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Test 9 - Land Quad With 3 Retired Guns and an Honor

The 2021 Canadian National would like to thank our sponsors, Nestle-Purina Official Sponsor of the Canadian National Open Retriever Championship, Official Dog Food Sponsor and the Official Dog Food Supplier to the National Retriever Club of Canada, Garmin Tri-Tronics official e-collar supplier. Thank you as well to Kent Cartridge, and Canine Field Co, Dakota Creek Retrievers, and Retriever Results our partner in results reporting



 

Updated: 11:55 am
The 9th series is a land quad with the left 3 gun stations retired. Only the go bird on the right remains visible. The field slopes down from right to left as well as downhill from line. There are 3 distinct cover changes. From the mat to the first change in cover, it is a mixture of weeds, golden rod and grasses. Next is a cut clover field that end with a reidge of cover that transects the test. Next is a large cut hay field. There is a row of trees that comes towards the line with the 2 long reft hand gunners throwing either side. The long centre left gun station is about a hundred yards deep of the left gun station, and throws into the hay field from left to right. There is a flock of goose silouettes enroute in the cut hap field. The left gun station stand to the left of the row of trees and throws angle back, right to left, out of the test. The line to the bird is in heavy cover and side hill for half of the route. The risk is that dogs will fall off the hill and square out out of the cover early. The centre right retired is a short mark thrown left to right along the transition ridge of cover. The gunners stand in the clover and throw over the ridge into the cut hay field. The go bird is on the right up on a hill, and is thrown angle back from right to left into the test. The order of the birds is long centre left retired, then left retired, short centre right retired, and then the go bird. Distances to the marks are; left 293 yards, centre left 393 yards, centre right 158 yards and go bird 197 yards. A rooster pheasant is thrown for the go bird, hen mallards at the left retired and short centre right retired, and a drake is thrown for the long centre left mark.



 



 
First up was male test dog. Grit handled by Laura had a good go bird, under the arc and looped over to the bird. For the short retired on the centre right, Grit was goind deep wide right, and had to be handled back to the bird. Laura chose to send Grit to the left retired but he fell off the hill early and ended up at the decoys. He hunted behind the decoys and over to the trees before Laura handled to the centre left retired. When resent to the left retired Grit fell off the hill and squared out of the cover towards the decoys, before being handled to the bird. A tough test. Next up was Ann with Putzi. For the go bird Putzi went under the arc and hunted deep on both sides of the gun station before working her way over to the bird. Next, Putzi wanted to pick up the left retired mark. She started out with a good line but broke right after the cover and hunted around the tree before working her way over to the decoys. She then started to hunt short and in before being handled. For the short centre right retired, Putzi was going deep and had to be handled to the bird. She was not sent for the long centre left retired. Another test dog was called to line. Shawn Grady with his dog Baypoint’s Ain’t Life Grand, Abby went right to the go bird. She stepped on the short right retired. But when she was sent for the left retired she fell off the hill early and ended up hunting between the trees and the decopys before Shawn handled her to the bird. For the centre left retried she just about got to the decoys and then popped. Shawn handled her to the bird with a big booming back! The decoys are proving to be a big attraction.
 
Last Day Judges







 

Finalists

No
Dog Name                                                                          
Owner                                              
Handler                      
4
FTCH-AFTCH Renegade's Highlight Reel
Bill Kennedy
William R Kennedy
6
FTCH-AFTCH Frr's Ray Of Sunshine QFTR
Darlene & David Broomhead
Dave Broomhead
13
FTCH Baypoint's Idaone QFTR-JFTR
Justin Williams
Dan Devos
16
FTCH-AFTCH Quackaddict Voo Doo Child
Connie Swanson
Connie Swanson
19
FTCH November Morning Rain JFTR
Karen Nelkenbrecher
Dan Devos
35
FTCH Bowrivers Where Blacktop Ends QFTR
Daniel & Laura Danforth
Dan Danforth
42
FC-FTCH-AFTCH Sweetwater's Ten Deuce All In QFTR
Howard Simson & Lise Langlois
Howard Simson
43
FTCH-AFTCH Flint River's Fifty Shades Of Blue
Connie & Richard Dresser
Connie Dresser
44
Creekflyers King Of The Ring QFTR-JFTR
Albert Gatrell & Kathy Gatrell
Carl Clarke
47
FTCH-AFTCH Maplepond Piper's First Pick QFTR-JFTR
Ken Crosby
Ken Crosby
51
FTCH-AFTCH Wingbusters Alabama Slamma QFTR-JFTR
Thomas & Margaret Murray
Marg Murray
 
Dogs Not Called Back: 10,12.21,24,27,32,37,40,53
 
The judges have decided there wouldn’ be enough time to finish Test 10 today and they don’t want to split the test. So, dog 13 will start the water quad tomorrow.

