2019 National Retriever Championship

September 9-14, 2019
Brighton, Ontario

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Host Club

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

Judges

Sharon van der Lee, Stathmore, Alberta
Gerry Pozzebon, St Catherines, Ontario
Chris Bayles, Ancaster, Ontario

Winner
NFTCH FTCH AFTCH The Springwaters Mister Y of Tamsu



Owned by John Mairs and Lorraine Hare
Handled by Lorne Langevin

 

Finalists



 

4
AFTCH Amarillo Diggin Up Bones
Owner / Handler: David Wardle


11
FTCH-AFTCH The Springwaters Rippin Reba
Owner: Chris & Gary Mason
Handler: Gary Mason


18
FTCH Baypoint's Idaone
Owner: Justin Williams
Handler: Dan Devos


26
FTCH-AFTCH Keys Ii
Owner: Robert Wright
Handler: Lorner Langevin


42
AFTCH Davadars Just Win Baby
Owner / Handler: Sean Colville


46
AFTCH Amarillo Bone Collector
Owner / Handler: David Wardle


51
FTCH-AFTCH Ram River Rainbow Royale
Owner / Handler: Daniel Danforth


52
FC-FTCH-AFTCH Sweetwater's Ten Deuce All In
Owner: Howard Simson & Lise Langlois
Handler: Howard Simson


53
FTCH Baypoint's Pushing The Envelope
Owner: Nancy & Richard Inculet
Handler: Dan Devos


54
FTCH-AFTCH The Springwaters Mr Y Of Tamsu
Owner: Lorraine Hare & John Mairs
Handler: Lorne Langevin


Daily Results

 
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Brought to you by the National Retriever Club of Canada. Daily reports, drawings, and photos by Dona Martin and sponsored by Purina, Official Sponsor of the Canadian National Open and Canadian National Amateur Retriever Championships, and the Official Dog Food Sponsor and the Official Dog Food Supplier to the National Retriever Club of Canada

 

 

Saturday September 7, 2019

Opening Banquet



Welcome to the 2019 Canadian National Retriever Championship, hosted by the Labrador Retriever Club of Central Ontario in Brighton Ontario. A big thank you goes out to the club members and friends who worked tirelessly behind the scenes getting ready for this event. The anticipation and excitement in the air was palpable, as the best dogs and handlers across Canada and some from the US, came to compete and determine who will be the top dog. Contestants travelled from as far away as Alberta to compete.
 
After a little catch-up time with old friends and making a few new ones, the opening banquet got under way with the piping in of the Head table by Fred Alderman. Jane Thompson led the group in singing the American and Canadian National anthems. Randy Buettner toasted the Office of the President of the United States, followed by Howard Simson toasting the Queen. Cheryl Ritchie, Field Trial Secretary, said grace. Before being seated, Master of Ceremonies, Jim Ling asked for a moment of silence for our NRCC President, Graham Tyler who passed away on August 22 after a lengthy battle with cancer.
 



Head table from left to right: Jim Ling, Master of Ceremonies, and his wife Diane, Randy Buettner, Assistant Marshal, NRCC President, Jim Andrew and his wife Shiela, judges, Sharon van der Lee, and Chris Bayles, Field Trial Chair David Thompson and his wife and biggest supporter, Jane, Jacqueline and Bill Kennedy, Purina rep. (Absent judge, Gerry Pozzebon)
 
Following a fabulous home cooked dinner of roast turkey, mashed potatoes, all the fixings, and home-made pies, Jim Andrew, President of the NRCC, took the podium. To begin, Jim welcomed everyone to the 2019 National Retriever Championship and thanked the host club, the Labrador Retriever Club of Central Ontario. This hard working club hosted the 2017 National as well. Thank you for all of your hard work.
 
Jim thanked the National sponsors, upon whom the NRCC and National events depend on to ensure their success. Thank you to: Purina, the Official Sponsor of the Canadian National Open and Canadian National Amateur Retriever Championships, Official Dog Food Sponsor and the Official Dog Food Supplier to the National Retriever Club of Canada, Avery Sporting Dog, Garmin official e-collar supplier, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Zinger Winger, Canine Field Co, Kent Cartridge official ammunition supplier, and Retriever Results our partner in reporting Field Trial Results. Purina representative Bill Kennedy and Canine Field Co. representative Kevin Riddell, came forward to receive NRCC sponsor pins as a token of our appreciation.
 
