Ohio Valley Retriever Club


                                                                             A bit about our Club and Values

Our Vision Statement:

The purposes of Ohio Valley Retriever Club shall be:

To encourage and promote the breeding and training of pure-bred retrievers and to do all possible to bring their natural    qualities to perfection;

To do all in its power to protect and advance the interests of the respective breeds of retrievers, and to encourage sportsmanlike competition at field trials and hunting tests;

To conduct sanctioned and licensed field trials and hunting tests under the rules of the American Kennel Club, as well as informal practice trials and hunting tests.

                                                                                     Notable Member

                                                                               JOHN (Jack) W. MARTIN

John has been a continual field trial participant since 1966 and a 40-year member of the Ohio Valley Retriever Club, a member of the Labrador Retriever Club and the Maumee Valley Retriever club.  Jack Martin has been elected into the Retriever Field Trial Hall of Fame.

He competed in 13 Nationals and 24 Amateur Nationals. He won the 1981 National with FC/AFC Orion's Sky (already a Hall of Fame dog).  He judged the Amateur National in 1987 and created a checklist for national judges that is still used today by some. That list eliminates public bickering and reaches agreement prior to the trial on areas that may be a source of conflict amongst the judges.

John has owned 8 dogs in 40 years. He started them all as puppies. Among them were four FC/AFC's, 3 Double Header winners, 1 National Champion. All of them had Derby points. Two of them, who were not field champions, had all-age points. It is doubtful that anyone in this sport has had such a record with only eight dogs AND trained and handled them all himself--an amateur in the truest sense of the word.

He is an 8-point judge and judged innumerable trials across the country. His trials are known for the quality of his tests and the fairness of the judgments.

He has absolute standards of honesty and fair-play in judging and running and is well known for his frankness and honesty. He encouraged and started many young people in training and running their own dogs. Many have attributed their success to his teaching and encouragement.

His accomplishments are not shown in offices held but in the admiration and respect of the people who know him and the success of his dogs in competition.