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  1. Not sure there is much room for the guy/gal who...

    Not sure there is much room for the guy/gal who works full time and trains his/her own dogs. We are behind the 8-ball. Every time something like this is brought up, you hear from the powers to be...
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    Thanks for the understanding. I hope I am in...

    Thanks for the understanding. I hope I am in this for the long haul and will be unless something unfortunate happens. In the short 5 years since I started this journey, I have had the privilege to...
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    Thanks, What you say makes perfect sense. I...

    Thanks, What you say makes perfect sense. I would like it to be more attractive for the true amateur. I don't want to stir any pot, just would like to this wonderful game to be able to sustain...
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    Ted, I PM'd you...share if you like

    Ted, I PM'd you...share if you like
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    Do folks really want solutions??? What a...

    Do folks really want solutions??? What a wonderful games this is but the knock on the game is that it is too hard and favors the select few. I really don't think the issue is too few judges, the...
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    To get more judges, you need grow our sport, I...

    To get more judges, you need grow our sport, I think everyone agrees with that. Our Club has attracted new member but all the new members go to the hunt test side of our club. Face it FTs are very...
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    New judge here, only judged 3 minor stakes. I...

    New judge here, only judged 3 minor stakes. I can tell you my experiences were great as I had a chance to judge with two very experienced co-judges, both 8 + major and one of them will be judging...
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    I had the experience of setting up my first field...

    I had the experience of setting up my first field trial this past fall, I had no idea what it cost. A $100 entry is not that unreasonable. As far as the comments about pushing the middle class...
  9. Congrats to Mark Brashear and Denali!!! Way to...

    Congrats to Mark Brashear and Denali!!! Way to go! Two wins for Mark this year...Roxy in a Qual and now Denali in the AM! Way to go Mark and Jimmie D at Wild Wings Retrievers...A great team!!!
  10. I know the memories of China will produce many...

    I know the memories of China will produce many stories for Jimmie and Debbie to share for a lifetime. The pride Jimmie has in his dogs is very admireable...I love to hear his stories of China when...
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    Now I am just rambling but with the number of...

    Now I am just rambling but with the number of quality dogs today and most everyone says the dogs are better trained today, let move the derby age back to 18-20 month age limit. Just saying, its not...
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    You really think this sport is growing??? I go...

    You really think this sport is growing??? I go to EE and see the same names at the same trials for the past few years. I am all about competition. However, in my opinion this sport seems to be for...
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    I dont understand this courage thing...just...

    I dont understand this courage thing...just because a dog wants to avoid water to get a mark, he is not showing courage??? I put my young female in a duck blind, no matter if its icy or what, she...
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    Ok, from a rookie point of view. I agree with...

    Ok, from a rookie point of view. I agree with and understand Mr. Shih. A derby should be about marking not about trainability, with that said if the marks are well place and the dog cheats or...
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    My female is 53 pds, very short, compact and...

    My female is 53 pds, very short, compact and stocky...I am running her in the Q and because of her size, the only thing I worry about is her having trouble seeing the guns or the birds. So far it...
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    Have the thrower (Bird boy) help. When training...

    Have the thrower (Bird boy) help. When training my 9 month old, any time I have a long mark with factors or as a memory bird, I have the most experinced guy/gal in our training group throw that...
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    Walk out blinds

    Walk out blinds
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    Open call backs to the land blind: 2, 6, 7, 10,...

    Open call backs to the land blind: 2, 6, 7, 10, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31, 32, 35, 36, 39, 40, 47, 49, 50, 51, 52, 61, 65, 69, 70, 74, and 76
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    How long do we have???

    http://www.outdoorhub.com/news/new-mass-bill-could-allow-animal-rights-activists-to-sue-hunters/

    Just wonder with things like this going on, how long do we have left to continue to do the things...
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    Tomahawk Retrievers a kid named Joe

    Tomahawk Retrievers a kid named Joe
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    Poll: I really don't understand the fuss, again very...

    I really don't understand the fuss, again very new to this but in the case of a pro running Quals, regardless if it O/H or not, I have no problem. Take for example, I am training my first FT dog,...
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    I am fairly new to this sport... I have a 2.5...

    I am fairly new to this sport... I have a 2.5 year old BLF I train myself with the help of my local club and a two good friends in the FT game. I am quickly finding out the amount of money in...
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    I agree...fed PPP for awhile, switched to victor,...

    I agree...fed PPP for awhile, switched to victor, my 2.5 BLF and my puppy are doing great on it.
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    My girl would do this alot...she is 2 1/2 and...

    My girl would do this alot...she is 2 1/2 and does not do it anymore. She would run toward the gun, bounce off and go straight to the bird. I never really worried about it. Once we started...
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    I agree...I have a 13 week BLF and she is all...

    I agree...I have a 13 week BLF and she is all about rough play. I just teach her when enough is enough she responds accordingly. However, I want to be the one doing the rough play. I would not...
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