Goldens with MFGRC Ties Finish 2020 Ranked First, Second in AKC Standings

Two Golden Retrievers with ties to the MFGRC finished 2020 ranked first and second in the AKC’s final rankings for Goldens, with a third dog tied to the club finishing eighth.

The No. 1 Golden in the country based on the AKC point system was Hollywood (GCHS CH Can CH GoldRox Time for a Star SDHF BISS, pictured), a bitch owned and bred by MFGRC member Maura Roxby, also owned by Joy Long and David Long.

The No. 2 Golden in the country for 2020 was Geode (BISS GCHS CH Prism’s All About That Rock, No Pebble), a dog bred by MFGRC member Robin Bowen and owned by Teri Ford.

Also, MFGRC member Julie Wangelin’s boy Ditto (MBISS GCHS CH Questan’s RegeneRACEshun MBISS RI DSX DM BN RATN CGC TKI ), the MFGRC’s Show Dog of the Year for 2019, finished the year in eighth place. Ditto was bred by Julie, Suzann Painter and Nancy Sherick.

Hollywood and Geode were ranked Nos. 6 and 7, respectively, in the AKC’s All-Breed standings for 2020.  

Arson (BIS GCHB GoldRox SunnyDreams Fire Starter MBISS SDHF), owned by MFGRC members Maura Roxby and Courtney Roxby, ended the year ranked 13th.

MFGRC Confirms Officers and Board for 2021

The Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club has held its annual election for officers and board members, with voting ending on Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. ET. The 2021 officers and board are as follows: 

President – Ann Rowe 
Vice President – Robin Burket 
Secretary – Andy Hall 
Treasurer – Dee Thibodeaux 

Returning board members: 
Marilyn Booher 
Pam Ginn 
Ted Misilo 
Michele Throm 

New board members for 2021: 
John Blair 
Caroline Kendrick 
Laura Topping 

The new slate officers and board members is effective immediately. 

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

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

Camille Nasca

MFGRC Cancels Winter Hunt Test

The Mid-Florida Golden Retriever Club has canceled its annual Winter Hunt Test that was to have been held Nov. 13-15 at Golden Oaks Ranch in Montverde, Fla.

The cancellation is due to ripple effects of the COVID-19 pandemic including availability of the number of judges needed to conduct the test and the unavailability of volunteer and college workers to adequately and safely run the test.

The MFGRC Spring Hunt Test in Montverde is scheduled for Feb. 13-14.

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.”