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HRC Region 3 Report (submitted “March 14, 2011” by Charlie Whitehurst) - page 3 / 3

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behind the scenes. Trust me…”it don’t just happen”. I will get off my soap box, but do what you can to help the local clubs; you really do make the difference.

Tracy Hayes’ father, Mr. Cecil Hayes, passed away on March 4th. It was pretty evident where Tracy acquired his great love for the dogs from the stories that were shared about Cecil during the events celebrating his life. Please keep Tracy and his family in your prayers in the coming days.

Take care of the dogs and we hope to see you at a hunt test somewhere down the road.

Eastern Carolina HRC, President Steve Boykin, captainscbiii@yahoo.com, Wilson NC, www.ECHRC.com

After a long cold winter of breaking ice in the dark to get to the duck blind, breaking ice to open up a spot for decoys, and breaking ice again to clear the decoys so that they are floating, it is real nice to see some warmer days. I think that my dog (Diesel) likes it too; I have watched him on several occasions napping in his kennel soaking up the warm sunshine.

The members at ECHRC are excited about the upcoming spring hunt test season. It will be good to see friends and it will be great to get out as a group and do some dog training. We have had a number of new members join this month and are very excited about having these folks and their dogs join us. I would like to welcome Patrick and Zack Barnes, Scott Nun, Jeff Beard, Steven Stroud, and Horace Harkey to the Eastern Carolina Hunting Retriever Club.

We have spent quite a bit of time discussing how to make our training days the best possible, offering something for all levels of both dogs and trainers. Our last training day was held at the Carpenter Farm and was outstanding. Kevin and Mac put on a great event as always.

James River HRC, President Lori Lewis-Bush, crz4labs@yahoo.com, Chesterfield VA

These past two months JRHRC has been very busy planning and holding our Spring Hunt Test. The weather was perfect, grounds wonderful and our test committee ready for action. With the continued support of competitors ranging in age from 9 to 70+, all levels experienced a good weekend. Each test had its challenges, but all the qualifying dogs did excellent work.

The incorporation of the Brunswick Stew sale met with new challenges, peeling 30 lbs. of potatoes on Thursday along with stirring in the other ingredients over 4 hours to scooping out 75 quarts of great stew the Thursday night before the test weekend. The sale started slow but only a few quarts remained by the end of the weekend. We recommend “thinking outside the box” to add something new to our hunt test weekends.

JRHRC would like to Congratulate Jeff Filsinger for becoming our new club Vice-President, and thank Ray Casella for his many years of hard work and dedication to making our club what it is today. We look forward to training throughout the season and seeing everyone at upcoming hunt test.

On a personal note I look forward to serving as your new Region 3 Public Relations Representative, and hope that I can continue the work that Charlie Whitehurst has established.

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