Autumn 2008 Student Accomplishments

Please email your Accomplishments  and photos to Patti Skorupa at p_skorupa@skorupa.com  as soon as you can!

Titles Earned:

“Layla & Xan – new SH title!” 

Ch. Rockyhill’s Western Wishes SH – “Layla”- Black Flatcoat Female – O/H: Xan Latta 

laylawaterentryLayla completed her Senior Hunter title in two weeks.  She earned four passes in a row at a pair of double-headers – the Labrador Retriever Club of Southern California Hunt Tests and the Golden Retriever Club of Greater Los Angeles Hunt Tests. Her reliable marking and consistent handling got her through some very difficult tests. Xan & Layla look forward to another epic hunting season as they prepare for Master.

“Sugar & Don – new JH title!”

Marquis Chocolate Kisses JH – “Sugar” – Liver Flatcoat Female  –  O/H Don Linville 

sugarAt the young age of ten months, Sugar passed her first JH test at the Sacramento Valley Retriever Club 2008 Fall Hunt Test. Sugar proved to everyone that liver flatcoat puppies can play with the big dogs by earning three more Junior legs in eight days – two legs at the Sagehens Retriever Club 2008 Fall Hunt Test double-header and her fourth and title at the Norcal Golden Retriever Club 2008 Fall Hunt Test.    She earned her title at only eleven months of age!  Congratulations to Don & Sugar.    They plan to celebrate the new title at the local pheasant club.

“Grace & Jeanne – new JH title!”

CH Topwater Cinderhill Grace JH – “Grace” –  Yellow Labrador Female – O/H Jeanne Collier 

Grace demonstrated that anything worth doing is worth doing efficiently and well.   Forced to skip the last tests of the spring because girls in season can’t compete (silly rule!), Grace finished her Junior Hunter title in style at the Sagehens double header October 4 & 5, earning her fourth and fifth passes.  Way to go, girls!  We’re looking forward to see you in Senior!

“Arson & Diane – new JH title!”

Heads Up Radiant Energy JH – “Arson” –  Golden Retriever Male – O/H Diane Glassmeyer 

arsonWow!  at the young age of eight and a half months, this handsome youngster  proved that he understands the hunt-test game and finished his Junior Hunter title.  He earned legs in the Redwood Empire Retriever Club 2008 Summer Hunt Test,  Sagehens Retriever Club 2008 Fall Hunt Test (a double-header, two passes), and the Norcal Golden Retriever Club Fall Hunt Test.  We’re looking forward to seeing this youngster in Senior next fall.

“Gabby & Cheryl – new MH title & Master National Qualifier!”

Magicgold’s Galloping Gabby MH,WCX ** – “Gabby” – Golden Retriever Female – O/H: Cheryl Baca

gabby_2Gabby made it clear that she loves being the only gal on the truck.  Her two roommates may be awesome mothers, but Gabby benefited from the training time alone with Cheryl.  Gabby also likes running October tests.  In short order, this dynamic duo earned three Master legs and completed Gabby’s Master Hunter Title.  She also passed five of seven Master tests held since August 1, 2008.  That means that Gabby has qualified for the Master National!  They earned legs at the Sagehens Retriever Club 2008 Fall Hunt Test, the Norcal Golden Retriever Club Fall, and the Labrador Retriever Club of Southern California.  What a team!

“Flyer & Jean – new MH title!”

Sunbeam’s Leap of Faith MH WCX — “Flyer”  – Golden Retriever Female – O/H Jean Mott 

flyer-wc2006-3Not to be shown up by Gabby, Flyer completed her Master Hunter Title in grand fashion.   These Golden Girls just love October tests!  Flyer earned three Master Hunter legs – the first at the Sagehens Retriever Club 2008 Fall Hunt Test, followed by  great performances at the Norcal Golden Retriever Club Fall, and the Labrador Retriever Club of Southern California.   We expect to see Flyer at the Master National soon!   

 

Legs toward titles:

Topwater Hiddenspring Yuletide – “Decker” – Black Labrador Male – O/H Jeanne Collier 

Decker would like to request another fall hunt test.  This fall was over way too soon.  He just needed one more test to earn his Junior Hunter title.  In eight days, this dynamo earned three legs:  Two at the Sagehens Retriever Club 2008 Fall Hunt Test double-header and a third at the Norcal Golden Retriever Club Fall Hunt Test.  Way to go, Jeanne & Decker!

 

Marquis Tule Fog – “Tule” – Liver Flatcoat Male – O/H Mark Rudden 

You’ve got to love those brown dogs!  In three Junior Hunter tests, Mark & Tule earned three Junior Hunter legs.  After taking a break for duck season (where we understand he is performing beautifully), this team plans to return to the hunt test game in the spring for their final Junior leg and the title of Junior Hunter.  We look forward to seeing them in February or March!

