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Welcome to the newsletter of the NRCC. Our aim is to create a semi-annual publication to share with you the noteworthy events and achievements of the association and its members.   The next edition will be published in the Fall 2024…what would you like to see?  Contact your Regional Director to share your thoughts and feedback, or send ideas to admin@nrcc-canada.com. Select from the editions below.               Photo credit Kevin Riddell

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Throughout the year, April through October, member clubs host Retriever Field Trials and/or Hunt Tests held under CKC Rules and Regulations.

The National Retriever Club of Canada (NRCC) holds an annual National Retriever Championship. The event is held in a different region in Canada and is hosted by a NRCC member club.

Throughout the year, handlers and their dogs compete in CKC Retriever Field Trials in efforts to qualify for the National Retriever Championship.  These qualified dogs then compete for the prestigious title of National Field Trial Champion and National Amateur Field Trial Champion!

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CKC Hunt Tests and Working Certificates

 

CKC Hunt Test Rules and Regulations for Retrievers, Barbet, Irish Water Spaniels & Standard Poodles

The purpose of a hunt test for Retrievers, Barbet, Irish Water Spaniels and Standard Poodles is to test the merits of, and evaluate the abilities of these dogs in the field in order to determine their suitability and ability as hunting companions. Hunt test should simulate as nearly as possible, the conditions met in a true hunting situation. The test allows a dog to demonstrate these characteristics and continue breed improvement of these qualities.

Eligible breeds: all breeds of Retrievers, Barbet, Irish Water Spaniels and Standard Poodles.

The Junior Hunt test is for dogs at least 6 months of age.

In Junior Hunt Tests dogs shall be tested on 4 single marks: 2 on the land and 2 on water.

  • Test distances shall not exceed 73.1 meters (80 yards).

  • A leash, line or slip cord may be used to steady the dog at the line.

  • No dog shall wear a collar while making a retrieve.

  • Dogs must deliver to hand, failure to do so will result in a fail.

  • Dogs that return to a previous fall will be failed.

In order to receive the CKC Title of "Junior Hunter" (JH), a dog must have a record of having acquired qualifying scores in the Junior Hunt Test in 3 CKC approved hunt tests.

* Please refer to the CKC Hunt Test Rules & Regulations for detailed information regarding this stake.

The Senior Hunt test is for dogs at least 6 months of age.

In Senior Hunter Hunt Tests dogs shall be tested in a minimum of 5 hunting situations, which include:

  • 1 land blind.

  • 1 water blind

  • The blinds may be run as a double blind 1 placed on land and 1 placed on water.

  • 1 double land mark

  • 1 double water mark.

  • An upland hunting test

The judges shall establish distances on the land and water but no retrieve should normally exceed 73.1 meters (80 yards) also no marks should be thrown inside 18.3 meters (20 yards) from the line. A Senior Hunt dog must retrieve to hand. Dogs shall be required to honor a working dog at least once. A diversion shot(s) shall be used. Diversion birds shall not be used.

Dogs that return to a previous fall will be failed.

In order to receive the CKC Title of "Senior Hunter" (SH), a dog must have a record of having acquired qualifying scores in the Senior Hunt Test in 5 CKC approved hunt tests. Or in the case of a dog that has been recorded by CKC as a Junior Hunter, that dog will be recorded as a Senior Hunter after having acquired qualifying scores in the Senior Hunt Test at 4 CKC approved hunt tests.

* Please refer to the CKC Hunt Test Rules & Regulations for detailed information regarding this stake.

The Master Hunt test is for dogs at least 6 months of age.

Dogs shall be tested in a minimum of 5 hunting situations as follows:

  • Multiple land marks

  • Multiple water marks.

  • An upland hunting test with flush.

  • A land blind (s)

  • A water blind (s).

