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WELCOME to the Official Blog of the 2013 Master National Hunting Test, September 21-29, brought to you by the Retriever News and written by Tina Styan and Gwen Jones. We hope you enjoy these daily updates on the 2013 Master National, held this year in and around Fall River, Kansas.


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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Workers Appreciation Party

Thanks to all of those who help make this event possible. A terrific buffet was put on under the tent at the Flint Oak Lodge. It was a great way to take a break and relax in the middle of the week … A good time was had by one and all. Some were lucky enough to win some raffle prizes as they were called out by Lynn Teague.

The hat du jour!

Yummy desserts for those who had room …
Whose that cool cat in the hat?
President Gloria Mundell thanks the workers for their hard work!

The "Wicked" Table
Bill Teague thanks the Sponsors!

Lynn Teague calls out the raffle winners


MNRC Important Event Update

Series Two Flights A, B, C & D Callback on line NOW at www.masternational.com.

Callbacks will also be posted under the Master National tent at the end of the day.

Note: The Callbacks chart is always available on the upper left hand side of this website.

Starting Dogs:
Flight A: #53
Flight B: #27
Flight C: #41
Flight D: #41

All flights start at 7:30 am tomorrow … Good Luck Everybody!


DAY FOUR – Test Two – Flight D – Duck Blind – Bill Largent and Laurice Williams

"Duck Blind" is a land/water triple using all ducks. The order for this test is the left bird is thrown to the right on land. Then the middle bird thrown to the right, landing on the edge of the water. Finally, a flyer to the right of the line is shot to the left with a sluice. The blind is just to the left of the middle gun station.

We found the biggest change in all of the tests today at the "Duck Blind." The wind is strong and directly into the dog's face. The middle bird that caused major problems yesterday, is being given away by the wind. The wind is keeping this bird from hitting the water. Instead, it is in heavy cover. Dogs are beaching very early and out of sight until they return with the bird. The short left bird is a little more difficult since the length of the throw has been diminished by the wind. The flyer has been all over. It has even landed on a dry bank in extremely heavy cover due to the swirling gusts. There have been two or three dogs break. The gallery thinks judgement of the blind work will play a larger part in their success today.

Lyle Steinman describes the test…

"Fetch me my sweater, please!"

#125 Chris Jobman and Leitner Farms Land Shark, MH (Jaws)

#127 Colby Williams and Morgan's Hard Time Player, MH (Player)


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


DAY FOUR – Test Two – Flight B – Burches – Ed Arnett and Laura Judd

This test is a land triple with two blinds, a diversion bird and an honor using all rooster pheasants. The right bird is thrown as a walk-up. Second, the long, middle flyer was shot to the right and the left hand bird also was shot to the right. On the way back from the third bird, the diversion poison bird was thrown to the right. The handler then picked up the left hand blind, the diversion poison bird, the right hand blind and then went the honor mat. The average time on this test is between 5-7 minutes per dog.

It is bright and cool this morning with a strong wind blowing through the prairie. It is blowing from left to right into the test. We were told by handlers as we drove up, that the wind change seemed to have made the flyer hunt easier earlier in the day. However, we watched several handles as this flyer continues to be the major factor in this test.

#125 Mike Berube (right) and Long Ponds Solo Tour Of Duty, MH (Solo)

Scott Liebenguth and Cornerstone's Show Me The Money, MH (Buck)

Flight B   Bye Dog

Dale McConnaughey and Santa Fe's Fire Fire Pants On Fire, MH (Fire)
The workers march out to the field …


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