WELCOME to the Retriever Daily Report of the 2011 National Amateur Field Trial, June 19-25, brought to you by the National Amateur Retriever Club and written by Tina Ebner and Gwen Jones with assistance from Caitlin Furin. We hope you enjoy these daily updates on the National Amateur, held this year in Ronan, MT.

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Friday, June 24, 2011

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Test 6 -- Land/Water Quad with Two Flyers, Two Retired and an Honor

The Sixth Series Quad continues this morning. The line is on top of a hill, on the north end of the test. The first bird thrown is a hen pheasant at 323 yards long, retired island bird. This bird is straight in front of the line, down a hill, across a stream through heavy cover and mowed strips. The gunners stand on a small island and throw left into cover on the far bank. The line to this bird has the dog swimming under a small foot bridge into a larger pond and up to the bank. The second bird is a hen pheasant flyer at 175 yards. the gunners are also in front of the mat and slightly to the right. They are shooting to the right, up a hill with very heavy cover. They are riding the bird out a long distance. The first test dog had this hen land to the right of a dirt road that runs through the test. The judges were happier with the second test dog whose bird landed before the road. The third bird is a 200 yard retired bird to the left of the line. This hen pheasant is thrown left, landing on the second ridge. The line takes the dog tight to the back of the flyer gunners and then up and over the first ridge into the top of the second ridge. The fourth bird is a flyer station at the bottom of the hill to the left of the mat. A drake is thrown and shot to the left 90 yards from the line.

John Pampy and Chad Costa

Fred Kampo and Duncan Christie

Alex Washburn and Charlie Hines

The conditions at the test site this morning are very different from late yesterday....it is 41 degrees for starters. We are starting with dog #45, Jim Pickering. This is a very tough test and as of this point over half the contestatnts that have run have either handled, picked up or broke on the honor. We are still working on the official nickname of this test...even the judges are getting in on the action.

The "Two Daves" ... Dave Furin and Dave Rorem

"The Thinkers" ... Paul Sletten and John Stracka

Deb Bredeson and Debbie Nicholls

Joe Broyles ... The end of the line. The Sixth is over.

This test continues to be a challenge for the remaining field of contenders. The work is about the same as yesterday. We have about ten more dogs to run, with a couple of them being no-birds being put back in the rotation.

Callbacks to Test 7: 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

Dogs Dropped: 2, 6, 7, 8, 10, 17, 20, 21, 24, 32, 38, 41, 43, 45, 48, 53, 56, 62, 67, 69, 71, 74, 75, 78, 82, 83, 86, 88, 97, 99, 102, 106, 108, 112, 113, 114


First Test dog at Noon...

Tests 7 & 8 -- Land Double with a Blind

The Seventh and Eighth Series will be a double and a blind. Standing on a mound facing east the wind will be from right to left. 117 yards from the line on the left are two gunners behind several bales of hay. Farther out at 215 yards to the right of the mat is a flyer station. Between the two gun stations, 316 yards in front of the mat is a small hay bale with the blind planted in front of it.

The Third Test Dog and Bill Kolstad

The Handlers view the Seventh and Eighth.

Getting things ready before the next series....

Molly Schlachter sells her photographic masterpieces.

Brenda Little from Lucky Lab Pins

The retired station throws a hen pheasant to the right. The flyer station then shoots to the right. The dog must run the blind before he can pickup the marks. The line to the blind is close to the left-hand bird and just behind the flyer gunners. There are two hay bales just deep of the flyer gunners sitting 60-70 yards apart. When the dog passes the left hay bale on his way to the blind the left-hand gunners retire. After completing the blind the dog then picks up the marks in very heavy cover.

Jim and Judy Powers

Charlie and Yvonne Hayes

John Thomas

The Judges confer about the test.

Gunners Dave Sniegowski and Bruce Doing

Nancy White

We have had a on handle on the first dog, #93. The next few dogs have run it clean. It is now nearing the end of the test...we've had a total of three handles...the test is moving along quickly and we have six more dogs to run. We will be moving to the Ninth Series after this test is over.

