This is to all the newbie’s, retires and retriever lovers of the world. I got a late start in this hunt test, field trial game, only been playing for about four years now and just turn 60 last November. After retiring from a job that I hated, I wanted to do something that I would truly enjoy for a change so I got a part time job scooping poop and throwing ducks. The very first time I say a lab retrieve a mark after being sent by his name and then to deliver to hand I was hooked. Whether it was stubbornness or stupidity I had decided from the start that when I got my own lab she wasn’t going to run from no one else’s side but my own whether in training or competition. Did I do it all by myself, heck no, I have a small library of books and DVD’s, joined a great retriever club and had a pro that I could ask questions whenever I got in a jam. Besides my children and grandchildren this new game I’m playing has given me more joy and sometimes frustration then anything that I can think of. I have come away from a few field trials or hunt tests on cloud nine and sometimes madder than hell, I’m usually mad at myself or maybe a judge or two but it’s hard to be mad at my dog. I know she tries so hard to do it right and to make me happy that it just seem wrong to take it out on her. People like Ray Goodrick and Gordon Powers and others like them give me hope that I can play this game for another 30 years or more and that is a great feeling to have. I have never been much of a people person but some of the nicest people I have ever meet I have meet in the last four years. So if you are thinking about giving this game a try whether you are 20 or 70 you will never know if you can swim unless you get in the water. Best of luck to all.