Kentucky hosting National Retriever Championship

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky is hosting the National Retriever Championship for dogs.

A statement from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources says it is the first time the state has hosted the event, which is the Super Bowl of competitive retrieving. The event begins Saturday at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources' West Kentucky Wildlife Management Area near Paducah and continues through Nov. 17, when the national champion will be crowned.

The National Retriever Club president Mitch Patterson said the site in western Kentucky was chosen because of the beautiful grounds, good relationships with local officials and infrastructure that will accommodate several hundred people.

Although thousands of retrievers compete in field trials each year, only about 100 qualify for the National Retriever Championship.