Test 1. Judge - Werner
Haag. Maximum team score 80
Short walk-up alongside and parallel to the lake,
two dogs in line. Two shots and two water retrieves with each dog
retrieving one dummy, then repeated changing the order the dogs were
sent. The dogs had to get through a strip of reeds to get to the
This test was for heelwork, steadiness to shot and
water, steadiness to another dog working in front, bold water entry,
retrieving one dummy whilst ignoring the other, and looking for a
England had an excellent
run in this test with a total team score of 78.
Ireland also did well
with a team score of 72.
Scotland had a set back
here with Billy Steel’s dog Broadlaw Jake refusing to leave
the reed bed, ignoring commands and whistles, continued hunting
until called up, resulting in a zero. The remainder of the team
performed reasonably but the reduced team score was 51.
Wales seemed to have a
poor start when Mark Betinson’s dog Jagdens Jude first
appeared to drop the dummy just prior to delivery, then on his
second run looked to return from the waters edge and then re-enter.
Apparently the dog initially went down a fishing pontoon then came
back to try further down, non of which was penalised too heavily
with the team scoring 70.
USA also had a set back
when Connie Cleveland’s Golden Retriever AFC. Topbrass Ascending
Elijah was judged to have whined and was disqualified, therefore
taking a zero. I spoke to Connie about the incident and she
maintained her dog yawned, although the judge did not see this, just
heard the noise. Connie accepted this decision in good spirit
knowing that noise was an eliminating fault in the UK. The remainder
of the team did reasonably well but a poor performance from Brad
Bower’s FC. AFC. Maple Creek’s Maggie May reduced the total
team score to 51.
Canada also had a set
back with a zero mark for R Modesto’s FT Ch. AFT Ch. Sam Tweed.
The remainder of the team scored well only dropping one point. Team
total for this test 59.
Test 2. Judge - Tony
Parnell. Maximum Score 80.
Two retrieves with gunshot in thick bracken, first
a mark then, on the dog’s return, a blind was thrown in the same
area as the mark. Both retrieves were up a steep hill and over a
fence at about 75 yards from the peg, the retrieves were about 15
yards further back from the fence. Several dogs ran the fence and
one or two found a way around it. Others pulled toward the gun on
This test is for marking, negotiating a fence
whilst going uphill, hunting and holding an area, handling and
response to commands.
England. Annette Clarke
and her dog Pointraire Cromwell struggled on this one with
the dog running the fence before jumping over and then pulling
toward the dummy thrower, lots of whistling and handling resulted in
a poor score of just 11. The rest of the team did quite well
dropping only four points giving a team total of 67.
Ireland did well on this
test dropping only eight point between them. Two team members took a
maximum 20 giving a total of 72
Scotland had a minor
disaster here with two team members, Billy Steel with Broadlaw
Jake and G Younglove with Gusty Gary, through a number of
faults, taking a zero. Another team member only managed a 10 but
David Robertson with Bengrave Michael Mols managed a very
respectable 19. Team total 29.
Wales had a reasonably
good run on this test with a team score of 70.
USA being in group two
this was their opening test in the competition and one of their
poorest. This test involved much of what is new to them, hunting in
thick bracken [they do not have it in the US], jumping over fences
is not something they normally train their dogs to do and returning
to the same place for the second retrieve is also something they
never do. This is also where the team afterwards realised that
whistling and handling on a mark does not necessarily result in
disqualification as it does in the States. All the team struggled
with dogs running the fence, pulling toward the gun and taking in
too large an area, together with a reluctance to handle resulted in
a team total of just 50.
Canada . Three of the
team faired very well with J Balesdent and Caroube de Moranville
achieving a maximum 20. Regrettably R Modesto and FT Ch. AFT Ch.
Sam Tweed getting another zero reducing the team score to 54.
Test 3. Judge - Dermot
Donnelly. Maximum Score 80
Double mark, one to the right and one to the left
both with gunshot, the right hand dummy had to be retrieved first.
Both retrieves were about 80 yards and over a fairly deep gully. An
added obstacle was a large fallen tree half way up the hill to right
The test was initially for the dogs marking and
memory, plus handling and response to commands.
England had a good run
with Annette Clarke and Pointraire Cromwell taking a maximum
20. Team total 73.
Ireland. Fairly good run
but with J Black and Ice House Captain scoring just 5 reduced
the total for this test to 56.
