National Retriever Club of Canada

The National Retriever Club of Canada (NRCC) website is your source for Canadian Retriever Field Trial and Hunt Test information. Visit often for the most up-to-date Field Trial and Hunt Test Schedules, Results, and Activities that could impact you.

The National Retriever Club of Canada has member clubs across Canada. It is through these clubs that a National Retriever Championship and a National Amateur Retriever Championship is hosted each year. These events are held under the Canadian Kennel Club Field Trial Rules and Regulations. Throughout the year, member clubs host their own Licensed Field Trials and/or Hunt Test Stakes.

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  • Sad news to report the loss of long time field trialer and friend Joe Leptick. Throughout his successful trialing career Joe trained 1996 Canadian National Retriever Champion, NFTCH AFTCH Raindancers Dryland Drifter 1997 Canadian National Amateur Retriever Champion, NAFTCH FTCH Raindancers Lonesome Dove, as well as 2015 Canadian National Champion NFTCH FTCH Battle River Perro before his health failed and he was forced to sell. In addition to his success as a trainer he bred Drifter and Dove and numerous field trial and amateur field trial champions. Joe’s contribution to our game is immeasureable and he will be sadly missed.
  • Today while competing in the 2017 Canadian National Amateur Retriever Championship in Mission BC I learned of the passing of a great friend and fellow field trialer of over forty years.
    Joe Leptick was an amazing " Character " who brought so much joy and fun to our sport . Joe's sense of humour and clever sayings were legendary . Competitors would ask should I wear black or white on this test and Joe would say it does not matter if they want to see you any colour will work . His language was often colorful but always to the point. Wherever you found Joe you always found a crowd that was laughing and having a good old time.
    Joe and I started trialing together in 1970 and averaged about 28 all age stakes from Winnipeg to Vancouver Island every year for many years and ran in more Nationals than I can remember. Joe won a couple and many double headers and high point retriever championships. In my opinion no trainer I knew could match Joe when it came to teaching dogs to mark. He was uncanny and kicked many butts with many dogs over many years in the marking department. Blinds not so good. If his dogs passed the blinds then it was all over .
    When I retired Joe invited me join his winter training group in Southern California where my wife and I enjoyed many winters and l my dogs improved greatly.
    We will all miss Joe but there is consolation in knowing that he left our sport in a better place.
    God Speed Joe
Your pal Don Pollock

Survey to Examine National Events in Canada

Recommendations by the NRCC Board of Directors on the Future of National Events

The NRCC Task Force on the future of Nationals in Canada, completed their review of the survey results and presented their recommendations to the Board of Directors at their April 27 meeting where they were approved. Below is a summary of the recommendations and the direction the NRCC plans to take in the coming year.

1. Responses to the survey did not indicate a clear consensus on the questions of whether to hold a combined National event or continue to hold both a National and a National Amateur. As a result, the recommendation is that if 2 Host clubs are not found before the Annual Meeting in Mid September, the board will contract with a single host club to host a Combined National Event the following year. This event will be considered a onetime occurrence and the NRCC will continue to hold two separate events if and when possible. Clubs considering and or applying to host a National Event need to be pre-warned that this outcome is a possibility.

2. The Board recommends that the NRCC not become the host club. This is the responsibility of the Member Clubs and as such they must find a host for the events. This does not preclude members of the Board of Directors from stepping in to assist in the hosting of a national.

3. The Survey results showed that 65% are in favour of changing the number of zones. An Implementation Plan is currently under development to determine the optimal number of zones and the impact this will have on Nationals.

4. Changes to zones will also require a change in how judges are selected.

5. The survey indicates that a large majority feel that, due to rising costs in hosting a National Event, the host club should be able to dispense with traditional items during the event to cut expenses if necessary. The Board of Directors endorses this decision.

6. Response to the survey favoured the NRCC charging member clubs $5.00 for each dog competing in every All Aged Stake held. Effective 2018 the money collected will go directly to the Host Club(s) for the following year.

7. Qualification standards for dogs to Qualify to run a National Event are under review to allow for implementation of a combined event. Once determined, the NRCC will proceed with the necessary rule changes through the CKC Retriever Council.

8. Survey results indicate that the National Open Event should be held in or around September. The National Amateur Event did not have a definite result so dates for this event should remain unchanged. In the event that a combined National is held, the results favour using the current National Open dates in September.


Key Dates

  • January 1 - Club confirmation of Field Trial and Hunt Test dates
  • March 31 membership renewal due
  • 2017 National Amateur will be held in Deroche/Mission, BC from July 17-22.
  • September 10, 2017 Annual General Meeting in Brighton, ON
  • 2017 National will be held in Brighton, ON from September 11-16.