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Saturday, June 25, 2011
NINEPIPES LODGE, SOUTH OF RONAN ON HWY 93, IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE REMAINDER OF THIS AWARDS CEREMONY
HUGE CONGRATULATIONS TO DOG #85, GRADY, AND CHAD BAKER!
AND THE WINNER IS--
DOG #85-- GRADY AND CHAD BAKER!!!!!
NOTE ABOUT HOOK #9
NOTE THAT HOOK IS A RERUN. HE HAD ALREADY RUN THE GO-BIRD FLYER, AND WAS ALREADY SCORED ON IT. He handled on the bird in his re-run, But, Again, HAD ALREADY BEEN SCORED. Hope this clears up any confusion. Thank you.
Last Dog to the Line... #9, "Hook" -- NICE JOB
Dog #9, Windy City's Bent Tail, owned and handled by Charlie Hines.
Handle on the go-bird flyer for Hook. HE HAS ALREADY BEEN SCORED ON THIS BIRD. Then, he had a really nice left flyer. Hook is currently hunting the middle flyer; he's got it.
Hook is swimming for the long retired mark. And had a nice one. Game over!
REBIRD IN PROGRESS! One Dog Left To Run...
The right-hand flyer station was out of birds, as was the left flyer, and a quick replenish mission is nearly completed. Charlie Hines and Hook wait in the last holding blind for their re-run on this test. They are the last dog to run.
Headed for Birds-- #49, "Windy" HANDLE MIDDLE FLYER
Dog #49, NFC-AFC Candlewood's Something Royal, owned by Ken Neil and Brenda Little and handled by Ken Neil.
Windy has nailed her go-bird flyer. Next, she's taken some water and hunted low behind the left flyer. She's on the hillside, and now back to the edge of the water and the tules and hunting between there and the gunners; has the bird.
She's had a substantial hunt on the middle flyer--now Ken is handling her to it.
Windy cut a piece of right-side land en route to the long retired and scooped it up--she's done!
Working the Test, #34, "Norman"
Dog #34, FC-AFC Trumarc's Stormin Norman II, owned and handled by Mark Rosenblum.
He has had a small hunt on his go-bird flyer. Now, after a hunt on the left flyer, Norman is setting up for the middle flyer. And he has it... headed for the long retired.
Norman crossed the land behind the middle guns and kept driving and has just nailed the long retired!
"Ethel" Running The Tenth -- HANDLE LEFT FLYER/HANDLE MIDDLE FLYER/Handle Retired
Dog #27, FC-AFC Vinwood's Don't Look Ethel, owned and handled by Charles Hays and Danny Farmer, is handled by Yvonne Hays.
She's got her go-bird flyer and is setting up for the left-hand flyer. On it, Ethel dropped down and got in the left edge of the channel, and Yvonne has been handling her from the flat below the hill that the left flyer is shot from--with multiple whistles she's trying to get her up the hill and in front of the guns. She has that bird.
From behind the middle gun station, Yvonne is handling Ethel to that bird--she's got it, too.
A handle from the water to the retired mark rounds out the test for Ethel, and she's got all four birds.
On The Mat--#25, "Skeeter" HANDLE LEFT FLYER/HANDLE LONG RETIRED
Dog #25, FC-AFC Wolf Creek CR Skeeter, owned and handled by Robby Bickley.
He's had a quick hunt on his go-bird flyer...
Skeeter is handling currently on the left flyer... he went down and bailed into the water and Robby began casting him from there. He's got the bird.
Now, he has his middle flyer and did well on it...
A handle is in progress for the long bird, which began near the middle gun station.
Re-Run -- Dog #92 "Ruby" HANDLE ON MIDDLE FLYER
Dog #92, AFC Flyway's Ruby B. Gonia, owned by Helen and Don Graves and handled by Don Graves.
Ruby had a quick hunt just deep and around for her go-bird. Now, ... a hunt for the left flyer, Ruby is nearly back with it.
After a substantial hunt behind the middle flyer station, Don Graves is handling Ruby to her flyer fall.
