2015 Student Accomplishments

NEW TITLES:

“Roca & Cheryl – New MH Title”

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Magicgold’s Rock A Doodle Doo MH, WCX – “Roca” – o/h Cheryl Baca – Golden Retriever Female

Roca earned her Master Hunter title at the Inland Valley Retriever Club Spring Hunt Test held in Chino in June.  Roca was just over 3 years old when she earned her Master title, and earned 2 of the Master legs before her 3rd birthday.  She is Cheryl’s 5th Master Hunter from her Magicgold breedings.  Congratulations to this very talented team!

“TaTa & Cheryl – New JH Title”

Magicgold’s Abra Abracadabra JH, WC – “TaTa” – o/h Cheryl Baca – Golden Retriever Female

TaTa earned her Junior Hunter title at the Norcal Golden Retriever Club Hunt Test in March.  TaTa ran her first test In February and earned 2 passes in Arizona at the Copper State Hunting Retriever Club Hunt Test, and then earned another pass the following weekend at the Monterey Bay Hunting Retriever Club Hunt Test.  She went four for four to earn her title and at barely 10 months old!  Congratulations, way to go TaTa and Cheryl!!

“Sammy & Harvey – New SH Title”

GCH Bertschire Return To Sender SH, CGC – “Sammy” – o/h Harvey Riggs – Flat-Coated Retriever Female

Sammy earned the last leg for her Senior Hunter title at the Monterey Bay Hunting Retriever Club Hunt Test in February.  Harvey was out of town, so Cheryl stepped in and handled Sammy for her title.  Harvey and Sammy received their first SH leg at the Hills Ferry Hunting Retriever Club Hunt Test last year, a second at the Flat-Coated Retriever Society Specialty, and the third at the Sagehens Retriever Club Hunt Test last Fall.  Congratulations to this very hard working team!!

“Tux & Pat – New SH Title”

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Aqueus White Tie And Tails SH – “Tux” – o/h Pat Romeiro – Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Male

Congratulations to Pat and Tux on earning their Senior Hunter title at the Monterey Bay Hunting Retriever Club Hunt Test in February!  Tux received his first two SH legs last September at the Sagehens Retriever Club Hunt Test at Denverton.  They took a little road trip to Chino in November and earned their third SH leg at the Great Western Flat-Coated Retriever Club Hunt Test.  Great job Pat and Tux!

“Rion & Kathy – New SH Title”

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Aqueus Galaxy of Stars 2 Orion SH, WCX – “Rion” – o/h Kathy Gibson – Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Congratulations to Rion and Kathy for getting 5 straight passes to earn their Senior Hunter title with an extra bonus pass!  They earned their first SH leg at the Monterey Bay Hunting Retriever Club Hunt Test in February, and a month later they were earning their title at the Marin Retriever Club Spring Hunt Test.  In between, they took a little road trip to Nevada and received 2 passes at the Las Vegas Hunting Retriever Club Hunt Test.  Rion was just 20 months old when he earned his Senior Hunter title!  This very talented team has also already earned their first Master Hunter pass at the Redwood Empire Retriever Club Hunt Test in August.  Way to go Kathy and Rion!!

“Rowdy & Kerry – New JH and WC Titles”

Wind Dancer’s Fortune Hunter JH, WC – “Rowdy”- o/h Kerry Forni – Flat-Coated Retriever Male

Congratulations to Kerry and Rowdy on earning their Junior Hunter title in February at the Copper State Hunting Retriever Club Hunt Test in Arizona. Kerry handled Rowdy to earn his first 2 JH passes last November at the Great Western Flat-Coated Retriever Club Hunt Test, and then Cheryl took him to Arizona in February and earned the final 2 passes for his title at the Copper State test.  Kerry and Rowdy also earned their Working Certificate title at the Flat-Coated Retriever Society 2015 Specialty in April, as well as a JAM in the Unsteady Singles!   They earned extra JH legs at the Monterey Bay Hunting Retriever Club test and the FCR Specialty  Great job Kerry and Rowdy!  See you in Senior next!

“Vixen & Xan – New JH and WC Titles”

Kistryl Kid Vixen JH, WC – “Vixen” – o/h Xan Latta – Flat-Coated Retriever Female

Congratulations to Xan and Vixen for going 5 for 5 and earning their Junior Hunter title with an extra pass!  Xan and Vixen got their first JH pass at the Flat Coated Retriever Society 2014 Specialty.  They earned 2 passes at the Hills Ferry Hunting Retriever Club Hunt Test in March, and the following weekend they earned another 2 passes at the Marin Retriever Club Spring Hunt Test to complete their JH title.  In April, Vixen and Xan earned their Working Certificate title at the Flat Coated Retriever Society Specialty.  Nice job Xan and Vixen, way to go!!

“Hazy & Cathy – New JH Title”

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Magicgold’s Red Sky at Morning JH, CGC – “Hazy” – o/h Cathy Colley – Golden Retriever Female

Congratulations to Hazy and Cathy for earning their Junior Hunter title in style with 4 straight passes plus a bonus pass!  Hazy got her first 2 passes at the Norcal Golden Retriever Club Hunt Test in March and followed that with a pass at the Lassen Retriever Club Hunt Test in April.  She finished her title at the Inland Valley Retriever Club Spring Test in June.  Can’t wait to watch this hard charging team in Senior.  Way to go!

