About Lumber River Retriever Club
Between 1982 and 1983, five friends decided that they would form a club and call it "Lumber River Retriever Club" (LRRC). Between the five of them, they had the first club trial with seven or eight dogs participating in it.
At the time, each member owned retrievers of two types: Labrador and Chesapeake Bay retrievers. Today club members own, train and compete with various types of retrievers, which include Labrador retrievers, Golden retrievers, Chesapeake Bay retrievers, Standard poodles, Curly/Flat- Coated retrievers and Irish Water spaniels. LRRC members include persons from all over North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and as far away as Canada. Although LRRC is a greater Lumberton-based club, members from all surrounding areas host monthly club events .
Lumber River Retriever Club was originally running retriever dogs under the North American Hunting Retriever Association (NAHRA) guidelines. The first licensed trial ran by the club was a NAHRA hunt test in November 1987. Over time, because of its demise in the southeastern part of North Caroina, North American Hunting Retriever Association activity was no longer a part of the club. Later, LRRC started running hunt tests under the umbrella of the American Kennel Club (AKC), according to American Kennel Club guidelines. Lumber River Retriever Club was licensed through AKC in 1999 and held its first licensed hunt test May 22, 1999; Lumber River Retriever Club is also a licensed and proud member of the Master National Club as well.
The purpose of Lumber River Retriever Club is to further the quality and preservation of the breed of purebred retrievers; to do all possible to bring the natural qualities to perfection. It also urges members and breeders to accept the standard of the breed as approved by AKC as the only standard of excellence by which purebred retrievers shall be judged. It also strives to protect and advance the interests of hunt tests and field trials by the retriever breed. Members also run UKC-HRC hunt test for this purpose.
Club Trials and Hunt Tests
Lumber River Retriever Club hosts monthly club trials in three levels of competition: Master Hunter, Senior Hunter and Junior Hunter. All purebred breeds of retrievers are eligible for participation in these tests. The club trials are hosted on the third Saturday, starting in February through August and hosted on the third Sunday starting in September through January. No club trials are held in March or October, as it hosts two AKC licensed hunt tests during that time.
Lumber River Retriever Club is comprised of a diverse group of handlers, trainers, dog lovers and owners that share the appetite and desire for friendly competition and training with others that have the same desire. LRRC encourages all youth to participate as Junior handlers and are judged on the dog handling skills and abilities accordingly.
LRRC Membership-Entry Fees
Membership fees for Lumber River Retriever Club are $12.00 yearly, due January 1 of each year. Prospective members can join as Single membership or Household (family) membership; regardless the memberhsip type the fee remains the same.
Entry fees for participation in montly club trial events are as follows: $5.00 for Junior puppy (0-6 mos.) and $10.00 for Senior puppy (7-12 mos.); Junior handler fees are $15.00; Master, Senior and Junior hunter fees are $15.00 per dog for club members and $20.00 for non club members per dog.
If you have questions in regard to LRRC feel free to contact any club officer, club member or board member through their contact information listed on the Membership or Officer page of this website.