March Edition of “Golden Tales” Now Available

The brand-new March, 2021, edition of “Golden Tales,” the official newsletter of the Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club, is now available for reading and downloading on the club website. 

The new editions contains features and content not available anywhere else. And as always, members are recognized for their achievements with their Goldens. 

A reminder to MFGRC members that “Golden Tales” editor Chris Jeffrey is always in the market for good content for the newsletter. Ideas can be sent to her at newsletter@mfgrc.org. The next edition will come out in December. 

Happy reading, and please share the newsletter with your friends and family. 

MFGRC Will Resume Year-End Dog Awards for 2021

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.

Eligibility requirements:

  • 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.

Entry Premium Available for MFGRC Spring Agility Trial

The entry premium is now available for the Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club’s Spring Agility Trial that will be held April 23-24-25 at Grand Oaks Resort in Weirsdale, Fla. (near The Villages).  

The three-day AKC trial is open to all breeds. Judges will be Karen Wlodarski of Johns Island, S.C., and Ross Johnson of Edinburgh, Ind. 

The premium can be downloaded here.

Goldens with MFGRC Ties Finish 2020 Ranked First, Second in AKC Standings

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.

MFGRC Confirms Officers and Board for 2021

The Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club has held its annual election for officers and board members, with voting ending on Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. ET. The 2021 officers and board are as follows: 

Officers: 
President – Ann Rowe 
Vice President – Robin Burket 
Secretary – Andy Hall 
Treasurer – Dee Thibodeaux 

Returning board members: 
Marilyn Booher 
Pam Ginn 
Ted Misilo 
Michele Throm 

New board members for 2021: 
John Blair 
Caroline Kendrick 
Laura Topping 

The new slate officers and board members is effective immediately.