Entry Premium Now Available for 2021 GRCA National Specialty – Entries Open Aug. 18

The entry premium for the 2021 Golden Retriever Club of America National Specialty, hosted by the Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club at the World Equestrian Center in Ocala, Fla., is now available.

The premium can be downloaded here.

Entries open Aug. 18 and close September 29.

The Specialty will be held October 22-30, with indoor events at the World Equestrian Center. Field events will be held nearby.

July 31 Set as Deadline for Refunds From Canceled 2020 GRCA National Specialty

A deadline date of July 31 has been set for refunds for grooming or vending space, RV parking or trophy sponsorship for the canceled 2020 GRCA National Specialty.

Exhibitors, vendors and donors have the option of receiving a refund or applying their funds to the rescheduled 2021 event.

The 2021 GRCA National Specialty, hosted by the Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club, will be held the last week of October, 2021, at the World Equestrian Center in Ocala, Fla. MFGRC was to host the 2020 National but the event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Cuyahoga Valley Golden Retriever Club, which was scheduled to host the 2021 National, and the Golden Retriever Club of America generously agreed to let MFGRC move its canceled event to 2021.

Those who wish to receive refunds or apply their fund to the 2021 National should contact the appropriate chairs for the event:

Grooming – Michele Panetta – croscrk@gmail.com
Vendor – Tom Hell – tohell50@hotmail.com
RV – Anthony Napoli – naps904@yahoo.com
Trophy – Camille Nasca – mischiefgolden@gmail.com

MFGRC Club News and Notes May 2018


The next general meeting for the MFGRC will be held Sunday, July 15, as part of a new event – a combined grooming and health seminar for club members at Daus Hund Haus in Lakeland. It will be FREE for club members. Rosa Blair, who is a certified master groomer as well as a club member, will give a thorough demonstration and answer questions about grooming Goldens. Also, club member Dr. Pam Ginn, who has been associated with the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida for more than 25 years, will give a presentation on canine health and answer questions. The event will run from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and members can bring their own lunch.


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Results from MFGRC Fun Match – 2018

The Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club held its annual “Fun Match” on Saturday, March 17, at the home of club president Ann Rowe in Sorrento, Fla. Held outdoors, the AKC-sanctioned “B” Match included all-breed Rally and Obedience as well as conformation for Goldens.

MFGRC members Chris Jeffrey (Rally), Jean Bates (Obedience) and Alejandro Lima (conformation) served as judges for the event. Results:

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Plan Now! MFGRC Offering Year-End Awards for Eligible Members

The Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club will once again be offering year-end awards for members and their dogs who accomplish great things in 2018.

The club will offer “Dog of the Year” awards in the categories of show, tracking, field, obedience, rally and agility along with a “Versatility Dog of the Year.”

Members must apply for the awards with an application that will be made available late in the summer.

The award period is from Dec. 1, 2017, through Nov. 29, 2018. Dogs must reside with the person making the application. To be eligible for any award, the club member must have volunteered/worked at two club functions (or equivalent work for the club) during the awards period and attended one of the club’s general meetings.

Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club News & Notes

Meeting in Brooksville on Jan. 20

The next general meeting of the Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club will be on Saturday, January 20, at the Brooksville show and will be held after Goldens are shown. An estimated time will be sent early that week when the judging schedule is announced.

 Barn Hunt Fun Day

The club is looking to do a Barn Hunt Fun Day to give members an introduction to the growing dog sport of Barn Hunt. The day would include going over the rules, intro to a rat and an actual hunt for each dog in attendance, all conducted by a Barn Hunt specialist. We have a tentative date of Saturday, March 3, at a location near Ocala, and we will be limited to 20 dogs taken on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost would be $15 per dog for club members, with the club picking up the rest of the tab. Before we commit to the day, we want to make sure there is enough interest within the club. If this is an activity you’d be interested in, please email club secretary Andy Hall at andyhall58@hotmail.com  

 CCA and Heart/Eye Clinic

Spots are still available for the MFGRC’s CCA and heart/eye clinic that will be held on Saturday, March 31, in Ocala, Fla. People interested in either must pre-register – full details are on the MFGRC website at https://mfgrc.org/mfgrc-hold-cca-cardiac-eye-clinic-march-31-2018/.

 Photos from December Hunt Test

MFGRC members who competed in the recent Hunt Test are able to order photos from the event from photographer Kim Langevin at a discount until Jan. 11. When ordering, members should use the code SANTA2017 for 25 percent off of the order. The selection can be seen at https://crystalcreekdesigns.smugmug.com/CFHRC-MFCRC-Dec-Hunt-Test-2017

 Last Call for New Title Rosettes

All members of the MFGRC who earned new titles for their dogs during calendar year 2017 are eligible to receive a new title rosette from the club. Eligible members should email the full name of the dog and what the title earned was to Ann Rowe, who will order the rosettes later this year and make them available for pickup early next year. Ann’s email address is magikgldn1@aol.com. Deadline for submissions is December 31, 2017.

 Opportunity for Young Exhibitors

As part of its show in Brooksville on Jan. 21, the Manatee Kennel Club has launched an initiative to grow youth interest and participation in dog sports with a free Junior Showcase including Junior Showmanship, Obedience and Rally. The entry deadline of Jan. 3 is approaching quickly. Entries can be made at infodog.com and more information is available from Judy Seltrecht at jseltrecht@tampabay.rr.com or via phone 813-843-5145.

 Membership Renewals

If not already done, it’s time to renew membership in the MFGRC for 2018. Membership fees remain the same: $25 for individual, family or associate memberships. Please indicate category, make check payable to MFGRC and mail to:

 Laura Topping
Membership Coordinator
6120 161st Avenue E.
Parrish, FL 34219

 People who became club members in October, November and December do not have to renew for 2018; their membership will carry over. Also, please note that attending meetings is not a membership requirement – club members are always welcomed at meetings but no one is going to be excluded from membership for not being able to attend meetings.