The ETRC Kevin Luthenauer Young Handler
Luthenauer, a long-time ETRC Member and Past President, died in
August 2015. Kevin was an avid outdoorsman and loved to hunt.
He was passionate about dogs, and believed that a well-bred and
well-trained dog was an asset to any family. He also felt
strongly that giving back to the sport he loved would help
perpetuate the outdoorsman lifestyle, and in spite of years of
chronic health problems, he did all he could to participate in
the sport he loved. To honor his commitment to the sport and
the hunt test community, his family asked that donations in lieu
of flowers be made to ETRC and be used for supporting and
encouraging young people to pursue retriever sports. This
program was inaugurated in 2016.
This plan outlines program guidance for the
Luthenauer Young Handler Program. It will remain in effect until revised or canceled by majority vote of the ETRC
interested youth who is under the age of 23 and is enrolled
full-time at a public or private school (elementary, middle or
high school), or in a college or university associate or
baccalaureate program is eligible to participate.
participate in the program, the candidate must complete an
application form each year. If a candidate is under the age of
18, his or her program application must be signed by a parent or
guardian and the applicant will be considered an ETRC youth
member. If over 18, the applicant will be a full ETRC member
entitled to vote and hold office. The normal application fee for
membership will be paid for by Program funds if the applicant is
not otherwise part of an ETRC family membership.
The application may be submitted via email or
snail mail to the Youth Program Coordinator for consideration by
the ETRC Board of Directors. This program will accept
applications at any time during the year.
Selected applicants will be notified of
acceptance for participation following review of their
application by the Board. The number of Participants accepted
will depend on the amount of money in the fund, including
any amounts the ETRC Board decides to allocate to the fund and
any further donations from the family or other individuals.
Also, second and subsequent year participants must have
completed the required 8 hours of volunteer activities during
the previous year.
Entry Fees for ETRC Club Events
Club Trials. The Fund will
pay directly to ETRC all entry fees for approved program
participants in all club trials, and any for-fee seminars or
events held by the Club.
Entry Fees to AKC Hunt Tests
The Fund will
reimburse the entry fees of youth program participants who enter
AKC hunt tests for up to a total of 6 tests a year (including
ETRC tests). To receive a refund, the participant must submit
proof of entry and participation to the Youth Program
Coordinator, in the form of a written copy of the Entry Express
results or an email link to those results, together with the
name to whom the check should be payable and a mailing address.
The ETRC Treasurer will mail a check to the provided address.
In the case of participation in an ETRC sponsored AKC Hunt Test,
the refund may be disbursed by the ETRC Secretary/Treasurer at
the completion of the event once the Judges’ Books have been
received by the Hunt Test Secretary. Passing the test is not
required for refund.
attempt to arrange for at least one youth handling seminar
during the Club Year. This seminar will be free for all youth
members whether they are program participants or not, and will
be conducted by one of our club pros, semi-pros, or senior
handlers. Parents and other ETRC adult members may audit this
seminar but may not bring dogs to work, in order to ensure that
the focus on developing handling skills is on the young
participants who need a ride to any ETRC or other supported
event should contact the Youth Program Coordinator for
assistance. The Program Coordinator will attempt to find
someone who will be willing to provide transportation for the
youth handler / dog.
is a key aspect of retriever sports. To that end, all youth
program participants are expected to help at club events as
needed, as junior marshals, runners, office assistants,
equipment assistants, bird kids, etc. A minimum of eight (8)
hours work is expected during the club year, and assignments
will be coordinated by the Youth Program Coordinator.
End of the
The Fund will
provide a participation award to all program participants who
participated in one or more Youth Program events during the
year. In addition, the high point Youth Participant will
receive a Plaque or Trophy (TBD) at the Annual Meeting and
awards banquet. Points (to be maintained during the year by the
Youth Program Coordinator) will be awarded as follows:
- Participation in an ETRC Organized Training Day – 1 point per session
- Participation in an ETRC Club Trial: 1 point
- Passing one or more events at each ETRC Club Trial: 1 point
- Participation in an ETRC AKC Hunt Test: 2 points
- Passing an ETRC Hunt Test: 2 points
- Participation in another club’s AKC hunt test: 1 point
- Passing another club’s AKC hunt test: 1 point
- Attending ETRC’s young handlers seminar: 2 points
- Attending ETRC’s open handling seminar: 2 points
- Earning an AKC hunt test title: 2 points (any level, awarded for each level)
- Volunteering at a Club Event: 1 point for every day volunteering
In the event of a tie in total points,
the award of any Plaque or Trophy will be determined solely by Youth
Program Coordinator and/or by the ETRC Board, and the essays
submitted by the participants may be taken into consideration in
making such final determination.
for this information in printable pdf format
here for a youth program application..