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Thread: Young Girl's First Field Trial Experience

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    Thirteen-year-old, Marisa Melo, and her seven-year-old dog, Dolly, became teammates a couple of years ago when Marisa's beloved dog, BJ, with whom she titled in Senior as a Junior Handler, was forced to retire, and so was unable to run the Master with her. Marisa qualified Dolly for last year's Master National and made the trek from California to Alabama!

    Since then, Marisa has yearned to try her hand at field trials. She observed the Qualifying stake at the Lassen Club's trial in February, then immediately went to work to prepare both herself and Dolly for the Chesapeake Club's all-breed trial in March. Although Dolly has run the qualifying stake before, this was Marisa's first time stepping to the line in a field trial.

    Was she nervous? Not in the least! She was relaxed, poised, and confident! When she walked off the line after the combined water marks and blind, tears of joy flowed freely. She knew she and Dolly had a good run. She humbly commented, "I wasn't expecting to get through the first series. Now, I just hope we get a JAM." She knows how tough the competition is!

    After the ribbons were awarded, one of the judges approached Marisa and said, "You are a terrific handler!" Many other handlers and observers warmly congratulated Marisa, which will surely encourage her to continue in the game.

    Dolly has been trained via Mike Lardy's "Total Retriever Training" program. Marisa has become a student of Mike's program so she can better understand, and effectively maintain, Dolly's training. Marisa will be attending Mike's Basics/Transition workshop, this April, in Corning, CA, to further her education, as she wishes to have an integral role in the training and handling of the next family puppy.

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    Great story....

    Everybody be sure to click the link
    May you pin all the marks and line the blinds!!

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    WOW!!! Fantastic! Way to go Marisa!!! Hope to hear more reports on this young star in the future!
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    Not too many first time handlers in the Qualifying walk away with the blue ribbon. 13-year old Marisa did. Somehow Mike Lardy heard about her win and called her Sunday morning to congratulate her. Doesn't get any better than that.
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    Scatter creek retriever club invites Marisa to our summer trial to compete and club will wave entry
    But beware Marisa we don't no that Lardy fella. Lol
    We would love to have you along with any young handler.
    We extend too all young handlers we will wave entry fee to run our trial
    Congrats your youth will prevail over the old farts )))

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    Quote Originally Posted by helencalif View Post
    Not too many first time handlers in the Qualifying walk away with the blue ribbon. 13-year old Marisa did. Somehow Mike Lardy heard about her win and called her Sunday morning to congratulate her. Doesn't get any better than that.
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    I had the pleasure of meeting this amazing young woman when I was in CA last year. There is our future folks
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    It is great to see someone so young so committed to working with and running their dog. Great to see she was rewarded for all the hard work!
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    Awesome!! congrats!!

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    That right there is great stuff, thanks for sharing.
    Put that in your pipe and smoke it

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