Next, the judges were asked to come forward to receive their NRCC pins. From the Western Zone, Sharon van der Lee, and from the Eastern Zone, Chris Bayles. Absent was Eastern Zone judge, Gerry Pozzebon suffered a reaction after being stung by a ground wasp.
 
At each National we recognize retiring Directors who have fulfilled their 3 year term, and welcome new Directors. First, Jim acknowledged the contribution Graham Tyler made as President and past Director representing BC, before thanking Directors who have accepted nominations for an additional 3 year term. British Columbia - Jane Spearing, Alberta - Gord Benn, Southern Ontario - Connie Swanson, Nova Scotia - Mike Zelman. Welcome to Susan Shearer from BC who will fulfil the remaining term for Graham.
 
National Retriever Club of Canada pins were then awarded to FT Chair - Dave Thompson, and FT Secretary- Cheryl Ritchie in appreciation for their contribution to the success of the 2019 National. Absent was Chief Marshal - Greg MacInnis
 
Jim then proceeded to announce the host club for the 2020 National Amateur would be the Northern Ontario Retriever Association scheduled to take place in Iron Bridge Ontario from July 19-25. The judges will be from the Western Zone, Peter Muursepp and Dan Danforth, and from the Eastern Zone, Scott Adams. Should be a great National Amateur, so mark it on your calendars. The 2020 National will be hosted by the Manitoba Gun Dog Association from September 14-19, in Balmoral Manitoba. The Eastern Zone judges will be Dave Wardle and Boyd Rutledge with the Western Zone judge to be determined at a later date.
 
The FT Committee for this National was:
  • Committee Chair - Chief Marshal - Greg MacInnis
  • FT Chair - Dave Thompson
  • Western zone - Dan Danforth
  • Eastern zone - Ken Crosby
  • Eastern zone - Karen Carson
 



 
 
 
 
On behalf of the host club, Jim Ling presented the judges, Chris Bayles and Sharon van der Lee with thank you gifts. Then, Chris Bayles spoke on behalf of the judges, thanking the host club and setup crew for all of their hard work. Chris indicated that the judges have made a sincere effort to set demanding tests for both handlers and their dogs. Good luck to all and enjoy the week.
 
Next, Randy Buettner, Assistant Marshal, followed up with instructions from the judges, before they were excused for the evening so that the serious business of the Calcutta could get under way. The Calcutta is a Canadian tradition at Nationals to auction off competing dogs to the highest bidder as a fund raiser for the National. Let the fun begin.
 
 
 
 
Scenes from the Banquet




 




 
 
At the end of the night the starting dog number was drawn. Dog number 52 FC-FTCH-AFTCH Sweetwater's Ten Deuce All In will start the 1st series which is planned to be a Land Triple. The caravan will leave headquarters at 6:30 am sharp.

Monday September 9, 2019

Test 1 - Land Triple With 1 Retired Gun

The 2019 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, Zinger Winger official remote launcher supplier, Kent Cartridge official ammunition supplier, Delta Waterfowlers and Canine Field Co.



 
What a great start to the 2019 National Retriever Championship. The dogs were feeling frisky with a chilly 5C start to the day. Caravan left headquarters and it was barely daylight. There was a light breeze 6 km/h from the NE. Very fickle and even while the gunners were going out it continuously flipped around. Predictions were for a high of 17C with the wind switching to S 8 km/h in the afternoon. The test was pretty well run due north.
 



Judges left to right: Gerry Pozzebon, Sharon van der Lee, Chris Bayles
 
As is tradition at Canadian Nationals, the signalling paddle was passed by one of the judges from the previous National to the judges of the current National. In this case judge Chris Mason from the 2019 National Amateur in Keoma Alberta to Chris Bayles.



 
Test 1 was a land triple with the long right hand gun retired set in the rolling hills of a cut hay field with a mixture of grass and clover about 6” deep. The order of the birds thrown was long right retired, then short left, followed by the middle mark as the go bird. All guns threw a hen duck left to right, slightly angled back. The left hand bird landed near a large predominant pine tree. Distances to the marks were; 189 yards to the right hand retired, 180 yards to the centre go bird and 102 yards to the short left hand mark.
 



 





 
 
Honorary test dog was AFTCH Babyducks Voo Doo Thing, owned and handled by Sean Colville. Jesse originally belonged to Al Custers who will always be in our hearts. A great competitor and friend.
 
