New Contest for 2020 GRCA National! Win a Gift Card!

Hey there all of you creative geniuses. As you know, the Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club has been awarded the 2020 GRCA National Specialty. If you have attended a National you know that there is always a theme. If you haven’t attended a National, see the images of previous Specialty themes on catalogs to get those creative ideas going.

MFGRC needs a theme and a logo to give a visual to the theme. Don’t worry, you don’t need to be an artist. MFGRC will take care of that part. Just think of a theme and sketch out the logo (stick dogs are allowed) and MFGRC take it from there.

MFGRC hosted the 2002 National and the theme was Golden Reflections. The logo incorporated that idea but also incorporated everything that is Florida.

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MFGRC Agility Fun Day and General Meeting Oct. 13

The Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club will hold an Agility Fun Day and general meeting on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Best Paw Forward training center in Osteen, Fla.

The event will give members and their Goldens the opportunity to try the sport of Agility in a fun, no-pressure atmosphere. P.J. Lacette, one of the founders of the MFGRC and a lifetime member, will host the event and provide training.

Agility training will be from 9-11 a.m. followed by lunch and a club meeting. (Members should bring their own lunch).

So that organizers can properly prepare for the day, it is asked that members planning to attend please RSVP to MFGRC club secretary Andy Hall at with how many people and how many dogs.

Osteen is located in southwest Volusia County between Sanford and Port Orange. It’s an easy drive for members in the Orlando area as well as those in the Space Coast and Mt. Dora/Sorrento areas.

P.J. strongly recommends that club members print out the directions to her facility and follow the directions very closely rather than relying on their GPS devices. Here is a link to the directions:

MFGRC Will Host 2020 Golden Retriever Club of America National

Exciting news!

The Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club has been named to host the 2020 Golden Retriever Club of America National Specialty, which will include 13 days of competition, social events, clinics, seminars, shopping and more.

The National will span October 16-28, 2020, with the majority held between Monday, Oct. 19, and Saturday, Oct. 24 at the beautiful 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. 

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Entry Now Available for MFGRC’s Upcoming WC/WCX

The Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club will hold a WC/WCX on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3-4, at Golden Oaks Ranch in Montverde, Fla., and the entry premium for the event is now available on Entry Express (Direct Links to Day 1 and Day 2). 

The WC/WCX will be co-hosted by the Southern Skies Flat-Coated Retriever Club (Premium) on Nov. 3 and the Florida Gulf Coast Golden Retriever Club  (Premium) on Nov. 4.

Wayne Gey’s Golden Oaks Ranch, which is also the location for the MFGRC’s two annual hunt tests, is located at Katies Landing, Montverde, FL, 34756.

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MFGRC News and Notes – August 15, 2018

CLUB MEETING SEPT. 2 — The next general meeting of the Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club will be on Sunday, Sept. 2, at the DOCOF competition in the Events Center at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Fla. DOCOF (Dog Obedience Clubs of Florida) is an annual team obedience competition involving 30 teams from around the state. The meeting will begin when DOCOF breaks for lunch, which will be at approximately noon. Meeting location will be the lobby of the Events Center and members should bring their own chairs for the meeting. Osceola Heritage Park is located at 1875 Silver Spur Lane, Kissimmee, FL 34744. DOCOF competition begins at 8 a.m. and MFGRC members are invited to come early and watch some of the very unique event. IMPORTANT NOTE: Club members should NOT bring their dogs to the meeting.

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A Note of Thanks

The Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club held its annual Obedience and Rally Trial Aug. 11-12 at the Obedience Club of Daytona and as trial chairman, I’d like to extend my heartfelt thanks to the club members and others who contributed to the success of the event.

First of all, we couldn’t do it without the help and dedication of Ralph and Maria Orlando, who in addition to being members of the MFGRC are also very active and strong members of the OCOD. Ralph set up the building and kept things running smoothly with it all weekend, while Maria’s skills as a photographer were on display as she was everywhere and posted about 150 images from the trial on Facebook. Both also pitched in whenever needed and took care of many details and little things that are so important during a trial.

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