The Callbacks will be given at this test site, before we move to Ninth.

Callbacks to the Ninth Series are:  9, 11, 12, 18, 25, 27, 34, 47, 49, 58, 60 , 63, 65, 73, 76, 80, 85, 91, 92, 96, 98, 100, 110, 111.

The dogs dropped are 19, 28, 33, 77, 93, 115.

24 dogs are called back and we will start with Dog number 11.

Ninth Series -- Water Triple with One Retired and Two Flyers and an Honor

The Ninth Series is a water triple with one retired and two flyers. Standing on a mound facing North, the test is in a field with a winding stream and pond. Tall grass blocks the view of the water.

The first bird thrown is a hen duck and comes from a brush holding blind 288 yards out in front of the mound. This holding blind is on the far shore of a piece of water. The throw is to the right.

The second set of guns are 238 yards out and approximately 40 yards to the right of the retired gunners. This is a simulated flyer station using a dead drake located on the near side of the water, throwing right to the far shore.

After the second bird lands, a set of gunners emerge from behind a small mound and we have a walk out flyer 110 yards from the mat. The drake flyer is shot to the right.

There is an honor in this series with the mat to the right of the working dog.

The test is taking nine minutes a dog.

We are getting set-up for the next series.

The handlers check out the Ninth....

Don Graves and Lance Brown

The Gallery looks on....

We have just had an announcement that no dogs will run after 8 pm and the Test Dog is at 6:45 am tomorrow morning. Ted Shih and "Mootsie" wrap it up for the evening. See you in the AM.


