Friday July 15, 2016

July 10-16, 2016
Iron Bridge, Ontario


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Host Club

Northern Ontario Retriever Association
Field Trial Chair - Richard Dresser
Field Trial Secretary - Darlene Broomhead

Judges

Eastern Zone: Gary Mason
Central Zone: Charlie Ross
Western Zone: Debby Montgomery

 

 

 

 

 

Winner
2016 Canadian National Amateur



NAFTCH AFTCH Limey's Maxsim Of Dogleg
Owned & Handled by Karen Spencer

 

Finalists



 
No
Dog Name                                                                                                       
10
Luckydux Gave Her Momma Forty Quacks
Owner / Handler: Andy Carlson


11
FTCH-AFTCH The Springwaters Mr Y Of Tamsu
Owner / Handler: John Mairs


13
FC-AFC-FTCH Alexus - Pursuit Of Perfection
Owner / Handler: Lynn Kimball-Cole


21
NFTCH-AFTCH Oakridgertvr Going All The Way
Owner / Handler: Lorraine Hare


23
Limey's Maxsim Of Dogleg SH
Owner / Handler: Karen Spencer


24
FTCH-AFTCH Caspers Goast Buster Of Mt.Granite
Owner / Handler: Gerry Burmaster


25
FTCH-AFTCH Seaside Marsh Ghillie
Owners: Dennis Voigt And Fiona Mckay Handler: Dennis Voigt


27
FC-AFC-FTCH-AFTCH Flatlands Locked N Loaded
Owners: Bill and Connie Swanson Handler: Connie Swanson


32
FC-FTCH-AFTCH Handjems Artful Dodger
Owner / Handler: Jim Dorobek


37
AFTCH Windcrest's Game On
Owner / Handler: Connie Swanson


42
FC-AFC-AFTCH Jaybar American Idol
Owner / Handler: Barbara Younglove


 

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Opening Banquet



 
Welcome to the 2016 Canadian National Amateur Retriever Championship, hosted by the Northern Ontario Retriever Association (NORA). This year’s National Amateur was held in Iron Bridge, Ontario. Festivities got under way with cocktail hour at the Lions Club which gave contestants the opportunity to renew old friendships and make new ones. The silent auction tables were full of items donated by our major sponsors, local sponsors and supporters. Grace Burmaster did a great job of filling the tables with interesting items to bid on. Once the head table was ushered in, the banquet got under. Gerry Burmaster led contestants in the singing of both the American and Canadian national anthems, followed by Grace Burmaster giving blessing to the event, good company, and great food. Turkey dinner was offered up on the buffet table by the ladies from the local Lions Club with seasonal fresh strawberries for dessert. Nobody left hungry. After dinner, Master of Ceremonies, Tom Dalton introduced the head table.



From left to right: Field Trial Chair Richard Dresser, Judges’ Liaison Connie Dresser, Chief Marshal Ray Smith, Western Zone Judge Debby Montgomery, Central Zone Judge Charlie Ross, Eastern Zone Judge Gary Mason, Chris Mason, Diane Ling and NRCC President Jim Ling.
 
Next, Field Trial Chair Richard Dresser thanked the sponsors, Nestle-Purina, the Official Sponsor of the Canadian National Open and Canadian National Amateur Retriever Championships, Official Dog Food Sponsor and the Official Dog Food Supplier to the National Retriever Club of Canada, Avery Sporting Dog, Garmin Tri-Tronics official e-collar supplier, Winchester Ammunition official ammunition supplier, Petsecure, Canada’s Pet Insurance. Thank you as well to Ducks Unlimited Canada supplier of the finalist gifts, Zinger Winger official remote launcher supplier, and Animal Portraits by Connie Swanson for supplying portrait to the winner. In addition there were a number of local sponsors and supporters to be thanked, MNP, Beretta, Pheasants Forever, Lorne Langevin, Dave and Jane Thompson and local land owners Tim Nagy, Ray & Andrea Smith, and Howard Simson & Lise Langlois.
 
Chief Marshal Ray Smith followed with instructions from the judges and the Host Club Committee. Of note, when a no bird is called, the handler and dog must leave the line. If no birds were thrown they will come back immediately, if a bird is thrown they are to wait 6 dogs. There are some very hot days expected through the week and handlers are asked to keep in mind the safety of their dogs and may be asked to pick up their dog if the judges feel their safety is in jeopardy.
 
