2015 National Retriever Championship
October 4-10, 2015
Labrador Retriever Club of Central Ontario
Field Trial Chairman: Dave Thompson
Field Trial Secretary: Rosanne Kopczewski
Eastern Zone: Sharon Gierman
Central Zone: Jane Spearing
Western Zone: Marg Murray
National Retriever Championship
NFTCH FTCH Battle River Perro
Owners Bob & Deirdre Kozminski
Handler: Colin McNicol
FC FTCH Handjem's Artful Dodger
Owned and Handled by Jim Dorobek
FTCH AFTCH L & L's Cowboy Up
Owned by Shirley Greener
Handled by Lorne Langevin
AFTCH FTCH Grousebusters Rudy Rudy Rudy
Owned and Handled by Bruce Macdonald
FTCH AFTCH Wynflat`s G.P.S.
Owned by Heather Stewart
Handled by Lorne Langevin
FTCH Bluenorth's Git R Done Belle
Owned by Roy Vincent
Handled by Charles Dygos
FTCH AFTCH The Springwaters Mr Y of Tamsu
Owned by John Mairs
Handled by Lorne Langevin
Owned by Tom Sullivan & Chad Griffin
Handled by Dave Thompson
FTCH Runnin`s Lady Known As Lou
Owned by Judy Wilson
Handled by Colin McNicol
NFTCH AFTCH Oakridgertvr Going All The Way
Owned and Handled by Lorraine Hare
FC AFC By Golden Ponds Legacy
Owned by Roy & Sue Morejon
Handled by Roy Morejon
AFTCH Dutchman's Creek Lady
Owned by Jim & Shiela Andrew
Handled by Lorne Langevin
AFTC AFC Salty Paws Sealed With A Kiss
Owned by Roy & Sue Morejon
Handled by Roy Morejon
Saturday October 3, 2015
The 2015 National Retriever Championship got under way with friends catching up on news from the past year over cocktails at the Opening Banquet. The 2015 National was hosted by the Labrador Retriever Club of Central Ontario. A big thank you to the efforts put in by many. After time to visit and catch up, the head table was piped in by local piper, Fred Ackerman. James Regan, another local musician sang the anthems for the US and Canada. Before sitting down Jim Dorobek, a contestant from Ohio, toasted the Office of the President of the United States and Dennis Voigt, one of the canadian contestants, toasted the Queen. Rich Deeds offered grace.
Anthems sung by James Regan
Master of Ceremonies - Jim Ling
Master of Ceremonies, Jim Ling, introduced the head table. From left to right; Diane Ling, Jim’s better half, Debbie Yeomans, Dan Yeomans President of the NRCC, Marg Murray judge representing the Western Zone, Jane Spearing judge for the Central Zone, Sharon Gierman judge for the Eastern Zone, Greg MacInnis, his wife Kathy, Jane and Dave Thompson.
Being so close to Thanksgiving, turkey dinner was the order of the day and was excellent and very appreciated. Homemade apple crisp made from local apples topped off the dinner.
Following dinner, Shirley Greener acknowledged Dave and Jane Thompson for the tremendous contribution they made to hosting the National on behalf of the Labrador Retriever Club of Central Ontario (LRCCO).
Next Di Howard and Dennis Voigt presented the Charlie Howard award to Richard Dresser. This award is given out when Ontario hosts a National or National Amateur to an Ontario field trialer that has contributed over many years to the field trial sport at the local, provincial, and national level and in Richard’s case at the international level. Richard is only 1 of 2 Canadians to judge a National in the US. Congratulations Richard. Thank you.
