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mbrookins
07-18-2011, 09:18 PM
Be sure to mark Saturday, September 10, 2011 on your calendar and plan to attend the Manitowoc County Kennel Club’s Annual Hunting Dog Expo. This is the thirteenth year of this popular event where the average hunting dog owner can come and play six different sporting dog games in one locale. Hunting Dog Expo 2011 is open to all field breeds and their owners to prepare for the upcoming hunting season. The Expo is held on some of the finest dog training grounds in the Midwest. The kennel club grounds are nestled up against the Manitowoc River near the rural community of Valders, WI and conveniently located between Milwaukee, Green Bay, and the Fox Valley (see the event’s web site http://www.mc-kc.com/html/hunt_expo.html for information and a map). The facility has four technical ponds and several large fields to host the event. The grounds are west of Valders off of Highway 151 and Quarry road (turn north).

The 2011 Expo is featuring a new and exciting addition for the more experienced retriever/handler teams – The MCKC Cup. This inaugural event within the Expo consists of two series – marks and blind(s) each series – and is limited to 25 owner-handler dog teams. One series will be a Master Hunt test; the second series will be a field trial Qualifying test. Both series will be governed by AKC rules for Field Trials and Hunting Tests. Judging to determine three placements (first through third place) over the course of both series and will be consistent with judging for field trials. The first three places will receive, in addition to plaques, prize money ($150 for first place; $100 for second place; $50 for third place). All entrants will receive a ball cap from Avery Outdoors. For a premium and entry form please see http://www.mc-kc.com/html/hunt_expo.html. The entry deadline is August 26, 2011

Like previous Hunting Dog Expo’s the sporting dog games are the real attraction for handlers and their dogs. Those games range from flushing a live game bird to single and multiple retrieves on both land and water. Some games are set-up to simulate an average day in the field. Other games test specific skills including retrieving game to hand. Attendees of the day’s event can run every game once or concentrate on specific games. All games can be attempted and run as many times as they wish. Pre-registration for the sporting dog games is not necessary to participate. However, Early Bird ticket packages are available at a discount. For more information contact Jeff Mueller at (920) 960-3660, or visit the Expo web site.

The Expo will again feature the popular dock jump event. The dock jump tests the dog’s distance jumping ability over one of the Club’s ponds. The dock jump is free to all visitors of the Expo. There is no purchase required to participate.

Hunting Dog Expo has been featured in such publications as The Retriever Journal, Wisconsin Outdoor Journal, and Wisconsin Outdoor News. The highlight of the day is the presentation of the David G. Meisner Memorial Trophy to the day’s most successful gun dog. Dogs and their handlers participating in the variety of fun, simulated hunting scenarios and games, held throughout the day, will determine this.

Participants have numerous opportunities at door prizes, raffle prizes, awards, and silent auction items thanks to the generosity of supporters such as Purina, Tri-tronics, Avery Outdoors and totalretriever.com.

The gates to the event open at 8:00 AM and the sporting dog games run from 9:00 AM through 4:00 PM. Attendees are encouraged to bring their family, proper seasonal attire and rain gear, water for their dogs, a camera, and lawn chairs. Concessions will be available on the grounds.

mbrookins
08-04-2011, 04:07 PM
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mbrookins
08-18-2011, 08:28 PM
The entry deadline for the MCKC Cup is August 26, 2011. We still have room for entries. If you are considering entering this fun event please get your entry in.

Also be advised that the sporting dog games at the Hunting Dog Expo do not require pre-registration. However, there is a discounted early bird package with a raffle for a $50 gas card. Hope to see some RTF folks there.

mbrookins
09-14-2011, 08:22 PM
The Manitowoc County Kennel Club held its thirteenth annual Hunting Dog Expo at the Club’s grounds along the Manitowoc River near Valders on Saturday September 10. Hunting dogs of various breeds came out to enjoy the six different sporting dog games with their handlers and families. There were Springer Spaniels, Golden Retrievers, Standard Poodles, and German Shorthaired Pointers – and then there were the Labrador Retrievers. There were black Labs, yellow Labs, and chocolate Labs – all intent on hunting, and retrieving game birds.

The purpose of the event is to provide an opportunity for dog handlers to prepare for the upcoming hunting seasons in a fun way. Games such as “Grouse Hunt”; Mallard Field Frenzy”; and The Waterfowl Challenge”; among others, attempt to simulate an average day in the field. Gary Scovel traveled from Minocqua with his two Standard Poodles to participate. Gary, a first-time participant, commented that “this is a great event to bring my dogs. The games are challenging and fun”. Breinne Krueger of Winneconne stated she “had a wonderful time and that the kennel club (Manitowoc County Kennel Club) members did a terrific job putting on the event."

Event Co-Chair Jeff Mueller mentioned “I was happy to have such a beautiful weekend for this year’s Expo. We had a great turnout with over 75 dogs, handlers, and families out to enjoy our grounds”. Mueller further remarked how thankful the Club is for the support and donations it receives from companies such as Purina, Tri-tronics, Avery Outdoors, Totalretriever.com, and many other individuals who are committed to the upland sports and training.

Most people who attend the Expo play for the fun of it. Then there are the competitive handler/dog teams that run each game to be the best that day. They compete for the title Great Lakes Hunt Dog Champion and the David G. Meisner trophy sponsored by The Retriever Journal and The Pointing Dog Journal. There were 16 placements among the four competitive sporting dog games. Three dog-handler teams were consistently placing and accumulating points toward the championship. Plymouth’s Vince Burri and his male black Labrador “Bear” (2010 Great Lakes Hunting Dog Champion); Brandon Schelk of Elkhart Lake and Juice– a yellow male littermate to Burri’s Bear; and Randy Moore of Darboy with Lexi – a petite female yellow Labrador who loves to compete in pheasant hunting tournaments. When the scores were tabulated at the end of the day it was Randy Moore and Lexi who finished on top by a single point over Brandon Schelk and Juice. Randy and Lexi were awarded the Great Lakes Hunting Dog Championship for 2011 with Brandon and Juice taking the Reserve Champion award. Complete event details can be seen at the Club’s web site, http://www.mc-kc.com/html/hunt_expo.html.