Ruby has just had a very nice job on her long retired mark to finish her test.
Up At 'Em... #12, "Oatie"
...Dog #12, FC-AFC Suncrest Wild Oats, owned by Arnie and Linda Erwin and handled by Linda Erwin, has his go-bird flyer.
Oatie had a big hunt low several times and over the ridge deep of the bird to the left flyer. On his middle flyer he had a nice area hunt.
He just handled on his long retired mark from behind the middle flyer gun, to the bird.
In Motion-- #85 Re-run -- "Grady"
Dog #85, FC-AFC Cody Cut A Lean Grade, owned and handled by Chad Baker, has his go-bird and is hunting his left flyer right now.
He speared the middle flyer.
And... he swam on down and just nailed his long retired bird!!
Running: #9 "Hook" NO-BIRD WHILE RUNNING
Hook was retrieving his go-bird flyer when a no-bird was called on his middle flyer... it was walking up the hill.
Birds are being picked up right now.
"Pogo" On Her Way... HANDLE RETIRED BIRD
Dog #111, FC-AFC Trumarc's L'il Ms Pogo, owned and handled by Martha and John Russell and handled by Martha Russell, is driving for her right-hand flyer. She has it.
Pogo just had the tiniest hunt on her left flyer. She's en route to the middle flyer now.
Ms Pogo has just drilled the middle flyer.
Pogo, when sent for the long retired, was rolling toward the bird on land behind the middle flyer station when she broke right deep of it, and Martha handled her to the long retired bird.
Now on the Mat--#110 "Chase"
Dog #110 is AFC Coolwater's Storm Chaser, owned and handled by Alex Washburn.
Chase had a hunt on the go-bird flyer but has it.
Now, Chase is hunting the left flyer around the fall and also a few loops behind the gun. Now he has this mark and is coming back.
Alex is handling Chase on the middle flyer after a hunt behind the gun. He has it.
Chase swam his way to the long retired, and is now coming back with this last bird.
Now Running, #96 -- "Jerrylee"
Dog #96, FC-AFC Great Bunns of Fire, owned by Lynne and Mac DuBose and handled by Lynn DuBose.
She drilled the right-hand flyer and now just had a great job on the left flyer and has been sent for the middle flyer. Now has it... and sent for the long retired. She has crossed and is driving behind the middle flyer but peeling left and has just bent into the holding blind on the far shore. She has it!
NO-BIRD FOR #92 on LONG RETIRED
Dog #91 To The Line... "Tyson" HANDLE RIGHT FLYER/HANDLE RETIRED
This is Dog #91, FC-AFC Sureshot's TKO, owned and handled by Alvin Hatcher.
On the go-bird, after an extensive hunt all around in front and behind the fall and the guns, Alvin is handling. His flyer went way
up the hillside angled back.
He had a nice left flyer and is en route to the middle flyer.
Alvin is handling Tyson to the retired mark up the channel and now they have the bird.
GRADY No-Bird on Left Flyer
Dog #80 Up Now "Freedom" HANDLE RETIRED
Dog #80 is Watermark's The Black Pearl, owned by Howard Kuning and Chad Costa and handled by Chad Costa.
Go-bird, fine. Left flyer, did well. Middle flyer--another good one. Now Freedom has been sent for the long retired.
She went across tight behind the middle flyer guns and just as she was about to drive over the hill, Chad blew and handled. He's handling now...
Dog #63 On Line... "Miah"
... This is #63, FC-AFC Bayou Teche Miah, owned and handled by Stephen Ritter. After having just scooped up the go-bird, she's out at the left flyer. She just went inside the bird and continued looping all the way down to the water's edge (down a hill) on the right. Then she went back up toward the guns, and back down again, made a couple little loops down near tules on the left edge of the channel and is now up around the bird. She has it and is coming in...
Third bird--the middle flyer, she has gone in at the back side of the guns and made a few loops back there, and then went up into the flyer area and hunted some there before getting the bird. She's bringing it back now.
For the long retired, Miah squared the water and drove across and up the hill behind the middle flyer. She then crossed over the water to the left and now has the bird!
