Advisory Committee (RHTAC) Report
Presented by President Jack D. Combs at the MNRC Annual Event
October 18, 2019 DeLoach Center at Coker College
Hartsville, South Carolina

Mr. Bill Teague has served as chair of this Committee for almost nine years. Unfortunately his health issues have reduced the number of times he could train, run his dog and judge, he felt he should resign. Bill has shown his love of the sport over nearly 20 years. He has given his time and energy as a judge at weekend tests as well as the Master National. He has served on the Board of the MNRC and as President. He is in every way a Champion and ambassador of our sport and I hope each of you will keep him in your thoughts and prayers. The next time you see Bill please take the time to thank him.

On behalf of this committee, I express our thanks to MNRC and American Kennel Club 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 conference calls 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 May 14, 2019  Roster)

You’ll note this committee is annually appointed by the AKC’s Executive Vice President for Sports & Events, Mr. Doug Ljungren in consultation with AKC

Russ Reavis reports on the status of AKC hunt tests

Field Director, Retrievers Sporting Group, Mr. Russ Reavis. The AKC has also appointed additional field representatives: Jerry Mann, Joe Reinhardt, Kevin Bunnell, Trish Jagoda, and Greg Lister, so the good news is that we’ll be seeing more AKC reps in the field at our events. We applaud these appointments and 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. The committee has operated openly and sincerely appreciated each submission.

Since this committee has served under two Chairs this year, this report is divided into two segments; those submissions before May 14, 2019 & those submitted after that date.
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 reviewed multiple submissions and recommended only one change in the Regulations.
NOTE: It is expected the regulations will be used in good faith, good sportsmanship, with the intent of the regulation fulfilled and not abused or used as not intended. 

Since the last report and prior to May 14, 2019, the committee has reviewed or is reviewing many issues submitted that requested the regulations be reviewed and/or revised. Samplings of issues include:

  • Difficulty in entering master tests (Committee concurs with issue & AKC & Committee are working on it; see proposed changes below)
  • No talking to honor dog at Master (Committee has recommended regulations be changed to implement this, awaiting AKC decision)
  • AKC develop a ‘new regulations’ area on their website allowing judges and participants to see all ‘new regulations’
  • Clarify the AKC Event Entry Service Fee regulation
  • Review the ‘15’ minute regulation for a dog that does not ‘show’ at a hunting test (Committee has made no recommendations to change regulations)
  • Allow one set of judges to judge both a senior test on one day and another senior test on the 2nd day (Committee agreed some change should be made & AKC sent new Regs to clubs October 9, 2018 allowing one judge to judge both)
  • Find a way to allow dogs on EE’s ‘wait list’ to be entered into the test if vacancies occur after the test closes (Committee concurs w/the suggestion & AKC is working on it)
  • Establish an AKC Forum on the website where participants can get responses from AKC reps
  • Review eligibility requirements to become a judge, specifically seminars & tests (Committee concurs it should be easier & AKC is working on it)
  • Concern over excessive passing rates & quality of judging on master dogs at hunting tests (Committee concurs & is working on it as is AKC; new addition of Field Reps will really help)
  • Find a way for Amateur handlers to enter master tests easier (relates to first item)
  • Increase worker’s codes (Committee has made no recommendations to change regulations)
  • After Event Assessment program (Committee has made no recommendation)
  • Peer review program designed to improve judging (Committee has made no recommendations to change regulations; felt w/new reps the goal could be accomplished)

Since May 14, 2019, the committee is/has reviewed several submissions. A sample of them is:

  • Increase the entry limit for 2 day Master Hunter tests from 60 to 66, and a 3 day test from 90 to 100. (Committee has recommended the adoption of this change.)
  • Elimination of the EE $25 scratch fee prior closing. (Committee has recommended the adoption of this change.)
  • An individual that handles more than 12 dogs in a hunting test (all testing levels combined) is asked to bring an assistant to the event. (Committee has recommended the adoption of this change.)
  • Online entry services shall implement security provisions (i.e. human verification) during the online entry process to prevent the use of computer programs to enter a test. (Committee has recommended the adoption of this change.)
  • In order that all participants have a reasonably equal opportunity to enter a MH test prior to the test reaching its limit, the online entry services shall limit entries to three per online transaction.  After three entries, the online entry system shall require the user to logout and log back in to enter additional dogs.  (Committee has recommended the adoption of this change.)
  • Change handlers with more than three dogs in a Master test a higher entry fee. (Committee will not recommended this suggestion to the AKC.)

Please note that with the exceptions noted above, these are samples of issues submitted to the committee, so please don’t leave here saying they are new regulations. Each is being reviewed and is being discussed but no decisions have been made on them!

I would like to 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.

I would like to thank 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, Russ Reavis and Caroline Murphy at AKC 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. Please insure the AKC has current contact info on your club secretary. The committee reminds you that any regulation change implemented will be carefully monitored and, if deemed appropriate, additional recommendations will be made.

Thank you again for listening and we wish you and your dog the very best in the week ahead.

Members of the RHTAC:
Keith Maready, Eastern Time Zone
Carol Hynes, Central Time Zone
Dave Coffey, Mountain Time Zone
Patricia “Patty” Polish, Pacific Time Zone
Bill Teague, Chairman, Texas (to May 14, 2019)
Jack Combs, Chair, Florida (May 14, 2019 forward)

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the RHTAC by Bill Teague
JDC/ 10-9-19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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