Saturday September 16, 2017

September 11-16, 2017
Brighton, Ontario

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Host Club

Labrador Retriever Club of Central Ontario
Field Trial Chairman: David Thompson
Field Trial Secretary: Shirley Greener
Chief Marshal: Greg MacInnis

Judges

Eastern Zone: Roy Morejon
Central Zone: Mickey Rawlins
Western Zone: Ron Bischke

 

2017 Winner
National Retriever Championship
NFTCH FTCH A J Top Cruisin With The Pirate



 

        Owned by Tom Sullivan and Handled by David Thompson

Finalists

 

Handlers Left to Right: Lorne Langevin, Sharon Van Der Lee, John Van Der Lee, David Thompson, Andy Carlson, Bill Kennedy, Dave Broomhead, Marg Murray.

No
Dog Name                                                                                     
 
1
AFTCH Keys II
Owner: Bob Wright
Handler: Lorne Langevin


4
FC-AFC-FTCH-AFTCH Pekisko's Ironman
Owner: John & Sharon Van Der Lee
Handler: Sharon Van Der Lee


10
FTCH A J Top Cruisin With The Pirate
Owner: Tom Sullivan
Handler: David Thompson


16
FTCH-AFTCH She:Kon Cranky Warrior
Owner: Jim Green
Handler: David Thompson


17
Pekisko's Black And Blue
Owner: John & Sharon Van Der Lee
Handler: John Van Der Lee


24
Luckydux Gave Her Momma Forty Quacks
Owner / Handler: Andy Carlson


34
Renegade's Highlight Reel
Owner / Handler: Bill Kennedy


39
FTCH-AFTCH Luckydux Drakehaven Hot Ticket
Owner / Handler: Andy Carlson


42
Frr's Ray Of Sunshine
Owner: Darlene & David Broomhead
Handler: Dave Broomhead


47
QFTR Wingbusters Alabama Slamma
Owner: Thomas & Margaret Murray
Handler: Marg Murray


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Opening Banquet

Celebrations for the 2017 Canadian National Retriever Club kicked off with the Opening Banquet held at the Royal Canadian Legion in Brighton Ontario. This year’s event is being host by the Labrador Retriever Club of Canada. This is the 5th time that a National has been hosted on these grounds with many of the same workers. Dave and Jane Thompson and all of people working behind the scenes are to be commended for undertaking an event of this magnitude yet again.
 
Master of Ceremonies - Jim Ling



 
 
 
The Opening Banquet is always a great time to catch up on what has been happening over the year with old friends from across Canada and the US. Some competitors made the long trek from Alberta to Ontario, and workers came from as far away as New Brunswick and Georgia. Makes you realize how expansive Canada is when the distance to travel from the Southern US is shorter than from Alberta.
 
After the head table took their places, master of ceremonies, Jim Ling introduced local singer James Regan who led everyone in the singing of the American and Canadian national anthems. Followed by a toast to the Office of the President made by one of our American friends, Randy Buettner, and a toast to the Queen, made by fellow Canadian contestant Gar Clark.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Toast to the Office of the President - Randy Buettner



Grace- Jane Thompson


 
 
 
Head Table



Head Table from left to right: Master of Ceremonies and NRCC President Jim Ling, Diane Ling, Cathy MacInnis and Chief Marshal Greg MacInnis, Judges, Roy Morejon, Ron Bischke, Mickey Rawlins, Jane and Dave Thompson, FT Chair, Jacqueline and Bill Kennedy, Purina Rep.
 
Following dinner, the National Retriever Club of Canada, President, Jim Ling provided a synopsis of discussions that took place at the Annual General Meeting and shared the fact that for 2018, North Bay has stepped up to host the National Amateur but no club has come forward to host the 2018 National at this time. Clubs across Canada were given 2 weeks to come up with a host club for the National. Such a slippery slope we are on.
 
Jim went on to thank ours 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. 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. Without these sponsors and donations from, local contributors, businesses catering to the needs of field trialers, National events like these would not be possible. Thank you. Purina rep, Bill Kennedy was presented a NRCC pin in appreciation of the sponsorship Purina provides to our Nationals.
 
