The Open is a triple with two retired on relatively flat terrain. The dogs run from a mound with a taller but narrower mound in front of them that they have to negotiate and from the curve of a channel so that the dog must angle the channel up front enroute to all birds. The first bird down is short and in the middle, thrown left to right, and retired behind a holding blind disguised by brush. The next down on the left is the flyer in the middle distance shot right to left. The three gunners retire behind a holding blind. The last bird down is on the right and by far the longest bird thrown right to left by two gunners who then sit down and remain visible. There is at least one winding channel of water enroute to the long bird. The go bird and the short bird are converging. I am told that some early dogs had problems with the test until the handlers started selecting the flyer first. The ones I watched all did the test with varying hunts by picking up the flyer, then the short retired, then the mark thrown by the long up guns.
The weather is very warm, approaching 90 degrees and humid with little wind most of the time.
10-14-2011, 08:56 PM
Derby Callbacks to the 4th series (12 dogs):
4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 27, 29, 30, 31
The Open finished just as it turned dark. We are waiting for callbacks. If I can get them and if my Verizon broadband does not switch me to the very weak 4G signal that causes me to be unable to connect in the evenings, I will post them.
A word of warning. I will be running the Amateur and marshaling the Qual tomorrow, so I will not be able to post anything until the evening and then, only if that weak 4G signal doesn't take over. I'll try to keep you all informed when I can.
10-14-2011, 09:02 PM
Thank you Judy for your excellent reporting as usual. Good luck to you and Trek tomorrow. Will be here cheering you on. :D
10-14-2011, 09:46 PM
Thanks Judy and good luck tomorrow! Lorraine
10-14-2011, 09:53 PM
As always Judy - Great Job - thank you- good luck to u and TREK
10-14-2011, 09:58 PM
Thanks Judy and good luck this weekend.
10-14-2011, 10:15 PM
Thanks Judy go Trek go
10-14-2011, 10:23 PM
Thanks for the good luck wishes. I wasn't hinting for those but they are nice to have. Just wanted you to know why you might not hear from me tomorrow.
I did get the Open Callbacks for tonight. They are 3rd hand so I apologize for any errors. There are 33 dogs back:
Congrats to the Hacker's and Mike Taylor on Haze's Derby win!
10-15-2011, 09:42 PM
The Qual had a triple with one retired. The first and shortest bird down was on the right thrown left to right from the end of a row of tules. The gunner sat down and was partially hidden by the tules. The second bird down was thrown right to left and the gunner retired behind a holding blind that was fairly tight behind the right hand gunner but somewhat longer. There were channels of water enroute to these birds. The flyer was way off to the left and much longer than the other two marks shot right to left on land. The dogs seemed to have the most trouble with the middle retired bird as many saw the shorter gun as they exited the water on the way to the middle mark and hunted until they were headed back to the old fall. Others went wide to the left of the middle mark and couldn't wind it and got lost in no man's land. There were 16 dogs called back to the combined 2nd and 3rd series which was a land blind with a channel of water up front and a water blind with multiple entries. Qual Callbacks to the 4th series tomorrow (10 dogs):
1, 3, 8, 9, 12, 15, 16, 18, 21, 22
10-16-2011, 12:47 PM
Hope to see good results for you, Judy!
10-16-2011, 02:43 PM
1st - Cutter - Kahn
2nd - Pink - Costa
3rd - Moda - Tyson
4th - Lilly - Stroud-Swingle/Sargenti
RJ - Casey - Koch/Patopea
JAM's: 3, 15, 21, 44, 63 (There might have been another JAM. There was some confusion about a number, and I might have missed one)