The judge representing the Eastern Zone, Gary Mason spoke on behalf of the judges. He mentioned how much they were looking forward to judging these great dogs, and have set challenging tests to determine the best of the best.
 
NRCC President Jim Ling welcomed the contestants from Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and our American friends, south of the border. He re-iterated how much the sponsor support is appreciated and mentioned how difficult it has become to keep current sponsors and find new ones, given the uncertainty of the economy.
 
Throughout the evening, tickets were sold to win a Tri-Tronics e-collar, donated by Garmin/Tri-Tronics. The lucky winner was Bill Kennedy. As an additional fund-raiser, Grace Burmaster auctioned off one of her sister’s ward winning coconut cream pies. Top bidder was Howard Simson.
 
Before the judges left for the evening, Purina representative, Bill Kennedy, presented gifts and dog food to the judges. As well, the judges travel expenses are paid for by Nestlé Purina.



 
Shortly after the judges departure, the calcutta got under way with auctioneer, Dave Thompson and his assistant Richard Dresser collecting bids on each dog, Purina rep Bill Kennedy presented handlers packages and dog food, and NRCC President Jim Ling presented the NRCC contestant pins.

Get the Party Started

Marshal’s Committee Meeting


Catching Up


 
Gerry Leading National Anthems


Contestants Singing National Anthems


 
Grace Saying Grace


Master of Ceremonies, Tom Dalton


Field Trial Chair, Richard Dresser


 
 
Chief Marshal, Ray Smith


Judge, Gary Mason


 
 
 
 
 
 
NRCC President, Jim Ling


Winner of the Pie - Howard Simson


 
 
 
 
 
Auctioneer, and Assistant


Purina Rep with NRCC President


 
 
 
 

Brought to you by all of our sponsors

Purina logo  Avery Sporting Dog logo  Tri-tronics logo 
Zinger Winger logo Connie Swanson Animal Portraits Ducks Unlimited Canada logo

               
 
 
      
 
The 2016 Canadian National Amateur would like to thank our sponsors, Nestle-Purina Official Sponsor of the Canadian National Open and Canadian National Amateur Retriever Championships, Official Dog Food Sponsor and the Official Dog Food Supplier to the National Retriever Club of Canada, Avery Sporting Dog, Garmin Tri-Tronics official e-collar supplier, Winchester Ammunition official ammunition supplier, Petsecure, Canada’s Pet Insurance. Thank you as well to Ducks Unlimited Canada supplier of the finalist gifts, Zinger Winger official remote launcher supplier, and Animal Portraits by Connie Swanson for supplying portrait to the winner.

Test 1 - Land Triple with 1 Retired Gun

Welcome to the 2016 Canadian National Amateur, held in Iron Bridge Ontario. Iron Bridge is located in northern Ontario, about halfway between Sault Ste Marie and Sudbury and 5 hours north of Toronto. Contestants awoke to a sunny day with little to no breeze and a ground fog hanging in the low lying areas. Temperature was a comfortable 15C but was anticipated to climb to a much hotter 26C. At 9:30 it was already 23C. The test was run Northeast to Northwest with the wind NE at 11 km/h.
Judges at the Start of the Day



 
Test 1 was a land triple with 1 retired gun. For the 2 test dogs, both long outside guns retired but the test was modified after the test dogs ran so that only the right hand gun station retired. The test was run in a freshly cut hay field with LOTS of hay bales scattered through out, surrounded by dense alders and a mixed poplar and spruce forest. An uncut line of high grass ran across in front of the right hand retired gun station in such a way as to encourage dogs to flare to the left before reaching the gun station. All birds were hen mallards thrown left to right. The order of the guns was right, then left with the centre gun thrown last. Distances to the birds were 322 yards to the right hand retired, 205 yards to the left hand mark and 90 yards to the go bird.


 
Honorary test dog NFTCH NAFTCH FTCH AFTCH FC AFC L and L Just a Gigolo, last year’s National Amateur winner, owned by Howard Simson & Lise Langlois, came to line at 7:30 am. Deuce, now retired, pounced on his bird and was a little reluctant to give it up, having not retrieved a bird for quite some time.
 
