A new club has started here in Southern Cal it the Prado Basin HRC. We will be having training days each month. Its open to all members, I strongly suggest that you come out and take a look. Prado Basin Hunting Retriever Club is a family oriented organization founded by hunting enthusiasts. We are dedicated to helping each member improve their hunting experience by having a trained retriever. Our goal is to promote and encourage hunting with a trained hunting retriever. http://www.pradobasinhrc.com/ "Conceived by Hunters for Hunters" is both the philosophy and reality of the Hunting Retriever Club, Inc. ("HRC"). A Non-Profit, totally volunteer organization with the exception of an Administrative Secretary, HRC is democratically governed by a Board of Directors and an elected Executive Committee. Formed in 1984, the HRC boasts active membership of 8,000+ with 122 Clubs in 36 States and Canada. Membership in HRC is open to all persons regardless of age, race, religion, creed or national origin. The HRC is a family-oriented organization offering outdoor fun and fellowship to its participants. Participation by women and children is strongly encouraged and a wholesome atmosphere is maintained at all times. While most HRC members own retrieving breeds, participation in events is open to other versatile hunting dog breeds that can do the work. HRC maintains its common sense, hunting realism in testing Hunting retrievers. There are five ability-based (not age) categories that the dogs may enter in the HRC Tests: Started, Seasoned, Finished, Grand and Upland. Unlike field trials, these are not competitive 1st, 2nd and 3rd place events, but tests where all dogs are judged pass/fail against a "Hunting Standard". These are events that are great fun where everyone can root for the other person's dog and help each other with their training. The judges must be experienced Hunters and must pass HRC administered tests, apprentice as judges, have gun safety training, attend judging seminars, have handled and passed a dog in the category that they are judging and meet other HRC requirements. Good Hunting-oriented judges are the key to having tests with Hunting realism. you can also find more info on the HRC by following the link on our site If you have any question just ask here or email me on the link provided on our site.