Marty Day, 56, is the owner of Kings Unlimited Guide Service, a sport fishing guide company operating on the Kenai river in Soldotna and the Nushiagak river in Bristol bay Alaska. Originally from Colorado, Marty moved to Alaska in 1983 after graduating from the University of Colorado Boulder with a degree in biology. He's been married to his wife Susan for 33 years. Together they raised 2 children, Kali (29) Kyle (25) and they have a two year old grandson Landin . Marty has been an avid supporter of the NAHRA program since running his first field test in 1987. He began judging in 1990, judging all across Alaska from Fairbanks to Kodiak island, as well as running his own dogs in field trials. In 1994, he ran and qualified in the NAHRA RAW invitational in Culpepper Virginia. Marty is a founding member and a past president of the Peninsula Retriever Association. One of 3 NAHRA clubs in Alaska . Marty maintains a summer home in Soldotna and is currently spending winters traveling to fish, hunt and vacation in warmer climates. He still spends as much time as he can hunting waterfowl and upland birds in Alaska, Canada, Iowa and the Dakotas with his black lab Jade!
Judge - Frank Plewa - Pennsylvania
First, I am honored to have been selected as a judge for the upcoming 2017 NAHRA Invitational. Thank you so much to those who nominated me and to the 2017 Invitational Committee. I very much look forward to judging your dogs with Marty and Paul this coming summer in one of the most beautiful settings I have had a privilege to visit. It will also be a pleasure to work with the Puget Sound Retriever Club family again as they are a top notch group. My wife Valerie and I currently reside in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania where we have lived and worked for the past 27 years. I have been employed as a Wetland Biologist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District for the past 30 years. So my work and play time are a perfect marriage as well. I am the owner of Fowl Weather Adventures, which is a part time waterfowl guiding and retriever training service established in 1996. I am a founding member of the Northern Piedmont Retriever Club and a former NAHRA Board Member from 2004-2016. I purchased and started training my first retriever in 1990 which set me on a path that would have been inconceivable to me at the time. I grew up in the coal fields of Western Pennsylvania hunting primarily deer, turkey and rabbits so serious bird hunting, especially with retrievers, was never really a thought until a yellow Labrador Retriever entered my life. In 1992, I entered that dog in my first NAHRA Field Test, an event that led to a significant investment of time and expense that I would not change, even if given a re-run. It is also inconceivable to account for how many NAHRA Field Tests I have participated in as a worker, handler or judge. I am proud to have had the opportunity to produce over twenty MHRs, handled approximately 25 dogs in seven Invitational Tests, and judged over a hundred NAHRA Field Tests over the past 2 plus decades.
I say this only because I know what the investment has been for you to get to the Invitational and how important it is to have judges who are fair and consistent in their approach. I know that it is important to have Judges who are hunters and have walked in your shoes and by standing at the line as you and your dog will do in June. I look forward to meeting you and your dogs in this new adventure. Pick em up clean!
Judge - Paul Pommerening - Washington
First off, thanks to the Puget Sound Retriever Club for inviting me to Judge at this year’s Invitational. This really is a special honor to me. For almost 20 years NAHRA , and the hunting folks of the Pacific Northwest have been an integral and important part of our families life. The PSRC has always held a special place in our hearts as it was the place where we got our first title. It was a started title with our first trained lab and I can still recall every retrieve my dog made that day. I also still have that ring on my lanyard. Over these last two decades with NAHRA I have had the chance to bring three of my furry children to MHR or GMHR level and my latest partner will hopefully soon be there. To be selected to witness and judge the culmination of thousands of hours of teamwork between you and your MHR or GMHR is as stated, an honor. Thank you. I look forward to seeing you all.