 
 
The purpose of the test dogs is to provide the handlers some insight into the pitfalls of the test and to ensure the mechanics of the throws are ironed out before the first contestant runs. First up was Male Test Dog FTCH AFTCH She:Kon Cranky Warrior, owned and handled by Jim Green. Once the birds were down, Jim sent Crank for the go bird, but Crank had other ideas and selected the short left hand mark first. He was then sent to the right hand retired mark and had a very good mark going under the arc and over to the bird. Crank had no problem picking up the middle bird last for another very good mark. Next up was Female Test Dog FTCH NMH GMH Elmingo’s Prime Suspect, owned and handled by Jill Chalmers. After the birds were down, Jill also chose to send Meg for the middle go bird. Meg was good past the left hand mark, but broke down between the left and middle marks to initiate her hunt before working her way back to the middle go bird. An obvious pitfall sending the dogs past the short left mark without picking it up first. Should be interesting to watch what the handlers decide to pick up first. Meg did very well on the other 2 marks with no hunts.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jill & Meg



Jim & Crank


 
Announcer - Richard Dresser



Handlers Planning Strategies


 
Observing Test Dogs From Under the Tent


 



 
As predicted, with 10 dogs left to run, the short left hand mark proved troublesome for some dogs. After picking up the middle bird first, some dogs are hunting wrong side and deep of the left hand gun station. There were a number of big hunts and handles on that bird. A few dogs handled on the right retired. Depended on which way the wind blew when you ran whether you can get by the left hand bird and keep going back to the middle mark. Because of the angle to the right hand mark, the middle mark appeared longer than the right hand mark. Looks can be deceiving from line.
 
Callbacks: 53 dogs were called back to the 2nd series. Dogs not called back were 21, 40.

Test 2 - Land Blind

Test 2 was a 264 yard land blind facing NE. The wind switched 180 degrees while setting up the test. The wind varied from W to SE. It was supposed to settle in from the South. In the meantime it was extremely variable. Saving factor was that it was light at 2-4 km/h. Current temperature was a pleasant 17C. The mat was moved to the left and forward about 75 yards from the running line in Test 1. The line to the blind crossed all 3 lines to the marks and was right of the right hand mark at the brow of a hill. There was about 30 yards from where the hen pheasant was placed to the treeline. The hill dropped off sharply behind the blind on the way to the holding blind in the treeline. There were a few strategically placed milkweed plants on the line to the blind.



 



 
Two of our Sponsor reps, Purina - Bill Kennedy and Canine Field Co - Kevin Riddell were invaluable, helping where they could gunning, throwing, and moving equipment. Your work was greatly appreciated.
 
Callbacks: 48 dogs were called back to the 3rd series. Dogs called back; 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,10,11,12,13,14,15,17,18,19,22,23,25,26,27,28,29,30,31,32,33,34,35,36,37,39,41,42,43,44,45,46,47,48,49,51,52,53,54,55,56. Dogs not called back; 9,16,21,24,50.

Tuesday September 10, 2019

Test 3 - Water Triple With 1 Retired Gun

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


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Day 2 of the 2019 Canadian National Retriever Championship. A free breakfast to all of the contestants and workers was sponsored by Chris and Gary Mason. Thank you. As well, we were remiss in thanking Baypoint Kennels, Dan & Gloria Devos for sponsoring Monday’s breakfast. The day started out at 10C with a 11 km/h breeze from the NE. The test was run south west in a narrow pond with a dike traversing it about 3/4 on the way to the middle and right hand marks. The hill was mixed grass about 6-10” deep. The order of the guns was right retired along the shore, middle up in the field to the left of the right hand mark, followed by the short left hand go bird. All hen ducks were thrown. The distance to the left hand go bird was 43 yards thrown straight out from left to right into a small bay at the end of the pond. Distance to the middle bird was 155 yards. The bird was thrown left to right, angled slightly uphill into the wind. The distance to the right hand retired mark was 151 yards. The hen duck was thrown on land along the shore into slightly higher cover. The line to that bird is through one pond, across the dike into the corner of the next pond. There is a large willow in the corner of the pond that separates the middle and right hand gun stations. At the start the wind was coming off the middle gun station crossing the line to the right retired. The test took about 10 minutes per dog.



