WELCOME Welcome to the Retriever Daily Report of the Canadian National Retriever Championship, 14-19 September, 2009. This year’s National is hosted by the Pine Ridge Retriever Club, near Brighton, Ontario, in an area of picturesque rolling hills over-looking Lake Ontario. Your reporters are Pine Ridge Club members Dennis Voigt and Fiona McKay of Retrievers Online. Fiona will do the drawings and Dennis will give you the news and test descriptions as well as the photos. We will attempt to post several times each day to keep you up on the latest news. If there is a delay, be patient while we seek a connection for uploading. Tip: Don’t forget to refresh your browser each time and remember to click on the photos to enlarge them. We would like to thank Retriever News for their assistance in helping us with these reports and for their hosting of Canadian National reports at www.working-retriever.com.

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Thursday 17 September 6th Series Land Quad

Note re Wed. tests- Fiona now has sketch up of Series 4 and 5 at the end of yesterday's report. Go back and have a look.

Early this AM it was clear, cold at 40 degrees and we still had a strong northerly wind. However, by the time the sun was rising it was getting cloudy and the wind had died. But before we tell you about the 6th series, you should know what you missed last night.

Fish Fry

Last night, we had a great fish fry, a Pine Ridge Retriever Club signature tailgate party. The Wall-eye and Rainbow trout were obtained by Jim Green but it was Randy Van Norman and his crew including Wingman Alias Wingding, Peter Thorne that put on the show. They had fries, fish and wings all done to perfection. Folks came back again and again and at the end Randy treated us to strips of goose breast superbly cooked.

Series 6-Land Quad

Upon arrival at the site were greeted with an amazing line set-up. Landowner Jeff McCann had arranged a bank of large square bales behind the judges and in front of the gallery. The Purina tents and line were tucked into an alcove.

Landowner Jeff McCann behind his alcove of hay bales. Jeff and Cathy run a large mixed farm operation specializing in market steers. They also use these steers in Team Penning and Ranch Sorting everyweek and Fiona and I have often enjoyed that with our horses. Kathy used to field trial but now their dogs are cowdogs. I wanted Jeff to run his Heeler, Bull as test dog but he declined! It's landowners like the McCanns that make it possible to conduct Nationals like this on new grounds.A huge thanks from all!

In the large pasture field to the north, 4 gunner stations were placed with 3 of them in an Inline configuration with a 4th to the left. The 3 Inline birds were all thrown to the left and the order was middle, long left, far left and short right go-bird. The two middle gunners retired into well-camouflaged holding blinds. All birds were mallards. The distances 110, 160, 215 and 295 yards (see photo) There was an honour on the left.
The first test dog, Diva, picked up the inline first, from short to long before getting the long stand up last. It was clear that it was easy to drive deep on the middle retired.
The second test dog, Hon:sti, picked up the go-bird and then went long. On being sent for the middle retried, he again went long and was handled. He got the left stand-up last
As we started the cloud cover was 100% and a very light breeze from the NW contrary to the forecast which promised NE swinging to south..
The first dog came to line at 8:15 am. The test soon started to take it’s toll. By the time we had a first gunner change after 13 dogs, we had 4 handles and 1 pick-up. There were also considerable hunts. Most handlers are taking the go-bird and then the middle retired. There is no consistency yet in which of the longer bird is picked up 3rd. By 10 pm we saw signs of the wind shift to the NE and by 10:30 there was an easterly angle to it although it is still variable. An easterly wind could help the dogs going wide and long for the retireds. We’ll report back in a few hours, as indications are the test is going better for the handlers now.

1:00 PM Quick update- We've had 4 more handles bringing the total to 8 plus the pick up. Quite a few good jobs mixed in. The consitins are quite sunny now woth scatered puffy cumulus clouds. It's warmer up to almost 70 degrees and the wind reminas quite light. It is also variable from the NW, N and NE often changig between dogs. If one bird gets wind saved the next doesn't. I'm off to gun the last rotation so I probably won't update until it's over.

The test finished at 3:30 pm. Work continued to be erratic as we has a few more handles, a few over-run and loose backside hunts as well as a break. Stay tuned for Callbacks.

Meanwhile we’d like to thank our volunteer gunners and throwers once again single-handedly rounded up by Jacqui Pepper. Included today were Peter Martin, Dennis Harwood, Ann Steer, Larry Coe, Medie Robinson, , Chris Mason, Glynn Matthews, Ron LeDuke, Bruce Kelly, Jim Green, Shirley Greener, Rich Dresser, Richard Davis, Les Oakes, Pierre Matthieu, Marg Murray Ray Smith, Katie Dygos, Heather Stewart, Lori Walsh, Jane Thompson, Tony Schiller, Jim Ling, Dennis Voigt, Gerry Burmaster, Lorne Langevin, Chris LaCross, Dana Young.

Tonight we are off to the Worker’s Party in town. That’s the deal about Canadian Nationals –it’s either dog work or party time- either way we like to work hard or play hard.

While we wait for Callbacks here's some snapshots.

