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WELCOME to the Official Blog of the 2014 Master National Hunting Test, October 9-19, 2014, brought to you by the Retriever News and written by Tina Styan and Gwen Jones. We hope you enjoy these daily updates on the 2014 Master National, held this year in and around Corning, California.


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Monday, October 13, 2014

DAY 3: Flight B: Megan Baker and Allyn Foster; Test 2 "Clays”

"Clays" is a land triple using all pheasants with a blind and an honor. The first bird down is to the left of the line, thrown to the left at 48 yards. Bird two is an out-of-order flyer shot to the right at 102 yards. The third bird, to the far right of the line, was thrown to the right. The blind was run under the arc of bird three, crossing a small piece of water, placed 119 yards from the line. The placement of holding blinds for this test made it more difficult. The holding blind of bird one and flyer station two were almost in line with each other which seemed like it was in "flower pot" configuration; the judge referred to it as a "cornstalk."

Flight B started the Master National with 143 running dogs after scratches and they started this second test with 120. The breeze at this test was rolling across from the handler's right to left. We watched ten dogs run this test. There were four dogs that had to be handled on either the left short bird or the flyer. Some of the blind work appeared difficult, but everyone got the bird. If they blew past the left-hand bird, they found themselves in a large open area and were often drawn to the flyer.

Jack Morris describes the test at "The Clays."

Mike Witt of Purina with AKC Rep Jerry Mann

#31 Morgan's Hard Time Player MH, "Player," with Handler Colby Williams

Judge Allyn Foster

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Master National Running Order

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2014 MNRC Test Descriptions

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2014 MNRC Qualified Dogs

2014 Master National Training Grounds Guide