409 Qualify At 2019 Master National

Congratulations to everyone who participated, judged, volunteered and served on the Board of Directors at the 2019 Master National. This year, 409 outstanding retrievers qualified at the event of almost 1,000 canines.  The retrievers participated in running six challenging series over 7 days and divided into seven flights!
Master National Qualifiers are now posted online.

Among those who qualified this year was Junior Handler, Haleigh McKeithan of Wilmington NC. Congratulations Haleigh, you did a great job!

Also seen at the Closing Ceremony was a marriage proposal in Flight D.  Congratulations to James Fender who proposed to girlfriend Kelly Young (she said yes by the way).

We hope everyone had a great experience at the largest event in AKC History!  See you in 2020 in the St. Cloud, Minnesota!  The dates are Sept. 24-Oct4.

To View the Final Callbacks through the 6th Series CLICK HERE

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Special Thanks To Set-Up And Test Dogs

The Master National sends a special Shout-Out to Handler Mary Gregg who arranged for our Set-Up and Test Dogs in Cheraw. These folks volunteered to work for two weeks to help make this a super Master National. They are our unsung heroes. Both groups were at their tests at the crack of dawn and we appreciate their efforts.

We hope you enjoyed the experience and want you to know we appreciate your efforts!

Test Dogs

Flight A Keeva handled by Annemarie Poole, Flight B Trek handled by Catherine Kanouse, Flight C Ace handled by Jim Poole, Flight D Duke handled by Chuck Prowler, Flight E Chilly handled by Jim Pollard, Flight F Sunny handled by Trace Sloan, Flight G Chief handled by Corey Smith.

Set-Up handlers: Annemarie Poole, Jim Poole, Bill Edwards, Terri Leafstedt, Mel Ferucci, Sue Puuffenbarger, Caleb Hull, Jeff Henderson.

 

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Thank You John Gerbino

A special thanks to John Gerbino and Associates. John has provided detailed design, consulting and printing for the Flights signs and assisted with the design of the 2019 Cheraw Worker’s Pin.

John and Randall Gerbino

If you see John please express your appreciation for his volunteer work!

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Michelle Love Receives Clayton Crawford Award

The Clayton Crawford Award is given to honor and recognize the person or persons whose unconditional help and hard work made the current year’s event a success.

As many of you know Michelle lost of her sister a few week ago. Through all the heartache Michelle continued to give this event and organization all she could.

Michelle this Board and all the fine people in this room are humbled and honored by your dedication and commitment. We do not have words to express our gratitude and appreciation.

“You more than anyone I have ever known embodies the spirit of the Clayton Crawford award, we are honored to present this award to you tonight,” MNRC President, Jack D. Combs.

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Diagram: Bird Dog Lane Land

Bird Dog Lane Land
This is a Land Triple with a single blind and a walkup. Bird #1 appears to the handler’s right side in the trees at 42 yds and is thrown right to left. Bird #2 is thrown from the handler’s left side and lands 50 yds away. Bird #3 is a rooster flyer in front of the handler and lands 105 yds away in medium cover. The single blind is under the arc of bird #1, thru the trees, and is planted at the base of a pine tree 93 yds from the line.

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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 Anderson; 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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Diagram: Boatwright Water

Boatwright Water
This test is a Water Triple with a single blind and diversion shot. As the dog comes out of the holding blind a lone diversion shot is fired from the #1 gun station. After the handler signals for the start of a test, the number 1 gun station to the handlers right throws a dead duck toward the water that lands on the lake bank in light cover at 45 yds. Bird #2 comes from the handler’s far left and lands in the water in light cover at 50 yds. Bird #3 comes from the same station and splashes in the water at 40 yds. After these three birds are down the handler is instructed to pick up the single water blind to the handlers right at 80 yds. After retrieving the blind the handler picks up the three marks.

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Diagram: Wood Duck Water

Wood Duck Water

This is a water triple with a single blind and a diversion shot. The test starts on the north end of Wood Duck pond and faces back to the south. All birds are dead ducks. Bird #1 is thrown left to right from across the pond landing close to the pond’s edge at 48 yds. Bird #2 comes from the same station and is thrown angled back right to left. Bird #3 comes from the handler’s immediate right and lands 42 yards from the line. A diversion shot comes from gun station #3 on the last retrieve. The handler then runs a blind retrieve from a different line that puts a point of land and a down the shore swim into play for the 89 yd water blind.

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Diagram: Lee’s Pond Water

Lee’s Pond Water
This test is a Water Triple with a single blind and a diversion shot. The judges start this test by blowing a duck call. Bird #1 is thrown from the handler’s right side and from behind a thick stand of trees. It lands on dry ground but requires a swim to retrieve the 61 yd mark. Bird #2 is across the water to the handler’s left side and splashes 25 yds from the line. Bird #3 is 95 yds away in front of the handler and the line is thru the water all the way to the bird. A diversion shot is fired from the #3 gun station whenever the last mark is retrieved. The blind is under the arc of Bird #1 and is placed in front of some trees 83 yds from the line.

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Diagram: Mallard Pond Water

Mallard Pond Water
This is a water triple, with a single blind and a diversion shot. Bird #1 comes from the handlers right side and is angled back left to right landing at 52 Yds. Bird #2 is also from the handlers right, thrown right to left and lands behind a clump of grass at 59 yds. Bird #3 is to the handlers left and lands 49 yds from the line. All marks are dead ducks. A diversion shot comes from the #3 gun station on the last retrieve of the marks The blind is 100 yds away and crosses a peninsula of land from the left shore line.

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