Mike Woodbury

Region III Representative

4380 Elderberry Road, Gilmer, TX 75644

Hello, my name is Mike Woodbury and I am a PROUD member of the Master National Retriever Club. It is a privilege to be involved with such a fine organization, and to share my deep love of these great dogs and this passion we call “the game” with a group of truly fine men and women.

I have grown up with dogs throughout my life, and have always enjoyed the unconditional love and wonderful companionship they brought.  After our three children went off to college and my wife Janice and I were faced with the empty nest, I thought, “What better way to fill this void than with a new pup?” I had heard about the Hunt Test game, and the time was right to get started on a new hobby (or some may say “obsession”). So, in 2011 my first dog Finn and I began our journey. I still remember that first test I attended, not really knowing anything about what was going on but how exciting it was. I was hooked from the first moment and wanted more. As luck would have it, Finn turned out to be more than I could have ever imagined. Finn and I ran numerous tests together, failing some, but passing most. All the while learning new things and developing life-long friendships along the way. We now have six labs, two are retired, and four are playing “the game,” and look forward to the challenges, rewards, and experiences each will bring in the coming years.

It has been a wonderful experience and a thrill to participate in the Master National Hunt Test throughout the years. While bringing home those pewter plates is something we all strive for, of greater value is the joy in the journey and the comradery built with other owners/handlers. These memories and bonds with friends will last a lifetime.

I am retired and living in the East Texas area with my wife Janice. We have been married for almost 40 years. I spend my days working with the dogs and doing endless chores around my property. Prior to retirement, I spent my working career in law enforcement, retiring as a Lieutenant. I developed a skill set that will serve me well as a Director on the Master National Board. I am extremely organized and detailed (some may say obsessive), and I have also learned the art of managing people, which is a skill that I believe will be valuable in this capacity.

I look forward to sharing my skills, knowledge, and most importantly my passion for “the game” with the MNRC for many years to come.

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