Golden Retriever Firsts – AKC Events

Golden Retriever Field Firsts

1st GRCA National Specialty Hunting Retriever Test

…held in conjunction with the 54th GRCA National Specilaty
Manorville, LI, NY
September 3-4, 1993

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1st Field Champion

FC RIP
November 1939
Owner: Paul Bakewell III

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1st Amateur Field Champion

FC/AFC CAN NAT’L FC OAKCREEK’S VAN CLEVE
September 1952
Owner: Alfred H Schmidt

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1st Golden Retriever to win the National Retriever Championship

FC/NFC KING MIDAS OF WOODEND
October 1941
Owner: Edwin N Dodge

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1st Golden Retriever to win the National Amateur Retriever Championship

FC/NAFC TOPBRASS COTTON
June 1985
Owners: Jackie Mertens & Jeff Finley & Bev Finley

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1st Double Header Winner

FC/AFC MISTY’S SUNGOLD LAD CDX
Samish Retriever Club
March 1969
Owners: Ken P Fisher & Valerie D Fisher

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1st Dual Champion

>DUAL CH STILROVIN RIP’S PRIDE
April 1946
Owner: Kingswere Kennels

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1st Junior Hunter

MERRIWEATHER SHERIDAN CD JH WCX
February 22, 1986
Owner: Sally Sheridan

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1st Senior Hunter

HR QUARTERMOON DIXIE LILLY SH MH ** WCX
July 13, 1986
Owner: Bobbie Christensen

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1st Master Hunter

ARGUS’ SHEBA OF BELVEDERE MH
September 6, 1986
Owner: Harris Greenwood

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Historical Record of the Working Certificate

First WC’s:

The 1950 Yearbook shows three “one-star champions” :

One * was given to champions that had placed at a sanctioned field trial,
considered the equivalent of a WC at that time.  Copies of a Working
Certificate were included in the Yearbook for people to take to a sanctioned
trial and have the judges sign upon earning the *   No record was kept of WCs earned by non-champions prior to establishment of the formal WC program in 1964.

  • Am. Can. Ch. Des Lacs Lassie CD* born 7-16-45
    Owner: Bart Foster, Des Lacs Kennels
  • Ch. Gunner of Featherquest CDX*  born 5-28-47
    Owner: Dr Geo E Crowell
  • Ch. Dufy’s Golden Desire* born 4-21-46
    Owner: Reinhard M. Bischoff

Historical Record of the Working Certificate

1st GRCA Working Certificate

The first GRCA WC test was held 9/26/64 at the National in Horicon, Wisconsin.  8 dogs ran, 4 passed

  • Seller’s Golden Rip (Owner Tom Sellers)
  • Heidi (listed)  (Owner Harry Gustafson)
  • Sam’s Brass Button (Owner Sandra J. Horel and Sandra Novak)
  • Kyrie Jaen Cobi CD (Owner Marcia R Schlehr) 

Historical Record of the Working Certificate

1st GRCA Working Certificate Excellent:

The first WCX test was held Oct. 29, 1978, hosted by the Long Island GRC. 6 of 11 entries passed.

  • FUNKY’S FOLLOW UP OF KIOWA CD
  • TIGATHOE’S HONEST INJUN  
  • DUNCAN’S HALF BROTHER CD (owner Anne Strathern)
  • KAREN’S MAJESTIC THOR
  • RIVERVIEW’S  HAWK KIOWA (owner Martha and Bill LaMar)
  • TIMSON A DALE  
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