Dan Yeomans, President of the National Retriever Club of Canada, acknowledged the support our sponsors provide to the NRCC, the National and the National Amateur. Without their support our host clubs would have a hard time putting on a national event of this calibre. Thanks went to Nestle-Purina, official sponsor of the Nationals, official dog food sponsor and official dog food supplier, Avery Sporting Dog, Garmin Tri-Tronics, official e-collar supplier, Winchester Ammunition, official supplier of popper loads, DU Canada for supplying the finalist gifts, Zinger Winger, official remote launcher supplier, MNP LLP sponsor to the NRCC and the Nationals, and Animal Portraits by Connie Swanson. Many sponsors donated items for the silent auction in addition to monetary donations that offset the expense of hosting a National. NRCC Sponsor pins were presented to sponsors, Bill Kennedy from Purina and Connie Swanson. Dan presented NRCC Judges pins to judges Sharon Gierman representing the Eastern Zone, Jane Spearing representing the Central Zone and Marg Murray representing the Western Zone. Next, Dan presented NRCC pins as tokens of appreciation to Field Trial Chair - Dave Thompson, Chief Marshal- Greg MacInnis, and Field Trial Secretary - Rosanne Kopczewski. The Field Trial Committee was announced. Chair, Chief Marshal - Greg MacInnis, with committee members Field Trial Chair Dave Thompson, Eastern Zone - Dan Yeomans, Central Zone - Chris Mason, and Western Zone - Jim Ling. Dan announced there was no club that has stepped up to host the 2016 National Amateur, and no dates have been set. However the judges have been selected. They are: Gary Mason representing the East, Charlie Ross representing the Central Zone and Debby Montgomery representing the West. The 2016 National will be in Saskatoon, SK September 18-24. The judges will be Jim Green representing Southern Ontario, Gerry Burmaster from the Eastern Zone and Graham Tyler from the Western Zone.
Before Dan sat down, Jim Ling, NRCC Director from Southern Ontario presented the outgoing President, Dan Yeomans with a NRCC pin to acknowledge his hard work and dedication over the past year as President.
Purina representative, Bill Kennedy presented the judges with gifts to acknowledge their contribution to the success of the National and thank them for their time and effort. In addition to the gifts for the judges, Purina paid their travel expenses. Purina is the Official Sponsor of the Canadian National Open and Canadian National Amateur Retriever Championships, the Official Dog Food Sponsor and the Official Dog Food Supplier to the National Retriever Club of Canada. All contestants and workers receive a bag of dog food. Purina donates dog food and various items to the silent auction for fund raising. As well, Purina supplies the winner with dog food and gifts.
Next, Jane Spearing spoke on behalf of the judges. She thanked Dave and Jane for their hospitality and the setup crew for their hard work through the week. The judges have worked hard to ensure the tests are safe, challenging and fair. Good luck to all and may the best dog win.
The Chief Marshal thanked the sponsors for their support and thanked the individuals who have worked hard to host this National. In fact everyone present contributed to the success of the event. Greg went on the provide instructions from the judges, before the they exited for the evening.
Garmin Tri-Tronics donated a Tri-Tronics Pro 550 which was raffled off. The winner was Rich Dresser. What a night for Rich.
Once the judges had left for the evening, the calcutta got under way. Dogs were auctioned off with the proceeds from the auction being split 1/3 to the host club, 1/3 to the purchaser of the winning dog and 1/3 to be distributed to the purchasers of the finalists. Bidding was brisk and auctioneer, Dave Thompson did a fabulous job of keeping the bids coming in.
Auctioneer - Dave Thompson
At the end of the night the starting number was drawn. Dog 28, War Horse Mac was selected start. With that everyone called it a night.
Sunday October 4, 2015
Brought to you by all of our sponsors
The 2015 Canadian National 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. Thank you as well to Ducks Unlimited Canada supplier of the finalist gifts, Zinger Winger official remote launcher supplier, MNP LLP, and Animal Portraits by Connie Swanson for supplying portrait to the winner.
Test 1 & 2 - Land Triple, 2 Retired Guns with a Land Blind and an Honor
Welcome to the 2015 National Retriever Championship, hosted by the Labrador Retriever Club of Central Ontario. Contestants awoke to an overcast, blustery day with the temperature around 11C and a steady wind 15 km out of the East. It was not forecast to change much throughout the day. With this weather, the dogs were feeling good.
Judges with Pink Camo Chairs
Before getting started, one of the judges from the 2015 National Amateur in Balmoral, MB, David Broomhead, carried on the tradition of passing the signalling paddle on to the next generation judges.