We Are Off And Running... Dog #60 "Saber"
#60, FC-AFC Tealcreek Patton's Saber, owned by Chris and Portia Hatch and handled by Chris Hatch. Go-bird down, left flyer speared, got the middle flyer and has just been sent for the long retired...
and he's done it! Nice job--Saber is in the clubhouse.
Test Dog to the Line...
... All four birds went off with streamers ... at the same time. Lily was a bit surprised! So was Nancy White.
It Can Happen In A Second...
... Ted Shih rolled his truck on I-90 near Livingston, Montana, not long ago. Pete Hayes was behind him and both Pete Hayes and Joe Broyles are on the scene now. Ted is okay and his dogs are okay--the truck is totaled.
A vehicle in front of Ted suddenly slowed down and he had to brake and that's all he remembers...
We are reminded how quickly things can change, and how every second counts. Thanks to the man upstairs with regard to the condition of Ted and his dogs.
CALLBACKS FOR TEST TEN
9, 12, 25, 27, 34, 49, 60, 63, 80, 85, 91, 92, 96, 110, 111
Dog 60 starts
Tenth Series Move In Progress
Jerrylee does this test
Jerrylee got her flyer, and on her second send went for the right-hand bird and went right into the cover to the bird. On her retired mark, she went out to the left of the holding blind and hunted left of the blind back and then to the right where she recovered her mark.
Hook Got His Birds
After the flyer, Hook, #9, hunted short toward the standout blind and then turned left and hunted this side of the water, crossed and got the middle retired bird. He then came back and did a nice job on the right-hand mark.
TALK ABOUT POGO!!!!!!!
Excellent Flyer. Straight to right-hand bird. Middle mark--Pogo came up JUST left of the holding blind, turned right into the cover and came up with the bird! WOW!
Chase Handled on Retired...
Dog #110 got the flyer and then swam wide right of the right-hand bird before recovering to it. She went wide left on the retired mark and deep, and had to be whistled back in to the bird by handler Alex Washburn.
Brooke HANDLE on RIGHT Bird
After her flyer, Brook went out and ended up with the middle bird second. She actually didn't have any very long hunt, but hunted between the middle bird and the right bird, although she never actually got over into where the right bird lands, and retrieved the middle bird. Then, on the right bird as she drove by on the right and started deep, he handled her quickly back to it.
Scary flyer--But Eva Has A Bead On It HANDLE RIGHT-HAND BIRD
... Dog #98, Eva's walkout flyer was bordering on being the second no-bird in a row this morning, but her number was called and she kept her focus and concentration, zeroing in on the wide bird. Then, she went right of the standout mark, a bit deep and turned left, working her way to the retired mark.
For her right-hand bird, Eva slipped by and got deep, hunting around the grove of trees in the distance. She worked her way back and when she entered the water, handler Lanse Brown cast her to the bird.
NO-BIRD on walkout flyer for #96
Ruby and Don Graves...
Ruby made excellent work of the flyer and the right-hand mark. For her retired bird, she came out way right and just deep of the old fall and then went way deep before coming back and hunting the area for the mark.
Tyson Hatcher has done the test
Dog #91 had a good flyer and a nice right-hand mark, and then went in for the retired mark, hunting out of sight for quite some time before coming up with the bird.
GRADY IS A HERO!
Grady got the flyer and then cut right of the gunners to cross and make quick work of the right-hand mark. For the retired mark he went left up near the pump house, turned right, and worked quickly down to the bird-- great job on this test!
HANDLE on #80, FREEDOM
Freedom got her flyer and then hunted left for her standout right-hand mark. Upon getting this bird, she split the difference coming back. Handler Chad Costa put Freedom on his right to send for the middle retired bird and she went left up near the pump house and while she was around the property road, he handled her to the mark.
Freedom and Chad on the honor
This Is Where #76 Should Be Coming To Line...
... But, again, unfortunately, "Comet" Harger has come in season and Linda scratched her earlier this morning.