Jim then presented the judges Roy Morejon, Ron Bischke and Mickey Rawlins with NRRC pins. Followed by NRCC pins presented to Field Trial Chair Dave Thompson, Field Trial Marshal Greg MacInnis, and Field Trial Secretary Shirley Greener in recognition of their hard work in hosting this National.
 

Judge Ron Bischke spoke on behalf of the judges. He wished all the contestants good luck and asked that when the going gets rough, let the judges judge the dog work rather than have handlers pick up their dogs.
 
Chief Marshal, Greg MacInnis followed with his thanks to Dave and Jane Thompson, the landowners, the army of workers behind the scenes, and the setup crew for their generosity and contribution in making this a successful National. Greg then went on to detail the judges instructions. Additional instructions regarding the safety of all dogs, included that any dogs that are staked out must be supervised at all times.
Judge - Ron Bischke



Chief Marshal - Greg MacInnis


 
Before exiting for the evening, the judges were presented gifts by Darlene Broomhead, President of the Labrador Retriever Club of Central Ontario, and Bill Kennedy, our Purina Representative.





 



 
When a National is held in Ontario, the Charlie Howard Memorial Award is presented to an Ontario field trialer who has made a significant contribution to the game locally, provincially and nationally, over many years. This year, Di Howard and Dennis Voigt were in attendance to present the well deserved award to Jim Ling. Jim has judged locally and nationally, chaired and marshalled weekend field trials, been a NRCC Director and President, on top of running competitive dogs across Canada on weekends and in Nationals. It is good to see someone who works as hard as Jim does for our game get the recognition that he deserves.
 



 
Dave and Bill



 
 
 
Once the judges left for the evening the serious business of bidding on dogs at the Calcutta got underway. Bill Kennedy provided a running commentary on the achievements of each dog while Dave Thompson did the auctioning off. Favorites were bid up and went for high prices, and it appeared that the Calcutta was a successful fund raiser for the club. At the end of the night the starting number was drawn, #13 FTCH AFTCH Pilkingtons Ruby Blues Day, owned and handled by Ken Crosby.
 

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The 2017 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, 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 2 Retired Guns

Welcome to the running of the 2017 Canadian National Retriever Championship, being held this year in Brighton Ontario. The Host Club, the Labrador Retriever Club of Central Ontario, has been hard at work preparing for the event for the past year and the workers were up at the crack of dawn setting up. We had a bright sunny morning to greet us with temperatures around 10C. Slight breeze from the West. The forecast high for the day was 21C, perfect weather for running dogs or just sitting watching these wonderful retrievers do what they love to do. The test was run NW to NE.
 
Judges: Mickey Rawlins, Roy Morejon and Ron Bischke



 
As is tradition at our Canadian Nationals, one of the judges from the previous National passeds the paddle to their successors. In this case one of the Judges form the Mission, BC National Amateur, Connie Swanson was on hand to pass the paddle to Judge Ron Bischke.
 



Test 1 was a land triple with 2 retired guns run up and along the side hill of a large clover field on Dave and Jane Thompson’s property at Headquarters. The order of the guns was centre retired, then left retired and finally the right hand go bird. Distances to the marks were; 152 yards to the left retired, 246 yards to the centre retired and 140 yards to the right hand go bird. The right hand bird was a hen mallard which was being thrown angled back into the test from right to left. The centre bird was a rooster pheasant being thrown down hill from left to right and lastly, the left had retired bird was a drake mallard being thrown out of the test from right to left.
 



 



 
Lorraine and Teezer



 
 
Honorary test dog was NFTCH FTCH AFTCH Oakridgertvr Going All The Way, owned and handled by Lorraine Hare. Teezer is now retired after winning the 2009 National in Brighton at the age of three and having a successful career finishing 6 Nationals and achieving 105 All-Age points. Like the excellent marker she has been all of her life, Teezer went out and front footed her mark.
 
