The Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club has been named to host the 2020 Golden Retriever Club of America National Specialty, which will include 13 days of competition, social events, clinics, seminars, shopping and more.
The National will span October 16-28, 2020, with the majority held between Monday, Oct. 19, and Saturday, Oct. 24 at the beautiful new World Equestrian Center in Ocala, Fla. Best of Breed will be on Saturday and close activities in Ocala.
A three-day Hunt Test will kick off the National beginning Friday, Oct. 16, and a three-day Field Trial will conclude on Wednesday, Oct. 28. The Hunt Test and Field Trial will be held at Lazy J Ranch in Williston, Fla., which is only 25 miles from the World Equestrian Center.
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.
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.
GROOMING, HEALTH SEMINAR and GENERAL MEETING
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.
BARN HUNT FUN DAY
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:
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.