There shall be at least 3 series. Diversion birds and/or diversion shots must be used at least once. The word multiple means more than one, although triple marks are encouraged. Natural hazards, obstacles, hunting equipment and implements should be utilized to a somewhat greater degree than in the Senior Hunt Test. A Master Hunt dog must honour a working dog at least once. The judges shall establish test distances but no retrieve should normally exceed 91.4 meters (100 yards) and under no circumstance shall exceed 114.3 meters (125 yards). A Master Hunter must be steady and must deliver to hand. Poison birds may be used;the judges will determine whether or not the poison bird will be retrieved after the blind retrieve.

In order to receive the CKC Title of "Master Hunter" (MH), a dog must have a record of having acquired qualifying scores in the Master Hunt Test at 6 CKC approved hunt tests. Or in the case of a dog that has been recorded by CKC as a Senior Hunter, that dog will be recorded as a Master Hunter after having acquired qualifying scores in the Master Hunt Test at 5 CKC approved hunt tests.

In order to receive the CKC Title of "Grand Master Hunter" (GMH), a dog must have earned a “Master Hunter” title and acquire qualifying scores in the Master Hunt Test at an additional 10 CKC approved Hunt Tests or National Master Hunt Tests.

* Please refer to the CKC Hunt Test Rules & Regulations for detailed information regarding this stake.

CKC Working Certificate Test Rules & Regulations

The primary objective of the WC, WCI and WCX tests is to encourage the development and use of those natural abilities for which retrievers were originally bred. The tests provide a means to help determine future breeding stock, encourage retriever owners to develop their dogs’ natural abilities, and to have retrievers become more proficient as hunting partners. The tests are noncompetitive and those dogs that pass the tests to the satisfaction of the judges will be recorded as having basic work ability.

Eligible breeds: all breeds of Retrievers and Irish Water Spaniels, Poodles, Airedale Terriers and Barbets

The Working Certificate Test is for dogs at least 6 months of age.

In Working Certificate Tests dogs shall be tested on back to back single marks on land and back to back single marks on water.

  • Test distances shall be 45.7 to 68.5 meters (50 - 70 yards) on land and 22.9 - 36.6 meters (25  – 40 yards) on water.

  • A leash, line or slip cord may be used to steady the dog at the line.

  • No dog shall wear a collar while making a retrieve.

  • Dogs should deliver to hand and must bring the bird across the line.

  • Dogs cannot be handled.

  • Back to back singles run from the same line shall have an angle of not less than 90 degrees.

In order to receive the CKC Title of "Working Certificate" (WC), a dog must pass 1 CKC approved Working Certificate test.

* Please refer to the CKC Working Certificate Test Rules & Regulations for detailed information regarding this stake.

The Working Certificate Intermediate Test is for dogs at least 6 months of age that have earned the title of WC.

In Working Certificate Intermediate Tests dogs shall be tested on a land double, an honour on the land test and a water double.

  • Test distances shall be approximately 68.6 meters (70 yards) on land and 36.6 - 45.7 meters (40 - 50 yards) on water.

  • The angle between the falls shall not be less than 90 degrees.

  • Dogs must come to line off lead.

  • Dogs must deliver to hand.

  • Decoys will be used.

  • Honouring dogs will be required to sit and stay until the working dog has picked up its first mark or should have picked up its first mark.

In order to receive the CKC Title of "Working Certificate Intermediate" (WCI), a dog must pass 1 CKC approved Working Certificate Intermediate test.

The Working Certificate Excellent Test is for dogs at least 6 months of age that have earned the title of WCI.

In Working Certificate Excellent Tests dogs shall be tested on a walk up with a land double or a land/water double, an honour on the walk up, a water double, a land blind and a water blind.

  • Test distances shall be about 91.4 meters (100 yards) for the first land mark thrown and 45.7 meters (50 yards) for the second land mark, up to 45.7 meters (50 yards) for the water marks, 13.7 meters (15 yards) for the walk up, 45.7 - 68.5 meters (50 - 75 yards) for the land blind and a maximum of 45.7 meters (50 yards) for the water blind.