Honorary Female Test Dog is FTCH AFTCH Topbrass Smooth As Silk, owned and handled by Medie Robinson. Honorary Male Test Dog, NAFTCH FTCH AFTCH Flatlands Sledgehammer, owned by Bill & Connie Swanson and handled by Bill. Two great dogs that were formidable competitors on the Ontario circuit. Both dogs retrieved with the enthusiasm they showed throughout their careers.
Test 1 and 2 was a combination land triple and land blind. The marks were pretty much wide open. The blind was planted after the the dog picked up the marks. The handler received the last bird in a holding blind so that the dog could not see the blind being planted. The order of the marks was centre retired, long right retired, and then long left go bird. Not a friendly order for one sided dogs. For the 1st test dog, only the centre mark was retired. For the 2nd test dog, both the centre and right hand gun stations retired. That was what the judges chose to go with for the test. The test was run uphill with the left mark thrown left to right along the hedge row on the left side of the field, and the right hand mark thrown tight angle back, right to left along the hedge row on the right side of the field. The centre mark was thrown right to left with the holding blind brushed in to appear as a large bush in the middle of the field. The line to the blind was between the centre and left hand marks slightly to the left of the centre bird. There were goose decoys on the line to the blind and a small bush was planted on the line as well. A large flock of goose decoys was spread along the hillside between the centre and right hand marks. Alternating rows of cover ran the length of the field. The dogs needed angle across the rows at varying degrees. There was a slight rise in the field ahead of the line that made the right hand mark difficult to pick out. A rooster pheasant was thrown at the centre retired mark at 165 yards. A hen mallard was thrown for the go bird and a drake mallard was thrown for the right hand retired mark. The left and right marks were equidistant at 195 yards. A hen mallard was planted on the brow of the hill at 225 yards.
Female Test Dog was FRR’s Little Tart, owned and handled by Lori Walsh was called to line at 8:00 am. For Lucy, only the centre guns retired. Lucy had a good job on the left hand go bird, had a tight hunt at the centre retired and took a wide line to the left and hooked in to pick up the right hand mark cleanly. Lori received the last bird in the holding blind while the blind was planted. Lucy had a good blind, staying slightly to the left of line for most of the blind. Overall, a very good test.
Male Test Dog was Baypoints Let It Ride, owned and handled by Karen Carson. Dealer had a good go bird, then had a bit of a hunt on the right hand retired mark. For the centre retired, he hunted deep and to the left and had to be handled and then helped to the bird. For the blind, he took a line mostly to the right of the line to the blind and had a few whistles before picking up the bird.
The first dog #28 War Horse Mac, owned by Bryon Fritz and handled by Charles Dygos, was called to line at 8:30 am.
Test 1&2 - Land Triple and Land Blind
Handlers sizing up the test
Just a reminder of how important our sponsor support is. Travel expenses were paid by Purina, the poppers used for every mark, were donated by Winchester Ammunition, not to forget the bibs donated by Garmin Tri-Tronics and the handler hats donated by Avery Sporting Dog. So much of the fund raising from the silent auction came from items donated by sponsors.
A few dogs had to be handled on the centre retired gun because they were driving deep and would have ended up in the scent of the blind and probably wouldn’t have recovered on their own. A number of dogs had significant hunts, but for the most part, everyone did a commendable job.
47 dogs were called back to the 3rd series. Dog 7 was not called back. Dogs 17, 18 and 48 were scratches and did not run the first test.
Monday October 5, 2015
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Test 3 - Water Quad With 2 Retired Guns
The setup crew was out in the field well before daybreak so that the test would be ready to go at 7:30 am when the first test dog was called to line. The morning started off overcast with a light breeze 7km NE and a not so warm temperature of 10C. At least the test was run in a sheltered valley at headquarters so it seemed a lot warmer than the day before. Breakfast was generously sponsored by Al & Lou Moroz, English Line Veterinary Clinic. Al also donated his time on Saturday to perform the vet check of the bitches. Thank you Al.
