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2013 NRC Test Descriptions

Tests 1 & 2

Test 3

Tests 4 & 5

Test 6

Test 7

Test 8

Test 9

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Cocktail Party – Saturday Night

After the meetings, everyone returned to their rooms to relax and get ready for the evening's festivities. The site of the cocktail party was the Cheraw State Park, clubhouse on the golf course. A beautiful setting in the trees, the guests moved in and out of the building on the large wrap-around deck.

Everyone cleaned up very nicely, despite the fact many had been training earlier in the day. The drinks and conversation were freely flowing and the buffet included prime rib and a traditional area favorite; shrimp and grits. The desserts were a crowd pleaser with chocolate cake, pecan pie and coconut cream pie. 


Mixed Bag....


The National Retriever Club Board Meeting

Meeting began at 3:00 pm.

Craig Stonesifer opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and then followed with a prayer to remember those we have lost in the retriever community this year.

Craig also made mention of the catalogs having misprints on Handlers names.

The Mayor of the City of Cheraw stood and gave a very gracious welcome to the Retriever Community. The Mayor invited us to thoroughly enjoy the beauty of this fine city and all it has to offer. The Mayor also commented, if any of the those associated with the retriever community had slight brushes with the law that he may have a couple "Get Out of Jail" cards available. The theater chuckled as Mitch Patterson asked if the Mayor could pass the cards out now.

Mitch Patterson gave the Retriever Clubs Role Call and established there was a quorum.

The 2012 of the National Retriever Club minutes were approved, as was the Treasurer's Report.

Charlie Hayes stood and gave recognition to Mitch Patterson whose Chesapeake Bay Retriever "Jesse," a Dual Champion, is being inducted into the Retriever Hall of Fame next year.

Tommy Parrish presented last year's 2012 National Winner, Steve Yozamp, with the oil painting of Steve standing next to NFC Pelican Pete, "Pete," commissioned by Chris Chantland.

The Mayor of Cheraw drew from the Avery decoy bag full of the white & black Teal Avery ATBs.
The Mayor drew the starting number of #39 who is Handler Don Remien and FC Fox Haven's Born To Run MH "Dash". The Avery Teal ATBs will be given to all the contestants with their corresponding number. Don Remien was instructed he will be running second after NFC Candlewood's Something Royal "Windy" who will pick up the first Flyer shot and then go into retirement after her 14th National qualification at 12.5 years old.

Joe Broyles will be the new National Board President.

Mitch Patterson will be the Field Trial Chairman and the Co-Chairman will be Mark Medford in Vicksburg, MS for the 2014 National Retriever Championship. The National event dates for 2014 will be Nov. 16-22, 2014.

At this point, Tommy Parrish thanked the Sponsors and handed out the commemorative plaques of recognition to the representatives.

Gifts to were Ginger Cope given in recognition of her years of service for being the Corporate Liaison to our Sponsors. Thank You, Ginger!

Craig Stonesifier gave a heartfelt "Thank You" to the landowners for the use of their land for this National competition.

The announcement of next year's Judges for the 2014 National Retriever Championship in Vicksburg, MS are: Gary Ahlgren, William Goldstein and Alan Madsen.

Tommy Parrish thanked this year's Judges for their sacrifice and hard work.

Marshals for this year are: Jeff Talley, Stevie O'Connell and Lyn Yelton.

Jeff Talley thanked the set-up workers and gave an extra special thank you to Jean Wu who has been sketching the tests descriptions.

The first series of the 2013 NRC will be held just North of the clubhouse at the Cooper Black area. The test will be a Land Double and a Blind. A Rooster Pheasant Flyer, a dead Rooster, and a Duck will be planted on the Blind.

Rules From The Marshal:
1. Every 23 dogs ran will be a gun change.
2. Rotation for the first four tests run will be 39, 62, 85, 16.
3. The first 26 dogs in rotation will be allowed to view the test from the line when first announced.
4. When the running dog is returning with the last bird in the test the Handler in the holding blind will be          asked to take their dog off-lead to begin judgement.
5. First No-Bird Handler will go back five numbers and run sixth.
6. Second No-Bird Handler will go back five and run sixth.
7. Third No-Bird the Handler will run at the end of the rotation.

