HOW IT WORKS
The Master Amateur Retriever Club (MARC)
The Master Amateur Retriever Club (MARC) is a new national retriever club dedicated to the amateur handler. MARC believes that amateurs are the purpose and backbone of the AKC Hunting Test for Retrievers program and will support and encourage their involvement in the sport. MARC, while patterned after the Master National, is a separate and distinct organization. MARC will host an annual invitational event – The Master Amateur Invitational - for qualified amateur handled retrievers. MARC received its license as a licensed AKC club February 25, 2016 – Club #7725. The inaugural Invitational Event is planned to be in the eastern region in the spring of 2017.
The Master Amateur Invitational will be open to all dogs who, when handled by an amateur, have passed 6 or more AKC Master hunt tests during the qualifying period of March 1, 2016 and February 28, 2017. Full qualifying details can be found Below, under "Qualifying Standards."
The following outlines some thoughts on how creating a new national club might impact the sport, weekend events and national events.