We just returned home from running the dual tests and wanted to thank both the Mid FL Golden Ret. Club and Central FL HRC club for putting together two awesome tests this weekend, as well as, Wayne & Sharon (the landowners who graciously welcomed us), the judges, marshalls, bird-boys etc. for all their hard work. I wasn't sure how they would handle the various stakes considering all three levels of HRC were offered and Jr and Sr of AKC, but as someone who floated between two stakes, I was rather impressed by the end of the weekend. In conversation, several other handlers noted how smooth it went, even one person who was running dogs in Senior, Seasoned and Finished, so kudos to both clubs for making this weekend a success!
My boy Ryder went 2/2 in both Senior and Seasoned this weekend. He's my first dog training to this level and between the blinds and gun handling, I wasn't sure if entering both (for the exposure) would be beneficial, but we made the most of our experience. Courtesy of Stephen Durrence, I even had a motto for the weekend "Nervousness is a waste of emotion"...ummm about that motto...I was still nervous. A fun weekend nonetheless with a dog who keeps me on my toes.