Monday, 21 February 2011

Duck Opening Water Test

The ‘Duck Opening’ Water test was held on Sunday 13th February in preparation for the upcoming Duck Season. The event was organised by the Hunt, Point & Retrieve sub discipline of WGAA (Vic). The location was superb, the weather ideal and the recent rains provided good trial sites and much needed greenery after so many years of drought.
There were 45 entries on the day. This was an excellent entry and much appreciated by the club. The activity was frenetic for most of the day and the judges were kept busy. The club acknowledges the support of such capable and experienced judges. Although the runs conformed to trial runs the atmosphere was relaxed and new comers were helped and encouraged throughout the day.
The pre planning and hard work that went into organising this day meant that the trial ran smoothly and everybody had plenty of opportunity to give their dogs a good workout and access their training strategies. This event built on the retrieving training dispensed so expertly by Graham Hayes and the team at the monthly training days. The trial stopped for lunch and what a lunch it was, the stakes have definitely been raised.
The club thanks all those who helped put this event on, particularly the landowners, the erstwhile judges, the judges’ stewards, committee members, all those who manned the throwers etc., all those handlers who remained good humoured throughout the day and to everyone who helped pack up. What a day!
Intermediate – Judge: Wayne Phelps
1st Luc Tomasino – L’Epagneul Breton
2nd Luc Tomasino – L’Epagneul Breton
3rd Bill Allen – L’Epagneul Breton

Advanced – Judge: Barry Kavanagh
1st Nick Guida - Pointer
2nd Michael Calleja – L’Epagneul Breton
3rd Fred Briffa - GSP

Open – Judge: Byron Kendall
1st Fred Briffa - GSP

Trial Manager : Hunt, Point & Retrieve Sub Discipline - Kevin Phelps & Alex Jevric
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