  • The angle between the falls should not be less than 45 degrees on land 90 degrees on water.

  • Dogs must come to line off lead.

  • Dogs must deliver to hand.

  • Decoys will be used.

  • Dogs must honour until the working dog has picked up its first mark or should have picked up its fist mark.

  • Both handlers shall carry unloaded guns or replicas during the honour on the walk-up.

  • A shot will be discharged at the line by the designated gunner when the dog is on line and before it is sent.

In order to receive the CKC Title of "Working Certificate Excellent" (WCX), a dog must pass 1 CKC approved Working Certificate Excellent test.

* Please refer to the CKC Working Certificate Test Rules & Regulations for detailed information regarding this stake.


CKC Retriever Events

CKC Retriever Field Trial Rules & Regulations

The purpose of a retriever field trial is to determine the relative merits of retrievers in the field and to test both the natural and trained abilities desired in a hunting retriever. Field Trials showcase and improve the retriever breeds by identifying the dogs which best demonstrate the desired abilities of a hunting retriever. Tests should be held in a natural hunting terrain and should be designed to test and separate the competing dogs with the dogs giving the best performances on that particular day being awarded placement. All dogs running in the trial should be given the opportunity to run as many of the tests as time and circumstances allow and if completing the tests in a satisfactory manner, shall be awarded certificates of merit.

Eligible breeds: all breeds of Retrievers.

(“Retriever” means Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Curly-coated Retriever, Flat-Coated Retriever, Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Irish Water Spaniels and Standard Poodles)

The Junior Stake is for dogs 6 months of age and not exceeding 2 years of age on the day
of the trial at which they are being run.

A “reasonable” degree of steadiness and general obedience are the requirements in the Junior
stake. Marking ability and style constitute the most important factors for placings in the Junior.
Blind retrieves are not required in the Junior stake.

Usually retrieves are limited to single marks and double marks. The most common Junior test
would be a double with the guns remaining visible. Only on rare occasions judges have required
retrieves of marks from which gunners retired (hide) after the bird has been shot. Also on rare
occasions judges have required the retrieving of triple marks. There are usually four series, or
tests, with two series being run on land and two series on water.

In order to receive the CKC Title of "Junior Field Trial Retriever" (JFTR), a dog must have placed in
3 CKC approved Junior stakes and acquired 5 points.

* Please refer to the CKC Retriever Field Trial Rules & Regulations for detailed information
regarding this stake.

The Qualifying Stake is for dogs at least 6 months of age that have never won 1st , 2nd , 3rd , 4th
or a Certificate of Merit in an Open, Limited or Special All-Age Stake, nor a 1st , 2nd , 3rd , 4th in
an Amateur All-Age Stake nor have won 5 1 st s in Qualifying Stakes.

The most common marking tests in a Qualifying Stake are triple retrieves with all guns visible,
even though retired gunners (who hide after the bird is shot) are often used. Blind retrieves are
also required in the Qualifying Stake, although abilities acquired through training are of less
importance in the Qualifying Stake than in those carrying championship points.

The status recognized as “Qualifying All-Age” allows a dog to be eligible to run a “Limited All-Age
Stake”, which, at some field trials with large entries, is an “Open All-Age Stake” that ‘limits’ the
entry to “Qualified All-Age” dogs. A dog placing first or second in a Qualifying Stake is recognized
as “Qualified All-Age”. ( A dog may also become “Qualified All-Age” by receiving a Judges Award
of Merit or better in a major stake.)

In order to receive the CKC Title "Qualified Field Trial Retriever" (QFTR), a dog must have
acquired 10 points in Qualifying stakes with 5 starters and have placed first at least once or have
placed in an All Age stake or have obtained a Certificate of Merit in an Open, Limited or Special All
Age stake.

