Southern California RC
The Open is starting with a double. The dog comes to the line and sees a black and white kite with two gunners way out in the field on a mound. They watch that single thrown left to right onto the flat. Then three gunners appear coming up from behind a mound short and to the right and shoot a flyer right to left down onto the flat in a corner formed by two roads. The line is on top of the road leading toward the flyer with a row of thick tumbleweeds right in front of the line on the way to the long bird. Some dogs are taking the cover. Others are going around the end and having to readjust their line. There is a shallow channel-like piece of water on the flat after the cover. Then the dogs must negotiate a dike, a road, and two channels of water on the way to the bird. The crosswind was blowing left to right for the early dogs but is expected to shift the other way later in the day. Many of the dogs are squaring the road and the two channels which throws them right (currently downwind) and they have to readjust or they end up way to the right and downwind where they are winding the bird. However, if the wind shifts, those dogs will be upwind and unable to wind the bird. A few dogs are not making it all the way out to the long bird and are having to be handled or picked up.
The judges asked the handlers to help them move the large field through the test efficiently by having the dog off leash in the holding blind before being called and moving offline to take the bird from the dog while the next dog is moving to the line. They started on time and it's taking about 4 minutes a dog.
The Derby started with a basic double, both the memory bird on the left and the flyer go bird on the right thrown left to right. There were tumbleweed and thick cover to negotiate, especially on the way to the memory bird. All dogs were called back except #11 and #13.
Thanks Judy. How are the dogs doing in theOpen?
The second series of the Derby had a tight double with marks converging but with the go bird short and the memory bird long. Both birds were thrown from dikes down to behind bushes below, although some birds were landing in the open. Many of the dogs ran up and over the dikes and hunted behind before coming back to find the birds. Call backs (27 dogs):
Does anyone know if the Open is going to finish the First Series today?
Yes, they should be done in less than an hour.
Originally Posted by joannefitzpatrick
Open callbacks to the 2nd series. 62 Dogs. Dog #13 starts at 7am Saturday morning
1,2,4,5,6,7,13,15,16,19,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,29,30 ,31,32,33,34,36,38,41,42,43,44,45,47,51,52,54,56,5 7,58,59,62,66,67,71,72,73,74,76,78,81,83,85,86,90, 91,92,94,95,96,97,98,101,102,104
Thank you, Judy...sounds like you saw the Open from the line..fantastic description.
After the long bird......"three gunners appear coming up from behind a mound short and to the right and shoot a flyer..."
Have had that just one time..in VT..part of a triple and the flyer was last and shot into a pond....quite exciting..caused some memory issues on the retired middle and left birds.
Thanks for the callbacks, Russ..
From the still frozen Northeast ..
The Derby finished the third series today. It was very difficult and confusing to many dogs. A memory bird was thrown right to left across a point on the far side of the pond, landing with a splash in the water. The longer go bird was on land beyond a big mound thrown right to left and fairly tight behind the other gunners. The terrain and water caused many dogs to take the memory bird first. As they dropped from the line on a mound down onto the flat, the long gunners disappeared while the memory bird gunners were very visible. Some dogs hunted long on the memory bird, winded the go bird, and either switched or returned to an old fall if they had already picked it up. Some got the memory bird but then could not get out to the go bird, often returning to the old fall on the water. There was a variety of work including some very good marks. Callbacks will be announced at the barbeque tonight.