Having the dog hold her own ribbons - priceless! :)
I agree, I love Tilly's picture holding her ribbons. She looks so proud. Nice background, too. Glad your smile is really big.
I've been to the Grand several times ;) first one was the Cinderella Story, AM handler / Trainer never saw the grand goes and passes... well next try we made it to the third and old Miss Meg broke on the second bird out..... on to Louisiana, train for a week before hand in TX and she fails the bitch check the first morning....gotta love those little girls. Then OK we lasted until the third test Mudzilla went out on the blind. Last one was Texarkana made it to the fourth and she pointed out due to marginal marking the first day and then again on the fourth. Meg has now been retired with one grand pass, but she has several nice black and whites to go with all her other ribbons. She is my grand dog even though she didn't get the title. I love the grand and love the challenge is poses for me. I will be back with my new dog Sweetpea, I think it will be the Fall grand in 2014 in TN, that was a great place to run, even though they did have a bunch of snakes :)
It was a pleasure to judge all the dogs that made it to my test. I was honored.
It's nice to read that someone is as enthusiastic as Margo about the HRC Grand Hunt Test. I haven't spent much time at "Grands" and never learned how the judging was supposed to be done. The tests at the recent one looked "do-able" to me and the little dog work I watched seemed quite good, so with such a low pass rate, the judging must be very strict in some regards.
No question that it's a huge commercial success and if folks like Margo like the game, best wishes to you all, y'all.
A lot of HRC members never aspire to have their dog run the grand, it takes a lot of time and commitment to get there, not to mention the cost and time on the road. The pros have success because they clearly understand what it takes to get the pass. Some AM's like myself have learned through trial and error what it takes, but as some say the Grand like a lot of the big games is 45% training, 45% dog and 10% luck.
Thanks to all for the kind comments, Tilly is my one of a kind girl, my buddy, and she lives for the birds.