After the flyer, Ozzy went up the middle, got around the pump house and hunted and then worked over to the retired mark. When sent third, he went right of the right-hand bird and drove deep. It appears he may have slowed down and resumed hunting in a big loop back into the bird.
|Benjy and Teresa Griffith with Ozzy after the ninth test|
... She got her flyer and then went right of the holding blind for the right-hand bird, she went back and forth a couple of times and then crossed and got this bird. Birdy is handling currently to the retired bird.
Miah Ritter Does the Test
With a good flyer and a good area hunt on the right-hand bird, Miah, #63, went left of the holding blind and then checked down and came back and got her third bird.
Saber HANDLES on Retired
... After a good flyer and right-hand bird, Saber went left for the retired and as he was going deep, handler Chris Hatch whistled him back to the mark.
First Dog of the Morning --
Test Dog to the Line...
Nancy White and Lily demonstrate the test to remaining handlers.
UNFORTUNATE NEWS!!! OH MY!!! NINTH SERIES SCRATCH
Dog number #76, Comet with Linda Harger... has come in heat. She just scratched her, officially.
And made it to the ninth series... oh my!
One Last Time...
... the Judges prepare to leave Headquarters for one more day of grueling National Amateur Championship testing.
|L to R, Pat Nicholls, Mary Howley, and Mitch Brown |
-- THIS IS THE DAY --
A new day is dawning... and what a day it will be!
Friday, June 24, 2011
This Wraps the Test For the Night...
Mootsie Handled on the Retired Mark -- PICK UP
After a nice flyer, Dog #58, Mootsie, got the right-hand bird in short order, going to the right of the gun. She then went right and deep for the retired mark and when working back in went toward the old fall; handler Ted Shih couldn't handle her over to the retired mark.
Windy Puts Three In The Bag
Windy, dog #49, nailed both the flyer and the right-hand mark. On the retired mark, Windy went well to the left, got deep and went right, and then worked her way to the bird.
This test will conclude for the evening at or close to 8 p.m.
Test dog (one) will run at 6:45 a.m.
HANDLE on the Walk-out Flyer -- PICK UP
Dog #47, Lil, is handling on the walkout flyer. She seemed to be nearly on top of it three times. Currently she's still handling...
Lil was helped by the guns. The other birds are being picked up manually.
... Norman (#34) had a small circle on his flyer. He was right going into the standout mark. For the retired mark he had an excellent line out and squared across, turned right and worked down the shore a bit and then went back to the left into the bird.
Finding the Birds-- Ethel
After a nice flyer, Ethel (dog #27) went out for the standout gun left of the guns and pulled in close to them and hunted deep and right and got the bird. For the retired mark, she went to the road by the pump house, and then turned right into the bird.
Skeeter Got 'Em--Big hunt on retired bird
Dog #25 had a nice flyer and a nice right-hand bird. For the retired bird he went outside the right-hand bird and ran deep, making a couple of loops out in the field before coming into the retired bird and picking it up.
HANDLE on retired bird for #18
Magic had a small hunt on the flyer. For the standout gun, he crossed and found the bird in short order. He went left and long, and is now being handled by Lorna Kolstad to come back into the retired bird area.
|Lorna Kolstad is on line with Magic as Linda Erwin and Oatie honor|
Up now is Oatie... Got the Birds
Dog #12 got the flyer and then hung up on the short shore around the guns for the standout gun before crossing and finding the bird. On the retired mark, Oatie went deep to the left and then came around from behind the holding blind to pick up the bird.
HANDLE for Buster on Right-hand Bird
Buster got the walkout flyer fine, and when sent for the standout right station, he came out to the left of it and turned left. This put him into the retired gun and he picked up that bird.
When sent again for the right-hand bird, he kept going, and this required a handle from Pete Hayes back into the bird.
Move and Ninth Series
Just a note, the move has taken awhile and the test has been changed several times. I have several posts saved as drafts to catch you up shortly.
The test has just been changed again and a dog is coming to line...
Dog 11 to the line.
CALLBACKS FOR TEST NINE
There are 24 dogs back.
9, 11, 12, 18, 25, 27, 34, 47, 49, 58, 60, 63, 65, 73, 76, 80, 85, 91, 92, 96, 98, 100, 110, 111
Start with Dog 11.