1. AFC Carbons Blue Pursuit, LM
2. AFC Robbers' Stray Bullet, LM
3. FC-AFC Hoot N Holler, LM
4. Mjolnir's There And Back Again, LM
5. FC Wood River's Duck Tucker, LM
6. AFC The Blueprint, LM
7. FC-CFC LKY's Controlled Burn, LM
8. FC-AFC Land Ahoy, LM
9. Windy City's Bent Tail, LM
10. FC-AFC Fat City Pacer, LM
11. NAFC-FC Fourleaf's Ice Breaker, LM
12. FC-AFC Suncrest Wild Oats, LM
13. FC-AFC Paddy Kate's Slick Mick, LM
14. FC-AFC Volwood's Big Ol' Rex, LM
15. FC-AFC Watuaga's Bull Gator, LM
16. AFC Third Creek's Big Stick, LM
17. NFC-AFC Hunter Runs BooBoo, LM
18. FC-AFC Foxfires Slight Of Hand, LM
19. Catalina's Trumarc, LF
20. FC-AFC Bayou-Star Beyond Independent, GM
21. FC-AFC Jet Black Bustin Thru The Brush, LM
22. Salt Marsh Ready Aim Flyer, GM
23. FC-AFC Weezer Retreezer, LM
24. FC Westwoods Iron Man, LM
25. FC-AFC Wolf Creek CR Skeeter, LM
26. Sonmar's Mo Cash, LM
27. FC-AFC Vinwood's Don't Look Ethel, LF
28. AFC Un Petit Peu Canaille, LF
29. AFC Invinceability, LM
30. AFC Cuda's Negra Modelo MH, LF
31. FC-AFC Sanpitch River Shore Thing, LM
32. FC-AFC Pure Labs Skys The Limit, LM
33. FC Silvertip's I Hope So, LF
34. FC-AFC Trumarc's Stormin Norman II, LM
35. In The Hunt Farm's Executive Sweet, LF
36. FC-AFC Chatanika's High Water Haylee, LF
37. FC-AFC Landover's Right On Target, LM
38. FC-AFC Hardscrabble Carbunnation, LF
39. Candlewoods Commander And Chief, LM
40. AFC Red Butte's Tiger Lilly, LF
41. FC-AFC Ragin Eye Of The Storm, LM
42. Trulines Walla Walla Sweet, LF
43. AFC-CFC-CAFC Calumet`s Mein Soupster, LM
44. AFC Citori's Vista 40th Pres, LF
45. AFC KPR's Wet Willie, LM
46. FC Big Alfonse Capone Of Mo-Kan, LM
47. AFC Lil Chin Music, LF
48. Windy City's Mighty Mouse, LM
49. NFC-AFC Candlewood's Something Royal, LF
50. AFC Sister Bertrille, LF
51. FC SML Stella's Got Her Groove, LF
52. AFC Huntersbest Sapphire Jubilee, LF
53. AFC Coolwater's Knockout, LM
54. AFC Jazztime's Dust Devil Max, LM
55. AFC-CAFC Maxfly's Lumpy, LF
56. AFC Waterdogs Iron Diva, LF
57. FC-AFC Atlasta Winner, LF
58. FC-AFC Freeridin Smooth Operator, LF
59. FC-AFC Nebo's Onyx Tornado, LM
60. FC-AFC Tealcreek Patton's Saber, LM
61. FC-AFC Sureshot's Texas Hold'Em, LM
62. Lucyana's Full Speed Ahead, LM
63. FC-AFC Bayou Teche Miah, LF
64. FC-AFC Shadows Sweet Something, LF
65. FC-AFC Trumarc's Whistling Bird, LF
66. FC Tiger Mtn's Hokulele, LM
67. AFC Kimber VIII, LF
68. Candlewoods Aphrodites Jazz, LF
69. FC-AFC Lanes Lets Get Ready To Rumble, LM
70. AFC Candlewoods Brother Aaron, LM
71. Wolf River's HD Duramax, LM
72. FC-AFC Volwood's Angel, LF
73. FC-AFC Premier's Iron Man Ozzy, LM
74. FC-AFC Dominators Duke Of Turrell, LM
75. FC Nightwings Marsh Leader, LM
76. Yakity's Shake Rattle 'N' Roll, CF
77. FC-AFC Widgeon's Carbon Chip, LM
78. AFC Waquoit Bay's Lone Arranger, LM
79. FC-AFC Castlebay's Night Robber, LM
80. Watermark's The Black Pearl, LF
81. FC-AFC-CNFC-CAFC Taylorlab Calumet's Big Blue, LM
82. Phyllo Farms Mischief Maker, LM
83. FC-AFC Candlewood GoldenDaze Louie, LM
84. Glen Lake F4d Phantom MH, LF
85. FC-AFC Cody Cut A Lean Grade, LM
86. FC-AFC Nick Of Time Wild Wind Dusty, LM
87. FC-AFC-CFC-CAFC Runnin's Molly B, LF
88. FC-AFC Jazztime Hanging Chad, LM
89. Maple Creek's Mattie Mae, LF
90. Fargo's Rising River, LF
91. FC-AFC Sureshot's TKO, LM
92. AFC Flyway's Ruby B. Gonia, LF
93. FC-AFC Downtown Buster Brown XXXI, LM
94. FC-AFC Waterdogs Shock And Awe, LM
95. FC-AFC Joey's Zoom Zoom JH, LM
96. FC-AFC-Great Bunns Of Fire, LF
97. FC-AFC Badger State Ram Kicker, LM
98. FC-AFC Eva-Ethyl Proby-Weber, LF
99. Jazztime Bluegoose's Skatch, LM
100. FC-AFC Citori's Accept No Substitute, LF
101. Tweed's Rough Rider, LM
102. AFC Jamestown's Super Spud, LF
103. AFC Watermark's Shadow Dancer, LF
104. FC Hardscrabble Roxie McBunn, LF
105. FC-AFC Lil Mac's Black River Rabbit, LF
106. Good Idea's Dream On, LF
107. Ironweeds High Bird Shooter, LF
108. Rockliffs Justdoit, LM
109. AFC Just Deal Me A Jack MH, LM
110. AFC Coolwater's Storm Chaser, LF
111. FC-AFC Trumarc's L'il Ms Pogo, LF
112. FC-AFC-CFC-CAFC Adams Acres Muddy Creek, LM
113. FC Counterpoint's Sidekick, LM
114. FC-AFC Texanna Yellow Gold MH, LF
115. FC-AFC Nebo's Grandma Ruby, LF