Female Test dog was Sweetwater’s Last Precious Gem (Sapphire) owned by Ray Smith and handled by Richard Dresser. For both test dogs there were 2 retired guns. Sapphire had an excellent go bird, hunted to the left of the gun station on the left retired before working it out and hunting along the hedge row to the bird. For the right hand retired, Sapphire was influenced by a few hay bales and the line of uncut grass pushing her left. After hunting the wrong area for some time, she ended up having to be handled to the bird. Male test dog Keys II owned and handled by Robert Wright followed with an excellent go bird but was handled on both retired guns. The judges at that point decided that the left hand gun station would remain visible.




 
 
The first running dog was number 19, Seasides Codigo Especial, owned and handled by Neal Armstong.



 



 
At noon, the temperature had risen to 24C and the breeze dropped down to S 4km/h. There were no “wind saves”. The FT Committee took every precaution to ensure dogs didn’t overheat. There was a pool of ice water just off line to allow dogs to cool down quickly when they finished the test.
Bird Man Al - Taking Care of Business



 

Test 2 - Land Blind with Dry Shot

Test 2 was a land blind in the same field as Test 1. Other than rotating the mat from the first test, the running line remained the same. The line to the blind was under the arc of the go bird. with a dry shot added to the right of line. The handler indicated when ready, the judges signalled the dry shot and released the dog before the handler could run the blind. The female test dog Sapphire, ran the blind without the dry shot and had a good job. The dry shot was added for the male test dog, Keys. He also ran a good blind. The wind switched throughout the test from a crosswind right to left, then downwind and crosswind from left to right. The blind was 175 yards with the dry shot to the right at 95 yards.



 



 



 
Brought to you by Purina, Official Sponsor of the Canadian National Open and Canadian National Amateur Retriever Championships, Official Dog Food Sponsor and the Official Dog Food Supplier to the National Retriever Club of Canada


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Test 3 - Water Triple with a Retired Gun

The day started out slightly overcast with a light breeze S 6 km/h. Starting temperature was 20C and was forecast to get to 23C, a comfortable day for the trial. Test 3 was a water triple with 1 retired gun. The test was run on Ray and Andrea Smith’s property. A wide creek with points and islands meanders through a hay field that was randomly cut to create lots of paths and high patches of cover. The order of the guns was clockwise from left to right, short to long. The left and centre birds were thrown left to right and the long right hand bird was thrown into the test from right to left. Hen mallards were thrown at all stations, and all of the birds were thrown on land. Decoys were placed in the creek, on the line to the centre mark. Distances were 105 yards to the short left hand mark, 116 yards to the centre retired gun, and 175 to the right hand mark. The long right hand go bird was a huge flat throw into high grass. with the line to the bird catching a corner of the creek. The centre retired mark was thrown straight out from shore onto an island. In order to wind the bird, the dog needed to be deep of the mark. There were a number of re-entries on the way to that mark. The left hand mark was thrown angled back into a patch of ferns and was well protected. Dogs needed to mark the bird in order to come up with it.
 
Female test dog was called to line at 7:30 am. Sapphire did a great job on the right hand go bird. Richard chose to send Sapphire for the centre bird second. She took a line to the holding blind and hunted behind and under the arc before hunting deep on shore and working her way over wide enough to wind the bird. For the left hand mark, Sapphire took an excellent line to the area of the fall but put on a significant hunt all around the patch of ferns where the bird landed but did not find the bird until actually entering the cover. A well protected bird. Male test dog was once again Keys, handled by Robert Wright. Keys took a line to under the arc of the go bird and quickly hunted his way over to the bird. Robert chose to pick up the centre retired bird second. Keys carried a line to the holding blind where he established his hunt and then hunted deep around the back shore until he was wide enough to wind the bird. For the left hand mark, Keys took a wide line to the right and had a short intelligent hunt to come up with the bird. Both test dogs gave the handlers a good perspective on what to expect on the marks.



 



 

Scenes from the Gallery

John Mairs taking photos


John taking a break in the gallery


Gallery



 

Test 4 - Water Blind

For the water blind, the mat was moved to the right along the dike about 30-35 feet. The blind is planted on the right hand shore of the channel, opposite the island mark from Test 3. To stay on line the dogs must cut a fine line into the water, touch the tip of a point, re-enter, over a long spit, swim across the channel and then along the right hand shore to the blind. The blind was down wind angling from left to right. Skies were overcast. The hen mallard was planted at 108 yards from line. Keys, the male test dog ran first, He did a respectable job and stayed in control for the entire blind, regardless of the fact he got into romping water at the end and appeared to wind the island mark. The female test dog was AFTCH Lock Five's Sweet Bourbon Prize, owned and handled by Medie Robinson. Lucy needed an early whistle to get on line, and a few more to complete the blind. She picked up the blind from the right after going to land early at the end.



