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.
FYI all traps have now been removed.
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.
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.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.
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!
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!
Despite 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.
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.
Despite a slight delay to bypass some rain, hail, thunder and yes some lightening the picnic test was a great success.
Judges Nancy Holland and Jack Gardiner ran a very fair test and did an excellent job. If you haven't had the chance to thank them yet for volunteering please do so the next time you see them. It takes a lot of work to put on a test like this. It was especially challenging to do so in such a small area since we could not use the back field due to the wet road.
Please note the road is still blocked off so please don't drive on it.
Special thanks to Angela Borthwick for all her work with the organization and running the event. The additional feature of a port-o-potty really helped keep some happy faces on our members.
Also note that the 2013 hunt test premium is now available and there is a link to it on the right-hand side bar of this page.
Thanks Lisa for preparing this once again for us.
Due to the really wet condition of the grounds and poor forecast for Sunday we've decided it would be best to postpone the test until next Sunday.
Sorry about that folks.
The Annual WRHRC Picnic Test is a great place to test your dog’s skills before your next trial in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. If you are new to the sport, it is a great event to come and see what it is all about. We will be offering NAHRA Started, Intermediate and Senior stakes (registration numbers permitting so register early). If you are unfamiliar with NAHRA you can find the rule book under “Important Links” as well as a handy quick reference sheet under “Hunt Test Requirements” on the WRHRC Home Page (www.wrhrc.com).
This event is open to both WRHRC members and non-members so please pass on this message to others that may be interested in participating. Hope to see you there.
When: Sunday, June 2, 2013
8:30 am – Check-in / registration
9:00 am – First bird falls (Ducks and pheasants will be used)
Where: WRHRC Training Grounds (Kathryn)
(20 km east of Hwy 2 on Hwy 566)
A map to the training grounds is available at www.wrhrc.com
Judges: Started: TBD
Cost: Started / Intermediate: $10 per dog (Members) / $15 per dog (Non-members)
Senior: $15 per dog (Members) / $20 per dog (Non-members)
**Pre-registration is a MUST so we know how many birds are needed and what stakes will be run** FYI: If we do not have a minimum of 5 senior dogs RSVP
before the deadline that stake will not be run.
Please register by May 25, 2013 by contacting Angela Borthwick at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (403) 542-1635
Payment can be made at check-in on the day of the event.
Volunteers: Volunteers are such an important part to a successful event. Volunteers are needed to help with gunning. Please be prepared to help out.
Lunch: Lunch will not be provided. Please bring your own lunch and drinks.
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.
For more information or to volunteer please contact:
Ross Murphy, Chair
Angela Borthwick, Registration
It was a great weekend for an event and here are the updates from Saturday's action. A big thanks to Angela Borthwick and Mary Shillabeer who played a major role in the success of this event.
Congratulations to our Winner: Dog #18: Finn - handled by Doug Rowden (BLM)
Calcutta was won by the ever lucky Dale Stamm whose rock solid strategy in picking winners netted him a tidy $335
27 dogs entered
- 20 dogs called back for series 4 & 5
- 15 dogs called back for series 6 & 7
- 10 dogs finished all 7 series
The other finishers (Finalists) were:
# 1: Teal - handled by Shaun Brien (BLF)
# 6: Rin – handled by Colette Prefontaine (CLM)
# 8: Stoppers – handled by Jackie Hastie (GM)
#11: Henry – handled by James Strachan (BLM)
#13: Keen – handled by Mary Shilabeer (GF)
#14: Quill – handled by Jackie Hastie (GM)
#20: Candi – handled by Dale Stamm (YLF)
#24: Roady – handled by Terry Byrne (CHSP)
#25: Jetta – handled by Neil Holmes (BLF)
Lunch as always was wonderful and I am told that the donations covered the cost, which does not always happen. Thanks all.
So a big thanks to Nancy and Greg for putting on the meal. It adds a lot to the whole event.
This year featured a new twist on the old classic. Next to the road we had, for the very first time, a port-a-potty. And despite the added expense we still managed to turn a decent profit for the club. We hope that better comforts like these will lead to more entries next year.
Event Organizer, Angela Borthwick had the following message for all:
We couldn’t have asked for nicer weather which helped to make for another great event. I want to thank both of our judges, John & Sharon Van der Lee, for volunteering their time and for putting together some really great tests that challenged our dogs to be the best they could be. I also want to thank everyone that volunteered during the event from organizing the equipment, taking registrations, marshaling, gunning, donating birds, and just helping out when we needed a hand. Volunteers are such an important part to a successful event and these events could not happen without their help. I also want to thank Nancy & Greg for another great lunch and delicious carrot cake.
I also want to thank all of you for all of your help and support with organizing this. Mary, I hope I can continue your success with organizing this event. You have done such a great job and will be a tough act to follow. Ross thank you for making sure all of the equipment, birds and gunners were where they needed to be. This made the event run smoothly and is appreciated. And Lisa, thank you for your help & support in keeping me organized and helping me correct my mistakes. I hope to improve for next year.
Thanks again everyone for your part in another great event.
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