Test Dog will run at 6:30 am First running dog will run at 7:00 am. Mat instructions will be posted in the holding blinds. Worker's Caravan to the test site will leave at 5:00 am from the parking lot by Wendy's in Cheraw, SC. At 5:30 am the first 26 dogs will begin their caravan to the test site.

Test Dogs for 2013 were introduced and the rules for a split test were discussed.
Male: AFC Tucquan's Ode To Sweetness JH -- "Payton" Handler Samantha Thompson
Female: FC-AFC Carolina's Acoustic Storm -- "Sister" Handler Clint Joyner

Mitch Patterson was given an award for his years of service as well as Craig Stonesifer receiving an award as outgoing President of the NRC, the meeting was adjourned at 3:45 pm.



Committee spoke about two subjects in which they received several letters referring to:

A. The use of frozen birds at a field trial. The discussion centered around contestants who run early in a stake having their dogs asked to retrieve frozen birds. The committee feels that all birds used at a trial should be fresh or birds that are fully defrosted and cared for properly. Early dogs should not be put at a disadvantage having to retrieve a bird with very limited scent.

B. Amateurs who are running multiple dogs in the Amateurs Stake. This was the same discussion at the National Amateur Retriever Club.


The People To Meet....


The Retriever Advisory Committee Meeting


September 26, 2013

The Retriever Advisory Subcommittee on Rules Report for 2013
2013 has been a year of change for the Subcommittee; our long time advisor, Nelson Sills, retired as did Bob Kennon. Both gentlemen served this committee well over 30 years and were important contributors to our sport. Bill Daley from California has also left the Committee after many years of invaluable service.
This spring the AKC Performance department appointed John Russell to replace Mr. Kennon and Ray Vreeland to fill the east coast position. I look forward to working with both these knowledgeable and caring gentlemen. At the time of this writing the western time zone position has not been filled.
However, the Committee has continued to endeavor to keep our sport healthy. Field Trials, like other sports, are undergoing many changes and there is a growing concern about the Amateur’s involvement. Some of these changes are subtle and some are simply products of our times; the most obvious of which is the dominance of the professional within our field trial Open All-Age Stake.
Almost all field trials are Amateur-operated productions. Many of these hard working Amateurs are being discouraged by the com­manding influence of the professional at the trial. We have endeav­ored to give an option to clubs to take part in a one hundred percent Amateur operation.
We believe the Open All-Age stake to be the most important and significant to our sport and breeding programs; and to this end we have limited the number of times a club may invoke this “Amateur” (without an Open) option to once every other year.
Following are the changes to the Rule book which would be nec­essary to have this option operational!

Looking at the Rule Book…
Create a new Section 9A.
Section 9A. The Amateur All-Age Stake,run without an Open All-Age Stake, may only be selected by a Field Trial Club which regularly hosts two All-Age trials, (consisting of both Open and Amateur All-Age stakes), per year. This Amateur only stake is available to qualified clubs on an every other year basis and must be accompanied by two minor stakes.
pg. 22 Section 11: last sentence of 3rd paragraph insert
“and if the club is eligible to select the Amateur option, presented in 9A.”
so it will now read:
A club, may not offer Amateur stakes without offering an Open stake, except the Nationlal Amature stake, and if the club is eligible to select the Amateur option, presented in 9A.
What the new rule means …
Every other year a club, (that normally gives two trials a year), may select for their second trial, to run an Amateur All-Age stake, with two minor stakes and no Open.
Submitted by the Retriever Advisory Committee -
Subcommittee on Rules
Chairman – Katharine B. Simonds
Members – John Goettl, John Russell and Ray Vreeland


Go Pro Fun....

The Retriever News Team had the opportunity to strap a Go Pro camera on NFC Candlewood's Something Royal "Windy" during the Pre-National Training.

