Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club News & Notes

Dock Diving Fun Day

All MFGRC members were emailed information on the club’s upcoming Dock Diving Fun Day a couple of weeks ago – a reminder to please send in your registration and payment if you plan to attend. The event will be Saturday, May 11, at Central Florida Dog Sports in DeLand, beginning at 10 a.m. A general meeting for club members will be held at approximately noon. If you did not receive the information, please email club secretary Andy Hall at andyhall58@hotmail.com.

New MFGRC Specialty

The next big competition event for the MFGRC will be the club’s new, second Specialty that will be held on Friday, June 14, at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. The entry premium can be downloaded here. Club members who are not competing will be welcomed as spectators. The new Specialty is part of the Sunshine State Cluster and is a Concurrent Specialty with the Greater Venice Florida Dog Club, Inc. The event will include Sweepstakes, Veteran Sweepstakes and Junior Showmanship in addition to regular Conformation for Golden Retrievers. Judges for the event will be Jay Richardson of Elgin, Ill., (breed classes, best owner-handled and junior showmanship, and Alejandro Lima of Miami Beach, Fla., (all sweepstakes classes). For many years, the MFGRC has held a Specialty in December as part of AKC National Championship week at the Orange County Convention Center and the club will continue to do so – this year’s event will be Friday, December 13.

Obedience/Rally Trial Aug. 10-11 in Daytona Beach

The entry premium is now available for the MFGRC’s annual Obedience and Rally Trial, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10-11, at the Obedience Club of Daytona building in Daytona Beach, Fla. Judges for the trial will be Ted McCall, Carol Mett and Nancy Watson. For those interested in competing, the entry premium can be downloaded here. Anyone interested in volunteering to work as a steward at the event is asked to contact event chair Andy Hall at andyhall58@hotmail.com.

New Title Rosettes for 2019 – Eligibility Rules Have Changed

A reminder that in order to be eligible to receive one of the club’s new title rosettes at the end of 2019, a club member must have worked at one of the club’s events during the year (or the equivalent behind-the-scenes work), a new stipulation this year. In order to be eligible for the club’s annual year-end awards (Show Dog of the Year, Rally Dog of the Year, etc.), a club member must have worked at two events (or the equivalent behind-the-scenes work) and must have attended one of the club’s general meetings during the year. Upcoming opportunities for club members to volunteer include:

Aug. 10-11 – Obedience/Rally Trial, Daytona Beach, FL

Oct. 18-19-20 – Agility Trial, Wiersdale, FL (and set-up day Oct. 17)

Nov. 2-3 – WC/WCX, Montverde, FL (and set-up day Nov. 1)

Nov. 22-24 – Hunt Test, Montverde, FL (and set-up day Nov. 21)

(the MFGRC board is discussing adding more events this summer)

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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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.

DOCK DIVING FUN DAY and GENERAL MEETING – October 14

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 andyhall58@hotmail.com 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 pat_golden_boy@yahoo.com. 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.

POT LUCK LUNCH AND GENERAL MEETING – November 18

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.