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After taking a year off due to the high number of canceled events related to the pandemic in 2020, the Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club will resume its year-end dog awards in 2021 with some changes, including splitting a previous category into two separate awards.
With the previous Field Dog of the Year award split into Field and Hunt categories, the MFGRC is offering the following awards for 2021:
Agility Dog of the Year
Field Dog of the Year
Hunt Dog of the Year
Obedience Dog of the Year
Rally Dog of the Year
Show Dog of the Year (Conformation)
Tracking Dog of the Year
Versatility Award (calculated by adding points from at least three separate categories)
Recipients of all awards listed above receive custom car magnets created by K9 Designs and presented by MFGRC. In addition, the recipient of Show Dog of the Year receives a special award of a perpetual trophy donated by Wonderland’s Golden Retrievers.
Additional MFGRC year-end dog awards for 2021:
Fallchase Owner-Handler Award – recognizing the club’s top owner-handler in conformation with a perpetual award donated by Fallchase Kennels.
Gold Standard Challenge — awarded to the owner handler accumulating the highest points in breed shows and field events during the awards year, with award donated by MFGRC member Kristin Sipus.
Dogs MUST reside with the person making the application.
To be eligible for any official MFGRC award, member MUST have attended one club general meeting and volunteered at two club functions during the awards period (or performed the equivalent work behind-the-scenes, subject to approval and verification).
Information must be included on the entry form about meetings attended and club work performed (all subject to verification).
The awards competition application will be made available later in the year, with the deadline for applications set for Nov. 30. Awards will be announced and presented at the MFGRC’s annual Christmas party on Dec. 18.
Two Golden Retrievers with ties to the MFGRC finished 2020 ranked first and second in the AKC’s final rankings for Goldens, with a third dog tied to the club finishing eighth.
The No. 1 Golden in the country based on the AKC point system was Hollywood (GCHS CH Can CH GoldRox Time for a Star SDHF BISS, pictured), a bitch owned and bred by MFGRC member Maura Roxby, also owned by Joy Long and David Long.
The No. 2 Golden in the country for 2020 was Geode (BISS GCHS CH Prism’s All About That Rock, No Pebble), a dog bred by MFGRC member Robin Bowen and owned by Teri Ford.
Also, MFGRC member Julie Wangelin’s boy Ditto (MBISS GCHS CH Questan’s RegeneRACEshun MBISS RI DSX DM BN RATN CGC TKI ), the MFGRC’s Show Dog of the Year for 2019, finished the year in eighth place. Ditto was bred by Julie, Suzann Painter and Nancy Sherick.
Hollywood and Geode were ranked Nos. 6 and 7, respectively, in the AKC’s All-Breed standings for 2020.
Arson (BIS GCHB GoldRox SunnyDreams Fire Starter MBISS SDHF), owned by MFGRC members Maura Roxby and Courtney Roxby, ended the year ranked 13th.
The Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club, host of the 2021 Golden Retriever Club of America National Specialty, welcomes you to the new year! We look forward to seeing everyone in Ocala, Fla., between October 22-30 at the World Equestrian Center and the other locations for the National.