2011 National Retriever Championship

September 19-24, 2011
Balmoral, Manitoba

National logo


Manitoba Gun Dog Association Logo

Host Club

Manitoba Gun Dog Association
Field Trial Chairman: Larry Baker
Field Trial Secretary: Fred Benjaminson

Judges

Eastern Zone – Peter Martin
Southern Ontario Zone – Skip (Leonard) Snow
Western Zone – Graham Bowman

 

Winner 2011 Canadian National Championship Stake

 

NFTCH Road Warriors Lady Hawk QFTR owned by Lois Aitken and handled by Colin McNicol



 

Finalists



 
1 BLACKWATER SMOKIN TURQ owned by Tim Mueller and handled by Kenny Trott
21 FTCH AFTCH SHE:KON KAWERA HON:TSI owned by Jim Green and handled by Dave Thompson
35 AFTCH Tealcreek High Tyde Coot owned by Dona & Donald Martin and handled by Kevin Cheff
53 NAFTCH FTCH AFTCH FC AFC MOONSTONES HUG AND MOOCHIE owned by Sarah & Bill McKnight, handled by Bill McKnight
64 AFTCH FLATLANDS LOCKED N LOADED owned by Bill & Connie Swanson and handled by Connie Swanson
65 ROAD WARRIORS LADY HAWK QFTR owned by Lois Aitken and handled by Colin McNicol
73 FTCH AFTCH REVILO’S CUTTING EDGE owned by Thomas K. & Margaret Murray and handled by Marg Murray
 
BLACKWATER SMOKIN TURQ and Kenny Trott
 
      
 
 
FTCH AFTCH SHE:KON KAWERA HON:TSI and Dave Thompson
 
       
 
 
AFTCH Tealcreek High Tyde Coot and Kevin Cheff
 
      
 
 
NAFTCH FTCH AFTCH FC AFC MOONSTONES HUG AND MOOCHIE and Bill McKnight
 
      
 
 
AFTCH FLATLANDS LOCKED N LOADED and Connie Swanson
 
      
 
 
ROAD WARRIORS LADY HAWK QFTR and Colin McNicol
 
      
 
 
FTCH AFTCH REVILO’S CUTTING EDGE and Marg Murray
 
      
 

Saturday September 17, 2011

Opening Banquet

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This year the 2011 Canadian National Championship was hosted by the Manitoba Gun Dog Association (MGDA) on their club grounds near the town of Balmoral, Manitoba. The event kicked off with the Opening Banquet held at the Balmoral Community Centre and catered by local ladies from the nearby area. Following tradition, the Head Table was piped in and Gail Komadoski, Master of Ceremonies for the evening "paid the piper". Gail introduced the Head Table and Kevin Howarth entertained the crowd with anecdotal stories of some of the handlers
Piping in the Head Table



Head Table with Kevin Howarth entertaining the contestants.


 
On behalf of the NRCC, Fred Benjaminson acknowledged the major sponsors of the National Retriever Club of Canada, Purina, Avery Sporting Dog, Tri-tronics, Zinger Winger, Thunder Equipment, Ducks Unlimited Canada, and Animal Portraits by Connie Swanson. Purina reps Lauralee Camilleri and Bill Kennedy were in attendance and were thanked for Purina's continuing support of our Canadian Nationals. As well, the Manitoba Gun Dog Association was thanked for hosting the 2011 National and landowners, Barb & Doug Juenke, Jenn & Jon Magarrell, Elsa & Ray Taplin, and Alice & Abe Tiel were also thanked for their generosity in offering up the use of their land. In turn, Pat Fitzpatrick thanked Fred for his hard work and on going support. Fred then turned the mike over to Bob Norris, President MGDA, who thanked past and current club members for their contributions towards the upkeep and continued improvements to the club grounds, the National Field Trial Committee for making this event possible, and of course the competitors for supporting the National.
Fred Benjaminson & Pat Fitzpatrick



Fred & Bob Norris


 
 
Assistant Marshall, Al Petkau provided instructions to the handlers prior to the Judges being presented with their judges gifts by Larry Baker, Field Trial Chairman. Peter Martin spoke on behalf of the judges, thanking the MGDA for hosting the National and commenting on the quality of the grounds and then the judges retired for the evening.