The "Windy Cam"! See the Pre-National Training set-up through the eyes of NFC Candlewoods Something Royal "Windy"


Enough Said....


Let's Meet.....

2013 National Retriever Championship  


Cheraw, South Carolina



Date: Sunday, November 17 – Saturday, November 23, 2013


Location: Properties in and around Cheraw, South Carolina 

Entry Fee: $400.00


Start Time: 7:00 am local time


Entries: Enter online at: www.entryexpress.net or mail entries and make checks payable to:


Entry Express, Inc.

115 Greenwood Street

Charleston, AR 72933


Mailed entries must include the $20.00 Administrative Fee per entry. Administrative Fee of $20.00 for online entries.


Closing Date: Online entries close November 4, 2013 at 11:59 PM CT. Those who qualify November 8-10  must call Mitch Patterson (Office: 630-693-2344) or cell: 630-688-2402 or Tina Styan (262-278-4201) by noon CT November 11 with their entry.
Jim Cope
8810 Greenwood Trail
Rowlett, TX 75088
Phone: 972-412-1754
Phil Heye
501 South 1st Street
Lagrange, KY 40031
Phone: 502-222-7531
Larry Smith
15670 Elkhorn Lane
Reno, NV 89506
Phone: 775-250-2094

Schedule of Meetings and Social Activities:


Saturday, November 16, 2013 Theatre on the Green, 200 Market St., Cheraw, SC 29520
8:00 am - Officers,
11:00 am – Field Trial Committee & Judges
2:00 pm – Retriever Advisory Committee
3:00 pm – National Retriever Club Annual Meeting
4:00 pm – or immediately following the annual meeting. Committee
Chairpersons & Co-Chairpersons will meet with their committee members.
Cocktail Party:  
Saturday, November 16, 2013, 6:30 pm, Cheraw State Park, Club House. Cocktail attire for the ladies, jackets for the gentlemen.
Southern Hospitality Party
Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 6:30 pm, Bill’s BBQ, 3566 Highway 9, Cheraw, SC. Everyone invited, courtesy of City of Cheraw and Chamber of Commerce.
Workers Party:  
Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 6:30 pm, Wine Factory, 165 2nd St., Cheraw, SC 29520
Quality Inn
885 Chesterfield Hwy.
Cheraw, SC 29520


Other Accommodations:
Days Inn of Cheraw
820 Market St.
Cheraw, SC 29520
Best Western
212 US 401
Bennettsville, SC 29512
The Landmark Inn
1301 S. 4th Street
Hartsville, SC 29550
Fairfield Inn
200 S. 4th Street.
Hartsville, SC 29550
Cheraw State Park
100 State Park Drive
Cheraw, SC 29520
Cabin Res. – 866-345-7275
H. Cooper Black Jr. Memorial
Field Trial and Rec. Area
279 Sporting Dog Trail
Cheraw, SC 29520


Other Area Accommodations:                    
Quality Inn
903 S. 5th St.
Hartsville, SC 29550
Moree Sportsman’s Preserve
1217 Moree Rd.
Society Hill, SC 29593
The Charlotte Douglas Int’l Airport in Charlotte NC is located about 84 miles Northwest of Cheraw. The Columbia Metropolitan Airport in Columbia SC is located about 110 miles Southwest of Cheraw.   Florence Regional Airport in Florence SC is located about 45 miles North of Cheraw.
Rental Cars:
Budget-800-218-7992                      Dollar-800-800-4000
Enterprise-800-261-7331 Hertz-800-654-3131
There will be food services available on the grounds each day.
Merchandise: Merchandise will be sold on site. Cash and checks only.
Bitch Check:  
Bitch check will be conducted on Saturday, November 16, 2013 immediately following the National Retriever Club Annual Meeting in the parking lot in front of Theatre on the Green. Katie Anderson DVM, will conduct the Bitch check.
Training Birds:
Mike Johnson
Moree Sportsman’s Preserve
1217 Moree Road, Society Hill, SC 29593
843-378-4831, moreehunt@aol.com

Click here for order form

Scratch Policy:
Entry fees will be refunded in full for a bitch coming into season prior to and during the trial. A full refund will be given for a sick or injured dog with a veterinarian certificate. The Field Trial Committee must approve extenuating circumstances before a refund will be given.


