Saturday July 14, 2018

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Test 10 - Water Quad With 3 Retired Guns

Updated: 4:47 pm
Test 10 got off to a slow start. The judges were concerned with the safety on one mark and decided to move the test to the pond used in Test 7. The running line is on the opposite end of the pond on the other side, running back towards the running line of Test 7. The long retired holding blind is just visible over top of the dike behind the point where the go bird from Test 7 was thrown. The go bird in Test 10 is a contrary throw from the end of the second point in Test 7, to the base where dogs exited on their way to the long retired in Test 7. After the heavy rain last night, it is very humid and we have a heat warning in effect for the area. At noon it is already 25C with a high forecast for 28C. The wind is variable 9 km/h SW so the wind is coming down the pond left to right.
Test 10 is a water quad with 3 retired guns. All birds are thrown on land. A hen mallard is thrown at the right hand mark, and drakes are thrown at the other 3. The 2 right hand marks and the long left mark are thrown right to left. The go bird is a contrary bird thrown left to right from the end of the point to the base. Distances to the guns; right retired 144 yards, middle right retired 166 yards, middle left go bird 162 yards, and 242 yards for the long left retired.
The first dog #49 was called to line at 11:18 am. It takes between 25-30 minutes.


Male test dog FTCH AFTCH Keys II owned and handled by Robert Wright. For Keys, the 2 outside birds landed with a splash. Keys took the obvious slot to the left of the gun station but corrected his line all the way to the bird. Robert chose to take out the right hand mark second and Keys string lined the bird. For the middle right retired, Keys crossed the water right of the holding blind and established his hunt on the right before heading left to the mark. For the long left retired, Keys took the slot that he took for the go bird, which puts him to the right of the gun station from the get go. He headed straight for the gunners for the go bird and had to be handled. Once he reached to dike he hunted between the go bird and the left gun station out of sight behind the dike and worked his way down the dike to the bird. Given the wind direction, he may have winded the bird.
Next up was FTCH AFTCH Dutchmans Creek Lady, owned and handled by Jim Andrew. For Lady, the judges decided to have no splash for the left mark but kept a splash on the right. Her right hand bird landed belly up in the water. For the go bird, Lady had an excellent line through the cover to her bird. Jim chose to take out the long left hand mark second. Lady took the same line through the cover up front but started correcting as if she was going to go around the point where the go bird gunners are sitting. However, she succumbed to temptation and caught the tip of the point and then had to handled off the point to the dike. She disappeared over the dike out of sight and eventually had to be handled again to the bird. Lady had a white belly up for the right hand mark so had an excellent mark. For the middle right retired, Lady had a good line across the pond and stepped on the bird. After Lady, the judges decided to have the right hand bird land oin cover on land.
At 2:00 pm we are having a gunner change which is half way. All dogs are getting fresh birds for all marks. There is no bird change, just gunners. The wind has switched from E to SW and everything in between. The temperature has risen to 29C in the shade. Way too hot in the sun. Thanks to Purina and Avery for providing shade tents for the judges and the gallery. The long left mark has proven to be the most difficult by far. Many of the dogs are not swinging far enough left to see the throw. They are getting hung up on the left go bird. There have been a few handles and big hunts and of course a few that have done the test.
The guns went off for the last dog at 4:47 pm. should be another 25 minutes before we’re done. and then the waiting begins.


FTCH-AFTCH Pilkingtons Ruby Blues Day
Owned and Handled by Ken Crosby