 



 
Once again male test dog was Crank with owner/handler Jim Green. Crank had an excellent go bird. He appeared to want the right retired 2nd but when he got to the dike, he curled around the large willow tree and hooked over to pick up the middle gun. When sent back to the right hand mark he did fine. Next up was Jill Chalmers with female test dog Meg. The go bird went well. Jill decided to send Meg for the middle bird and after a bit of a hunt, Meg came up with the bird. Finally, Meg was sent for the right retired. When she got to the corner by the large willow, Meg popped. Jill had to walk over to the right to see her and that was enough to get Meg going again. After a hunt on both sides of the gun station, Meg came up with the bird. With rain forecast for the afternoon and the wind supposedly switching to the S, this test would change substantially.
Checking Out The Test



Rogue Gallery


Callbacks: 39 dogs were called back to the 4th series which is a water blind. Dogs call back; 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,10,11,13,15,18,19,23,25,26,27,29,30,31,32,33,35,36,37,39,41,42,43,44,45,46,47,51,52,53,54,55,56. Dogs not called back; 1,3,12,14,17,22,28,34, 48,49

Test 4 - Water Blind

Test 4 was run from the opposite end of the pond used for Test 3 water marks. The gunners from the middle station were left out in the field. They were not visible to the dog from the mat. The line to the blind skimmed past a tall clump of golden rod before the dog entered the water. There was a very tight corridor where the dog got into the water and paralleled the shore to a small point on the left hand shore that was on line. From the point, the line angled across the pond, and crossing the line to the right hand mark from Test 3. The cover on the far shore was very heavy where the dog exited the pond to take a gap between a clump of golden rod and the tree that separated the right and middle gun stations. As the dog angled up hill, the middle gun station became visible and the dog must cross the scent line to the middle mark. The dog must angle up hill to a hen duck that was planted near the brow of the hill. Once again, the handlers had to be on their game to negotiate the factors and not lose their dog at the end of the blind. At 3:50 it began to rain, just as the first running dog was called to line.



 



 
Male test dog Crank, was first to run. Crank ran along the shore to the point before being handled into the water. He took a good line across the pond, exiting right on line. He needed another cast to drive up the hill to the bird. Female test dog Meg, took the first water to the point. She needed a cast to get into the water and carried that cast across the pond, slightly left of line. When she reached the far shore, she broke left and needed a few whistles to get back on line. She managed to get past the bird on the left and went over the brow of the hill but quickly recovered and was handled into the bird. Dog number 32 was the first dog to run, just as the skies opened up and the rain came down.
 
Callbacks: 38 dogs were called back to the 5th series. Dogs call back; 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,10,11,13,15,18,19,23,25,26,27,29,30,31,33,35,36,37,39,41,42,43,44,45,46,47,51,52,53,54,55,56. One dog was not called back; 32.

Wednesday September 11, 2019

Test 5 - Land Quad With 3 Retired Guns

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


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Breakfast for the contestants and workers was sponsored Wednesday morning by Westwind Retrievers - Carl & Susan Clarke. Thank you for your generosity. Just remember you can look us up on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/nrccanada/) to get up-to-date coverage behind the scenes and interview videos.
 
After a change in the planned test location and then a delay waiting for the glare from the sun to dissipate, we finally got under way at 9:55 am. The test was run from the top of a steep hill down into a flat field with thigh high mixed cover of golden rod, milkweed, interspersed with small trees, spruce pine and ash. The field was bush hogged every which way. Looked like the guy on the tractor had a few too many before he bush hogged. There were lots of trails leading to no man’s land. Once the dog came off the hill, they needed to negotiate the heavy cover and not take the easy way - the wrong trail. The temperature was already 23C to start. The dogs were hot coming off line, so a pool of ice water was already for them to use to cool off. It was breezy wind out of the west 13-20 km/h that increased to W 20-30 km/h. Not sure how much wind was down at the bottom of the hill. The field looked calm and sheltered from the wind.
 
Distances to the marks are measured from the top of the hill, across, and do not take into account the angle down hill and across the field that the dogs ran. Distances were; right retired 175 yards, middle right retired 211 yards, middle left retired 124 yards, and the left hand go bird 112 yards. The right hand gunners threw a rooster pheasant. All others were hen mallards. All birds landed in clumps of high cover. The right hand bird was thrown angled back into heavy cover, right to left into the test along the treeline. The middle right was also thrown right to left out into high cover in an adjacent field. Both the left and middle left marks were thrown angled back into clumps of golden rod from left to right.