* Please refer to the CKC Retriever Field Trial Rules & Regulations for detailed information
regarding this stake.

The Amateur All-Age stake is for dogs at least 6 months of age that are handled by a person
who is an Amateur as determined by the Field Trial Committee.

Championship points earned toward the Amateur Field Championship are awarded in the Amateur
All-Age Stake and the performance requirements are basically the same as in the Open All-Age
Stake. The main difference between the two stakes is that only amateur handlers are allowed to
handle dogs in the Amateur All-Age Stake, whereas professionals and amateurs may handle dogs
in the Open All-Age Stake.

Trial-giving clubs have the option of holding an Amateur All-Age or an Owner-Handler Amateur All-
Age. In a regular Amateur All-Age Stake, the dog may be handled by any amateur handler. In an
Owner-Handler Amateur All-Age Stake, the dog may be handled only by the registered owner (and
certain relatives), and only if the owner (or relative) is an amateur.

In order to receive the CKC Title "Amateur Field Trial Champion” (AFTCH) a dog must win the
National Amateur Retriever Championship stake or acquire 10 points in All Age stakes with 8
qualified starters and have placed first at least once in an All Age stake.

* Please refer to the CKC Retriever Field Trial Rules & Regulations for detailed information
regarding this stake.

The Open All-Age Stake is for dogs at least 6 months of age.

Championship points are awarded in the Open All-Age Stake, which is open to all retrievers
eligible for a CKC licensed retriever field trial. Tests consist of demanding marks and blinds and
only accomplished retrievers of extraordinary natural and trained abilities usually excel in the Open All-Age Stake.

Tests commonly consist of triple or quadruple marks, with and without retired guns (hidden after
the bird is shot), and single, double or triple blind retrieves. Dogs must be steady and under control at all times. The Open All-Age Stakes commonly begin with a marking test on land followed by a land test with at least one blind retrieve. Dogs “called back” after the land tests are usually required to successfully perform a blind retrieve on the water which would be followed by a marking test on the water.

In order to receive the CKC Title "Field Trial Champion” (FTCH) a dog must win the National
Retriever Championship stake or acquire 10 points in Open, Limited or Special All Age stakes with 8 qualified starters and have placed first in at least one of these stakes.

* Please refer to the CKC Retriever Field Trial Rules; Regulations for detailed information
regarding this stake.

CKC Hunt Test Rules and Regulations for Retrievers, Barbet, Irish Water Spaniels & Standard Poodles

The purpose of a hunt test for Retrievers, Barbet, Irish Water Spaniels and Standard Poodles is to test the merits of, and evaluate the abilities of these dogs in the field in order to determine their suitability and ability as hunting companions. Hunt test should simulate as nearly as possible, the conditions met in a true hunting situation. The test allows a dog to demonstrate these characteristics and continue breed improvement of these qualities.

Eligible breeds: all breeds of Retrievers, Barbet, Irish Water Spaniels and Standard Poodles.

The Junior Hunt test is for dogs at least 6 months of age.

In Junior Hunt Tests dogs shall be tested on 4 single marks: 2 on the land and 2 on water.

  • Test distances shall not exceed 73.1 meters (80 yards).

  • A leash, line or slip cord may be used to steady the dog at the line.

  • No dog shall wear a collar while making a retrieve.

  • Dogs must deliver to hand, failure to do so will result in a fail.

  • Dogs that return to a previous fall will be failed.

In order to receive the CKC Title of "Junior Hunter" (JH), a dog must have a record of having acquired qualifying scores in the Junior Hunt Test in 3 CKC approved hunt tests.

* Please refer to the CKC Hunt Test Rules & Regulations for detailed information regarding this stake.

The Senior Hunt test is for dogs at least 6 months of age.

In Senior Hunter Hunt Tests dogs shall be tested in a minimum of 5 hunting situations, which include:

  • 1 land blind.

  • 1 water blind

  • The blinds may be run as a double blind 1 placed on land and 1 placed on water.