 



 



 

Unwinding

After a long day, some of the workers and contestants relaxed and feasted on Big Daddy Dorobek’s wings.
 
Jim’s Diner


Big Daddy and Terry Martin


Food Line-up


Richard Dresser & Jane Thompson Kickin Back


 

Brought to you by Avery Sporting Dog, official sponsor of the National Amateur


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Test 5 - Land Triple with 2 Retired guns

For Test 5 we returned to the Smith property where Test 3 and 4 were run. The test was run in a flat cut hay field with paths and patches of high grass remaining to deflect the dogs on their way to the birds. Typical of the North, the field was rimmed with mixed alders, poplar and spruce bush. The order of the guns was clockwise from long left, centre and then right. Both the left and centre gunners threw hen mallards, angled back from right to left and retired immediately. The right hand go bird was a drake mallard, thrown angled back out of the test from left to right. Distances to the marks were, 196 yards to the left hand retired, 96 yards to the centre retired, and 232 yards to the long right hand go bird. A road ran between the left and centre marks.



 



 
For the male and female test dogs, only the centre gun station retired and the order was counter clockwise, from right, centre, left. All birds were thrown from right to left. Male test dog, Keys ran first. For the left mark, Keys took a line that skirted the hay bales towards the gunners and corrected over to the bird. Robert chose to take out the right hand mark second. Keys took the highway avoiding the patches of high grass and established his hunt on the wrong side of the gun station before hunting his way over to the bird. For the centre retired Keys checked down and had an excellent mark. Lucy, our female test dog ran next. For the left hand mark, she headed towards the gunners and corrected early to go directly to the bird. Medie chose to have Lucy pick up the short retired second. Lucy checked down nicely at the bird and had an excellent mark. For the right hand mark, Lucy started off wide to the right but corrected halfway. She started her hunt under the arc, hunted deep behind the gun before recovering and hunting over to the bird.
Lucy & Medie


Keys & Robert


 


 
 
 
 
The judges decided to change the order of the throws, change the direction of the right hand throw, and retire the left hand gun station after the test dogs ran. Another test dog was brought out. FTCH AFTCH The Springwaters Rippin Reba, owned by Gary and Chris Mason and handled by Chris took a line wide to the go bird and made a big loop halfway out and picked up the centre bird. For the left retired, Reba hunted short, then to the right before hunting her way over to the bird. For the right hand mark, Reba took the same wide line but corrected and went directly to the bird.

 

Test 6 - Land Blind with Dry Shot

Test 6 was a no picture land blind run from behind the Test 5 running line mound. There are 2 mats. The handler sat the dog on the right hand mat and signaled when ready for the dry shot which was located left of the line to the blind. The judge signaled for the dry shot and then gave the handler their number. The handler was then on their own to walk to the left hand mat to run the blind. Handlers could move up on the mound to handle after the dog cleared the top. Aroad crosses from the left and another from the right, curving across the line to the blind. Dogs should catch a small corner of cover to the left of the road, then angle across the road, catch a corner of cover to the right, then back across the road to the left of a series of large mounds. Distance to the blind was 222 yards and the distance to the dry shot gunner was 112 yards.
 
Photo of the test was taken from the top of the mound where the handler could move up to handle.



 



 
Female test dog, Lucy ran first. She was a bit wide to the right but took her casts and picked up the bird under control. Male test dog Keys ran next, He ran a nice blind and Robert did a good job of keeping him under control and on line.
From the Mat Behind the Mound


The Lull Before the Storm


 

Workers Party

After a long hot day in the sun, the workers were treated to a lasagna dinner at the Lions Club in Iron Bridge. A local band, Nostalgia Live, provided the entertainment. The Silent Auction ended at the Workers Party so everyone had a chance to bid on the hot items until the last second. The Silent Auction is a big fund-raiser for the host club. A huge thank you to our the sponsors who donated items for the Silent Auction, Nestle-Purina the Official Sponsor of the Canadian National Open and Canadian National Amateur Retriever Championships, Official Dog Food Sponsor and the Official Dog Food Supplier to the National Retriever Club of Canada, Avery Sporting Dog, Garmin Tri-Tronics official e-collar supplier, Winchester Ammunition official ammunition supplier, Petsecure, Canada’s Pet Insurance. Thank you as well to Ducks Unlimited Canada supplier of the finalist gifts, Zinger Winger official remote launcher supplier, and Animal Portraits by Connie Swanson for supplying portrait to the winner. In addition there were a number of local sponsors and supporters to be thanked, MNP, Beretta, Pheasants Forever, Lorne Langevin, Dave and Jane Thompson. Without their support, host clubs would struggle to put on a National.
 
