NAHRA - North American Hunting Retriever Association
Last Updated November 16, 2016
A GREAT LOSS FOR NAHRA
On behalf of Copper State HRC I would like to add the following:
It is with a heavy heart to announce to you that a long time Copper State HRC member and good friend to many of us Mr. Lars Barker passed away Sunday Nov. 6, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer. His determined will to live and his love of life, family and friends enhanced his strength to help him endure his fight. Please pray for his family and friends.
We can all be assured that he was met on his way pass that doggie Rainbow Bridge by an array of paw salutes, waves and howls as he was joined by the many dogs waiting for his arrival, as we moan our loss. As he gathers up his loyal companions, all of our dogs that came from the LoLenda Labs and have passed before us are lined up in salute of Lars as he and Lenda were the first human touch they encountered and they do not forget. DOG is made in the mirror image of GOD and yes, all dogs go to heaven! Our job is to get there too so we may see our beloved fur-babies!
Cards may be sent to: Mrs. Lenda Barker
6819 W Sweetwater Ave
Peoria, AZ 854381
Diane Crider, President Copper State HRC
More About Lars from Lena Barker
A GREAT LOSS FOR NAHRA
It was a sad day for everyone when Lars Barker passed away on November 6, 2016. There was nothing more he enjoyed than working with his wonderful Labrador Retrievers. He loved to hunt with them, compete with them and just enjoy them in our home. When Arizona used to hold their ‘State Hunting dog Championships’ there was never a time when the Barker’s did not come home with several ribbons. In 1994, as seen in the picture below, Lars and Lenda came home with first, second, third and fourth places in the Championship. What a year that was!
His first dog to run in NAHRA was Lacy Lee of Lolenda and what a great dog she became. She was born in 1985 , a year after Lars and Lenda were married. She ended up winning four Arizona State Championships, becoming a NAHRA 1000 point dog (there are 6 out of the Lolenda Labs line now) and she is the only dam, as far as we know, to go to a ‘National Hunting dog event’ with ‘three’ of her pups. She always made Lars so proud of her and he just loved to take her pheasant hunting in Nebraska and South Dakota.
Lars was a huge influence on the first NAHRA club in Phoenix, Arizona. It was called Valley of the Sun Hunting retriever club which later merged with the Quail West Retriever club and is now called Copperstate Hunting Retriever club which still exists and hosted the 2012 Invitational in Munds Park, Arizona. Lars also helped start the first NAHRA club in Columbia Falls, Montana which was called the Big Sky Hunting Retriever club.
If not for the hard work and devotion of Lars to the Retriever world, there may not have been any more NAHRA Invitational. It had been a few years since there had been a “National event’ for the wonderful world of NAHRA. In 2005 Lars and Lenda decided it was time to ask NAHRA if it would be okay if they started the Invitational up again. Lenda and Lars traveled to Colorado to see what they could find to hold this prestigious event. We were told by the President of NAHRA then to find a ‘neutral’ location with no actual club running it so we decided Colorado might be the perfect spot. We drove over to Hotchkiss, Colorado because we were told there was a NAHRA club in Colorado that might have a few workers, etc. and we knew Colorado is a beautiful state with lots of water. Lars was determined to make sure the grounds were just perfect for this great event. We ended up at Scenic Mesa Ranch which was an 80,000 acre of paradise for pheasant hunting. Luckily for everyone in NAHRA, after 2006, NAHRA continued to hold the Invitational every year since. Lars is hunting pheasant on Scenic Mesa ranch in the picture below following the Invitational.
Harry Williams, a long time important member of NAHRA , came down to Phoenix for the “Celebration of Life” for Lars and he wrote: “ I would like to offer a message from my club (Puget Sound Retriever Club) that knew Lars as a judge and a competitor at our events and I speak for the North American hunting Retriever Association , which Lars was highly thought of for his judging, his dog handling and his contribution to various clubs in which he helped initiate and maintained over 3 decades. Also for my wife, Nora and myself as friends, allies and fans, Nora and I had the opportunity several times to be guests of the Barkers and the generosity, the welcome nature and the fun times were things we will not forget. ….his fair and expert test of retrievers was a testament to his character. A man of integrity, loyalty and fun loving is how I remember him.” Thank you so very much Harry from Lenda!
Lars fought a brave and heroic battle against prostrate cancer for 11 years which metasticized into his bones 4 and half years ago. He never gave up his battle and enjoyed as much as he could the last few weeks of his life but unfortunately his spirit and body finally gave out on the sad Sunday morning of November 6. He will be greatly missed by all his family and wonderful friends that we met through his golfing, hunting, fishing and dog competition days. Goodbye our wonderful friend and may you have a wonderful time “Hunting with your beautiful labs in Heaven"! Lenda
New Club/ Returning Club Initiative:
1. A “new” club would be a club that has not ran a NAHRA test. A “returning” club, is a club that previously held a NAHRA Field Test but has not participated in NAHRA events for the previous 3 years.
2. New/returning clubs would receive a 1 year NAHRA Club membership. In addition, all of the club’s non existing NAHRA members would receive a 1 year NAHRA membership if and when the club schedules a NAHRA Field Test through the cognizant Regional Director.
3. All NAHRA event fees will be waived for the first Field Test that the club holds.
4. The Field Test Application, and the Final Field Test Report will still be required based on the current requirements and time lines. Huntsecretary.com entry service will be contacted for that hunt and instructed not to charge for NAHRA fees.
5. All fees to Huntsecretary will still be in place as this is not a NAHRA fee, it is a fee for Huntsecretary’s servicesTo take advantage of this new initiative, please contact your NAHRA Regional Director.
