Sunday July 16, 2017

Updated: Monday 10:00 pm

Opening Banquet

The 2017 Canadian National Amateur Retriever Championship kicked off with great opening banquet. It is always a special occasion to renew old friendships and get caught up on what’s been happening over the past year. And don’t forget perusing the many items on the silent auction tables, donated by National Retriever Club sponsors, local businesses and individuals.




To start things off, the head table was piped in and Jim Swanson came forward to pay the piper. Master of ceremonies, Dave Douglas kept everything moving and everyone entertained. Seemed everyone enjoyed themselves. The Canadian and American national anthems were followed by a toast to the Queen and a toast to the Office of the President made by American judge Chris Brandl.



Head Table from left to right: Mary Hinds and her husband Acting Mayor Jim Hinds, Tosca Kocken and Chief Marshal Kevin Hill, Judges Rob Littlemore, Connie Swanson and Chris Brandl, and Master of Ceremonies Dave Douglas.


Home-made food was excellent. From the salads, souvlaki, lasagna, meatballs, eggplant parmigan, spanakopita, to the cream puffs for dessert. wonderful food and hospitality.
After dinner Jane Spearing, NRCC Director from British Columbia said a few words on behalf of Jim Ling, President NRCC. First and foremost, Jane thanked the National sponsors: Purina the official sponsor and dog food supplier, Avery Sporting Dog, Garmin/Tri-tronics official e-collar supplier, Winchester Ammunition official ammunition supplier, Ducks Unlimited Canada supplier of the finalist gifts, Zinger Winger, Retriever Results our partner in reporting Field Trial Results, and Animal Portraits by Connie Swanson for supplying a portrait to the winner. Next NRCC pins were presented to the judges, Rob Littlemore represent the Western Zone, Connie Swanson representing Southern Ontario Zone, and Chris Brandl representing Central Zone. NRCC pins were also presented to Field Trial Co-Chairs Doug Richmond, Debby Montgomery and Jane Spearing. Jane also received a NRCC pin as Field Trial Secretary. Chief Marshal, Kevin Hill was presented his pin as well. At the end Jane announced the Field Trial Committee consisting of: Committee Chair - Chief Marshal - Kevin Hill, FT Chair - Doug Richmond, and representing the 3 Zones, Central Zone - Rick Regamble, Southern Ontario Zone - Jane Spearing, Eastern Zone -Deb Montgomery
Chief Marshal, Kevin Hill thanked the landowners and asked that participants be respectful of the properties. Due to the extremely dry conditions, smokers are asked to smoke in their vehicles and not in the fields. Kevin acknowledged the hard work and long days put in by the workers and judges in preparing for this event. As well, Kevin presented the instructions from the judges. These included dog in the box or on the mat for all sends, if a dog gets a no bird, they go back 3 dogs, a 2nd no bird they go back 6 dogs and if they are unfortunate enough to have a 3rd no bird they will be run at the end.
Connie Swanson spoke on behalf of the judges, commenting on the excellent setup team, spectacular grounds and appreciated the long distances competitors travelled to attend the 2017 Canadian National Amateur. Good luck to all.
Co-chairs Debby Montgomery and Doug Richmond presented the judges with gifts from the host clubs before the judges ajourned for the night and the business of the Calcutta got under way.
The acting mayor, Jim Hinds won the Garmin Pro 550 electronic collar, donated by one of our major sponsors Garmin/Tri-Tronics. A special thank you gift was presented to Stu and Diana Mead for their generous sponsorship of the handlers jackets.
Master of Ceremonies and Auctioneer, Dave Douglas kept the calcutta moving along so contestants could leave early and get a good nights sleep before the opening series. At the end of the night, the starting dog #46 was drawn.