 
Norm Elder then took over as auctioneer with assistance from Larry Baker, Field Trial Chairman 2011 National, for the Calcutta and we got down to the serious business of buying dogs.
Auctioneer Norm Elder



Field Trial Chairman, Larry Baker


 
Before the night ended, Lauralee Camilleri, the Purina rep, drew the starting dog number, 26 - Jaybars Dude, Where’s My Bird.
 

Sunday September 18, 2011

Vetting

Good news. All bitches passed the vet check so we officially had 81 dogs to start the 2011 National. Dog 9 was a scratch. Vetting took place at Headquarters on Manitoba Gun Dog Association club grounds. Here are a few shots around the clubhouse.
Clubhouse


MGDA Clubhouse

Enjoying the afternoon sun


Bonnie Lapensee, Bryon Fritz, Ross Peden, Charlene Couch
Camping at Headquarters


Camping at Headquarters

 

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting was held Sunday Afternoon at Headquarters and was well attended. Minutes from the meeting will be posted on the NRCC website when they become available. Highlights of the meeting include:
  • Discussion of better communication of key dates and member club responsibilities through the use of the website, emails and Director functions
  • Proposal to CKC is being drafted by Bruce Mcdonald that the TSX rule be revised to better suit the needs of the trialling community. The proposal will be circulated to the Directors and member clubs for review and discussion before submitting to the CKC for a rule change.
  • The NRCC rule relating to the Field Trial Chairman not running a dog has been changed to allow the Field Trial Chairman to run. The rule regarding the Chief Marshall not running a dog has not changed.
Annual General Meeting


Annual General Meeting participants

NRCC Vice-President & Secretary

AGM Chair Fred Benjaminson & Secretary Marg Murray
 

Monday September 19, 2011

Test 1 - Land Triple with Retired Gun

To set the scene, Balmoral is located north of Winnipeg Manitoba in an agricultural area. First impressions were that the land is very flat with large crop fields dotted with woodlots. It seemed like there wasn't a curve in the road on the drive to the grounds. Monday morning started off at a cool 10oC with a slight breeze W11km/hr.
 
Test 1 was a land triple with a retired gun on the right. The order of the guns was around the clock from right to left with the right gun retiring immediately after throwing. Distances were 194 yards to the right gun, 254 yards to the centre gun and 202 yards to the left go bird. The right retired gun threw a hen mallard, the centre gun threw a drake mallard and the left gun threw a pheasant. The right and left outside birds were thrown right to left and the centre bird was thrown left to right. Generally the field was heavy grassy cover, with some cut areas. The background was a grove of poplar trees which appeared very white in the morning sun.
 
The test got underway with honorary test dog, FTCH AFTCH Gunstock MacGreger of Stoneoak MH, owned and handled by Charlie Perkins. Larry Baker, FT Chairman announced the honorary test dog and summarized Mac's successful career before Mac ran. Next up was female test dog, Eat My Dust II owned and handled by Charlene Couch. Dusty chose to split the difference between the left and centre guns and ended up picking up the centre gun first. When sent for the retired gun, she went back to the centre bird and had to be handled to the retired gun. She did fine on the go bird which she picked up last. The male test dog was Win-Toba's Milt Stegall, owned by Kevin Howarth and Gail Komadoski and handled by Gail. Again the test dog split the difference between the left and centre guns when sent for the go bird and ended up picking up the centre bird. Milt was sent for the right retired gun second and was going deep when he was handled to the bird. He picked up the go bird last and had to be handled on that bird as well. After the test dogs ran, all guns were instructed to sit down immediately after throwing their birds. It was noticed that when the test dogs were running, the centre guns remained standing until their bird was picked up, which may have been the reason why they were so attractive to the test dogs. As well the retired gunners were moved closer to the tree they retired behind so there was less walking while the other birds were being thrown. Moving the retired gunners, also tightened up the angle between the right and centre birds.


