MFGRC Announces 2018 Year-End Award Recipients

The Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club announced its 2018 year-end awards recipients and winners at the club’s annual Christmas party on Dec. 15 at the home of club president Ann Rowe in Sorrento, Fla.

2018 Year-End Dog and Competition Awards

Agility Dog of the Year

MACH4 Knox’s Singing My Praises MXB2 MFG TQX T2B7 CA DJ (Singer)

Owner: Pat Carlile

Field Dog of the Year

Surefire My Armani At J Boo (Mya)

Owner: Marilyn Booher

Obedience Dog of the Year

Magik’s Top of the Line CD RN (Lexus)

Owner: Ann Rowe

Rally Dog of the Year

Ethos Winter Is Coming at Cachet RN RATN (Arya)

Owner: Michele Throm

Show Dog of the Year

GCH CH Nocatee Wonderlands Stone In Love (Stone)
Owners: Diane and Vern Gank

Versatility Dog of the Year

Surefire My Armani At J Boo (Mya) (Field, Rally/Obedience, Conformation (CCA))

Owner: Marilyn Booher

Fallchase Owner-Handler Award:

Vern Gank

GCH Summit’s Wonderlands Orange Twist (Zest)

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)

CH Richwood Winds Aloft SH WC (Tuuli)

Owner/Handler: Kristin Sipus


2018 Year-End Club Member Awards

Mover and Shaker Award

Robin Bowen

Above and Beyond Award

Chris Jeffrey

Lloyd Kiernan Service Award:

Andy Hall

Members of the Year

Cheryl and Pete Browne

Officers, Board Members Confirmed for 2019

Officers and board members for the Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club for 2019 were confirmed during the club’s annual meeting on December 15. They are as follows:


President – Ann Rowe

Vice President – Michele Throm

Secretary – Andy Hall

Treasurer – Dee Thibodeaux



Marilyn Booher

Robin Lemieux Burket

Pam Ginn

Pat Kopco

Ted Misilo

Ann Moye

In addition to the above, club member Pat Carlile will continue to assist the 2019 officers and board in the non-voting position of assistant secretary.


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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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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