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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 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

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.

 

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 secretary@nrcc-canada.com.

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 admin@nrcc-canada.com

 

NEW NFTCH AND NAFTCH FOR 2023

2023 Finalists & Winner click here to see more photos and details

NATIONAL RETRIEVER CHAMPIONSHIP STAKE (effective January 2022)
National Field Trial Champion NFTCH
The National Field Trial Champion title, NFTCH, is awarded to the winner of the National
Retriever Championship stake.
National Amateur Field Trial Champion NAFTCH
The National Amateur Field Trial Champion title, NAFTCH, is awarded to the top Amateur
handled dog when the winner is handled by a Professional and the top Amateur handled
dog completes the 10th series of the National Retriever Championship stake.

The 2023 National Retriever Championship Running Order

The running order has been posted! The actual starting number will be determined by a draw at the Banquet on September 16 (competition to start September 17). Check back daily for reports during the day and callbacks at the end of each series.
Running Order & Callbacks

No. of dogs starting series 45 45 44 41 38 32 26 18 15 10
No. Dog Name - Breed -Sex Owner(s) Handler 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 FTCH AFTCH Prairiestorms J Grousebuster QFTR JFTR "Juno"-BLF Lois Aitken - Sherwood Park AB Lois Aitken AM X
2 Beaverdam's Ace Of Spades QFTR "Spade"-BLM Glynn Matthews - Cato NY Glynn Matthews AM X
3 BDL Belmont's Dusky Midnight Rascal QFTR JFTR "Daisy"-BLF Kate Pilgrim - Langley BC Kate Pilgrim AM X
4 Prairiestorm Rosie 2nd QFTR JFTR "Rosie"-YLF Lorne Parker - Comox BC Lorne Parker AM X
5 FTCH AFTCH Big Valley Mer Joseph Campbell QFTR "Joe"-CLM Mark Roberts - Campbell River BC Mark Roberts AM or Rick Regamble PRO X
6 Belmont's Mississippi Delta QFTR JFTR "Delta"-BLF Kevin Hill - Surrey BC Kevin Hill PRO X
7 Kannata's Good Luck Charm QFTR JFTR "Otis"-YLM Greg Buchan - Regina SK Daniel Danforth PRO X
8 NMH GMH Master's GNG Marshland Man Of Action QFTR "Action"-GM Louise & Rick Roberts - Mill Bay BC Rick Roberts AM X
9 Thievin High Card Hand QFTR "Kicker"-BLM Howard & Lise Simson - Bradford ON Richard Dresser AM X
10 NFC Truline's Just Floyd "Floyd"-YLM Amie & John Henninger - Jefferson OR Amie Henninger PRO W-NFTCH
11 FTCH Wyatt XXX QFTR JFTR "Wyatt"-GM Mike Milne - Abbotsford BC Kevin Hill PRO X
12 FTCH AFTCH Coolwater's Black Line QFTR JFTR "Georgia"-BLF Dave Douglas - Courtenay BC Dave Douglas AM F
13 Bowrivers Willowrose Edge QFTR "Roca"-BLF Dee Parsons - East Foothills AB Daniel Danforth PRO X
14 FTCH AFTCH Wingbusters Alabama Slamma QFTR JFTR "Wrecks"-BLM Thomas & Margaret Murray - Langdon AB Marg Murray AM X
15 FTCH AFTCH Little Bit Flashy QFTR "Flash"-BLF Jim Borsberry - Salem OR Jim Borsberry AM X
16 FTCH Belmonts Fat Bottom Girl QFTR JFTR "Freddy"-BLF Kevin Hill - Surrey BC Kevin Hill PRO F
17 FTCH AFTCH Clubmead's Eighty Proof QFTR "Gibson"-BLM James Swanson - North Saanich BC James Swanson AM X
