Tuesday July 23, 2019

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Test 3 - Water Triple With a Retired Gun

Updated: 7:45 pm
Another sunny morning to start the day. Temperature is 16C but climbing fast. We are under a Heat Warning for later in the day when it is supposed to reach 30C in the shade. Of course being in the West on a cattle ranch, there is no shade. The test is being run pretty well due North, with a slight breeze at 3 km/h across the test from left to right. The edge of the pond is surrounded by cattails. the surrounding area is gently rolling hills covered in low sage brush.
The order of the guns is middle retired first, which is a square entry straight across the pond. The right hand mark is thrown second and the short mark on the left at 85 yards is thrown last. For the go bird, a hen mallard is thrown left to right into heavy cattails at the end of a point. Drake mallards are thrown at the other 2 stations. The middle retired is the longest bird at 189 yards and is thrown right to left into the wind. The dogs must drive up and out of the pond to get the bird. The right hand mark is 148 yards and is thrown left to right out of the test on an elevated point. The bird lands just over the brow.


Female test dog Ruby was up first. Ruby did a good job on the go bird, although the handler can’t see the dog in the high cover, only the movement in the cattails. Diana elected to take out the right hand visible second. Ruby had a good line across the pond and went directly to the bird. For the middle retired, Ruby took a line tight backside of the gun station and quickly recovered to go diectly to the bird. It appeared that Ruby winded the bird from the wrong side. Next up was Zap. Zap also had an excellent go bird. His line across the pond to the right and mark was excellent. When Zap reached the far side of the pond he hunted along the shore before goining up the hill to the bird. Zap had a similar job to Ruby on the middle retired. He went wrong side of the holing blind and appeared to wind the bird to go directly to it. The first dog was called to line at 8:38 am.
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Notice the Avery tent in the background providing much appreciated shade on this soon to be very hot day.
Competitors Planning Their Strategies

Judge Watching Test Dog

As the test progresses the temperature has risen to 25C. The wind has dropped considerably to nothing or 1km/h out of the East. That’s 180 degrees from first thing this morning. For some dogs the pond is like a mirror. Work has been good to very good with no dogs getting into trouble. We are not half way yet.
Handlers had to be very careful negotiating the field on the way to line. There were numerous Richardson Ground Squirrel aka “gopher” and badger holes hidden in the grass, just waiting to trip them up.

At 3:30 we are having our last bird change. There are 8 more dogs to run. Lighting conditions have changed. The far shore is less intimidating now that it is no longer in shadows. The wind continues to be variable. When the wind picks up and comes across the test from right to left, the dogs start out heading for the right hand mark and either fade with the wind or want to square across the pond. Regardless of the reason, dogs are starting out for the right and ending up with the middle. There have been a few pickups and handles.
Callbacks: 28 dogs were called back to the 4th series which is planned to be land marks. Dogs 6, 11, 13 were not called back.