OTHER ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Significant Milestones:

“Tyler & Paddy – 1st MH Leg”

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Photo courtesy of John Carelli

UG Feldspar Dream On at Windsong SH, WCX – “Tyler” – o/h Paddy Berne – Standard Poodle Male

Congratulations to Paddy and Tyler for earning their first Master Hunter pass at the Poodle Club of America National Specialty held in Maryland in April!  Paddy and Tyler took a cross-country training trip this past Spring, ending in Maryland to run at their National Specialty.  They spent about a month traveling and training in different areas before arriving at the Specialty.  What a great way to end their trip!  Great job Paddy and Tyler!!

Student Results by Hunt Test:

Copper State Hunting Retriever Club Double Header Hunt Test Feb 2015

Magicgold Ruff ‘N Ready To Go MH, WCX – “Reegan” – o/h Bruce Hayes – Golden Retriever Female.  Reegan earned 2 additional MH legs at this test.  Handled by Cheryl.

Monterey Bay Hunting Retriever Club Hunt Test Feb 2015

Magicgold’s Orient Express MH, WCX, UDX, OM1 – “Jade” – o/h Suzanne Mikolajcik – Golden Retriever Female.  Jade earned another MH leg at this test.

Hills Ferry Hunting Retriever Club Hunt Test Mar 2015

Magicgold Ruff ‘N Ready To Go MH, WCX – “Reegan” – o/h Bruce Hayes – Golden Retriever Female.  Reegan earned another MH leg at this test.

Fern Hill Sunrise at the Ryman MH, WCX – “Ryman” – o/h Ardith Osborn – Golden Retriever Male.  Ryman earned another MH leg at this test.

Marin Retriever Club Spring Hunt Test Mar 2015

Magicgold Ruff ‘N Ready To Go MH, WCX – “Reegan” – o/h Bruce Hayes – Golden Retriever Female.  Reegan earned another MH leg at this test.

Fern Hill Sunrise at the Ryman MH, WCX – “Ryman” – o/h Ardith Osborn – Golden Retriever Male.  Ryman earned another MH leg at this test.

Magicgold’s Orient Express MH, WCX, UDX, OM1 – “Jade” – o/h Suzanne Mikolajcik – Golden Retriever Female.  Jade earned another MH leg at this test.

Norcal Golden Retriever Club Spring Hunt Test Mar 2015

Magicgold Ruff ‘N Ready To Go MH, WCX – “Reegan” – o/h Bruce Hayes – Golden Retriever Female.  Reegan earned another MH leg at this test.  This pass qualifies Reegan for the 2015 Master National.

Wright’s Mindy’s Independent Girl MH, WCX – “Indee” – o/h Bruce Hayes – Golden Retriever Female.  Indee earned another MH leg at this test.

Magicgold’s Orient Express MH, WCX, UDX, OM1 – “Jade” – o/h Suzanne Mikolajcik – Golden Retriever Female.  Jade earned another MH leg at this test.

Shannara’s Flyte of the Rav’n – “Flyte” – o/h Pat Rohde – Flat-Coated Retriever Female.  Flyte earned her second JH leg at this test.

Lassen Retriever Club Hunt Test Apr 2015

Magicgold Ruff ‘N Ready To Go MH, WCX – “Reegan” – o/h Bruce Hayes – Golden Retriever Female.  Reegan earned another MH leg at this test.

Wright’s Mindy’s Independent Girl MH, WCX – “Indee” – o/h Bruce Hayes – Golden Retriever Female.  Indee earned another MH leg at this test.

Fern Hill Sunrise at the Ryman MH, WCX – “Ryman” – o/h Ardith Osborn – Golden Retriever Male.  Ryman earned another MH leg at this test.

Rogue Valley Retriever Club Hunt Test Apr 2015

Magicgold’s Orient Express MH, WCX, UDX, OM1 – “Jade” – o/h Suzanne Mikolajcik – Golden Retriever Female.  Jade earned another MH leg at this test.

Sierra Nevada Retriever Club Double Header Spring Hunt Test May 2015

Wright’s Mindy’s Independent Girl MH, WCX – “Indee” – o/h Bruce Hayes – Golden Retriever Female.  Indee earned another MH leg at this test.

Fern Hill Sunrise at the Ryman MH, WCX – “Ryman” – o/h Ardith Osborn – Golden Retriever Male.  Ryman earned another MH leg at this test.

California South Coast Retriever Club Hunt Test May 2015

Wright’s Mindy’s Independent Girl MH, WCX – “Indee” – o/h Bruce Hayes – Golden Retriever Female.  Indee earned another MH leg at this test.

Magicgold’s It Has To Be Shasta SH, UD – “Shasta” – o/h Sue Stauffer – Golden Retriever Female.  Shasta earned her 3rd MH leg at this test.

