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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Winner's Party Begins 1:30 p.m. at Ryderz in Oakdale

Everyone is welcome!


Winner is Dog #71 -- Emmit and Jim Gonia!!!



Finalists Assemble -- The Gallery Awaits the Winner...

Quite a gallery!




Breaking down this test site...

and setting up the table area...


Dog #49 on line -- last dog HANDLE

... Willie has his go-bird flyer.

He's down behind the holding blind on the retired mark...  handling to the bird... still down on the flat area. Now he has the bird.

A short hunt and he has the left middle flyer.

On his last bird, and he's got it. 

NFC Two Rivers Lucky Willie and Dave Rorem


Dog #70 on line HANDLE

Piper has the go-bird flyer nicely.

A little hunt around the holding blind for the retired mark and has it, about to deliver.

She is zooming around on her left middle flyer. Now is handling. Piper had a flyer fall on this station that was a pretty tight angle back. She was hunting left and right of it and a bit deep... and then started harder to the right... toward the right middle flyer, when Mark handled. She doesn't yet have the bird. NOW she has it. One bird to go.

Tight few loops and she's into her last bird.

FC Wing Magic's Standpipe Moon and Mark Edwards


A Bird Out Of The Crate...

... on the right middle flyer.


Here Comes Tiny, #58

Tiny had a loop and then got the go-bird flyer.

She made a few loops down around the holding blind before picking up the retired mark.

Just a short hunt around her left middle flyer... and she's got it.

Currently she's behind the right middle flyer and is hunting... now she's worked over to the bird and has it.

FC Little Bit Dangerous and John Henninger


Ali, #54 on line

Ali raced out to his go-bird and is almost back.

He had a tiny hunt right nearly on top of his retired mark.

Another very tight few loops nearly on top of his left middle flyer mark and he's returning now.

Just pretty much went straight to this right middle flyer -- nice job!

FC-AFC Lanes Let's Get Ready To Rumble and Mark Smith


Dog #51 running now HANDLE

Blue quickly has his go-bird flyer.

After a short hunt on the retired mark, he's coming back with it.

Blue went up the slot between the two middle flyer guns and a bit deep and then turned to commit to the right middle flyer and he went over to that bird. Coming back.

Al Arthur is handling Blue to the left middle flyer. He's got it. 

FC-AFC Sara's Blue Streak and Al Arthur


Dog #49 On Line -- NO BIRD


Dog #84 on line -- Reagan

Reagan has a short hunt on her go-bird flyer, which fell hard back behind the guns.

She went just inside her retired mark and curved right over to it.

Her left middle flyer was a tight angle back fall and she had a short hunt before coming up with it... did nicely. She's got a wing over her face on her return... can't see.

For her right middle flyer, she went wide right out to the area and then came up the hill and looped around into the bird.

FC-AFC Citori's Vista 40th Pres and Michael Moore


Pete, #31, on line

He had a hunt on his go-bird flyer and is now coming in with it.

Now has the retired mark with a loop to the bird.

Pete went straight up into his left middle flyer and has it.

And just looped into his right middle flyer.

FC Seaside's Pelican Pete and Steve Yozamp


Dog #71 is on line now...

Emmit has gone straight to his go-bird flyer.

He went just inside the retired mark, made a quick loop down and right back up to the bird.

Now headed to the left middle flyer and has stepped on it.

And now has curved right into his right middle flyer and his final mark. Nice job!

FC Watermark's Running Back and Jim Gonia


Fizz on line -- Dog #20 HANDLE

Fizz went straight to his go-bird flyer.

She missed her retired mark on the way over the hill and made a loop down by the holding blind before coming back up to the bird. She's on her way in...

She went down for the left middle flyer behind the gun and looped and then appeared to dig back (toward the back of the right middle flyer station) and Judy handled her to the left middle flyer

For her fourth bird she went between the bird and the gun and a bit deep and then turned and came back down to the bird. 

