MFGRC Honors Seven With Lifetime Memberships

Recognizing members who have rendered extraordinary service to the Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club over a long period of time, the club’s Board of Directors has honored seven longtime members with Lifetime Memberships in the club.

Those named were Mike Orloff and Pat Kopco of Dover, Fla., Camille Nasca of Orlando, Fla., Ann and Bob Rowe of Sorrento, Fla., and Dee and John Thibodeaux of Sorrento, Fla.

Mike Orloff and Patricia “Pat” Kopco – Members of the club since 1994, the married team of Mike Orloff and Pat Kopco has been involved in almost every aspect of the club during that time. Both have served multiple terms as board members and Pat has been club president. Pat also has been active with the Golden Retriever Club of America, serving a four-year stint as Eastern Director for the GRCA Board of Directors. Both have assisted with working at many club events over the years, previously traveling from Miami to the Mid-Florida area before they relocated to their current residence. Both are multiple-time winners of the club’s “Mover and Shaker” and “Above and Beyond” awards and Pat was honored as Member of the Year for 2021 after leading the club’s hosting of the 2021 GRCA National Specialty as chair. Mike retired from his position as Hunt Test chair for the MFGRC after 2021, a position he held for many years, but he and Pat remain active judges for hunt tests and WC/WCX events.

Camille Nasca – A member of MFGRC since 1987, Camille has been an active and integral part of the development of this club. She served two terms as president, multiple terms as vice president, treasurer and board member and is a member of the 2022 board. In 1997 she and another club member spearheaded the process of applying to the AKC for licensing, leading to her serving as chair when the club hosted the 1998 GRCA Eastern Regional. In 2002, she was the general chair when MFGRC hosted its first GRCA National Specialty. Through the years she has chaired a number of WC/WCX’s, supported entries and agility trials and in recent years she has been the trophy chair for the club’s annual specialty and was trophy chair for the 2021 GRCA National. She has received numerous awards from the club, including being named “Member of the Year” for 2015. She also spent several years as secretary for the Golden Retriever Foundation; a member of a nominating committee and chair of the CCA for the Ohio National.

Ann and Bob Rowe – Ann, who has been a member of MFGRC since the formation of the club in 1984, has served numerous terms as president, most recently from 2018-2021. She also has held the vice president position multiple times and continues this year as a board member. Over the years, she has chaired WC/WCX events for the club and in 2021 was hospitality chair for the club’s hosting of the GRCA National Specialty. Ann and Bob have organized and hosted the club’s annual Christmas party at their home, with few exceptions, for more than 20 years. They also host the club’s annual Fun Match, an AKC-sanctioned “B” Match, of which Ann is the chair, at their home. She has been breeding and exhibiting Goldens for 35 years.

Dee and John Thibodeaux – having served MFGRC as president two times and vice president, and as a board member and event chair, Dee retired from her role as treasurer at the end of 2021. Most recently, she was chair of the club’s two annual agility trials from 2017 through 2021, building the trials into large profit centers for the club with full entries and much praise within the agility community. In past years she worked at nearly every type of event the club has staged, including judging hunt tests and WC tests. Members of the club since 1990, Dee and John worked together on the agility trials and other events and both have received recognitions from the club. In 2019, Dee was honored with the Lloyd Kiernan Service Award and in 2016, John received the club’s “Above and Beyond” award.

MFGRC, NorAust K9 Agility Club of Mid Florida Reach Agreement on Agility Equipment, Trial Dates

The Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club and NorAust K9 Agility Club of Mid Florida have reached an agreement for NorAust to purchase MFGRC’s agility equipment and take over the club’s two annual dates for AKC agility trials.

AKC has approved the transfer of MFGRC’s traditional October and April dates to NorAust. NorAust has already taken possession of MFGRC’s equipment, which included two trailers as well as all equipment needed for operating a two-ring agility trial.

Cindy Deak, president of NorAust, signed the agreement with MFGRC president Robin Burket and treasurer Robin Bowen.

NorAust will hold a three-day AKC all-breed trial Oct. 21-22-23 at Grand Oaks Resort in Weirsdale, Fla.

Entry Premium Available for MFGRC Obedience/Rally Trial

The MFGRC’s annual AKC all-breed Obedience and Rally Trial will be held Aug. 12-13-14 in Daytona Beach, Fla., and the entry premium is now available for downloading. 

The event will be held indoors at the air-conditioned Obedience Club of Daytona. There will be two Rally trials on Friday, Aug. 12, and then two Obedience trials each day on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 13-14. 

Judges for the Rally trials will be Connie Parrish and Deb Neufeld. On Saturday, Obedience judges will be Parrish, Neufeld and Ted McCall, and they also will judge Trial 1 on Sunday. For Trial 2, Linda Unger will take the place of Neufeld, joining McCall and Parrish. 

As always, the club will offer special awards for Golden Retrievers as well as regular awards for all breeds in competition. In addition to the standard classes offered, Trial 1 on Saturday and Sunday also will offer Wild Card classes.  

Entries and now open and will close at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, July 27. 

