Welcome to the Alaska Working Retriever Club
Retriever Club of Alaska!
TRAINING, EDUCATION, FIELD TRIALS, and HUNT TESTS
for the working retriever since 1987
March 10, 2018
The annual meeting took place February 17th at
Gallos. For those that did not attend
Gwen Haynes was elected as the new club secretary and Mary Maxwell is the new
treasurer. I was elected (a tad
reluctantly) to be club president.
Although not new to retrievers we three have a lot to learn in our new
roles, bear with us.
For those that donít know me, I will tell you a little about
myself. I have had retrievers my entire adult
life. Back in the 90ís my first
retriever died while on an operating room table. That led me to a search for a retriever with
the same lineage. My search took me to
Idaho and then to Roy McFall who happened to live a few blocks away. I didnít know a thing about competition; I
was looking for another duck dog, but Roy knew of a repeat breeding of a female
he was currently training named Kirby.
He invited me out to see the young dog and I have been hooked with
training retrievers to a whole different level than I thought possible ever
I became involved with the Alaska Working Retriever Club and
served as vice president of field trials for several years. As competitive as field trials are I became
frustrated at my lack of success in all age events and stopped competing. I still judged on occasion until running into
Boyd Woodward and convinced him (or he convinced me) to buy a puppy he had
available. Here we are. My experience with competitive retrievers is
in field trials and I have a lot to learn about hunt tests.
The board is currently involved in planning the upcoming
hunt test and field trial events.
Membership with the club is lower than it has ever been, costs are up
and entries are down which has caused financial strain on the club. My goal is to try and increase both
membership and participation by members.
With that, I encourage those that have not yet renewed their membership
to do so, if you know of retriever enthusiasts take them training and talk to
them about joining and running in events.
As a club, costs must be reduced. For those not aware the six events cost on
average $43,000. Income from those same
events is just over $30,000. If you are
willing to house, feed, donate airline miles or have a car you are willing to
loan to an outside judge let someone on the board know. We are searching for people willing to make lunches
for a day at an event. If you are
interested please call or email me. We
are a 501(c) 3 corporation and as such in-kind donations are tax
deductible. My wife and I are going to
attempt to resurrect the tailgates at each of the four field trials, if you
would like to help call or send me email.
If you have an idea to raise or save money anyone on the board is
willing to listen, contact information is on the website.
I am looking forward to the upcoming events. There are numerous challenges ahead of
us. Keep getting your dogs out and soon
we can get them wet!