What started out as a kid wishing for a hunting dog, ended up with a man thinking that the time was just right. A pup to train turned into a dog to go afield with in the fall. Season after season together in the field. It ultimately turned into a lifestyle. I look forward to spending time with all the participants in the 2017 Invitational. This event is a showcase of the Master Hunting Retriever and all of those that work so hard to hold the hunting retriever in high esteem. I chose this picture because it was a life highlight for me. The dog, “Hope”, aka GMHR III Wishful Thinking QAA is a testament to where you can end up when you form that bond of being a team. As I say, “It’s not wishful thinking as long as you have hope.” See ya in the field!!! Harry
Facilities - Diane Burlingame
I have always loved to see dogs doing what they were bred to do. There is a reason we have purebred dogs – dogs with a purpose. I was always the kid that took care of the neighborhood animals. I took the neighbor lady’s St Bernard to obedience class for her when I was 9 years old. This relationship led me to the conformation show ring and I was hooked on dog sports. I joined PRSC in 2013 with my 2 ½ year old Toller – Sunny. My breeder said he was just “too old to start field work now. You should have started when he was a puppy”. Sunny has such a great attitude; I gave it a shot anyway. I was so green, that I didn’t even know where to start asking questions. Sunny made it thru his NAHRA SHR, qualifying for the West Regional and NSDTRC-US WC, completing his breed Championship in spite of his handler. Subsequent dogs, Cassie is half way to her SHR and is running in multiple venues, as is her mother, Rina. I could not have done any of this without the guidance, support, and comradery of PRSC and NAHRA. My passion is to help people new to retrieving sports to have an opportunity to learn the answers to the questions they didn’t know to ask. With PSRC support, we have held 1 and 2 day clinics for beginners. We have encouraged future owners to attend so they know how to start their pups and encourage them to get involved in their local Clubs. My experience with conformation and obedience events as Show Chair is a cross-over benefit in coordinating events. My goals are to keep the Retriever in the Toller and one day, meet you in the field as a contestant at a NAHRA Invitational. Diane
Budget and Webmaster - Dennis Nichols
I have had dogs all my life. I have always loved dogs. However, these dogs were never trained as working dogs. I never had the time to train them. That changed a few years ago and I decided my next dog would be trained as a working retriever. I purchased the dog I now have (Bridger) and began to train him. I soon learned that I had no clue what I was doing (I think the dog was smarter than me). I was introduced to the Puget Sound Retriever Club. I went to couple events and thought, this is what the dog and I need. So I joined the PSRC. I have learned a lot from the PSRC and the NAHRA program. My dog and I have made much progress the last few years that would not have been possible otherwise. Not only has this program been educational, it has also been a lot of fun. We look forward to hosting the 2017 Invitational and we hope to see you all there.
Test Secretary - Nora Williams
From Nordstrom's and Kate Spade to Prois and Lacrosse in 3, 2, 1 . . . Poof! I have always loved animals, and dogs are a particular favorite of mine. My first dog was a large, pink poodle won at a carnival by a family friend. I was three years old, and I named him Big Dog. Because my dad was active duty Air Force, my parents resisted pets due to the stress of cross-country and even international moves. Big Dog was as close as I'd come to having a "dog" for several years. Something happens when you marry someone with dogs who enjoys living with them; hunting with them; and working with them in field events. You become ... a dog mom or a dog dad. Today, I am the proud dog mom to three special canine "kids," Wily, Tank, and Love. Happiness truly is a warm puppy ... or three. Since marrying Harry-in Nevada right before a NAHRA test, wearing jeans, fleece, and a camo ball cap (true story!} my life has been the tale of where the Labradors take me. From my first mallard harvested on Christmas Day 2000 in the Potholes to the best pheasant hunting trip ever in South Dakota; to my annual birthday trip to Helena, MT for a NAHRA test to the wine country of California's Central Coast; north to Alaska and Alberta then across the country to New York and Pennsylvania, my canine "kids" have been responsible for the very best of the adventures we've had. What started in 2006 on a mesa in southwest Colorado has become a highlight of our years with the "kids."
Fund Raising - Jim Tracy
NAHRA hooked me in 2000 with a new pup named Maggie. Since that time we have enjoyed the best that the retriever world has to offer Hunt Test Participants. I have teamed up with Maggie and her daughter Bumper and traveled to 14 states and 3 provinces while learning and growing. We have experienced the jubilation of National Qualification and the stinging hurt of not quite up to the standard. We have been blessed by the relationships developed over years of working as a team. I am very thankful to NAHRA for the ability to extend hunting season throughout the year. I thank God for my wonderful dogs and my amazing wife Sarah for the encouragement to pursue my passion.
Hospitality - Cheryl Ozbirn Hi, my name is Cheryl Ozbirn and I’m your Hospitality Chair. I love to cook and party plan, so hospitality has always been a natural fit for me in the multiple organizations I have been a part of. I grew up in a hunting family with Labrador retrievers. It wasn’t until I’d been in the sport of purebred dogs for eleven years that our daughter got a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, and I’d finally returned to sporting dogs. After being in the field one day observing at a trial I was hooked. Last summer, I started working with our Toller and I now hope to be competing with her this summer. A bad day in the field beats any day out of it.