A Look Back at the 2018 Master National

As you prepare for the 2019 Master National in Cheraw, South Carolina take a look back at some of the scenes from the Master National of 2018  in Roseburg, Oregon.

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2019 Master National Elected Judges

Congratulations to the newly elected judges for the 2019 Master National event October 17-27 at the H Cooper Black Recreation  Area in Cheraw, South Carolina. Here is the slate elected by our Master National clubs. Congratulations to our newly elected judges!

Region 1
Ellison Armfield
Jane Doolittle
Joe Eschert

Region 2
Richard Ellis
Helen Romain
Troy Tilleraas and if a 7th Flight is needed: Lin Gelbman

Please Note: **Wilson “Boogie” Lejeune has withdrawn his name

Region 3
David Coffey
Dennis Long
Christine “Scotty” Maddox

Region 4
Richard Anderson
Julie Cairns
Linda Johnson and if a 7th Flight is needed: Laura Judd

Please Note: ** Bob Seitzler has withdrawn his name

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Calling for Photos of 2018 Hall of Fame Dogs

It’s time to get your information together so you can include your dog in the 2018 Master National Hall of Fame Video. The video will premiere at the Handler’s Banquet at the 2019 Master National in Cheraw, South Carolina and will be posted on the Master National website following the event. The deadline for submissions is August 1th.

Here’s what you need to know. Go to the New Hall of Fame video form page, fill out the video form and send your entry with a photo as soon as possible!  Thank you and see you soon in Cheraw, SC October 17-27.


Additional Information:  If you are looking for the 2019 Retiring Dog Video Form: CLICK HERE

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AKC Appoints New Field Representatives to Retriever Program

The following is a press release from the American Kennel Club:

March 09, 2019

The Performance Events Department is pleased to announce the addition of 3 new field representatives to the Retriever Program.  Kevin Bunnell, Trish Jagoda and Greg Lister will join existing reps, Jerry Mann and Joe Reinhardt covering field events.  They will each report to AKC Field Director, Russ Reavis.  The AKC Performance Events Department welcomes our newest members and is excited about having this knowledgeable team representing AKC in the field.

Kevin acquired his first Lab in 1991 and by 1993 he was training and handling dogs in hunt tests.  He has been judging 23 years during which time he completed 50 master assignments including the 2007 Master National.  He has had the great fortune of finishing 11 dogs at the master level, of which 3 earned their MNH titles.  He is also the founder of the Umpqua Valley Retriever Club and has served on the Master National Retriever Club Board of Directors for the past 11 years where he served as President in 2018.  Kevin resides in Oregon with his wife, Pam. They have two sons, five granddaughters and 4 black Labs.  “This game has given me opportunities to meet many friends across the nation that enjoy the same passion that I do. I am pleased to represent AKC as a contractor field representative for the sport I love,” says Kevin.

Trish acquired her first lab in 1981 and has never been without one since.  She is the founder of Silverbrook Kennels in Virginia where she has bred, handled and trained 22 dogs to the master hunter level, all of which earned their respective Master National plates.  Trish has always been fascinated by the training aspect and the understanding of how to best communicate with dogs.  This passion led her to the development of Silverbrook Kennels where she utilized her own successful training methods.  She prides herself on always providing dogs the best care and helping others and their dogs achieve their full potential.  Trish states, “I’ve seen a lot in my many years in this sport.  I love it and will keep working for the sport, the dogs and the people that make it what it is today.”

Greg ran his first AKC licensed trial in 1971 and has been hooked ever since.  Being an avid hunter and successful field trialer, Greg decided to combine both passions and become a professional trainer.  After 41 years of success and finishing numerous field champions, in 2012 he decided to retire.  Greg has been a past member of the Mississippi Valley Retriever Club, North Dakota Retriever Club, and is a current member of the Lincoln Trail Retriever Club.  Greg lives in Missouri with his wife, Sue where they breed Golden and Labrador Retrievers.  When Greg is not busy covering AKC events, or taking care of his dogs, he can be found helping Sue run their boarding kennel.  “What a wonderful life! I got to stand next to some very good dogs and some not so good.  They all taught me something.  I am looking forward to supporting and helping all in the retriever community,” says Greg.