  • 1 double land mark

  • 1 double water mark.

  • An upland hunting test

The judges shall establish distances on the land and water but no retrieve should normally exceed 73.1 meters (80 yards) also no marks should be thrown inside 18.3 meters (20 yards) from the line. A Senior Hunt dog must retrieve to hand. Dogs shall be required to honor a working dog at least once. A diversion shot(s) shall be used. Diversion birds shall not be used.

Dogs that return to a previous fall will be failed.

In order to receive the CKC Title of "Senior Hunter" (SH), a dog must have a record of having acquired qualifying scores in the Senior Hunt Test in 5 CKC approved hunt tests. Or in the case of a dog that has been recorded by CKC as a Junior Hunter, that dog will be recorded as a Senior Hunter after having acquired qualifying scores in the Senior Hunt Test at 4 CKC approved hunt tests.

* Please refer to the CKC Hunt Test Rules & Regulations for detailed information regarding this stake.

The Master Hunt test is for dogs at least 6 months of age.

Dogs shall be tested in a minimum of 5 hunting situations as follows:

  • Multiple land marks

  • Multiple water marks.

  • An upland hunting test with flush.

  • A land blind (s)

  • A water blind (s).

There shall be at least 3 series. Diversion birds and/or diversion shots must be used at least once. The word multiple means more than one, although triple marks are encouraged. Natural hazards, obstacles, hunting equipment and implements should be utilized to a somewhat greater degree than in the Senior Hunt Test. A Master Hunt dog must honour a working dog at least once. The judges shall establish test distances but no retrieve should normally exceed 91.4 meters (100 yards) and under no circumstance shall exceed 114.3 meters (125 yards). A Master Hunter must be steady and must deliver to hand. Poison birds may be used;the judges will determine whether or not the poison bird will be retrieved after the blind retrieve.

In order to receive the CKC Title of "Master Hunter" (MH), a dog must have a record of having acquired qualifying scores in the Master Hunt Test at 6 CKC approved hunt tests. Or in the case of a dog that has been recorded by CKC as a Senior Hunter, that dog will be recorded as a Master Hunter after having acquired qualifying scores in the Master Hunt Test at 5 CKC approved hunt tests.

In order to receive the CKC Title of "Grand Master Hunter" (GMH), a dog must have earned a “Master Hunter” title and acquire qualifying scores in the Master Hunt Test at an additional 10 CKC approved Hunt Tests or National Master Hunt Tests.

* Please refer to the CKC Hunt Test Rules & Regulations for detailed information regarding this stake.

CKC Working Certificate Test Rules & Regulations

The primary objective of the WC, WCI and WCX tests is to encourage the development and use of those natural abilities for which retrievers were originally bred. The tests provide a means to help determine future breeding stock, encourage retriever owners to develop their dogs’ natural abilities, and to have retrievers become more proficient as hunting partners. The tests are noncompetitive and those dogs that pass the tests to the satisfaction of the judges will be recorded as having basic work ability.

Eligible breeds: all breeds of Retrievers and Irish Water Spaniels, Poodles, Airedale Terriers and Barbets

The Working Certificate Test is for dogs at least 6 months of age.

In Working Certificate Tests dogs shall be tested on back to back single marks on land and back to back single marks on water.

  • Test distances shall be 45.7 to 68.5 meters (50 - 70 yards) on land and 22.9 - 36.6 meters (25  – 40 yards) on water.

  • A leash, line or slip cord may be used to steady the dog at the line.

  • No dog shall wear a collar while making a retrieve.

  • Dogs should deliver to hand and must bring the bird across the line.

  • Dogs cannot be handled.

  • Back to back singles run from the same line shall have an angle of not less than 90 degrees.

In order to receive the CKC Title of "Working Certificate" (WC), a dog must pass 1 CKC approved Working Certificate test.

