Friday, November 16, 2018

Announcement

We will have been told by the Chief Marshal that we will have a nine o'clock am start tomorrow for the Tenth Series and the test will be located in the Siren Field.

Have a good evening and stay tuned for further instructions and Callbacks …

Good Luck to Everyone!

In The Books - 9th Series - Review

The is a wrap on the 9th Series - Water Triple!

This series was officially done at 4:48 pm with dog #45. Starting at 2:00 pm with dog #48, we got all 16 dogs through the test in 2.75 hours.

We averaged just over 10 minutes per dog.

We had no handles, pick ups or no birds.

We are waiting for the callbacks and will posted them as soon as we get them!

Everybody have a great night and be ready for tomorrow!! Who will be crowned the 2018 National Retriever Club Champion?!?!

45. FC-CFC SWEETIE'S EASY RIDER, "Ford" LM, Jim Gonia

FC-CFC SWEETIE'S EASY RIDER, "Ford"
Labrador male, 11/23/08
Owner & Breeder: Peter Panarites
Lifetime Open Points: 142
Lifetime Open 1st Placements: 18

Came to the line at 4:34 pm.

Flyer - Out and in with the bird.

Middle Retired - Good line across the pond but faded right coming out of the water. Ford worked the area right of the bird finally opening up the hunt pattern to include the area of the fall. Ford gets his bird.

Long Retired - Headed across the pond to the corn field, he turned right when he got to the gunners then went over to the bird. After a quick couple of passes he got his bird.

32. FC-AFC FLAWLESS EXECUTION - FLEX QAA, "Flex" LM, Alan Pleasant

FC-AFC FLAWLESS EXECUTION - FLEX QAA, "Flex" 
Labrador male, 5/6/14
Owners: Johnny & Kathy Armstrong & Jane McCullough
Breeders: Wendy Buckler, Newt & Wendy Cropper
Lifetime Open Points: 24
Lifetime Open 1st Placements: 4

Came to the line at 4:24 pm.

Flyer - No Problem - GOT IT!

Middle Retired - Flex angled across the pond and came out right of the bird. He hunted the tree line up and down and got his bird.

Left Retired - He crossed the road and got into the left corner of the pond. Exiting the water and getting across the field to the end of the trees and going over the mound, Flex worked his way out into the field and got his bird.

29. FC-AFC 3R'S MR T SMOKEN JOE, "Smokie" LM, Dave Rorem

FC-AFC 3R'S MR T SMOKEN JOE, "Smokie"
Labrador male, 2/1/13
Owner: James Hurst
Breeders: Alexandra Washburn & Debra Bredenson
Lifetime Open Points: 28
Lifetime Open 1st Placements: 3

Came to the line at 4:15 pm.

Flyer - No problem with this bird.

Middle Retired - Nice exit but headed towards the tree line then made a left instead of a right. A couple of passes along the tree line and he has his bird.

Long Retired - Good line until he was even with the gunners. A right into the area of the fall for a few passes behind the gunners. Finally ending the hunt with a loop in the corn field to the bird.

23. FC MITIMAT'S RESPECT THE GIRL, "Reatha" LF, Paul Sletten

FC MITIMAT'S RESPECT THE GIRL, "Reatha"
Labrador female, 12/7/12
Owner: Tim Thompson & Jay Chesshir
Breeder: Jay Chesshir
Total Open Points: 23
Total Open 1st Placements: 4

Came to the line at 4:02 pm.

Flyer - Leaped straight out to the bird.

Middle Retired - She crossed the road and angled entry into the pond. A nice line, she came in right of the bird then turned left and missed it. Several passes up and down the tree line and into the woods. Very extended hint but she got it.

Long Retired - She crossed the road, then angled through the left end of the pond on a nice angled to DRILL this bird.


19. FC-AFC CHOPPER'S FINAL APPROACH, "Billie" LF, John Henninger

FC-AFC CHOPPER'S FINAL APPROACH, "Billie"
Labrador female, 11/18/11
Owner: Joel Harris
Breeder: Scott Jones
Lifetime Open Points: 23.5
Lifetime Open 1st Placements: 2

Came to the line at 3:52 pm.

Flyer - No Problem!

Middle Retired - Crossing the pond on a line that will take Billie wide right, she exits. A few passes along the tree line right and Billie moves towards the bird to bring it on in.

