Tuesday September 10, 2019

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Test 3 - Water Triple With 1 Retired Gun

Updated: 4:00 pm

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Welcome to day 2 of the 2019 Canadian National Retriever Championship. A free breakfast to all of the contestants and workers is sponsored by Chris and Gary Mason. Thank you. As well, I was remiss in thanking Baypoint Kennels, Dan & Gloria Devos for sponsoring yesterday’s breakfat. The day is starting out at 10C with a 11 km/h breeze from the NE. The test is being run south west in a narrow pond with a dike transversing it about 3/4 or the way to the middle and right hand marks. The hill is mixed grass about 6-10” deep. The order of the guns is 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 are thrown. The distance to the left hand go bird is 43 yards thrown straight out from left to right into a small bay at the end of the pond. Distance to the middle bird is 155 yards. The bird is thrown left to right, angled slightly uphill into the wind. The distance to the right hand retired mark is 151 yards. The hen duck is 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. Currently the wind is coming off the middle gun station across the line to the right retired. The test is taking 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 go 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 this afternoon and the wind supposedly switching to the S, this test could 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

Updated: 4:55 pm
Test 4 is being run from the opposite end of the pond for Test 3 water marks. The gunners from the middle station have been left out in the field. They are not visible to the dog from the mat. The line to the blind skims past a tall clump of golden rod before the dog enters the water. There is a very tight corridor where the dog gets into the water and paralles the shore to a small point on the left hand shore that is on line. From the point, the line angles across the pond, crossing the line to the right hand mark from Test 3. The cover on the far shore is very heavy where the dog exits 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 angles up hill, the middle gun station becomes visible and the dog must cross the scented line to the middle mark. The dog must angle up hill to a hen duck that is planted near the brow of the hill. Once again, the handlers have 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 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. The 5th series is scheduled to be a land quad and dog 44 will start.