SBGRC Activities for you and your Golden Retriever


The Golden Retriever's original purpose was to find and bring back downed game birds. To keep that heritage alive and keep the "retriever" in the Golden Retriever, SBGRC holds the following activities:

  • An annual AKC Hunting Test, with stakes at the Junior, Senior, and Master levels
  • An annual GRCA Working Certificate and Working Certificate Excellent test, together with puppy and singles stakes
  • Field training sessions are held regularly from spring through fall
  • An annual fun field trial is held in October

All of our field activities are structured to benefit beginners as well as advanced handlers. We strongly encourage new people to attend our field programs. Workshops and/or seminars are held periodically.

Conformation, Obedience, & Agility

The breed ring, obedience trials and agility trials are three other areas where Golden Retrievers and our members excel. For those interested, the club offers the following:

  • An annual sanctioned breed and obedience match
  • Supported entries at all-breed shows
  • Obedience run-throughs and informal obedience work at some club events
  • Agility workshops, matches, and AKC Agility trials

Community Activities and Public Service

SBGRC is interested in community service and promoting responsible dog ownership. To that end, the club:

  • Has held a Golden Fun Day, with demonstrations of field, obedience, grooming, show ring handling, search and rescue and agility, Golden Olympics and a Children's Parade
  • Sponsors an annual public education booth at the Eastern States Exposition every September, with members' dogs on display and literature on all aspects of dog ownership available to the public
  • Hosts workshops and special programs informing our members and other interested parties about health related issues, search and rescue programs, as well as how to get started in field work, agility, or tracking
  • Sponsors health clinics (eye, heart) to screen dogs for genetic problems

Other Activities and Benefits of Membership

Board Meetings (open to all members) as well as General Membership Meetings are regularly scheduled. General Membership meetings are often scheduled in conjunction with a club activity. Meetings may also include a guest speaker or special educational program of interest to Golden Fanciers.

One of the highlights of the year is our Annual Meeting where dogs earning titles during the preceding year are awarded rosettes, and dogs who have met specified requirements are awarded the club's annual trophies. The club has a total of 18 trophies that can be awarded each year. Owners must satisfy an attendance and work requirement to receive trophies and rosettes.

Members also receive our club newsletter.

A club column is published in the GRCA's Golden Retriever News, allowing us to brag a little about our members' recent accomplishments!

A puppy referral service is provided to people looking for qualified breeders, and a referral number is available through the AKC and GRCA.

All of these activities and events are made possible by the efforts and dedication of our members.

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