The RetrieverTraining.Net Forums The Retriever Academy
Total Retriever Training with Mike Lardy
Hawkeye Media Gunners Up Tritronics Outdoor Media

View Poll Results: would you continue to participate in finished tests if there was no Grand venue

Voters
134. You may not vote on this poll
  • yes

    120 89.55%
  • no

    14 10.45%
Page 3 of 4 FirstFirst 1234 LastLast
Results 21 to 30 of 31

Thread: Hrc finished test poll

  1. #21
    Senior Member Erik Nilsson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Butler, Pa
    Posts
    795

    Default

    Yes........
    HRC- Our season never ends

    "Shoot fast or shoot last"

    HR UH Nilsson's on a wing n a prayer SH WCX

  2. #22

    Default

    I'm kinda new to this but "The Grand" is just that. I train with a lot of AKC people that are in awe of the talent and control needed to run the Grand. It is the culmination of years of work and separates both you and your dog from the pack. As far as running tests goes. There were always people out there to throw birds for me, so now it's my turn to throw birds or work a winger, and if I'm gonna be there anyway I might just as well run my dog. There's always something to work on. Lets face it, everybody likes to bring home a ribbon but for me, testing is not about the title or the points. It's to find the holes in my training so I know what I need to do before I get into the field with gun in hand.

    BB

  3. #23
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Tylertown, MS
    Posts
    884

    Default

    I retired 30 years ago and started "doing dogs" for my own pleasure, gun dogs to start out, then NAHRA and then HRC and AKC. I like to see good dog work, so I also judged. I ran one Grand with "Sweetie" amd found out I was not a grand handler so I stuck to breeding better Chocolates and running them for MY pleasure. I had a lot of fun and then I got OLD, and that is not fun. I still love those dogs though and those that still live, have a home as long as I do.

    God has been good to me in his selection of my lifes mate and the dogs I've had. What more could a man ask for, Bill
    'Show up for work, do the best job you can and treat others the way you would like to be treated'

  4. #24
    Junior Member westad's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    23

    Default

    I would definitely continue to run finished tests! I enjoy the company, working with my dog as a team, and watching my friends work their dogs. Personally there is no way I can run a Grand because the are always too far away. It wouldn't mean anything to me if someone else got a pass with my dog so why do it. Also I feel the grand is much more about extreme steadiness than the enthusiasm and ability of the dog to mark, retrieve, and work cooperatively with the handler to run blinds.

  5. #25
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Burlington, Wisconsin
    Posts
    148

    Default

    I have a HRCH UH 500 pt. dog. I still run her, not for the points now, but for the fun and challange of running a test with a trained dog.She enjoys it as much as I do. I also run the Grand and will continue to do so, even though I have not passed yet. Its all about having fun with all the friends I have met.
    HRCH UH C & L 's Madison Grace MH....500 Points (blinddogmaddie)

    HR UH Smokin' Hot Mac-Kenzie.....WINNER of the 2013 Milwaukee Sports Show Fastest Retriever Contest (40 dogs entered)

    Len Gums

  6. #26
    Senior Member Patti Benton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    Flower Mound, Tx
    Posts
    486

    Default

    Ria had 1520 points when she died last August and didn't run one Grand. We would keep running Finished.
    Patti

    HRCH UH Benton's Magnum Opus MH WC - Magnum (500 points) September 11, 1994 - May 9, 2007
    HRCH UH Fowl Play's Dust Devil - Dusty (500 points) February 5, 1998 - November 15, 2006
    HRCH UH Benton's Ria of Opus CGC - Ria (1520 points) March 2, 2002 - August 6, 2012 we miss you baby girl
    HRCH CH UR01 Go West Mamma's Last Nerve CGC RN- Emma (495 points and counting)
    HR GRCH Benton's Opus Pocket Change CGC- Penny (85 points - just getting started)

  7. #27
    Senior Member Steve Hamel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Western Mass
    Posts
    373

    Default

    Hi Paul

    Personally, once I've attained the HRCH, no , I won't continue to run in Finished. For me, I want a continuous challenge. I want to feel humbled sometimes. It makes you strive harder. HRCH, MH and then Q. Then onward and upward ? See you soon.

    Steve
    "Are you a good witch, or a bad witch ?" Glinda, the good witch of the North.

  8. #28
    Senior Member Kevinismybrother's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Brighton, CO
    Posts
    522

    Default

    Same as my AKC answer - I have kept running a few weekends and and judging more now. Pro has older dog trying to pass a
    Grand since I don't have the time off to do it myself. Might try for that "free" jacket now since I am "so close"
    "Too late smart, too soon old" - Now I finally get it Grandpa

    Dennis Long
    HRCH SHDW MTN Aces and Eights Toby MH "Toby"
    HRCH Barton Creek's Winner Take All MH "Rio"
    Ranger 1997 - 2012
    Ragin' Charge of the Light Brigade "Cannon"

  9. #29
    Senior Member Good Dogs's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Posts
    1,009

    Default

    Any dog with a HRC can enter the Grand. So the question about continuing to run is immaterial.

  10. #30
    Senior Member Kevin Eskam's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Pierce, Colorado
    Posts
    963

    Default

    Hell yea! For me its about enjoying a day running your best buddys and enjoying get togethers with some fun people! Dont care about the Grand or Master Nationals, I have 2 dogs that should go over 500 this year, We just love the people!!
    HRCH Rocky Mountain Rosco SH (RIP)
    HRCH Satins Jumpin Jedi MH (600+points)
    HRCH 4X GMPR KB's Snakey Jake of Poudre River MH (600+points)
    HRCH APR Lady Satin of Black Forest JH
    HRCH MPR KB's It Showtime of Bearpoint (Star) JH
    HRCH KB's Loaded to go Allie SH
    HRCH 2XGMPR KB's Blazin White Thunder (Blaze) SH
    HRCH 4XGMPR KBs Right To The Point Ike SH
    HRCH 3XGMPR KBs Hunters Dream JH
    HRCH GMPR KBs They Call Me Beau JH
    HR 2XGMPR KBs Princess Sage JH

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •