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Saturday, October 11, 2014

DAY 1: Flight A: Blake Lemish and Michelle Love; Test 1 “Donut”



Flight A, lead by Judges Blake Lemish and Michelle Love, began their 2014 Master National at a test called “Donut Hole.” This test is a land/water triple, double blind, walk-up and diversion shot. This triple is shot right to left. When the dog picks up the short, right mark, the diversion is shot. The short right mark at 34 yards throws to the left, the middle at 124 yards throws to the left and the left-hand flyer at 40 yards shoots to the right. The first blind is 98 yards just off the backside of the right-hand bird. Blind number two at 79 yards is right and deep of the left-hand bird. This test took an average of eight to ten minutes per dog.

There were quite a few pick-up and handles early. As we watched the test, dog #138, “Pepper” came to the line and did an excellent job. After watching several dogs, we saw handles on both the short, right bird and the middle bird along with some other outstanding work.




Brandon Gross speaks about Flight A's first test at the "Donut Hole."




#137 Brent Smith's (Tex) MH, "Tex, " with handler Eddie Noga
#138 Northern Belle's Spicy Delight MH, "Pepper," with handler Ray Shanks
#139 CH Rippling Waters Tinkin Around MH, "Tink," with handler Alan Luthy


#140 Pinnacle's Hunting Hutch MH, "Hutch," with handler Brandon Gross




Dewey managed to smile … 

"Shorty" the shrunken Golden!



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