Sunday July 21, 2019

Opening Banquet

The 2019 Canadian National Amateur kicked off with the opening banquet, held at the Community Center in Keoma Alberta. After the head table was piped in, the Star Spangled Banner and Oh Canada were sung, Contestants were welcomed to the Great White North by David and Laura Danforth Eh! David is the Field Trial Chair’s son and the Master of Ceremonies for the evening. A toast to the queen and a toast to the Office of the President followed


The Head Table was introduced; Laura Danforth. Field Trial Secretary, Dan Danforth Field Trial Chair, Jane Spearing National Retriever Club of Canada Director, Rick Regamble Chief Marshal. Barry Grundy Judge, Chris Mason Judge, Nolan Nelkenbrecher Judge, Doug Shepherd Assistant Marshal and his wife Elaine who contributed to the great hospitality offered up by the host club, the Alberta Field Trial Club. Once the Head Table was introduced, grace was given, an awesome prime rib dinner with yorkshire pudding and all the fixings was served. Homemade pies for dessert were a hit.
After dinner, Jane Spearing, NRCC Director, thanked our major sponsors without which this event couldn’t be held. Thank you to: Nestle-Purina the Official Sponsor of the Canadian National Open and Canadian National Amateur Retriever Championships, Official Dog Food Sponsor, Avery Sporting Dog, Garmin official e-collar supplier, . Thank you as well to Ducks Unlimited Canada supplier of the finalist gifts, Zinger Winger official remote launcher supplier, Kent Cartridge official supplier of popper ammunition, and Delta Waterfowlers. In recognition of their contribution to the success of the 2019 National Amateur, Jane presented NRCC pins to Field Trial Chair, Dan Danforth, Field Trial Secretary Laura Danforth, and Field Trial Marshal Rick Regamble. NRCC pins were also presented to the judges, Barry Grundy Western Zone, Chris Mason Eastern Zone and Nolan Nelkenbrecher Western Zone.

Field Trial Chair, Dan, then thanked the landowners for their generosity in allowing the tests to be held on their properties. These landowners are farmers and ranchers and do not run field trials so we can’t thank them enough. Thanks goes to John & Madonna Kalbhen, Ken & Lorna Usselman, and the Mountainview Hutterite Colony. Dan also wanted to give Glenn & Ilham Norton a special thanks for supplying the handler jackets and a gunner for the week. Numerous local sponsors and contributors provided items for the Silent Auction tables, Element Technical Services is sponsoring the Workers Party, which is slated to be a pig roast. Dan and Laura then presented th host club gifts to the judges. Rick Regamble, Chief Marshal then provided the judges instructions before they were excused for the night so that the serious business of the Calcutta could get underway.
Scenes from the Party

Rick Regamble

Good Times

Good Friends

 And New

Old Friends

Pre-National Team Work

Purina Gives Each Contestant a Bag of Dog Food

Reward Offered