The entry premium can be downloaded HERE

Results From 2022 MFGRC Fun Match

The Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club held its annual Fun Match (AKC-sanctioned “B” Match) on Saturday, March 19, with Obedience and Rally for all breeds and Conformation for Golden Retrievers. Results:

Rally
(judge – Barbara Page)

Master

1 – Sheridan’s Java Jive, Labrador Retriever (owner Joan Nagle, Umatilla, Fla.), 77.

2 – H.H. Trapper CGC RAE BN RAT1, Rat Terrier (owner Carol Hunter, Pierson, Fla.), 73.

3 – RACH Shor’Line Lara of Ambersand Beach CD PCD BN RM3 RAE2 TD FDC CCA DJ CGC TKA, Golden Retriever (owners Ellen and Chuck Bartkus, Vero Beach, Fla.), 70.

Excellent A

No entries

Excellent B

1 – Zaniri Star Shines Bright, Golden Retriever (owner Sandy Saloun, Ocoee, Fla.), 100.

2 — H.H. Trapper CGC RAE BN RAT1, Rat Terrier (owner Carol Hunter, Pierson, Fla.), 95.

3 — Schroeder’s Levi CGC RA, Golden Retriever (owner Vickie Schroeder, Port Orange, Fla.), 84.

4 — GAZN Journeys of Orion CD RE CGC TKN FD, Golden Retriever (owner Elizabeth Scherer, Palm Coast, Fla.), 83.

Advanced A

No entries

Advanced B

1 – H.H. Trapper CGC RAE BN RAT1, Rat Terrier (owner Carol Hunter, Pierson, Fla.), 90.

2 – GAZN Journeys of Orion CD RE CGC TKN FD, Golden Retriever (owner Elizabeth Scherer, Palm Coast, Fla.), 84.

Intermediate

1 – Jeffrey’s Whyitmatters, All-American Dog (owner Christine Jeffrey, Sorrento, Fla.), 86.

2 – CH 24k Retrievers Tango Yankee BISS BOSS RN RATI CGC, Golden Retriever, (owners D’Nette Musser and Julie Wangelin, Orange City, Fla); 83.

3 – Magik’s Bahama Breeze, Golden Retriever (owners Ann Rowe and Christine Jeffrey, Sorrento, Fla.), 81.

4 – Magik’s Spirit of the Storm, Golden Retriever (owners Sam and Sandy Stokes, Orlando, Fla.), 70.  

Novice A

1 – Magik Works Like A Charm, Golden Retriever (owners Sam and Sandy Stokes, Orlando, Fla.), 96.

2 – Murphy Berman, Golden Retriever (owner Marlee Berman, Sanford, Fla.) 95.

3 – Alpine’s Warby Einstein, All-American Dog, (owner Robin Jones, Orlando, Fla.), 88.

4 – Magik Woodford Perfect Manhattan CGC TKN, Golden Retriever (owners Jan and Brad Paddock, Eustis, Fla.). 82.

Novice B

1 – Sunshine Prince of Darkness, Shiloh Shepherd (owner D’Nette Musser, Orange City, Fla.), 86.

2 – Alpine Island Girl, Golden Retriever (owner Michele Panetta, Crystal River, Fla.), 73.

High Golden Retriever in Rally

Zaniri Star Shines Bright, Golden Retriever (owner Sandy Saloun, Ocoee, Fla.),

Obedience

(judge – Ralph Orlando)

Utility A

No entries

Utility B

No entries

Open A

1 – River Ridges Absolutely Bank on Hank, Rat Terrier (owner Susan Handy, Apopka, Fla.), 184.

Open B

No entries

Novice A

No qualifiers

Novice B

1 – Int. CH Goldrox Magik’s Carpet Ride BN RN, Golden Retriever (owner Ann Rowe, Sorrento, Fla.), 192.

2 – Schroeder’s Levi CGC RA, Golden Retriever (owner Vickie Schroeder, Port Orange, Fla.), 174.

Beginner Novice A

1 – Sheridan’s Java Jive, Labrador Retriever (owner Joan Nagle, Umatilla, Fla.), 193.

Beginner Novice B

1 – CH Star Crowned Kodiak Island CD BN RA JH CCA CGC TKN WCX VC, Golden Retriever (owner Elizabeth Scherer, Palm Coast, Fla.); 188.

2 – CH 24k Retrievers Tango Yankee BISS BOSS RN RATI CGC, Golden Retriever, (owners D’Nette Musser and Julie Wangelin, Orange City, FL); 186.

3 – Sunshine Prince of Darkness, Shiloh Shepherd (owner D’Nette Musser, Orange City, FL); 182.

High Golden Retriever in Obedience

(June Kiernan Memorial Obedience Trophy):

Int. CH Goldrox Magik’s Carpet Ride BN RN, Golden Retriever (owner Ann Rowe, Sorrento, Fla.), 192.

Conformation

(judge – Kristin Sipus)

DOGS

3-6 Month Baby Puppy

1 – Ruger Casey Aim High @ Goldrox, Golden Retriever (owners Linda Nickels and Maura Roxby, Longwood, Fla).