Long Retired - A good line through the pond. A turn into the corn field and she has her bird.



3. FC-AFC DOTTIE MCFIZZ, "Dot" LF, Ray Voigt

FC-AFC DOTTIE MCFIZZ, "Dot"
Labrador female, 2/11/12
Owner: Nancy White
Breeder: Judy Rasmuson
Lifetime Open Points: 40
Lifetime Open 1st Placements: 6

Came to the line at 3:45 pm.

Flyer - Went right to the bird.

Middle Retired - She went through the pond and out right of the bird. A turn in the timber and she was on her bird.

Long Retired - Dot entered the pond wide left and continued wide left into the corn field. She turned hard right to hunt in the cover before coming back to the bird in the corn field.

106. NAFC-FC MULLIGAN OFF THE RAINY “T”, “Mully” LM, Wayne Curtis

NAFC-FC MULLIGAN OFF THE RAINY “T”, “Mully” 
Labrador male, 7/28/10
Owner: Randy & Mary Spangler
Breeders: Art & Deanna Strackbein
Lifetime Open Points: 44.5
Lifetime Open 1st Placements: 7

Came to the line at 3:36 pm.

Flyer - Straight to the bird.

Long Retired - Into the pond on left angle, drove to the end of the trees and hunted back almost to the middle retired. Mully then turned back to the end and out into the corn for his bird.

Middle Retired - He went across the road and angled the pond coming out right of the bird. He hunted right and worked his way back left to the bird.






104. FC GLADE CREEK’S LONESTAR DREAMCATCHER, “Cheyenne” LF, Tim Milligan

FC GLADE CREEK’S LONESTAR DREAMCATCHER, “Cheyenne”
Labrador female, 6/6/13
Owner: Seth Kelly & Troy Murray
Breeder: Bobby Farmer
Lifetime Open Points: 13.5
Lifetime Open 1st Placements: 2

Came to the line at 3:25 pm.

Flyer - Straight to the bird.

Middle Retired - Cheyenne crossed the road and angled into the pond on a nice line moving a little more to the left towards the bird. She came into the fall area just right of the fall. She turned right 2 or 3 times and worked her way to the bird.

Left Retired - She crossed the road and angled entry the pond on a good line towards the bird. A nice line but then veered left at the end, putting her behind the mound and right of the bird. She worked it out and got it.




93. FC-AFC I'M UR SEARCH ENGINE, "Google" LM, Alan Pleasant

FC-AFC I'M UR SEARCH ENGINE, "Google"
Labrador male, 3/14/13
Owner: Leon Stepanian
Breeders: Kristi & James Roberts
Lifetime Open Points: 25
Lifetime Open 1st Placements: 2

Came to the line at 3:16 pm.

Flyer - Got IT!

Middle Retired - Swam across the pond, he exited and went out to get his bird.

Long Retired - Google came into the pond wide left and continued on bending into the corn field to the bird.

Gun Change - 9th Series - Review

Our gun change for the 9th Series happened after dog #92 completed his test.

We started the 9th Series - Water Triple at Teal Pond around 2:00 pm with dog #48 "Max". 7 dogs have completed their test in 70 minutes, which is averaging to be 10 minutes per dog to complete this water triple. We have 9 more dogs to go, about 1.5 hours before we finish this series. Lets hope the day light lasts long enough so we can complete this series today.

So far all of the dogs have completed this test with no handles, pick ups or no birds!

Lets see what the rest of these talented Labradors can do on this test.

"Phillie" our test dog/bye dog

92. FC-AFC CROPPER'S FIRE IN THE HOLE, "Deep" LM, Al Arthur

FC-AFC CROPPER'S FIRE IN THE HOLE, "Deep"
Labrador male, 12/14/11
Owner: Katharine Simonds
Breeder: Jack Gwaltney
Lifetime Open Points: 42.5
Lifetime Open 1st Placements: 3

Came to the line at 2:59 pm.

Flyer - Nice line and he scooped it up!

Middle Retired - Deep crossed the road and angled a swim across the pond. Exiting wide right of the bird, he turned farther right. Getting into the cover, then he moved left down the tree line until he went far enough to get the bird.

Long Retired - He went across the road and field into the left side of the pond. Nice line out and straight to his bird.

