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Sunday, October 12, 2014

DAY 2: Flight A: Blake Lemish and Michelle Love; Test 1 “Donut” Con't



Flight A, lead by Judges Blake Lemish and Michelle Love, began their 2014 Master National at a test called “Donut Hole.” This test is a land/water triple, double blind, walk-up and diversion shot. This triple is shot right to left. When the dog picks up the short, right mark, the diversion is shot. The short right mark at 34 yards throws to the left, the middle at 124 yards throws to the left and the left-hand flyer at 40 yards shoots to the right. The first blind is 98 yards just off the backside of the right-hand bird. Blind number two at 79 yards is right and deep of the left-hand bird. This test took an average of eight to ten minutes per dog.

When we arrived today at Flight A, the sun was bright, but the winds were 20-25 mph from the northwest which has changed the test. Of the first seven dogs we observed, there were two handles and one pick-up. The problematic bird appeared to be the flyer. If dogs got too deep or on the wrong side of the flyer gunners' blind, they had a difficult time recovering.



DuWayne Bickle ("Dewey") dicusses the condition changes as Flight A on Sunday




Old friends meet again at the Master National …
"Beamer's" Wall of Fame, photo courtesy Louis DeJohn

Some folks just get too comfortable …



Melissa Shanks and Brandon Gross


# 92 Candlewoods Head Over Heels, MH, "Flip," with handler Bruce Halverson

 


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