* Please refer to the CKC Working Certificate Test Rules & Regulations for detailed information regarding this stake.

The Working Certificate Intermediate Test is for dogs at least 6 months of age that have earned the title of WC.

In Working Certificate Intermediate Tests dogs shall be tested on a land double, an honour on the land test and a water double.

  • Test distances shall be approximately 68.6 meters (70 yards) on land and 36.6 - 45.7 meters (40 - 50 yards) on water.

  • The angle between the falls shall not be less than 90 degrees.

  • Dogs must come to line off lead.

  • Dogs must deliver to hand.

  • Decoys will be used.

  • Honouring dogs will be required to sit and stay until the working dog has picked up its first mark or should have picked up its first mark.

In order to receive the CKC Title of "Working Certificate Intermediate" (WCI), a dog must pass 1 CKC approved Working Certificate Intermediate test.

The Working Certificate Excellent Test is for dogs at least 6 months of age that have earned the title of WCI.

In Working Certificate Excellent Tests dogs shall be tested on a walk up with a land double or a land/water double, an honour on the walk up, a water double, a land blind and a water blind.

  • Test distances shall be about 91.4 meters (100 yards) for the first land mark thrown and 45.7 meters (50 yards) for the second land mark, up to 45.7 meters (50 yards) for the water marks, 13.7 meters (15 yards) for the walk up, 45.7 - 68.5 meters (50 - 75 yards) for the land blind and a maximum of 45.7 meters (50 yards) for the water blind.

  • The angle between the falls should not be less than 45 degrees on land 90 degrees on water.

  • Dogs must come to line off lead.

  • Dogs must deliver to hand.

  • Decoys will be used.

  • Dogs must honour until the working dog has picked up its first mark or should have picked up its fist mark.

  • Both handlers shall carry unloaded guns or replicas during the honour on the walk-up.

  • A shot will be discharged at the line by the designated gunner when the dog is on line and before it is sent.

In order to receive the CKC Title of "Working Certificate Excellent" (WCX), a dog must pass 1 CKC approved Working Certificate Excellent test.

* Please refer to the CKC Working Certificate Test Rules & Regulations for detailed information regarding this stake.


News & Announcements

NRCC Secretary Job Posting

The National Retriever Club of Canada is seeking a Secretary to the Board of Directors for a two year term.

The National Retriever Club of Canada (NRCC) is a corporation registered under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act and member of the Canadian Kennel Club.  The mission of the corporation is: To promote, facilitate and further the interests of the National Retriever Championship stake and the National Amateur Retriever Championship stake, purebred retrievers and the retriever field trial sport in Canada.

If you are familiar with Retriever Trials, have administrative experience, enjoy working with others, including  Board of Directors, Member Clubs, and outside agencies, we want  to hear from you!

 Please review the Job Description and send us (the Board Executive) your application letter outlining your experience, including administrative experience and technical skills

Successful candidates will be interviewed by the Board Executive.

Email application letter to:  executive@nrcc-canada.com

Job Description:   NRCC Secretary

Reporting to the President, the Secretary provides the integral role of coordination and communication between members, the Board, and outside agencies. They often act as an information and reference point for the Executive, standing committee members, researching and clarifying practices and decisions, confirming legal requirements, and maintaining relevant documentation.

The Secretary works closely with the NRCC Executive, Treasurer, Directors, Host Club, and Web Administrator.   The Secretary is the point of contact for Field Trial Secretaries to support and assist with items such as  event applications, or the Retriever Results Reporting System data entry.

The workload fluctuates during the year, however averages approximately 8 - 10 hours per month.