If You See Our Blog Sponsors - Tell Them Thank You!!!

To All of Our Generous 2018
National Open Blog Sponsors!!


Our OFFICIAL Sponsors:


Our Additional Blog Sponsors:





Closer Look At The Dogs In The 9th

Oldest Dog Starting The 9th**New Dog**
#45 FC-CFC Sweeties Easy Rider, “Ford”11/23/18

Youngest Dog Starting The 8th
#32 FC-AFC Flawless Execution - FLEX QAA 5/6/2014

National Titled Dogs Starting The 8th
#106 – 2017 - NAFC-FC Mulligan Off The Rainy "T", “Mully”

International Titled Dogs Starting The 8th
#45 FC-CFC Sweetie's Easy Rider, “Ford”

How the rest are titled 
4 Dogs with only a FC title
11 Dogs with both FC & AFC title

All Labradors of Different Color and Sex
All 16 entered dogs are Labrador Retrievers
 7 of them are Females - 7 Black
 9 of them are Males - 9 Black

Retriever News/Purina Top Dogs Starting The 9th
2016 Retriever News Top Derby Dog & Purina Outstanding Derby Field Trial Retriever 
#32 FC-AFC Flawless Execution - FLEX QAA, “Flex”

2015 Retriever News Top Derby Dog & Purina Outstanding Derby Field Trial Retriever 
#74 FC Seaside's Gorgeous George, “Clooney”

***Each of the dogs that are running in the 9th series has "fun stats" on their individual post***
   

84. FC LANE'S KREWE CHEIF, "Chief" LM, Mark Smith

FC LANE'S KREWE CHEIF, "Chief"
Labrador male, 4/16/09
Owners: Barry Brown & Jim Brown
Breeders: Jimmy & Brandi Iles
Lifetime Open Points: 37.5
Lifetime Open 1st Placements: 5

Came to the line at 2:47 pm.

Flyer - Quick recovery.

Middle Retired - Into the tall cover with a couple of tight loops and out with the bird.

Long Retired - A good line to the area of the of the fall but Chief ducked right behind the mound. He corrected himself to work into the corn field to grab his bird.

81. FC-AFC DOTTIE RAY'S LEAGUE OF HER OWN, "Dottie" LF, Andy Kahn

FC-AFC DOTTIE RAY'S LEAGUE OF HER OWN, "Dottie"
Labrador female, 6/18/10
Owners: Andy & Shirley Kahn
Breeders: Roger & Donna Fangsrud
Lifetime Open Points: 81.5
Lifetime Open 1st Placements: 11

Came to the line at 2:36 pm.

Flyer - Straight to her bird.

Middle Retired - Dottie went across the pond and angled the field. She angled the entry of the pond and had a nice angle exit. She traveled straight to where the guns stood, went into the cover, turned right then worked her way back left to get the bird.

Long Retired - She crossed the road, went through the field and into the left end of the pond. Taking a nice angle to the end of the trees, she got out of site but then came back behind the mound and the holding blind. She worked her way back out into the corn field and to get her bird.


74. FC SEASIDE'S GORGEOUS GEORGE, "Clooney" LM, Alan Pleasant

FC SEASIDE'S GORGEOUS GEORGE, "Clooney" 
Labrador male, 5/20/13
Owners & Breeders: Rita & Frank Jones
Lifetime Open Points: 31.5
Lifetime Open 1st Placements: 2

Came to the line at 2:28 pm.

Flyer - Done - that quick!

Middle Retired - Clooney got through the water to arrive right of the bird. He made a couple of passes and works his way over to the bird.

Long Retired - He crossed the pond and went up the mound. A right turn towards the timber and he puts up a hunt coming out into the corn field and worked out his bird.

72. FC-AFC ROUGH CREEK'S LIBERTY BELL, "Bella" LF, Mark Medford

FC-AFC ROUGH CREEK'S LIBERTY BELL, "Bella"
Labrador female, 10/25/09
Owners: Mark & Suzanne Medford
Breeders: Michael & Denise Kerr
Lifetime Open Points: 32
Lifetime Open 1st Placement: 4

Came to the line at 2:17 pm.

Flyer - Right to it!

Middle Retired - Bella went out across the road and angled the field to get to her swam across the pond. She ran to the tree line just right of the bird where the guns stood. A quick turn left and she got it!