Test 3 was a water quad with the 2 right hand marks retired. The order of the guns was counter clockwise around the horn, with the long right hand mark shot first. Distances to the marks were; long right retired 280 yards, short check down centre right retired 95 yards, long centre left visible 170 yards and the go bird on the far left was 85 yards. Hen mallards were thrown on the 2 short marks and drakes were thrown on the 2 long marks. There were 2 small ponds in the test separated by a dike between the left go bird and the other marks. All birds landed in heavy cover on land. The 2 short marks were thrown relatively flat from left to right and the 2 long marks were thrown angled back from right to left. The wind was at the handler’s back and slightly across from left to right.
The first test dog was called to line at 7:30 am. Karen Carson once again ran male test dog Dealer. He started off with a good left hand mark. Karen chose to take the left long visible second. Dealer ran the dike and then went directly to the area of the fall and had a tight hunt before coming up with the bird. For the short retired Dealer took an excellent line to the bird, hunted briefly and then left the area to go deep before he was handled back to the bird. This was indicative of the work for a number of dogs. For the the long right retired, Dealer stayed in the water to to far end of the pond, which took him significantly off line. He initiated his hunt when he reached the dike at the end of the pond and eventually hunted uphill to the bird. Lori Walsh and her dog Lucy were once again the female test dog team. Lucy had a tight hunt in the area before coming up with the go bird which appeared to be thrown in heavy cover. Lori chose to send Lucy for the short check down bird second. Lucy had difficulty digging the bird out from under some branches where it had fallen but had an excellent job. For the long visible left centre mark, Lucy took an excellent initial line but broke hard right when she drove up the hill and ended up hunting the wrong side of the gun station before working her way over to the proper side and to the bird. For the long right retired, Lucy started off with a good line, squared the pond and then cut right taking her to the downhill side of the gun station before hunting her way up the hill to the bird. A very good job all around. There were lots of contestants that wished they had as good a test.
Thankfully, two of our major sponsors, Purina and Avery Sporting Dog (ASD) provided shelters to keep the gallery warm and out of the elements. Purina also provided a shelter for the judges who put in long days outdoors. It was nice to have some sort of protection.
: 42 dogs were called back to the 4th series, which was scheduled to be a double water blind on the property at headquarters. Dogs not called back; 24, 28, 37, 44, 50.
Tuesday October 6, 2015
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Test 4 & 5 - Water Blind and Land Blind With a Poison Bird
Contestants awoke to another overcast morning, slightly warmer at 13C. The wind was 7 km out of the East, however the test was ran in a sheltered valley and at the time the test dogs ran, the water was like glass. The leaves were just starting to change in Brighton, so the colours provided a scenic backdrop to the test.
Test 4 & 5 was a combination water blind and land blind with a poison bird. There were 2 mats. The dog ran from the left mat first. There were 2 gunners at the poison bird station. They remained visible while the blinds were run. After the poison bird was thrown, the handler was released to run the water blind, which was a shoreline blind to the right of the poison bird gun station. After picking up the water blind, the handler moved to the right hand mat to receive the bird and run the land blind. The line to the 2nd blind crossed the line to the water blind and was to the left of the poison bird. A canoe on shore, covering a large muskrat hole, was on the line to both blinds. Distance to the gunners was 85 yards. The water blind was 195 yards and the land blind was 140 yards. The line to the water blind was over the canoe, through some stumps off the end of a point opposite the gunners, along the shore and over another point near the end of the pond. The dog went out of sight briefly and could easily run around the small bay at the end. They were not far off line at that point but needed a whistle to put them on the bird. The handler received the bird on the right hand mat and then ran the land blind. An evergreen was planted at the brow of a hill in the middle of the field. The bird was placed to the right of the tree, about 2 feet. The line was over the canoe, angle off the dike, through a slot cut in the willows, out into the field. The poison bird was on the edge of a hedgerow to the right of the line to the blind.