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2018 New Master National Hall of Fame Retrievers

Congratulations to our new 2018 Hall of Fame Master National Retrievers!  These retrievers have successfully Qualified at three Master National events.   New Hall of Fame retrievers will have their names added to the MNRC Hall of Fame banner at this year’s event.

And just a reminder, if you would like to be included in our Hall of Fame video this year, please gather up your information now!

This video is created before the 2019 Master National event and will be shown at the Handler’s Dinner in Cheraw, South Carolina. The event is scheduled for October 17-27. The video will also be posted on the Master National web site after the event so you can enjoy it later.

Here’s what you need to do to be included.  Fill out the Hall Of Fame Form and send along with a picture of your dog to the Master National. The form includes the necessary information you will need to your dog. Keep in mind; we also need a JPG image sent along with the form.  And in case you have not already applied for your AKC MNH Certificate.  Here’s the link to the application:
Master National Hunter Title Certificate Order Form

1st Time Hall of Fame Qualifiers:
2018 Hall of Fame Video Form

Deadline for submissions is August 1, 2019You will email the form and the jpg image to: masternational@gmail.com

And Congratulations to all our new Hall of Fame Retrievers and their handler and owners! And Congratulations also to those magnificent retrievers who moved up a notch and added another Qualifying Pass to their title!

To View the Complete List of Hall of Fame Retrievers CLICK HERE
Here are our New Hall of Fame Retrievers:

NameOfDog Owner Handler
Ace on the River IV MH MNH Martin & Donna Zamudio Lyle Stienman
Black Dude’s Sergeant Pepper MH MNH Hunter Lamar Stephen Durrence
Black Majick’s Blockade Runner MH MNH Tom & Tricia McKenzie Tom McKenzie
Borderline’s Irish Whiskey MH MNH Aurelia Carter Sallie Sullivan
Canebrake’s Joltin’ Cannon Shot MH MNH B Magee/W Magee Ronnie Lee
Coach’s Way to go Devil MH MNH Timothy Mattei JD Babb
Contrail’s Get On The Bus Gus MH MNH Lisa J. MacDonald Brian Hartfield
Crimson’s Coriander Dream MH MNH Tracy Hughes Tracy Hughes
Dandesg The Dude Don’T Dance MH MNH John Dawber John Dawber
Days End Suprise Standout Pippa MH MNH Denise Cole Keith Colburn
Deuce On The Loose III MH MNH Corey Wise Bruce Halverson
Doc Tee’s Fire Down Below MH MNH Darrin & Sheila Swenson Chuck McCall
Docheno’s Conecuh River Man MH MNHQA2 Chase Haws Chase Haws
Double J’s Retrieving Rascal MH MNH J Talley/J Talley Andy Fontenot
Drake’s Rolling Thunder MH25 MNH QA2 Justin & Jennifer Drake Justin Drake
Duckdawg’s Mischief Maker MH MNH S McKeen Andy Fontenot
Five Star Patton’s Attack MH MNH Robert Leslie Barrow Rody Best
Ghostryder’s Go Ali’s Grace MH MNH