Under the Tent of the Inner Circle

View from the field back to the line -click to enlarge

The Gallery behind the bale wall- this test was worth watching every dog because of all the variability.


We're down to 36 dogs with 14 dropped. They were 13, 26, 28, 29, 31, 35, 36, 37, 38, 40, 53, 56, 72, and 73. Tomorrow is a Water Triple at Headquarters with dog # 54 starting.


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1. Jerryru’s Cosmic Force, LRM
2. FTCH-AFTCH Revilo’s Gunz N Roses, LRF
3. Biggun’s Mister Bo Jangles, LRM
5. Mjolnir’s There And Back Again, LRM
6. High Mileage Jb’s Believer QFTR CAN/AM, MH, LRF
7. Kapriver Emmy Lu, LRF
8. Needhams In It To Win It, LRM
9. Wynflat’s G.P.S., LRF
10. AFTCH Eba’s Cash Investment, LRM
11. L And L Just A Gigolo, LRM
12. FTCH-AFTCH-AFC Mjolnir’s Arwen Evenstar, LRF
13. FTCH-AFTCH Pilkington’s Kayte Of Southgate, LRF
14. Stormycreek’s Old Salty, LRM
15. Baby Duck’s Zipped In Yellow, LRM
16. Northriver Zack’s Annie Girl, QFTR, LRF
17. Dippomarsh Hard To Miss, LRM
18. FTCH-AFTCH Waterstrike Ramblin Bramble, LRF
19. Sweet Nola, LRF
20. FTCH Reaction Abbey Dixie, LRF
21. Rpm Hard As A Rock, LRM
22. FTCH Riveroak Turn Me Loose, LRF
23. Topbrass Smooth As Silk, GRF
24. FTCH Sloan Of Sweetwater, LRF
25. NMH-GMH-HRCH Tamsu’s Miss Daily, WCX, CDX, GRF
26. Gahonk’s Over The Limit, LRM
27. FTCH-AFTCH Baypoint’s Star Of Ladnermarsh, LRF
28. FTCH-AFTCH Hickory Ridge Black Creek Ally, LRF
29. FTCH-AFTCH Grouse Of Drake’s Bay, LRF
30. Tiny’s Skyhawk, LRM
31. NMH Candlewood’s High Mileage Hope, MH, LRF
32. No Strings Attached, LRM
33. FTCH-AFTCH-FC-AFC Runnin’s Molly B, LRF
34. Buckskin Rudy’s Mischief, LRM
35. AFTCH North Of Seven, LRM
36. AFC Pekisko Calumet’s Rebel Doll, LRM
37. Mjolnir’s Dana Of Long Point, LRF
38. R.P.M. Trip, LRF
39. FTCH-AFTCH Mjolnir’s Daisy Mae, LRF
40. FTCH-AFTCH Revilo’s Cutting Edge, LRM
41. FTCH Sage’s Sassy Waterdog, LRF
42. FTCH Diamondbrook’s Vl Earl, LRM
43. FTCH-AFTCH Moira River Maddy, LRF
44. North’s Ice Of Forest Dell, LRM
45. Taylorlab Calumet’s Big Blue, LRM
46. FTCH-AFTCH Jaybar Madison Avenue, LRF
47. FTCH-AFTCH Gold Star Take’m Tex, MH, LRM
48. Stormcreek’s Mia, LRF
49. Orion The Hunter Of Big Sandy, LRM
50. Laird’s Cynful Wisdom, LRM
51. Riveroak Vapour Trail, LRM
52. L And L’s Marsh Obsession, LRM
53. Bluenorth’s Tumbling Dice, LRF
54. White Knuckle Night, LRM
55. Pokoldi’s Go Go Sally, LRF
56. AFTCH Pilkington’s Power Struggle, LRM
57. The Springwaters Rippin To Go, LRM
58. Laird’s Cynful Elegance, LRF
59. Bluenorth’s Under A Lucky Star, LRF
60. FTCH-AFTCH Hiwood Yukon Of Forest Dell, JH, LRM
61. FTCH Buckshots Rock Your World, LRM
62. Basil Edens’ Wild Mena, LRF
63. AFTCH Oakridge Rtvr Going All The Way, QFTR, LRF
64. FTCH-AFC Jaybar’s Click On, LRM
65. Pilkington’s Abby Of Kawartha, LRF
66. Glenelm’s Glowing Ember, GRF
67. FTCH-AFTCH Fifth Avenue Mighty Maximus, LRM
68. AFTCH Goldbriar’s Wailin Willie, GRM
69. Bluenorth’s Diamond Lil, LRF
70. FTCH-AFTCH Bluenorth’s Alces Americana, LRM
71. FC-AFTCH She’s Gonna Rip, LRF
72. FTCH Rpm Anvil, LRM
73. NAFTCH-FTCH-AFTCH-FC L And L Black Tie Affair, LRM
74. AFTCH Bluenorth’s Cosmic Hurricane, LRF
75. AFC Calumet’s Mein Soupster, LRM