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RICK VAUGHAN

Master Judge

Waiting our turnMy Heart Dog

I've been participating in the Hunt Test sport for 9 years and judging for about 6 years now. I live with 3 great companions, Duckback's Lord Have Mercy, MH...age 10 and retired; Duckback Armbrook's Indigo Pearl, MH...age 7 and semi-retired and my "youngun"...Armbrook's Sassy Emma Jean, JH age 2 and I have great expectations for more in the years to come. I have been fortunate to judge Jr/Sr and Master flights and always have a good time watching the dogs run and handlers work with their dogs no matter what level. I have met and made so many friend in this sport and feel that giving some of my time back to the sport by judging is a small price to pay for all the good times I have had and hope to continue for many years to come.

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STACY OVERCASH

Master Judge

Stacy Overcash

Let me start by saying how excited and honored I am to be judging the GRCA National hunt test! I'm really looking forward to seeing some great dog work.

I started in this sport by total accident. I purchased a puppy from a hunting line who quickly showed me what she was born to do. We found a local professional to help train us both and the addiction began. I've been involved in hunt tests for 15 years and judging, junior, senior and eventually master, for about 10 years. I absolutely love this sport and I have served in almost every capacity from Bird Girl to Handler to Marshall to Judge to Hunt Test Secretary. The retriever community truly is family.

My fiancé, Josh, and I currently own SkyMark Kennels in Cleveland, NC and we share our home with 3 Labradors, Zeke, Pink and Fancy.

My judging style is fair and always on the side of the dog. Let's go hunting!

Stacy

 

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CLAY HASTY

Master Judge

Clay Hasty

My name is Clay Hasty. I grew up and still live in my hometown of Camden SC. I have been married to my wonderful wife Janet for an amazing 37 years. We have 3 children and 5 grandkids all boys. I first joined the Palmetto Retriever Club in 1982. I am currently the president of PRC. I have been judging AKC hunt tests since September 2003. I also currently own and operate Seegars Mill Kennels. I will always continue to be a help to people and their dogs. Looking forward to meeting everyone at the Golden Nationals.
See you at the line.
Clay Hasty

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MICHELLE LOVE

Master Judge

Michelle Love

Let me start off by saying what an honor and privilege it is to judge the 2017 GRCA National Specialty!!


In 1996, my husband and I figured out very quickly that our first puppy at 6 months old needed some serious training as a result of her destruction of her brand new dog bed. So, off to “camp” she went for some obedience and gun dog training. While coming out to visit and watch her train, I became hooked!!! After many months of training (and learning), I decided the next step for me was to handle my own dog. Over the last 20 years, I have been actively involved in AKC hunt tests, competed with several different dogs and judged at all three levels. In 2000, I began judging junior and senior and, after building a solid foundation, worked my way up to master.


My love for this sport has taken me in many different directions. In 2008, I co-founded Cooper River Retriever Club of South Carolina. I currently serve on the board of both Cooper River Retriever Club and Palmetto Retriever Club. In addition to having judged this event in prior years, I have also had the privilege of judging the 2012 and 2014 Master National, the Boykin Spaniel Society National Field Trial a couple of times as well as several WC/WCX events over the years. I have had some great adventures and met some amazing people along the way.


I strive to set up challenging and fair tests and to judge them to the standard. Every mark and every blind should have a purpose. Bird placement is of utmost importance. When it comes to handling, I am a firm believer that not every handle is created equal. At the end of the day, it is all about watching talented dogs and their handlers come together as a team!

Michelle

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KEVIN MCLAREN

Senior Judge

Kevin McLaren

I can remember it like it was yesterday. A cool, crisp October morning, I was standing in a partially cut cornfield with a friend, and his black Lab. I had started thinking our morning was turning into a huge waste of time when the faint sound of a goose could be heard. A pair of geese descended into our field, and we unloaded our guns. Miraculously, one of the geese began losing altitude, and glided to the ground several hundred feet from where we were standing. My friend yelled “fetch”, and I immediately knew why retrievers were put on this earth. The Lab tore out across the field, under a barbed wire fence, tackled the goose, and returned to us one very unhappy goose!!!


My wife Wendy and I have owned and Labrador Retrievers for as long as we have been married, 32 years. We have been involved in hunt tests for the past 20 years, with NAHRA, HRC and AKC. We operate Morning Sun Retrievers in Crimora, VA, with the help of our daughter Kaylee and son Alec, which includes a small breeding program, and obedience and gun dog training.


