Remembering Glenn Norton

Another sad day in the field trial community to lose yet another friend, Glenn Norton.   Glenn and wife Ilham lived in Fort Saskatchewan, AB and were generous supporters of the game, and Glenn was active for many years running dogs.  If you ever met Glenn, you remembered him as a 'larger than life' character!  Condolences to Ilham and family.

Remembering Scott Adams

In memory of Scott Adams

It is with great sadness we recognise the passing of Scott Adams.

Scott was gracious in sharing his time and knowledge with many and was a faithful supporter of the NPRTC. As a cornerstone of the NPRTC, Scott held many executive positions over the years securing training & trialing grounds and chaired numerous trials. His keen dog sense was sought after, judging trials throughout Canada and across the border at AKC events.

Scott was a dedicated student of the retriever training game, and graciously shared his expertise with many. Accomplishments and trial wins were plentiful, but culminated with Scott winning the 2011 Canadian National Amateur with Blue, NAFTCH-FTCH-Mjolnir Bluebill of Allanport.

Thank you Scott, for all that you did for our club. Your influence will carry forward indefinitely.

NPRTC sends our heartfelt condolences to Scott’s family, Liz, Robert and Jack. A Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday April 24 5:30 - 8:30PM at Pleasantview Funeral Home, 2000 Merritville Hwy, Thorold L0S 1E0

B Hoover Custom Calls

The NRCC is excited to welcome B Hoover Custom Calls as a new sponsor for 2024!

They are donating six of their custom whistles to the National Retriever Championship in North Bay.  Check out their Facebook page and see some of their exquisite work.

2024 NRCC Sponsors

The National Retriever Club of Canada is pleased to announce it’s 2024 sponsors.

Gold Level

Pro Plan & Garmin

Silver Level

Club Mead Labradors & Avery Sporting Dogs / Banded

Bronze Level


Friends of the All Age Stakes

Dakota Creek Retrievers, Kent Cartridge, Canadian Waterfowl Suppliers, & B Hoover Custom Calls

The NRCC values it’s continued partnership with Retriever Results and Retriever News.

Field Trial Secretaries, please download the sponsor page insert (from the links below) for the field trial catalogue.

Sponsor page insert for field trial catalogues

Remembering all those fantastic friends who are here only in our memories

Remembering all those fantastic friends who are here only in our memories. Jim Nichols


Loved dearly by Jim Nichols

Nighthaven’s Bulrush Max

Condolences to Ron Bischke on the loss of Nighthaven’s Bulrush Max, at only 8 years old.


New Executive of the NRCC

Per the bylaws of the NRCC, at the first directors meeting after the annual members meeting, the new executive for 2024 was elected.  President, Doug Shepherd (AB), 1st Vice President, Darlene Broomhead (ON), Past President Jim Andrew (ON).  The 2nd VP position is temporarily vacant.  Continuing to the end of their terms are officers:  Treasurer, Mike Zelman (NS), and Secretary, Kathleen Gatrell (ON).

Thank you to Jim Andrew for your tenure as NRCC President and to Jim Ling as immediate Past President.

The NRCC also welcomes new board members Dona Martin (ON), James Young (AB), Bernard Landry (QC), and Rick Regamble (BC).

Check the list of directors and officers to see who is the representative in your area.


Annual Members Meeting January 7, 2024

The Annual Members Meeting will be held via Zoom on January 7, 2024 12:00pm Eastern time zone (ON).   Member clubs are asked to submit agenda items for discussion by December 10, 2023 to the Secretary at

If you would like to attend the meeting but are not a member club executive, delegate, or hold a proxy, please contact the secretary for an invitation.   Only member club designates are entitled to vote.

Information Regarding Avian Flu

If you have Facebook you can read the information here.  Otherwise here is the information is reprinted below:

Update on Avian Influenza in Captive Reared Mallards for Retriever Events, written by John Brunjes, Migratory Bird Program coordinator at State of  Kentucky Fish & Wildlife department.

I have received a ton of calls and questions about Avian Influenza after two separate cases of duck breeders/suppliers having a facility test positive for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). There is a lot of concern and confusion about what this means to you and your beloved dogs.

First HPAI is a disease of wild waterfowl that has made its way into domestic flocks. It originated in Asia and has been carried around the globe by migratory birds and lax biosecurity in poultry. It appeared in North America two winters ago and is probably here to stay. As a disease, it can wipe out domestic poultry (esp. high concentration situations like chicken and turkey farms). In wild ducks, the disease is mostly not a lethal disease. Most of our wild ducks regularly have other forms of avian influenza which gives them some immunity.

Reputable suppliers of ducks for our hunt tests and field trials participate in the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP). Part of the plan is to regularly test birds for disease. In both recent cases, it is these good suppliers doing the right thing testing their birds that has alerted us to the presence of HPAI in their facility. Once detected, the infected facility is depopulated and the suppliers immediately contacted anyone who had recently received ducks from that facility. Those birds may or may not be infected but for safety's sake, we treat them as if they are. As a biologist, it is really good that the system worked here. We are testing and when found we let everyone know.

So what does this mean for you. First, HPAI can be contracted by dogs. There is at least one case of a retriever contracting the disease while hunting wild ducks. That said, it is extremely unlikely your dog will get it. For you, the most important thing is to know the possibility of exposure and be able to tell your vet that there is potential exposure. It can be treated if the vet knows. For you as a handler, risk is VERY low. Only one person in the US has contracted the disease and they were in a facility with thousands of sick birds. As with anytime you handle captive reared birds, proper cleaning of hands will go a long way to reducing any risk. Knowing you have been possibly exposed helps your doctor.

Last thing, leftover ducks from events that were alerted to the possibility of HPAI. A large number of dead ducks went home with folks from the Kentucky event. Even if they are in your freezer, the virus is still potentially alive in the frozen birds. This means that if you continue to utilize these birds, you are potentially exposing your dog to HPAI. If it is me, I'm getting rid of these birds. Getting rid means double bagging them in heavy duty black trash bags and sending them to the landfill. The greatest threat these birds pose is if they are thrown in the woods to allow "mother nature to take its course". Your dog (or other wild mammals) could eat the carcass (much higher risk of contracting disease) or wild birds like hawks can eat the carcasses and it is very lethal for them. Put them in the trash.

Going forward, this is likely something we will always need to be aware of. It emphasizes the importance of getting ducks from reputable suppliers. The best, most cautious supplier can in spite of their best efforts still get the disease in their flock. It is how they handle the aftermath that matters. These folks did it right and the system worked.


The First NRCC Newsletter – Fall 2023

The NRCC Executive and Directors would like to share the first NRCC Newsletter!  The semi-annual newsletter will be published in October and April and will feature the latest news from the Directors meetings and highlight major events.   Read the first edition and tell us what you think.

Have any ideas for features in the next edition?  Contact the Communications Committee at