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2013 NARC Callbacks

WELCOME to the Official Blog of the 2013 National Amateur, June 16-22 held this year in Mondovi, Wisconsin. This year's Blog is brought to you by the Retriever News and sponsored by Purina, Avery, Ainley, Move the Dog Transportation, Watermark Retrievers, Schreiners Retriever Training, Days End Retrievers and Field Dog. We hope you enjoy these multi-daily updates and please come back often!

This year we encourage visitors to participate in the National Amateur discussion located in the comments section of each post. These areas are a great outlet for remote communication and commentary for those unable to attend this year's NARC. Also, please keep an eye out for trivia, surveys and other interactive activities!

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2013 NARC Test Descriptions


Tests 1 & 2

Tests 3 & 4

Test 5

Test 6

Test 7

Test 8

Test 9

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A L S O   S P O N S O R E D   B Y

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Cocktail Party

Just a taste of the festivities...

Bill Eckett and Tera Lanczak

The "Bucket Brigade!" Raffle for the Canine Health Foundation

Jerry Cacchio, Kelsi Toth and David Carrington

Our Calcutta volunteers

Jack and Laraine Unbehaun

Lee Jolley and Dave and Glenda Seivert

Lisa and Danny Farmer

Chad Baker

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Julie Cole

Terri Curtis & Glen Curtis

Lydia Fekula & Jeff Schuett DVM


NARC Annual Meeting

At 3:11 pm Fred Kampo called the meeting to order with a roll call of all clubs.

A quorum was present.

Sitting at the head table were: Laura Parrott, Randy Whittaker, Tom Vaughn, Arnie Erwin and Fred Kampo.

Laura Parrott had the minutes from the last meeting approved and then there was a moment of silence for the handlers and dogs that we have lost this past year.

AKC reps present were Jerry Mann, Lisa Carol and Doug Ljundgren.

Laura thanks the landowners.

The following sponsors were thanked and awarded a plaque for participation in this event.
1. Nestle Puina
2. Eukanuba
3. Tri-Tronics
4. Chris Chantland
5. Avery Outdoors
6. Dogtra
7. Kent Cartridge

At 3:28 pm Arnie Erwin was introduced as the next NARC president.
The 2014 even will be held in Roseburg, Oregon.
The judges for next year's event will be
  1. Stevie O'Connell form the Eastern Time Zone
  2. Dennis Bath from the Central Time Zone
  3. John Pampy from the Mountain Time Zone
Al Wilson will be Chairman of the Event and move to 4th Vice President.

Chad Baker was presented a Painting of the 2012 National Amateur Winner "Traveler" The portrait was painted by Chris Chantland and provided to Chad by Eukanuba.

This year's judges: Al Wilson, Ted Shih, Lyn Yelton, were presented with their gifts.

Scott Dewey, owner of Retrieving Freedom brought 2 veterans with their 2 dogs to the meeting.
After a thunderous standing ovation for his work matching service dogs to returning veterans and autistic children, Scott thanked the retriever community for their involvement and help. One of the dogs on-hand was a previous Field Trial dog. This dog had just been re-united with his handler from the Iraq/Afghanistan war. He was sent to retrieve a bumper with the starting number for this year's event.

Dog #32 will start the 2013 National Amateur. (Handler:Andy Kahn, Dottie Ray's Blue 4 You "Blue" LM)
Dog #32 will start a combined 1st and 2nd series.
Dog #63 will start a combined 3rd and 4th series.
The rotation in series 5 will be decided at that time, based on a mathematical equation.

Pete Hayes co-Chair Marshal came to talk about the rules and procedures that will apply to the handler and dogs.
1. Handler on the mat for all marks.
2. Dog on the mat for all blinds.
3. Series 1 and 2 will be using rooster pheasants.
4. Each handler will be given a reasonable amount of time to review the test. If they have not called for     
     the bird the judges will say "time" and then call for the birds themselves.
5. The National Anthem will be played at 6:20 am, with test dogs in the holding blind.
6. The rules and the amount of time given to handlers to view the test from the line were given.
7. No birds – First no bird -  go back six, run seven
                      Second no bird – go back six, run seven
                      Third no bird – move to the end
8. The caravan to the trial ground leaves at 5 am from the East side of the Plaza Hotel (by Walgreens)
    The second caravan leaves at 8 am.
    The parking will be the same for tests 1-4
9. Gun changes every 20 dogs, for the 1st and 2nd series.
10. Scratches for this event are #41, #66 and #110
    (#41 AFC's Cropper's Good & Plenty "Sweets", LF, Handler: Bruce Hall, #66 Salty Paws Spice Girl "Curry", LF, Handler: Roy Morejon, #110 FC-AFC Bayou-Star Beyond Independent "Tia", Handler: Suzan Caire)

A special acknowledgement was given to this year's test dogs and their handlers.....