The gun dog training gets put to good use, as I enjoy hunting both upland bird and waterfowl. I have hunted in several of the big upland bird states in the West: Iowa, Kansas, North and South Dakota, but now my primary focus is waterfowl hunts, where I am fortunate to spend a week or two every year in the Delta Marsh of Manitoba, and I try to get a trip to Arkansas or the Chesapeake Bay in the late season, and always with a dog or two by my side.


It is a privilege to come to the Chesapeake Bay to judge the Golden Retriever National event. I look forward to watching the dogs do what they were bred to do, and spend some time with good friends, and meet some new ones.

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PHYLLIS GIROUX

Senior Judge

Phyllis Giroux

 I grew up in Massachusetts, with endless cold winters, a two mile walk to school and long before there were cell phones, computers or internet. It is hard to believe my life today. Many exciting advantages, not the least of which are the wonderful electronic training collars we have to use.


My early dog training tools consisted of prong collars, cattle prods, archaic high powered training collars used only for punishment. Today we have these very exciting instruments that allow us to guide our dogs to the right way, teach them concepts, and still enjoy stylish joyful behaviors.


I have been privileged to stand beside many talented and accomplished dogs in my 45 years of dog training and handling…FC Penney’s Nifty Bouncer, FC Cock of the Walk (both State Gun Dog Champions), GRHRCH SIlverbrook Return To Sender MH SRS Bronze Medalist, GCH CH Can CH UKC CH Poplar Forest Play It Again Sam UD RE MH MHU (first ever Master Hunter Upland Labrador Retriever), Deep Run Moondog CD RE MH NDL QAA to name just a few. Each and every one hold a special place in my heart forever. I love the dogs and dog sports. Dog training is the most exciting pastime I know (well, except salt water fishing!)


A few facts: 1977 Michigan State University graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine, Certified Animal Chiropractor, trained in Acupuncture and advanced training in canine Reproduction. I live in Goldvein Va, where I own and operate Deep Run Canine Health Care and Dog Days Inn at Deep Run Farm I have been a professional retriever trainer, but I am now an Amateur again, and look forward to spending more time with my own dogs in training and competition.


I have been a Hunt Test judge for over twenty years, and have seen the Hunt Test Program grow and evolve. I am honored to have the opportunity to judge the Senior Stake at the Golden Retriever National event this year with my good friend Kevin McLaren.

Guns up!

Phyllis Giroux DVM CAC
Deep Run Farm
13727 Blackwells Mill Road, Goldvein, VA 22720
www.DeepRunRetrievers.com

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MARCIE BAER

Junior Judge

Marcie Baer V2

Marcie Baer has owned and bred Labs for 40 years and has competed and titled at all levels of retriever hunt tests since 1990. Over her 20 years of judging at all levels, she has had the pleasure of judging in Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland. Residing in Maryland, she works with humans and animals in the field of acupuncture and holistic wellness. Beyond work and dog training, Marcie also tries to carve out time for kayaking.

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VIRGINIA REED

Junior Judge

 Virginia Reed v2

Virginia Reed (aka Gin or Ginny) enjoy capturing nature in photos. Banking was a family tradition that I enjoyed but over the many years my most rewarding job has been "grandma." In my childhood my father had registered pointers, the neighbors had standard poodles, English setters, golden retrievers, rough collies, and heinz 57s- I enjoyed the purebred dogs, hunting and showing. When Ron and I married we started out with Afghan Hounds-after our daughters came along I wanted a less care intensive breed, remembering a breed from my childhood we purchased our first Chesapeake Bay Retriever- have had them since 1979. Our kennel name is Port Side Chesapeakes, we have had many great dogs over the years hard to pick one as a favorite- BowDee was one of the first 10 chessies to earn an AKC Junior Hunter title. Cory was a breed champion, master hunter, CD,and placed in a field trial- he was one special boy- happy to be at my side, a bed dog supreme, Cory would lay with his head on Ron's pillow and stretch out length wise on the bed when Ron was night shift but if Ron was home Cory curled into a tight ball a my feet. Cory was always eager to work with Ron in the field. Then there was Breeze- she was invited to hunt many places and as she needed a driver we got to go along with her. Now we have CH/MH/WDQ/** Lefty and his litter mate, Carley- a MH, who has never failed a test she ran. Jan 2017 we added two of Lefty's sons- George and Shady.
To participate in Dog field events one needs helpers (well back when we started there was no hunt test, nor wingers or tossers with electronics) the various events always needed people so we joined up. The AKC was just starting the AKC hunting retriever test programs in 84, it looked like it would be fun so we started in with them. I have been judging the Junior level since 1988 Senior level since the 1990s. It is an honor to be asked to judge for the Golden Retriever Club's National Specialty again. I hope we all have fun and enjoy the dogs doing the original purpose of the breed. Relax, take a deep breath, and remember this is a sport. Lets go have some fun in the field with your dogs.