Key areas of responsibilities include:

  • Membership – maintain list and contact information for club executives, field trial secretaries, and delegates; communicate annual renewal and notices to member clubs.
  • Meetings – schedule, prepare agendas and take minutes for all executive, standing committees, directors, and annual members meeting.
    • Annual members meeting – solicit and maintain list of member delegates and proxies.
    • Directors’ meetings are held four times per year (February, May, August, December); the Executive meets prior to each Director meeting, and the Annual meeting is in January.
    • There are five Standing Committees which meet twice per year (Sponsorship, Governance, Finance, Communications, and National Championship).
    • Other meetings may be convened on an ad hoc basis.
  • Director Nominations – send notification to member clubs (including link to nomination form) in September to solicit nominations for Annual Members Meeting.
  • National Judge Selection - send notification to member clubs (including link to nomination form) in September to solicit nominations and forward to the National Committee when received.
  • Forms & Filings – file Corporate Canada Annual return, CKC membership and directors update, Top Retriever statistics are sent to CKCat the end of the calendar year, and work with the Web Administrator to ensure all website forms and links are up to date.
  • Administration – maintain all files, correspondence, and documents on the NRCC Shared Google Drive.
    • Maintain email distribution lists for Field Trial Secretaries, Member Clubs, and Directors.
    • Receive all NRCC correspondence and either reply or forward to the appropriate individual to respond.
    • Insurance – ensure NRCC General Liability and Directors & Officers insurance is renewed with appropriate named or additional insured added (ie Purina) each year. Certificates of insurance must be forwarded to sponsors by January of each year.
  • Sponsor Recognition – on April 1 of each year, prepare the new sponsor catalogue insert for Field Trial Secretaries, including distribution to Canuck Dogs.
  • National Retriever Championship – work closely with the National Committee and Host Club:
    • Receive Host Club Applications and/or prepare documents: letter of intent, proposal, letter of undertaking.
    • Prepare National judges’ acceptance letters.
    • Prepare CKC National event application and judges’ applications, and ensure confirmations are received and forwarded to the field trial secretary.
    • Submit CKC National results, entry forms, fees, catalogues (marked & unmarked).
    • For National Event order or arrange for: pins & engraving, perpetual trophies, keeper trophies, ribbons, table banner, judge’s paddle.  Confirm with sponsor liaison that banners are received by the Host Club.
      • Work with National Reporter to ensure winner and finalist photos meet sponsor obligations, and National article is completed and sent to Retriever News.
    • Website and Field Trial Schedule Support - the Secretary should have the skills to assist the Web Administrator with website maintenance, posting announcements, maintaining the field trial schedule, and updating results links, if needed.
    • Technical Skills – the Secretary will be required to use the following software and/or tools:
      • Google Workspace for Non-profits, which includes Shared Drive, Gmail, Calendar, Meet, and Admin Console.
      • Zoom Meetings
      • Familiar with Microsoft software such as Word and Excel or Google Sheets and Docs
      • Adobe Acrobat Professional

Honorarium: TBD (under review)

Work Environment:  The position requires the ability to work remotely (with reliable internet) across all time zones and supply their own desktop computer or laptop.  Most software is cloud-based, and any proprietary or special software will be provided by the NRCC.

Year at a glance:

January February March April May June July August September October November December
Annual Members Meeting Directors Meeting Directors Meeting Directors Meeting Director Meeting
Committee meetings Committee meetings
Prepare judges’ acceptance letters Distribute Sponsor recognition insert Order pins, trophies, ribbons, etc for National National Event National Event Application National Judge Panel Application Follow up with CKC re: event /judge application
CKC Directors update (form) Send Directors Nomination forms to member clubs (follow  month end) AMM Notice to member clubs Member renewal notice
Certificate of insurance to named insureds (Purina, etc) Corporate Canada filing D & 0 Insurance renewal Send National Judge Nomination forms to member clubs (follow  month end) Send Proxy & Delegate forms to member clubs Renew General Liability Insurance
Top Retrievers to CKC

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New FTCH-AFTCH “Rainey”

We are pleased to announce that with her Open win at York Retriever Field Trial Club our Rainey is now FTCH AFTCH Davadar’s Mother Of The Blues.