Gump’s Treasure Run MH MNH

Georgeanne Daly

J DeRouen

Paul Lance

Joe Perron

Gypsy Oak’s Eli MH MNH Gary & Donna Lu Campbell Donna Lu Campbell
J & J’s BEAR MH MNH James Windham James Windham
J & J’s Out of Town Colonel Ollie MH MNH James Windham James Windham
Justin Time Salty Margarita MH MNH Dianne & Randy Clark Dianne Clark
Kenai’s Kodiak King MH MNH Jim Martin Jim Martin
Kingsland’s Reine Gabrielle MH MNH Larry Hacker Richard Cole
Lorfield’s I Get Around MH MNH Carol Hynes Carol Hynes/Jamie Brown
Mossy Pond’s Crooked Shore MH MNH John Inzer Lee Howard
Mpr’s One For The Road MH MNH Kevin & Pam Bunnell Kevin Bunnell
Ms Remi Royale MH MNH Jack O’Connor Lyle Steinman
Muddyfoot’s Georgia Ricochet MH MNH Will McElveen Stephen Durrence
North Forks I Want To Be A Rock Star MH MNH Scott Greer Scott Greer
Oak Point’s Traveling Man MH MNH Elaine Mitchell Stephen Durrence
Pancho Pecos Rebel With A Cause MH MNH Lyndell Grubbs Rody Best
PJ’s Riverboat Queen MH MNH Timothy Allen Bass Paul Lance
Red Rock’s Rowdy MH MNH Rick Bullock & Melinda Mattingly Rick Bullock
Rockin’ S Retrievers Black Mamba MH MNH Joel P Walters/Anya J Walters Lee Howard
Roux’s Trophy Buck MH MNH Dr. Cade Coppenbarger  DVM Jeff Chesnut
Runs Creek’s Be Ready For Yeti MH MNH Mark & Shannon Atwater Stephen Durrence
Stellar’s Running In Order MH MNH Robert Rascoe Jack Morris/Robert Rascoe
Summers Gusty Breeze MH MNH Marty Lee Chase Haws
Swamp Run’s Gotcha Talkin Now MH MNH Melissa Robinson-Shanks Melissa Shanks or Ray Shanks
Taylor Farm’s Midnight Georgia MH MNH Susan Liemohn Stephen Durrence
There She Goes MH MNH Derek Kriegel Ray Shanks
Topbrass Calvin-N-Hobbes MH MNH Stewart  Ginger Flanagin Ray Shanks
Troublesome Fullgrown & High Speed MH MNH Bobby & Candice Dean Rusty Haglund
Truline Rio Arctic Creek     Flyer MH MNH

Washita’s All Charged Up MH MNH

Donna Pederson

Jeff Chesnut

Jeff Chesnut

Watermark’s Cinderella MH MNH Bill and Lynn Teague Jack Morris/Bill Teague
Wetlands Black Pearl MH MNH Kevin & Pam Bunnell Kevin Bunnell
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2019 Master National Hotels & Accommodations

Hotel Accommodations

Hartsville, SC – approx. 25-30 minutes from H Cooper Black

* Please check with the hotel on pet policy


Hampton Inn – ****MNRC Headquarters****

203 East Carolina Avenue
Hartsville, SC  29550

Fairfield Inn
200 South 4th Street
Hartsville, SC  29550

Quality Inn
903 South Fifth Street
Hartsville, SC  29550

The Mantissa
130 E. Carolina Avenue
Hartsville, SC  29550

Landmark Inn
1301 S. 4th Street
Hartsville, SC  29550

Oak Manor Inn
314 E. Home Avenue
Hartsville, SC  29550

Cheraw, SC  approx. 20 minutes from H. Cooper Black

Quality Inn
885 Chesterfield Hwy
Cheraw, SC  29550

Inn Cheraw
321 2nd Street
Cheraw, SC 29550

Palmetto Inn
820 Market Street
Cheraw, SC  29550

Simply Southern Bed & Breakfast
504 Kershaw Street
Cheraw, SC  29550

Spears Guest House
228 Huger Street


Florence, SC – approx. 35-45 minutes from H. Cooper Black

Red Roof Inn 
2690 David H. McLeod Blvd.
Florence, SC  29501

Baymont Inn & Suites
1826 W. Lucas Street
Florence, SC  29501

LaQuinta Inn & Suites
2123 W. Lucas Street
Florence, SC  29501

Ramada Inn
1819 W. Lucas Street
Florence, SC  29501

Holiday Inn Express
3440 W. Radio Drive
Florence, SC  29501

Quality Inn & Suites Civic Center
150 Dunbarton Drive
Florence, SC  29501

Best Western Inn
1808 W. Lucas Street
Florence, SC  29501

Comfort Suites
2120 W. Lucas Street
Florence, SC  29501

Econo Lodge
1920 W. Lucas Street
Florence, SC  29501

Days Inn
2111 W. Lucas Street
Florence, SC  29501

Microtel Inn & Suites
1912 Enterprise Drive
Florence, SC  29501

County Inn & Suites
1739 Mandeville Road
Florence, SC  29501

Sleep Inn
1833 Florence Park Drive I-95 & US 52
Florence, SC  29501

Laurinburg, NC – approx. 45-50 minutes from H. Cooper Black

Quality Inn
14 Jameson Inn Court
Laurinburg, NC  28352

Hampton Inn – Laurinburg
115 Hampton Circle
Laurinburg, NC  28532

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
400 Plaza Drive
Laurinburg, NC  28532

