National Specialty Archive News
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BY LRC Directors - Monday March 24, 2014
News items, and the silver fallacy, are now archived as a news blog.

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The Issue of the Silver Labrador

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LRC Merchandise Now online

Merchandise with the club's logo is now available online.

Go to retrieveroutfitter.com and click on either men's or women's apparel to see the choices.  You can select your preferred logo for any item you choose to buy.  To date, only one other club has provided their logo, the National Amateur Retriever Club.

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Two Changes to the Retriever Field Trial Standard Procedures
By Marcia Lucas - Thursday June 27, 2013.

Definition of an Amateur.  This change appears in the Standing Recommendations of the Retriever Advisory Committee, paragraph #3.  (Page 36)  

Amateur Definition: the following definitions and standards should be followed in determining the status of any person to be an Amateur:

(a)           For purposes of eligibility to judge under Chapter 14, Section 3 of the rules for retriever trials, a person shall be considered an Amateur who during the period of two years preceding the trial in question has not received compensation from the direct training of a dog for hunting, hunting tests or field trials and/or the handling of a dog in the same, and/or the regular and systematic personal instruction of other individuals regarding the above pursuits at any level.

   Compensation as provided above is defined as money, goods or services to a person or any member of their household.   Any person participating in an occasional organized seminar or workshop to improve the training and handling of field trial, hunting test or hunting dogs will be exempt from the above provision as will a person who receives payment for providing educational material (such as books, videos, etc.) to the public on the training and handling of field trial, hunting test or hunting dogs.

 

Use of Layout Blinds.  This change appears in Standard Procedure #8, third paragraph.  (Page 28)  

Retired Guns and throwers should be concealed by a blind that provides complete coverage, adequate space, and natural camouflage to conceal the distinctive shape of the blind and in no event shall gunners or throwers be instructed to lay down on the ground in layout blinds or like configurations for hiding purposes.

 

The new wording will appear in the next reprint of the Rules.

 

Please e-mail questions or comments to Fieldtrials@akc.org.

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SUPPORT LAB RESCUE!!
By Terri McFadden - Friday March 08, 2013.

Back by popular demand!  We are once again offering a t-shirt you can buy to announce your proud support for Labrador Retriever Rescue.  Proceeds go to the LRC's fund for catastrophic rescue emergencies.

    The Labrador Retriever Club, Inc. maintains a special fund for the emergency care of Labs who are abandoned in multiple numbers, i.e. floods, tornadoes, death of owner or puppy mill shut down. This fund was established to pay for the immediate care of the animals such as vaccinations, health checks or short term boarding. It is available to any organized Labrador Rescue Group that is recognized by the National Rescue Coordinator.

    If you would like to support this program you may send a donation to :


The Labrador Retriever Club, Inc.
295 Woods Rd.
Elkton, MD 21921

 

or purchase a t-shirt!  You will find them here: http://www.tshirtstotherescue.com/products-t-shirts/lrc.html

(the LRC shirt is in the lower right corner of the array of available shirts)

and we thank you!

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New award launched
By Marcia Lucas - Thursday December 27, 2012.

At the June, 2012 board meeting, the new Versatile Producer of Merit award was conditionally approved.  The program will run for five years, beginning January 1, 2013 and if there is sufficient interest from the members, the award will continue beyond the five year trial period.  You can read the details of the program here.

Versatile producers can accrue points as their offspring continue to garner new titles.  The producers with the most points will be recognized on the website, in the Newsletter, and in the Yearbook, each year.

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OFA AND ACVO ESTABLISH NEW EYE CERTIFICATION REGISTRY
By Marcia Lucas - Friday November 09, 2012.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
OFA AND ACVO ESTABLISH NEW EYE CERTIFICATION REGISTRY
AND CLINICAL DATABASE FOR OPHTHALMIC DIAGNOSES


Columbia, Missouri, Friday, August 31, 2012 - The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) and the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) are pleased to announce the establishment of a new joint Eye Certification Registry (ECR) and Clinical Database for
Ophthalmic Diagnoses (CDOD) effective November 1, 2012. Together, the ECR and CDOD will be important tools to monitor canine inherited eye conditions and reduce their incidence.

OFA Eye Certification Registry exams are ophthalmic examinations, performed by ACVO
Diplomates, to assess dogs for the presence or absence of observable hereditary ocular disease. Dogs with normal exam results will receive OFA eye certification numbers valid for one year. Eye Certifications are an important part of the routine health screening practiced by responsible
dog breeders to produce healthy puppies. Recognizing that animals presenting for a Certification Exam represent a biased population of primarily normal dogs, the CDOD will capture aggregate statistics regarding disease prevalence for those animals presented to ACVO Diplomates in private and institutional clinical practices.