Oregon Hunting Retriever Club Hunt Test May 2015

Magicgold’s Orient Express MH, WCX, UDX, OM1 – “Jade” – o/h Suzanne Mikolajcik – Golden Retriever Female.  Jade earned another MH leg at this test.  This pass qualifies Jade for the 2015 Master National.

Inland Valley Retriever Club Spring Hunt Test June 2015

Wright’s Mindy’s Independent Girl MH, WCX – “Indee” – o/h Bruce Hayes – Golden Retriever Female.  Indee earned another MH leg at this test.

Salem Retriever Trial Club Summer Hunt Test July 2015

Magicgold’s Celtic Causeway MH, WCX, **, OD – “Keltie” – o/h Cheryl Baca – Golden Retriever Female.  Keltie earned another MH leg at this test.

Redwood Empire Retriever Club Double Header Hunt Test Aug 2015

Magicgold Ruff ‘N Ready To Go MH, WCX – “Reegan” – o/h Bruce Hayes – Golden Retriever Female.  Reegan earned another 2 MH legs at this test.

Wright’s Mindy’s Independent Girl MH, WCX – “Indee” – o/h Bruce Hayes – Golden Retriever Female.  Indee earned another MH leg at this test.

Fall 2011 Student Accomplishments

Fall 2011 – Accomplishments & Titles Earned:

NEW TITLES:

“G & Bob – JH”

Huntleigh Longrun 49er Gold Nugget JH, WC -“G” – o/h – Bob Lutolf- Golden Retriever Male.

After earning their WC, Bob and G continued their hard work and went 4 for 4 to earn their Junior Hunter title!  In September they took a trip up to Oregon and got their first Junior pass, then picked up another 2 legs at the Sagehens double header in early October, and finished up the month by achieving their last pass and title at the Marin test.  They continue to improve and we hope to see them running in Senior tests soon.  Congratulations to a great team!!

“Trigger & Pat – JH Title”

Aqueus Marksman at Sea Ranch JH, BRT, WC – “Trigger” – o/h – Patricia Romeiro – Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Male

This hard working team continued their successful Summer testing into the Fall and received 2 passes at the Sagehens double header test in early October to finish their Junior Hunter title!!   Pat’s dedication to training is proof that hard work pays off.  Congratulations to a hard working team!!

“Luke & Brook – JH Title”

Tinamou’s Cool Hand Luke JH, WC – “Luke” – 0/h Brook Francisco – Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Male

Congratulations to Brook and Luke on earning 3 Junior passes and completing their Junior Hunter title in October!!  Brook and Luke started the month by getting 2 Junior legs at the Sagehens double header, then finished the month by completing their JH at the Marin test.  They continue to improve as a team and will only get better.  We can’t wait to see them running in Senior tests!

LEGS TOWARDS TITLES/OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS:

“Shanti & Sue – 1st Master Leg”

Delta Gold Wraiths Perpetual Motion UD, UDX 10 (10 consecutive legs), SH, WCX – “Shanti” – o/h – Sue Stauffer – Golden Retriever Female.

“Shanti” is a multi-talented Golden Girl!! Doing extremely well in competitve obedience and playing in the field too. Sue and Shanti ran their first Master test in October and came home with a ribbon!  This great team was also busy in  the obedience ring and are just points away from achieving their Champion title in that venue!

“Reegan & Bruce – 3 JH Legs”

Magicgold Ruff ‘ N Ready to Go WC – “Reegan” – o/h – Bruce Hayes – Golden Retriever Female

From Acorns, Mighty Oaks do grow. Pictured as a puppy Reegan gets her bird. She has nearly always got her bird!! Reegan and Bruce had their hunt test debut in October with much success!  They started out the month at the Sagehens double header and came away with 2 ribbons.  Then they finished out the month at the Marin test and took home another ribbon.   Too bad there weren’t any more tests to run and they have to wait for the Spring tests to finish their title.  Congratulations to you both! Keltie (Momma Dog) and Cheryl are very proud of you both.

“Ryman & Ardith – 2 SH Legs”

Fern Hill Sunrise at the Ryman JH WCX— “Ryman”  — O/H Ardith Osborn — Golden Retriever Male

Ardith and Ryman started their Senior Hunter career with the same power and style they had when they completed their Junior Hunter title!  This great team entered the Sagehens Retriever Club’s double header in October and took home a ribbon both days!!  Congratulations to this hard working team!  I know we’ll be reporting on their Senior Title soon.

“Lucy & Paddy – 1 SH Leg”

Lidos I Love Lucy JH, RN, WCX –“Lucy”  — O/H Paddy Berne — Standard Poodle Female

Lucy and Paddy have been working hard on their teamwork and it has paid off for them.   In October, Paddy and Lucy got their first Senior Hunter pass at the Sagehens Retriever Club test!!  As this team continues to train hard and improve, we’ll be hearing about more of their successes!  Congratulations to you both!!