This test is completed... Waiting on Callbacks Here...
... Test Nine will begin today.
"Ruby" and Don Graves
Ruby, #91, got the blind but kind of boxed it at the end.
She had very nice marks.
The last dog is on the mound...
"Tyson" and Alvin Hatcher
Tyson, #91, had an okay blind.
He had a small hunt on the retired and had a hunt the flyer.
"Grady" and Chad Baker
Grady, #85, had a really nice blind.
He made a big circle into the retired mark and had a very nice flyer.
"Freedom" and Chad Costa
Freedom, #80, had a nice blind.
His left retired was a clean mark and his flyer he went down close to the flyer station and turned right into the bird.
"Chip" and Tom Hartl
Chip, #77, had a blind that took him wide right in toward the flyer a couple of times and resulted in a somewhat weak blind.
However, he came back and drilled the marks.
"Comet" and Linda Harger
Comet, #76, got deep on the blind with multiple whistles.
She hunted the retired bird and hunted the flyer.
"Ozzy" and Benjy Griffith
Ozzy, #73, had trouble seeing Benjy but had a nice blind.
Nice job on his marks!
"Birdy" and Yvonne Hays
Birdy, #65, had a decent blind.
She had very good marks.
"Miah" and Steve Ritter
Miah, #63, had an okay blind.
She had a small hunt on the retired mark and was okay on her flyer.
"Saber" and Chris Hatch
Saber seemed to have trouble seeing Chris at the end of the blind.
His marks were good.
"Mootsie" and Ted Shih
Mootsie, #58, had an excellent blind.
She had a tidy hunt on the retired mark and a small hunt on the flyer.
"Windy" and Ken Neil
Windy, #49, had a decent blind.
She got deep of the retired bird and then recovered it and she had a good job on the flyer.
"Lil" and Charlene Koeth
Lil, #47, had an excellent blind.
On her retired mark she had a deep loop and behind the blind before working out to the bird. She had a nice mark on the flyer.
"Norman" and Mark Rosenblum
Norman, #34, had a very nice blind.
He had two small tidy hunts on his marks.
"Hope" and Jerald Wilks
Hope, #33, had lots of whistles on her blind.
Her retired mark was okay and she had a nice flyer mark.
"Canaille" and Lee Jolley
Canaille, #28, got somewhat right on the blind but got it.
Her hunt on the retired bird ranged around the hay bales. She put on a hunt close to the gun station for the flyer and then got it.
"Ethel" and Yvonne Hays
Ethel, #27, had an okay blind.
She hunted the retired mark, going behind the blind and around before getting the bird. She also hunted the flyer, close and deep to the flyer crate and then got this bird.
"Skeeter" and Robby Bickley
Skeeter, #25, had a really nice blind.
Skeeter had two really nice marks.
"Trudi" and Carma Futhey -- HANDLE on flyer
Her blind was okay.
Trudi's retired mark was okay...
Carma is handling Trudi, #19, on the flyer.
"Magic" and Lorna Kolstad
Magic, #18, had to work for the blind.
He hunted to the hay bales behind the flyer before coming around to get it.
Lorna had a small hunt on the retired.
"Oatie" and Linda Erwin
Linda, after watching other handlers with some problems at the end of the blind, switched to a black handling jacket.
The line is atop a mound and the backdrop is a sky studded with fluffy white clouds.
Oatie's (#12) blind was okay, he had a little hunt on the retired bird and his flyer was nice.
"Buster" and Pete Hayes -- HANDLE on Retired Mark
Buster, #11, had a bit of difficulty at the end of the blind.
Pete sent for the retired mark and Buster back-sided the flyer and got it, and then handled on the retired mark.
"Hook" and Charlie Hines
Hook, #9, had a nice blind.
He had a small hunt on the retired and went to the area of the flyer and hunted it up.
"Ruby" and Al Wilson
Ruby, #115, had an okay blind.
She hunted the retired mark and is on her way to the flyer.