Scotland. Good above
average team performance, total 69.
Wales Maintained a
consistent performance scoring 68.
USA. After the previous
poor performance they liked this one, two straight marked retrieves.
Very good result with Connie Cleveland’s GR AFC. Topbrass
Ascending Elijah and Andy Attar’s FC. Hunting Hills Natchez
Trace taking maximums the team finished with a 75.
Canada Again a very poor
effort, another zero for R Modesto and FT Ch. AFT Ch. Sam Tweed
and only a 6 for team captain Dennis Voigt and his dog NAFTCh.
FT Ch. Prariemarsh Madness saw a score for this test of
Test 4. Judge Malcolm
Stringer. Maximum Score 80
This test I did not see at all but it was a double
Tests handling and response, holding an area and
England had another good
run with the exception of Andy Latham and FT Ch. Endacott Shelf
who lost 9 points for poor control, final total for this test 66.
Ireland with scores
ranging from 12 to 20 finished this test with a score of 64.
Scotland. Best result so
far, 3 on 19 points and G Youngson with Gusty Garry achieving
a maximum 20 gave a total of 77.
Wales put in another
good performance totalling 72.
USA had a reasonable
result with 2 on13 and 2 on 17, total 60.
Canada had a much better
result with R Modesto and FT Ch. AFT Ch. Sam Tweed this time
getting a maximum 20, total 70.
Test 5. Judges - Tony
Parnell and Werner Haag. Maximum score 80.
Walk up in deep bracken, 4 team members in line
together. Single mark in front followed by a return walk up with
another mark behind. The bracken was some 3-4 feet high so it seemed
debateable as to whether the dogs would actually see the mark,
therefore making it important that the handler paid attention. On
the second mark a smart about turn was essential if dog or handler
was to see the mark. It was difficult to see the action owing to the
depth of the bracken and the line moving further away. Difficult
though this test was only 4 competitors out of 52 took a zero.
Test heel work, steadiness, marking ability,
handling, response to handler and hunting.
England I felt did
rather poorly at this, lots of handling was required to succeed,
performances were relatively even giving a total score of 63.
Ireland did even worse,
J Toal with Jazz Prince James collected a zero and the other
performances were very substandard, team total 35.
Scotland continued the
poor standard with a score of just 51.
Wales continued their
good run with a score of 73.
USA. The team were not
looking forward to this test as it is something alien to their
competitions and therefore not regularly trained for, this showed as
Brad Bowyer with FC. AFC. Maple Creek’s Maggie May picked up
a zero for poor heelwork, the dog persistently venturing too far
forward. The others in the team scored a 9 and a 15 with Andy Attar
and FC. Hunting Hills Natchez Trace getting 19. Total score
Canada A good showing by
three team members but alas another zero for R Modesto and FT Ch.
AFT Ch. Sam Tweed , team total 52.
Test 6. Judges - Malcolm
Stringer and Dermot Donnelly. Maximum Score 80.
This test was a blind and a distraction. A dummy
was thrown into a pond 30 yards to the right of the handler and dog
as a distraction. the blind had to be retrieved from a distance of
about 80 yards directly forward from the dog’s position. The route
was through trees and over a ditch where the handlers momentarily
loses sight of the dog, and out into a field. Scenting was good with
dogs easily picking up the scent from 15-20 yards the difficulty was
keeping the dog in sight as it was easy to lose the dog into the
trees left and right.
This tests the dogs ability to ignore the
distraction, response to handlers signals and commands, holding an
area and response to scent.
England performed well
on this test with Andy Latham and FT Ch. Endacott Shelf
collecting a maximum 20. Total team score 72.
Ireland had an excellent
run scoring three maximums and finishing on 77.
Scotland did fairly well
with David Robertson and Bengrave Michael Mols taking a
maximum, total 65.
Wales continued their
good run with a team total of 73.
USA really enjoyed this
one with Brad Bowyer with FC. AFC. Maple Creek’s Maggie May
and Connie Cleveland’s GR . AFC. Topbrass Ascending Elijah
both scoring 20. team total 76.
Canada also scored high
with three 19’s and a maximum from team captain Dennis Voigt and his
dog NAFTCh. FT Ch. Prariemarsh Madness, total 77.