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I trained with Ritz since he was a pup until he was retired after Don died of Cancer. He had his issues but he was just an awesome dog. Unbelievable marker, very fast, could line the most difficult blind, great courage and big swims were his strong suit. If he didn't blow up by breaking, sticking or grabbing birds off the bird rack, he pretty much won the trial.

Since then I have trained with a few Ritz offspring, I'm sure I forgot the ones who didn't make it, but the ones that did were also great and a bit wild, Armand Fangrud's Ninja comes to mind. I also trained daily with Jim Mitchell's great FC AFC Ranger, a Ritz brother. Jim retired Ranger at age six with allmost forty points due to his desire to put family ahead of dogs. Ranger was a great hunting dog through his prime years.

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Don't forget about Ritz's littermate, Canadian National and National Amateur winner Maggie.

Ritz was an EIC carrier but produced some nice offspring. I owned a Ritz female that won an Open but was EIC Affected.
 

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I own a Ritz male(retired). FC AFC . I won a Open with him as a three year old. All his basics and training was done by Am's till he turned 4 years old. Mark Smith did some work on him. Went to Nationals once. Eight series, no handel, big hunt droped. EIC aff., CMN carrier, bad allergies, good hips and eyes cerf. Big swims very strong!!
 

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I trained with Ritz since he was a pup until he was retired after Don died of Cancer. He had his issues but he was just an awesome dog. Unbelievable marker, very fast, could line the most difficult blind, great courage and big swims were his strong suit. If he didn't blow up by breaking, sticking or grabbing birds off the bird rack, he pretty much won the trial.

Since then I have trained with a few Ritz offspring, I'm sure I forgot the ones who didn't make it, but the ones that did were also great and a bit wild, Armand Fangrud's Ninja comes to mind. I also trained daily with Jim Mitchell's great FC AFC Ranger, a Ritz brother. Jim retired Ranger at age six with allmost forty points due to his desire to put family ahead of dogs. Ranger was a great hunting dog through his prime years.

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I owned a Ritz son that was much like that. He would get so high that he vibrated on the line and would sometimes zone out and get sticky with birds. You could line him up and send him on a blind and I think he would run a straight line until he starved to death if you didn't blow the whistle. He was a big, courageous powerhouse of a dog, but NOT what you want at the line of an "in-your-face" hunt test.
 

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my ritz daughter has alot of her fathers traits she is going to be 10 this year

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Brad Lewis bred his MH Rudy bitch to Ritz @ 9 years ago. I have had the pleasure to train and test with many of those Pups. I can think of 3 that are MH and 1 of those hat was given an opportunity to run FT and is QAA. Very nice dogs that have enough punch but can handle breaking and check down birds well. As with all litters the female has plenty to do with it as well.

There are MANY stories about the birds that Ritz was able to dig out that others couldn't. An amazing animal that had an amazing career.
 

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I was just talking to someone last night who I consider to be an expert in pedigree research.

He feels that Ritz was one of the top 4 or 5 sires ever to come out of Lean Mac....the others being Fargo, Ford, Chavez.

Wished I could have seen him.
 

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Thanks for the info guys thats good stuff.
So he was from Montana ?
Yes Don and Maryann Berard were-are both native Montanans. Don got Ritz as a pup right when he retired from being a lineman, the timing was perfect for both Don and Ritz. In their later years they had a place in Az where they would home base during the winter FT circuit.

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I have a litter on the ground now. They are 2 weeks old. The dam grandfather is Ritz and her dad is Ford. All I can say is she is a pin-point marker.
 
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