Series Nine –
Water Double. The marshal said for all 12 dogs to at the field for 8:45 am with
the test dogs being called to the line at that time. However, Mother Nature
decided not to go along with the plan. We were under a rain delay until after
11:00 am when test dog Doc and Judy came to the line. After about another 30
minute delay after the test dogs ran, our first running dog #10 Johnny came to
the line at 11:50 am. He received the only no bird, (the only other no bird
came to the second to last running dog #7 Rain). The next dog #13 Songbird came
to the line at 11:51 am. One dog #30 was picked up. We were down to our last
two dogs #7 Rain and #8 Grit when the judges called for everybody to get out of
the field at 12:52 pm. Then at 1:33 pm the last two dogs were called to come to
the line. The ninth series was in the books at 1:45 pm. In the five hours we
spent at the ninth series test sight, we had a total of 63 minutes of competing
dogs, which means it took each dog 5.25 minute to complete their test. Two dogs
were dropped #30 and 32. Ten dogs were going on to the 10th and
Series Ten –
Water Double with a Drake Flyer. We have 10 dogs competing to be crowned the
2019 National Retriever Derby Club Champion. They are #7 Rain, #8 Grit, #10
Johnny, #13 Songbird, #14 Mona, #22 Lucy, #23 Pireaux, #26 J.J., #27 Willie and
#31 Shadow. A new test dog “Just” with handler Sue George was called to the
line at 2:31 pm. After the test dogs our first running dog #31 Shadow to the
line at 2:56 pm. The last ten Derby dogs seemed to handle this test. With no handles,
pick-ups, no birds, this test was in the books when the last running dog #27
Willie brought in his last bird at 4:14 pm.
This test took
one hour and seventeen minutes to complete and an average of 7.3 minute for
each of our 10 Finalists to complete their final test of the 2019 National
Retriever Derby Club Championship.
Flyer - Willie went down and crossed the terraces. Getting out to the point, he crossed the pond heading left of the fall. He adjusted during his swim but still ended up left under the arc. Getting deep left and behind the guns, he worked it out and got his bird.
Long Left - Going down the terrace in to the first pond swimming to the levee, he got out and went into the third pond. Having a big swim on a good line. He got out and went wide left. having a loop deep and left, he then went right and got his bird.
Flyer - J.J. went down the terraces and out onto the point. He swam to the far shore getting out and going in under the arc just left of the fall area. A quick right and he got his bird.
Long Left - Getting down the terraces and into the right side of the first pond, J.J. went over the peninsula and into the second pond. On a good line he went over the levee and into the third pond. Exiting the final pond he went out under the arc and went deep and right. J.J. then turned back left and got his bird.
Flyer - Pireaux went out over the point and across the pond. She went up onto the far point. Going out under the arc, she turned back right and got her bird.
Long Left - Getting down the field, Pireaux went into the first pond on a left angle. She crossed the dyke and went into the third pond. Giving a really big swim, she got across the third pond and getting out she went to the fall area. With one quick turn back in she got her bird.
Flyer - Lucy went down the hill and went out to the point. Going through the pond to the far point, she got out and with one turn left she was under the arc. Then another quick right put her on the bird.
Long Left - Going down the field Lucy past the first pond. Getting into the second pond she was on an excellent line. Out and over the levee she went into the third pond. Exiting the last pond Lucy went around the back of the guns and straight to her bird.
Flyer - Going down the hill and out to the point and then going on to the far point, Mona went straight to her bird.
Long Left - Mona went down the terraced field and past the first pond and almost the second one as well, but she toe nailed through it. Going through the third pond she got out and went straight to her bird.
Flyer - Getting out across the field, then out to the point Songbird exited with a flying leap. She cut left on the far shore and then turned right. She quickly worked her way to the bird.
Long Left - Going down the hill Songbird past the first pond. She went over the first peninsula and into the second pond. Going over the levee on a right angle she went into the third piece of water. Getting out and going under the arc, she got deep, but with one turn deep she then came back into the bird.
Flyer - Johnny went out to the point and crossed the pond. Getting right of the far point, he went into the field and out to get the bird.
Long Left - Going out across the field, Johnny past the first pond and almost past up the second too. However, he did get in it and swam a short distance, to where he got out and went under the Willows, then went straight across to the mark.
Flyer - Grit went down the field and out to the point and got into the pond. He swam to the area in front of the guns, then came in just left of the bird. He made a quick right and scooped up his bird.
Long Left - Passing the first pond, Grit got into the second one on an excellent angle. Going over the levee he turned right, then got behind the guns when he got out of the water. Grit got deep then took a left to get to the fall area and his bird.
Flyer - Rain crossed the terraces and getting into the pond right of the point. She swam to the right end of the far point, got out and into the field, she went straight to her bird.
Long Left - Going down the field, Rain passed the first pond on the right. She went over the peninsula and into the second pond correct her line for the third pond. Getting out of the last pond she went out to the far area and then got her bird.
Flyer - Did not see, he was being re-heeled – Swimming wide left to the area behind the gunners. He had hunt short and deep of the guns. Going wide left behind the guns, get went into the field between the guns and road. He worked his way back to the bird.
Long Left - Going down the terraces he toe nailed the first pond. He went over the peninsula into the second piece of water and on to the third. He got out of the third pond and went straight to the fall area and his bird.
Substituted test dog "Just" with handler Sue George came to the line at 2:31 pm.
Flyer - Just went down the hill and out on the point then swam to the far shore and went straight to the bird.
Long Left - He went down splashing across the terraces, he did not get into the first pond but went in the second and third ponds. Getting out of the last pond he went straight out to get his bird.
Doc and Judy came to the line at 2:39 pm.
Flyer - Doc angled across the terraces and went straight into the pond. He swam to the base of the far side point and got out to go straight to the fall area and then on to the bird.
Long Left - Going down the terraces Doc past the first pond and got into the second one for a short swim. Going over a levee, he quickly went into the third pond. Getting across this pond he got out and went to the bird.
Test 10 is a Water Double with a Flyer. This mat sits up on a terraced hillside looking down on multiple pieces of water. The mat is facing northeast.
Bird One is a hen Mallard thrown to the left landing 306 yards from the mat. The line to this bird is down at least three terraces into three separate pieces of water and over two peninsulas. Then the dog will go through the weed-covered shore line to go out into an open field for their bird.
Bird Two is a Drake flyer. This flyer is shot to the right at 245 yards from the mat. This bird is on the handler's right. The line to this bird takes the dog at a right angle across the terraced field that should take the dog out on a point. They then will have a short swim to get to a second point. The second point juts out towards the first one.