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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

DAY FOUR - Test Two – Flight C – Three Ponds – David Christianson and John Marchica

"3 Ponds" is a land/water triple shot left to right with a blind using all ducks. The left hand bird is shot to the left and is dry. The middle bird is shot back and to the right. The right hand bird is shot back and to the left. When the dog is returning with the last bird, there is a diversion shot. The dog then must run a blind crossing a small canal over a narrow point in lunging water to the end of the pond, where he gets up and out and find the bird. This test is taking between 5 and 7 minutes per dog.

We arrived at this test as it was getting close to wrapping up. There is a strong crosswind from left to right which gives away the left hand bird and makes it hard to miss the middle bird. The flyer is clearly visible and we saw very nice work on all three birds. On the blind, the wind is pushing the dog away from the bank. Handlers are working hard to make sure that they hit all of the elements and challenge this blind.

Nap Time!!
#138 Melissa Robinson Shanks and Pop's Lucky 13, MH (Lucky)
#148 Martin McGarry and Rebel Ridge Willie Wonka Do It, MH (Willie)

#141 Rody Best and Lil Ann III, MH (Ann)
Sleepytime  …  Naptime


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