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BRC’s Big Weekend—Seminar, Banquet, FT-HT

This week end Blackhawk Retriever Club is having its spring fling to get everybody excited about the coming year. We have three events scheduled.

Saturday morning we will start with a judging seminar. Everyone is requested to have the “Retriever Field Trial Juding: A Manual.” The three presenters of this seminar are Ron Ainley, Carl Ruffalo, and John Unbehaun. The morning will be a classroom discussion. Each of us will have a segment on the responsibilities of a judge: preparation, setting up tests, and scoring. There will be plenty of interaction with the attendees. This part of the presentation will take and morning. Then we have a noon luncheon. The afternoon we will have tests set up for the various stakes: Derby, Qualifying, Amateur, Open. We will discuss what we are looking for and what we will expect on marks and blinds. We will run two dogs on each set up. We will then critique what we saw and how we scored the dogs. We will then have a question and answer period. This is our Club’s first seminar and hopefully we can continue this endeavor.

This Saturday evening is our annual banquet with over 75 people signed up to attend. We honor each dog and their handler. Plaques are given for field trials, hunting tests, hunt tests, and field tests—any honor so deserving. Also we have door prizes for everyone. Our fund raising is also done by selling “auctioning off” pictures, training equipment and many other neat things. This event has been a yearly tradition in BRC for over 50 years. Our high point trophies will be awarded.

Sunday is our informal “FT-HT.” We do various stakes to accommodate both the field trial people and the hunting test people. This is a well-attended event and usually we have about 20 dogs in each stake.


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The big weekend is now history. The club set an all-time record. Eleven dogs in 2006 became qualified for the Limited All-Age.(QAA) This foundation will help the club continue with support from many people who have nice dogs who will now try to title their dogs. Also we honor each dog with a plaque of their achievements. The owner keeps the plaque and it is updated every year. This year the total engraving fee was over $1000 to update their achievements. The informal trial on Sunday had 29 starters in the Open All Age--pretty impressive. The judging seminar went quite well. There were many positive responses. We did discuss in detail the proposed rule changes and got some interesting comments. One comment was that poison birds discriminates against certain breeds with superior noses!

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Sounds like a fun time! :D
 

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junbe wrote:

Saturday morning we will start with a judging seminar. Everyone is requested to have the “Retriever Field Trial Juding: A Manual.” The three presenters of this seminar are Ron Ainley, Carl Ruffalo, and John Unbehaun. The morning will be a classroom discussion. Each of us will have a segment on the responsibilities of a judge: preparation, setting up tests, and scoring. There will be plenty of interaction with the attendees. This part of the presentation will take and morning. Then we have a noon luncheon. The afternoon we will have tests set up for the various stakes: Derby, Qualifying, Amateur, Open. We will discuss what we are looking for and what we will expect on marks and blinds. We will run two dogs on each set up. We will then critique what we saw and how we scored the dogs. We will then have a question and answer period. This is our Club’s first seminar and hopefully we can continue this endeavor.
I would love to attend something like this. Is it something you do every year?

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This was a 1st time for the judges seminar. I didn't attend, but hope they do have it again next year. There was a lot of years of experience there and was a shame to miss it. The banquet and informal Ft-ht we do have every year. It is a good time and a great way to meet others.
 
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