Long Retired - She crossed the road and squared the exit of the pond. She pushed left into the corn field adjusting her line to the fall area and then to the bird.



55. FC-AFC LOCK FIVE'S GOT HER BLUE GENES ON, "Baby" LF, Ray Voigt

FC-AFC LOCK FIVE'S GOT HER BLUE GENES ON, "Baby"
Labrador female, 9/18/11
Owners: Bill & Jamie Woodson
Breeders: Ken & Brenda Neil
Lifetime Open Points: 55.5
Lifetime Open 1st Placement: 8

Came to the line at 2:09 pm.

Flyer - Got It!

Middle Retired - Coming in at the right of the gunners, Baby turned left against the tree line and came into the bird.

Long Retired - She arrived at the area of the gunners and turned into the timber. Making a couple of passes behind the mound, she then came out to the corn field for a pass and to her bird.






48. FC-AFC SUNDOG'S MAXIMUM PURSUIT, "Max" LM, John Henninger

FC-AFC SUNDOG'S MAXIMUM PURSUIT, "Max" 
Labrador male, 4/13/11
Owners: Paula & Corrie Elmes
Breeders: Melisa Bell & Steve Kompf
Life Time Open Points: 66.5
Life Time Open 1st Placements: 9

To the line at 1:57 pm.

Flyer - Straight to his bird.

Middle Retired - Crossed the field and into the pond pulling wide right down the far shore, swimming to the end. He is out and into the woods where he got out of sight for a bit. He came out of the trees on the left side along of the tree line and worked until he got his bird.

Long Retired - Crossed the road and the grass to get into the pond. He swam across and got out to go across the field and into the corn field. He took a large turn back to the right which brought him back to the tree line and holding blind. He hunted the area before he moved back out into the corn field to get his bird.



Test Dog Two - Labrador Male - Ranger with owner hander Jason Fleming

Came to the line at 1:40 pm

Flyer - He has his bird.

Right Retired - Squares out of the water and moves towards the tall grass. Ranger comes out of the timbers edge with the bird.

Left Retired - He goes wide left to the scented area and is handled through the corn field to the bird.

Test Dog One - Labrador Female - Phillie with owner handler Erin O'Brien

Came to the line at 1:15 pm.

Flyer - Very good mark.

Left Retired - Through the water and Phillie bent left around the edge of the corn field. Then getting into the corn field for her hen pheasant.

Right Retired - Through the water on a direct line to the right guns, she pushed on through to get her pheasant...and off to the honor box.

Series 9 - Water Triple

The mat for the 9th Series Water Triple sits on the south side of a dirt (mud) road facing northeast. Across the road stretching left to right is a pond with an irregular shore line. On the far right side of the pond is a tree line that extends from the road and angles on the far side of the pond to the left.

Bird one is a long retired hen pheasant thrown to the left at 280 yards from the mat. The retired station comes out from the tip of the tree line and throws the bird out angling it back into a corn field.

Bird two is a hen pheasant thrown to the left down the tree line. This retired station is located half way down the tree line with the bird landing in the grass against the trees. This hen pheasants lands 220 yards from the mat.

Bird three is a duck shot left and sluiced. This gun station is located to the handlers right, down and across the road at 100 yards. Their chairs sit on the shore at the base of a point shooting left into the pond with a sluice. After the dog has completed his marks, there is an honor mat to the left of the running mat. This test is taking 10 minutes per dog.

Ninth Series Water Triple with Two Retired and an Honor
Long Retired – 280 yards
Short Retired – 220 yards
Duck Flyer with sluice – 100 yards
Ninth Series sketch by Official Artist Jean Wu
Ninth Series aerial diagram by David Colwell


Field Trial Coffee Fairy – Another Sighting!

While you wait for the Ninth to begin, please enjoy some coffee and yummy treats courtesy of the FT Coffee Fairy!

Coffee POWER!