NRC Officers/Field Trial Committee:
Craig Stonesifer
NRC President
Dover, DE 19901
Joe Broyles
NRC Vice President
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Mitch Patterson
Addison, IL 77316
Steve Karr
NRC Director
Dickinson, TX 77539
Gary Zellner
NRC Director
Scio, OR 97374
Bird Throwers:
Jason Baker
Lincolnton, GA 30817
Gwen & Alan Pleasant
Angier, NC 27501
Al Arthur
Lincolnton, GA 30817
Field Trial Chairman:
Tommy Parrish
Clinton, SC 29325
Chairman’s Special Committee:
Joe McNinch
Simpsonville, SC 29681
Richard McDonald
Hartsville, SC 29550
Craig Stonesifer
Dover, DE 19901
Dr. Bill Goldstein
Florence, SC 29501
Jeff Talley
Chief Marshal
Tallahassee, FL 32308

Game Stewards:
Mark Menzies
Charlotte, NC 28226
Alvin Hatcher
Huntingtown, MD 20639


Richard Smith
Gun Captain
Delancey, NY 13752
Olen Bielski
Chicopee, MA 01013
Corporate Sponsor Liaison:
Gwen Jones
Hernando, MS 38632
Ginger Cope
Rowlett, TX 75088
Official Announcer:
Vickie Lamb
Hawks, MI 49743
Official Photographer:
Molly Schlachter
MCS Photography
Lancaster, PA 17603
Martha McCool
Rockwall, TX 75032
Dana Stonesifer
Dover, DE 19901
Training Grounds:
Dr. Bill Goldstein
Florence, SC 29501
Swinton Anderson
Beaufort, SC 29907
Dave Kress
Gallatin, TN 37066
Chris Bishop
Gresham, SC 29546
Bill Clark
Bristol, ME 04539
Sara Goldstein
Florence, SC 29501
Brenda Parrish
Clinton, SC 29325
Jessie Kent
Sparta, GA 31087
Elizabeth Arthur
Lincolnton, GA 30817
Kay Joyner
Hostess Emeritus
Smithfield, NC


Training Areas:
Training areas will be allocated each day by lottery drawing starting November 12, 2013 through November 15, 2013. The drawing will take place in the lobby of the Headquarters, The Quality Inn Cheraw each evening at 7 pm.
A listing of training areas and descriptions and photos of each will be available along with maps, directions, and rules and regulations pertinent to each area.
Emergency Information:
Ambulance Service
Sandhills Ambulance Service
Police Department
Cheraw Police Department
Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Department
Dial 911 or 843-623-2101
Chesterfield General Hospital
711 Chesterfield Hwy.
Cheraw, SC 29520
Official Veterinarian:
Katie Anderson
Anderson Animal Hospital
1015 14thStreet
Hartsville, SC 29550


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Come & Get The Goods!!!

The Hostess with the mostess have the 2013 National Retriever Championship merchandise for sale. Quantities are limited so come quickly to get your commerative goodies.

MCS Photography is on-site & taking Pre-Orders for the National Event Yearbooks. A great way to view & relive the retrievers & tests of the National events!

Brenda Little of Lucky Labs Pins is here with her gorgeous accessories & gifts. A walk through is a must if you need gifts for Christmas, Judges, or a special piece of memorabilia from the National.

The Retriever News Team is also available for subscription renewals & judges CD sets. 


