New Title Rosettes for MFGRC Members

All members of the Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club who earn new titles for their dogs during calendar year 2017 are eligible to receive a new title rosette from the club. The rosettes will be similar to this one from 2016:

If your dog has won a new title in 2017, please email the full name of the dog and what the title earned was to MFGRC vice president Ann Rowe. Ann will order the rosettes later this year and make them available for pickup early next year.

Ann’s email address is Deadline for submissions is December 31, 2017.

MFGRC News and Notes

After a long period of inactivity due to the canine flu and Hurricane Irma, the Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club is getting back into the swing of things with events and activities this fall.


Rescheduled after being postponed due to the hurricane, the Dock Diving Fun Day and general meeting will be held at Dogpatch Downs in Ocala, Fla., from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and is an opportunity for club members and their Goldens to try dock diving. Full details. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to with how many dogs and how many people will be in your group.

AGILITY TRIAL – October 20-21-22

Our club’s agility trials are fun to watch and be part of. The second trial of the year will be at the Grand Oaks Resort near Lady Lake, Fla. Volunteers are needed to work as timers, scribes and on the gate – training will be provided if needed. Any members who can help at all, including all three days, one day or part of a day, are asked to please contact volunteer coordinator Pat Carlile at Also, setup will be on Thursday, October 19, in the afternoon, and anyone who would like to help would also be welcomed. Again, please contact Pat.


Last year this was the club’s best-attended meeting. It’ll be held at the all-breed show in Ocala after Goldens show on Saturday, Nov. 18. Members will need to bring chairs and contribute something to the pot luck lunch (last year people brought items ranging from sandwich fixings, chips, to meatballs, deserts, plates/napkins, etc.) More details when it gets closer.

WINTER HUNT TEST – December 8-9-10

An opportunity to watch our Goldens do what they were bred to do in competition along with other breeds. The three-day hunt test will be held at Golden Oaks Ranch near Clermont, Fla. Club members will be needed to volunteer to assist in staging the event – more details to come.

SPECIALTY – December 15

Held in conjunction with the week-long AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin at the Orange County Convention Center, the annual MFGRC Specialty is a day-long conformation event showcasing dozens of beautiful Goldens. The specialty will begin at 8 a.m. in the North/South Building.

Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club News and Notes – March, 21 2017


The next general meeting for the Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club will be held on Sunday, April 2, as part of the club’s Tracking Fun Day in Ocala, Fla. The Tracking Fun Day was designed to give club members an opportunity to try the sport of tracking in a no-pressure, fun atmosphere under the expert guidance of accomplished trackers/trainers Pat Flynn and Susie Rezy. Full details about the Tracking Fun Day including time, location and what you need to bring can be found at this link on the club’s website:



The MFGRC’s next big event is the Agility trial being held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22-23 at the Grand Oaks Resort near Lady Lake, Fla. Some volunteers are needed to work as gate steward, scribe and timer – if you can help at all, including all three days, one day or part of a day, please contact volunteer coordinator Pat Carlile at Also, setup will be on Thursday, April 20, and anyone who would like to help would also be welcomed; please let Pat know.



On Sunday, May 7, the MFGRC will hold a Fun Field Day/Intro to Field Training, along with a general meeting, at the Richwood South Training Center in Morriston, Fla. Even if you’re not currently running your dogs in hunt tests or field trials, it’s a great opportunity to experience Goldens enjoying their natural instincts. Field Day will begin at 9 a.m. with a lunch break and club general meeting at approximately noon (bring your own lunch). More details to come.



Some spots are still available for the MFGRC’s CCA that will be held on Saturday, June 3, in Crystal River, Fla. Registration form and details are available here: 

April 2017 Agility Premium

The Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club will hold an all-breed agility trial on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22-23, at the Grand Oaks Resort in Lady Lake, Florida. The event premium can be accessed here.

ENTRIES OPEN: Monday, Jan. 9th, 2017 at 8AM
ENTRIES CLOSE: Friday, April 7th, 2017 at 5PM

Agility Trial Report October 21-23, 2016

The Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club hosted an AKC All Breed agility trial at the Grand Oaks Resort in Weirsdale Florida on October 21-23. This was the second time this year that the trial was held at Grand Oaks. The event proved to be a success with the help of both club and non-club members. The club members that I would like to recognize for their hard work and support all weekend are: Jackie Hardin, Vickie Maloney, Mike Orloff, Pat Kopco, Dee and John Thibodeaux, Pat Carlile, Andy Hall, Nancy Clinchy, Ralph Orlando and Lisa Bourdreau. Without the tireless help of these folks the trial would not have been successful. Thank you folks so much for pitching in!

Our judges for the trial were Cindy Elliott Deak and Christine Bishop. Victoria MacVicar graciously stepped in on Saturday to judge for Cindy Deak as she had to attend to an issue at home. Their courses were great and all of the exhibitors enjoyed running their dogs thru the courses they designed. We enjoyed working with them, building their courses and watching the dogs navigate the obstacles. Along with the judges our trial secretary, Jill Roberts, performed without a flaw almost going un-noticed. Jill and her team have been perform-ing the agility secretary’s duties for our club for quite a while.

The Grand Oaks Resort staff was awesome! They catered to all of our needs, sometimes in a moments notice. They prepared the surface of the agility rings to perfection after the conclusion of each days runs. There were nothing but praises coming from the exhibitors relative to the running surface and the trial location.

We brought in the Army JROTC from Lake Weir High School again as volunteers to help run the rings Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This group of young adults was phenomenal. They worked hard to help build courses, set bars, run leashes, run scribe sheets and even stayed on Sunday to help us load the equipment back into the agility trailers. Their attitudes and courtesy was a welcome presence and noticed by all at the trial.

Our entries were down a bit from April but very reasonable considering there were 2 other trials being conducted on the same days (Miami and Palmetto). The word is getting out on what a great facility this is and what a great trial our club puts on. I hope that more club members come out to help, see this wonderful location and enjoy the abilities of our beloved canines performing in the sport of dog agility!

Kind Regards,
John Blair
MFGRC Agility Chair