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.

Award Winners from MFGRC Summer Specialty

The Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club held its “Summer Specialty” event on Friday, June 18, as part of the Sunshine State Cluster at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa.

Judges were Douglas Johnson (regular classes) and Joanne Cava (sweepstakes).

Award Winners included:

BEST OF BREED

GCHS CH Chestnut Then Came You, owned by J Chachas, C Chachas & M.B. Konesky & J Griffith of East Amherst, N.Y.

BEST OF WINNERS

24k Retrievers Count Your Blessings DS DJ, owned by Kim Pedersen and Destiny Martel, Haines City, Fla.

BEST OPPOSITE

Brightwood’s As Luck Would Have It, owned by Deborah Waid and Caroline M. Waid, Glen Ellyn, Ill.

SELECT DOG

BISS GCH Crescent GoldRox Worth His Wait In Gold MBIS, owned by Paula Black, Sorrento, Fla.

SELECT BITCH

GCH CH Boca Gold’s Little Peace of Heaven, owned by Michele Whitney and Haley Whitcomb, Largo, Fla.

BEST PUPPY

Goldrox Take Em To The Train Station, owned by Paula Black and Courtney Roxby, Sorrento, Fla.

BEST OWNER-HANDLED:

Brightwood’s As Luck Would Have It, owned by Deborah Waid and Caroline M. Waid, Glen Ellyn, Ill.

AWARDS OF MERIT

Questan’s Path To Enlightenment RN DS CGC, owned by Julie Wangelin, Kirsten Grande, Julie Caruthers, Palm Harbor, Fla.

Magic City’s Still On The Road, owned by Freda Philbeck & Judy & Jack Brinson, Highlands, N.C.

Goldrox Take Em To The Train Station, owned by Paula Black and Courtney Roxby, Sorrento, Fla.

WINNERS DOG

Goldrox Take Em To The Train Station, owned by Paula Black and Courtney Roxby, Sorrento, Fla.

RESERVE

Arum’s Double Your Pleasure Double Your Fun, owned by Tonya Noel and Morgan Brooks, Lakeland, Fla.  

WINNERS BITCH

24k Retrievers Count Your Blessings DS DJ, owned by Kim Pedersen and Destiny Martel, Haines City, Fla.

RESERVE

Monark’s English Salt Water Taffy, owned by Virginia McQueeney and Morgan Brooks, St. Cloud, Fla.

BEST IN SWEEPSTAKES

Goldrox Hold Your Horses, owned by Courtney Roxby, Eustis, Fla.

BEST OPPOSITE IN SWEEPSTAKES

Arum’s Double Your Pleasure Double Your Fun, owned by Tonya Noel and Morgan Brooks, Lakeland, Fla.  

BEST IN VETERAN SWEEPSTAKES

CH Richwood Moments Away MH CD BN, owned by Kristin and Eugene Sipus, Morriston, Fla.

BEST OPPOSITE IN VETERAN SWEEPSTAKES

Karagold Faeden Cap.n Jacks Black Pearl, owned by Jennifer Ducharme & Sandy Pepper & Karen Brady, Bradenton, Fla. Full results will be available on Jack Onofrio Dog Shows website.

Sponsorships Available for MFGRC Specialty Trophies

Hello Fellow MFGRC Members,

This year has been an especially difficult year in so many ways for all of us.  I hope you have fared well and that you and your families have stayed safe during these trying times.

Our annual specialty will be held on Friday, December 11, 2020 in the Orange County Convention Center.  AKC, in conjunction with the Convention Center, have put in place certain restrictions. In the interest of keeping everyone safe only handlers and show personnel will be allowed entrance to the center.  Please see the premium list for more information.

This letter is my annual request for club members to sponsor the trophies.  This year our trophies include some absolutely necessary dog show supplies including totes, towels, brushes, some lovely glass items and the most essential item of all wine tumblers. 

We understand that for many this year has been pretty rough but we hope that you will be able to sponsor one of these wonderful trophies. Please see the sponsorship list for information. 

Along with your sponsorship checks please include the award you wish to sponsor and how you would like the trophy card to read.  You can sponsor a trophy in “ Honor of” a beloved dog or a loved one who has passed.  If you would like to support our specialty but not sponsor an individual trophy you may donate to the General Fund.  All additional donations will help to defray the cost or our specialty.

Please make checks payable to MFGRC and mail to Camille Nasca, 4008 Bradley Ave., Orlando, FL 32839.  If you have any questions please contact me at mischiefgolden@gmail.com.

As always, I, along with Show Chair Caroline Kendrick, appreciate your support of our annual specialty.

Camille Nasca

MFGRC Cancels “Summer Specialty” in Tampa

The Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club has canceled its “Summer Specialty” event that was to have been held on Sept. 25 as part of the Sunshine State Cluster in Tampa.

The Cluster itself, which is scheduled for Sept. 23-27 at the Florida State Fairgrounds, has not been canceled. The Cluster was originally scheduled for June but was rescheduled to September due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The MFGRC board made the decision to withdraw from the Cluster due to ongoing concerns about the pandemic in Florida.

“We greatly appreciate Bill Price and the St. Petersburg Dog Fanciers Association for working with us on our decision,” said Robin Burket, MFGRC vice president and chair of the Summer Specialty. “We wish everyone involved a very safe and successful Cluster.”

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)

MFGRC News and Notes – August 15, 2018

CLUB MEETING SEPT. 2 — 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. IMPORTANT NOTE: Club members should NOT bring their dogs to the meeting.

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