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.

Our club treasurer Dee Thibodeaux was there all weekend and helped in many areas. Her experience with Obedience trials was also a very good resource for me and I called on her more than once for opinions and advice during the preparation for the event.

Many club members volunteered their time to work as stewards and we received lots of positive comments from the judges and exhibitors about how good our stewards were. They included Robin Bowen, Debbie Finch, Charlie and Susan Hicks and Chris Jeffrey who worked as table stewards and ring/gate stewards Art and Josie Becker, Marilyn Booher, Sabrina Cornelius, Johnann Goines, Robin Hughes, Chris Huppert, Cheryl Taylor and Laura Wright. Also thanks to Jordan Benner and Dalia Ruffato, who will soon be club members, for their help as stewards, as well as Jordan’s mother Jill Benner.

In addition, I want to thank Jeannie Adams, who is not a member of our club but graciously volunteered to help Chris Jeffrey in the Rally ring on Sunday. Also thanks to OCOD members Susan Armstrong, Pat Dean, Claire Israelson and Brandy Schmid who worked not only as stewards but also as mentors for our club members who had never stewarded before.   

During the weeks and months leading up to the trial, club members Connie Adams, John Blair and Michele Panetta helped promote the trial in their respective areas of the state and their efforts paid off as we had a very good entry with exhibitors coming from many parts of Florida as well as other states.

Our trial secretary Adrienne Swanick did a great job leading up to and during the trial. It’s a lot of work and sometimes thankless but she’s very good at what she does.    

And last but definitely not least, my wife Barbara Hall was a tremendous help to me behind-the-scenes, doing so many little things that I can’t list them all. Ironing and sorting ribbons, checking in stewards, getting lunches for the judges and keeping the candy bowls around the venue stocked were just some of her contributions. Thanks to her and to everyone.

We’ll do it all again next year – our trial will again be in Daytona Beach and the dates will be Aug. 10-11. Looking forward to it.

Andy Hall
MFGRC Club Secretary
Obedience/Rally Chair

MFGRC to hold General Meeting Sept. 2 in Kissimmee

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.

Entry Premium Now Available for MFGRC Obedience/Rally Trial

The Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club will hold its annual Obedience and Rally Trial on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 11-12, and the entry premium for the event is now available.

The trial will be held indoors in the air conditioned Obedience Club of Daytona building in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Judges for the trial will be Katheryn Griner, Jeffrey Kern and Carol Mett, and the trial secretary is Adrienne Swanick. Andy Hall is the event chair for the MFGRC.

The premium can be downloaded here.

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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Fun Match, General Meeting This Saturday

The Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club’s annual “Fun Match” will be held Saturday, March 17, at the home of MFGRC president Ann Rowe in Sorrento, Fla.

The AKC-sanctioned “B” match will include Obedience and Rally for all breeds along with conformation for Golden Retrievers. Same-day entries are permitted and entries are open to all.

A general meeting for club members will be held following the match.

The address is 23840 Oak Valley Lane, Sorrento, FL, 32776. Full details are available in the entry premium that can be downloaded here.

Team Members Sought for MFGRC DOCOF Entry

The Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club would like to enter a team in the annual Dog Obedience Clubs of Florida (DOCOF) competition and is looking for club members who would like to participate.

MFGRC members and dogs are needed to compete in Novice, Open and Utility classes, and dogs do not have to be titled in those classes to be eligible to compete. Also, Veteran dogs are welcomed on the team and will be able to jump their preferred jump height.

In addition, two club members are asked to volunteer to steward a half for the team.

DOCOF is an association of clubs and training schools from across the State of Florida who gather together every Labor Day weekend to share stories, food and have the annual Team Obedience friendly competition. The organization’s goals are to promote humane dog obedience training through the cooperation of all member organizations throughout Florida, and encourage sportsmanlike competition.

The DOCOF Competition is the only one of its kind in the United States with more than 30 teams gathering from around the state.

The competition will be held on Sunday, Sept. 2, at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Fla. Setup and practice will be the previous day. Each new Exhibitor gets a DOCOF pin, and each Exhibitor gets a year bar to add to that pin every year.

Interested club members are asked to contact team manager Deena Strauss at dsgoldens@gmail.com.