Friday, February 15, 2013, I drove over to Vicksburg, MS with my son, Drake, and our friend Alan. Alan doesn't hunt but he did attend a hunt test with me last Fall, became interested in the sport and has recently purchased a puppy that is now 12 weeks old. Drake had entered Started with his puppy, Bree, and I had entered Finished with my dog Jack.
The HT was held at the Mahanna W.M.A. awesome test grounds. The members of the West Mississippi HRC did a great job, the judges all did a great job and a good time was had by all. Thank you West MS HRC.
My 16 y.o. Son, Drake, ran his 10 month old puppy, Bree, in Started, passing on both days. Drake has done ALL of the training for Bree from obedience to force-fetch and now beginning force-to-pile. He trains diligently in the afternoons after school and on weekends and it was good to see him smiling when he saw that all of the hard work was paying off and everything was starting to come together.
I somehow managed to pass Finished both days (I guess the judges felt sorry for me for the screwing that I got at the Grand and decided to toss me a bone) but hey, never look a gift horse in the mouth! I got 30 points closer to my "free" jacket. I had a really good time, Alan Sandifer shared some of his training secrets with me, I enjoyed a lengthy visit with Mrs. Gerry Autrey, and socialized with Adam Campbell, Scott Sutton, Thad Simmons, and Richard, Zack and Jack Gravely. I have dubbed two of these guys as "Team RAINBOW"!
We also enjoyed some of Richard Gravely's famous tailgate cooking both days. All in all it was an enjoyable experience and we will be back.