On the flyer, Ruby got quite deep and had a big hunt.
"Pogo" and Martha Russell
Pogo, #111, had an excellent blind.
Pogo had nice marks.
"Chase" and Alex Washburn
Chase, #110, got a bit left and deep on the blind.
Chase had two really good marks.
"Brook" Gets Her Birds...
Brook, #100, and Michael Moore ... She got just a hair left on the end of the blind.
Brook had two small quick hunts on the marks.
Lanse and #98 Eva...
She had a nice blind and is hunting on the retired mark now.
Eva got the retired mark and had a small hunt on the flyer.
JerryLee and Lynne DuBose...
... #96, had a controlled blind, a small hunt on the retired bird and she got the flyer.
Buster #93 starts this test... HANDLE on flyer
He's running the blind right now.
Buster had a few extra control whistles at the end....
After a hunt, Charles Bearden handled Buster on the flyer.
Test Dog Number Three
Shoot the double. Run the blind. Pick up the double, left-hand bird quietly retires once the dog passes en route to the blind.
Test Dog Number Two...
... Shoot the double, pick up one mark, run the blind, get the other mark.
First Test Dog Runs This Test...
... and the test time was five and a half minutes.
This was a double with a flyer (drake mallard) and a left-hand retired gun (hen pheasant)... and a blind (hen pheasant).
CALLBACKS FOR TESTS SEVEN AND EIGHT
9, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 27, 28, 33, 34, 47, 49, 58, 60, 63, 65, 73, 76, 77, 80, 85, 91, 92, 93, 96, 98, 100, 110, 111, 115
STARTING DOG IS #93.
CALLBACKS WILL BE GIVEN AT THE NEXT SETUP SITE
This is the Last Dog... HANDLE Right-hand Flyer DOUBLE H--PICK UP
Diesel, #71 (Wolf River's HD Duramax) is currently being handled by Joe Broyles on the right-hand flyer after a long hunt. Handle on Left Retired... Pick Up
Canaille, #28, Re-Run...
Has two excellent flyers under her belt and is crusing out to the left retired mark... and now has it as well. She had just slipped over the hill when she came right back to this bird. Canaille channeled down, went between the holding blind and pump house, down the point, back to the blind and out to the bird. Good for Lee Jolley and #28, AFC Un Petit Peu Canaille.
Guide, #75, is Deep on Hill Behind Island... HANDLE
... Up to now he has had three excellent marks on this test. #75, FC Nightwings Marsh Leader just handled by Sherwin Scott on the island mark.
Duke Magee... HANDLE on Retired Island Bird
... #74, FC-AFC Dominators Duke Of Turrell went to the top of the ridge and back to the go-bird, and then had a good right-hand flyer, and went high and straight to the left retired. Duke channeled down toward the island bird, slipped by and got deep--he's now handling from the hill beyond the island.
Miah is on her way... Four birds
For the right-hand flyer Miah went to the base of the hill, turned right and got her bird, and then on the left retired she got to the area and made a loop into the bird. For her island bird, she got out pulling right toward the holding blind and behind it, and then came out on the point and drove across to the bird.
We've Run 14 dogs this morning... counting Ozzy...
And we've had 6 more handles and 2 more pickups...
Ozzy!!! Does It In Style!
Three excellent marks capped by a very, very good on the island bird for handler Benjy Griffith! Way to go #73, FC-AFC Premier's Iron Man Ozzy!
Some Statistics from Yesterday...
... There were 18 handles and double-handles, 10 pickups and 2 breaks on the honor...
No-Bird for #71, Diesel...
... on the right-hand flyer...
HANDLE on the Right Flyer for Ali -- Now PICK UP
Unfortunately, Ali (#69, FC-AFC Lanes Lets Get Ready to Rumble) couldn't come up with the flyer, which went right of the two-track... and then handler Bobby Lane began trying to put Ali on the bird... this became a pickup.
Oh--HANDLE FOR ISLAND BIRD for Kimber
... Kimber, #67, AFC Kimber VIII, had a right-hand flyer hunt and was over the hill and back to the bird for her left retired mark... when sent for the island bird she started out in the channel but broke right and got up into the flyer fall; handler Gary Zellner immediately began handling to the island bird.