The Labrador Male is FC Maple Creek's Spirit Warrior, "Levi" Handler:  Susan Exo

The Labrador Female is FC Lock Five Mothers Keeper, "Keeper" Handler: Jamie Woodson

Before the meeting was adjourned a GPS coordinate was given to all in attendance to help locate the first series. It was strongly advised that everyone follow a caravan as there is poor reception in the area and you could end up 60 miles in the wrong direction. 
The best address to use is:
S864 County Road H, Gilmanton, WI 54743

Good Luck was wished to all....


Retriever Advisory Committee Meeting....

At 2:04 pm the RAC meeting was called to order by John Russell.
Kate Simonds asked John Russell to stand in for her.

John introduced the members of the board, they were: John Goettl from the Mountain Time Zone, Ray Vreeland from the Eastern Time Zone, John Russell from the Central Time Zone, Doug Ljundgren is Vice President from AKC, Lisa Carrol who is the Manager for Performance Events, and Jerry Mann who is the Field Director of Sporting Events.

Doug, Lisa and Kate have worked this past year to overhaul how the committee is set-up. With the retirement of Nelson Sills, the opportunity arose to revise and adjust the committee. They will continue to have one member from each time zone, plus a chairman. They will initiate term limits of 8 years.

The criteria for how members selected are as follows:
   1. They should be a 40+ point judge
   2. They should have 20+ years of Field Trial Experience
   3. They must have titled a dog
   4. They must currently be an active handler

Ray Vreeland will be the new Eastern rep. as Kate Simonds moves to Chairman.
In the Central Time Zone Bob Kennon, has been the rep. for 29 years. He is retiring and will be replaced by John Russell. In the Western time zone, Bill Daley will resign and a new representative will be appointed.

When a rule change takes effect, an email is sent to the president and secretary of every retriever club.

There were two items that have previously been up for discussion and now have passed into law.

The first is the definition of Amateur Status.
The second is the prohibition of Layout Blinds.

A brief summary was given for each of the above mentioned rule changes.

The committee is in the infancy stage of discussion on the following two rule changes:

1. If a club holds 2 trials per year, then every other year, their 2nd trial of the year can have an Amateur    
    Stake with minor stakes, but no Open.
2. Limit Amateur Handlers to 3 dogs , per stake, at a clubs' discretion.

The above two topics are young and just beginning to have formal discussions.

There was quite a bit of activity on the floor as various thoughts were shared on the two new ideas.
The room seemed to follow the thought process that the mechanics of running a trial need improving versus the reduction in numbers. Emphasis was put on the job of Field Trial Marshal.

The meeting concluded at 2:56 pm

 Doug Lajundgren begins at the podium

John Russell stepping in for Kate Simonds

An attentive crowd listens to the rule changes


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Saturday's Schedule of Events...and MORE!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

2:00 pm – Retriever Advisory Committee - Plaza Hotel

3:00 pm – NARC Annual Meeting - Plaza Hotel

4:00 pm – All Other Committee Meetings – Plaza Hotel

Bitch Check – Following Annual Meeting - Plaza Hotel

Cocktail Party: 6:30 pm - Plaza Hotel (Cocktail attire for the ladies and jackets for the gentlemen)

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

6:00 pm – Double Header Club Dinner
                 at: John & Laura Parrot's Home, S1056 Fisken Valley Road, Mondovi, WI 54743
                 Cocktails at 6:00 pm -  Dinner to Follow

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

6:30 pm – Workers Party
                  Westgate Sportsman's Club
                   4909 Sportsman Drive
                   Eau Claire, WI 54703

All Week...
Food: Will be on the grounds Sunday June 16 – Saturday June 22, during the event.



A big round of applause and heartfelt "THANK YOU" to all of our sponsors!!

Also representatives from each sponsor will be available throughout the NARC to answer any questions individuals may have about products and services. So don't be shy, step right up, and lets talk dogs.

And last but certainly, not least our Lucky Lab pins are back!!!

Brenda Neil showing off some exclusive items for the 2013 NARC

Many new items are on display in the Twin Rivers #1 Ball Room for this historically large NARC. See Brenda Neil for great gift ideas, custom engraved items, and new creations. Don't be left in the dark get your NARC memento now numbers are limited.