2 – 24k Retrievers Red White and Moo, Golden Retriever (owners Shannon Keim and Destiny Martel, Lake Mary, Fla.).

6-9 Month Junior Puppy

1 – Loralei’s The Heart of the Matter, Golden Retriever (owners Chris and Laura Topping, Parrish, Fla.).

2 – Asher’s Full Moon Rhysen Wynter Dream, Golden Retriever (owner Renee Killam, Orlando, Fla.).

9-12 Month Senior Puppy

No entries

12-18 Month Junior Dog

1 – Magik’s Rising Star, Golden Retriever (owners John and Bonnie Corley, Eustis, Fla.).

2 – Magik’s Garth Brooks, Golden Retriever (owner Lily Lesmes, Heathrow, Fla).

3 — Magik Woodford Perfect Manhattan CGC TKN, Golden Retriever (owners Jan and Brad Paddock, Eustis, Fla.).

Adult

Magik’s Drop It Like It’s Hot RN BCAT (owners Joan Wagner, Robin Senderowitz and Ann Rowe, Altamonte Springs, Fla.)

Veteran

No entries

BITCHES

3-6 Month Baby Puppy

1 – Southern Gold Roc Starz November Rain, Golden Retriever (owner Michele Panetta, Crystal River, Fla).

6-9 Month Junior Puppy

1 – Loralei’s A Paige of My Heart, Golden Retriever (owners Chris and Laura Topping, Parrish, Fla.).

2 – StormyPoint Wonderland’s Thunder Struck, Golden Retriever (owners Diane and Vern Gank, Hawthorne, Fla.).

3 – Magik’s Up To No Gouda, Golden Retriever (owner Jacqueline Wolski, Orlando, Fla.).

4 – Halia’s Muineira, Golden Retriever (owners Robin Burket and Debbie Hoyle, Winter Garden, Fla.).

9-12 Month Senior Puppy

No entries

12-18 Month Junior Bitches

1 – Magik’s Amelia Seabreeze, Golden Retriever (owners Cynthia and Roy Rothman, Lake Mary, Fla.).

Adult Bitches

1 – Halia’s Center Stage, Golden Retriever (owner Robin Burket, Winter Garden, Fla.).

2 — RACH Shor’Line Lara of Ambersand Beach CD PCD BN RM3 RAE2 TD FDC CCA DJ CGC TKA, Golden Retriever (owners Ellen and Chuck Bartkus, Vero Beach, Fla.).

3 — Halia’s Christmas In Killarney, Golden Retriever (owner Robin Burket, Winter Garden, Fla.).

Veteran

No entries

Best Puppy In Match

(Ruffles Perpetual Trophy donated by Dr. Robert and Nancy McCune)

Lorlei’s The Heart of the Matter, Golden Retriever (owners Chris and Laura Topping, Parrish, Fla.).

Best In Match

(HGL Magik Perpetual Trophy donated by Susan Fulenwilder and Ann Rowe) Magik’s Rising Star, Golden Retriever (owners John and Bonnie Corley, Eustis, Fla.).

MFGRC To Hold CCA July 16 in Ocala; Space is Limited

The Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club will hold a CCA (Certificate of Conformation Assessment) on Saturday, July 16, in Ocala, Fla. The CCA is a program of the Golden Retriever Club of America (GRCA) and offers an AKC-recognized title.

The MFGRC’s CCA will be limited to 18 entries on a first-come, first-served basis, with one alternate. The entry fee is $75 and entries close on July 2. Entries must be accompanied by a copy of the dog’s AKC registration.

Entries should be sent to Robin Bowen, event secretary, at 3001 SW College Rd., PMB 41, Ocala, Fla., 34474. Checks should be made payable to MFGRC.

Entry form

The event will begin at 8 a.m. at the MADTA (Marion-Alachua Dog Training Association) building, located at 6600 NW 3rd Place, Ocala, Fla., 34482.

The purpose of the CCA is to provide education to owners on proper breed conformation. It is a non-competitive, one-on-one evaluation where dogs are assessed against the standard, not against each other.
The CCA provides the owner with a chance to demonstrate their dog’s qualities in a relaxed environment (dogs are expected to be casually groomed and handled). The owners receive both verbal and written feedback from the evaluator, and evaluations are confidential. The dog receives a numerical score based on the breed standard, and those that score above a 75 are granted the title, which can be put on the dog’s AKC record.

More details are available on the GRCA website:
https://grca.org/event/mid-florida-grc-cca/

Entry Premium Available for MFGRC Fun Match

After a two-year absence, the Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club’s Fun Match (AKC sanctioned B-Match) is returning on Saturday, March 19, with all-breed obedience and rally and conformation for Goldens.  

The Match will be held at the home of MFGRC past president Ann Rowe in Sorrento, Fla., with judging to begin at 9 a.m. Judges will be Ralph Orlando (obedience), Barb Page (rally) and Kristin Sipus (conformation).  

The entry premium can be downloaded here. Entries also are accepted on the day of the match.  

In addition to the competition, the day will include a BBQ lunch and a raffle. The address is 23840 Oak Valley Lane, Sorrento, Fla., 32776.