Female test dog, Mjolnir’s Astrid of Davadar, owned and handled by Peter Mottola was first up. Astrid did a good job on the right hand go bird. She took a line wide to the left of the left hand retired bird, went over the brow of the hill, and showed up at the gun station before hunting her way over to the bird. For the centre retired, Astrid took a line to the right of the bird along the base of the hill and went quite a distance deep before hunting in and up the hill. There was a natural slot between 2 flocks of goose decoys in front of the line that influenced the dogs to stay low and not drive up the hill to the mark. Male test dog was H Goldrockettes Teddy, owned and handled by Connie Dresser. Teddy went directly to the go bird, For the left retired, Teddy took a line to the gun station, looped around the backside, and then came across behind the bird wide left, and then to the bird. For the centre retired, Teddy took the same line as Astrid, staying low and to the right of the bird, going deep to the treeline before hunting his was back to the holding blind and then to the bird. The test dogs were a good indication of things to come. Guns went off at 8:21 am for the first running dog #13 Pilkingtons Ruby Blues Day.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Connie and Teddy



Peter and Astrid


 
Announcer - Barb Hawley



 
As predicted, lots of dogs had difficulty coming up with the centre retired bird. The clover was high enough that the dogs had to mark the bird and be practically on top of it to find it. The wind died down and was not giving away any of the birds.
Lining up for Lunch



Good Job - Sunny and Dave


 
Rogue Gallery



 
Callbacks: 46 dogs were called back to the 2nd series which will be a land blind. Dog 46 was not called back.
 

Test 2 - Land Blind

Test 2 was a side hill land blind through the marks from Test 1. The bird was planted between the centre and right hand marks but deep at approximately 350 yds. Many dogs were already in the area when hunting the centre retired mark from Test 1. To give a perspective of where the blind is relative to the marks, the line to the blind was added with the gunners from Test 1 still in the field. There were no gunners in the field when the blind was run.
 



 



 
Workers and Contestants Viewing The Land Blind From Line



 
In the foreground with the blue T-shirt is Karen Carson, a new addition to the reporting team. For those of you who follow Facebook, Karen did a tremendous job posting photos, videos and commentary to the National Retriever Club of Canada and the LRCCO Facebook pages.
 
As the test progressed, the majority of dogs did credible work. Paths developed, so if you got on the right path at the beginning, it took you all the way to the blind. Initial line was everything. Dogs that missed the good path tended to go right and required a number of casts to get on line.
 
Callbacks: 45 dogs were called back to the 3rd series. Dog 43 was not called back.

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Test 3 - Water Blind

What a great day it was to be running a National. Bright and sunny forecast for the entire day. The starting temperature was 7C and climbed to 22C bby the end of the day. Perfect for the dogs. There was a slight breeze 4 km/h N, which was barely perceptible. The test was run on the Thompson property in the pond in front of the house. The line to the blind ran North East, and the handlers were very visible against the green foliage behind.
 
Distance to the blind was 146 yards. There were 3 points to negotiate on the line to the blind. The dog should have been on the 1st and 2nd points and swim past the 3rd point. The running mat was set back from the water about 20 yards with the dog running past the judges tent on the way to the water. Handlers could move up and laterally as much as they required to keep the dog in sight. There was heavy cover on the first point so the handlers had to move to the right, down the dyke to see the dog. The danger with that was they could easily lose perspective of whether the dog was on line to the blind. Dogs could be easily seen approaching the 2nd point and for the rest of the blind.
 



 



 
An aerial view gives a very different perspective of the points



 



 
 
 
The male test dog was once again Teddy with Connie at the helm. Immediately upon entering the water, Teddy took an abrupt left hand turn towards the shore that parallels the test. It took numerous casts to get him thinking water and then he wanted to go around the first point. Connie then needed to cast him towards shore, resulting in Teddy getting out of the water early on the point. He was cast back into the water and then onto the point on the correct line. Coming off the point, Connie had to move down the dyke to the right to keep him in sight and on line. Teddy was good over the 2nd point and past the last point to the bird. Next up was female test dog Astrid with Peter handling. Astrid had a good initial line which she carried almost the 1st point where she started to pull around and needed a cast to put her back on line and over the point. She carried that line over the 1st point to the 2nd point where Peter cast her left. Astrid faded right off the 2nd point and needed 2 whistles to tighten up her line to the bird. The blind took 5-8 minutes per dog. The first running dog was #33 Lock Five’s Sweet Bourbon Prize, owned and handled by Medie Robinson.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Handlers Planning Their Strategies





 
Callbacks: 44 dogs called back to the 4th. Dog 7 was not called back.
 

