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Sunday, October 12, 2014

DAY 2: Flight D: Bill Blochowiak and Mike Jespersen; Test 1 “Rifle Range” Con't

The final test we visited was Flight D where we found Judges Bill Blochowiak and Mike Jespersen at their first series at a test called “Rifle Range.” This test is a land triple with a blind and an honor using all pheasants. The first bird is thrown to the right at 84 yards. The second on the handler’s right is thrown to the left at 104 yards. The flyer is the third bird and is to the handler’s left and is shot to the right 110 yards. The blind is to the left of the flyer at 125 yards. The terrain for this test is very uneven, throwing the dogs off-line both left and right. This test took an average of five to seven minutes depending on the work of the dog.

Flight D began Day 2 by running their Test Dog #2, Wetlands Black Pearl, "Pearl," with handler Mark Schlendler. They came to the line at 7:40 am and the temperature was 66 degrees and the winds were out of the north west at 15-20 mph at the handler's back. These winds made the set up very difficult for the dogs. They were winding the birds from 30 to 40 yards deep, forcing a handle to avoid a switch. Of the first six dogs we watched, there were four handles and a pick-up.

A "time-lapse" movie of Flight D. The gallery said the terrain resembled the surface of the moon!

Test Dog #2, Wetlands Black Pearl, "Pearl," with handler Mark Schlendler
Randy Frager and Richard Cole

Kevin Bunnell and MNRC President Janet Wood 
This flight opted on the safe side and did not put up their tents …

Long shadows as the sun rose …

Orie Matthews and Mike Witt of Nestle Purina

Nice Ride! A 1950 Jeepster with "Cinder"


Master National Running Order

Flight Draw & Running Order

2014 MNRC Test Descriptions

Donut Hole


The Valley

Rifle Range

The Corner

Speed Bump




Meet Your 2014 Judges

2014 MNRC Schedule of Events

2014 MNRC Qualified Dogs

2014 Master National Training Grounds Guide