Saturday September 15, 2018

Updated: 2:00 pm
 
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The 2018 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 9 - Water Blind

For the final day of the 2018 National Retriever Championship, the weather forecast is not great. Currently it is foggy with a light rain is falling and a temperature of 2C. Going to be a cold day to go swimming. Much of the snow has disappeared with the rain overnight, but at some point today the snow will move in again.
 
Judges with Chief Marshal Doug Shepherd



Test 9 is a water blind in a old sand and gravel pit. The line to the blind starts with an angle entry down a steep slope. The true line is through some branches, strategically place to cause the dog to deflect left or right early. There is a big bush on the first point that the dogs should be tight to either right or left. The dog should definitely be on hard ground for the 2nd point, and swim by the 3rd point. From the 2nd point the pond opens up to a big swim. Distance to the blind is 251 yards.
 



 



 
Analysing the Line



 
 
Female test dog is FTCH AFTCH Club Mead Rebel’s Ms Ruby MH, owned by Diana & Stuart Mead and handled by Diana. Ruby’s initial line took here right, so she needed a few whistles to get on line. She took the right side of the bush on the 1st point, and then onto the 2nd point. From There, Ruby wanted to go left towards the 3rd point and needed multiple whistles to keep on line. Luckily she turns right, away from the left shore and 3rd point. At the end of the blind Diana was asked to put a whistle on Ruby to ensure she could see the handler and cast. Male test dog is FTCH AFTCH Wingbusters Alabama Slamma, owned by Thomas & Margaret Murray and handled by Tom. Wrecks also took an initial line to the right and needed a few early whistles to get him on line at the 1st point. He then headed left towards shore and Tom played it safe with a few whistles to keep him out on the tip of the 2nd point. Wrecks also thought he should go over the 3rd point, and required multiple whistle to keep him on line, wide of the 3rd point. Wrecks turns left and therefore lost ground every time Tom blew the whistle. Not a blind for a left turning dog.
 
The test takes about 10 minutes per dog. Dog 1 started and the last dog is running now.
 
Callbacks: 6 dogs called back to the 10th series. Dogs 1, 3, 10, 11, 28, 33. Dogs not called back 12, 26, 32, 42.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Finalists

No
Dog Name                                                                                     
Owner                                                
Handler                                
1
FTCH-AFTCH CASTILE CREEKS RIVERS RIPPLE
Daniel Shnitka & Birgit Juergensen
Daniel Shnitka
3
AFTCH ROUX'S VOODOO QUEEN OF NEW ORLEANS
Ellen Mcneill
Ellen Mcneill
10
LIBERTY'S TRUE GRIT
Bill Mcknight
Bill Mcknight
11
LICENSED TO CARRY
Merissa Hewitt
Merissa Hewitt
28
RAZOR'S CATCH ME IF YOU CAN JFTR
Nolan Nelkenbrecher
Nolan Nelkenbrecher
33
FC-FTCH-AFTCH TAYLORLAB'S SWEET CHEEKS QFTR
Susan Taylor
Sue Taylor
 

Test 10 - Water With 3 Retired Guns

Test 10 is a water quad with the long marks retired only the go bird at the short centre left station remain visible. The left, centre right and right gunners retire. The test is being run in the sand and gravel pit from Test 9. All lines to the marks cross the line to the blind. The 2nd point in the water blind is actually the island where the go bird lands. Drakes are thrown at all the marks except the go bird, which is a hen mallard. The order of the guns is long centre right retired, then right retired, left retired and finally centre left go bird. Distances to the marks are 210 yards centre right retired, 198 yards right retired, 165 yards left retired and 106 yards to the go bird. The gunners for the first and second marks throw, retire when the gun goes off for the 3rd mark so their movement doesn’t interfere with the dog’s focus on the go bird. The air temperature is 2C and the water temperature is 4C. We can see our breath. A light drizzle continues to fall. The tamarack trees around the pond are already starting to turn yellow. The wind is coming across the test from left to right. The left retired mark is throw right to left out of the test into the edge of heavy cover. The line to the bird is through dense brush at the end of a point on the near shore. The centre left visible go bird is thrown from shore to land with a splash between 2 islands. The centre right retired mark is thrown right to left, with the line to the bird, over the go bird. The bird lands at the edge of tall grass. If a dog hunts deep, they are out of sight. The right retired bird is thrown from left to right out of the test.
 



 



 
The 2018 National will go down in history as one of the most memorable. Who would have guessed that snow in September would play such a crucial role in a National. No one was prepared for how cold it got nor how to deal with fields that were white or snow that reduced visibility to next to nothing. But innovation was the key to success.
 

Winner
NFTCH FC FTCH AFTCH Taylorlab’s Sweet Cheeks

Owners: Garry and Sue Taylor, Handler: Sue Taylor

 



 

Finalists

 
1
 
FTCH-AFTCH CASTILE CREEKS RIVERS RIPPLE
Owners: Daniel Shnitka & Birgit Juergensen
Handler: Daniel Shnitka


 
3
 
AFTCH ROUX'S VOODOO QUEEN OF NEW ORLEANS       
Owner / Handler: Ellen Mcneill


 
10
 
LIBERTY'S TRUE GRIT
Owner / Handler: Bill Mcknight


 
11
 
LICENSED TO CARRY
Owner / Handler: Merissa Hewitt


 
28
 
RAZOR'S CATCH ME IF YOU CAN JFTR
Owner / Handler: Nolan Nelkenbrecher


 
33
 
FC-FTCH-AFTCH TAYLORLAB'S SWEET CHEEKS QFTR
Owners: Garry & Sue Taylor
Handler: Sue Taylor