 



 
First up was male test dog Crank, with Jim at the helm. Crank came to line at 9:05. When the test dogs ran, the order was middle right, then right, middle left and then the left hand go bird. The judges changed the order after the test dogs. Crank picked up the left hand go bird first. He went under the arc and hunted a bit deep before coming in on the bird. Next Jim sent Crank for the middle left retired and he went right to the mark. For his 3rd bird, Crank took a great line right to the bird and for the middle right retired, Crank took all of the cover to the gun station and then hunted out into the field a bit deep and then to the bird for a very good test. Next, Meg and Jill ran. Meg was slightly up wind and to the right of the go bird, but she hunted back towards the gunners and came up with her bird. Jill chose to send Meg for the middle left mark 2nd. Meg took a line to the left of the holding blind and then hooked over to the bird. She had a good right retired bird. For the middle right mark, Meg took a line almost through the middle left area of fall and then bounced along the cover to the holding blind and out into the field to her bird.
 
So in the end the judges moved the right hand gun station over to where they were throwing the bird and changed the throw. Instead of the bird being thrown left to right, it was changed to right to left into the test.
 
At 11:55 we had our first bird change. No handles at that point. In the end there were a number of handles and 1 pick-up. Test 5 was finished at 3:30 which allowed time for the workers to clean up and relax before the Workers’ Party. Callbacks were announced at Headquarters.
 
Callbacks: 29 dogs were called back to the 6th series. Dogs called back; 2,4,5,6,8,10,11,13,15,18,23,25,26,29,30,31,35,36,37,41,42,43,46,47,51,52,53,54,55. Dogs not called back; 3,7,19,27,33,39,44,45,55.

Workers’ Party

The Workers’ Party was a blast. As always home cooked meals are worth waiting for. Chicken Alfredo, shepherds pie, cabbage rolls and meatballs, and don’t forget the pies. Lots of food and fun.
 



 
Dinner was sponsored by Canine Field Co, owned by Kevin Riddell and beer was donated by New Ontario Brewing Company. Thank you for your generosity. Each evening after the tests are done, items donated by Purina are drawn for the pool of gunners and throwers for that day in appreciation for their work.
 



 
After dinner, NRCC Vice President, Dan Danforth and Past President, Jim Ling presented NRCC workers pins to acknowledge the contribution made by the Host Club Committees. A big thank you to David Thompson, Field Trial Chair, Greg MacInnis, Field Trial Marshal and his assistants, Randy Buettner, Dan Yeomans, Richard Dresser, Tom Sullivan, Carl Clarke, Kevin Riddell, Dave Broomhead and Bill Kennedy. Thank you to Field Trial Secretary Cheryl Ritchie, Gun Captain Darlene Broomhead, Traffic Control Dave & Donna Wardle, Treasurer Lou Moroz, Silent Auction and Hospitality Debbie Yeomans, Diane Carson, Jane Thompson, Cheryl Ritchie, Shirley Greener, and Lou Moroz. Many of the workers are wearing 2 or more hats. Dave Thompson and Joe Bannon worked on grounds, our on site vet was Al Moroz, Facebook reporter Karen Carson, NRCC Secretary and Communications Officer Dona Martin, and the setup team of Ann Steer, Don Munroe, Karen Carson, Shirley Greener, Dan Yeomans. Test dogs were run by Jim Green and Jill Chalmers. It takes a village. Thank you all.
 



 
For the entertainment we had The Dreamers, Al Moroz, Richard Dresser, and Dave Broomhead, perform. As someone commented “Fuel for a nightmare”. After a costume change the Dreamers came out for an encore performance.
Encore set