Test 4 - Water Triple With 2 Retired Guns and an Honor

Test 4 was a water triple run across the pond where the water blind was run. The right hand go bird was thrown along the dyke that the blind was run from, so there was lots of foot traffic in the area. The centre and left hand gunners retired. There was an honor to the left of the running dog, about 10 feet. The order of the guns was centre, then left and then a big swing to the right. Hen mallards were thrown on the 2 outside marks and a drake mallard was thrown for the long centre retired mark. None of the birds landed in water. Distances to the marks were; 140 yards to the left hand mark, 202 yards to the centre mark and 115 yards to the right hand go bird. The 2 outside birds were thrown right to left and the centre mark was thrown left to right. The left hand retired bird was a flat throw into cover at the edge of a large willow tree. There was an inviting gap between the gun station and the willow where, if a dog didn’t check down, there was a tempting hill to drive up. The centre retired bird was a huge angle back throw into the edge of high cover. The right hand go bird was a flat throw along the dyke and landed in trampled grass from the 3rd test. The pond was surrounded by clover fields and bushes along the edge. There was an old log house that could be seen over the trees, by the centre mark.
 



 
Another Perspective



 



 
First test dog to run was Astrid. She had no trouble with the right hand go bird. On the left retired, Astrid missed the bird by a few feet and drove deep under the arc and up the hill. She recovered quickly and looped down the hill behind the willow tree to come up with the bird. For the centre mark, she had larceny in her heart and took the highway along the dyke without getting in the water. This put her off line way to the left of the gun station. Astrid hunted a considerable distance to the left out of the area of the fall before hunting over and deep into the cover where the duck landed. For the male test dog we had a change, Sean Colville with his dog Davadars Just Win Baby. As a point of interest both the male and female test dogs are littermates. Raider had no trouble with the right hand go bird. For the left retired, he hunted under the arc to the gun station and then in and to the bird for a good job. For the centre retired mark, Raider took a good line across the pond but then drove up the hill to the left of the gun station. Raider initiated his hunt on the wrong side of the gun station but recovered quickly and hunted his way into the cover and to the bird. Dog #42 FRR’s Ray of Sunshine is the first running dog.
 
A third of the way through the running order. The wind changed, coming out of the South and giving away the centre retired bird. Dogs that drove up the hill to the left of the holding blind appeared to wind the bird half way up the hill and made an abrupt correction to their line to go directly to the bird. The majority of dogs did not have difficulty with the test.
 
Gallery Mug Shots





 
Callbacks: All dogs were called back to the 5th series. No dogs dropped.
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Test 5 - Land Quad With 3 Retired Guns and an Honour

Day 3 of the Canadian National Retriever Championship was another beautiful day in the neighbourhood. Sunny clear and a high of 22C. Perfect weather to be outdoors running dogs. To start there was a barely perceptible breeze at 4km/h N. Later in the morning it switched to 8 km/h SE and stayed that way for the rest of the day. As an added bonus, breakfast was sponsored by Al & Lou Moroz and English Line Veterinary Services. Al was also our vet that performed the bitch check on Sunday. Thank you Al & Lou.
 
for the 5th series, the judges set up a big test. No more mister nice guy. Test 5 was run through the corner of 2 ponds and out into heavy cover that surrounded the ponds. The ponds were located in a valley with hills and deciduous forest around. There were cattails and shrubs mixed with high grass in the low areas. A road separated the line from a large corn field to the right. The ponds and heavy cover were significant factors on the left, centre left and centre right retired guns.
 