Test 10 - Water Quad With 3 Retired Guns

The 2021 Canadian National would like to thank our sponsors, Nestle-Purina Official Sponsor of the Canadian National Open Retriever Championship, Official Dog Food Sponsor and the Official Dog Food Supplier to the National Retriever Club of Canada, Garmin Tri-Tronics official e-collar supplier. Thank you as well to Kent Cartridge, and Canine Field Co, Dakota Creek Retrievers, and Retriever Results our partner in results reporting



 
Another beautiful day in the neighbourhood. Sunny, clear skies, although a bit chilly to start. For the first time temperature is in the single digits, 8C. Hopefully it will warm up quickly. For the final series, we are back at Gahonk Kennels. Thank you to all of the landowners, Jody & Ron Greenly, and Dave & Jane Thompson. Test 10 is using the pond from the Test 8 water blind but running from the opposite side to the pond. The line is at the top of the hill with a long water entry down hill through a mix of high hay and golden rod. Cattails and willow surround the pond, and a spit transects the pond. The heavy cover at the edge of the pond on the way to the centere left retired. apears to have paths already developing after test dogs and should scent up substantially. 2 of the marks are thrown along the edge of the pond, 1 behind a mound on the far shore and one uphill into aheavy cover across a clearing. Hen mallards are thrown for the 2 outside marks and drakes are thrown for the longer centre marks. All birds are thrown from left to right. Distances to the marks are; left 162 yards, centre left 278 yards, centre right 213 yards and the left hand go bird is 149 yards. Keep in mind, these distances to do not account for down hill and up hill. To begin with, the centre left retired gunners stand in shadows to throw. This may change as the sun gets higher. All the other gun stations stand out in the bright sun. The order of the guns is centre left retired, centre right retired, left retired and then the visible go bird on the right. The centre left retired is the longest mark and is thrown angle back from in front of a tall tree, across a clearing into thigh high golden rod and weeds. The centre right retired throws from a group of 3 tall trees, angled back into ankle high grass behind a mound of golden rod and weeds. The left retired stands on one side of a road that goes along the left side of the pond and throws angle back across the road to the base of a point. The last bird is thrown from the spit on the right side of the pond, across a channel to a spit conming out from the right hand shore. The first do was called to line at 8:45.



 



 
The work the test dogs do, is an indicator of the factors that will influence the dogs and how the dogs will respond. For that reason, details on how the test dogs do, are given to help you understand what is happening with the test. First up was female test dog, Sirmak Pippi Pitkasukka, owned by Mark and Sirkka Laberge and handled by Mark. For the go bird, Pippi fell off the hill on the way to the water and entered the pond left of the spit that the gunners are sitting on, went to the gun station and then crossed the channel to the right and to the bird. For the centre right retired, Pippi exited the pond in the corner and hunted right along the shore, before working her way deep and to the wrong side, eventually hunting her way over to the bird. On the centre left retired, she had a good line across the pond and through the heavy cover on the edge and then popped and had to be handled to the bird. For the left retired Pippi squared across the pond and had to be handled to the bird.
 
Male test dog is FTCH AFTCH Ram River Rainbow Royale, owned by Daniel Danforth and handled by Laura Danforth. Roy had a similar job to Pippi on the go bird, to the gunners and then across the channel to the bird. Next he was sent to the left retired and ran down the road, hunting short before working his way along the edge of the pond to bird. For the centre right retired, Roy seemed to split the difference between the 2 centre guns, but curled right as he crossed the pond and exited to the left of the gunners, crossed in front and went to the bird. For the centre left retired, Roy had a good line all the way out to the bird, went under the arc a little deep and came back down to retrieve his bird. Excellent mark.
 
At 11:00 am we are half way and are changing gunners. There have been some handles and the cream is rising to the top.
 
At 12:25 pm the last dog has completed the test. Now we wait ...

Winner
2021 Canadian National Retriever Championship

NFTCH FTCH AFTCH Flint River’s Fifty Shades of Blue



 

Owned by Connie and Richard Dresser
Handled by Connie Dresser

Finalists



 

4
FTCH-AFTCH Renegade's Highlight Reel
Owner / Handler: Bill Kennedy
Not Available
6
FTCH-AFTCH Frr's Ray Of Sunshine QFTR
Owners: Darlene & David Broomhead
Handler: Dave Broomhead
 


13
FTCH Baypoint's Idaone QFTR-JFTR
Owner: Justin Williams
Handler: Dan Devos
 


16
FTCH-AFTCH Quackaddict Voo Doo Child
Owner / Handler: Connie Swanson
 


19
FTCH November Morning Rain JFTR
Owner: Karen Nelkenbrecher
Handler: Dan Devos
 


35
FTCH Bowrivers Where Blacktop Ends QFTR
Owners: Daniel and Laura Danforth
Handler: Dan Danforth
 


42
FC-FTCH-AFTCH Sweetwater's Ten Deuce All In QFTR
Howard Simson & Lise Langlois
Howard Simson
 


43
FTCH-AFTCH Flint River's Fifty Shades Of Blue
Owners: Connie & Richard Dresser
Connie Dresser
 


44
Creekflyers King Of The Ring QFTR-JFTR
Owners: Albert and Kathleen Gatrell
Handler: Carl Clark
 


47
FTCH-AFTCH Maplepond Piper's First Pick QFTR-JFTR
Owner / Handler: Ken Crosby
 


51
FTCH AFTCH Wingbusters Alabama Slamma QFTR JFTR 
Owners: Thomas and Margaret Murray
Handler: Marg Murray