A Look At The Handlers Starting the 9th Series

Amateur Handlers
Andy Kahn - 81
Mark Medford - 72

Pro Handlers
Al Arthur - 92                           (came to NRC 6 dogs entered)
Alan Pleasant - 32 - 74 - 93      (came to NRC with 5 dogs entered)
Dave Rorem - 29                      (came to NRC with 5 dogs entered)
Jim Gonia - 45                          (came to NRC with 2 dogs entered)
John Henninger - 19 - 48          (came to NRC with 3 dogs entered)
Mark Smith - 84                       (came to NRC with 2 dogs entered)
Paul Sletten - 23                       (came to NRC with 5 dogs entered)
Ray Voigt - 3 - 55                     (came to NRC with 4 dogs entered)
Tim Milligan - 104                   (came to NRC with 4 dogs entered)
Wayne Curtis - 106                   (came to NRC with 5 dogs entered)

Handlers with Previous NRC Championship Wins 


Al Arthur - 2015 - FC-AFC Keeno's Gizmo
Alan Pleasant - 2014 - FC-AFC Robbers' Stray Bullet
Dave Rorem - 2008 - FC Two River Lucky Willie
Jim Gonia - 2011 - FC Watermark's Running Back
                     2005 - FC-AFC Clubmead's Road Warrior
Mark Medford - 2017 - FC-AFC Fresh Squeezed Juice
Paul Sletten -  2010 - FC-AFC Hunters Run BooBoo
Wayne Curtis - 1998 - FC-AFC Abe's Ebony And Ivory


Series 9 - Water Triple

We are getting set up at "Teal Pond" for our 9th Series - Water Triple.

Our first running dog will be #48.

Here is look of our test site, "Teal Pond" from the 2018 National Retriever Club Championship Training Grounds Book.


And our temps are raising...it is now 51 degrees!!! Bring on the Sun!!!


Callbacks To The Ninth Series

16 dogs have been called back to the Ninth Series: 3, 19, 23, 29, 32, 45, 48, 55, 72, 74, 81, 84, 92, 93, 104, and 106.

8 dogs have been dropped: 8, 24, 25, 30, 49, 78, 79 and 82.

The Ninth Series will be held at the Teal Pond where we were earlier in the week.

2018 National Open CAPS FOR SALE

If any of you folks out there are interested in purchasing National Open caps, please email info@theretrievernews.com and let us know what color and how many. They are $15 each or 3 for $40 (plus $10 S&H).

Please provide your "COMPLETE" contact information, including email and phone number and after we return to Wisconsin, we will do our best to complete your hat purchase in the order in which it was received. Remember, all colors may not be available after the event ends.





In The Books - 8th Series - Review

The 8th Series - Land Quad is officially in the books at 11:40 am.

At 7:30 this morning dog #8 started this series off with dog # 3 being the last dog to run.


This test took just a bit over 4 hours get all 24 dogs to complete this series. It took about 10 minutes per dog.

This test finished up in good fashion with the last no bird coming with dog #81. 


Here is an over view of what all happened in this test....

No Bird / Rerun: 19 - 25 - 30 - 45 - 49(2x) - 55 - 72 - 81
Handle: 49 - 78 - 82
Pick Up: 8 - 30

The callbacks will be announced at the Series 8 test site. We will be posting them as soon as we get them!

The good news is the sun is finally shining in Kentucky today!! 

3. FC-AFC DOTTIE MCFIZZ, "Dot" LF, Ray Voigt

"Dot" and Ray came to the line at 11:31 am.

Right Flyer - Good Bird.

Short Retired - Lined out to the area between the retired guns. Took a hard left passed and through the timbers by the short retired then into the bird.

Left Flyer - To the area, a quick pass and to pick up her bird.

Long Retired - Out to the area back with the bird.


106. NAFC-FC MULLIGAN OFF THE RAINY “T”, “Mully” LM, Wayne Curtis

"Mully" and Wayne came to the line at 11:26 am.

Right Flyer - Nice!

Short Retired - Nice line to the bird.

Left Flyer - Mully went down the field and through the cover to go straight to his bird.

Long Retired - Excellent!



104. FC GLADE CREEK’S LONESTAR DREAMCATCHER, “Cheyenne” LF, Tim Milligan

"Cheyenne" and Tim came to the line for their 8th series.

Right Flyer - Got the bird.

Left Flyer - Straight to this flyer!

Sort Retired - Angled into the bird - right on it!

Long Retired - All the way to the area of the fall, Cheyenne broke left at the trees but corrected to get her bird.

93. FC-AFC I'M UR SEARCH ENGINE, "Google" LM, Alan Pleasant

"Google" and Alan came to the line at 11:12 am.