 

“Teak & Kathy – 2 SH Legs”

Aqueus Dutch Wood Polish JH – “Teak” – o/h Kathy Gibson – Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Female

Don’t let her small size  fool you…this little dog runs like the big dogs!  Kathy and Teak entered the Sagehens Retriever Club double header in October and powered through both days to earn 2 Senior passes!!  Kathy has been putting a lot of time into training with Teak and it shows.  Congratulations to this great working team!”

“Sammy & Harvey – 1 JH Leg”

Bertschire Return To Sender – “Sammy” – o/h Harvey Riggs – Flat-Coated Retriever Female

“Kodiak & Xan – 2 JH Legs”

Flyway Farms Thunder on the Mountain – “Kodiak” – o/h Gail Crawford & Xan Latta – Flat-Coated Retriever Male

MACH 2 Rivercity’s High Caliber SH, WC – o/h – Tracey Mayes – Golden Retriever Male

Breaking News!!!!! “Cal” and Tracey completed their Senior Hunter Title in Glide Oregon, 6/18/2011. Wow!! What an exciting moment for Tracey. Her first dog to train and title in Senior. Tracey and Cal have had their struggles transitioning in to the more advanced concepts and training. Tracey dedicated herself to working through what was necessary to make her and Cal a great handler and dog team in this sport. Already highly succesful in the Agiity World as a team  this accomplishment is more than just a Title. It proves just how much can be, when we work hard and apply ourselves. Cal and Tracey have come a long way!  I am very proud of them both!   

SR. Magicgold’s Celtic Causeway **, MH, WCX – “Keltie” – o/h – Cheryl Baca – All Breed Qualifying 3RD Place- San Jose Retriever Club – 5/7/11

   A wonderful day for Keltie and I. With 22 dogs entered we were thrilled to bits at Keltie’s placement. One whistled her 300 plus yard land blind, and was very honest on the water triple with the long retired gun. Initially I hoped for a JAM and was very disappointed when she did not get called up for one. But, we will take a 3rd Place over a JAM any day!!   

Magicgold’s Galloping Gabby ** MH, MNQ, WCX -“Gabby” – o/h- Cheryl Baca- Qualifying  JAM in San Jose Retriever Club’s All Breed Qual – 5/7/11

  Gabby completed the All Breed Qual and earned a JAM. She was somewhat “Over The Top” that day and as a result was not as focused as I would have liked. However, we are grateful she was able to earn another JAM and we had Fun!!

“Boy Wonder & Xan — All-Breed Derby JAM!”

Flyway Farms Boom Boom Pow JH WC ** — “Boy Wonder” — Black Flat-coated Retriever Male – O/H Xan Latta

What a team!  Not only did this youngster earn a Judges Award of Merit at the American Chesapeake Club’s All-Breed Field Trial Derby, he actually broke the club’s computerized results reporting system.  Boy Wonder is the son of the 2011 BIS at Crufts, and has shown that he’s got brains as well as looks.

Xan’s comments about Boy included “He always had a love of the game, but is developing the focus & patience to apply it more consistently.  It was very cool to stand among a group of pro-trained, field bred lab handlers to pick up a ribbon.”

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“Echo & Cathy – New JH, New WC, New CH!”

CH Coastalight Rip Times Two JH WC CGC — “Echo” — Black Flatcoat Female — O/H Cathy Lynch

Echo and Cathy are having quite a spring!  They needed three Junior Hunter legs to complete Echo’s Junior Hunter title and they earned them in a single month, with two passes at the Nor-Cal Golden Retriever Hunt Test in March and one at the Lassen Retriever Club Hunt Test.  They also earned a Working Certificate at the NorCal GRC WC/WCX test in June.

Cathy remarked that “Running & retrieving are the things that Echo loves the most.  I am grateful there is a game made just for her!  On now to Senior!”

To make her spring even more memorable, Echo also completed her conformation championship.  She now has titles in front of and behind her registered name.  We expect to see many more in short order.

“Nalu & Debbie – New SH Title!”

Blue Wave Ryder Catchn A Breez SH NA NF — “Nalu” — Chocolate Labrador Female — O/H Debbie Chun

In February, Nalu and Debbie took a road trip to Arlington, Arizona.  They came back with two rosettes and a new Senior Hunter title.

The Copper State HRC’s spring hunt tests are a four-day event, featuring double-headers for Junior, Senior and Master.  Sounds like a great time!  Congratulations! Now on to Master with this Super Powered Lab and Owner Handler!

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“Lance & Brenda – New JH!”

Manor’s Lancelot CD JH RAE CCA – “Lance” – Golden Retriever Male – O/H Brenda Radcliffe

Brenda is so proud of Lance that she would write a book.  We are too.  Lance earned his Junior Hunter title three days before his seventh birthday.  From Brenda’s comments – “Lance had no idea how the next few months were going to change his lifestyle when I decided almost a year ago I’d like to have a golden run hunt tests again.  Lance had never learned to swim, had never retrieved a bird and was overwhelmed with the whole idea.  Thanks to Cheryl’s patience, he became a confident, good marking dog.”  Lance’s JH legs were at Sagehen’s RC, Marin Retriever Club and the NorCal Golden Retriever Club’s hunt tests.  Brenda wants to thank her training buddies Renee & Patti, as well as Cheryl for their assistance & encouragement.