Test 1

 


Test 1 Drawing

 
The wind is variable with some dogs getting the benefit of the wind and some having not even a breeze. The only saving grace is that there is more scent on the ground. At the time of the gunner and bird change at dog 75, there have been 10 handles, 1 pick up and 1 break.
 
As the test progressed, the wind was variable with some dogs getting the benefit of the wind and others having no wind. The only saving grace was that there was more scent on the ground.
Gallery Shots



Gallery Looking On


More Gallery Shots



Club members announcing dogs


 
The last dog has just finished running and did a good job. For those who were concerned having heard that Jill richardson had to take dog 12 “Boss” to the vet. He is fine. They couldn’t find anything on the x-ray and he was the last dog to run.
 
Callbacks: 69 dogs were called back to the 2nd test. which will be a water triple. Dogs 5, 16,17, 18, 24, 51, 53, 54, 57, 61, 66, 67 were not called back. Dog 40 will start.
 

Tuesday September 20, 2011

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


Avery Sporting Dog logo

 

Test 2 - Water Triple with Honour

A revision to the callbacks was announced at the start of Test 2. Dogs 53 and 66 were called back.
 
Overnight a cold front moved in and brought with it a strong wind from the northwest 25-40 km/hr. Test 2 was a water triple with an honour. All birds were thrown on land with the left bird the only one that required the dogs to swim. There was a shallow ditch on the line to the centre and right birds but appeared to be relatively dry. The order of the guns was left, centre, right. Distances were 250 yards to the left gun, 195 yards to the right gun, and 158 yards to the centre gun. There was a strong cross wind from left to right. The gunners for the centre bird threw from left to right across the road in front of the bushes onto the bank at the end of the shallow ditch. The right hand bird was pinched in and very tight to the line to the centre bird. The right hand gunners threw from right to left. The long left gunners threw from left to right, with the line to the bird along the shore. With the onshore wind and the cooler temperatures, the dogs wanted to stay close or onshore out of sight behind the bushes and centre gun station.
 
Female test dog Dusty, owned and handled by Charlene Couch, was the first dog to run. When the male and female test dogs ran, the long left gunners retired. Dusty picked up the right hand bird first after a brief hunt for the centre bird. When sent for the centre bird, she picked up the bird with a small hunt along the road under the arch. When sent for the left retired water mark, Dusty wanted stay on land and was handled before being picked up. Male test dog Milt, once again handled by Gail Komadoski was next to line. He picked up the centre bird first and had a good mark but handled on the right hand bird. When sent for the left retired gun, Milt wanted to stay on the shore and was handled before being picked up. At that point the judges decided not to retire the left gun, and requested a third test dog. Marcy Wright stepped up with FTCH Revilo's At Full Tilt. "Darbi" picked up the right bird first, followed by the centre bird and did a good job on both. For the now visible left bird, she swam slightly to the right of line and could not be seen behind the bushes without moving left of line. She had no trouble picking up the bird once she reached the end of the pond. Dog 40 was the first running dog.





 
Judges



Female Test Dog Dusty


 
 
 
 
 
Male Test Dog Milt



Third Test Dog Darbi


 
At the start, it was evident that the wind coming across the test made it very difficult to get by the centre bird to the go bird. As Test 2 progressed, the wind shifted to NNE 35 km/hr and more dogs were able to get by the centre bird on the way to the right hand go bird. However, with the cold wind, some dogs were reluctant to get in the water for the left bird. Later, it became impossible to get by the short centre gun on the way to the right hand go bird. A number of dogs clearly winded the centre bird on the way to the right hand bird and ended up picking up the centre bird. Typically, when resent for the right hand bird the dogs went wide and back sided the gunner. There were a few excellent jobs where the handler primary selected the short centre gun. Dog 14 was the last dog to run Tuesday, necessitating carrying the test over to Wednesday.
 