The Retriever News

The Retriever News has some exciting developments this year for the 2013 NARC. The News has taken the Judges Manual and converted it into a 6-CD set perfect for listening to on your way to Judge a field trial. Think of it as a: "Book On Audio CD"

As a Special Gift to all of the contestants a silent film in color on DVD of the first ever NARC in 1957. The News also has additional copies for purchase at our merchandise table in the Twin Rivers #1 Ball Room. What a great gift for the retriever enthusiast in your family.  "We don't know where we are going until we know where the game has been" A preservation of retriever history,
....Thanks John Stracka.


Let The Festivities Begin......

The hustle and the bustle began around 6 A.M. in the hotel lobby. Professionals, Amateurs, and Board Members were lining up at the coffee machine to get that first shot of java which then inspired the days organization. READY BREAK!

* The contestants can pick up their bag of goodies in the Twin Rivers #1 Ball Room just left of the elevators in the main lobby of the Plaza.  See Marsha, she will hook you up.
The satin embroidered numbers the contestants will wear during NARC

I wonder whats in the bags from all of our wonderful SPONSERS!!!

* The Hostess Committee is selling hats and tickets to a treasure trough of prizes in the raffle.  Prizes include, a Tri-Tronics Pro 500, Avery Floating Blind Bags, Decoys, Winger Electronics from Tri-Tronics and the list goes on...................... Don't miss your chance to get a WINNING TICKET!

Hostess Raffle Items

Hostess Raffle Items

Hostess Raffle Items


No See Em's.....???

One might respond,"What in the world is a No See Em?"  Amongst the beautiful grandeur of the steep bluffs, abundant wetland & lush greenery there is an invisible bug. This bug is commonly referred to as a Gnat or Black Fly.  A true annoyance to people and the dogs, not to mention birds, too. 

According to the University of WI there is an explosion of these gnats this year.  The reason for the explosion, exceptional habitat.  The gnats congregate to areas where there is moving bodies of water living a life-span of only 3 weeks. With the states gallant efforts to make improvements in the water quality the more gnats will hatch as the bugs do not do well in polluted waters.  There are over two dozen species of gnats common to the Mondovi area.  

The gnats are hungry for blood, human and animal depending on the species. The carbon dioxide given off when we exhale and sweat is like a dinner bell to these nuisance bugs. Kudos to the State of Wisconsin for cleaning up our rivers, streams, and lakes! And don't fret about the gnats they are only here for a short while and it is natures way of letting us know we are preserving what once was.   Be sure to bring your bug spray or invest in a bug net to get by and enjoy the other wildlife the clean water gives us.