The order of the guns was centre right retired, centre left retired, left retired and then swing across to the right hand go bird. Distances to the marks were; 202 yards to the left mark, 262 yards to the centre left, 264 yards to the centre right and 218 yards to the right hand mark. The 2 right hand birds were thrown into the test from right to left and the 2 left hand birds were thrown into the test from left to right. For the left hand mark, a hen mallard was thrown right along the treeline into cover on the edge. A drake mallard was thrown from the treeline up hill out into the field for the centre left mark. For the right centre mark, a hen mallard was thrown angled back to the left with the last few feet of the fall disappearing behind the branches of a large tree in the foreground. The last bird down was a hen pheasant that was thrown along the treeline into heavier cover on the edge. There was a road, just off the line to the mark, that the dogs could run along part way before breaking off into higher grass in the field.
 



 



 
Sean & Raider



 
 
 
Male test dog Raider, with owner Sean Colville was first up. Raider had a good go bird. When sent for his second bird he appeared to be heading for the centre left mark. Upon exiting the 2nd pond he got lost and was hunting the heavy cover just deep of the pond. He couldn’t recover and ended up being handled to the left hand bird. Next, Sean chose to send Raider for the right centre mark. he started out left of the line to the bird and then broke right, initiating his hunt half way to the bird and had to be handled. For the last, centre left mark, Raider took the same line as he did when he picked up the left mark. He again broke down in the heavy cover on the far side of the 2nd pond and had to be handled to the bird. Next up was Astrid with Peter Mottola handling. On her first attempt, Astrid took a bad tumble on her way to the go bird and became disoriented and confused. Peter called her in. On her rerun, Astrid had a small hunt on the go bird, and took the same line as Raider took for her 2nd bird. She also hunted the heavy cover on the far side of the 2nd pond and was handled to the left hand mark. The gunners from the centre left and centre right marks were un-retired and Astrid did very well on both birds. Both test dogs intiated their hunts in the heavy cover on the far side of the second pond. The drag back scent and foot traffic, developed into a significant factor for the later dogs.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Handlers Reviewing How They Plan to Run the Test





 
The last dog to run was dog 44 on Wednesday. There were 7 more dogs to run in the next morning. As predicted this was a tough test with lots of answers. There were a number of pick-ups and double handles. A majority of the dogs handled or had a big hunt on at least one bird. And of course there were a few good jobs. Nobody front footed all 4 birds.
 

Workers’ Party

After a long day, it was great to sit back and enjoy a BBQ chicken dinner and show our appreciation to all of the workers for their efforts that ensured the success of this National. To begin, NRCC President Jim Ling and Purina Rep Bill Kennedy presented all of the workers with NRCC pins to thank them for their hard work. Afterwards Chief Marshal Greg MacInnis also offered his thanks to the teams and individuals that have pitched in and have worked so hard for the year leading up to the event, and the weeks during. Thank you to Dave and Jane Thompson for their hard work all year and for taking on this huge endeavour once again. Thank you as well to the Judges for offering their time and expertise, Roy Morejon, Ron Bischke and Mickey Rawlins. Thank you to the Assistant Marshals Richard Dresser, Randy Buettner and Don Munro, Gun Captain Darlene Broomhead, Equipment Tom Hawley and Dave Broomhead, our Purina Rep Bill Kennedy, Traffic Dave and Donna Wardle, Birds Jim Green, Hospitality Shirley Greener, Karen Carson, Diane Carson, Patricia Green, Cheryl Ritchie, Judy Mottola, Amy Elyse, Lou Moroz. Bruce Macdonald for going above and beyond to get our sponsor donations for the Silent Auction across the border; Avery Sporting Dog, Garmin Tri-Tronics, Dogs-Up Ramps, Golden Lake Garment.
 
And to everyone who pitched in whenever needed, and gunners and throwers; Chris Mason, Howard Simson, Mark and Sirkka Laberge, Ken Crosby, Connie Swanson, Peter Mottola, Al Moroz, and Gar Clark. Thank you.
 
Al Moroz and Randy Buettner



Jim Ling and Bill Kennedy


 
More Workers



Workers


 
 
This year we witnessed the return of “Rachel” AKA Richard Dresser.





