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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 D: Bill Blochowiak and Mike Jespersen; Test 2 “Speed Bump"

"Speed Bump" is a water triple with a blind using all ducks which takes place in a pond with a small island in front of the line and another small island to the left of the line. Bird number one is located on the far side of the pond, thrown to the right at 61 yards. The second bird also lands on the far bank and is thrown to the left at 48 yards from the line. The third bird down comes out from the handlers left, landing in the water 35 yards from the line. The water blind is straight in front of the handler. They must swim the first piece of water, cross the left-hand point of the right-hand island, continue swimming to the far shore where they pick up the bird, located at 68 yards from the line.

149 dogs began the 2014 Master National in Flight D. 125 arrived at Test two called "Speed Bump." We watched eight dogs run this test during which time there were five handles. The bird that seemed to cause the most trouble was the middle bird … the first bird down. The dogs missed this bird both on the right and left side, requiring the handlers to become involved and guide them back to the bird. The word from the gallery had more than half of the dogs handling on this test. The test took approximately 5 minutes per dog. 

Judges Bill Blochowiak and Mike Jespersen 

#56 Jandybean's Rocky Dawg MH, "Rocky," with handler Rody Best

#58 Wolfs Indy MH, "Indy," with handler Bill Cox

Indy's time lapse blind … another way of looking at the blind work.

Finally found a California COWBOY!


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