Marshbanks Golden Retriever Club is a small but active club, made up of members who own not only Golden Retrievers, but also several other breeds. Our members participate in a wide variety of activities with their dogs, including conformation, field work, hunting, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, and therapy work.

Club Events

We host several AKC (American Kennel Club) and GRCA (Golden Retriever Club of America) titling events throughout the year. These include an AKC Tracking test, with 4 TD tracks and 3 TDX tracks. It takes place each year in early May at Spencerfield in Concord, Michigan. We have supported the entry of Goldens in conformation at the AKC Ann Arbor Kennel Club show in July, held in Monroe, Michigan. We host a weekend of AKC hunt tests in late August at Jorgensen Farms in Williamston, Michigan. We hold a GRCA WC/WCX test, sometimes in conjunction with the Midwest Waterways Flat-Coated Retriever Club, most recently in late September at Spencerfield in Concord, Michigan. We host a weekend of AKC obedience and rally trials at Northfield Dog Training in Ann Arbor, Michigan. We occasionally host a GRCA CCA at Northfield Dog Training in Ann Arbor, Michigan. We also sometimes have meetings at In Good Company, a restaurant in Clarklake.

Club History

The club was organized in 1998, led by Terri Pardee, with the stated aim of encouraging and supporting the versatile Golden Retriever. Ft. Detroit Golden Retriever Club held most of their meetings north of Detroit and their specialty near Port Huron. The Marshbanks area was roughly Ann Arbor-Jackson-Battle Creek and south.

Terri and Bill Pardee, Marallyn and Ed Wight, Walt Faubion, Betty Gay, Betty Drobac, Cheryl Holloway, Jackie Abbot (Terri's mom), Marcia Schlehr, Deb Stoll, Charlene Eisenlohr, Jan Thompson, and Leslie Reichert were among the original members.

"Marshbanks" is a play on words: one, of course, pertaining to where retrievers often work. The other is a tribute to Dudley Coutts Marjoribanks, first Lord Tweedmouth, originator of the breed. "Majoribanks" is actually pronounced just like "marshbanks".

The club logo was designed and drawn by Marcia Schlehr, from a photograph she took some years ago.

About Us

Marshbanks Golden Retriever Club
of South Central Michigan