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The Tacoma Retriever Club Field trial will be held at Burt Carlson’s in Fall City and Greenleaf’s in Monroe. We will NOT be using Cherry Valley. Unfortunately Cherry Valley was not mowed last fall and the grass is too tall to allow us to use it. All stakes will run at Burt’s on Friday and Saturday. We will finish the trial (the derby and Amateur) on Sunday at Greenleaf’s. We anticipate the derby completing several series on Saturday. Please stay on the roads to avoid getting stuck. The ground is saturated from all the recent rain. Good Luck to all contestants!
 

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Open callbacks to 2nd

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Open callbacks to 3rd water blind

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Is that 15 dogs back out of 23 entered in the Open?
 

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A 23 dog open - WOW!
 

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Open callbacks to 4th water marks

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Qual is running the 4th. 11 dogs back. I have no numbers.
 

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Open

1st- Mozart/dahlheim

2nd- Margo/Milton

3rd- windy/crabb

4th- Moto/vandebrake

Rj-pete/Peterson

Jams- Nelson/lusk
Boss/little
 

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Early start to derby

Since the open has finished, we will be starting the derby at 10am. Those folks who can not make it until 1pm, can run at one, but the judges will run the dogs that are present starting at about 10am. All stakes will be at Bert Carlsons on Saturday. Good Luck to all!
 

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Qual- Steve Graftstra
 

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Thanks to Jeff for filling in all the callbacks and placements in the Open. Sorry I couldn't fill you in on all the tests as they were happening, but I just got home from the trial at almost 8:30 and I don't have a smart phone. If you are interested in what the tests were, I'll give a brief description.

The Open started with a basic triple with two retired. Long bird down first thrown left to right along a tree line. Shorter retired bird thrown second from right to left and pinched to the long bird. The flyer was off to the left by itself shot right to left out of the test. The cover was fairly thick so many dogs had a good hunt for the flyer. Those that didn't go straight to the short retired tended to go under the arc and hunt back toward to gunner who retired behind a mound which the dogs also seemed to want to check out. The tightness of the two memory marks made many of the dogs take a wide line toward no man's land for the long mark but most found it fairly quickly by going back along the tree line. There were only a handful that took a good line to that mark and came up with it quickly. Two dogs broke (one on the triple and one on the honor so with the one scratch, there were 20 called back to the second series.

The land blind was run across the line to the memory marks and tight to the bird crates of the flyer station. There was a dip in the terrain that caused most of the dogs to want to square it and head off to the right, away from the bird boxes. A couple of dogs overran the blind and either headed out into the field or followed the blind planter's trail. Only three were dropped from this series.

The water blind started from a road and angled down a bank into a long channel. It went past a point, over a point, along a shore of tules, and one to a third point. Most of the dogs either dropped or picked up took a left off the middle point and disappeared into the tules or onto land. Severn came back to the final series.

The water triple had two retired on what they call the "hour glass pond." The first bird down was off to the left thrown left to right to the base of a tree near the shoreline. The line to this mark had two pieces of water to cross although some cheated the smaller first piece of water. The second bird down was straight across the water thrown right to left and the gunner retired behind a mound. There was a point sticking out about halfway there and some dogs took the opportunity to exit early onto the point. A short simulated flyer with two gunners and two shots was thrown right to left down to the shoreline on the right with a short swim to get there.

I heard that the Qual started with a very difficult double that required dogs to angle across rolling terrain which many squared and ended up in the wrong place. They followed that with a double blind - one water and one land. I briefly saw the final series just before I left - they were still running at 6:30. I did not see it from the line, but it looked like it was a very tight triple with long retired which threw down the shore into heavy cover on the shoreline. The other long bird I did not see thrown so I don't know the direction, but it looked to be a shorter down the shore but set further back from the shore than the long mark. The go bird was short and tossed from the bank out into the water tight to the long mark.

The Amateur and Derby start tomorrow. So far we are lucky with the weather. It was cold and frosty this morning, but the sun shown most of the day with temps around 50 when it warmed up and very little wind.
 

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Judy: Thanks for the descriptions. Good luck at the AM.
 

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Can anyone tell me if they scraped the last series of the qual and made some changes and then started over?
 

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Congratulations Mozart and Marilyn on the Open win.

Congratulations Margo and Mel on the Open 2nd.
 

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Amateur 1st series is off. It's a triple with 2 retired. Thrown left right then middle flyer being the long go bird. Fairly open in a green grass field with grass standing around a foot high and thick.

No where near as good as judy's descriptions but frankly I don't want to type more than I have to on my phone!! :)
 
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