Tuesday July 17, 2012

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Test 3 - Water Triple with a Retired Gun and an Honour

Test 3 is a water triple with a retired gun. All birds are thrown relatively flat, left to right. The order of the guns is counterclockwise, right centre left. Distances to the guns are 125 yards to the right hand gun, the long centre retired gun is 195 yards and the short left hand gun is 75 yards. Once again the running lin is perched on a hill so the distances are as the crow flies, not downhill and up like the dogs run. The photos and drawings do not do justice to just how hill these tests are. Test 3 is run through a bowl with the pond at the base and the gun stations on hill surrounding it. Both the outside visible birds are thrown flat about half way up the hill into buck brush, whereas the long centre retired is thrown along the shore into the high grass. We started the day with overcast skies with the temperature at 13C and wind from the SE at 13 km. The wind is coming across the test from right to left, slightly at our backs. Occasionally the sun peeks out from behind the clouds making it slightly more difficult to see the right hand gun. The description of the test is what the judges finally went with after some adjustments following the test dogs.
 
The Female and male test dogs remain the same as Tests 1 and 2. When the female test dog ran the right hand gun was retired and further down the hill to the left, and the centre gun was not retiredand threw angle back up the hill. The female test dog did a good job on the marks but lined to the gun station on the centre bird and hugged the shoreline. For the male test dog the centre throw was changed to a flat throw into the high grass along the shore. There are some trees on the near shore that come into play when lining the dog up for the centre gun which was visible for the test dog. He did a good on the left go bird, and right hand mark which when he ran was retired. For the long centre bird, he hunted deep in the original fall but eventually came down to the high grass and found the bird.
 
After the male test dog ran, the right hand gunners were moved further up the hill and to the right, essentially sitting where their original bird landed. They are no longer retired. The centre gun station was brushed in and became the retired gun and staying with the flat throw along the shore. The order of the guns was not changed and remained, right, centre, left. A third test dog was run and she hunted in the woods to the left of the right hand gun before working her way out to the bird. She hunted significantly left and short of where the bird was thrown. For the long retired she ran the shore and ended up way left of the retired gun station. After an extensive hunt deep and on the wrong side she was eventually help by the gunners
 
Dog #48 was called to line at 8:42 am.



 



 
Handlers and Judges Before Test 3




 
Herman Oversees the Test



 
At 11:30 theskies remain overcast but the wind has picked up. Work has generally been good, however the test is still getting answers. Throws have been excellent and thanks to Winchester Ammunition the poppers have been superb with consist loud shots and no misfires which as trialers know, it aids in good mechanics and fair tests.
 
The last dog came off line at 4:05 pm.
 
Callbacks: 1,2,4,5,6,7,11,12,13,15,16,18,19,20,22,23,24,25,26,27,30,31,33,34,35,36,37,38,40,42,43,44,45,46,47,48,49. Dogs not called back to the 4th series: 8,10,14,17,21,28,32,41. 37 dogs were called back to Test 4 which will be a water blind with dog 11 starting.

Test 4 - Water Blind

Test 4 is a 200 yard water blind with a crosswind from left to right. Once again the running line is at the top of a hill. The line to the blind is down the hill, across a road through high grass. It appears to be a relatively square entry. The dogs must cut across the right corner of the pond and negotiate a slot between two clumps of cattails, to the bird on a grassy point on the far shore. Test 4 used the same test dogs as previous tests. The female test dog appeared to have difficulty picking out the handler so the judges changed the test slightly to permit the handlers to move forward and downhill to handle after the dog crosses the road. I believe the intent is to have the hill as the backdrop to the handler instead of the white skyline. Both test dogs did the blind without getting into trouble. The first dog came to line at 5:00 pm.
 
The bird planter is standing at the blind stake for the photo below.



 



 
A few dogs didn’t want to get in the water and required multiple casts to get in or were picked up. The dogs that were prepared to do the blind generally had a good one.
 
Callbacks: 1,2,5,6,7,11,12,13,16,18,19,20,22,24,25,27,30,31,33,34,35,36,37,38,40,42,43,45,46,47,48. Dogs not called back to the fifth series are: 4,15,23,26,44,49. The starting dog for Test 5 will be dog 22 with 31 dogs called back. A Land Quad is planned for Test 5.