The Dreamers


Thursday September 12, 2019

Test 6 - Water Quad With 1 Retired Gun and Honour

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


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After rain overnight, Thursday morning started overcast with a light rain falling. Temperature was 14 C with a wind at 15-23 km/h from the NE. Test 6 was a water quad with 1 long retired and 2 semi retired, with an honour. The pond ran pretty well north to south with heavy cover along the shore so the test was downwind with a slight left to right influence. There was just a hint of colour in the surrounding maple trees . There were 3 birds very tight down the left hand shore and the go bird was alone on the right hand shore. The running mat was on a dike with a very steep bank down to the water. It was very difficult for dogs to take separate lines into the water for all the birds. The order of the guns was, first, the prominent gunners on the point throwing into a 2x4 floating crib. The 2nd gun to go off was the long retired, with the line to that bird, very tight to the backside of the point gun station. Next was the left hand mark that threw along the shore into heavy cover on a small point on the left shore. The gunners sat amongst the corn to be semi retired. Finally, the go bird was thrown out onto a grassy point along the right hand shore. The gunners sit in high marsh grass beside a dead tree. They were also semi-retired. Distances to the marks were; the prominent point mark was 160 yards, the long retired 228 yards, the short left 84 yards and the go bird 38 yards. Hen mallards were thrown at all stations. There were a few decoys to the right of the bird thrown from the point angled back out into the water. The makeshift crib kept the bird from drifting away. For the dog to get that bird successfully they needed to stay wide of the point the whole way out, The long retired station was on the dike at the far end of the pond, thrown left to right across an ATV trail into light cover. The line to that bird was part way out on the point and very tight to the visible gun station. The cover was scented and a duck plucked behind the point in the cover between the 2 gun stations. The short left hand mark was thrown left to right into the test landing in dense cover. There was a road that passed under the arc. If a dog followed the road they passed up wind of the bird. The go bird was thrown from shore out onto a grassy point. It took about 20 minutes for each dog to complete the test.



 



 
Good mechanics and good help is so important for a successful event. Kent Cartridge provided the poppers for the marks. There were no misfires using the Kent poppers which is crucial to keeping the test moving. The club had a great team of hard workers that ensured the tests were set up and the gunners taken out to their stations. The competitors were great about taking their turn out in the field gunning. Thank you to all.
 
Getting Ready for the First Shift



 
Male test dog, Crank ran first. When he ran the go bird was a long retired to the last point along the right hand shore. Crank had a good job on that bird. Next, he was sent for the short left hand bird. He went under the arc and hunted deep out of sight. When he came into sight he was in the water deep of the short left hand mark and hunted along the shore to the visible guns on the point. He had an extensive hunt behind the point and wrong side of the gun station before being handled to the bird. When Crank was resent for the short left hand bird, he headed for the visible gunners on the point and was handled to the bird. He was not sent for the long retired.
 
After the male test dog ran, the judges decided to change the test. The long right go bird was moved in along the right hand shore. Its became a short breaking bird and the gunners were only semi retired when they sat down in the high grass. Hopefully we don’t have any dogs break on the honour or as running dog.
 
Female test dog was Mapleponds Windcrest Bailey, owned by Chris and Gary Mason and handled by Chris. Bailey started out strong with a very good go bird. For the short left Bailey ran along the dike and left shore to the bird. Next Chris sent Bailey for the visible mark thrown from the point out into the water. Bailey started out on a good line but faded to the gun station and hunted extensively on land on the backside of the point. The few times she appeared to head out to the mark but turned back before she went far enough, and had to be handled. For the long retired, Bailey took a great line past the visible gun station on the point but broke down in the cover behind the point where it had been scented, and had to be handled. The test proved to be a very tough test. At 11:55 there have been a number of handles and a pick up.
 
At 2:45 16 dogs had run. There were some dogs that made it through without a handle which isn’t to say they didn’t have a big hunt, and there were many handles, a double handle and a pick-up. At 5:45 there were 5 more dogs left to run with many handles. It will be interesting to see how many dogs we are are down to after this.
 
Callbacks: 20 dogs were called back to the 7th series. Dogs called back; 2,4,8,10,11,18,23,25,26,29,30,31,36,37,42,46,51,52,53,54. Dogs not called back; 5,6,13,15,35,41,43,47,56.

Friday September 13, 2019

Test 7 - Land Quad With 2 Retired guns and Honour

Brought to you by Garmin, official E-collar sponsor of the National Retriever Club of Canada


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Test 7 was run in a stubble field with a back drop of maple trees just beginning to change colour at the back of the field. Temperature was 9C, so a hot breakfast sponsored by Purina was welcome. Purina is our major sponsor. Without their support it would be difficult to host a National of this calibre. Thank you.
 