2013 NRC
Running Order

1. FC Peakebrook’s Secret Weapon “Bond”, LM, Al Arthur
2. Dunn Hill’s User Friendly MH “Webster”, LM, Wayne Curtis
3. FC Rock River Benjamin “Ben”, LM, Bill Eckett
4. FC-AFC Ragin Eye Of The Storm “Cane”, LM, Alan Pleasant
5. FC-AFC-CFC-CAFC Upon The Wings Of An Answered Prayer “Ammo”, LF, Bill Petrovish
6. Henfield’s Zoe “Zoe”, LF, Danny Farmer
7. FC-AFC Texas Troubador “Tubb”, LM, Martha Russell
8. FC Bigwoods Hillbilly Hammer “Hammer”, LM, Don Remien
9. FC-AFC Candlewood’s Skyrocket “Sky”, LF, Chris Ledford
10. FC Hyfly’n Turbo Jet “Turbo”, LM, Ray Voigt
11. Beaverdam’s What You Need “Matty”, LF, Dolores Smith
12. FC-AFC Citori’s No Holds Barred “Free”, LF, Bill Sargenti
13. FC Topbrass Linekin’s Riptide “Rip”, GM, Rick Roberts
14. FC-AFC Ironweeds High Bird Shooter MH MNH “Shooter”, LM, Paul Brown
15. FC-AFC Tweed’s Rough Rider “Teddy”, LM, Dave Smith
16. FC-AFC Mercy Mercy Mercy Me “Mercy”, LF, Paul Sletten
17. FC Dogwoods Fear Factor “Boo”, LM, Tim Milligan
18. NFC Watermark’s Running Back “Emmit”, LM, Jim Gonia
19. FC Trumarc’s Dot Come “Dottie”, LF, Danny Farmer
20. FC Hunting Creek Classy Girl JH “Classy”, LF, Alan Pleasant
21. FC-AFC Un Petit Peu Canaille “Canaille”, LF, F. Lee Jolley
22. FC-AFC Indian Height’s Get Away “George”, LM, Carl Ruffalo
23. FC-AFC Great Bunns Of Fire “Jerry Lee”, LF, Ray Voigt
24. FC-AFC Tealcreek Patton’s Saber “Saber”, LM, Chris Hatch
25. FC-AFC Hardscrabbles Powder My Buns “Pow”, LM, Al Arthur
26. AFC Ruff Rivers Oasis On The Plains “Colby”, LF, Bill Eckett
27. FC-AFC Fresh Squeezed Juice “Juice”, LM, Mark Medford
28. NAFC-FC Dottie Ray’s Ivy League “Ivy”, LF, John Henninger
29. NFC-AFC Seaside’s Pelican Pete “Pete”, LM, Steve Yozamp
30. FC-AFC KPR’s Wet Willie “Willie”, LM, Jim Pickering
31. FC Wing Magic’s Standpipe Moon “Piper”, LF, Mark Edwards
32. FC Vinwood’s Merle Haggard “Merle”, LM, Danny Farmer
33. FC-AFC B Bumble “Stinger”, LM, Ray Voigt
34. FC-AFC Windy City’s Dark Cloud “Stormy”, LM, Charlie Hines
35. FC Shooter’s Super Chief “Buddy”, LM, Alan Pleasant
36. FC Ledyno’s I Wanna Be A Lucky Star JH “Eddie”, LM, Wayne Curtis
37. FC-AFC Rocky Creeks Full Tilt Boogie “Pearl”, LF, John Caire
38. FC-AFC Creekside Maggie J “Maggie”, LF, Chris Ledford
39. FC Fox Haven’s Born To Run MH “Dash”, LM, Don Remien
40. FC Patton’s Black Water Ripper “Rip”, LM, Dave Rorem
41. FC Adams Acres Water Lilly “Lilly”, LF, Bill Sargenti
42. FC Rivertown Augustus McChigger “Gus”, LM, Scott Harp
43. Thunder’s Bootscootin’’ Abe JH “Abe”, LM, Rob Erhardt
44. FC-AFC Candlewoods Life Is A Highway “Freeway”, LM, Paul Sletten
45. FC-AFC Tip From A Gypsy “Marley”, LF, Danny Farmer
