WELCOME to the Official Report of the 2011 Master National Hunting Test, September 30-October 9, brought to you by the Retriever News and written by Tina Ebner & Mark Koenig. We hope you enjoy these daily updates on the 2011 Master National, held this year in and around Vienna, Maryland.


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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Opening Ceremony

The Opening Ceremony at the Sail Winds Conference Center was a complete success and quite the entertaining experience. Local dignitaries gave their thanks to the Master National and all the attendees while current MN president John Marchica thanked the host club, the Susquehanna Retriever Club, and all the sponsors for their contributions. 

As the rain fell on this opening night, attendees enjoyed a variety of cocktails as they chatted with old friends and new aquaintences. The honoring of Frank Predergast put the crowd on their feet in recognition for his 20 years of work at EVERY Master National. A slideshow showcasing Frankie's best moments, including his year judging as the "Mad Hatter," garnered many laughs and rounds of applause. Thanks Frankie, for all your years of service!

A slideshow praised the latest entrants to the MN Hall of Fame as Queen's "We Are The Champions" played in the background. Smiles were shining and owners and handlers cheered for their famed friends.

Dinner was self-served, complete with deep-fried crab balls, green beans, cornish game hens, pork and sweet potato biscuits, all courtesy and with great thanks to Millie's for catering the Opening Ceremony. NOTE: Millie's will be serving at the Flights throughout the week to fill bellies and quench thirsts...stop by and see them!

Thanks to everyone involved in the Opening Ceremony!


Master National Running Order

  • Flight Draw & Running Order

  • Dorchester Star Articles

  • September 30 Article
  • October 4 Article