In appreciation of the hard work by local club members and Field Trialers from across the province, Purina rep Bill Kennedy presented Workers’ Packages of Purina dog food and products. As well, NRCC President, Jim Ling presented everyone with NRCC Worker pins to thank them for their help in making the 2016 National Amateur a success. Special thanks to Field Trial Chair, Richard Dresser, Chief Marshal, Ray Smith, FT Secretary, Darlene Broomhead, Assistant Marshal, Howard Simson, Treasurer, Mark Laberge, Social Committee, Andrea Smith, Linda Shlemkevich, Lise Langlois, Sirkka Laberge, Judges Liaison, Connie Dresser, Gun Captain, Lorne Langevin, Equipment Manager, Dave Broomhead, Grounds & Equipment, Gerry Burmaster, Silent Auction, Grace Burmaster, Game Keeper, Al Custers, Traffic, Ken Crosby, Trevor Dickens, Bill Kennedy, Club Sponsor Liaison, Tom Dalton, morning treats, Shirley Greener, NRCC Sponsor Liaison, Bruce Macdonald, NRCC Communications Officer, Dona Martin.
 
To thank everyone who stepped up to help out gunning and throwing or planting blinds, the Host Club and Purina each donated 5 bags of dog food to a draw for the workers only. The lucky workers who won were; Stan Hughes, Chris Mason, Dave Wardle, Donna Wardle, Richard Dresser, Shirley Greener, Andy Carlson, Lynn Kimball, Dave Broomhead, and Tom Dalton. Their contribution to the success of the event was immeasurable.
 

Party Pics

Silent Auction Action


Deep Discussion


 
 
Purina Rep, Bill Kennedy


Chief Marshal Ray Smith with Helen


Local Band, Nostalgia Live


 

Brought to you by Garmin/Tri-tronics, official E-collar sponsor of the National Amateur


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Test 7 - Water Triple with 2 Retired Guns

Judges Selfie



 
The contestants awoke to a heavy fog in the low lying areas, 18C with a humidex of 25C to start. By the time the test dogs ran, the fog had already burned off and the day was heating up quickly. For Test 7 we returned to the Smith property and ran above the dike from Tests 3&4 into big water. The test was a water triple with 2 retired guns. The gunners at the left hand go bird station shot twice, once at the height of the arc and once as the bird landed. This was a very exciting bird thrown flat, into some sparse grass in the middle of the pond. Hen mallards were thrown at the left and right hand marks and a drake mallard was thrown for the long centre retired. Both the right and centre birds were thrown right to left and the left hand go bird was thrown left to right into the test. The right hand mark was thrown across a channel into heavy cover on the far side. Dogs were out of sight when hunting either side of the channel. The gunners for the long centre mark stood out in the field and made a flat throw into high grass in the field before retiring into the bush line. Distances to the marks were 40 yards to the go bird, 96 yards to the right hand retired and 210 yards across the pond to the long centre retired. The line to the bird on the centre mark was under the arc of the left hand go bird.



 



 
Male test dog, Keys ran first. He had an excellent go bird. For the right hand retired mark he took a line to the holding blind and hunted under the arc on the wrong side of the channel before working his way to the bird. For the long centre retired mark, Keys took a wide line to the right. When he reached to far shore he hit the bush line and turned left hunting his way over to where the gunners stood and then over to the bird. Female test dog, Lucy had an excellent go bird. For the right hand retired she touched the first point and then went directly to the bird for another excellent mark. For the centre retired, Lucy took a line wide to the right, similar to the line Keys took. When she reached the far shore she hunted deep in the cover to the right out of sight and worked her way in towards the right hand mark. She was handled to the bird. Handlers got a good idea where the pitfalls were after watching the test dogs. Not a walk in the park.
 