The wind has changed in the past few dogs and is blowing stiffly from the southwest, carrying strong flyer scent to the dogs heading for that long bird behind and deep of it.
A Caravan Is Leaving Here Shortly For Next Test...
Except for those of us working until the very end of this test... and those remaining contestants and necessary people.
HANDLE ON #53... Punch
Punch (AFC Coolwater's Knockout) nailed three marks, and unfortunately went right when sent for the island retired bird... got through the right-hand flyer fall area and began driving up the hill, pulling more right, and then began coming back down the hill, where Alex Washburn began handling to the long bird.
So Far, Birdy is Perfect for Three...
... And Handler Yvonne Hays is sending #65, FC-AFC Trumarc's Whistling Bird, for the island retired mark. She had a hunt on the spit and in the water in front of the island and now has the fourth bird, nice job!
No-Bird on Island Bird for #63
#62 HANDLING on Right Flyer... Now, PICK UP on next send
... After a wide and ranging hunt, Handler Laura Parrott is handling Straight (#62, Lucyana's Full Speed Ahead) on the right-hand flyer.
Straight was just picked up on his next send.
He got the go-bird, stepped on his wide right-hand flyer and then went between the hay bales over the hill and then came back shortly thereafter for the bird. Saber (#60, FC-AFC Tealcreek Patton's Saber) then went for the island bird through the cover and out, came up just left of the holding blind and over to the bird.
Operating Her Way, Too...
Dog #58, (FC-AFC Freeridin Smooth Operator) got her flyers and then went out and peeled off the hay bales on the left and kept peeling right, ending up out at the island retired mark to get that bird. Handler Ted Shih then sent her for the left retired and she streaked out in front of the left flyer guns and went up and scooped up her last bird.
Diva Is Doing This Her Way... Oh, HANDLE on Right Flyer
... After her go-bird, Diva (#56 AFC Waterdogs Iron Diva) took off on her second send, got in the flat behind the right-hand flyer guns and left of the channel, made a quick loop while driving and continued on to the island bird, which she then got with a small hunt. Now, she's after the left retired and she went in front of the go-bird station to get it--and stepped on it. Currently she's hunting the right-hand flyer to finish her test; she's been hunting the flat to the right of the guns and just bailed into the channel behind the gun and is looping there. Oh, she is now being handled to it.
Dog #53 No-Bird on Island Bird...
... It landed in the water. The judges have been consistent on this.
Fizz, #38, HANDLE on the Island Bird
Fizz's long flyer (right-hand) landed in the road and Fizz hunted the heavy cover and worked back to the guns and then went along the base of the hill from left to right until he got back to the road and found it. Fizz went over the hill for his left retired but came back and got it.
Now, Fizz is handling from left of the tractor lane, although he started out for the bird up the middle.
Windy Gets 'Em...
Thus far, Windy (#49, NFC-AFC Candlewood's Something Royal) has her go-bird, and then had a hunt in the area of the right-hand flyer and had an excellent job on the left retired. She's on her way to the island bird and is on her way to a wonderful mark...she's swimming under the bridge en route to the bird and now has it.
Mickey--HANDLING on Left Retired--HANDLE on Island Bird
At this moment, #48 (Windy City's Mighty Mouse), Mickey is handling on the left retired after hunting the hill just behind the flyer gunners. For his right-hand flyer, he had hunted a bit in the flat before getting his bird. Now, he's got the left retired and has been sent for the island retired. He's driving out and went just behind the holding blind, and hunted there. Now, he has popped and is waiting for instruction. Charlie thought the dog was a post--he's now handling to the bird.
Lil! What a Girl!
On the long flyer, which was right of the road, #47, AFC Lil Chin Music, went right, crossed back and went out again and dug it out. On her left retired, Lil drove to the correct hill and seemed to smell the holding blind but then came right back to the bird. On her island retired, she went through the heavy cover from the line, swam the channel and then went straight down and came out on the point, drove and got the bird.
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