Gallery staying out of the wind



It’s warmer at the trucks


 
The hardy few



 
After a long cold day in the unrelenting wind, the contestants adjourned back to the clubhouse to warm up with pizza and good company.
Pizza Party



 

Wednesday September 21, 2011

Test 2 - Continued

Test 2 resumed at 7:35 am with Charlene Couch running female test dog Dusty. The wind hadn't dropped off overnight so there was still a strong north wind coming off that centre bird. But, it was only 6oC and the damp wind was bone chilling. Dog 15 FTCH Running Molly B was called to line at 7:45 am with 22 dogs left to run.
 
Work remained similar to Tuesday with lots of handles. An unofficial count had 15 handles and 5 pick ups.
 
Callbacks: 57 dogs were called back to Test 3. Dogs not called back were 25, 26, 31, 39, 48, 50, 55, 56, 58, 59, 62, 78, 79, 80.
 

Test 3 and 4 - Land Blinds

Test 3 and 4 were land blinds that were both run while the dog was online but from different mats. Both blinds were run from behind and over the running mound from Test 2, and were essentially no picture blinds. Test 3 was the left blind, running from the left mat. Test 4 was the right blind and was run from a mat approximately 6 feet to the right of the Test 3 running mat. Test 3 blind was 252 yards, deep and to the right of the right hand mark from Test 2. Handlers were instructed to stay on the mat when running the left blind but they could move up onto the mound to handle on the Test 4 blind. Test 4 blind was to the right of Test 3 blind at 260 yards with a large bush directly on line to the blind.
 
Once again Charlene Couch ran Dusty as female test dog and Gail Komadoski ran Milt as male test dog. When Dusty ran, the right hand blind was further left and tighter to the Test 3 left hand blind. However, Dusty went out of sight at the end of the blind and could not be seen to handle. After Test 4 blind was moved, Dusty was brought back to run the blind and did a commendable job. Milt handled well and did a good job on both blinds. Dog 63 started.
 

Test 3



 

Test 4



 

Test 3 & 4 view taken from between the mats

Photo enhanced to show orange blind stakes.



 



 
The sun finally made an appearance, however, the wind didn't diminished much. It was still N 25 km/hr. Generally the dogs did well and didn't seem to have too much trouble with either blind. Later in the test, as the lighting conditions changed, the blind stakes weren't as obvious and the wind shifted to more cross wind causing the dogs to require a few more whistles. For the last few dogs, the wind had diminished.
Callbacks: 56 dogs were called back to the 5th series. Dog 29 was not called back.
 
Basking in the sun



Watching the dog work


 
Prospective National Contender



 
6:15 pm - The last dog is coming off line. With the change in lighting, the blind stakes weren’t as obvious and the wind shifted to more of a cross wind so the dogs were requiring a few more whistles. For the last few dogs, the wind had diminished. Now we are off to the Workers’ Party and the wait begins for callbacks.
 
Callbacks: 56 dogs were called back to the 5th series. Dog 29 was not called back. Chief Marshall, God McKenzie announce that Test 5 will be a land triple starting with dog 76.
 
The sun finally made an appearance, however, the wind didn't diminished much. It was still N 25 km/hr. Generally the dogs did well and didn't seem to have too much trouble with either blind. Later in the test, as the lighting conditions changed, the blind stakes weren't as obvious and the wind shifted to more cross wind causing the dogs to require a few more whistles. For the last few dogs, the wind had diminished.
Callbacks: 56 dogs were called back to the 5th series. Dog 29 was not called back.
 

