Back from the National Specialty and had a great time! A full 10 days of Golden Retriever activities- what more could you ask for?
Manny won the Field Trial dog class but didn't make the cut in BOB. He won the ** class in Gun Dog Sweeps too. He also made it through the first 2 series of the Qual and was awarded the Bill Lester Trophy by the GRCA. It's awarded to the dog who has the most points in conformation and recieves a field trial placement or Jam within the year. This trophy has not been awrded in several years!!
Tripp showed in the Am owner handled class and showed really well for his first time in the ring. He had a great time which was evident, stacked nicely and moved really well. Going to order some pics and will post soon. He rocked the first 2 series of the Derby stake stepping on all of his birds. He came up short in the 3rd series though, the setup was just a picture he's not got in his head yet but he was FUN to run!
Getting back to obedience for the winter with Manny- going to train for his UD and then onto tracking. Tripp will continue in field- Master and Quals in his future. Oh!! and Tripp got his SH in 4 tests!
Tripp got his 3rd straight pass at YGRC's hunt test on 9/28/13- almost there!
The Friday before Labor day weekend we got up at 2:30am to drive the almost 4 hours to the Maine Retriever Trial Qualifying stake- it was worth all the effort as Manny was awarded a Reserve Jam! You can see from the photo he's a bit tired as this photo was taken at the end of the day.
Saturday 20 month old Tripp (his Son) recieved his first SH pass in a very challenging test. Lots of concepts in the one day and he nailed everything and recieved another Senior pass on Sunday. Good boys!!
It was a GREAT weekend!
Tripp finished up is JH in VT this past weekend passing 4 out of 4 tests. He is SO fun to run and is so very enthusiastic and animated (sometimes too enthusiastic) when running. I wanted to see what mechanics we need to work on and get some 'line time' in with him. Gleaned some good info... he wasn't going to break but definitely wanted to get to line in a hurry. At the water series on saturday he left me in the blind alone while he dashed to line after hearing 'guns up'. The funny thing about that is we practice the line chatter and standard questions while training all the time but you really can't replicate the excitement of a real test! He gives me a lot of effort and makes me laugh with the inquizzitive ears up and head tilt when I talk to him. He is a real chip off the block as far as being silly and personable! Love him! :)