“Ryder & Patti – New JH and WC!”

Ryder Dodger Gold CD JH WC RA CGC – “Ryder” – Golden Retriever Male – O/H Patti Kostakis

Ryder made his “novice” handler Mom very proud by getting his Junior Hunter title in less that a year after he “sniffed” his very first bird.  He started earning legs at the Sagehens (two legs) & Marin RC tests in the fall, and finished his title, at the NorCal GRC test in March.  He also earned an “insurance leg” at that double-header.  Ryder’s titling leg was his best ever, pinning all four marks. Ryder then went on to earn his WC Title at the NorCal GRC test in June, 2011.  During that time, Ryder proved that he can do it all by earning his CD and RA titles.   Like Patti, we’re very proud of what this boy (and what this team) have accomplished!

“Ryman & Ardith – New JH, New WCX!”

Fern Hill Sunrise at the Ryman JH WCX— “Ryman” — Golden Retriever Male — O/H Ardith Osborn

At nine months of age, Ryman earned his WC title at the NorCal GRC’s 2010 WC/X test.  He also earned three JH legs last fall.  He had to wait for the spring hunt test season to earn his final JH leg, and earn his Junior Hunter title, but despite the heavy downpour, he did it in style, and pinned all of the marks.  He also earned his WCX at the NorCal GRC’s 2011 test.  This boy has great style, and we look forward to watching this team run senior very soon.

“Indee & Bruce – New SH and WCX!”

Wright’s Mindy’s Independent Girl SH, WCX – “Indee” – Golden Retriever Female – O/H Bruce Hayes

This team’s hard work and persistence have really paid off!  After completing their Junior Hunter title last spring, Bruce & Indee earned their Senior Hunter title in 4 for 4.  Indee also completed her WCX at the NorCal GRC test in June and made her Dad very proud!! Indee is a stylish girl with a lot of go, and we look forward to watching them work towards Master.

“Lucy & Paddy – New WCX Title!”

Lidos I Love Lucy JH WCX –“Lucy” — Standard Poodle Female — O/H Paddy Berne

Lucy and Paddy have shown the retriever community that working poodles aren’t just pretty faces.  Lucy has impressed judges with exceptional marking ability and her happy attitude.

This June Lucy & Paddy earned a Working Certificate Excellent title at the NorCal Golden Retriever Club’s WC/X test.

We’re sure to see Lucy and Paddy at some senior hunter tests soon.

“Storm & Cathy – New WC Title!”

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

Cathy had a very busy & productive test day at the NorCal Golden Retriever Club’s WC/X test.  In addition to earning Echo’s Working Certificate, she and her handsome lad Storm picked up their WC title, to accompany the one he earned in Canada last year.

Congratulations to this exciting team.  They’re fun to watch and work with, and have come very far.

“Reed & Jake – New JH Title!”

Magicgold’s Indian Summer JH, WC- “Reed” – Golden Retriever Male – O/H Jake Leggett

Reed and Jake continue where they left off last year. They earned their first Junior Hunter leg at the Marin Retriever Club, November 20, 2010. In March of 2011 they earned two more legs at the NorCal Retriever Club, and finished their Junior Hunter title at the Lassen Retriever Club April 9, 2011. In addition, they dropped in to the NorCal GRC WC/WCX test and picked up their WC Title!!

Reed continues to show the desire and drive to be a successful hunting dog. Now the hard work and more fun as they work toward senior hunter.

“Gustav & David – WCX Title!”

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

“Anton & David – WCX Title!”

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

 David found a great way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon.  He and his two dogs picked up a set of WCX rosettes and titles.  In a relatively short time, David and his two flatcoats have become impressive field competitors.

Gustav & Anton have different styles in the field, but both are exciting to watch, and both can handle challenging tests.  Their training and dedication resulted in two WCX’s to add to their names.  Congratulations, guys!

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Legs toward titles and other achievements:

“Crash & Renee – Two extra JH legs!”

Reimur’s Juz Crashin’ Thru JH CD RA CGC — “Crash” — Black Labrador Male — O/H: Renee StDenis

This team LOVES the hunt test game.  Although Crash & Renee had earned their Junior Hunter Title last year, they just couldn’t not play the game!  So this spring, they entered two tests – the Hills Ferry Hunting Retriever Club JH test and the NorCal GoldenRetriever Club test.  They came away with two more legs, giving them six JH passes in total.

Congratulations, Crash & Renee!  You make quite a team!

“Cal & Tracey – Three SH legs!”

MACH2 Rivercity’s High Caliber JH WC — “Cal” — Golden Retriever Male — O/H Tracey Mays

Not only is this team nationally ranked in agility (MACH2 stands for Master Agility Champion Times TWO!), but they are well on their way to a Senior Hunter title.  This spring, Cal earned three legs toward that SH title.  Two at the NorCal Golden Retriever double-header in March, and a third at the Rogue Valley RC test in April.  We’re looking forward to bragging about Cal’s fourth leg and title soon!

