Wild Rose Hunting Retriever Club

Notice To Members : Driving on the back field

Notice to Members

It has become apparent that some members have been ignoring the training etiquette for the grounds and have been driving on the back field. Please refrain from driving on the field to pick up or drop off equipment. While it may be “just one time” the next person sees the tracks and follows them, and so on, and so on. This is how new trails are established. The grounds are not large, so lets please keep the property we have in as best of condition that we can. But continuing this practice we are only hurting ourselves and ruining our training area. If you see somebody driving on the field , please remind them to stick to the road, and parking areas.

Note:

There has been a new trail partially established on the east side of the field. THIS IS NOT A TRAIL.

Please do not drive on field

Membership Kit-2014

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Picnic test June 21

Wild Rose HRC will hold a picnic test on June 21st at the club grounds in Kathryn. Birds fall at 8:30. We will be holding started, hunter, intermediate and senoir stakes that will be run under NAHRA rules. If you're not familiar with NAHRA, you can review the rulebook before the test. http://www.nahra.org/about-us/rule-book.html

Prices for the test are:

Started - $10

Hunter and intermediate - $12

Senior - $15

Money will be accepted at the test.

Please remember to bring your lunch, lawn chairs, water for the dogs, and whatever else you think you'll need for the day. Also if you run please be prepared to help out throwing birds, etc. If anyone would like to just volunteer and not run a dog you are more than welcome. Please let me know by email (dpate@g.clemson.edu) if you plan to run, which stake(s) and how many dogs.

The judges and other members will be more than willing to help you out at the test if you need it. This is not a sanctioned test so this is a great chance to gain experience on the line and for your dog to gain test experience without the pressure of passing or failing. Everybody plays until the end so it should be fun. Hope to see you there!

Thanks,

Dustin and Greg

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Sadly the NAHRA Hunt Test for this year has been cancled.

The BOD have had to make a difficult decision.

Due to the lack of volunteers this year and not being able to secure enough judges , the WRHRC will have to cancel their July test. I informed NAHRA (Rosemary) this AM and it has been removed from the NAHRA website.

This is a first for me and I have been a member, forever. When I first joined this club we had a test in July and one again in August. Then we went to a three day test just in July. The last couple of years have been just the two day test in July.

On a positive note, the picnic test is still set for June 21. I will be sending out an email later this weekend with all the details. Greg Drew and Dustin Pate are the two members that are organizing this event. We hope to make it as close to a real test as possible by offering all the stakes.

Also, there is talk in reviving the 7SS, but this probably won't happen until August.
As always, please feel free to send me your comments.

Lisa

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7 Singles Cancelled for May 3rd – reschedule

Hi Everyone,

Well, the weather and the roads are deteriorating and the hourly forecast is snow for the next 24 hours up at the club lands and around Calgary. So, we will be cancelling the 7 Singles for May 3rd and look for a new date to reschedule the event.

I thank everyone for pre-registering for the event and to all the volunteers that offered to help make the event happen.

We will send out information to let everyone know of the new date for the 2014 Seven Singles event.

Thanks. My apologies for the late notice but I was really hoping the weather would change

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Hi Everyone, sorry for the late update.

A quick reminder that the annual 7 Singles event is fast approaching so don’t forget to register your dogs. The extended forecast for May 3rd looks good with a high of 13C and only 10% chance of precipitation – a great day!

Pre-registration is a MUST : We need to know in advance how many dogs we will have so we can ensure to have enough birds on hand for the tests. Plus it will assist in estimating how many we will have for lunch. Please send me a quick email with your dog’s name to let me if you will be attending. April 27th is the deadline

Thank you to those who have already confirmed their attendance.

When: Saturday, May 3, 2014

8:00 am – Check in / Registration
8:30 am – First bird falls

Where: WRHRC Training Grounds

(20 km east of Hwy 2 on Hwy 566)
A map to the training grounds is available at www.wrhrc.com

Judges: Robin Dean
Carl Ellingsen
Cost: $20 per dog (members only – membership forms will be available at the event)
(Each dog guaranteed 3 birds

** Pre-registration is a MUST so we know how many birds we need**

To register, please contact Angela Borthwick at a.borthwick@shaw.ca or at (403) 542-1635.

