The Master National 2023 Properties

Under The Oaks In Thomasville

Take a look at some of the property slated for the 2023 event in the Thomasville and Boston Georgia area. Thank you Host Committee Hunt Test Chair Dr. Becky Malphus for giving us a preview of what to expect. See you October 26 – November 5, 2023.

The Tallahassee Hunting Retriever Club and Wiregrass Hunting Retriever Club of Georgia will be the hosts of the 2023 National event in the Thomasville-Boston Georgia area.

Dates: October 26 – November 5, 2023

Tallahassee Hunting Retriever Club 

 The Host club of the 2003 Master National.  This club held its first AKC hunt test in 1988 on Wildridge Plantation.   The club has hosted at least 2 AKC hunt tests per year on Borderline Plantation ever since.  The club has approximately 80 active members.

Wiregrass Hunting Retriever Club of Georgia

The Wiregrass Hunting Retriever Club of Georgia was founded in 2006.  Our events are held at Dogleg Farm and surrounding properties in Meigs, GA. WHRCG holds two AKC hunt test event each year in the spring.  We typically offer a double Master and one Junior and one senior test.  WHRCG is also a member of the Master National Retriever Club and the Master Amateur Retriever Club.

Local Information

Beautiful Historic Thomasville, Georgia is in southwest Georgia only 29 miles from Tallahassee Florida.  Thomas County was established in 1825.  The county is named for Jett Thomas, an officer in the war of 1812 who is also known for overseeing the construction of the first building at the University of Georgia as well as the state capitol. Thomasville known as “the city of Roses” has milder climates in the winter months making it an ideal location for outdoor activities.  Thomas County hosts large tracts of tall pines ideal for quail, turkey, and deer hunting.  Thomasville and the Boston area has become a mecca for snowbird retriever enthusiasts for both hunt test and field trials.  We have over 20 properties specifically designed for retriever training and events.   We are fortunate to have private landowners donate their property for the event and pre-national training.   The National Retriever Championship was held here in 2017.

The original settlement of Boston was the site of a stagecoach stop in 1837. However, to take advantage of the new railroad in 1861, the town was moved to its current location – 10 miles east of Thomasville. Boston offers a wealth of history and is possibly the smallest town in the country to have a Carnegie Library, built in 1913.

In addition to an active, award-winning Main Street, Boston offers two active community clubs, which organize annual events including the Boston Mini-Marathon and Festival the last Saturday in October. Boston is also home to the Dillon Candy Company with 90 years of experience in making gourmet brittles and specialty nut confections using original family recipes and old-fashioned methods.

Climate/Weather for November

Daily high temperatures range, from 76°F to 68°F, rarely falling below 57°F or exceeding 84°F. Daily low temperatures range, from 54°F to 48°F, rarely falling below 35°F or exceeding 66°F.  The average daylight hours will be 10 hours and 45 minutes.

Event Properties

All properties used for this event will be property used exclusively for retriever training and events. The properties are privately owned and superbly maintained. We will be planning for 8 flights with 8 designated pods of property.  Each flight will stay in the same area for 3 series.  Each pod will have enough land and water to hold a land, land/water, and water series.  This will save time in moving locations so each flight will only have to move location twice.  Most of the pod are within 7 miles of each other so food trucks can be set up at 1 or 2 locations to provide food for multiple flights.

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