First test dog was Dealer, with Karen Carson handling. Dealer took a good initial line over the canoe. Karen needed a number of whistles to keep him on line and under control but did a respectable job to pick up the bird. On the way back, Dealer took the land route which was indicative of what many dogs did. As the test progressed there was lots of drag scent built up that posed a problem for later dogs, depending on the wind. For the land blind, Dealer took a good line over the canoe and had a good blind to the area of the blind. However, the depth of the blind is deceiving and Karen handled Dealer deep of the blind and had lots of whistles before bringing him in to the bird. Female test dog was Mjolnir Rip Roarin to Davadar, owned by Dave & Darlene Broomhead and handled by Darlene. For the water blind, Rory took a tight line along the shore and had to be handled back into the water at one point. She needed a number of whistles to stay on line under control. At the last point she skirted left out of sight and needed a whistle at the end to put her back on line to the bird. The test dogs didn’t have difficulty with the poison bird with little to no wind. It seemed to be a different story with later dogs when the wind and scent trails developed. The first dog was called to line at 9:10 am.
After about 15 dogs the canoe became quite slippery and a few dogs lost their footing going over it. For safety purposes the judges decided to wrap the canoe with burlap to give the dogs more traction. The wind came around out of the South, therefore, coming in and across the water blind from right to left. It was a good thing the judges sat under the Purina tent because it kept trying to rain. The air was heavy with a fine mist. At the end of the day, the judges decided that the test would be counted as 2 series, a land blind and a water blind.
As seen from behind the line
Keeping track of running order
: 39 dogs were called back. Dogs 31, 33, and 38 were not called back.
Wednesday October 7, 2015
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Test 6 - Land Quad With 2 Retired Guns
Weather for the day was somewhat similar to the previous days although the wind was 8 km West to start. It was another overcast day with the sun at times peaking through the clouds. In fact, just as the test dogs came to line the sun came out, making it difficult to pick out the gunners in the glare. Temperature was 14C which is great for the dogs.
The running line was perched on a high hill part way down so the mat was on a downhill slope. All of the marks were thrown in a the flat valley below. There was a short retired gun at the base of the hill. The dogs had lots of momentum coming down the hill resulting in a truly check down mark. Hen mallards were thrown at the short go bird and the short retired mark. Drakes were thrown at the 2 long marks. The 2 outside marks remained visible and the 2 inside marks retired. The right hand long gun station was visible, very tight to where the short right retired bird landed. The right hand mark was thrown flat along the hedge row from right to left. The short centre right retired mark was thrown angled back from left to right. The long centre left retired was thrown straight back from right to left and the left hand mark was thrown angled back from right to left. In summary, only the short retired mark was thrown left to right. All of the others were thrown right to left, and it appeared that all of the birds landed in heavy cover. The order was around the clock starting with the centre short retired, followed by the long right, long centre left retired and then the go bird on the left. Line of sight distances to the marks were: short retired 48 yards, long right hand mark 170 yards, long centre left 196 yards and the go bird was 128 yards. That was certainly not the distances the dogs ran. It seemed like the bush hog operator may have had a few drinks before cutting haphazard trails through the heavy cover. Of course, none of the trail led the way to the birds. There was a high ridge that ran along the right side of the test and across the running line. The valley was relatively flat surrounded by trees and colourful sumac.
Karen and Dealer were first up. For the first test dog, the right hand mark retired. For the second test dog, the right hand mark remained visible and this is what the judges went with for the test. Dealer had an excellent go bird which was thrown into a large patch of sumac. He took a line wide left and hooked in to pick up the right hand mark second. Had an excellent mark on the centre left retired but had to be handled to the short centre check down mark at the base of the hill. He just had too much momentum and was thinking long. He wasn’t the only dog to do that. Darlene and Rory were up next. It seemed that Darlene had a hard time even getting Rory to look at the short guns. Darlene attempted to primary select and take the short retired out first but Rory would have nothing to do with that and in the end, Darlene sent her for the go bird which she did well. Next Rory went left of the short gun station and corrected her line all the way out to the long right hand bird. Darlene sent Rory for the short retired and she was going hard when she ran over the bird and stopped abruptly to pick it up. For the long centre left hand mark, Rory took a line significantly wide to the right of the gun station and then bounced along the treeline and hunted her way over to the bird. As the test progressed, visibility of the gunners varied with the sun. When the sun came out it was more difficult to pick out the gunners in the glare.
At the time of this update, the dogs generally are not having as much difficulty with the short check down bird as the test dogs. The skies have remained overcast with a few sunny breaks.