The OFA currently maintains the world’s largest online database of canine health screening results. The addition of eye exam results will enhance the value of this important toolset for responsible breeders to make more informed breeding decisions to reduce the incidence of
inherited disease. For informed puppy buyers, the database provides documentation of a breeder’s health screening efforts.

A portion of the proceeds from all OFA eye registrations will be donated to the ACVO Vision for Animals Foundation to support research leading to the elimination of ocular diseases causing vision loss and suffering in animals.

For more information please visit the OFA website at www.offa.org


CONTACT:
Eddie Dziuk
OFA, Columbia, MO
(573) 442-0418 x222

Email contact
www.offa.org

Founded in 1966, the OFA is a not-for-profit foundation with the mission to promote the health and welfare of companion animals through a reduction in the incidence of genetic disease. The ACVO promotes excellence in veterinary ophthalmology through advanced training, certification, research and education.
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no img 2014 National Specialty Results
BY LRC Directors - Monday October 13, 2014
We have been posting pictures from the National Specialty all week on our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/LRCNationals

Now that we are all home, we will begin posting more formal results here on our website, under the National Specialty tab.
 

National Specialty Event week showcased the versatility of the Labrador Retriever with competitions in Agility, Obedience, Rally, Conformation, Field Trials, Hunting Tests, and tributes to Service Dogs, Rescue Dogs, and TOP 25 competitors in Obedience, Agility, and Conformation.

 

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BY NSEC - Monday March 23, 2015
We have a logo for the 2015 event at Purina Farms in Missouri

2015 logo
no img Agility Premium is out
BY Dorothy Black, Trial Chair - Tuesday June 23, 2015
Agility entries open July 6 (close Sept 16).

The Agility Trial Premium is now on the Agility Trial Secretary's site http://www.labtestedsecretary.com/LRCOct15.htm 
no img Judge Change (Tracking) and Fee Correction (TDU)
BY Sandra McMillan:Tracking Chair - Monday August 31, 2015
Carol Ruthenberg has agreed to judge the TDU and VST in lieu of Marge Schultz.


Please note: there is an error in the premium list.  The entry fee for the Tracking Dog-Urban is $85, *not* $115.

Mrs. Carol W Ruthenberg (Judge's Number: 6194 ) will judge the TDU and VST.

We apologize for any inconvenience.
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BY Show Committee - Tuesday September 08, 2015
The service dogs now have their own, separate parade. They will NOT be combined with the therapy dogs.


see our entry form website for the service dog parade form
no img Discount Available for Optigen testing at National
BY LRC Health Committee - Wednesday September 16, 2015
Discount code for Optigen testing at the LRC National


Discount code for Optigen testing at the LRC National. All registration must be complete and paid for online. The code is good from September 19-through October 11, 2015. The code is LRC 15.
Samples will be collected on WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY only – All Optigen MUSTbe pre-registered and paid for online! LRC will not collect fees for any test. 
No specific times set yet. Look for Dr Smith at the show site. If you don't know her, ask someone. 

Registration website
About Optigen 20/20 Clinics 
no img Working Certificate Entires
BY WC Program Coordinator - Tuesday September 22, 2015
For the two WC tests at the National Specialty in October (Purina Farms).


NOTICE!!! If you have NOT sent your WC entries, do NOT mail them now!! Julie is leaving for Purina, and points in-between, and will not see anymore mail. Just bring them with you (filled out PLEASE!) and sign-in at the test site. There is no late fee for day-of-test entries.

 Thank you for your understanding.

 
 
 
no img Genetic Testing at the 2015 National Specialty
BY LRC Health Committee - Wednesday September 23, 2015
UPDATE! Discount code for Optigen testing at the LRC National


Discount code for Optigen testing at the LRC National. All registration must be complete and paid for online. The code is good from September 19-through October 11, 2015. The code is LRC 15.
Samples will be collected on WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY only – All Optigen MUST be pre-registered and paid for online! LRC will not collect fees for any test. 
No specific times set yet. Look for Dr Smith at the show site. If you don't know her, ask someone. 

Registration website
About Optigen 20/20 Clinics 
no img 2015 IS IN THE BOOKS
BY NSEC - Monday October 12, 2015
The 2015 National Specialty was a great success. Congratulations to everyone. Thank you for bringing so many wonderful Labradors to Purina.


and many, MANY thanks to all the hard workers!  Results have been posted; see the drop-down menu under the National Specialty tab.
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BY Natl Specialty Comm - Friday September 02, 2016
There are a number of events that require a special entry form sent to a person other than the superintendent (Jack Bradshaw Dog Shows, Inc).


The Retriever Hunting Test, Working Certificate Test, Conformation Certificate Evaluations, Agility Trials, Tracking Test, Therapy Dog Parade, Rescue Dog Parade, and The Challenge Special Attraction each have individual Event Secretaries and closing dates.