“Luke & Brooke – First JH leg and WC Title!”

Tinamou’s Cool Hand Luke WC – “Luke” – Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Male – O/H Brook Francisco

Congratulations to Brook and Luke for their first Junior Hunter leg, earned at their first ever JH test!  It takes a lot of courage to enter that first test, especially if your dog is one of those “other” retriever breeds.   But Luke showed everyone that he can do the job, and do it well!  This team has been working hard, and it shows.   We look forward to bragging about Luke JH soon! Luke also completed his WC Title at the NorCal GRC test in June!!! Way to Go!

Qualified at the 2010 AKC Master Nationals

The 2010 AKC Master National was held in Corning, California.  It was a wonderful opportunity to see some great dogs and well-known handlers in action.  It was even more exciting to be able to root for friends and family!

“Gabby & Cheryl – Completed the Master National!”

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

First, Gabby & Cheryl earned eight Master Hunter legs in 2010.  That is quite a feat.  BUT…

Congratulations to Gabby and to Cheryl on the completion of their first AKC Master National!

“Flyer & Jean – Completed the Master National!”

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

We’ve loved watching this team’s successes and achievements for several years.  But (aside from their six MH legs earned in 2010) nothing has been more exciting than their qualifying for and then completing the 2010 AKC Master National.

2010 Student Accomplishments

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

Titles Earned:

“Anton & David – New Senior Hunter Title!”

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

Anton & David have been on a roll this year!  In the conformation ring, Anton earned both majors and a total of fifteen points needed to become a champion.

But to prove he’s got brains as well as a pretty face, Anton & David completed his Senior Hunter title, earning a leg at the NorCal Golden Retriever Club 2010 Hunt Test, two passes at the Lassen Retriever Club 2010 Double Header Hunt Test and his final leg at the Sagehen’s November 6 test.  Congratulations to both of you!

“Henley & Ardith –  Senior Hunter title!”

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

While Ardith has been pretty busy with her pup, she and Henley still found time to complete his Senior Hunter title!  This team has worked hard early this year, and at the NorCal Golden Retriever 2010 Spring Hunt Test double-header, Henley earned his Senior Hunter title on Saturday, and an insurance leg on Sunday.  Now training for Master, we expect to see this pair do some fine work in 2011’s tests.

Spice & Terri – New Senior Hunter Title, JAM in All-Breed Derby!”

SR Chocolate Is The Spice Of Life SH  — “Spice” — Chocolate Lab Female — O/H: Terri Mahallati

2010 was a very busy year for Spice and Terri!  To start the year, Spice earned a Judges’ Award of Merit at the San Jose Retriever Club 2010 Field Trial.  This was Spice’s one and only Derby.  She also earned a third place at the Hills Ferry Retriever Club’s Open Level Super Single series.  At the young age of two, Spice earned her Senior Hunter title, earning legs at the Hills Ferry HRC test, the Marin Retriever Club double-header (two passes), and the Sierra Nevada Retriever Club tests.  She also earned her NAHRA Started title.  During their “spare time”, Spice & Terri also compete in Agility.  We look forward to hearing about their successes in that sport, as well as watching their progress toward Master.

“Windy & Cathy – New Junior Hunter Title”

Magicgold Wind In The Willows – “Windy” – Golden Female – O/H: Cathy Colley

We received this note from Cathy – “Well, Windy got her Junior title, and I am bursting at the seams proud of her!  She finished her JH title at the Junior Stake double header at the LRCSC Hunt Tests at Chino Hills, CA.  Windy made her (very green!) owner/handler proud by pinning her marks and pushing though very difficult lines over multiple cover changes and in difficult weather.  Prado Dog Training Field was inundated by water for months, and the judges got really creative in planning these tests.  Now I am totally hooked on Field, and will be moving on to Senior with Cheryl’s blessing.  I am so grateful for this wonderful little dog!”

“Jade & Suzanne – New SH Title!”  

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

 

At just twenty-five months old, Jade completed her Senior Hunter title and earned an insurance SH leg.  In that short amount of time, this talented team has also earned a CD, WC and WCX.  Jade & Suzanne are currentlytraining for her CDX and working toward her Master Hunter title, earning a Master pass at the Sagehen’s Retriever Club Hunt Test this fall.
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“Delilah & Xan – New WC Title!”

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

If you look in the Canine Dictionary under “WonderWoman”, you might just see Delilah’s photo.  This year at the FCRSA National Specialty in Auburn, Indiana, Delilah picked up her Working Certificate, and also won the FCRSA Unsteady Singles Competition in a very competitive run-off.  And she accomplished this while expecting her first litter.  Delilah bounced back from pregnancy, and is currently hunting pheasants and training for her Senior Hunter title.
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“Crash & Renee – New JH Title!”

Reimur’s Juz Crashin’ Thru JH CD RA CGC — “Crash” — Black Labrador Male — O/H: Renee StDenis

In just over a month, Crash earned a JH to add to his collection of titles.  He and Renee travelled to Prado to earn their first leg at the Labrador Retriever Club’s JH test.  They followed up a few weeks later with two passes at the Sagehen’s double-header, and a final leg at the Marin Retriever Club’s test.

