March 1, 2016
Dear Fellow Retriever Enthusiasts,
Well, the Banquet Annual Meeting is completed and what a wonderful evening! Thanks to our Banquet Committee and especially the chair, Cynthia Wardlow, for such a successful event. Now itís time to move on to another challenging season.
At the annual meeting it was decided by membership to combine the Retriever Club of Alaska and the Working Retriever Club Boards. I agreed to serve as President for the next year. In addition, Mike Oliver will serve as Treasurer, Stacey Dean as Secretary, Eloy Garcia as Field Trial VP, Pete Probasco and Joanne Hanscom as VPs of Hunt Tests. We received no new names for Board positions at the event, but if you are interested let us know. We have plenty of opportunities. We did receive offers from members to help in some capacity and we would like to get you to volunteer to help in any area that you are interested: Membership, Fundraising, Education, Field Trials or Hunt Tests.
The summer is approaching and the retriever trialing season will begin in June. The first Field Trial for AWRC and the RCA are scheduled for June 3-5 and 10-12, 2016 respectively. Those interested in entering the trials this season should be getting ready, working with dog. Entry Express is currently open for these trials and the deadline will sneak up on you, so get your entries in. Please visit Entry Express at www.entryexpress.net to sign up.
To prepare yourself and your partner requires lots of training and preparation. There are currently training groups being formed as the snow and ice recedes. Contact fellow members to find out who you can train with. Membership lists are available. There are also ongoing classes covering everything from Puppy/Beginner to Force Fetch/Collar Conditioning to Transition Training. Check it out on the Clubsí web page at www.alaskaworkingretrieverclub.com
May (date to be determined) will be the picnic trial where we will run simulations of the hunt test stakes. This will let you see and practice with your dog what is expected at the AKC Junior, Senior and Master hunt test stakes. The hunt tests are designed to simulate hunting situations. This year we are emphasizing the social nature of these events to foster camaraderie and support of the retriever sport. Like last year, and in keeping with this commitment to have a good time we will be having a tail gate party following the Saturday stakes.
Enjoy the season of working with your best friend and enjoy the long Alaska summer day opportunities to get out and train.
AWRC and RCA President