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Friday, October 17, 2014

DAY 7: Flight C: Mike Collson and Corrine Clavey; Test 5 "Lakeside"

The “Lakeside” test is a land/water triple, double blind, walk-up and a diversion shot. The first bird is the walk-up thrown to the left at 38 yards to the right of the line, bird two is thrown to the left down the pond at 70 yards and the flyer is shot to the left at 66 yards right to the left of the line. The first blind is under the arc of the flyer at 109 yards. Blind number two is directly across the pond at 97 yards, landing up a hill under heavy cover. This test took an average of six minutes per dog.

We arrived at this test first thing this morning to find that 85 contestants had been called back to this test. It was a brisk 53 degrees, the winds were calm and the sky was clear. Despite the beautiful start to the day, "Lakeside" continued to offer problems for the contestants. Of the first seven dogs that we watched, there was one no-bird, one double handle, four handles and one clean job. The middle bird in this scenario is the one that offers the contestants the most problems. This is followed by the right-hand walk up bird. Some dogs just do not seem to get a good look at where this bird lands. The contestants in Flight C were all shaking their heads and agreeing that the sign left by Flight D which read, "Hamburger Hill," was an appropriate name for this test.

Lyle Steinman on "Lakeside"

The remaining "members" of Flight C!
#109Weller's Dream Keeper MH, "Trudy," with handler John Weller 

#103 Semper Austin Mini-Cooper MH, "Austin," with handler Katie Quarles

Pick-up dog, "Tux"
#106 Tiderunner II MH QA2, "Tide," with handler Lyle Steinman 
#122 Dreammeyer's For A Few Dollars More MH, "Hombre," with handler Art Stoner 
#119 Emberain Ivy Gotta Go Hunting MNH MH, "Ivy," with handler Judy Drum
Speckled Belly Geese migrated overhead …


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