In her email to Cheryl, Renee wrote:  “We need to thank all of you — Brenda, for giving us the obedience foundation that made it so easy to bring him to this point (and for encouraging us to play with birds), Cheryl, who turned Crash into a true field dog, Patti and Ryder for being our main support, Darlene and Barb and Don, for entrusting me with such a wonderful puppy, and our cheering section:  Aunt Linda, Jan, Joanne, Carol, Elaine and everyone who provided so much encouragement!

“FireTruck & Xan — New SH & WCX Titles!

Rockyhill’s Roc’s Red Glare SH WCX – “FireTruck” – Liver Flat Coat Male – O/H: Xan Latta

Aside from being Xan’s premier duck & pheasant dog, FireTruck has shown that he can excel in the hunt test arenas.  “Truck-E-Bear” earned five Senior Hunter legs in 2010.  His first was at the NorCal Golden Retriever Club’s spring test, followed by a leg at the Lassen Retriever Club’s spring test and another at the Marin Retriever Club’s spring test.  He and Xan and the rest of the crew then did a cross-country trip, stopping long enough for FireTruck to earn a fourth Senior leg at the Wisconsin Amateur Field Trial Club’s spring test.  He then picked up an insurane leg at the Flat-Coated Retriever Society of America’s National Specialty, where he also earned his WCX and his Judges Award of Merit at their Steady Singles competition.

“Monkey & Cheryl – New SH title, First Master leg!”

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

This pretty young girl is doing a wonderful job in the field.  She’s exciting to watch, and she gets the job done.  In a few short months, she earned her Senior Hunter title, and is doing a wonderful job running Master marks & blinds.  Monkey earned her four Senior legs in the spring at the Hills Ferry Hunting Retriever Club test, the Lassen Retriever Club JH test, & the Marin Retriever Club spring test.  Her final leg was at the Sierra Nevada Retriever Club test.  Not one to slow down, Monkey picked up her first Master Hunter leg at the Sagehens Retriever Club test in the fall.  We’re certain to see her earning her other Master legs in 2011.

“Dodger & Patti – New JH Title, WC & USS JAM!

CH Tealwin’s Lucky Dodger JH WC — “Dodger” — Black Flatcoat Male – O/H Patti Skorupa

Dodger started training for field events very late in the game.  He was almost six when he started his field training career, and in a very short time, he has earned a few titles and awards.   His first tests occurred at the Flat-Coated Retriever Society of America’s national specialty in Auburn, Indiana.  At that event, Dodger earned his first Junior Hunter leg, his Working Certificate, and a Judges Award of Merit at the Unsteady Singles event.  He also made the first cut in the Best of Breed conformation show at the specialty.

Dodger was raring to go to finish his Junior Hunter title, but had to wait until the fall test season to do so.  He earned two JH legs at the Sagehens Retriever Club’s double-header, and his final leg at the Marin Retriever Club’s fall test.

“Trygger & Xan – New JH Title & USS JAM!

Rowansgaard Lytes Carey JH — “Trygger” — Black Flatcoat Male – O/H Xan Latta

Trygger is a dog that gets the job done in the most efficient way possible.  He proved that when he earned his Junior Hunter title in only two weekends, earning his first two legs at the Norcal Golden Retriever Club’s spring double-header, and then the last two legs the next month at the Marin Retriever Club’s spring double-header.  He then travelled with Xan and his flatcoat family to Auburn, Indiana, where he competed in the Flat-Coated Retriever Society of America’s Unsteady Singles competition, and earned a Judge’s Award of Merit in very stiff competition.

“Storm & Cathy – New Canadian WC Title!”

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

While Storm and Cathy have been busy with handling drills, remote sits and multiple marks, they couldn’t sit on the sidelines at the Flat-Coated Retriever Society of Canada’s specialty.  Storm & Cathy earned their Canadian Working Certificate (a CKC title) at the FCRSC field events.  Way to go, you two!  Titled in two countries!

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“Ember & Jean – New SH Title!

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

It is so exciting to watch a new team come together.  At less than two years of age, Ember, and her breeder/owner/handler Jean have arrived.  Ember earned her Senior Hunter title just short of her second birthday, with legs earned at the Oregon Hunting Retriever Club test, two at the Umpqua Valley Retriever Club double-header, and a fourth at the Rose City Labrador Retriever Club test.  We expect to see this team go far!

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Legs toward titles and other achievements:

“Blaze & Cheryl – Master National Qualified, seven 2010 legs

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

Wow!  Cheryl and Blaze had an awesome year!  In the qualifying period, they earned five Master Hunter legs, qualifying them for the AKC Master National, which was held in Corning California, only a few hours north of Cheryl’s home.  Blaze earned 2010 Master Hunter legs at the Lassen Retriever Club Spring Hunt test, the Marin Retriever Club Spring Hunt Test, the Sierra Nevada Retriever Club, two legs at the Oregon HRC double-header, and legs at the Sagehens Retriever Club test & the Marin Retriever Club test.  We look forward to hearing that Blaze has qualified for the 2011 Master National!