Payment can be made at check-in on the day of the event.

Lunch: Nancy Johnsson will be providing a BBQ lunch will be provided by donation. Please bring your own drinks.

Calcutta: Remember to bring cash for the Calcutta! We will be doing the Calcutta after the second mark.

Volunteer: Volunteers are such an important part to a successful event. To volunteer to gun or to donate birds, please contact Angela Borthwick at a.borthwick@shaw.ca or at (403) 542-1635.

Thank you to all the members who have already volunteered for positions on event day, however we are still looking for a few more gunners. Your help is greatly appreciated.

Description of the Event

For those who are unfamiliar with the Seven Singles Event, it can be described as a marking competition. This is a non-sanctioned, fun event for club members. The intent of the competition is to simply measure the pure natural marking ability of all dogs entered as opposed to measuring their level of training relating to control or handling ability. There are seven marks. All marks will be single marks but they may be run back-to-back. Dogs will be evaluated on how they retrieve the bird and after 3 marks have been completed only those dogs that make the cut will continue onto the next mark. Dogs will be eliminated after each mark leading up to the seventh and final mark. Fist place (and associated bragging rights and trophy) will be awarded after the completion of the event.

As with any field event, there may be natural hazards for both the handlers and the dogs. By participating in this event, you agree that you are doing so at your own risk. You agree that you will not hold the WRHRC, its members or the landowner liable for any claims arising out of the entry of your dog(s) or your presence at this event.

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WRHRC 2014 Club social & AGM

WRHRC 2014 Club social & AGM

RSVP PLEASE.
If you DID NOT get the email invite please let me know.

Hello Club Members,

Please join us for some socializing and story trading shortly before our club annual business meeting.

We're trying to get some solid numbers together so we know how many seats to hold. If you haven't gotten my email invite please send me your email address and I will add you to the list.

Please forward this to anyone you feel would be interested in attending to learn more about what our club will be doing in 2014.
Lisa will be on hand so you can renew or start your club membership status at that time.

Menu will be a la carte : http://www.whitespot.ca/location/calgary-barlow-trail-0
White Spot Barlow Trail, 3322 23rd Street NE Calgary
Sat Mar 1st 2014 @ 5PM

There's lots coming up for the club in 2014 and we're looking forward to a great year.
See you there.

Ross Murphy
2013 WRHRC President.

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Merry Christmas and Happy 2014 to all

labrador_retriever_ip_christmas2 Hard to believe another year has come and gone. Here's to wishing you and your family all the best in 2014 and I sincerely hope each and every one of you has safe and happy holiday. I will see you all at our AGM in the new year.
- Ross Murphy 2013 WRHRC President.

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Traps now removed RE: Trapping of problem beavers on club grounds.

FYI all traps have now been removed.

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The WID is trying to trap some beavers on the club property and this morning has set 3 traps.

2 Conibear type traps and a leg hold trap. These locations are scented making them interesting to beavers and probably curious dogs. Any of these traps could easily injure you or your dog so stay clear.

The WID trapper figures that the they will be gone after this weekend and will contact us to let us know.

The trap locations have been marked with stakes and a ribbon. The approximate locations are marked on the satellite photo below.

Click image to enlarge.

Beavers can seriously block the canal, cause lots of pointed sticks in the water and are considered dangerous to dogs. They have been known to attack and kill dogs. It's a good thing that someone is willing to help with pest control.

Trap Locations

Conibear trap

Submerged leg hold trap

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2014 NAHRA Calendar – Call for Photographs

2014 NAHRA Calendar - Call for Photographs

The NAHRA Board of Directors has authorized the creation of the 2014 NAHRA Wall Calendar and needs your help.
Information concerning the sale of the 2014 NAHRA Calendar will be published in mid-October, and calendars will be shipped November 1. Calendars will be available to members and Clubs will be encouraged to buy multiple copies to distribute to potential new members, sponsors, and landowners.

