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blind ambition
10-26-2011, 04:43 PM
Talk about ambitious! Three British Columbia Field Trial clubs have joined together to put on a 5 day event near Merritt BC next year on June 22-26. They plan to hold; 5 All Age, 4 Qualifying and 4 Junior (Derby) stakes over those dates. The event is a lead up to the Canadian Amateur National which will be held the following month in Red Deer Alberta. As further bonus to those who qualify to take a run at the Nat. AM., the BC Labrador Retriever Club will host Mike Lardy' Advanced Workshop with Dennis Voigt starting June 28 just a couple of hours down the road in Aldergrove just outside Vancouver, what a great way to hone your skills and improve your chances of taking home the big prize!

The trials will be held on the spectacular Logan Lake Trial grounds, which afford an almost endless array of options and challenges. Of particular interest to prospective competitors, may be the fact that the minor stakes will be combined as one and plans call for the dogs to be run in any order through the marking series. Organizers hope that this feature will allow handlers to move between Open and Q. & Jr. without impeding the progress of the minor stakes and they have selected judging panels who are willing to put serious effort into making the idea a success. The five day format also means that handlers who attend the Mike Lardy Basics and Transition workshop June 21-24, (also in Aldergrove BC) can leave the workshop around noon on the 24th and compete in two days of trials at Logan Lake.

Thus far the organizers haven't announced if they plan to limit the entry but if you think you might come to Canada next June let them know you're interested, visit:

http://www.bcretrievernews.ca and follow the Notices link for the "West Coast Challenge Cup" ...and also follow the link on the same page to the Mike Lardy Workshops.