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ANDREA KINSLER

Junior Judge

GRCA national Andrea Kinsler pic

As an owner/handler and partner in Wingshot Retrievers, I have owned dogs all my life but started in hunt testing in December 2006 with my first chocolate lab, and I was hooked! As a novice handler, I wanted to learn all I could about dog behavior and training techniques and realized that one dog was not enough, so soon came dog #2 and both earned AKC Junior titles and stared working on Senior. Eventually Master tests were here and so were two additional dogs, and I loved it all. Working all four dogs was a challenge as each one had to be trained just a bit different. They each have their own personalities, just as they each held a special place in my heart.


It was about this time that I got interested in judging and have been doing so for about 5 years. I have a great time judging. You meet some wonderful people and outstanding dogs. I try to keep in mind while judging how I feel when I am running a test; how the nerves can get to you, and try to make the testing experience a great one for the handler. I want the handler and the dog to be a team out there and I want to see them work together.


It has been 11 years now that I have been training dogs, and even though the original dog that I started this crazy trail with has been gone for a few years now, I love this ride and continue to have a blast.


I have a wonderful mentor and friend in Wingshot Retrievers, Joe Eschert, who has helped from the fundamentals to advanced training, and I feel he has helped me become a better trainer and judge. I also have a great friend, Karen Deman, who is my partner in crime with training and judging. We are always working together with our dogs to get them to the next level. We are two peas in a pod! It is unbelievable how much I have learned from so many other friends and training groups throughout the years as well.


I am the current Corresponding Secretary of the Pinelands Retriever Club of New Jersey and also a member of the First State Retriever Club. I have been married to my husband, Ted, for 23 years, and have two daughters, Ashley and Kirsten, who all lovingly support my dog addiction.


Thank you for the opportunity to judge the Golden Retriever Club of America’s National Specialty.


- Andrea Kinsler

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KAREN DEMAN

Junior Judge

Karen Deman v2

My name is Karen L Deman . I live in New Jersey and have been a AKC Judge since 2011. My love for animals has drawn me to a career of Veterinary Medicine . I am a surgical technician and manage a veterinary hospital. Hard work and determination put my special black lab "Tazz" and I into achieving a Master Title. Running Trials , training retrievers and judging are one of the most rewarding part of my life!

My name is Clay Hasty. I grew up and still live in my hometown of Camden SC. I have been married to my wonderful wife Janet for an amazing 37 years. We have 3 children and 5 grandkids all boys. I first joined the Palmetto Retriever Club in 1982. I am currently the president of PRC. I have been judging AKC hunt tests  since September 2003. I also currently own and operate Seegars Mill Kennels. I will always continue to be a help to people and their dogs. Looking forward to meeting everyone at the Golden Nationals.

See you at the line

Clay Hasty

 

Let me start by saying how excited and honored I am to be judging the GRCA National hunt test! I'm really looking forward to seeing some great dog work. 

I started in this sport by total accident. I purchased a puppy from a hunting line who quickly showed me what she was born to do. We found a local professional to help train us both and the addiction began. I've been involved in hunt tests for 15 years and judging, junior, senior and eventually master, for about 10 years. I absolutely love this sport and I have served in almost every capacity from Bird Girl to Handler to Marshall to Judge to Hunt Test Secretary.  The retriever community truly is family. 

My fiancé, Josh, and I currently own SkyMark Kennels in Cleveland, NC and we share our home with 3 Labradors, Zeke, Pink and Fancy. 

My judging style is fair and always on the side of the dog.  Let's go hunting! 

Stacy

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