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Test 05 - Continued

Test dog was ready to rock and roll at 7:30. Everyone was anxious to get the show on the road and finish up in time to get the next series completed that day. There would be a lot less dogs running the 6th series. The judges had lots in their books on all 4 birds, not to mention the previous tests. The wind conditions changed substantially from the day before with the wind in your face, coming directly into the test. The sun was just clearing the hillside so the right side of the test was in shadows. It was another beautiful sunny day not unlike all the others. Breakfast was sponsored by Lorne and Louise Langevin. Thank you for your generous donation.
 
Only 1 test dog ran in the morning. We brought back male test dog Teddy with Connie Dresser at the wheel. Teddy had a clean test, no big hunts or handles. First running dog for the morning was #45 Jason owned by Neil and Marilyn Hunter and handled by Neil.
 
Waiting to Go



Teddy & Connie


 
 
Test Run



The Few Remaining Handlers


 
The work in the morning had the same results as the day before, Pick-up, handle and a few did it.
 
Callbacks: 29 dogs called back to the 6th series. Dogs called back; 1,3,4,8,10,12,13,14,15,16,17,19,20,21,23,24,26,28,30,31,32,33,34,38,39,41,42,44,47. Dogs not called back 2,5,6,9,11,18,25,27,29,35,36,37,40,45,49.
 

Tests 6 & 7 - Interrupted Land Double With 2 Retired Guns and a Blind

Tests 6 and 7 were an interrupted land double with 2 retired guns and a blind. Because the blind was run first, that was considered Test 6 and the marks were considered Test 7. The tests were run down a high, steep hill, through a mixture of goldenrod, milkweed, high grass and shrubs. Small pine, tamarack, and spruce trees dot the field. It looked like the person who bush hogged the field had a few too many before they started cutting the paths throughout. The wind was coming in and across the test from right to left. The test was oriented South East.
 
The marks were thrown first before the blind. The order of the guns was short left retired and then long right retired. Handlers are told to “Do the blind” after the birds are down. Distances to the birds were: left 165 yards, right 190 yards and the blind down the centre was 280 yards. For the left hand retired, a rooster pheasant was thrown left to right into the test. The throw was a tight angle back into heavy cover at the edge of a large clump of sumac. Those gunners were instructed to retire as soon as the 2nd gun went off. For the long right hand mark, a drake mallard was thrown right to left flat into the test, landing across a gap at the edge of the treeline in heavy cover. The gunners retired immediately. The blind was down the middle through the heavy cover and paths, out into a cut hay field. The bird planter was to the right and deep of the blind.
 



 



 
Jim & Gunny



 
 
 
 
 
 
First up was female test dog Astrid, handled by Peter Motttola. Astrid wanted to stay right of the line to the blind and required a number of whistles to put her on line and to the bird. Peter opted to pick up the long right hand mark first after the blind. After a brief hunt short, Astrid hunted back to the bird. For the left hand mark, Astrid disappeared into the cover, early, to the left of the holding blind, and then hooked around to pick up the bird.
 
Next up was male test dog Live Oaks Gun Powder, owned and handled by Jim Ling. Gunny had a good line to the blind about 2/3 of the way before he started to fade right. Jim gave him a quick cast to put him an line. He got almost all the way there and appeared to start hunting back in and had a difficult time at the end of the blind. Jim chose to pick up the long right hand retired first after blind. For the right hand bird, Gunny took a line right of where the gunners had stood but corrected before the gun station and went over to the bird. Gunny didn’t appear to have seen the short left mark thrown. For the left hand bird, he was way left and entered the heavy cover and sumac trees. Next time he was sighted, Gunny was in the next field and had to be called in without picking up the bird.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A Little More Planning Needed on this Test





 



 
Lots dogs broke down at the transition between the heavy cover and the open field where the blind was planted. With the wind coming in from right to left, the dogs may have winded the bird planter. Some dogs had to be handled on the left retired because they didn’t check down and a few dogs were handled on the long retired.
 
Callbacks: 24 dogs called back to the 8th series. Dogs called back; 1,3,4,8,10,12,13,15,16,17,19,20,23,24,26,28,30,31,32,38,39,41,42,47. Dogs not called back; 14,21,33,34,44.
 