Workers’ Party

After a long day being blown around by the strong wind, it was nice to sit down inside and be treated to an awesome roast beef dinner prepared by chef Colin McMichael. For dessert, Colin prepared a beautifully decorated cake honouring the Manitoba Gun dog Association, host of the 2011 Canadian National Retriever Championship. Long time club members, Pat Fitzpatrick and Elsa Taplin cut the cake. Larry Baker, Field Trial Chair, acted as Master of Ceremonies, thanking the workers and club members. All of the workers received a NRCC workers' pin and a Purina bag of goodies compliments of Purina.
The Silent Auction, organized by Charlie Perkins, was a huge success with donations from many of our sponsors. Avery Sporting Dog donated a number of auction items as did Thunder Equipment, Zinger Winger, Tri-tronics, Purina, as well as numerous private donations. New to the Balmoral National, Cabela's Canada came on board as a sponsor and Cabela's reps, Ashlee Dvorak and Brett Bourne were in attendance at the Workers' Party.
THE CAKE



Cutting the Cake


Hamming it up for the camera



Wall flowers


What a party!



Good company


Good friends



 

Thursday September 22, 2011

Test 5 - Land Triple with a Retired Gun

Overnight temperatures dipped below zero and contestants woke up to clear skies and -4oC with very little wind out of the southeast and a heavy frost on the ground. Once again the test was run on the challenging Manitoba Gun Dog Association club grounds.
 
As an added bonus, Purina sponsored hot coffee and breakfast for all of the contestants and workers. It certainly was welcome to chase away the morning chill.
 
Test 5 was a land triple with the centre gun retired. There was a dense wall of marsh grass in front of the line, on the way to all of the marks. A road ran across the test as did a channel of water with an island in front of the right hand mark which landed on the far side of the water at the base of a mound. There were a number of willow bushes dotting the landscape. The long centre gun station was up against a large clump of willow and retired to a holding blind in front. The order of the guns was long centre retired gun thrown first, followed by the right hand gun and then the left hand gun. The left and centre guns threw left to right and the right bird was thrown towards the centre gun, from right to left. The left throw was angled in and the bird landed in cover, short of the water channel. The right bird was thrown flat or slightly angled back on the far side of the channel with the line to the bird over an island. The line to the centre retired gun was very tight to the right hand bird and through the most water. Distances to the birds were left 180 yards, centre 300 yards and right 185 yards.
 
Female test dog Dusty was called to line at 8:25 am and there was still frost on the ground. Dusty had a hunt on the left go bird, had a good right hand bird and hunted deep and to the right of the right hand bird when sent to the centre retired gun. At one point Dusty changed her hunt and made a beeline to the retired bird. She appear to wind the bird or see the gun station. Male test dog Milt, had a very good left hand bird and appeared to wind it from the right as he was running by. Milt was returning to the go bird and was handled to the retired gun, and he had to be handled on the right hand bird as well. Except for brushing in the holding blind for the retired gun so that it would be less visible, the judges decided to go with the test and the first running dog No. 76 came to line at 9:18 am.
 



 



 
Due to the glare from the frost it was difficult to pick out the gun stations at the beginning. As the test progressed, the sun melted frost in the field and the wind shifted. For earlier dogs there wasn't much of a breeze and it was coming across the test from left to right and slightly in. Later, the wind picked up and shifted more angled in. Many dogs had difficulty picking out the right hand gun, probably because from dog level it could just be seen over the wall of marsh grass. There were lots of handles on the centre bird. Dogs seem to loose perspective of the retired gun and either hunt on the right side behind the right gun, or go left on the line to the left bird. Some dogs seemed to wind the bird from the road that goes behind the right and centre guns. From line, the centre gun station appeared to be against a large clump of willow, however from a side view there was approximately 30 yards between the gun station and the bush and a road cut through as well.
 
