UPDATE: Thanks for Selling Out Specialty Trophy Sponsorships

UPDATE – November 19, 2019 — Thanks for Selling Out Specialty Trophy Sponsorships

Hello Fellow MFGRC Members,

First of all, Caroline Kendrick and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your overwhelming support of our 2019 Independent Specialty. All trophies have been sponsored. Your quick response is very much appreciated. If you didn’t have the chance to sponsor one of our beautiful trophies, but would still like to help, there is always the general fund. The general fund helps to cover some of the additional costs involved in the specialty.

I have attached the spreadsheet one last time.  Please review and let me know if there are any corrections or additions. As usual, a board, with your sponsorship information, will be displayed ringside throughout our show. 

Thank you again and hope to see you ringside on Friday, December 13.  

Camille Nasca
Trophy Chair
MFGRC Specialty

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Entry Form Available for MFGRC Year-End Awards

The entry form for the Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club’s annual year-end dog awards is now available – the deadline for entries is November 30.

The MFGRC encourages all members who meet the eligibility requirements to enter and compete for the awards. Remember: there is no charge to enter and you can’t win if you don’t enter!

MFGRC is offering the following awards for 2019:

  • Agility Dog of the Year
  • Field 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)
  • Fallchase Owner-Handler Award

Also available is the Gold Standard Challenge, awarded to the owner-handler accumulating the highest points in breed shows and field events during the awards year. The Gold Standard Challenge is privately presented and is not an official MFGRC Award.

Full details for all awards are included in the entry form, which can be downloaded here.

Time To Renew Your MFGRC Membership

It’s that time of year again – time to renew your membership in the Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club.

Returning members please note that the new deadline for renewing your membership is January 30, 2020. If you have not renewed by then, you will have to re-apply for membership.

People who become club members in October, November and December do not have to renew for 2020; their membership will carry over.

Membership fees for 2020 are $35 for individual, family or associate memberships. Please indicate your category, make your check payable to MFGRC and mail to:

Robin Burket

MFGRC Membership Chair

1113 Juniper Hammock Ct.

Winter Garden, FL 34787

NOTE: Renewals also can be done in person at the club’s general meeting in Ocala on Nov. 16.

Website Launched for 2020 GRCA National Specialty

The new website for the 2020 Golden Retriever Club of America National Specialty, hosted by the Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club, is now live.

The website is a “go-to” site for exhibitors and others planning to attend the National, which will be held October 16-28, 2020, in Ocala, Fla. It includes hotel and schedule information, details on venues and more. The website will be constantly updated as new information becomes available.

The National will include 13 days of competition, social events, clinics, seminars, shopping and more with the majority held between Monday, Oct. 19, and Saturday, Oct. 24 at the new World Equestrian Center in Ocala, Fla. Best of Breed will be on Saturday and close activities in Ocala.   

A three-day Hunt Test will kick off the National beginning Friday, Oct. 16, and a three-day Field Trial will conclude on Wednesday, Oct. 28. The Hunt Test and Field Trial will be held at Lazy J Ranch in Williston, Fla., which is only 25 miles from the World Equestrian Center. 

The website can be accessed at this link: https://2020.grcanational.com

New Edition of “Golden Tales” Newsletter Available

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

The link to access the newsletter is under the “Club Information” tab in the tool bar at the top of the home page.

The new edition includes information on upcoming events, lots of club member accolades, reviews of the club’s obedience/rally trial and CCA/health clinic and much, much more.

Club members wishing to make contributions to future editions of “Golden Tales” can submit their items to newsletter editor Chris Jeffrey at newsletter@mfgrc.org.

2019 New Title Rosettes for MFGRC Members

Members of the Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club who earn new titles for their Goldens during calendar year 2019 may be eligible to receive a new title rosette from the club. The rosettes will be similar to this one from 2018 being modeled by Ralph and Maria Orlando’s Golden boy Smokey:

This year a stipulation has been added to the process: in order to be eligible to receive a new title rosette from the club, a member must have volunteered to work for at least one club event during the year, or have done equivalent work for the club behind-the-scenes (subject to verification). The stipulation was added to encourage members to help with club events.

If your dog has won a new title in 2019 and you feel you are eligible to receive a rosette, please email the full name of the dog, what the title earned was and what event(s) you worked at to MFGRC board member Robin Burket. Robin will order the rosettes later this year and make them available for pickup early next year. If you will not be able to attend an event to pick up your rosette, you will be asked to send a check for $10 for postage and handling, made out to MFGRC, so that it can be mailed to you.

Robin’s email address is robin.c.lemieux (at) gmail (dot com). The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2019.