History

  • A non-profit group founded in January 1973
  • Members are active in venues such as conformation, obedience, field, agility, tracking, therapy and search and rescue .
  • Earned American Kennel Club (AKC) approval for its first sanctioned breed match in September 1973
  • Host of the GRCA Eastern Regional Specialty and Obedience Trial Earned AKC license for Hunting Retriever Tests in 1988 Established a rescue program in 1994 — GRRIP
  • Earned AKC license for agility trials in 2000
  • Host 9 meetings each year with programs including emergency and medical care, grooming, training, nutrition, therapy, judging and search and rescue
  • Host social events such as the annual Christmas party, Awards banquet and summer picnic

Purpose

  • Enhance the natural abilities of Golden Retrievers through training
  • Urge acceptance of the breed standard as approved by the American Kennel Club as the only standard of excellence by which the Golden Retriever shall be judged
  • Protect and advance the interests of the breed by encouraging sportsmanlike competition at dog shows, and field, obedience, agility and tracking trials
  • Conduct licensed specialty shows, field, obedience and agility trials under the rules of the American Kennel Club
  • Encourage responsible breeding of Golden Retrievers
  • Educate the community and members about the breed
  • Provide support and information to help ensure a long and loving relationship between owners and their Goldens