 

Ch MACH Shasta Action Item VCD1 RA OF JH WC — “Memo” — Black Flatcoat Female — O/H Barbara Fowler

memo_mbhrc_08Although they finished their Junior Hunter title in September, Memo and Barb can’t just watch the game.  Memo wants her birds.  They competed in a Junior test at the Sagehens Retriever Club 2008 Fall Hunt Test on October 5, where Memo picked up her fifth leg.  What an awesome team.  We’re looking forward to seeing Memo’s baby brother in Junior soon.

 

Brookestone’s Blackbeard WC — “Joe” — Black Flatcoat Male — O/H Pam Morris

joeyJoe picked up a Junior Hunter leg in October for a total of three, at the Sagehens Retriever Club 2008 Fall Hunt Test on October 5, and his Conformation Championship at the Del Valle Kennel Club Show in October.  Pam states that she was ” so disappointed they missed that last leg at the NorCal day, a total handler error, and an expensive lesson!  That would have been so cool to title both CH and JH the same month!”  We’re sure that Joey didn’t mind.  It’s a great excuse to keep working in the field with his favorite person.  We’re sure to see Joe with titles on both ends of his name this spring.

Ch Bertschires’s Black Rhian — “Sophie” — Black Flatcoat Female — O/H Harvey Riggs

Sophie and Harvey picked up their third Junior leg at the Norcal Golden Retriever Club Fall Hunt Test.  Harvey had a grin that stretched from ear to ear.  He’s had to take some time off from training this winter, and we bet that he and Sophie are more than anxious to get back in the fields. They’ve got one more Junior leg to go, and we can’t wait to see Harvey and his talented girl back training soon.   

 

Rockyhill’s Funny Cide – “Punch” – Black Flatcoat Male – O/H Shari Hughes

punchShari & Punch took some time off their upland pheasant training to try out the hunt test game, and they were quite successful, earning their first Junior Hunter leg at the Norcal Golden Retriever Club Fall Hunt Test.  Punch will spend the next few months chasing roosters, and we hope to see him back in the hunt test game after pheasant season ends.

 

CH. Windfall’s McKenzie – “McKenzie” – Black Flatcoat Female – O/H Gina Spadafori 

mckWhen we first started working together, McKenzie loved her bumpers.  Now she has decided that birds are much cooler.  In fact, she LOVES  ducks!  Gina & McKenzie are nearly there!  With limited time in the training field, this team earned three of four Junior Hunter legs in October and November.  McKenzie has come a very long way since her introduction to birds in the water, and we expect her fourth leg to come easily.  

 

Ardenwood Gustav As A Wayfarer JH WC — “Gustav” — Black Flatcoat Male — O/H: David Kunkle

gustavDavid & Gustav are half-way to their Senior Hunter title!  These two are such a joy to watch.  This young duo made it look easy, earning their first leg at the  Sagehens Retriever Club 2008 Fall Hunt Test on October 4, and a second leg at the Norcal Golden Retriever Club Fall on October 11.  David also picked up some great things to work on.  We expect this pair to finish their Senior title in short order in the spring.  

 

Shannara’s Rav’n Tsunami – “Storm” – Black Flatcoat Male – O/H Cathy Lynch

stormCongratulations to Storm & Cathy on their first Junior Hunter leg!  What a nice start for this team, and we expect them to have a promising hunt test career.   Storm has learned how to handle birds that stand up and leave the area, and is prepared to deal with difficult terrain and weather challenges.  We look forward to watching them in their next JH test.

 

Otterbrook’s Ezekiel – “Zeke” – Golden Retriever Male – O/H Jennifer Dill

This team is also new to the hunt test game, and they’ve been training diligently.  Their hard work paid off with two passes at the Golden Retriever Club of Greater Los Angeles Hunt Test Double header!  This was not an easy venue, quite different than the places where they usually train, but they aced both tests, and are now half-way to their Junior Hunter title.  We look forward to bragging about their upcoming success and new JH title soon.

 

Flyway Farms Tears from Laughter – “Delilah” – Black Flatcoat Female – O/H Xan Latta

delilahWhat can we say about this puppy, except that she’s a carbon copy of her mother Layla, with oodles of energy and drive.  She proved that her young age wasn’t an issue, and successfully completed her first Junior Hunter leg at the Golden Retriever Club of Greater Los Angeles Hunt Test.  A grand achievement for an eight-month old flatcoat puppy.  She’s currently pushing up birds at the local pheasant club, and training for the spring tests. 

 

Coarsegold’s Flaming Red Zinger CD MH WCX — “Zinger” — Golden Retriever Female — O/H Jean Mott

zingerZinger and Jean had a productive 2008 fall hunt test season, earning two passes in very difficult tests.  Their first MH pass was earned at the  Sagehens Retriever Club 2008 Fall Hunt Test, followed the next week by a second pass at the Norcal Golden Retriever Club Fall Hunt Test.  Zinger has passed nineteen Master Hunter tests.  Two of those legs count toward qualifying for the 2009 Master National.  Good luck, girls.  We hope to see you there!

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