NORCAL GRC Field Training Day

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UPDATE: Due to tremendous response, entries are CLOSED for this event.

Date: Saturday, January 12, 2019   – Rain or Shine!

Time:  We start running dogs at 8:30 am.  Please arrive by 8:00 am to sign in and air your dogs. Plan on staying through the early afternoon.

Location: CRTA Denverton Training Grounds, T7, Suisun City

Cost:  No cost for NORCAL GRC Club Members

$10.00 per dog for non-club members

As we do for our club Flyer Days, these ‘rarer’ retriever breeds (Flat Coat Retrievers, Tollers, and Poodles) are welcome to attend.


PLEASE NOTE:   Attendance of at least one club training day will be required for future acceptance to Spring 2019 Flyer Day events (unless you are already participating in an established field training program, and have been out training within 30 days of the flyer day).

Due to changes over the last few years in CRTA booking rules as they apply to member clubs’ flyer days, we are looking at ways to ensure that all teams are given equal time at flyer day events.  To help achieve this goal, all dogs attending flyer days are required to be proficient at retrieving dead birds.  If your dog is not yet proficient at retrieving birds, we ask that you consider whether a (non-flyer) training day is a more appropriate event to attend, where you can get help from other members and take as much time as you need with your dog.

We will hold club training days in October, November, December, and January to encourage as much member participation as possible.



Guest Instructor: Cheryl Baca

Cheryl Baca is a longtime NORCAL GRC member, and a well-respected field trainer, working with teams from the JH to MH level.  Cheryl and her dogs have competed at the highest levels of the field game, and she enjoys watching her students develop their teamwork and passion for the sport.  We are fortunate to have Cheryl lead a club training day, and attendees are sure to come away with a lot of good information for future training.

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Hunt Test Set-ups

Ducks and pheasants will be used, land marks and drills only – no water work.


Please RSVP to Samantha Dillard no later than 3 days prior to event with the number of dogs you are bringing and their level(s) (from the options below):

  • JH
  • SH
  • MH


Other Training Day Details


General Items to Bring

  • Shade and/or rain protection for your dog’s crate
  • Water for you and your dog
  • Lunch for you
  • Towels for muddy dogs and yourself


Equipment you need to Bring

  • Training Whistle
  • Duck Call
  • Folding Chair
  • Ear protection (simple ear plugs work)
  • Warm clothing and rain gear if needed.  Layers work very well.
  • Rain boots for muddy walks out into the field to throw
  • Walkie Talkie Radio
    • JH and higher levels should have these already
  • Blank Pistol and ammunition
    • JH and higher levels should plan on purchasing these, if you haven’t already


Sign in

This is a NORCAL Golden Retriever Club training day, so there are no guest fees for Denverton CRTA.  However, if you are not a Denverton CRTA member, you will need to sign a hold-harmless form.   (If you are a member, but have not signed a form this year, you will also need to sign one.)  You will find the hold harmless form here.

Please read the first page AND print out the last page, sign and bring with you.  We also have the regular sign in sheet and I will have a separate one for us with everyone’s name on it.  This separate sign in page is at the kiosk, please find your name on the sign in form, and leave your hold harmless on the clip board behind the sign-in form.  If you are a CRTA member, please still sign in on the separate sign-in sheet with your name on it.



Please stay on the gravel road and do NOT try to drive around puddles on the side of the road.  If you get stuck in the mud and have to have a tow truck come, it is very, very, very expensive and AAA will not come out.  In addition, you are responsible for costs to repair any damage to the grounds due to your vehicle.

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