The Rainier Hunting Retriever Club (RHRC) is located in the Puget Sound area of Washington State. Club members enjoy training and competing with their dogs. Many retriever breeds and skill levels are represented but one thing we hold in common is the love of a well-trained working dog.

The 2024 Annual Awards Banquet  was  held on January 27 at the Pizza Coop in Woodinville.  Members and their dogs were recognized for the hard work they put in during the 2023 testing season.  In addition to recognizing the accomplishments of dogs and their handlers, the Member of the Year was awarded to Misalyn Armstrong and the President’s Award went to Jean Fowler.  Our special guest speaker, Dr. Adam Black DVM, shared information about the Avian Flu as well as the recent respiratory illness being seen in dogs across the country. 

On April 6 & 7, 2024, RHRC hosted an AKC Advanced Retriever Hunting Test Seminar for Judges and Handlers.  The 2 Day seminar was held in Monroe, Washington.  Twenty-one attendees learned a lot during  both the classroom and practical portions of the weekend.  RHRC is grateful to the Master National Retriever Club for assisting with the costs of the event with a $1000 grant.

RHRC hosted a successful 3 day AKC Sanctioned Hunting Retriever Test on May 10,11, 12, 2024.  The event was held at the Snoqualmie Valley Retriever Grounds (SVRG) in Carnation, Washington.   Due to a large number of “wait-listed” master dog entries, the Hunt Test Committee and RHRC Board managed to secure permission from AKC to increase the master stake from 66 to 100 possible entries.   Thanks to the  members, friends, professionals and judges who helped make this a reality for those who wish to compete.   Our Fall Hunt Test will be held on August 10/11, also on the Snoqualmie Valley Retriever Grounds. 

RHRC held a great training day for club members and non-members  on February 24, 2024.  The event was held on the Cascade Retriever Grounds in Monroe, WA (17126 SR 203, Monroe, WA).   Additional information on the training days, including dates and location, will be posted on our Facebook page.

We are also excited to announce the 2024 Master Amateur Invitational Event that will be held on the Snoqualmie Vallely Retriever Grounds June 9 – 16.  Retrievers and their Amateur Handlers from all over the country will come to participate in this premier retriever event.   Plan to attend and participate.

RHRC is looking forward to seeing you at our events this year. 

2024 RHRC Board Members

Four officers and at least Five Members at Large are elected for one year terms. 2024 Members at Large are: Jim Olson (Past President), Susan Bell, Chris Braswell, Doug Gallucci, Kevin Medved, Sue Meyring and Bill Woll.

Betsy Reali

President

Betsy got her first hunting dog in 2003, and in 2007 participated in her first hunt test. She has been "hooked" ever since. She has owned both retrieving and pointing dogs and enjoys upland bird hunting. In 2016 she completed her AKC Hunt Test Judge requirements for retrievers.

Liz Gibson

Liz Gibson

Vice President

Liz participated in her first hunt test with her chocolate Labrador "Hudson" in 2005. She has been a part of the community ever since, active in hunt tests and judging at all levels. A long time member of RHRC, she has held positions on the Board, chaired and volunteered for annual events and hunt tests. She currently runs "Vincent" and "Oliver" at Master level and "McCormick" is her upcoming star!

Misalyn Armstrong

Secretary

Misalyn has been captivated with Hunt Tests since 1996. She enjoys training, competing and judging dogs. She appreciates the camaraderie amongst other competitors in the sport. She trains, competes and loves her two girls (dogs) Harlee and Ellee.

Lee Redd

Lee Redd

Treasurer

Lee has been hooked on the hunt test game since 2005. Currently he has two dogs that he competes with, Zen and Otto. Lee has learned that no matter what happens during the day, there is always room to sprinkle in some fun. He is a certified CPA.