REMINDER: MFGRC General Meeting on Saturday in Brooksville

REMINDER for MFGRC members: The club will hold its first general meeting on 2020 on Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Brooksville show.

The meeting will begin after Golden Retrievers show and will be held in the vicinity of the ring. Goldens show in Ring 4, with Sweepstakes at 1 p.m. and regular classes beginning at 1:50 p.m. Members should bring their own chairs.

The show is being held at Florida Classic Park, located at 5360 Lockhart Road, Brooksville, FL 34602. The site is off of Highway 50/98, approximately one mile west of Interstate 75 at Exit 301.

MFGRC News and Notes – January 2, 2020

Happy New Year to members of the Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club! Some news and notes from the club:

First Meeting of 2020 is Jan. 18 in Brooksville

As has become a tradition, the first general meeting of the new year will happen at the Brooksville show on Saturday, Jan. 18, after Goldens finish in the ring. The ring number and time for Goldens will be announced closer to the date.

The show is being held at Florida Classic Park, located at 5360 Lockhart Road, Brooksville, FL 34602. The site is off of Highway 50/98, approximately one mile west of Interstate 75 at Exit 301.

Our friends at the Florida Gulf Coast Golden Retriever Club will be holding a Specialty on Sunday, Jan. 19, as part of the Brooksville cluster.

Volunteers Needed for Feb. 8-9 Hunt Test

The club’s first event of the year will be the Spring Hunt Test on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 8-9, at Golden Oaks Ranch in Montverde, Fla., (near Clermont). As always, club members will be needed to help stage the event. Jobs include marshaling, equipment, hospitality, helping with setup (on the afternoon of Friday, Feb. 7) and cleanup and packing on Sunday.

Anyone who can help on any of the three days is asked to please contact volunteer coordinator Kristin Sipus – richwoodgoldens (at) gmail (dot com).

Dock Diving Fun Day and General Meeting Feb. 22 in DeLand

MFGRC will hold a dock diving fun day and general meeting for members on Saturday, Feb. 22, starting at 10 a.m.

The event will be held at Central Florida Dog Sports in DeLand, Fla., a central location for many members of the MFGRC. Dock Diving competitions are held at the facility and everything needed is there. Central Florida Dog Sports is located at 1040 N. Bee St., DeLand, Fla., 32720.

Members should watch their email for information about registering for the event.

Reminder – Membership Renewal Deadline is January 30

A reminder to members – if you haven’t renewed your membership, it’s time to do it. The deadline is January 30.

Returning members please note if you have not renewed by Jan. 30, you will have to re-apply for membership.

MFGRC Announces 2019 Year-End Award Recipients

The Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club announced its 2019 year-end awards recipients and winners at the club’s annual Christmas party on Dec. 14 at the home of club president Ann Rowe in Sorrento, Fla.

2019 Year-End Dog and Competition Awards

Dog of the Year award winners received custom car magnets from the club that were created by club member Anney Doucette of K9-Design.

Agility Dog of the Year

Peaches (Picabo’s Sweet As A Peach MX MXJ OF)

Owner: Nina DePetris

Field Dog of the Year

Mya (Surefire Myarmani at JBoo CD RN MH WCX CCA QAA ***)

Owner: Marilyn Booher

Obedience Dog of the Year

Smokey (Liebchen’s Smokey Bones Mountain Mischief VCD2 UDX BN RE MXP AJP OFP TD SCN SIN SHDN TDU THD CGCA CGCU)

Owner: Ralph Orlando

Rally Dog of the Year

Lara (Shor’Line Lara Of Ambersand Beach TD BN RE CCA DJ CGC TKA FDC)

Owner: Ellen Bartkus

Show Dog of the Year

Ditto (MBISS GCH Questan’s RegeneRACEshun MBISS RI DSX DM BN RATN CGC TKI)

Owner: Julie Wangelin

  • Also received perpetual Show Dog of the Year trophy donated by Diane and Vern Gank, Wonderland’s Golden Retrievers

Tracking Dog of the Year

Sizzle (MACH2 PACH Deauxquest It’s A Hot VCD2 UD RN MXB2 MJC MXP4 MXPB MJP3 MJPB PAX MXF CA DJ)

Owner: Dee Thibodeaux

Versatility Dog of the Year

Ditto (MBISS GCH Questan’s RegeneRACEshun MBISS RI DSX DM BN RATN CGC TKI)

Owner: Julie Wangelin

Fallchase Owner-Handler Award

Julie Wangelin

Ditto (MBISS GCH Questan’s RegeneRACEshun MBISS RI DSX DM BN RATN CGC TKI)

  • Received perpetual trophy donated by Fallchase Kennel

Gold Standard Challenge

(open to Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club members who compete as an owner-handler with one dog in both field and conformation)

Not presented

  • Award donated by Kristin Sipus In memory of Jagger, Sophie & Fisher, three MFGRC Champion Master Hunters

2019 Year-End Club Member Awards

Mover and Shaker Award

Michele Throm

Above and Beyond Award:

Robin Burket

Lloyd Kiernan Service Award:

Dee Thibodeaux

Nancy McCune Member of the Year

Lisa Boudreau

Holiday Edition of “Golden Tales” Newsletter Now Available

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

The new edition includes reviews of the club’s agility trial, WC/WCX and Winter Hunt Test as well as photos from the Fun Field Day and photos of new members. As always, there are lots of club member accolades, information about upcoming event 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.

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.