Comfort Inn
1699 US Highway 401 Byp S.
Laurinburg, NC  28532

Hwy 15 401 South Byp
Laurinburg, NC  28352

Bladenboro, North Carolina

Allen Brothers Preserve
6593 Center Road
Bladenboro, NC 28320

Allen Brothers Preserve of Bladen County is offering lodging for Master National participants.  Allen Brothers can accommodate up to 20 individuals or 10 couples.

Allen Brothers also has beautiful training grounds available for training during your down time.  For reservations or information, please contact Ron Allen at 910-736-5360.  You can learn more on the Allen Brothers Preserve website.

Camping Facilities – Cheraw, SC

Cooper Black

Sand Hills State Forest

Cheraw State Park

Hartsville, SC

Charlie Brown’s Camper Spaces

Easterling Landing

Johnson’s Landing

Florence, SC 

Florence RV Park

Swamp Fox Campground


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Double Your Impact to Fight Canine Cancer

In 2019 the American Kennel Club will match eligible donations and Donor Advised Fund transfers to CHF’s Canine Cancer Research Initiative with an equal donation to CHF for canine health research, up to $250,000.

To find out how you can help go to the 2019 Match Challenges.

And thank you from everyone who has  lost their beloved canine to cancer.

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Minnesota to Host 2020 Master National

Congratulations to the Greater Minnesota Hunt Test Association (GMHTA) . The GMHTA has been selected to host our 2020 event in the St. Cloud, Minnesota area.

Dates will be September 24th until October 4, 2020.

A steering committee including Gordon Schlichting, Jace Tramontin and Sidney Sondag will head up a host of clubs to host the 2020 event.   More details about the host area, the clubs and the properties will be coming soon.  Congratulations GMHTA, and we look forward to working with such a great group.

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New Region 4 Director to Serve on MNRC Board

Meet Patty Polish the newest addition to the Master National Board of Directors.  Patty will serve as Region 4 Director.  Take a minute to learn more about Patty from her Bio.

Patty Polish

My husband, Michael, and I live in Dayton, Nevada.  That’s right its NeVADa not NeVAHda).  I am very fortunate that my husband supports all my dog activities.  I have always loved the outdoors.  From the time I could walk, my father took me fishing on the Truckee River and at the age of 5 I was given my first puppy, a Labrador Retriever, who I named Midnight.

In high school I was introduced to chukar hunting and I was enthralled by my friends’ black lab.  Upon graduating college and securing a job I bought a lab and a book, “Gun Dog”, by Richard Wolters.  I was on my way to creating new adventures.

The next year a National Championship was held in Genoa, Nevada.  It is here where I saw a bunch of people in white coats with their dogs.  And wow, it was amazing what these dogs were capable of doing.  My boyfriend and I went to take a closer look and we met folks from the Sierra Nevada Retriever Club.  I thought to myself what a great way to keep my dog active in the off season.   This led to running monthly picnic trials, Derbys and a few Qualifyings.  But then the Hunt Test program began, and since then I have had three Master Hunters one of which made it to the Master National in Carnation, Washington.

I love working with my dogs.  They have an unconditional love like no other.  They are always happy to see you and are hopeful that when you go out the back door that you will take them training, running an event, or hunting.

I am a 40 year member of and currently serve as the President of the Sierra Nevada Retriever Club. I am also a member of the Monterey Bay Retriever Club.  I am the Pacific Representative on the AKC Retriever Hunting Test Advisory Committee.  I think it is important to give back to the sport, either by volunteering to work or to judge as it takes a small army to put on a weekend event or a large army to put a National event on.

It will be an honor to serve as the Director for Region 4.




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Retriever Journal Features 2018 Master National

Thank you The Retriever Journal, Writer Janet Wood and Photographer Nicole Boettger for the wonderful overview of the 2018 Master National in Roseburg, Oregon. The story really captured the atmosphere and camaraderie which we all feel while at this great event.


Read the 2018 Master National event article as featured in the RetrieverJournal

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