MFGRC Presents 2022 Year-End Awards

The Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club presented its 2022 year-end awards at the club’s annual Christmas party on Dec. 17 at the home of club member Cindy Patz in Windermere, Fla.

2022 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 – Nina DePetris (third consecutive)


Obedience Dog of the Year: Boom – Sally Sherman (second consecutive)

OTCH5 Hi-Star Stealin’ All The Thunder UDX16 OGM BN GO RN

Rally Dog of the Year: Autumn – Barbara Page (second consecutive)


Versatility Award: Cody – Karyn Angel (second consecutive)


Field Dog of the Year: Scarlet – Ron & Pat Rubrecht

HR Turbo Buckeye Scarlet and Gray MH12 QA2 CCA

Hunt Dog of the Year: Molly – Ron & Pat Rubrecht

HRCH UH Topbrass Turbo Don’t Ask Why CDX MH52 QA2 AD CCA WCX VCX HTHF OD

Show Dog of the Year: Eli – Paula Black

MBISS GCHS Crescent GoldRox Worth His Wait In Gold CGC TKN POA

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

Tracking Dog of the Year

Not presented

Fallchase Owner-Handler Award: D’Nette Musser

Tank (CH 24k Retrievers Tango Yankee BISS BOSS DN RN RATI)

  • Received perpetual trophy donated by Fallchase Kennel

Gold Standard Challenge: Pam Ginn

Rhett (GCH CH Lakewood’s Rhett Butler @ Kestrel Farm South RN SH WCX CCA)

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

2022 Year-End Club Member Awards

Rookie of the Year

Cynthia Rothman

Mover and Shaker Award

Brad Paddock

Above and Beyond Award:

Ashley Lucero

Lloyd Kiernan Service Award:

Andy Hall

Nancy McCune Member of the Year

Michele Panetta

Special Award of Appreciation

Cindy Patz

Special Award of Appreciation

Billy Kling In addition, club president Robin Burket presented gifts of appreciation to outgoing officers and board members Ann Rowe, Ted Misilo and Andy Hall for their years of service to the club.

Holiday Edition of “Golden Tales” Now Available

The December, 2022, Holiday edition of “Golden Tales,” the official newsletter of the Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club, is now available for reading and downloading on the club website.

The new editions contains features and content not available anywhere else. And as always, members are recognized for their achievements with their Goldens.

The new issue can be downloaded under “newsletter” on the tab at the top of the page.

A reminder to MFGRC members that “Golden Tales” editor Chris Jeffrey is always in the market for good content for the newsletter. Ideas can be sent to her at The next edition will come out in March.

Happy reading!

NEW EVENT: MFGRC To Hold Fun Field Training Day on Dec. 11

Come out for a fun field day/ Mock test with the Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club!

IF YOU HAVE A PUPPY~~~ please come! IF YOU HAVE A VETERAN…Please come. All experience levels welcome! 

This is a wonderful opportunity to let your puppy learn what s/he was bred to do! Plus it’s a great socializing/exercise time and you’ll get a full night’s sleep after.

Breeders– tell your puppy people! 

Open to all, not just members. 

Sign up at 

State your level, all levels welcome: puppy, Junior, Senior, Master -to total beginners are welcome and we’d love to see you expose your dogs to what they were bred to do. Kristin Sipus (Richwood Goldens) and Brian Parker (Southern Retrievers) will provide training tips and help anyone who wants it. 

Starts at 9 AM on Sunday, Dec. 11, at  29810 County Rd 42 Deland, FL

First live flyer free if you have worked any event this year. 

If not, cost is by bird (as is cost for more than one live flyer- birds are discounted to $15 in an effort to recoup some of the cost to the HT). Take your dead ducks home w you to freeze and reuse if you like. 

Come train in a test situation!!! 

We will need everyone to pitch in and help, throwing birds/ operating equipment,  moving equipment, marshal etc. 

We will break for lunch. This is a great time to get to know other members and ask questions. Bring your lunch, water and a chair…. stay all day!

Fair warning you just might catch the field bug😉

Look forward to seeing everyone in the field

Entry Premium Available for Dec. 16 MFGRC Specialty 

The premium list is now available for the annual MFGRC Specialty that will be held Friday, Dec. 16, as part of Royal Canin AKC National Championship week in Orlando. The even will be held at the Orange County Convention Center. 

The judge for all classes is Ms. Dianne Tyree of Brookline, N.H.  

The premium can be downloaded at this link:

Sponsorships remain available for trophies and awards for the Specialty – details at this link: 

MFGRC member Caroline Kendrick is chair for the Specialty while Camille Nasca is trophy chair.

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.