National Retriever Club of Canada

The National Retriever Club of Canada (NRCC) website is your source for Canadian Retriever Field Trial and Hunt Test information. Visit often for the most up-to-date Field Trial and Hunt Test Schedules, Results, and Activities that could impact you.

The National Retriever Club of Canada has member clubs across Canada. It is through these clubs that a National Retriever Championship and a National Amateur Retriever Championship is hosted each year. These events are held under the Canadian Kennel Club Field Trial Rules and Regulations. Throughout the year, member clubs host their own Licensed Field Trials and/or Hunt Test Stakes.

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Thank you to all clubs that voted. The amendment has been approved by the member clubs.
Proposed Amendment to the By-Laws
In response to the results obtained from the National Events Survey, the Board of Directors determined that the By-Laws should to be amended to reflect the changing demographics and needs of the Field Trial Community. The number of Directors from each area (as defined in the By-Laws) needs to be amended to provide equal representation based on the number of clubs in each region.
Section 5 - Directors
For the purpose of the election of the directors, Canada will be divided into the following eight areas: Newfoundland and Maritimes, Quebec, Northern Ontario, Southern Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia. Directors will be elected from each area on the following basis:
a) One or two Class A members resident in the area - One Director
b) Three or four Class A members resident in the area - Two Directors
c) Five or more Class A members resident in the area - Three Directors
Addition of
d) Ten or more Class A members resident in the area - Four Directors
  • Effective 2018, the NRCC is taking a proactive role to ensure future funding for National events. In response to the majority vote taken in the 2017 Survey to Examine National Events in Canada, the NRCC is asking member clubs to collect $5.00 per dog competing in each All Age Stake held. Fees collected should be submitted to the NRCC Treasurer. At the end of the trial season, 100% of the funds collected will be distributed retroactively to the Host Club(s) for that year. This notice should be included in your Premium Lists for 2018.The new Statement of All-Age Running Dog Fees can be found under Official Business/Download forms. Please use this form to submit All-Age running dog fees collected at your trials.

Survey to Examine National Events in Canada

Recommendations by the NRCC Board of Directors on the Future of National Events

The NRCC Task Force on the future of Nationals in Canada, completed their review of the survey results and presented their recommendations to the Board of Directors at their April 27 meeting where they were approved. Below is a summary of the recommendations and the direction the NRCC plans to take in the coming year.

1. Responses to the survey did not indicate a clear consensus on the questions of whether to hold a combined National event or continue to hold both a National and a National Amateur. As a result, the recommendation is that if 2 Host clubs are not found before the Annual Meeting in Mid September, the board will contract with a single host club to host a Combined National Event the following year. This event will be considered a onetime occurrence and the NRCC will continue to hold two separate events if and when possible. Clubs considering and or applying to host a National Event need to be pre-warned that this outcome is a possibility.

2. The Board recommends that the NRCC not become the host club. This is the responsibility of the Member Clubs and as such they must find a host for the events. This does not preclude members of the Board of Directors from stepping in to assist in the hosting of a national.

3. The Survey results showed that 65% are in favour of changing the number of zones. An Implementation Plan is currently under development to determine the optimal number of zones and the impact this will have on Nationals.

4. Changes to zones will also require a change in how judges are selected.

5. The survey indicates that a large majority feel that, due to rising costs in hosting a National Event, the host club should be able to dispense with traditional items during the event to cut expenses if necessary. The Board of Directors endorses this decision.

6. Response to the survey favoured the NRCC charging member clubs $5.00 for each dog competing in every All Aged Stake held. Effective 2018 the money collected will go directly to the Host Club(s) for the following year.

7. Qualification standards for dogs to Qualify to run a National Event are under review to allow for implementation of a combined event. Once determined, the NRCC will proceed with the necessary rule changes through the CKC Retriever Council.

8. Survey results indicate that the National Open Event should be held in or around September. The National Amateur Event did not have a definite result so dates for this event should remain unchanged. In the event that a combined National is held, the results favour using the current National Open dates in September.


Key Dates

  • January 1 - Club confirmation of Field Trial and Hunt Test dates
  • March 31 membership renewal due
  • 2018 National Amateur will be held in North Bay, ON from July 8-14.
  • 2018 National will be held in Red Deer AB from September 10-15.