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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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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Frankie's Party

If it's Thursday night, it must be Frankie's party. What a great chance to unwind and continue the good cheer and camaraderie …

Frankie Prendergast

The Marin Retriever Club had a "fire" sale on their commemorative gear.

Marty and Dave Kress

Bill Teague manned the barbeque 

B O S T O N   O R   B U S T ! !

Spooky decorations at the Lodge in the Rolling Hills Casino
Good night, everyone!


DAY 6: Flight D: Bill Blochowiak and Mike Jespersen; Test 4 “Corner"

This test, "The Corner," is a water triple with a blind using ducks. The first bird thrown is 76 yards from the line in the right corner of the pond. Bird two is located on the left side and is thrown right onto the island at 45 yards. Bird number three is across the pond from the mat at 97 yards and is thrown to the right on the far shore. The blind is under the arc of the left-hand bird across the point of the island and to the far shore at 85 yards.

Sean Hager talks about the "Corner" Test

#91 Peaks Aks Wishin' Well MH, "Splash," with handler Sean Hager


DAY 6: Flight C: Mike Collson and Corrine Clavey; Test 4 "Speed Bump" Con't

"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.

We visited today to find the 90 contestants in Flight C being challenged by their test, "Speed Bum." The sun was bright and there was almost no wind down by the water. Today, the bird on the left was landing in the water more times than not, and the middle bird seemed to land in the brush at the base of a tree. The middle bird continued to be the hardest bird in this test for the contestants. Five of the first seven dogs that we watched had to handle on this pesky middle bird. Some dogs would miss it on the left, some on the right and most would continue past the shoreline and up the hill, having to eventually be handled back to the bird. Two dogs put the brakes on by themselves, by turning around and snatching the bird out from the cover. The word in the gallery says that there may be some dogs in this series that have three handles.

Future Master National competitor-in-training! --  "Vinny"

#12 Flatland's Preacher Man MH, "Preacher," with handler Jody Ware

#13 Ghostryder's Garden Party Tin Lizzie MH, "Lizzie," with handler Paul Lance
Nice jewelry!

#15 J&J's Little Red Ryder MH, "Red," with handler James Windham.

#16 Castile Creeks Two And A Half Men MH, "Charlie," with handler Lyle Steinman

The first day we have been able to see Mount Shasta

Hmmmmmmmmm …


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