Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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My name is Sarah Hodges. I currently reside in Fort Dodge, Iowa. I have 1 American Cocker Spaniel and a black lab. My start with NAHRA, was 17 years ago, when I started helping to train dogs in Southern Iowa.

Growing up I kept busy between school, sports, work, helping with the boarding kennel, and hunt test training. At NAHRA tests I helped throw birds, marshal, and even handled dogs for some family friends. After high school I moved almost 4 hours away from home for school. It took much of my time away from dogs, but thankfully, I never lost touch completely. After finishing school, I moved back closer to home and was able to get back into the world of hunt tests and training. I became involved in the local Skunk River Hunting Retriever Club.

Fast forward to December of 2014. I was finally living in a location where I could have more than 1 dog. I started figuring out where and who I wanted a pup out of. April of 2015 I brought home my new little lab puppy. This past year we started our NAHRA journey as owner/handler. It has been quite a journey, am looking forward to our future. When test season is over we enjoy upland hunting, and it has been a joy watching my girl mature in the field.

I am excited to start my journey as regional director for the Central Region. I am excited that I am able to be a part of an organization that has given so much to me. I am looking forward to my future with NAHRA.

Phone: 515-528-1805


Fort Dodge, Iowa

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From our President

NAHRA President's Message                                                  October 10, 2017

Dear NAHRA Members,

I want to take this time and thank you all for a successful testing season.  Most regions have finished their 2017 testing season by having successful regional events.  The West region finishes up its testing year this December by hosting the West Regional at the Copper State HRC.

Ask anyone that attended or participated, and they will tell you that 2017 NAHRA Invitational was a top notch event.  Thanks once again to the Puget Sound Retriever Club for hosting this special event.  Also, thanks to all the helpers, participants, and supporters for your part in the celebration of the NAHRA Master Hunting Retriever.

Also, congratulations to the Eastern Shore Hunting Retriever Club for being selected to host the 2018 NAHRA Invitational.  The 2018 event will be June 6-9 and be located in Onancock, Virginia.  The 2018 Invitational judges will be Harry Williams from the West Region, Dick Ofstedal from the Central Region, and East Region’s Tom Moore.

I also wanted to say welcome to the Appalachian Hunting Retriever Association.  This is NAHRA's newest club and located in Pennsylvania.  We thank you for your support and look forward to working with you.

 We also have a few judges that have yet to be recognized publicly for their 100 NAHRA Judges Points.  Harry Williams, Dan Hove, John Gilbert and Tom Moore have all reached this milestone.  Thank you for all your dedication, hard work, and time you have spent supporting this organization.

Finally, the NAHRA BOD has been hard at work this last year gathering all the policies changes from the past and current Board of Directors.  These policies, as well as the Upland Retriever Rules have all been incorporated into the newly revised NAHRA Rulebook.  Soon, it will be available for review on the NAHRA site.  NAHRA will be distributing a printed rulebook to all current NAHRA members. The revision will be issued January 1, 2018.

With testing season winding down, it’s time to get into the field and put all of our training to good use.  I hope you all have a successful and safe hunting season.  Thanks again for your support.

Kody Bull

NAHRA President