Potluck Hors d’oeuvres & Silent Auction

One of the big fund raisers for our Nationals are the Silent Auctions. Many of our major sponsors donate goods to be auctioned off. Big thank you to Purina, Avery Sporting Dog, Garmin Tri-Tronics, Zinger Winger, and supporters Dogs-Up Ramps, Golden Lake Garments, Pat Burns Elite Retriever Training, Kapriver Outfitters, Gahonk Kennels, Mark Laberge of MNP, Lucky Lab Pins, Dallesasse Whistles, Karen Carson - K9 Leads, Lanyards & Collars, Retrievers Online, and many more individuals and local businesses. Without their support we would not have the successful National events that we are fortunate to host.
 
Scenes from the Auction





 





 
 





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Test 8 - Water Blind

Test 8 was moved to Jim and Patricia Green’s property on the Tyendaiga Mohawk Territory about 40 minutes east of Headquarters. Breakfast was sponsored by Baypoint Kennels, Dan and Gloria Devos. Thank you. There was a delay getting started due to heavy fog.
 
Dog 34 was added back into the running order, so there were 25 dogs back.
 
Finally got started at 9:45 with the first running dog #23 NAFTCH-FTCH Canadian Cutter, owned by Don Pollock and handled by Marg Murray. Test 8 was a water blind with a new twist. The line to the blind is over the 1st point on the right, past the 2nd point on the left, under a dock, exit over a dyke where the dogs go out of sight and then finish up with a keyhole between 2 large clumps of bushes. Distance to the blind was 257 yards. High marsh grass, mixed cover and cattails surrounded the pond. A few trees and clumps of bushes dotted the landscape. Handlers were instructed that they could move laterally as far as they wanted to keep their dog in sight, but not forward.
 



 



 


 
First up was female test dog Astrid with Peter Mottola handling. Astrid had a fair blind, Peter kept her under control, and got her under the dock on line. Only anxious moment was the length of time she was out of sight behind the dyke after exiting the pond. Peter re-established the line, and negotiated the keyhole at the end, to the bird. Next up was male test dog Pilkington's Last Pick owned and handled by Randy Buettner. To begin with, Pick wanted to run the dyke to the left of the pond and wouldn’t handle into the water. Randy called him in and resent for the blind. Pick carried his initial line almost to the dock, where he needed a few casts to get under. Upon exiting, Pick decided the bird had to be on the dyke and would not handle back to the blind, so Randy picked him up. Tough test.
 
Ready for a Big Day



 
Half way through, progress was slow with dogs requiring LOTS of whistles.
 
Callbacks: 21 dogs called back to the 9th series Dogs called back; 1,4,8,10,12,13,15,16,17,19,20,24,26,28,31,34,38,39,41,42,47. Dogs not called back: 3,23,30,32.
 

Test 9 - Water Triple With 2 Retired Guns

Test 9 was a water triple with 2 retired guns. The gun station for the long right hand go bird was very close the blind from Test 8. If the dog hunted to the right, it would be very easy to get into the old blind. The order of the guns, was short left, centre and then long right. The left and centre guns retired. The left hand bird was a drake thrown flat into the test from left to right across the water onto an island. The medium length centre retired mark was a hen mallard thrown flat out into a shallow bay of the pond. There was a windmill just to the left of the gun station and a large brush pile in the field beyond the gunners to the left. A splash could be seen by the handlers, not sure that the dog could see it. The right hand go bird was the longest mark. The bird was a hen mallard thrown right to left angled back across a large gap in the treeline. Distances to the marks were: 186 yards to the left island bird, 225 yards to the centre and 285 yards to the right hand go bird.
 



 



 
Aerial View With Test 8 Blind and Test 9 Marks



 
First up was female test dog Astrid. When Astrid ran, all 3 gun stations retired. She had trouble from the get go. Astrid hunted the back side of the dyke in the foot scent from the Test 8 Water Blind and had to be handled on the right hand go bird. Peter chose to take the left retired out second. Astrid ended up at a boat by a tree in the middle of no man’s land and was picked up. The judges had the gunners come out and help her to the left hand island bird. The gunners came out for the centre bird and Astrid finished up with a good line under the arc and then hooked over and picked up the bird. Next up was Randy Buettner with Pick. For Pick, the gunners at the long right hand go bird remained visible and that is what the judges decided to stay with. Pick had a good go bird, under the arc, hunted deep and then to the bird. For the left retired, Pick got in at the left corner of the pond and hugged the shore all the way out to the gun station, got up on shore, then hunted in and had to be handled. When he got back to the area, Randy let him hunt in the water between the gun station and the island and once again had to be handled to the island. For the centre mark, the gunners came out. Pick had a bit of a false start and was resent. He took a similar line as Astrid to the bird.
 
