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    Junior Member Mike Kempel's Avatar
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    Default Hard work pays off

    Me and Pitch got our first Field Tral Ribbon this weekend at the Long Island Derby. We started running Derbys in the Fall but we weren't quite ready. But we kept training hard and I had faith in Pitch that he could do it. This weekend he put it all together and ran a great trial. My goal was to get at least a JAM before he aged out and we did it. I just got into dog training 3 1/2 years ago but it has definitely become an addiction and It's great to see all the time you put into it pay off. I encourage everyone to give field trials a shot. Pitch ages out the end of the month, and hopefully we will be ready for Qualifyings this fall.
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    Good for you guys! Now you're hooked. Welcome to our twelve step way to poverty.

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    Excellent, congratulations! I hope Pitch will earn more ribbons of all colors, and that you will never lose the enjoyment of the day-to-day effort that got the two of you this far.

    Amy Dahl

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    Congratulations, Mike. You've come a long way from when you first contacted me to help prepare you for your first AKC hunt test!!

    Keep working hard and I'll be watching for more exciting news about you and your dogs!!
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    I ran behind Mike this weekend and he and his dog made a really good impression on me. It’s obvious that he is dedicated to his dog and has done a good job of training him. He was cool calm and collected on the line, handled very well. He and his dog ran 3 very nice series, but probably fell to green instead of color on the last cheaty down the shore memory mark when he got out a little early, but seemed to know where the bird was.

    Mike is a college student that trains mostly by himself. The sort of guy we need more of in the sport. He told me he has another young dog coming on. Good luck with that one and we will watch out for Pitch’s progress through the Q.

    He would be a great asset to any training group in the area, and if he were in my neck of the woods would always be welcome.

    Good job Mike


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    Congrats Brother!!! Good looking hound to by the way...



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    Vicky, my dad came and worked with you before his first ever hunt test. Since then we both have really become obsessed with the sport and train together. Pitch is Sukis son.

    Mark, it was great meeting and talking to you. Congrats on your 3rd and 4th Placements. I look forward to running against you in the future! Thanks so much!

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    Congratulations, quite an accomplishment!
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