Gallery Under Purina tent
35 dogs were called back to the 7th series. Dogs not called back; 15, 22, 29, 49.
Test 7 - Double Land Blind
Test 7 was a double land blind run in the same field as the marks in Test 6. The gunners were brought in from the field. The mat was not moved from the previous test. After a brief shower at the end of the 6th series, the sun came back out and the wind was 7 km from the West. The temperature rose to a very pleasant 17C. Good for dogs.
The short blind on the left was left of the left hand mark from Test 6. The line was downhill through a tight corridor between 2 evergreens and was planted just to the right and deep of the next evergreen. A hen mallard was planted at 105 yards. The bird planters for the right hand blind were in white and sat at the back of the field approximately half way between the long right and centre left gun stations from Test 6. The bird was planted to the right about 20 yards from where they sat. The blind was line of sight, about 180 yards long, and a drake mallard was planted. The line to the right hand blind was through the cover at the gun station and under the arc of the short retired mark in Test 6. There were ATV and cut trails crisscrossing the field.
Male test dog was AJ Top Cruisin With The Pirate, owned and handled by Tom Sullivan. Whiskey lined the short blind and with a few whistles, got under the arc and had a few more whistles to the bird on the long blind. Darlene and Rory were once again the female test dog team. On the short blind, Rory went left and needed a few whistles to get between the evergreens. She was a little left and deep at the end and had to be handled in. On the long blind Rory tried to scoot right and had to be handled under the arc and then had 2 more casts to the bird.
To give a better perspective of the land blinds and how they related to Test 6 marks, the lines to the land blinds were added to the Test 6 drawing.
Handlers checking out the test
30 dogs were called back. Dogs called back 1,2,3,4,5,6,8,9,10,11,12,13,16,19,20,21,23,25,26,27,30,34,35,36,39,40,45,46,47,41. Dogs not called back 14,32,41,42,43.
After a long day, everyone was treated to a hot meal sponsored by Purina. We can’t thank Purina enough for all that they do for our sport. The are Official Sponsor of the Canadian National and the Canadian National Amateur, Official Dog Food Sponsor, Official Dog Food Supplier, they host three breakfasts for the contestants, provide dog food and goody bags to the contestants and workers, pay the judges’ travel expenses and donate dog food and gifts to the judges and winner. We are so appreciative of their support. Thank you.
Rachelle (aka Rich Dresser) - Special Guest
Chief marshal, Greg MacInnis, thanked everyone for pitching in and helping. Without gunners and throwers, there would be no National. Master of Ceremonies Jim Ling, acknowledged the sponsors, Purina, Avery Sporting Dog (ASD), Garmin, MNP, Zinger Winger, Winchester Ammunition, DU Canada, and Connie Swanson, who ensure the National is the high calibre event that it is. Many of the silent auction items were donated by sponsors, in addition to Purina providing cash donations, dog food, gifts for contestants, workers, judges and the winner. Handler hats were donated by ASD, bibs by Garmin in addition to the 2 e-collars. MNP provided cash donations to both Nationals and the NRCC. As well, many clubs across Canada and individuals have made cash and silent auction donations. Thank you all.
Purina rep, Bill Kennedy was on hand to present gifts and bags of dog food to the workers. NRCC President, Dan Yeomans and Director Jim Ling presented NRCC pins in recognition of the hard work put in by many individuals both behind the scenes and frontline.
Chief Marshal - Greg MacInnis
Keeping the Judges Happy - Lou Moroz
Jim Dorobek accepts worker gift
Ladies Behind the Scenes - Kathy MacInnis, Rosanne Kopczewski, Jane Thompson
Thursday October 8, 2015
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Test 8 - Water Quad With 3 Retired Guns and an Honor
Clouds moved out overnight making for a colder day with temperatures dropping to -1C. It did warm up quickly in the sun. There was a heavy frost on the ground to start the day, so a hot breakfast, compliments of Purina was most welcome. Purina provides breakfast for all the contestants and workers Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Test 8 was run about 50 minutes north east of headquarters on the Tyendaiga Mohawk Territory on Jim and Patricia Green’s property.