Darlene & David Broomhead

CDC Importation Rules – Impact on Canadian Breeders

The National Retriever Club of Canada strongly encourages the Field Trial community to
support our valued sponsors. Our extra effort is especially important when
circumstances change, and businesses encounter unexpected challenges.

Case in point, at the present time, is the recently announced regulation changes by the
U.S. CDC to their dog importation rules. While these rules may have some affect on
some of you as competitors, the major impact will be on the Canadian Breeders such as
our sponsor Club Mead Labradors, and their ability to export puppies to their U.S. customers. While
the CDC decision may not be swayed by a few Field Trial enthusiasts we can have an
impact at the local level. Make people aware of the situation being encountered and
wherever possible encourage them to Buy Local, Buy Canadian.

We recognize that there has been some movement and change to the regulations as
originally announced. On June 5 th some points were relaxed, which gives us hope that
further changes will be agreed to, albeit it may take some time. We support the efforts of
both CKC and CFIA to bring about further modifications.

On behalf of the NRCC Executive,

Doug Shepherd,

President

New FTCH and AFTCH Titles

Many dogs and handlers are off to a great start so far this year earning new FTCH and AFTCH titles!  Scoll through the lists below to see who’s earned what.

Congratulations to this weekends title earners – Ron Bischke & Bulrush Budlight of Nighthaven, and Scott Anderson & Razor’s NX Generation!

If you have a milestone to share send us a note and a picture – Click Here

AFTCH FTCH "Tosh"

 
 

Remembering Daniel Lapalme

"A fellow retriever enthusiast, competitor, judge, wonderful human being passed yesterday May 10. Daniel Lapalme.
I met him through emails 10-15 yrs ago when he lived in ON, wanting that special pup and just wanted to chit chat with breeders. He found Ranger and they had and incredible journey together. I found out he passed in a group field text and he was supposed to judge but didn't show up. Condolences to his family and pray Ranger finds a wonderful home. RIP - you had a huge heart for dogs and the retriever community."
Barb Loree

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

Dogtra

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

AFTCH BJ’S NORTHERN TUNDRA 2012-2024

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.

 


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National Retriever Club of Canada's 2023 Membership fees now due.

National Retriever Club of Canada's Annual Meeting of Members

Saturday January 28, 2023

ZOOM Meeting

2022 NATIONAL FIELD TRIAL CHAMPION

#3 NFTCH-AFTCH Baypoint Thanksgiving Dream QFTR-JFTR “Cooper”

Owned and handled by Bernard Landry


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    The National Retriever Club of Canada (NRCC) is a Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) recognized club comprised of CKC recognized retriever clubs across Canada.

    The CKC plays a central role in administrating, supporting and promoting dog sports. As the largest governing body for dog shows and trials in Canada, the CKC qualify judges and sanction the rules and regulations for events right across the country.  CKC governed events offer a wonderful opportunity for dogs and their owners to showcase their incredible skills, training and abilities.

    Retrievers, Irish Water Spaniels, and Standard Poodles may compete in retriever field trials, while retrievers, Irish Water Spaniels, Barbets and Standard Poodles may enter hunt and working certificate tests. Dogs are tested both on their ability to mark the location of downed birds and on their retrieving skill, over land or in the water. At the higher levels, dogs are required to carry out very sophisticated retrieving tests, including marking multiple birds and finding unmarked birds (blind retrieves).


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    Throughout the year, April through October, member clubs host Retriever Field Trials and/or Hunt Tests held under CKC Rules and Regulations.

    The National Retriever Club of Canada (NRCC) holds an annual National Retriever Championship. The event is held in a different region in Canada and is hosted by a NRCC member club.

    Throughout the year, handlers and their dogs compete in CKC Retriever Field Trials in efforts to qualify for the National Retriever Championship.  These qualified dogs then compete for the prestigious title of National Field Trial Champion and National Amateur Field Trial Champion!