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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

DAY 4: Flight B: Megan Baker and Allyn Foster; Test 2 "Clays,” Con't

"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, shot 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 shot 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 continued their test today at the site referred to as "Clays." When we arrived today, we found that the strong wind was at the handler's back today. This seemed to change the length of the flyer in the field, pushing it farther to the right where it landed. The dog work seems to have improved with the conditions. Of the first seven dogs that we watched, six had very nice marks. Most of the blind work today was accomplished with five of less whistles, hitting all of the obstacles. The gallery was afraid that they would lose quite a few dogs from the two days at this test. And they were right, Flight B lost 27 dogs to "The Clays."

#144 Birchangreen's Rising Tide MNH4 MH, OM1, "Tide," with handler Tara Yohan

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#143 Magicgold's Orient Express MNH MH, UDX, OM1, "Jade," with handler Suzanne Mikolajcik

#144 Birchangreen's Rising Tide MNH4 MH, OM1, "Tide"
#147 Mac & Vedge's Fowl Attitude MH, "Drake," with handler Tommy Harp


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