Let’s Get the show on the Road
Test 8 was a water quad with 3 retired guns and an honor. Only the short go bird remained visible. The wind came from right to left across the test. Order of the guns was; long centre right, then long left, right, and finally the short centre left. The short centre left gunners were on the near shore throwing out into the first pond. All of the gunners retired except the short centre left. All gunners retired when the last bird was thrown. A dike divided the test into 2 ponds. A wooden dock was located on the far shore of the first pond. On the way to the long centre right hand mark, there was a pothole where the dog went out of sight briefly. The left hand mark was thrown along the left hand shore on a point in the second pond. There was a log across the line to the left hand mark. The right hand mark was thrown from the right hand corner of the first pond, to land long the back shore. The long centre right bird landed tight to the line to the right hand mark but deep into the field behind. The dog had to negotiate a number of islands and points on their way through the first pond and if they were on line at the end, went through the pothole. Distances to the marks were; 190 yards to the left mark, 265 to the centre right, 139 to the right and 45 to the short go bird. Drakes were thrown at the 2 long marks and hens at the short marks.
Female test dog, Baypoints Vroom to Davadar, owned by Dave & Darlene Broomhead and handled by Darlene, had a very exciting 2 shots at the short go bird. Ruby had an excellent go bird. For the right hand mark she hunted in the area and came up with the bird. On the left hand mark, Ruby skirted the first and second pond and took the land route to the bird. For the long centre right bird, Ruby took a line slightly to the right but was a good girl and drove through to the area of the fall. After a tight hunt in the area, she came up with the bird. After the test dog ran, the long centre right hand mark was moved over so that the bird landed in the cover on the right edge of the big bush where the gunners retire. With the wind coming from right to left, the bird was difficult to pull out. They needed to mark it. The first running dog came to line at 11:05 am.
19 dogs were called back to the 9th series. Dogs called back; 1,2,3,6,8,9,10,11,13,16,19,21,23,26,27,34,36,39,51. Dogs not called back 4,5,12,20,25,30,35,40,45,46,47.
Friday October 9, 2015
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Luckily Test 9 was not scheduled to start before 10:00 am. After rain overnight, the fog moved in. The temperature was 9C with barely a breath of wind. With the delay, competitors and workers were given the opportunity to enjoy breakfast, compliments of our major sponsor Purina.
Workers - Trevor Dickens & Ken Crosby enjoy breakfast
Test 9 - Water Blind
The fog finally lifted. Test 9 was a water blind. The beginning was downhill 140 yards to the water through heavy cover. Handlers were instructed that the line to the blind was on the hard shore by a large rock on the dike. Dogs should catch a corner of the pond before getting out on the dike, then re-enter past some decoys in the water to the left of line. When the dogs exited the water at about 280 yards, they then had and uphill climb through cover, across a cut bean field and then out into natural cover about 25 yards deep of the bean field. Line of sight distance was 350 yards. The actual distance was more like 450 yards. There were 2 people sitting in white, about 30 yards from line, hidden from sight from the mat, but obvious to the dogs, once they got past a large bush on the left. The blind planter was hidden deep and to the left of the blind. As stated in the gallery, “The ladies aren’t playing from the ladies’ tees.”
First test dog was Whiskey with owner/handler Tom Sullivan. For Whiskey there was no dry shot. Tom had a number of whistles to get Whiskey on line before the water. He caught the point and had a controlled blind for the rest of the way. For female test dog Rory, with Darlene handling, a dry shot was fired. With something to no the dog off, Darlene had fewer whistles before the water but it appeared Rory wanted a bit too much water. Rory caught the point but needed a few whistles to get back in the water and then further down the dike got into a bit of trouble and had to be cast off again. She did a good job negotiating the bean field but got loose at the end and didn’t seem to catch scent of the blind from either side. The test was run mostly downwind and with a slight crosswind from left to right, on shore. First dog was called to line at 12:20 pm
As the test progressed, the wind picked up and came around to NW, with a brief rain shower. Some handlers had quite a bit of difficulty and needed lots of whistles to stay on line. Word was that the judges set up a challenging water blind and got answers on the entry, in the middle off the dike and at the end where some dogs got in trouble.
