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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Workers Appreciation Dinner

****Reminder To Everyone Attending the Master National Event****

Worker’s Appreciation Dinner
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Master National Tent at Rolling Hills Casino, Corning CA

The following are a selection of photos taken at the Workers' Party … ENJOY!




DAY 4: Flight B: Megan Baker and Allyn Foster; Test 3 "Eucalyptus”

"Eucalyptus" is a water triple with a blind using all dead drake Mallards. The scenario is a small duck hunting pond with several channels. The order is left to right. Bird number one is thrown to the left at 85 yards. Slightly to the right of this bird at 65 yards, bird number two is also thrown to the left. The handler and dog turn to the right for bird number three. It is thrown to the left, landing 101 yards from the line. To reach bird number three, the dogs must cross two pieces of water. The 116 yard blind is run to the left of bird number one to the end of the pond, exits the water and finds the blind on the left side of a mound.

#34 Magicgold Ruff 'N Ready To Go MH, "Reegan," Bruce Hayes

#35 Woodhaven's Second Chance MH, "Parker," with handler Chris Jobman

More pictures and videos to come later …


DAY 4: Flight D: Bill Blochowiak and Mike Jespersen; Test 3 “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 started our day at "Lakeside" with Flight D at 7:40 am with Test Dog Wetlands Black Pearl, "Pearl" and her handler, Mark Schindler coming to the line. They did an excellent job on every element of this test. At 7:50 am, Test Dog Grassland's Bandit SH, "Bandit," and his handler, Greg Bingham came to the line. Bandit showed the gallery some of the problems you could face when you got out of site behind the tall grass. We watched the first five running dogs and saw some excellent work, one handle and a pick-up.

#28 Kenai's Yukon King MH, "Yukon," with handler Jim Martin

Test Dog #2 Grassland's Bandit SH, "Bandit," with handler Greg Bingham

Bird Stewards Extraordinaire!

#27 Outlaw Miss Jozie Wozie MH, "Jozie," with handler Jeff Manuel

The gallery perches far away on top of the hill …

Barbara Strauss show her PINK PRIDE!

#30 St. Clair's Autumn Spirit MH, "Spirit," with handler Bill St. Clair


Master National Running Order

Flight Draw & Running Order

2014 MNRC Test Descriptions

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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