Fish Fry

After a long hot day in the sun, contestants and workers were treated to a Fish Fry at Howard and Lise’s outdoor diner. Pickerel was donated by the North Bay & District Retriever Training Club and the perch was donated by Ontario professional retriever trainer, Dan DeVos from Baypoint Kennels. Some North Bay club members drove in especially to serve up dinner and help out with gunning and throwing. Thank you all. The fish was awesome and there were no limits to the amount of fish one could eat. Some big appetites took good advantage of that. After dinner everyone relaxed as Boyd Rutledge, from the North Bay club, played his guitar.
Hungry Crowd


Scenes from the Party


 

Dinner Talk


What a Great Party


 
Boyd Rutledge and his Guitar



 
Brought to you by Purina, Official Sponsor of the Canadian National Open and Canadian National Amateur Retriever Championships, Official Dog Food Sponsor and the Official Dog Food Supplier to the National Retriever Club of Canada


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Test 8 - Land Quad With 3 Retired Guns and an Honour

To start the day, skies were overcast, with a slight breeze W 5 km/h and the temperature a humid 21C. Thankfully the cloud cover remained for most of the test so it didn’t get real hot running the land quad. The test was set up in a cut hay field with strips of uncut grass, rolling hills and a large island of brush and trees in the middle of the test. Thank you to land owners Howard Simson and Lise Langlois for the use of their property. Contestants and workers were treated to a free breakfast compliments of Nestle-Purina the Official Sponsor of the Canadian National Open and Canadian National Amateur Retriever Championships, Official Dog Food Sponsor and the Official Dog Food Supplier to the National Retriever Club of Canada. Without the support of sponsors such as Purina, Avery, Petsecure. Garmin/Tri-Tronics, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Winchester Ammunition, Zinger Winger, host clubs would struggle to put on high calibre National events.
 
Test 8 was a land quad with 3 retired guns. The left, centre left, and centre right gunners retired. Only the right hand go bird remained visible. Order of the guns was centre right, centre left, left, and then a big swing across the test to the right hand go bird. Hen mallards were thrown at the right and centre right marks. A rooster pheasant was thrown at the centre left mark and a hen pheasant was thrown at the left hand mark. The centre left hand mark was thrown angled back, left to right into a patch of high cover. All other marks were thrown right to left. The left hand bird was thrown tight angled back, out of the test into a strip of uncut grass. The right hand go bird was thrown even tighter angled back with the line practically over the shoulder of the bird thrower. The centre right bird was thrown flat into a strip of uncut grass, just the the right of a road that went through the test, to the left of the 2 right hand marks and then curled around behind the island of bush and trees where the centre left mark was thrown. Distances to the marks were; 210 yards to the left hand mark, 195 to the centre left, 210 to the centre right and 90 yards to the right hand go bird. The test was run mostly down wind with a slight cross wind from left to right, which didn’t seem to give away any of the birds.



 



 
When the test dogs ran, there was very little or no scent in the field, so it was easy to get to the area of the fall and still put on a significant hunt. Female test dog Lucy was up first. She had an excellent go bird. For the centre right she was sucked towards the bush line and disappeared around the corner before recovering and crossing behind the gun station to the bird. For the left hand retired, Lucy took a line to the right of the holding blind, into the cover on the wrong side and then hooked behind the gun station over to the bird. For the centre right, Lucy started off wide to the right and ended up hunting the heavy cover on the wrong side of the valley, then hunted deep in the cut field behind and to the right. After a significant hunt, Medie handled her to the bird. Even when handled to the area, she had difficulty coming up with the bird. Keys was the male test dog once again. He had an excellent right hand go bird. For centre right hand retired mark, he initiated his hunt short and to the right of the holding blind before hunting deep and over to the bird. Next. Robert sent Keys for the centre left retired mark. Keys took a line wide and to the right into the cover on the wrong side of the bowl. After hunting the cover he went deep into the cut hay field, crossed behind the mark and showed up coming through the trees to the gun station and hunted over to the bird. For the left hand retired mark, Keys started off to the left of the uncut strips of cover before cutting right between the 2 strips, hunted deep and came up with the bird. As the test progressed, the wind picked up, making it difficult to get past the left hand mark on the right side.
 