At 2/3 of the way through the running dogs there were lots of handles, some pick ups and wide lines to the centre bird. Excellent work was few and far between. But then again, it's all relative. As the sun came around, the gun stations became backlit and harder to see. For later running dogs, lines had formed through the wall of marsh grass, not necessarily taking the dogs to the birds.
 
Gallery watching Test 5



Going to line


 
Web reporter, in case you were wondering



 
Callbacks: 42 dogs called back to the 6th series. Dogs called back, 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 32, 35, 37, 40, 41, 43, 44, 46, 47, 49, 52, 53, 60, 63, 64, 65, 68, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 81, 82. Dogs not called back, 8, 10, 19, 30, 33, 34, 36, 38, 42, 45, 66, 69, 76, 77.
 

Friday September 23, 2011

Test 6 - Water Blind

Contestants were greeted with a chilly morning of 5oC and a brisk S12 km/hr wind. Thankfully Purina once again sponsored a hot breakfast for all of the contestants and workers. Everyone was bundled up with all their warmest clothes.
 
The water blind was 325 yards through a small pond up front, across a road into high grass and cattails, a re-entry and swim to a point with high cover to the right, over the point and swim to the far shore. The bird was at the shore. There was very little room to handle if the dog went right off the point out of sight. Female test Dog Dusty, owned and handled by Charlene Couch, came to line at 8:00 am. After lots of casts to reach the point, Dusty did not want to get back in the water and was picked up. Male test dog Milt with owner/handler Gail Komadoski met with a similar fate when Milt would not cast back into the water off the point. The blind was run due West and when the test dogs reached the point they were out of the shadows and were looking back into the sun coming up over the trees behind the line. This definitely changed as the sun got higher but was a factor for the early dogs. A third test dog, Gryphon owned and handled by Larry Baker was brought out to run the test. Gryphon had a number of cast refusals on the point but did manage to pick up the blind. There was a brisk on shore crosswind and the water was very cold, not conducive to running a water blind. The first running dog number 12, was called to line at 9:20 am.





 
As Test 6 progressed, a holding blind to the right of the point that that didn't appear to have much impact on the test, gave the dogs that wanted to avoid getting back into the water, an excuse to go right when they reached the point. While dog 49 was running, the Purina tent on line took flight and had to be retrieved while the dog was running. Fortunately the dog had a successful blind and the commotion on line didn't appear to cause any distraction. The tent was more of a concern for the workers that had to catch and wrestle it to the ground.
 
Watching from the gallery



More gallery shots


 
 
Lorne Langevin next up



Gallery comparing notes


 
Callbacks: 28 dogs were called back to the 7th series..1, 3, 6, 7, 12, 15, 21, 23, 27, 28, 32, 35, 40, 43, 44, 49, 53, 63, 64, 65, 68, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 81, 82. Dogs not called back, 2, 4, 11, 13, 14, 20, 22, 37, 41, 46, 47, 52, 68, 70.
 

Test 7 - Water Blind

Test was a 215 yard water blind over a mud island, past a point on the left, touch the 2nd point and back to the far shore. The 2nd point on the left was hard ground left of line. The wind was a crosswind from the right. Female test dog was Ink, owned and handled by Ron Addlington. Ink went right off the mud island and didn't catch the 2nd point to the left, but picked up the bird. Male test dog Herbie, owned and handled by Gord Benn, went left off the mud island and had to be handled into the channel. Herbie showed the handlers that there was hard ground on the second point. Herbie handled back off the point but was out of sight until he came up on shore to the left of the blind. He was handled over and picked up the bird.





 

Test 8 - Water Triple with 2 Retired Guns (by invitation)

Test 8 was a water triple with the long right and centre guns retired. From the running line for Test 7 the running line for Test 8 was forward and to the right, so that the lines to all 3 birds cross the line to the blind. The test was run directly after the water blind, by invitation only. Female test dog Ink was invited to run the marks. The order of the guns was long right retired shot first, centre retired shot second and the go bird was on the left thrown left angled in on the near shore. There was a large bush between the gun station and where the bird landed, interrupting the arch of the throw. The centre retired gun was also thrown left and was a tight hip pocket thrown on the far shore. The long right retired bird was thrown left to right downhill. Distances to the birds were, long right 300 yards, centre 150 yards and short left 105 yards. Between the right and centre guns on the far shore, was a black burned area that was the point from the Test 6 water blind. The wind blew from right to left across the test.
 
