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Test 7- Water Triple with 2 Retired Guns

Updated: 8:52 pm
 
Contestants awoke to another clear sunny day. Starting temperature 16C with barely a whisper of a breeze at 9 km/h SE but there are no ripples on the pond. should pick up later as the temperatures rise to a forecasted high of 30C. for our American friends that is 87F. Thank you to the Northern Ontario Retriever Association for sponsoring the breakfast today. As well, thank you to landowner John Hyatt for allowing the National Amateur to be held on his property. He is not a field trialer or a member of the host club.
 
Test 7 is a water triple with 2 retired guns and an in your face go bird that is thrown into the test, very tight to the line to the long middle retired. A hen mallard is thrown from the shore out onto the front side of a point in mud. Sometimes a bit of a splash, sometimes not. The line to the go bird is through 8-10 decoys. The order of the guns is, centre retired 272 yards, the right retired at 150 yards and finally the go bird at 68 yards. The centre retired throws angled back from left to right and retires behind a large spruce tree in a bush hogged hay field. The line to the centre retired is over the point and very tight to where the go bird is thrown. The right hand retired gun station is about half way out on a point coming into the pond from the far shore. The bird is throw right to left into the test, landing on the end of the point. There is a structure that looks like a holding blind on the far shore deep and to the left of the right hand mark. Parking is limited with the trucks parked about 30 yards from the short gun station. Every effort is being made to avoid interference with the test.
 



 



 
Male test dog Jaeger ran first. He ahd an excellent go bird. On the right hand retired, he squared the pond putting him a long way right when he reached shore and hunted back in the woods out of sight for a long time. He eventually worked his way out the point to the bird. For the centre retired, Jaeger started out heading for the middle of the pond. He went around the first point and curled into the second point where he ran down the point and ran out into the field under the arc to the bird. There is a low area behind 2 mounds on the way the the centre bird where the dogs are out of sight for a significant amount of time. Next up was female test dog Lady. Lady also had an excellent go bird. Lady took the middle retired out second. She also swam around the first point and curled into the second point where she broke down and had to be handled. She then wanted to head for the treeline left of the gun station and took a number of whistles to get to the area. Once she was in the area Jim let her hunt to show the handlers where she would wind the bird. She had a big hunt short and on both sides of the gun station before going deep to pick up the bird. For the right retired, she started off heading for the holding blind but gradually faded into the centre of the pond and had to be handled.
 
Now that the wind has switched and has picked up, it would be hard to get by the right hand bird. The wind is coming into the test down the pond from right to left. At this point 9 dogs have run.
 
Pretty Crowded



 
Callbacks: 27 dogs were called back to the 8th series. Dogs not called back; 1, 11, 21, 22, 25, 27, 30, 39. Dog 23 will start. Test 8 is planned as a water blind.