FC-AFC Hardscrabble Carbunnation and handler Judy Rasmuson


Dog #15 -- Moses

His flyer was good...

Moses went over the hill and right back to his retired mark...
Moses went in front of the gun for his left middle mark and had a tight loop to the bird.

And he went straight on out to his right middle flyer... good job

FC-AFC Drakes Bay Parting of the Sea and Wayne Curtis


Dog #88 to the line -- Pink HANDLE

Pink has her go-bird flyer and now has stepped on her retired mark...

She went behind the gun on the left middle flyer and had a short hunt just a bit deep of the guns before going to the bird.

Handler Al Arthur has just put the horn on FC-AFC Seaside's Get The Party Started from deep of the right middle flyer and she has her last mark.


Dog #84 Reagan -- NO BIRD


Diesel--#72 on line

He has his first bird with a hunt to the left on the hill for his first flyer.

Headed to the retired mark now... short hunt in the area and has it.

On his third bird he went behind the gun of the left standup flyer with a hunt and then over to the bird.

Quickly comes up with his fourth and final mark... FC Premier's RSK Powerstroke and Alan Pleasant 


First Dog--#71 NO BIRD


Second test dog is on the line right now...


Last Test is a Land Quad

With three stand up guns and one retired bird... More soon


Contestants are on the line... Test Dog

The first test dog is on the line right now...


Photographers Molly Schlachter and Laura Owens

Getting ready at the tenth series


Final preparation...

Gwen Jones, Retriever News, Reporter Extraordinaire
Retriever News Managing Editor Tina Ebner and Rick Dirmeyer of Eukanuba exchange views


Landowners -- THANK YOU!

Ray Goodrich
Marilyn Boatright


Sponsors of this Blog at Tenth Series--THANK YOU!

L to R, Bob West and Dean Reinke of Nestle-Purina

David Carrington of Avery


Incredible Redition of the National Anthem...

... By Lindsay Robinson


Official Announcer Dean Ellis Welcomes Tenth Series

Dean gave a moving speech about the dogs in our sport.


The Color Guard...


The Grand Entrance is Imminent...

As the gallery applauded, finalist contenders approach the tenth series

...  An extremely brisk wind is blowing, thus providing a biting wind chill on top of this hill.

We wait...



It's quite a novelty to have just one test scheduled for the final day of competition, but more particularly, to have a "leisurely" start time... yet it's quite hectic and that's to be expected...

The day is beautiful with a bright sun accompanied by a few wispy white clouds... our weather has been phenomenal all week and promises to provide the final touch to this day.

Good luck to all contestants still remaining in this 2011 National Championship!


