Spring 2009 Student Accomplishments

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

Titles Earned:

“Shuttle & Diane – New MH Title!”

Blue Ribbon Adventure Shuttle ** MH WCX — “Shuttle” — Golden Retriever Female — O/H: Diane Glassmeyer

MH-ShuttleWhat can I say about this amazing team?  In three short years, Diane & Shuttle have gone from casual students, with a goal of a single Junior Hunter title to a dynamo pair that completed their final Master legs during the spring hunt test season.  Shuttle & Diane earned legs at the Monterey Bay HRC Spring Hunt Test, the Hills Ferry HRC Hunt Test & the Sierra Nevada Retriever Club Spring Hunt Test.

“Gustav & David – New SH Title!”

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

SHGustavThis team is still turning heads.   Gustav picked up his last two  Senior Hunter legs shortly before his third birthday.  Judges at the Monterey Bay HRC Hunt Test & the Hills Ferry Hunt Test couldn’t get over the speed with which Gustav left the line, and his stylish water entries.  David & Gustav are now training for Master, and hope to be ready to run in the fall.

“Anton & David – New JH Title!”

Flyway Farms Te Deum JH — “Anton” — Black Flatcoat Male — O/H: David Kunkle

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David learned a lot training Gustav (his first field dog), and his it’s evident that David and Anton will go far.  Anton showed David just how much he likes this game by passing four straight Junior Hunter tests, earning his Junior title at just a bit past his first birthday.

Anton & David earned JH legs at the Monterey Bay HRC Hunt Test, the Hills Ferry HRC Hunt test, and the Marin Retriever Club’s double-header.  Way to go, guys.  See you soon in Senior!

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“Delilah & Xan – New JH Title!”

Flyway Farms Tears from Laughter JH — “Delilah” — Black Flatcoat Female — O/H: Alexandra Latta

delilahNot to be outdone by brother Anton, Delilah earned her last three Junior legs and then one more, completing her Junior title the same weekend that Anton earned his.  She earned legs at the NorCal Golden Retriever Hunt Test, the Lassen Retriever Club Hunt test, and two legs at the Marin Retriever Club’s double header.   Xan must be very proud of Delilah’s performance.  She’s certainly a carbon copy of her mother, Layla.  We look forward to hearing great things about Delilah’s successes in the field and the show-ring.  This girl likes her phessies!

“Zeke & Jennifer – New JH Title!”

Otterbrook’s Ezekiel JH — “Zeke” — Golden Retriever Male — O/H: Jennifer Dill

This team’s training and talent showed through!  New to the game last year, Zeke & Jill had to wait until the spring hunt test season to pick up their final two JH legs.  This stylish youngster earned legs at the Monterey Bay HRC Hunt Test and the NorCal Golden Retriever Hunt Test.  He really loves this game, and we look forward to seeing them in group, preparing for Senior!

“Jade & Suzanne – New JH Title!”

Magicgold’s Orient Express JH — “Jade” — Golden Retriever Female — O/H: Suzanne Mikolajcik

jade

Suzanne & Jade have made great strides in a very short time.  Jade showed great promise during her puppy evaluations, and under Suzanne’s guidance, has proven that she has a great future ahead of her.   In less than two short months, puppy Jade earned five Junior Hunter legs, giving her one more than necessary to earn her JH.

Way to go, team!  We’ll look for you in Senior!

“Decker & Jeanne – New JH Title!”

Topwater Hiddenspring Yuletide JH — “Decker” — Black Labrador Retriever Male — O/H: Jeanne Collier

This team had to wait until the spring hunt test season for an opportunity to earn their fourth Junior Hunter leg.  Decker & Jeanne did that easily at the Monterey Bay HRC Hunt Test.  But wait, there’s more.  Not satisfied waiting until the fall tests to make their debut in Senior, Jeanne & Decker made the trek to the Umpqua Valley Retriever Club double header, and earned two Senior legs.  It’s been great watching the teamwork develop between these two.  Those last two SH legs should present no difficulties.

“Punch & Shari – New WC Title!”

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

punchAfter spending the fall and winter hunting pheasants and ducks, Punch & Shari returned to formal field training in order to prepare for the NorCal Golden Retriever Club’s Working Certificate test.  When test day arrived, Punch showed everyone that although he’d taken a few months off of training, his marking skills were still as sharp as ever.  He even remembered where the fall of his “no bird” had been, and checked to see if he could convert his land double to a triple.  Punch & Shari also earned a second Junior Hunter leg at the NorCal Golden Retriever Club Hunt Test in March.

“Monkey & Cheryl – New JH, WC & WCX Titles!”

Magicgold’s Run Thru’ The Jungle JH WCX — “Monkey” — Golden Retriever Female — O/H: Cheryl Baca

monkeyIt’s so much fun to watch this little girl work.  If you blinked, you might have missed Monkey pursuing her Junior Hunter Title.  Five tests, five passes, and a Working Certificate & Working Certificate Excellent in one season.  She & Cheryl are just getting started.  Monkey earned Junior Hunter legs at the Monterey Bay HRC test, the Hills Ferry HRC test, the NorCal Golden Retriever Club test, and two legs at the Marin Retriever Club double-header.  She finished up by bringing home both the WC & the WCX rosette from the NorCal GRC WC/X tests.

