Monday September 9, 2019

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Hosted by the National Retriever Club of Canada. Daily reports, photos and drawings by Dona Martin


Test 1 - Land Triple With 1 Retired Gun

Updated: 1:25 pm
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.

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

Judges left ot right: Gerry Pozzebon, Sharon van der Lee, Chris Bayles
As is tradition at Canadian Nationals, the signalling paddle is 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 is a land triple with the long right hand gun retired set in rolling hills of a cut hay field with a mixture of grass and clover about 6” deep. The order of the birds thrown is long right retired, then short left, followed by the middle mark as the go bird. All guns throw a hen duck left to right, slightly angled back. There is a large predominant pine tree where to left hand bird lands near. Distances to the marks are; 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 dig very well on the other 2 markswith no hunts.
Jill & Meg

Jim & Crank

Announcer - Richard Dresser

Handlers Planning Strategies

Observing Test Dogs From Under the Tent


Just getting restarted after the last gunner change with 10 dogs left to run. As anticipated, the short left hand mark has been 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 have been a number of big hunts and handle on that bird. A few dogs have handled on the right retired. Depends on which way the wind blows when you run whether you can get by the birds and keep going back to the middle mark. It is deceiving because of the angle to the right hand mark that the right mark is longer than the middle mark. Looks the other way around from line.
Callbacks: 53 dogs were called back to the 2nd series which will be a land blind. Dogs not called back were 21, 40. Dog 7 will start.

Test 2 - Land Blind

Updated: 6:30 pm
Test 2 is a 264 yard land blind facing NE. The wind switched 180 degrees just setting up the test. Varies from W to SE. It is supposed to settle in from the South. In the meantime it is extremely variable. Saving factor is that it is light at 2-4 km/h. Current temperature is a pleasant 17C. The mat has been moved to the left and forward about 75 yards from the running line in Test 1. The line to the blind crosses all 3 lines to the marks and it is right of the right hand mark at the brow of a hill. There is about 30 yards from where the hen pheasant is placed to the treeline. The hill drops off sharply behind the blind on the way to the holding blind in the treeline. There are 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 have been invaluable helping where they can gunning and throwing, moving equipment. Your work is 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. Test 4 will be water marks. Dog 19 will start.