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2011 NRC
Running Order

1. FC Rocky Creek's Full Tilt Boogie, LF
2. NAFC-FC Cody Cut A Lean Grade, LM
3. FC Beadle LC's Three Ring Circus, LM
4. FC-AFC Robbers' Stray Bullet, LM
5. FC DoubleDuce, LM
6. AFC Windy City's Bent Tail, LM
7. FC-AFC Mercy Mercy Mercy Me, LF
8. FC-AFC Ragin Eye Of The Storm, LM
9. FC-AFC Wolf Creek CR Skeeter, LM
10. FC-AFC Citori's Accept No Substitute, LF
11. Leica II, LF
12. FC-AFC Hardscrabbles Powder My Buns, LM
13. FC-AFC Freeridin Smooth Operator, LF
14. FC-AFC Chatanika's High Water Haylee, LF
15. FC Drake's Bay Parting Of The Sea, LM
16. FC Abby's Little Cooper, LF
17. Bluegoose's Passion For Jazz, LM
18. FC Moonstones Ignites On Impact MH, LM
19. FC-AFC Wham Bam's Just A Little Bit, LF
20. FC-AFC Hardscrabble Carbunnation, LF
21. FC Counterpoint's Sidekick, LM
22. FC Shadow's Whiteshoes, LM
23. FC Seaside's Bullwinkle, LM
24. FC Peakebrook's Brawny Force, LM
25. FC-AFC Sureshot's Texas Hold'Em, LM
26. FC-AFC Jazztime Hanging Chad, LM
27. FC-AFC Riverrun's True North, LM
28. FC-AFC Hardscrabble Roxie McBunn, LF
29. NFC-AFC Hunter Runs BooBoo, LM
30. Citori's No Holds Barred, LF
31. FC Seaside's Pelican Pete, LM
32. FC-AFC Land Ahoy, LM
33. FC-AFC Lil Chin Music, LF
34. FC Seaside's Kingfish, LM
35. FC Maplecreek's Mini Chopper, LM
36. FC Watermark's BB Standing Ovation, LM
37. FC-AFC Dixie City Jam II, LM
38. FC-AFC Machthree's Edge, LF
39. FC-AFC Camino Weight Cutter, LM
40. FC-AFC Eva-Ethyl-Proby-Weber, LF
41. FC-AFC-CFC-CAFC Jazztime Last Chance V Pekisko, LM
42. FC-AFC Bayou-Star Beyond Independent, LF
43. FC Knollwood Sweet Lily, LF
44. FC Contempt Of Court, LM
45. FC-AFC Nebo's Grandma Ruby, LF
46. FC-AFC Shadows Sweet Something, LF
47. FC Me D Boss, LM
48. FC-AFC Lil Bit's Cote D'Or Pinot Noir, LM
49. NFC Two Rivers Lucky Willie, LM
50. FC Road Warrior's Duramax, LM
51. AFC Sara's Blue Streak, LM
52. FC Wingover's Pedro II, LM
53. FC-AFC Candlewood GoldenDaze Louie, LM
54. FC-AFC Lanes Lets Get Ready To Rumble, LM
55. FC-AFC Waterdogs Shock And Awe, LM
56. Vista's Case Of Purple, LM
57. FC-AFC Jet Black Bustin Thru The Brush MH, LM
58. FC Little Bit Dangerous, LF
59. FC Jazztime Empty Wallet, LM
60. FC-AFC Sureshot's TKO, LM
61. NFC-AFC Candlewood's Something Royal, LF
62. FC Westwoods Iron Man, LM
63. FC-AFC Wine Glass Lucky Strike, LM
64. FC By Golden's Pond's Legacy, LF
65. FC-AFC Landover's Right On Target, LM
66. FC-AFC Tealcreek Patton's Saber, LM
67. FC Adams Acres Water Lilly, LF
68. FC-AFC Nightwings Marsh Leader, LM
69. FC Fresh Squeezed Juice, LM
70. FC Wing Magic's Standpipe Moon, LF
71. FC Watermark's Running Back, LM
72. FC Premier's RSK Powerstroke, LM
73. FC-AFC Holy Cross's Moses, LM
74. FC-AFC-CFC-CAFC Runnin's Molly B, LF
75. FC Mitimat You Go Girl, LF
76. FC-AFC Premier's Iron Man Ozzy, LM
77. Candlewood's Skyrocket, LF
78. FC Merlyn IV, LM
79. FC-AFC-CNAFC-CFC-CAFC Moonstones Hug And Moochie, LF
80. CNFC Road Warriors Lady Hawk, LF
81. FC-AFC Castlebay's Night Robber, LM
82. FC-AFC Trulines Walla Walla Sweet, LF
83. FC Bayou Teche Tex, LM
84. FC-AFC Citori's Vista 40th Pres, LF
85. FC RSK's Oohs And Aahs, LM
86. FC Nobody Moves Nobody Gets Hurt, LM
87. FC-AFC Sanpitch River Shore Thing, LM
88. FC-AFC Seaside's Get the Party Started, LF
89. FC Maple Creek's Spirit Warrior, LM
90. FC Sorol Green River Indian Scout, LM