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Heck I would just be tickled to death to see a mark at the Grand!

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We are so disappointed. Rooster went through all 4 series without problems. If he had passed upland he would have received his title, he passed last year. During the upland he pointed the bird and would not break point to flush. Rooster is a steady as a rock pointing lab, waiting for his owner to flush and shoot the bird so he can retrieve. In his mind he did an ace job but it will not get the GRHRCH ribbon.
Torg it was nice to meet you in Iowa this week. I own a dog named Ely that is a GRHRCH, UH, QAA and a member of the Master National hall of fame. He has a natural point and is a great pointing lab. In fact Dale pushed me hard to title him in ALPA. I have discouraged the pointing thing from the very beginning and still had trouble getting him off point for his title run at the Grand. I consider him to be one of the most accomplished HT dogs around and the Grand title is the hardest HT title to get IMHO. Rooster is a nice dog and you can be proud of what he did in Iowa.
 

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FLIGHT St S1 S2 S3 S4 Upland
Flight A 101 67 46 23 20 19
Flight B 96 82 58 26 16 16
Flight C 97 73 43 26 20 18
Flight D 94 47 22 21 15 12
Total 385 282 174 98 71 65
17 New GRHRCH
65/385 = 16.8% pass rate
 

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To Tim Doane, Congratulations to you and Stella achieving her Grand title.
 

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Torg it was nice to meet you in Iowa this week. I own a dog named Ely that is a GRHRCH, UH, QAA and a member of the Master National hall of fame. He has a natural point and is a great pointing lab. In fact Dale pushed me hard to title him in ALPA. I have discouraged the pointing thing from the very beginning and still had trouble getting him off point for his title run at the Grand. I consider him to be one of the most accomplished HT dogs around and the Grand title is the hardest HT title to get IMHO. Rooster is a nice dog and you can be proud of what he did in Iowa.
Heard a lot about Ely. He is also very handsome. Sister-in-law has one of his pups that she thinks highly of. We are still proud of Rooster, Ronnie Lee his handler said he did a nice job the entire test, even lining a tough blind. We love the pointing aspect but we wish Rooster had been a flusher for a moment. Luck was with us last year because we had a nervous bird that flushed when he went on point.
 

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We are so disappointed. Rooster went through all 4 series without problems. If he had passed upland he would have received his title, he passed last year. During the upland he pointed the bird and would not break point to flush. Rooster is a steady as a rock pointing lab, waiting for his owner to flush and shoot the bird so he can retrieve. In his mind he did an ace job but it will not get the GRHRCH ribbon.

Man that is heartbreaking - yet so awesome at the same time. Pardon the dumb question, but I suppose the dog has to flush the bird, which never happened. Once the dog locates the bird, is there a certain amount of time until allowed until the dog has to flush it? Does he have a "flush command", or does he always wait for the handler to flush the bird?
 

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Congratulations, looks like you need to update your signature to "GRHRCH TilHe CallsUsHome-Tilly"
Congratulations to Steve, Tilly on her 1st pass, and GRHRCH Bourbon Belle.

She's still got one more to go.
 

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I agree, I love Tilly's picture holding her ribbons. She looks so proud. Nice background, too. Glad your smile is really big.
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I've been to the Grand several times ;) first one was the Cinderella Story, AM handler / Trainer never saw the grand goes and passes... well next try we made it to the third and old Miss Meg broke on the second bird out..... on to Louisiana, train for a week before hand in TX and she fails the bitch check the first morning....gotta love those little girls. Then OK we lasted until the third test Mudzilla went out on the blind. Last one was Texarkana made it to the fourth and she pointed out due to marginal marking the first day and then again on the fourth. Meg has now been retired with one grand pass, but she has several nice black and whites to go with all her other ribbons. She is my grand dog even though she didn't get the title. I love the grand and love the challenge is poses for me. I will be back with my new dog Sweetpea, I think it will be the Fall grand in 2014 in TN, that was a great place to run, even though they did have a bunch of snakes :)

It was a pleasure to judge all the dogs that made it to my test. I was honored.
 

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It's nice to read that someone is as enthusiastic as Margo about the HRC Grand Hunt Test. I haven't spent much time at "Grands" and never learned how the judging was supposed to be done. The tests at the recent one looked "do-able" to me and the little dog work I watched seemed quite good, so with such a low pass rate, the judging must be very strict in some regards.

No question that it's a huge commercial success and if folks like Margo like the game, best wishes to you all, y'all.
 

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Keith,
A lot of HRC members never aspire to have their dog run the grand, it takes a lot of time and commitment to get there, not to mention the cost and time on the road. The pros have success because they clearly understand what it takes to get the pass. Some AM's like myself have learned through trial and error what it takes, but as some say the Grand like a lot of the big games is 45% training, 45% dog and 10% luck.
 

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I've been to the Grand several times ;) first one was the Cinderella Story, AM handler / Trainer never saw the grand goes and passes... well next try we made it to the third and old Miss Meg broke on the second bird out..... on to Louisiana, train for a week before hand in TX and she fails the bitch check the first morning....gotta love those little girls. Then OK we lasted until the third test Mudzilla went out on the blind. Last one was Texarkana made it to the fourth and she pointed out due to marginal marking the first day and then again on the fourth. Meg has now been retired with one grand pass, but she has several nice black and whites to go with all her other ribbons. She is my grand dog even though she didn't get the title. I love the grand and love the challenge is poses for me. I will be back with my new dog Sweetpea, I think it will be the Fall grand in 2014 in TN, that was a great place to run, even though they did have a bunch of snakes :)

It was a pleasure to judge all the dogs that made it to my test. I was honored.
Your test was my favorite.
 

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Good looking too.......love morgan pups have a couple of litters sired by him...all the way in Australia.
Ah that's wonderful to know. Bill had told me about the selection for Australia, but I've never notived a post here about any pups or litters. We are related, kind of...

Thanks to all for the kind comments, Tilly is my one of a kind girl, my buddy, and she lives for the birds.
 

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Knowing all this... I still cant wait to get back to the grand!!! We've gone out in the 4th at Wisconsin and OK both times on the blind!!!!!!
Yep. Dad's started a savings account. If all my evil plans play out....
I maybe running a dog at the next one....... ( Page):)
 
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