Judges’ Concierge - Lou Moroz
Handlers Checking out the Line
Hot Chilli Anyone? Chef Randy Buettner
: 13 Finalists were called back to the 10th series. Dogs called back; 1,2,6,9,11,16,19,21,26,27,34,39,51. Dogs not called back; 3,8,10,13,23,36.
Saturday October 10, 2015
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The 2015 Canadian National would like to thank our sponsors, 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. Thank you as well to Ducks Unlimited Canada supplier of the finalist gifts, Zinger Winger official remote launcher supplier, MNP LLP, and Animal Portraits by Connie Swanson for supplying portrait to the winner.
Last day. Sun was shining but the temperature got down well below freezing overnight. Needed to scrape the frost off the windshield. To start, the temperature was 1C with a 3 km wind out of the North. The water was not too inviting for the dogs. Thankfully, Purina once again hosted breakfast for everyone. A hot breakfast was welcome on a cold morning. However, there were probably a few nervous handlers that skipped breakfast. Lots of spectators drove in overnight and in the morning to take in the last test.
Test 10 - Water Quad With 4 Retired Guns
Test 10 was a water quad with all gunners retired. The test was run in the same pond as the 9th series. The running line was moved to the left and downhill about 100 yards along the shore. The line to the right hand mark crosses the line to the blind from the day before. Order of the guns was centre right, then right, then centre left and the go bird was on the near shore to the left. A dike snaked through the test and divided the pond in two. All birds were thrown on land. A rooster pheasant was thrown into the edge of cover along the near side of the pond on the left. The line to the centre left mark was on the left side of the dike. Whereas, the line to the centre right mark was just to the right of the dike in the right hand pond. The right hand mark was across the the right hand pond and uphill to the treeline at the edge of a bean field. There was a large gap that went higher up the hill to the right of the fall. The decoys from Test 9 were still in the pond from the day before. On the far side of the left hand pond was a clump of white birch about halfway across the field between the pond and the centre left mark. The are 2 prominent cut off trees at the edge of the left hand pond, forming a goal post that frames the centre left mark. Distances to the marks are; 108 yards to the left go bird, 290 yards to the centre left mark, 302 yards to the centre right mark and 266 yards to the right hand mark. Hen mallards are thrown on the right and centre left marks. A drake is thrown on the centre right and a rooster pheasant is thrown for the go bird. Both the right and centre right marks are thrown left to right and both the centre left and left hand marks are thrown right to left. The right and centre right marks are uphill from the pond, but the centre left mark is thrown along a hedge row more at the base of the hill. However, there is lots of field to hunt between the pond and the mark.
The first test dog, Pilkingtons Last Pick, owned and handled by Randy Buettner, was called to line at 9:50 am. Pick had an excellent go bird. For the centre left he hunted short around the clump of white birch, about halfway to the bird before handling. For the centre right, Picked started out splitting the difference between the right and centre right marks, heading for the water blind area before correcting all the way over to the centre right hand mark. For the right hand mark the dog took a line significantly off line to the right, exited the right hand corner of the right pond and then corrected all the way across the bean field to the right hand mark.
Female test dog was once again Mjolnir Rip Roarin To Davadar, owned by Dave & Darlene Broomhead and handled by Darlene. Rory had an excellent go bird. She hugged the left shore of the left hand pond and hunted around the birch clump before being handled to the centre left bird. She split the difference between the 2 right hand marks and drove up past the area of the water blind. when she hit the treeline she turned left and went all the way over the the centre right hand mark. She put on a bit of a hunt back in the trees in the area of the fall before coming up with the bird. For the right hand mark, Rory started out on the same line a the male test dog but corrected earlier and came up in the gap to the right, and then turned left to go directly to the bird. The first running do was called to line at 10:55 am.
At the end of the day, less than half of the dogs did not handle in Test 10 and of those, only two had not handled going into the last test. As we all know, there is only 1 winner. Congratulations to NFTCH FTCH Battle River Perro, Owned by Bob & Deirdre Kozminski, and handled by Colin McNicol