The NAHRA BOD unanimously approved to take the Upland Retriever Program Pilot program, and make it an official licensed NAHRA event
There were no changes to the final pilot rules, and all points achieved during the pilot period will be awarded.
Plan Now for the 2017 NAHRA Invitational
From our President
Greetings fellow NAHRA members!
I appreciate the opportunity to serve you as your new President through the best and most comprehensive hunting dog testing program in existence. I will do my best to promote NAHRA in the deservedly best light possible and enable your Board of Directors to serve you in a collaborative effort. I’d also like to welcome John Giudice to the EBOD as our new Treasurer, Graham Wood as the new Alaska Regional Director, and Paul Zurka as the new East Region Director.
As I begin as your new President, simply put I see my charge as Growth! I won’t be able to do this on my own and will need help from our Executive Board, our entire Board of Directors, and most all of our clubs and membership. I’d like to lay out my three pronged approach to growth for NAHRA:
1) Maximize the use of our Future Retriever Program memberships and extend the free membership to as many friends, relatives, hunting buddies, puppy buyers and pro trainer customers possible. To build on this, I’d like to issue a challenge to each and every member this year- bring a friend to experience NAHRA and sign them up as a new member. If we did that our membership would swell to over 1000 people by 2017. This would be nearly triple our membership just 2 years ago!
2) Conduct a membership drive contest rewarding the highest performer. The future growth of NAHRA is in the Started and Hunter handlers. This needs to include people that have not experienced our game before by encouraging them to find the fun in the NAHRA program while increasing their dogs hunting skills and abilities. The member who signs up the most new paid members for NAHRA in 2016 will win their choice of an Annual Individual Sponsor Membership or a 2-Day Guided North Dakota Pheasant Hunt on all wild birds on private land.
3) Promote the formation of new clubs holding field tests. Encourage growth in each Region through formation of new clubs and/or regrowth through the resurrection or renewal of membership of previous NAHRA clubs.
Two initiatives to encourage growth and recognition at the club level include the establishment of a new membership level and an opportunity to enhance visibility. The Executive Board has created a Club Life Membership to recognize those clubs with the financial resources to be held as Lifetime Members in support of NAHRA. Any club purchasing a Life Membership for $1000 will be rewarded with their choice of a pair of large NAHRA logo decals or magnetic signs. Please consider joining Midnight Sun Gun Dog Association, Four Points Retriever Club, and the Northern Piedmont Retriever Club in supporting NAHRA as Club Lifetime Members.
Additionally, to maximize club visibility online, for any club that missed out on the promotion of placing a banner ad on our web site during our initial offer while creating the new web site several years ago, we are reaching out and extending the same offer once again. This allows a club to place a lifetime banner ad on our web site for only $250 with no recurring fees or maintenance fees. Club reps should expect to see this offer with specifics on how to take advantage of this in a separate communication soon.
Congratulations to all those with 2016 NAHRA High Point Dogs and thank you for supporting NAHRA and your local clubs! The NAHRA High Point Dog program will once again be conducted in 2017. One tweak will be in the event of a tie in any Region at any level, the tiebreaker will be dog that accumulated the points in that stake with the fewest number of tests entered. In order to keep the stats posted as quickly as possible, the BOD is imploring all the field test secretaries to get results finalized and submitted as soon as possible following the test.
Speaking of hitting the field, I’d like to remind you of a change that affects some of our members: last May the EBOD clarified the rule on training and/or handling a dog and subsequently judging that dog that relaxes a piece of our rules (Chapter 1 General Procedures, Section D. Eligibility, paragraph 3 on page 7). This rule is strictly intended for those that train or handle professionally for a fee, not friends that may handle or train with each other’s dogs. The time period for this rule was also changed between the time a dog has been owned or trained and the time that same person may judge the dog. This following was implemented through a policy change effective immediately and will become a rule change upon rule book reprinting. “No entry shall be made at any field test in any stake if the judge of that stake, or any member of their immediate family or household, owns or has owned, sold, held under lease, retained financial interest in or trained professionally the dog within 6 months of the starting date of the field test.”
I’d like to announce the awarding of the 2017 Invitational to the Puget Sound Retriever Club of the West Region to be held June 18-21, 2017. The Invitational will be held on privately leased grounds in Tahuya, WA near Hood Canal and chaired by Harry Williams. Please consider joining me in a beautiful area of our country on very nice grounds that I know will be a very well run event.
I’d also like to announce an offer we are able to extend courtesy of Hubbard Feeds, the Kinetic Performance Dog Food distributor. Each NAHRA club will receive a 3’ x 4’ NAHRA logo vinyl banner for display at your events. Additional banners may be available to clubs for a $50 fee, including shipping. As an aside, our Platinum Sponsor, Kinetic Performance Dog Food, has now gone national with their sales in the lower 48 states through chewy.com. Please consider them in your future dog food purchases as they continue to support us in many ways.
I’d like to formally thank our recent President Frank Plewa. Frank took on the Presidency with a firm and resolute manner and guided us through some rocky times. As our NAHRA President of several years, Frank demonstrated leadership and helped us to stretch in ways we hadn’t necessarily planned for. We have come out all the stronger and I want to personally recognize him for taking the helm and guiding us to a place where we are now poised to grow. For those of you who think they know our outgoing president, I’d strongly urge you to check out the real Frank Plewa on the NAHRA blog site “Retriever Nation” @ nahratalk.com.
I’d also like to thank the outgoing members for their service and commitment to NAHRA: Tom Johnston as Director-At-Large on the EBOD, Mike Hemmer as our Alaska Region Director, and Tom Rourke as our East Region Director of the BOD. Thanks much for your time, energy and efforts to make NAHRA better!
Hope to see many of you at the 2016 Invitational on the Willson Farm in Clear Lake, WI this June!