Only a limited number of 2014 NAHRA Calendars will be printed. Guaranteed pre-order will be accepted through October 15, 2013
(without payment). Please place pre-orders with Tom Johnston at tjohnston@skellyloy.com. Pre-orders will be shipped after payment.

Call for Photographs

At this time the NAHRA BOD is accepting member-submitted photographs for consideration to be used in the 2014 Calendar. Photographs to be featured will capture the Dogs & People of NAHRA as it relates to:

The use of well trained retrievers as conservation tools;
Rewarding Dogs (Qualifications) in a non-competitive testing format; and,
The social value of the NAHRA Family.

We are looking for photos of ALL aspects of the NAHRA program including: Marking, Blinds, Upland, & Trailing and NAHRA Dogs Hunting!

Photos may be of NAHRA events, dogs, or people that in some way tell the story of NAHRA and its mission.

Photographs must have a minimum resolution of 4 mega pixels.

Please assist the Photo Editors by submitting a small number of your best photos.

New Stuff for 2014!
Include the dogs name, titles, owner-handler-hunter name(s), and photo credit (who took the picture). This information will be in the Calendar for each picture used.
Please provide any club NAHRA Field Test schedule information you would like to have included in the 2014 Calendar.
Photographs and a brief caption (including photo credits) should be submitted in a jpg format to tjohnston@skellyloy.com not later than September 20, 2013.

Submission of any photograph for consideration in the 2014 NAHRA Calendar expressly grants NAHRA the right to publish said photograph in the 2014 NAHRA Calendar, or publicity materials related thereto; and further releases NAHRA from any and all claims related to copyright, trademark, and intellectual property. The submitter is also responsible for obtaining any and all releases related to persons and personal property included in submitted photographs; the act of submission constitutes confirmation that the submitter has secured any and all releases.

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SCI Red Deer 1st Annual Gun Dog and Pointer Party

Just found out about this today and thought I would pass it along.

SCI Red Deer & District Chapter
1st Annual Gun Dog and Pointer Party!
IN Carstairs
August 30th to September 1st 2013
Limited entry event $250.00 per person
$700.00 for 3 person team bring yourselves, dogs and guns
Pheasant & Chukar Hunting
Prizes, Free Camping, Clay Shooting, Archery Targets
Friday evening arrival & Open hunt
Saturday Team hunts and Bar B-Q & Prizes
Sunday Morning Open Hunt and Farewell!
Info. www.scireddeer.com

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Annual NAHRA Hunt test all over for another year.

NAHRA Judges Presenting RibbonDespite a little rain on Saturday morning the weather this weekend was just about as perfect as you could expect for our annual NAHRA hunt test. This year we held our very first "Hunter" stakes and turn out was fantastic.

In total for Saturday we had 13 Started, 7 Hunter, 6 Intermediate and 11 Senior.
Sunday was just as good with 14 Started, 7 Hunter, 5 Intermediate and 11 Senior making the total 37 dogs each day.

Major thanks to Test Committee Chair, Nancy Holland, for organizing the event and as always to Lisa Williams our hunt test secretary who works tirelessly on so many events. Of course the the event could not have been such a success if it were not for the volunteers. Tailgate dinner was a fantastic barbecue done by Nancy and Greg Johnsson.

Judges, Steve Fox and Murray Cowan from the ACHRA in Edmonton were down to lend a hand judging senior on Sunday and they reminded us that next weekend's NAHRA test in Wabamun is sure to be exciting. NAHRA Regional representative, Harry Williams also paid us a visit and qualified with his dog in senior both days.

NAHRA Judges Presenting Ribbon
Many thanks to Darcy Brunes and Barrue Fodoruk for judging S/H/I on Saturday and also to Greg Drew and Colette Prefontaine for Judging S/H/I on Sunday. Howie Boyda, as always, was available to lend a hand and judged the senior dogs on Saturday with Colette.

There were some great examples of seasoned and well trained dogs as well as some great prospects coming into their prime. Best of luck and safe travels to all club members who are traveling to Wabamun this coming weekend.

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