Female test dog Ink had an excellent go bird, went wide right on the centre bird, hung a left when she hit shore and ran past the holding blind to the bird. For the long right retired she took a line closer to the centre gun station and went on through under the arch but hunted short in no man's land before being handled over towards the bird. She managed to go quite a ways right of the mark before being helped by the gun station to pick up the bird. Male test dog Herbie had a good go bird, went left on the centre bird and was handled to the bird. For the long right retired, he had a good line across the water and then went wide left before winding the bird from the left side of the big mound that the gun station was on.





 
The last dog to run Friday was dog 53. Seven dogs ran and only 2 did it without handling.
 

Saturday September 24, 2011

Test 7 & 8 Continued

Test 7 and 8 resumed with female test dog Reba owned and handled by Marlene Benn, being called to line at 7:40 am. Overnight the wind diminished slightly but picked up early. The temperature was 7oC to start the day and the direction of the wind was unchanged from Friday. When Reba ran the blind, the handler was looking directly into the sun and it was VERY difficult to see her in the glare on the water. Reba did not go over the mud island and went left on the second left hand point. She ended up significantly left of the blind when she reached the far shore and was handled to the bird. For the marks, Reba went left on the go bird and cut right under the arch and then hunted deep and to the left. She had an excellent centre mark and lined to the holding blind for the long retired before going over to pick up the bird..
 

Judges Saturday before starting



From left to right: Graham Bowman, Skip Snow, and Peter Martin
 
Dog 63 was called to line at 8:08 am. By the time the first running dog came to line, some clouds have moved in, making a huge difference in the visibility on the blind. After 6 dogs ran, 4 handled and 2 did not. By the time the last dog ran, about 8 dogs did the test without handling.
  
Callbacks: 15 dogs were called back to the 9th series. Dogs called back were 1, 3, 6, 7, 15, 21, 35, 53, 64, 65, 71, 72, 73, 75, 81.
Dogs not called back are, 12, 23, 27, 28, 32, 40, 43, 44, 49, 63, 74, 82.
 

Test 9 - Land Triple with Retired Gun and Honour

Test 9 was a land triple with a retired centre gun and an honour. The order of the guns was centre retired first, long right visible and followed by the short left go bird. Distances to the marks were long right 300 yards, centre retired 215 yards and short left 75 yards. The left and centre guns threw right to left with the line to the centre bird, very tight to the short gun station. The long right bird was thrown left to right. Female test dog FTCH Taylorlab's Hey There Georgie Girl, owned and handled by Kevin Howarth handled on all three marks. Male test dog FTCH AFTCH Maralan's CEO had good outside marks but had to be handled to the centre bird. The first running dog, 65 was called to line at 2:45 pm.





 
Callbacks: 7 dogs were called back to the 10th series. Finalists were: 1, 21, 35, 53, 64, 65, 73. Dogs not called back are: 3, 6, 7, 15, 71, 72, 75, 81.
 

Test 10 - Water Triple with Two Retired Guns

Test 10 was a water triple with the outside left and right guns retired. Distances to the marks were, left retired 110 yards, right retired 96 yards and the short wiper bird in the centre was 28 yards. The order of the guns was left, right, centre and all of the birds were thrown right to left. The line to the right bird was very tight to the centre gun station over 2 islands to a marsh grass point. The right hand throw was a huge throw angled back into the high marsh grass. The left gun station stood on the road and threw angled in, into some cut cattails at the edge of the water before retiring to the far side of the road.