Buffalo Gnat, Black Fly

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2013 NARC
Running Order

1. FC-AFC Dottie Ray’s Ivy League (Ivy), LF, Andy Kahn
2. FC By Golden’s Pond’s Legacy (Pride), LF, Roy Morejon
3. FC-AFC Lil Chin Music (Lil), LF, Charlene Koeth
4. FC-AFC Tru’s Little Cruiser (Cruise), LM, Paula Elmes
5. AFC Salty Paws Sealed With A Kiss (Zip), LF, Roy Morejon
6. FC Valtor’s Hayseed Kid (Kid), LM, Breck Howard
7. FC Castlebay Abe’s Cranberry Run (Abe), LM, Lynn Budd
8. FC-AFC B Bumble (Stinger), LM, Fred Kampo
9. FC-AFC RSK’s Oohs And Aahs (Ozzie), LM, Bill Booker
10. FC-AFC Pattons Blazen Abby MH (Abby), LF, Dan Hurst
11. FC-AFC Watermark’s Shadow Dancer (Dancer), LF, Charlie Hays
12. FC-AFC Sara’s Blue Streak (Blue), LM, Bill Goldstein
13. AFC Un Petit Peu Canaille (Canaille), LF, F. Lee Jolley
14. FC Dominator Boots She Worth It (Boots), LF, Hank Knoblauch
15. FC AFC Son Of A Preacher Man (Billy Ray), LM, Duncan Christie
16. FC-AFC Dominator’s High Spade (Ace), LM, Mark Medford
17. Princeton Lucy In Disguise (Lucy), LF, Josie Ottman
18. FC-AFC Tealcreek Patton’s Saber (Saber), LM, Chris Hatch
19. FC-AFC Star Spangled Girl II MH (Banner), LF, Alice Woodyard
20. FC-AFC Ironweeds High Bird Shooter MH MNH (Shooter), LM, Paul Brown
21. FC-AFC Hardscrabbles Powder My Buns (Pow), LM, Benjy Griffith
22. Holland Cliffs Tropical Storm (Joe), LM, Alvin Hatcher
23. AFC Credit Rivers Uncle Plug (Plug), LM, Rick Van Bergen
24. FC-AFC Sagon Black Hawk Shot In The Dark (Ruger), LM, Linda Noga
25. Trouble Walkin’ Jake (Jake), LM, Bobby Smith
26. FC-AFC Windy City’s Bent Tail (Hook), LM, Charlie Hines
27. Good Idea’s Texas Scratch (Rosie), LF, Ken Neil
28. AFC Shadowpines Chabasco (Storm), LM, Bob Byrum
29. FC-AFC Coolwater’s Knockout (Punch), LM, Alexandra Washburn
30. FC-AFC Bayou Teche Eye On The Ball (Slider), LM, Lauren Hays
31. FC-AFC Cuda’s Negra Modelo MH (Moda), LF, Charles Tyson
32. Dottie Ray’s Blue 4 You (Blue), LM, Andy Kahn
33. FC-AFC Moody’s Medicine Man (Doc), LM, Michael Moore
34. Backwater Smokin Turq (Turq), LM, Tim Mueller
35. AFC Lucyana’s Full Speed Ahead (Straight), LM, Laura Parrott
36. FC-AFC Seaside’s Kingfish (King), LM, Mark Medford
37. FC-AFC In The Hunt Farm’s Executive Sweet (Sweet), LF, Linda Bogusky
38. FC-AFC Great Bunns Of Fire (Jerry Lee), LF, Lynne DuBose
39. AFC Rockliffs Justdoit (Nike), LM, Paul Foster
40. FC-AFC Lanes Lets Get Ready To Rumble (Ali), LM, Bobby Lane
41. AFC Cropper’s Good & Plenty (Sweets), LF, Bruce Hall
42. AFC Lucky If He Makes It (Lucky), LM, Jason Fleming
43. FC-AFC Sureshot’s Texas Hold’em (Dealer), LM, Marv Baumer
44. AFC Tucquan’s Ode To Sweetness JH (Payton), LM, Sammie Thompson
45. FC-AFC Watermark’s BB Standing Ovation (Bravo), LM, Bob Hanssen
46. AFC Piney Glens Tonka JH (Luke), LM, Justin Aimone
47. FC-AFC Castlebay’s Night Robber (Thief), LM, Dave Seivert
48. AFC Fraser’s Chisum (Chisum), LF, Rob Fraser
49. FC-AFC-CNFC-CAFC Taylorlab Calumet’s Big Blue (Blue), LM, Sharon Gierman
50. FC-AFC Counterpoint’s Sidekick (Hawk), LM, Jerald Wilks
51. FC-AFC Kimber VIII (Kimber), LF, Gary Zellner
52. AFC Duckblind’s Real McCoy (Charli), LF, Dave Opseth
53. FC-AFC-CNAFC-CFC-CAFC Moonstones Hug And Moochie (HaM), LF, Bill McKnight
54. AFC Hockley Creek’s Big Hitter (Manny), LM, Robby Bickley
55. CFC Alexus - Pursuit Of Perfection (Lexi), LF, Lynn Cole-Kimball
56. FC-AFC Hardscrabble Roxie McBunn (Roxie), LF, Bill Benson
57. FC-AFC Fresh Squeezed Juice (Juice), LM, Mark Medford
58. FC-AFC Windy City’s Dark Cloud (Stormy), LM, Charlie Hines
59. AFC Yakity’s Crackshot Ruddy Duck (Ruddy Duck), Ches. F, Julie Cole
60. NAFC-FC Paddle Creek’s Pack Your Grip (Traveler), LM, Chad Baker
61. FC-AFC Dance Hall Gal (Kate), LF, James Roberts
