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WELCOME to the Official Blog of the 2015 Master National Hunting Test, October 15-25, 2015, brought to you by the Retriever News and written by Tina Styan, Gwen Jones and Kelley Hall. We hope you enjoy these daily updates on the 2015 Master National, held this year in and around Cheraw, South Carolina.


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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Closing Ceremonies of the 2015 Master National

Flight A had around 16 dogs left to run in their fifth series this Sunday morning and so the Closing Ceremonies were planned for a noon start. Everyone began to gather around the Headquarters Tent in anticipation of the occasion.

Sam Ferguson kicked off the ceremony by welcoming everyone in attendance. He wanted to let everyone know that without their generous donations of the Sponsors associated with this event, it couldn't take place. He listed the Sponsors as follows:

Diamond Sponsor
Nestlé Purina Petcare
Avery Sporting Dog

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsor
Retriever News
Chris Chantland
Bruce & Barbara Moore
Duck Dog Clothing Company
Ag Equipment Direct, LLC

Bronze Sponsors
Tangelo Products
Midwest Greyhound Supply
Wealth Management Strategies
Cooper River Retriever Club of South Carolina
Lumber River Retriever Club
Neuse Retriever Club
Flatlands Insurance Group

The audience gave the three clubs hosting this event a standing ovation: Cooper River Retriever Club of South Carolina, Lumber River Retriever Club and Neuse Retriever Club. He presented an engraved Master National plate to each of the event Co-Chairman Michelle Love and Laurice Williams, thanking them for their supreme effort in organizing this event. He also thanked Larry Kimble who was the Chief Marshal of this event.

The Judges lined up in front of the tent and each one received our gratitude for the hours, days and weeks of work for this event as well as a Master National engraved plate.

Flight A:
Robert Rascoe
Tom McMorrow

Flight B:

Dale Langhorne
Ed Sullivan

Flight C:

Carol Hynes
Tellus Calhoun

Flight D:

Martin Bell
Bruce Bachert

Flight E:
Kay Scott
John Kinnard

Sam then proceeded to thank Tina Styan, the "face" of Retriever News, as a Silver Sponsor and friend to the Master National. Sam recognized members of the Board of Directors and thanked them for their service this year. As a final statement, Sam acknowledged owner/handler trainers for their hard work in getting to the 2015 Master National.

Sam turned over the microphone to Frank Barton, Hunt Test Secretary. Frank took the time to thank the veterinarians who tended to the animals in each flight and the audience clapped with appreciation. Frank then listed out the Hall of Fame recipients from each flight starting with the MNH4 and went all the way to MNH8. There was only one dog that reached that level::

Taylorlab Downtown Cooter Brown MH MNH8 QA2  "Coot"
Owned by Lyle and Stephanie Steinman and Handled by Lyle Steinman.

Melissa Shanks then presented women with the Woman's Challenge Trophy. There is a large trophy with all the name's engraved and then each recipient received a smaller one. The gals who received it were Janet Wood, Genie Edwards, Tierra Robinson Sloane and Renee Hager.

Frank Prendergast told the story of the Clayton Crawford Award which was then presented to Bruce Chavis who accepted it on behalf of Butch Driggers for his work in preparing H. Cooper Black Jr. Memorial Field Trial and Recreational Area for this event.

Frank Barton then asked the announcers to come and read the qualifiers names in each flight. Below is a chart with the entered number of dogs in each flight, dogs that started and final qualifying scores:

Flight A:
183 entered / 174 started / 59 qualified

Flight B:
183 entered / 171 started / 68 qualified

Flight C:
183 entered / 178 started / 57 qualified

Flight D:
183 entered / 169 started / 41 qualified

Flight E:
183 entered / 168 started / 47 qualified

Total Qualifiers : 272
Congratulations to Everyone!

… until next year …


Thank You to All of Our Retriever News Blog Sponsors

To All of Our Generous Blog Sponsors !!



UpClose Photo with Mark Atwater – Official Photographer

Mark Atwater of UpClose Photo is the official Photographer of the 2015 Master National. Please visit him at the Headquarters at H. Cooper Black to have your dog's picture taken … this is a great way to commemorate your time here.

The closing ceremonies will be held at noon on Sunday under the tent at the Headquarters at H. Cooper Black. Congratulations to the retrievers that qualified and to everyone that participated. Stay tuned for updates later today …

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Master National Running Order

Flight Draw & Running Order

2015 MNRC Test Descriptions

Palmetto East-Land

Wood Duck Pond-Land/Water

Byrd's Campground-Land

Goose Pond-Land

Mallard Pond-Land/Water

Bruce's Farm-Land/Water

Wood Duck Pond-Water

Byrd’s Campground-Land/Water

Mallard Pond-Water

Goose Pond-Land/Water

Furr's Pit-Water

Palmetto West-Land

Goose Pond-Water


Meet Your 2015 Judges

2015 MNRC Schedule of Events

2015 MNRC Qualified Dogs