Right Flyer - Very Nice Mark.

Short Retired - Google went down the field and took a hard left to get his bird.

Left Flyer - Excellent line across the field to the fall area and to his bird.

Long Retired - Straight down the field to the fall area and his bird.



92. FC-AFC CROPPER'S FIRE IN THE HOLE, "Deep" LM, Al Arthur

"Deep" and Al came to the line at 11:02 am.

Right Flyer - Had to hunt this bird but stayed in the area.

Short Retired - Wend down the field and took a hard left into the cover to get his bird.

Left Flyer - Drilled This bird!

Long Retired - Deep went down across the field to the area where the guns stood. He angled right towards the bird and got it.

Rerun - 81. FC-AFC DOTTIE RAY'S LEAGUE OF HER OWN, "Dottie" LF, Andy Kahn

Dottie and Andy came to the line at 10:55 am.

Right Flyer - Dottie drove in the cover for the bird and back out with it.

Left Flyer - Nice line past the gunners. Hunting a little short and right of the fall. Quickly moved left to get the bird.

Short Retired - Excellent line to the area of the fall. she worked quickly to get her bird.

Long Retired - Came in right of the bird. Quick turn left put her on the bird.


84. FC LANE'S KREWE CHIEF, "Chief" LM, Mark Smith

"Chief" and Mark came to the line at 10:48 am.

Right Flyer - Nice

Left Flyer - Nice line past gunners and hunting a little short and right of the fall. He quickly moved left and got the bird.

Short Retired - Excellent line to the area of the fall. He worked quickly to the bird.

Long Retired - Came in the right of the bird. A quick turn left put him on it.

Handled - Rerun - 49. FC-AFC LEICA SABERTOOTH, "Tiger" LM, Dave Rorem

Tiger and Dave came to the line for their 2nd rerun at 10:36 am.

Right Flyer - Quick work to bring the bird back in.

Left Flyer - Tiger entered the field under the arc of the flyer. He set up a hunt pattern right of the bird. Expanding his hunt until he was handled to his bird.

Short Retired - Into the cover and back with the bird.

Left Retired - Nice recovery of this bird.

Test 8 - Update

The 8th series has been plagued with no birds. The dogs who have come to the line more than once seem to show better marks. All of the dogs have picked up the duck flyer. Earlier the short retired proved to be troublesome, but an increase in the wind has helped on this bird. The left flyer was problematic due to the wide areas of the fall in heavy cover. There have been handles here. The long retired has also forced handles as the dogs get deep into the cover or the woods. These are very well placed birds.

79. FC-AFC SILVER STAR'S WATCH'EM LIKE A HAWK, "Hawk" LM, Ray Voigt

"Hawk" and Ray came to the line at 10:28 am. Due to no bird, reruns and Ray having multiple dogs, Hawk and Ray ran out of order.

Right Flyer - Straight to the fall area and Hawk has his bird.

Short Retired - Out behind the left flyer guns to the end of the trees, Hawk turned right and worked his way back to the short retired bird.

Long Retired - He went down the middle of the field and came across where the guns stood and went into the cover and trees. He worked his way right to his bird.

Left Flyer - Out in front of the guns, Hawk went through the cover and the bales, made one turn left then back to the right to his bird.

Handled - 82. FC-AFC MUDSLINGER'S AMAZING VISION, "T Bone" LM, Clint Avant

"T Bone" and Clint came to the line at 10:19 am.

Right Flyer - Quick recovery on his flyer.

Left Flyer - Nice line angling down the hill and through the bales. T Bone found his bird and came back in.

Short Retired - Out and right back in with his bird.

Long Retired - Running to the long retired, T Bone faded left behind the gunners. He starts a hunt pattern that takes him further left before his was handled to the bird.

Rerun - 72. FC-AFC ROUGH CREEK'S LIBERTY BELL, "Bella" LF, Mark Medford

Bella and Mark had their rerun at 10:10 am.

Right Flyer - Bella went out to the fall area then to her bird.

Left Flyer - She went down the area between the flyer guns and the short tree line. She turned into the cover just past the guns and worked her way to the fall area and to her bird.

Long Retired - She found where the guns stood. Bella made a loop right but missed the bird. She reentered the cover and got it the second time.

Short Retired - She went wide right going down the field but quickly turned left into the fall area and on her bird.