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Welcome to the Alaska Working Retriever Club

and the

Retriever Club of Alaska!

TRAINING, EDUCATION, FIELD TRIALS, and HUNT TESTS
for the working retriever
since 1987

Annual Membership Banquet has been canceled!


Dear Fellow Retriever Enthusiasts,

The Spring is upon us and the retriever trialing season is about to begin. Our annual banquet is planned for May 13 at the Petroleum Club in Anchorage. Details are available on this web site. We will be seeking help from our membership to help fill a number of Board positions and volunteers to help with the numerous activities of running the business and events that are required for your entertainment. We seriously need your help to make this upcoming season a success. Please contact Joanne Hanscom or me to let us know of your interest in helping.

I am looking forward to the first field trial of the season on June 2-4, 2017 at Point MacKenzie. The second event will be the following weekend as our Spring #2 Field Trial. Entry Express is currently open for these trials and the deadline will sneak up on you so get your entries in at www.entryexpress.net

Raffle tickets for the Pheasant Hunt trip at the R & R Lodge in Seneca, South Dakota are now on sale. I will be coordinating this fund raiser. We are only printing 250 tickets and each ticket is priced at a $50.00 or 3 for $125.00. The value of the trip exceeds $5000.00 and it is for two people for 3 days of hunting with full accommodations. The winner calls the lodge to arrange dates of convenience, or you can book online. The lodge is not dictating the hunt dates. This is our main fund raiser so please help keep the AWRC vibrant and take a chance on a great trip.

We are winding down our training classes and I believe that the dozen or so new handlers and dogs have found it to be educational. Thanks to the instructors, John Drennan and Steve McVeigh for their effort and generous sharing of knowledge. I hope to see some of these new handlers/members at our events this summer. Please welcome them to the sport. I expect a few of these new dog/handler teams to join in the hunt tests and start getting their “feet wet” figuratively and literally.

Finally, our first AKC Hunt test will be run July 21-23 as a double-header (two Masters, two Seniors and two Juniors) at Point MacKenzie. Our second double-header Hunt Test has yet to be finalized but will occur mid-August.

The hunt tests are designed to simulate hunting situations and we are emphasizing this year the social nature of these events. We will have some organized fun events following the field test and want everyone to turn out for a fun time. This year in keeping with this commitment to have a good time we will be having a tail gate party following the Saturday tests, so get ready!

Sincerely, 

Mike Black

President

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