The test was run due north, with a NE breeze coming into the test from right to left at 3-6 km/h. Just enough for the dogs to scent the birds. The field had rolling hills interspersed with hay bales that could influence the dogs lines to the birds. The right hand gun station retired behind 2 hay bales. The order of the guns was; middle right visible, the right retired, followed by middle left retired and then the go bird to the far left. Hen mallards were thrown at all marks except the middle left retired, which was a rooster pheasant. The 2 right hand marks were thrown angled back right to left into the test. The 2 left hand marks were thrown into the test left to right. The middle left bird was thrown from the hedge row straight out into the field to the brow of a hill and the go bird was thrown back into knee high weeds in a field on the other side of the hedgerow. Distances to the marks were; 196 yards to the right hand retired mark, 359 yards to the middle right, 249 yards to the middle left retired, and 220 yards to the left hand go bird.



 



 
Male test dog Crank, ran first. Sunny and bright with a few long shadows across the test that quickly disappeared. For the go bird, Crank initially headed for the gun station but curled right and disappeared behind the hedge row briefly before coming out and looping over to the bird. Next, Crank was sent for the left middle retired. He headed left of the gun station and bounced along the hedgerow, found the gunners and then looped over to the bird. For his 3rd bird, Jim chose to send Crank for the right hand retired but Crank wanted the long middle visible. He appeared to being going long, headed for the visible gun station and appeared to wind the right hand retired bird because he made an abrupt right hand turn and went directly to the bird. For the long middle right hand mark, Crank initially headed wide left of the bird. There is a dip in the field about 3/4 of the way out where the handler lost sight of their dog. Crank corrected his line while out of sight and curled into the gun station under the arc and then to the bird. Next up was female test dog Bailey with handler Chris Mason. For the go bird, Bailey’s initial line was headed for the gunners but she corrected as she got to the transition to the next field where the go bird was thrown, went under the arc and hunted a bit deep before coming back into the bird. Next, Chris tried to send Bailey to the middle left retired, but Bailey wanted the long visible up the middle. She started out wide as a result but corrected her line to go under the arc and then loop back to the bird. Bailey had a very good right hand retired. Chris then sent Bailey to the left middle retired. She went left of the gun station then deep along the hedgerow, back to the gun station and then out into the field to the bird. The judges liked what they saw so the test was a go.
 
The test moved along quite nicely. At 10:10 we already had our first and only bird change. There were a few pick-ups. Mostly dogs had difficulty with the left middle retired bird. About half way through the running order the wind switched so that the test was downwind angling left to right
From the Gallery



Gallery


 
Callbacks: 16 dogs were called back to the 8th series. Dogs called back; 2,4,8,10,11,18,25,26,30,31,42,46,51,52,53,54. We lost dogs 23,29,36,37. Dog 30 will start the 8th which will be a land blind.

Test 8 - Land Blind

Test 8 was a land blind. The mat was moved to the right and back about 40 ft from Test 7 running line. The line to the blind crossed the line to the right retired and middle right visible and passed fairly close the where the bird landed for the left retired. The test was mostly downwind angling slightly from left to right, although it sometimes swirled from right to left so it was hard to know how the treelines affected it. Distance to the blind was 292 yards just in front of some leafy branches the were laid on the ground. There were also branches to the right of the right hand bale and to the left of line about half way in from the bale. The proper line to the blind was right of the first pile of branches, left of the hay bale, right of the area of the old fall, to the pile of branches at the base of the hill. A hen mallard was placed belly down by the bird planter who was hidden in the hedgerow, deep and to the left of the blind. The middle left retired gun station and bird are indicated on the photo of the blind below.



 



 
All wrapped up at 2:00. Back to Headquarters for callbacks.
 
Callbacks: All dogs were called back to the 9th series that is planned to be a water blind. Dog 51 will start.

Saturday September 14, 2019

Test 9 - Double Water Blind With a Double Dry Shot

The 2019 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, Zinger Winger official remote launcher supplier, Kent Cartridge, Delta Waterfowlers and Canine Field Co.



 

To start the day we had overcast skies left over from the heavy rain we experienced during the night. Temperature was a comfortable 19C and was forecast to reach a high of 20C. Perfect weather for running dogs. The blinds were run mostly downwind varying from the left and right at 19-29 km/h. Breakfast was once again sponsored by Purina. Thank you.

