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#1 MexHunter

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Posted 13 June 2011 - 06:48 PM

The National Amater starts this Sunday. The Retriever News will have coverage of the event at http://2011narcrepor...rievernews.com/ beginning on Saturday. Entry Express once again is hosting a Pick Em contest. It is free to enter at http://www.entryexpress.net/ Each participant gets to pick 10 dogs plus a tie breaker. The winner gets bragging rights for the next year.

So far there are 115 dogs entered. A couple more qualified yesterday and will likely enter. To qualify, a dog has to win an Amateur or Open all age stake while handled by an amateur plus attain two more points in a one year period. On average, a dog has to beat about 60 other dogs to obtain a win at a weekend trial.

Only a handful of dogs that qualify do not enter the Nationals. Generally the dogs qualifying but not entering are missing the event because they are coming into season, injured, have an owner that is one of the judges or are deceased.
The point schedule is
1st=5 pts
2nd=3 pts
3rd=1 pt
4th=1/2 pt

Following the Nationals is a great way to learn more about America's top retrievers and build a pool of knowledge that will be useful when picking out your next pup.

We were a skunch short with Cal this year earning no wins and only one point. Hopefully, we will do a little better next year.

Russ


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Posted 17 June 2011 - 01:39 PM

Alright Russ, I took the bait. I entered. Here are my picks. It is hard to narrow it to 10 picks. You end up leaving out a bunch of great dogs including the defence amature and national champs.

1) FC AFC Carbon Blue Pursuit
2) AFC Robbers Stray Bullet
8) FC AFC Land Ahoy
23) FC AFC Weezer Retreezer
49) NFC AFC Candlewoods Something Royal
53) AFC Coolwaters Knockout
60) FC AFC Tealcreek Pattons Sabre
77) FC AFC Widgeons Carbon Chip
85) FC AFC Cut A Lean Grade
95) FC AFC Joeys Zoom Zoom
Alternate
97) Badger State Ram Kicker

Should be a great National Am.
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Posted 17 June 2011 - 02:02 PM

We have a few dogs in common. Dog #54 is a scratch. He died of a heart attack this week in Ronan. It is very sad. The owners are friends of ours from Phoenix.

8) FC-AFC Land Ahoy
11) NAFC-FC Fourleaf's Ice Breaker
14) FC-AFC Volwoods Big Ol' Rex
17) NFC-AFC Hunter Runs Boo Boo
23) FC-AFC Weezer Retreezer
49) NFC-AFC Candlewoods Something Royal
60) FC-AFC Tealcreek Patton's Saber
87) FC-AFC Runnin's Molly B
100) FC-AFC Citroi's Accept No Substitute
115) FC-AFC Nebo's Grandma Ruby
Tie Breaker-FC AFC Nebo's Onyx Tornado

I will be rooting for #56 Diva-our dog Ollies littermate, #47 Lil & #18 Magic we often train with these two, and #12 Oatie a regular training partner.

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Posted 17 June 2011 - 02:34 PM

Boy, that sucks about #54 (Max). Go to a national all excited and ready to give it your best shot and your dog dies. What do you do ? Stick around and watch the trial or just pack it up. There is no right answer. You are going to be hurtin no matter what you do. Russ good luck with your picks and hopefully one of your training partners will have the weekend of a lifetime.
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Posted 17 June 2011 - 06:24 PM

The Retriever News is going to award a years subscription plus some gear to the winner. It is free to enter.

Knowing the Millers, they will stay around to help. They have always pitched in at our club's trial even though they do not belong. They also recently bought some training property in Ronan so would probably be there anyway.
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Posted 18 June 2011 - 12:24 PM

Our Prayers go out to Diann and Dennis Miller on the sudden loss of their dog Max.
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Posted 21 June 2011 - 08:10 AM

Our training partners Linda Erwin and Oatie are having an excellent trial after 4 series. Hardly a step out of line. There should a massive cut at the end of the 4th. Pictures and a running commentary can be viewed at http://2011narcblog....rievernews.com/

The tests get tougher as the field gets smaller. Six more to go after this one.

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Posted 21 June 2011 - 09:42 AM

You Go Oatie! I sure would like to see the old boy win it.

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 05:36 PM

Russ, do you have any insights on what dogs are doing really well. That was a brutal set up today. I knew they were going to thin the ranks. There were just too many dogs left. It is getting interesting.
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Posted 23 June 2011 - 06:22 PM

It is too early to get a good idea. One gorilla hunt can move the front runner to an also-ran in a very short time...and there are four series after the current one for the dogs to screw up. Vicki's running commentary helps keep up on how the dogs are doing, but the judges have the best view and know what they are looking for.

Right now the judges are losing and have to catch up fast. They will have a day and a half to get in four series. They may have to run on to Sunday. I do not know if that has ever been done. Look for a huge cut after this series. They are going to a small field with fast tests if they want to finish on time

The dogs we are rooting for -Oatie along with Magic, Lil, Diva and Freedom- have not yet handled on a mark. It would be very unlikely for a dog to handle on a mark and still win.

Go Oats!! He will be retiring after this one.

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Posted 24 June 2011 - 05:15 AM

Do you think everyone with a handle is gone ? Almost has to be doesn't it ?
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Posted 24 June 2011 - 05:51 AM

They may carry a few dogs with handles that were quick and the rest of the work is great. Better that than a mediocre work with a gorilla hunt or two. It has to be a blood bath at the end of this one or they will not finish on time.
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Posted 24 June 2011 - 10:41 AM

After six series, 30 dogs remain out of the 110 that started. Five of these have handled once on marks. The three SoCal dogs we train with are still in--Oatie, Magic and Lil. We trained with Freedom, who is still in when Carol Kachelmeyer was doing her young dog work and have since followed her career after joined Luann Pleasant's truck up north. Oatie, Magic and Lil are all amateur trained dogs.
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Posted 24 June 2011 - 10:50 AM

They just cut it to 30 dogs. Oatie is still alive and strong. Russ and Jim have 48 points and I have 49. I think you guys each 5 dogs left and I have four. Just about everybody with a handle was gone except 3 dogs that handled in the fourth series. Four more series in the next day and a half. That is going to be tough to do.
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Posted 24 June 2011 - 11:16 AM

I should mention that the one Chessie entered is still going very strongly for those of you that cotton to the brown smelly beasts biggrin.gif
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