“Quinn & Jeanne – New JH & WC Title!”

Magicgolds Quintessential Erin Go Braugh JH WC — “Quinn” — Golden Retriever Male — O/H: Jeanne Dana

quinnCheryl must be so proud of the achievements of her 2008 litters.  Not to be outdone by his sisters, Quinn, along with Jeanne earned five Junior Hunter legs and a Working Certificate this season.  And he looked great while earning them.  This handsome lad earned Junior Hunter legs at the Monterey Bay HRC Hunt Test, the Hills Ferry HRC Hunt Test, the NorCal Golden Retriever Club test, and two legs at the Marin Retriever Club double-header.  He also brought home one of those lovely NorCal GRC Working Certificate rosettes.

“Rainbow & Charlotte- New JH, WC & WCX Titles!”

Trumpet’s Ultimate Caddis JH WCX CGC – “Rainbow” – Golden Female – O/H: Charlotte Gaynor

0028-01-241_500x400Rainbow and Charlotte are becoming a wonderful team, and will go far together.  They went four-for-four for their Junior Hunter Title.  Last year, Rainbow earned two Junior Hunter legs in one weekend.  This season, she earned her third and fourth on consecutive weekends.   Rainbow & Charlotte then went on to earn a Working Certificate AND a Working Certificate Excellent on the same day.  We expect the same quick results when they are ready to run in Senior Hunter tests.

“Cal & Tracey – New WC title!”

Rivercity’s High Caliber AX MXJ JH WC — “Cal” — Golden Retriever Male — O/H Tracey Mays

calCal & Tracey took time out of their busy agility schedule to attend the NorCal Golden Retriever Club’s Working Certificate test, and once again, Cal showed that he can play the field game just as well as the agility game.  They are honing their handling skills, and we expect that Cal will be sporting another field title in short order.

“Lucy & Paddy – New WC Title!”

Lidos I Love Lucy WC —“Lucy” — Standard Poodle Female — O/H Paddy Berne

lucyCongratulations to Lucy & Paddy on the first of many titles that are sure to come their way!  Lucy earned her first title and first Rosette at the NorCal Golden Retriever Club’s Working Certificate Test.  And she showed everyone that Poodles are stylish retrievers, not just pretty faces.

We’ll look to see Lucy & Paddy competing in Junior Hunter tests soon.

“Sophie & Harvey – New JH title!”

CH. Bertshire Black Rhian JH – “Sophie” – Black Flat Coat Female – O/H: Harvey Riggs

What a pleasure it has been to watch Sophie & Harvey work toward their first field title.  Harvey took the winter off, and it was wonderful to get to watch the celebration when Sophie picked up her fourth Junior Hunter leg at the Hills Ferry HRC Hunt Test.  Harvey and Pam had huge smiles as Sophie delivered her fourth bird of the day to hand.   Congratulations!

“Joe & Pam – New JH title!”

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

joePam had good reason to smile at the NorCal Golden Retriever Club Hunt Test.  Her father’s dog Sophie earned her JH title, and Pam’s Joe wanted to bring home one of those cool rosettes, and a Junior Hunter title, too.  And that’s just what he did.  Joe and Pam have become a great working team, and we look forward to seeing them compete in higher levels soon.

“Oliver & Pam – New JH title!”

Ch Wind Dancer’s Dare To Dream JHWC — “Oliver” — Liver Flatcoat Male — O/H Pam Morris

ollieThere’s something about watching liver flatcoats in the field.  Oliver & Pam had a large group of supporters in the gallery when they earned their fourth Junior Hunter leg at the Marin Retriever Club Hunt Test.  That brown dog knew he had done something special for Pam, because Pam had a huge grin on her face.  Ollie had picked up legs two and three earlier in the spring at the NorCal GRC Hunt Test and the Monterey Bay HRC Hunt Test.

“Ember & Jean – New WC title!”

“Sunbeam’s Wildfire WC — “Ember” — Golden Retriever Female — O/H Jean Mott

dm_135852 Ember“Ember”is Jean Mott’s Flyer’s daughter, and she is displaying the same talent for the field as mother.  At the age of 10 months, Ember & Jean earned a Working Certificate from the Golden Retriever Club of America held by the Norcal Golden Retriever Club in June 2009.

“Zip & Joe – New Canadian WC & WCI titles!”

Ch Ardenwood As Time Goes By JH WCX Can WCI — “Zip(!!!) — Liver Flatcoat Male — O/H Joe Skorupa

zipJoe & his wife Patti spent their vacation on Vancouver Island, BC, attending the Flat-coated Retriever Society of Canada’s national specialty, where Zip(!!!) & Joe spent a very productive two days running the Pacific Rim Hunting Retriever Club’s Working Certificate and the FCRSC’s WCI test.  They passed both tests, and Zip(!!!) also qualified for a FCRSC “Beauty & Brains” award, since he placed third in the FCRSC Specialty Bred-by class.