 

The blinds were run back from the water about half way up a hill. There were lots of cedars and small bushed that the dogs had to negotiate before they reached the water, and there was a very large dead elm tree just to the right on the line to long blind. Distances to the blinds were 255 yards to the short left hand blind and 300 yards to the long right hand blind. There was a spit that split the pond in 2 and that was where the gunner for the dry shot sat, between the lines to the 2 blinds. The spit was scented on both sides of the gunner. There was a holding blind behind the gunner so that when the dog got past and was looking back they do not see the gunner. Ducks were planted for both blinds.

 

When the handler was ready, they signalled for the dry shots. The gunner was standing. The judge signalled for each dry shot and released the dog. The gunner sat down immediately after they finished shooting. The left hand blind was run first along the left shore crossing the spit near the gunner, then tight along the shore to the far side and out about 30 yards to the base of a large tree. The longer right hand blind was run second. The line to that blind was tight to the left of the big elm, and then tight to the right of the gunner, over the spit, to the far shore, and then out into the field between 2 spruce tree goal posts heading uphill to the bird.



 



 

How the test dogs do is usually indicative of how many of the dogs will do. They show the handlers the pitfalls and the judges can determine if they still want to go with the test as set. In this test the judges did not change anything after the test dogs ran. First up was AFTCH Frr’s Ray of Sunshine, owned by Darlene & Dave Broomhead and handled by Dave. Sunny had her first whistle once she was in the water, headed for the dry shot gunner in white. She carried that cast to the spit where she put her nose down in the scented area and needed a few casts to get her off the spit. She then headed for the left shore and had to be cast right. She overcast along the shore and needed a few whistles on land before getting to the bird. For the second blind, Sunny needed a few early whistles because she wanted to go wide to the right of the elm tree. Then she got too far left and was headed for the gunner. Crossed the spit on line and needed a number of whistles to keep her on line through the goal posts to the bird. Next up was male test dog Crank. He needed a whistle before the water because he was headed to the gunner, and a few more to convince him otherwise. He was good over the spit and then headed left to shore. He ignored the casts to get him back in the water and then had a number of casts and whistle refusals at the end as he hunted short and to the left. For the long blind, Crank also wanted to go wide to the right of the elm. Jim got him back on line but needed a few whistles before the water. Once in the water, Crank still wanted to go right and needed a few whistles to get him on line. He then carried his line over the spit, but immediately headed for the point to the right on the far shore. There are a few decoys near the point to distract the dogs as well. From the point, Crank carried his line through the goal posts to the bird. He had a very good ending to the blind.



 

Callbacks: 4,11,18,26,42,46,51,52,53.54. Dogs not called back 2,8,10,25,30,31. Dog 54 will start the last series which will be a water quad.

Test 10 - Water Quad With 3 Retired Guns and 1 Semi-retired

The 10th series was run perpendicular across the ponds that the double water blinds were run, crossing the line to both. All hen mallards were thrown. All guns retired except the go bird gunners who sat down in heavy cover so they were barely visible from line. All of the birds were thrown right to left with the wind, except the long left retired which was thrown left to right into the test. The wind was coming across the test from right to left. The order of the guns was long left, middle left, right and the go bird was middle right. The gunners retired immediately after throwing. The distances to the marks were; 274 yards to the left, 231 to middle left, 131 to the middle right go bird and 158 to the right retired. The long left retired threw from a point of cover, across a gap into cover at the treeline. There was a large mound on line before the water, then into the corner, back out through 2 large patches of cattails, and then drive uphill past the middle left retired. For the middle left retired, the dog should stay in the water to the far side and then drive past the go bird to the right, across a road that ran along the shore before curling up into the field and crossing in front of the left gun station. The bird was thrown angled back against a clump of sumac. The go bird was thrown angled back over a clump of golden rod into heavy cover near the edge of the pond. The gunners and bird were framed by 2 prominent trees on the near shore, and the line to the bird was over a fallen tree between the trees, and along the left side of the spit that crossed the pond. The right retired bird was thrown downhill into the test from right to left. Some corn stalks were broken off to the cover the area of the fall. The gunners stood in front of a corn field and retired into the corn rows after they threw. It was a great test to finish off the National.



 



 
What a glorious day for the last day of the National. Breezy, sunny and not too hot. Just right. Seemed the weather held up for the entire week. We got rain overnight but hardly any to speak of during the tests. As we come to a close, a big thank you to the host club Labrador Retriever Club of Central Ontario, all of the workers, landowners, and sponsors. Everyone contributed to make for a successful National. It took a village.