Checking Wind Direction


View from Behind the Line


 
Waiting for Callbacks



 

Test 9 - Water Blind

Test 9 was a 208 yard water blind at the back of Howard & Lise’s property. A huge crosswind was blowing from right to left. The blind was run from a knoll about 30 yards from the water’s edge. The line angled along the side hill to the water, over the first island and then stay in the water for the rest of the blind, past a point on the left, past the second island on the left, and between the points to the left and right of line. A long spit ran practically the full length of the blind to the right. Male test dog Keys, started out heading left of the first island and required a few whistles to cast over the island. He then headed for the 1st point on the left and had to be cast into the wind to maintain his line. He managed to pass the island on the right hand side but curled behind the island almost immediately and would not cast back. He was picked up before reaching the end of the blind. Female test dog Lucy squared down the hill to the right of line but corrected immediately to go over the island. Medie gave her an insurance whistle to keep her on line over the island, a second whistle to keep her off the second island and another to re-orient her down the channel. Lucy needed an insurance whistle to keep her from curling around the right hand spit, another to keep her in the channel and one at the bird. A very good job negotiating the hazards. For the test dogs and the early running dogs, the winds were strong and rain was falling. There was a break for the middle numbers and the wind and rain returned for the last few dogs.



 



 
 
 

Brought to you by all of our sponsors

Purina logo  Avery Sporting Dog logo  Tri-tronics logo 
Zinger Winger logo Connie Swanson Animal Portraits Ducks Unlimited Canada logo

               
 
 
      
 
The 2016 Canadian National Amateur would like to thank our sponsors, Nestle-Purina the Official Sponsor of the Canadian National Open and Canadian National Amateur Retriever Championships, Official Dog Food Sponsor and the Official Dog Food Supplier to the National Retriever Club of Canada, Avery Sporting Dog, Garmin Tri-Tronics official e-collar supplier, Winchester Ammunition official ammunition supplier, Petsecure, Canada’s Pet Insurance. Thank you as well to Ducks Unlimited Canada supplier of the finalist gifts, Zinger Winger official remote launcher supplier, and Animal Portraits by Connie Swanson for supplying portrait to the winner.

Test 10 - Water Quad With 3 Retired Guns and an Honour

What a difference a day makes. A cold front moved in over night and the temperature dropped to 13C with a strong wind out of the North. Thank goodness Purina once again sponsored a hot breakfast to all contestants and workers. With only one test to complete for the day the judges decided to give everyone a break and start a little later. Unfortunately we had an unplanned further delay when one of the RTVs tried to take a swim.



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For the 10th series we returned to the same pond where the 9th series was run. In fact the lines to the centre left and centre right hand birds cross the line to the blind. The mat was moved forward about 30 feet from Test 9 running line. Test 10 was a water quad with 3 retired guns and an honour. The order of the guns was clockwise from left to right. The long left retired shot first, followed by the short centre left retired, then the long centre right retired and then the short right hand go bird remained visible. A drake mallard was thrown at the long centre right mark and hen mallards were thrown at the other three marks. Distances to the marks were, 230 yards to the left hand mark, 166 yards to the centre left mark, 320 yards to the centre right mark and 88 yards to the go bird. The 2 left hand birds were thrown into the test from left to right. The 2 right hand marks were thrown into the test as well, from right to left. The left retired mark was thrown angled back into cover along the bush line. The centre left retired mark was a flat throw from the tip of a long spit onto an island. The right centre retired bird was thrown angled back into high grass with the line to the bird very tight to the island bird. The go bird was thrown tight angled back along the dike. The line to the bird caught a corner of the pond, crossed the spit, and then back into the pond to the bird on the dike. With the big swims, the test took about 20 minutes if the dog didn’t get into any significant hunts. The wind was NE 16 km/h making for a crosswind from left to right that the dogs had to fight on the way to the centre left and centre right hand marks.



 



 
Female test dog Lucy was first to run. For Lucy the order of the guns was different from what the judges decided to go with. Order was centre right, left, centre left and then right. Lucy had no problem with the right hand go bird. She had an excellent island bird. For the centre right she started out wide right and corrected when she reached the far shore, looped around the holding blind to the bird. For the left hand mark, Lucy exited early and hunted the bush line until she found where the gunners stood and then to the bird. Key was once again the male test dog. He didn’t appear to see the 2 left hand marks thrown. The order of the guns was the order the judges decided to run with, left, centre right, centre left, right. Keys had an excellent go bird. He appeared to be sent to the island bird second but hunted the spit and then hunted left and finally came up with the left hand bird. For the island bird, Keys went wide right and corrected to the island. He didn’t slow down to hunt and had to be handled back on to the island. For the long centre right Keys headed out into no man’s land way to the right and had to be handled to the bird.. All of the retired marks had a level of difficulty making for an exciting test. In the end, only 4 dogs didn’t handle and only 3 of those hadn’t handled earlier.