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Sunday, September 22, 2013

DAY TWO Flight B – Three Ponds – Ed Arnett and Laura Judd

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 they get up and out and find the bird. This test is taking between 5 and 7 minutes per dog.

Today's test is still straight forward but the difficulty seems to have increased with a brisk crosswind. The main challenge still seems to be the blind. Some dogs want to beach early and now there are cast refusals as handlers try to retriever the bird in a strong crosswind. The new challenge in this test is the flyer which can best be described with the following quote from a worker. "The area of the fall for the flyer looks like it has snowed and is covered in blowing feathers!"

Jody Ware describes the test…


Master National Running Order

Flight Draw & Running Order

2013 MNRC Test Descriptions


Three Ponds

Buffalo Wallow

The Burches

Duck Blind

Pearly Gates

Mitchell's Pond

Roy's Pond

Meet Your Judges

2013 MNRC Qualified Dogs

2013 Master National Training Grounds Guide