JAMS All Around!

“Blaze & Cheryl – New MH title and Field Trial Qualifying JAM!”

Magicgold Wheels Of Fire MH, CGC,WCX ** — “Blaze”–  Golden Retriever Female –O/H:Cheryl Baca

blazeBlaze bounced back from maternity leave in grand fashion, picking up two Master Hunter legs at the Monterey Bay HRC Hunt Test and the Marin Retriever Club Hunt Test, which completed her Master Hunter Title.  She also earned a Judges Award of Merit at the Sacramento Valley Retriever Club’s Spring Field Trial.

“Gabby & Cheryl – Field Trial Qualifying JAM!”

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

gabbyGabby was getting used to being the star career girl while the other two girls finished their motherly duties and got back into shape.  So she was horrified when Blaze got herself a Field Trial Qualifying JAM.  Well if Blaze could get something that pleased Cheryl so much, Gabby was going to get one too.  And she did just that at the Sierra Nevada Retriever Club’s Spring Field Trial.

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“Keltie & Cheryl – New MH title and Field Trial Qualifying JAM!”

SR. Magicgold’s Celtic Causeway MH,WCX,** – “Keltie”  – Golden Retriever Female – O/H: Cheryl Baca

keltieNow this just wouldn’t do.  Keltie was not going to be the only adult golden in the family without one of those fancy rosettes with the JAM printed on it.  So she set off to get one.  But before she did that, Keltie & Cheryl earned their last two Master Hunter legs at the Monterey Bay HRC Hunt Test & the Hills Ferry HRC Hunt Test, earning Keltie’s MH.  Then, Keltie went hunting for her JAM and found it at the San Jose Retriever Club’s Triple DQ.  Not being one to be satisfied with that task, she earned another Master Hunter pass at the Marin Retriever Club Hunt Test.


Master National Qualifiers:

“Zinger & Jean – four MH passes!”

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

zingerThis pair is on a roll!  Four Master Hunter passes in a row, and they show no sign of slowing down.  Zinger & Jean earned MH passes at the NorCal Golden Retriever Club Hunt Test, the Lassen Retriever Club Hunt Test, and at back-to-back tests held by the Sierra Nevada Retriever Club!  Congratulations Jean & Zinger!  Zinger has also qualified for the Master National.  This is her 3rd time qualifying and she has a total of  23 Master passes.

“Flyer & Jean – Three MH passes!”

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

flyerThis girl finished her Master Hunter title last year, and has three MH passes s0 far this year.  Flyer has qualified for the Master National this year.   Flyer earned a Master Hunter rosette at the NorCal Golden Retriever Club Hunt Test, and TWO rosettes at the Sierra Nevada Retriever Club’s back-to-back tests.

Legs toward titles and other achievements:

“Henley & Ardith – Two Senior Hunter passes!”

Magicgold Hotel California JH WCX CCA – “Henley” – Golden Male – O/H: Ardith Osborn

henleyThey’re half-way there!  Henley has figured out the handling game, and earned two Senior Hunter legs this spring – one at the NorCal Golden Retriever Club Hunt Test, and the other at the Marin Retriever Club double-header.  Congratulations, Ardith.  We look forward to watching the two of you earn that Senior Hunter title in the fall tests.

“Luke & Alan – Two Senior Hunter passes!”

Chi Luke of Copperidge JH — “Luke” — Golden Retriever Male — O/H Alan Kaber

lukeAt just over two, this handsome Golden boy is half-way to his Senior Hunter Title.  Luke & Alan had some Derby fun early in the year, and then got to work on their SH, earning the first leg at the Sierra Nevada Retriever Club Hunt Test, and the second at the Marin Retriever Club Hunt Test.  We’re sure to see some new letters after this Luke’s name in no time.  They’ve really done well.

“Arson & Diane – Four Junior Hunter passes!”

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

arsonArson & Diane got through Junior so quickly, that they wanted to do it again.  It’s unfortunate that one can’t get bonus points for extra legs, because this pair work so beautifully together that we could just keep watching them work.  They earned their bonus passes at the Monterey Bay HRC test, the Hills Ferry HRC test, the NorCal Golden Retriever Club Hunt Test & the Lassen Retriever Club test.  We’re sure to see them in Senior soon.

“Raleigh & Charlotte – Three Junior Hunter passes!”

Trumpet’s Hare’s Ear – “Raleigh” – Golden Retriever Male – O/H Charlotte Gaynor

This baby dog is turning heads.  He earned his first Junior Hunter leg at the young age of nine months and one day at the Hills Ferry Hunting Retriever Club’s Hunt Test.  Two months later, he earned his second and third legs at the Marin Retriever Club’s double-header.  We are certain to see this youngster showing the big dogs how it’s done in Senior in the very near future.

Most photos on this post were taken by A. Latta, under a Creative Commons License.  Thanks, Xan!

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