Thursday September 14, 2017

Update: 5:50 pm
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Test 05 - Continued

Update: 10:10 am
Test dog was ready to rock and roll at 7:30. Everyone is anxious to get the show on the road and finish up in time to get the next series completed today. There will be a lot less dogs running the 6th series. The judges have lots in their books on all 4 birds, not to mention the previous tests. The wind conditions have changed substantially with the wind in your face, coming directly into the test. The sun is just clearing the hillside so the right side of the test is in shadows. It is another beautiful sunny day not unlike all the others so far. Breakfast this morning is supplied by Lorne and Louise Langevin. Thank you for your generous donation.
We have only 1 test dog this morning. We have 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 this morning is #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 this morning had the same results as yesterday, 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. Dog 15 will start Test 6 which is planned as a Land Double and a Blind.

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

Update: 5:50 pm
Tests 6 and 7 is an interrupted land double with 2 retired guns and a blind. Because the blind is being run first, that is considered Test 6 and the marks are considered Test 7. The tests are being run down a high steep hill, through a mixture of golden rod, milkweed, high grass and shrubs. Small pine, tamarack, and spruce trees dot the field. It looks like the person who bush hogged the field had a few too many before they started cutting the paths throughout. The wind in coming in and across the test from right to left. The test is oriented South East.
The marks are thrown first before the blind. The order of the guns is short left retired and then long right retired. Handlers are told to “Do the blind” after the birds are down. Distances to the birds are: left 165 yards, right 190 yards and the blind down the centre is 280 yards. For the left hand retired, a rooster pheasant is thrown left to right into the test. The throw is a tight angle back into heavy cover at the edge of a large clump of sumac. Those gunners have been instructed to retire as soon as the 2nd gun goes off. For the long right hand mark, a drake mallard is thrown right to left flat into the test, landing across a gap at the edge of the treeline in heavy cover. The gunners retire immediately. The blind is down the middle through the heavy cover and paths, out into a cut hay field. The bird planter is to the right and deep of the blind.


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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 an 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 started 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 breaking 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 been winding 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, Dog 23 will start the 8th which will be a Jim and Patricia Green’s and is planned to be a waterblind.

Potluck Hors d’oeuvres & Silent Auction

Updated: 8:50 pm


One of the big fund raisers for our Nationals is the Silent Auction. 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