Last week's local newpaper, the Palestine Herald-Press contained the July edition of the Palestine Magazine,a slick glossy magazine who focus's on Anderson County things and events, who's cover story and 4 page article was all about the upcoming Master National Retriever Trials. LOT's of great photo's and an explanation of what the Master National is all about.
Scheduled for October 12th thru October 22, the 10 day event is anticipating "roughly 850 dogs and handlers" as competitors, at The Big Woods on the Trinity 7500 acre hunting and corporate retreat resort. As mentioned in the article, the Big Woods property is large enough to run 6 events at the same time. Lots of other wildlife can be seen on the property too.
According to the Palestine Magazine article the event is open to the Public - with no entry fee's mentioned, with public attendence rules that IMO are just pure common sense to prevent the competitor dogs from being distracted: like No White Shirts or Clothing & dark or camo style clothing suggested, no non competing dogs on the property, PGA style whisper levels of conversation, cell phones turned off, staying only on the marked trails, and while attendee children are allowed, but not allowed to run around without supervision "this is NOT a Saturday trip to the local park".
I'd suggest that for further information you might try and see what is available thru the HeraldPress's home page @ "palestineherald.com".
I'll probably be attending several days with family and out of town interested friends, but don't have a schedule yet, and am not participating in the competion.
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