46. FC-AFC Henninger’s Slick N Ready “Tru”, LM, Mark Medford
47. FC Peakebrook’s Brawny Force “Dozer”, LM, Al Arthur
48. FC-AFC Kimber VIII “Kimber”, LF, Jerry Patopea
49. FC-AFC Big Alfonse Capone Of Mo-Kan “Al”, LM, Bill Eckett
50. FC Baypoint’s Shades Of Bleu “Magic”, LM, Jim Gonia
51. FC-AFC Robbers’ Stray Bullet “Bullet”, LM, Alan Pleasant
52. FC LKY’s Controlled Chaos “Riot”, LM, Kenny Trott
53. FC Jazztime Empty Wallet “Cash”, LM, Bill Totten
54. FC-AFC Wingover’s Pedro II “Pedro”, LM, Dolores Smith
55. FC-AFC Lubys And Whitewaters Pirate’s Jewel “Jewel”, LF, Ray Voigt
56. NFC-AFC Candlewood’s Something Royal “Windy”, LF, Ken Neil
57. FC-AFC Duckblind’s Real McCoy “Charli”, LF, Dave Opseth
58. FC-AFC Dominator Boots She Worth It “Boots”, LF, Danny Farmer
59. FC-AFC Hoot N Holler “Hoot”, LM, John Henninger
60. Beaverdam’s Blockbuster “Buster”, LM, Rick Roberts
61. FC-AFC Rev Blu Genes “Rev”, LM, Ed Forry
62. FC-AFC Bayou Teche Eye On The Ball “Slider”, LM, Lauren Hays
63. FC-AFC Tiger Mtn’s Hokulele “Hoke”, LM, Don Bovers
64. FC Queen Wilhelmina Of The Netherlands “Willa”, LF, Wayne Curtis
65. FC Paddlecreek’s Carbon Grade “Coal”, LM, Ray Voigt
66. FC Ashland’s Annabella “Bella”, LF, Alan Pleasant
67. FC Indi Go Girl “Indy”, LF, Chris Ledford
68. FC-AFC Valtor’s Hayseed Kid “Kid”, LM, Don Remien
69. FC-AFC Third Creek’s Big Stick “Woody”, LM, Paul Knutson
70. FC-AFC Sara’s Blue Streak “Blue”, LM, Bill Goldstein
71. FC-AFC Bob And Ed’s Excellent Adventure “Chef”, LM, Ed Krueger
72. FC-AFC Trumarc’s Hollandaise “Holland”, LM, Danny Farmer
73. FC Topbrass No Time To Paws “Flash”, GM, Bill Eckett
74. FC-AFC-CNFC-CNAFC Nightwings Marsh Leader “Guide”, LM, Bill Sargenti
75. FC-AFC Coolwater’s Knockout “Punch”, LM, Alex Washburn
76. Richland’s Power Gem “Onyx”, LF, Mark Edwards
77. FC-CFC Laird’s Cynful Wisdom “Wiley”, LF, Dave Smith
78. FC-AFC Hardscrabble Roxie McBunn “Roxie”, LF, Ray Voigt
79. Magic Tricks Autumn Creek Tazz “Tazz”, LM, Paul Sletten
80. FC Bayou Teche Cassi “Cassi”, LF, Ryan Brasseaux
81. FC-AFC Lake Countrys Cold Cash “Cash”, LM, Alan Pleasant
82. FC Sweetie’s Easy Rider “Ford”, LM, Jim Gonia
83. FC-AFC Watermark’s Shadow Dancer “Dancer”, LF, Charlie Hays
84. Moodys Nitz “Schmidt”, LM, Charlie Moody
85. FC Jazztime Montana Cowboy “Roper”, LM, Danny Farmer
86. FC Road Warriors Dieter Brock “Deets”, LM, Dave Rorem
87. FC-AFC Lanes Lets Get Ready To Rumble “Ali”, LM, Bobby Lane
88. FC-AFC Tru’s Little Cruiser “Cruise”, LM, John Henninger
89. FC-AFC Dominator’s High Spade “Ace”, LM, Mark Medford
90. FC Aksarben’s Black Skyy “Skyy”, LM, Rob Erhardt
91. Utopian Sixteen Hands “Hunter”, LM, Jerry Patopea
92. FC-AFC Texaco’s High Tesse “Star”, LF, Alex Abraham