62. AFC Special Touchs Satchacrazy BaileyMae MH (Bailey), GF, Wayne Skochenski
63. FC-AFC Fen Wizzard (Fen), LM, Andy Kahn
64. FC-AFC Third Creek’s Big Stick (Woody), LM, Larry Morgan
65. FC-AFC Pinehurst’s All That Jazz (Jazz), LF, James Hurst
66. Salty Paws Spice Girl (Curry), LF, Roy Morejon
67. FC-AFC Hyflyer’s Ramblin Rebel (Rebel), LM, Randy Spangler
68. AFC Meadowwoods Lawman (Dillon), LM, Tony Despenas
69. Good Idea’s Second Wind (Vapor), LF, Ken Neil
70. AFC Dominator Dealer He’s Worth It (Dealer), LM, Vern Hasenbank
71. FC-AFC Mercy Mercy Mercy Me (Mercy), LF, John Stracka
72. FC-AFC Robbers’ Stray Bullet (Bullet), LM, Dan Hurst
73. AFC Mitimat Rock Paper Scissors (Rocky), LM, Lydia Fekula
74. FC-AFC Citori’s No Holds Barred (Free), LF, Michael Moore
75. FC-AFC Dixie City Jam II (Streak), LM, Bill Goldstein
76. FC Serene Lakes Quacker Knacker (Nell), LF, Angela Niles
77. FC-AFC Tip From A Gypsy (Marley), LF, Hank Knoblauch
78. FC-AFC Henninger’s Slick N Ready (Tru), LM, Mark Medford
79. AFC Texaco’s High Tesse (Star), LF, Alex Abraham
80. FC Lubys And Whitewaters Pirate’s Jewel (Jewel), LF, Jeff Schuett
81. FC-AFC Rocky Creeks Full Tilt Boogie (Pearl), LF, John Caire
82. AFC Indian Height’s Get Away (George), LM, Carl Ruffalo
83. FC-AFC-CFC-CAFC Adams Acres Muddy Creek (Cree), LM, Jerry Younglove
84. FC-AFC Landover Goldendaze Yukon (Yukon), LM, Chuck Schweikert
85. FC-AFC KPR’s Wet Willie (Willie), LM, Jim Pickering
86. AFC-CFC-CAFC Upon The Wings Of An Answered Prayer (Ammo), LF, Bill Petrovish
87. FC Hunting Creek Classy Girl JH (Classy), LF, John Armstrong
88. AFC Windy City’s Springtime (April), LF, Charlie Hines
89. Atlastastar (Rinny), LF, Martha Blank
90. FC-AFC Jet Black Bustin Thru The Brush MH (Jet), LM, Jim Powers
91. AFC Coolwater’s Hawkeye Legend (Legend), LM, Alexandra Washburn
92. Pleasant River Sea Duck (Eider), LM, Anne Marshall
93. AFC Beaver La Bam (Beaver), LM, Bill Tidd
94. FC-AFC Camino Weight Cutter MH (Cutter), LM, Andy Kahn
95. Walensis’ Devil Made Me Do It (Newt), LM, Ken Steele
96. FC-AFC Ace On The River III (Ace), LM, Peter Ketola
97. AFC Patton’s Natural Born World Shaker (Luke), LM, Dave Opseth
98. FC-AFC Shadows Sweet Something (Sugar), LF, Mark Medford
99. FC-AFC Fish River’s Out Of The Park (Homer), LM, Joe Piland Jr
100. AFC Tonkah Dakotah Shoonka MH (Dakotah), LM, Chuck Mize
101. AFC Fishhook Megan (Meg), LF, Eloy Garcia
102. FC Keeno’s Gizmo (Gizmo), LM, Bruce Hall
103. Blind Lake’s Honky Tonk Gusto (Gus), LM, Jim Scarborough
104. FC-AFC Trumarc’s Hollandaise (Holland), LM, Edward Aycock
105. High Peak Rebel Ridge’s Outlaw (Jesse Jane), LF, Sammie Thompson
106. AFC Spirit Of Denali-Genet (Genet), LF, Bill Barstow
107. FC-AFC Trumarc’s Costalotmore (Morey), LM, Mark Rosenblum
108. AFC Rare Heir (Air), LM, Dennis Pugh
109. NFC-AFC Candlewood’s Something Royal (Windy), LF, Ken Neil
110. FC-AFC Bayou-Star Beyond Independent (Tia), LF, Suzan Caire
111. AFC Mjolnir’s There And Back And Again (Shire), LM, Sharon Gierman
112. AFC Gray’s Creek Skeeter Boo (Skeeter), LF, Jerald Wilks
113. FC-AFC Westwoods Iron Man (Gauge), LM, Bruce Ahlers
114. FC-AFC Red Butte’s Tiger Lilly (Lilly), LF, Joseph Taylor
115. FC-AFC Citori’s Accept No Substitute (Brook), LF, Michael Moore
116. AFC Moonstones HaM-Maid Marian (Livvy), LF, Bill McKnight
117. FC-AFC Wolf Creek CR Skeeter (Skeeter), LM, Robby Bickley
118. FC-AFC Ragin Eye Of The Storm (Cane), LM, John Thomas
119. FC-AFC Trulines Walla Walla Sweet (Pink), LF, Mark Medford
120. AFC Windy City’s Mighty Mouse (Mickey), LM, Charlie Hines
121. FC-AFC Hickory Stick Eliza (Lyza), LF, Sandi McCourt
122. FC-AFC Bob And Ed’s Excellent Adventure (Chef), LM, Ed Krueger
123. NAFC-FC Cody Cut A Lean Grade (Grady), LM, Chad Baker
124. Grindstone’s Lethal Weapon (Plick), LM, Mike Whorton