18 FTCH Bowrivers Where Blacktop Ends QFTR "Bronco"-BLM Daniel & Laura Danforth - Irricana AB Daniel Danforth PRO F
19 FTCH AFTCH Clubmead's Ms Kate Black QFTR JFTR "Katy"-BLF Gary Randall - Mission BC Gary Randall AM X
20 FTCH AFTCH Brentwood Gem's Double Shot QFTR JFTR "Deuce"-BLM Hope & Peter Roberts - Victoria BC Hope Roberts AM X
21 FTCH AFTCH Patch Of Skatch QFTR JFTR "Jazper"-YLM Rod Spence - Revelstoke BC Rod Spence AM X
22 FTCH Belmont's Fire Inside QFTR JFTR "Cinder"-BLF Kevin Hill - Surrey BC Kevin Hill PRO X
23 NFTCH AFTCH Flint River's Fifty Shades Of Blue QFTR "Teal"-BLF Connie & Richard Dresser - South Woodslee ON Connie Dresser AM F
24 Bowriver Cool Water QFTR "Ice"-BLF Alice Menczel & Daniel Danforth - Calgary AB Daniel Danforth PRO X
25 FTCH AFTCH Tsolumside Shine The Light QFTR JFTR "Flicker"-BLF Linda Page - Courtenay BC Linda Page AM X
26 AFTCH Dixie's Jade Undertaker's Son QFTR "Jade"-BLM Dixie Lane & Brian Griffin - Vernon BC Brian Griffin AM X
27 Wagon Wheel's Little Onyx Kicker QFTR "Onyx"-BLF Kelly Mann - Abbotsford BC Kevin Hill PRO X
28 Outlaws Ruff And Rowdy QFTR "Beau"-BLM Glynn Matthews - Cato NY Glynn Matthews AM X
29 FTCH AFTCH Razor's M.m And All That Jazz QFTR "Jazz"-BLF Matt Mutchenson - St. Andrews MB Matt Mutcheson AM X
30 Canine Field's Countess Of Creekside QFTR JFTR "Tess"-YLF Lorne Parker - Comox BC Lorne Parker AM X
31 Sniper's Remington Wingbuster QFTR JFTR "Remi"-BLM Margaret Murray - Landgon AB Marg Murray AM X
32 NMH GMH Goldngun Shots Before Daylight QFTR "Taboo"-GF Louise & Rick Roberts - Mill Bay BC Rick Roberts AM X
33 Belmont's Canadian Contraband QFTR "Pablo"-BLM Kevin Hill - Surrey BC Kevin Hill PRO X
34 FTCH Bowrivers Trail Blazer QFTR "Grit"-BLM Daniel & Laura Danforth - Irricana AB Daniel Danforth PRO X
35 NMH GMH Belmont's Xcountry Copper Kettle QFTR "Copper"-CLF Kate Pilgrim - Langley BC Kate Pilgrim AM X
36 FTCH AFTCH Prairiestorm On The River QFTR JFTR "River"-CLM Kevin Ashfield - Courtenay BC Kevin Ashfield AM W-NAFTCH
37 FTCH AFTCH Baypoint Backwater Oscar QFTR JFTR "Oscar"-BLM Rod Spence - Revelstoke BC Rod Spence AM X
38 FTCH AFTCH Ajtop Prime Cut QFTR-JFTR "T Bone"-BLM Ian Montgomery - Victoria BC Ian Montgomery AM X
39 Tsolumside Winging It Again QFTR JFTR "Brant"-BLM Lynne Johnson - Courtenay BC Lynne Johnson AM X
40 Belmont's Quiet Riot QFTR JFTR "Frankie"-BLM Kevin Hill - Surrey BC Kevin Hill PRO F
41 FTCH AFTCH Taylorlab's Whodat Billy Boy QFTR "Billy"-YLM Sue & Garry Taylor - Saskatoon SK Daniel Danforth PRO X
42 Docheno's Got Me All Fired Up QFTR "Ember"-BLF Matt Mutchenson - St. Andrews MB Matt Mutcheson AM X
43 Eromits Walter The Farting Dog QFTR "Walter"-BLM Kyle Sawayama - Victoria BC Kyle Sawayama AM X
44 FTCH AFTCH Maplepond Zwingli Of Ellismore QFTR "Ziggy"-BLF Birgit Juergensen & Daniel Shnitka - Saanichton BC Daniel Shnitka AM F
45 Zaniri's I Love Lucy QFTR JFTR "Lucy"-GF Beverley & Joe Tecklenborg - Langley BC Kevin Hill PRO X
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    The Sport of Retrievers

    Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) Retriever Events


    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!