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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

MNRC Important Event Update

Thursday Starting Dogs: 
Flight A starts Series 4 at 9:30 am. Workers at 9:00 am. Roy's Pond. 
       Flight A callbacks for 3rd Series are posted online at www.Masternational.com 
       Be sure to refresh your page to see updates.
Flight B starts at 7:30 am; Workers report at 7:00 am. Dog #123.
Flight C starts with Dog #157 at 7:30 am.
Flight D starts at 8:00 am with Dog #1.


Wardrobe Shotz – Part II

… even her truck is decked out with "bling!"


DAY FIVE – Test Three – Flight D – Roy's Pond – Bill Largent and Laurice Williams

"Roy's Pond" is a land/water triple with a blind. This test contains a flyer which is shot first. The handler faces across a pond and looks up on the side of a hill. The flyer comes out of a well-brushed blind and is thrown angled back to the left. The bird lands high up on the side of the hill. The next bird down is the middle bird. The gunner is to the left of the line close to the water. The duck is thrown over high dense weeds out into the pond. The third bird is the left land bird. This bird station is left and behind the line, throwing right into a mowed area over a small hill. After the three ducks are retrieved, the dog is sent on a blind to the far right corner of the pond. This duck is planted just out of the water behind some tree roots.

While we watched the dog work of Flight D, we quickly learned the flyer would be the bird causing the most problems with multiple handles.

It's mostly a waiting game.
Checking the board …
Killing Time …

#88 Jill Volsch and Quillquest Range Rover, MH (Journey)
C A U T I O N :  Very uneven terrain at Roy's Pond!
#90 Lyle Steinman and Redgates Five Star General, MH (General)

#91 Ralph Ardis and Southland Madame Lucy Will-Do, MH (Lucy)
#95 Dan Kielty and Black Star Bridger Boy, MH (Jake)


DAY FIVE – Test Three – Flight C – Mitchell's Pond – David Christianson and John Marchica

"Mitchell's Pond" is a water triple with a blind using all ducks. The order is right, diversion shot, middle, left and then the dog runs the blind. The right bird is across the pond thrown to the left, landing at the water's edge with a splash. The middle bird is located at the end of the pond. This bird is thrown in and to the right. The bird lands on what looks like an island in the pond. Most of this island is made up of tall weeds and lunging water. The last bird down is the left hand bird which is located on the same side of the pond as the line. This duck is thrown to the right, landing in the water. As the dog returns from the go-bird, there is a diversion shot. After all three birds are picked up, they run a blind to the end of the pond between the left and middle mark. 

We found that the handlers were retrieving the ducks in the following order: right, middle and left and then picking up the blind. We saw some excellent work on this test and had the pleasure of seeing a one-whistle blind.

Everyone pitches in to help move test locations 

#67 Rody Best and Best Roux Got A Clue MH (Blue)

#69 TLC's Crazy Daizy MH (Daizy)
#70 Janet Peters and Midnight Dbl Shot Of Espresso, MH MNH (Latté)


DAY FIVE – Test Three – Flight B – Pearly Gates – Ed Arnett and Laura Judd

"Pearly Gates" is a water triple with a blind using all ducks. It is shot around the horn left to right. Decoys are situated to the right of the line at the end of the levee bank. Handlers walk up the levee to the line. Each station has been instructed to blow three calls of their duck calls and then shoot and throw. The left bird is thrown to the right onto land. The middle bird has a flat throw to the left with a splash. The right hand bird is thrown left angle back. The blind is across the pond over a long point, reentering the water through some brush and into a back pond. The bird is up on the bank and there is no diversion shot.

Handlers are picking up the birds in reverse order: right, middle and left. We saw a handle on both the left and right hand marks. It is taking between ten and thirteen minutes to run this test. 107 dogs were called back to this third series. Yesterday afternoon, two test dogs and seven contestants ran. Today, eleven dogs have run in the first two hours.

#48 Gary Kavan and Bur Oak's Where's Mattie, MH (Mattie)

#42 Dan Heard and Downtown's Bad Boy Boudreaux, MH (Bouudreaux)

Gabe Withrow and Splitrock's Turkey Buster, MH (Gabriel)

The "carrot dollar" for the first contestant to line the kehole blind! 

#50 Matt Griffiths and Mallard's End What's It All About Alfie, MH (Alfie)


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