At just over half way there were 2 pick-ups. The judges had lots in their books.
 
Callbacks: 10 dogs were called back to the 10th series. The finalists are: 1,4,10,16,17,24,34,39,42,47. Dogs not called back 8,12,13,15,19,20,26,28,31,38,41.
 

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Test 10 - Water Quad With 2 Retired Guns

Welcome to the last series of the 2017 National. Couldn’t ask for a better day. Not a cloud in the sky, 22C to start, and a lot hotter in the afternoon. There were 2 ponds separated by a dyke, surrounded by corn on one side and maples around the rest. The maples across the ponds were just starting to change colour. There was a slight breeze 4 km/h S. The ponds basically runs North/South so the wind was coming straight down the pond angling from left to right across the test.
 
The running line was backed up from the ponds about 30 yards. If a dog was so inclined to cheat the water, it was only possible for the go bird. All of the other marks were on the other side of the ponds. The go bird was the only bird that landed in the water. All of the others landed on shore in heavy mixed cover.The the 2 long centre guns retired. The order of the guns was centre left retired, then centre right retired, then right and finally left go bird. Distances to the marks were; 76 yards left hand go bird, 295 yards centre left retired, 255 yards centre right retired and 105 yards right. Hen mallards were thrown for all 4 birds. All of the birds except the right centre retired were thrown left to right. The centre right retired bird was thrown very tight angled back from right to left over the heads of the gunners. The go bird was thrown flat into the first pond to a bush at the base of the dyke. The right hand bird was thrown behind a big bush on the far shore of the first pond. The centre 2 long retired marks were converging throws across the dyke to the far end of the second pond. Dogs were out of sight for a considerable length of time before they reappeared after crossing the dyke.
 



 



 
The 10th series off to a late start. Lighting wasn’t good at the beginning of the morning with a few foggy patches in the valley where the test was run. Test dogs ran around 10:00 am. We had a change in test dogs for the tenth. Female test dog for the last series was FTCH-AFTCH Mjolnir Rip Roarin To Davadar, owned by Dave and Darlene Broomhead and handled by Darlene. Rory had a good left hand go bird. Darlene chose to take out the right hand visible second. Rory started off right of the mark, but corrected when she go to the far shore and landed under the arc. After a brief hunt on land she got back in the water, hunted there and then back on land and hunted the cover to the bird. Next, Darlene sent Rory for the centre right retired. Rory started on a line considerably right of the gun station and ended up hunting along the shore in the water before being handled up hill to the bird. For the centre left mark, Rory held an excellent line through the first pond, over the dyke and across the 2nd pond. At the point she curled behind and was out of sight before showing up at the centre right hand mark and was handled to the bird. Male test dog is AFTCH Windcrest's Game On, owned by Bill & Connie Swanson. Ely had a good go bird and went directly to the bird on the right hand mark. For the centre right retired, Ely started out slightly right of the line to the gun station and was out of sight for a long time on the backside of the dyke before he reappeared on a good line across the pond. He briefly hunted the shore before working his way up hill to the bird. For the centre left retired, Ely took an initial line that was aiming directly at the point between the right and left centre marks. He faded right, getting on the point and driving up hill behind the bush near the centre right mark. He hunted his way into the old fall before being handled to the bird. Both test dogs gave the handlers a good idea of what to expect on the marks. Tough marks down the middle that challenged the marking ability and courage of the dogs.
 
Coming into the test, 8 dogs had not handled. At the end, the cream rose to the top with only a few dogs able to do the test without handling. Congratulations to NFTCH FTCH A J Top Cruisin With The Pirate.