“Gustav & David – First MH leg!”

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

It was a pleasure to watch David & Gustav’s impressive performance at the Sagehens Retriever Club’s Master Hunter test!  They have really become a team, and they are going to go far!  One of the Master judges at the test, a long-time flat-coated retriever breeder and trainer later remarked that he would love Gustav at his property.  It’s been fun to watch David & Gustav in the pheasant fields as well.


“Zip & Joe – Steady Singles JAM!”

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

While training for Master, Joe & Zip didn’t stop participating in tests & trials.  While at the Flat-Coated Retriever Society’s National Specialty in Auburn, Indiana, Zip earned a second WCX pass, and also got a Judges Award of Merit at the Steady Singles competition.  He also took second place in Field Trial Dog at the conformation show.  He is training hard on those Master water blinds, and Joe & Zip hope to have success at the Master level in the 2011 tests.

Joe has also completed the requirements to Judge AKC Junior & Senior Hunt Tests.  We look forward to seeing him at the line, and sitting in a judge’s chair just behind the line in the near future.

“Nalu & Debbie – Two SH legs!”

Blue Wave Ryder Catchn A Breez JH NF — “Nalu” — Chocolate Labrador Female — O/H Debbie Chun

This little girl is a rocket ship, even when the ducks are almost bigger than she is!  It has been a delight to watch Nalu & Debbie come together as a team, and we expect to see them add a Senior Hunter title to a list of agility titles in the coming year.  Nalu earned her first SH leg at the Great Western Flat-Coated Retriever Club test in Prado, followed by a second leg at the Marin Retriever Club’s fall test.

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“TJ & Tim – Two JH legs!

Rockyhill’s Fire Truck Second Alarm — “TJ” — Liver Flatcoat Male – O/H Tim Byrne

Here are two guys that have come a long way in a very short time.  Tim is on the road quite a bit, and yet he and TJ haven’t let that get in the way of some solid training and talent for the field.  In one weekend, the Sagehens Retriever Club’s double-header, TJ and Tim earned two Junior Hunter legs, putting them half-way to their JH title.  We expect to hear all sorts of stories about their pheasant-hunting adventures during the winter, and expect their JH title to come easily in the spring test season.


“Zeke & Jennifer – New JH leg!”

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

We knew that Jennifer & Zeke wouldn’t want to sit in the gallery to watch other dogs play the game.  While Zeke completed his Junior Hunter title last year, they earned a delayed insurance leg at the Redwood Empire Retriever Club’s summer Junior test in Loleta, California.  We hope to see this team running Senior soon!

“Sophie & Harvey – New JH leg!”

 

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

Like Zeke, Sophie earned her Junior Hunter title in 2009, but didn’t want to sit by and watch all the other dogs have fun without participating.  Sophie earned another Junior Hunter leg at the NorCal Golden Retriever Spring Hunt Test, this time handled by Pam Morris, daughter of Sophie’s owner & usual handler, Harvey Riggs.

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“Layla & Xan – New MH leg!

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

Not to be outdone by the youngsters in Xan Latta’s XanVan, Layla proved that she knew what to do in Master, and earned her first MH leg at the Flat-Coated Retriever Society of America’s National Specialty Hunt Test in Auburn, Indiana.  She then showed those young flatcoats that she wasn’t only a good worker, but a super-star on the conformation runway by winning the Field Trial Bitch class at the show.

“Boy Wonder & Xan — New JH Title & Steady Singles JAM!”

Flyway Farms Boom Boom Pow JH WC — “Boy Wonder” — Black Flat-coated Retriever Male – O/H Xan Latta

We can only imagine the adventurous road trip that Xan and her crew experienced on their way to the FCRSA National Specialty and pre-specialty training Auburn, Indiana & in other areas in the midwest.  Boy Wonder had already turned heads in NorCal, when he earned his Junior Hunter title in four straight passes in less than three weeks.   Those passes were earned at the NorCal Golden Retriever Club’s double-header, and the Lassen Retriever Club’s double-header.  At the FCRSA specialty, Boy Wonder earned a Judges Award of Merit at the Steady Singles competition.

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“Keltie & Cheryl – New MH legs!”

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

Well Keltie has certainly had a busy year!  She started the 2010 hunt test season with a Master Hunter leg at the Sierra Nevada Retriever Club spring hunt test.  Then she took some time off to be a mother, delivering four boys and four girls in August. But this girl is a working girl, and after doing a great job of raising her puppies, she got back in the swing of things, earning two Master Hunter legs in the fall hunt test season.  The first pass was at the Sagehens Retriever Club’s test, the second a few weeks later at the Marin Retriever Club test.

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“Luke & Alan – Three MH legs!”

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

They’re nearly there!  Luke & Alan have really made progress toward their Master Hunter title.  They earned their first leg at the Hills Ferry Hunting Retriever Club’s spring Hunt Test in the spring of 2010.  Their next Master pass didn’t arrive until November, but they picked up two passes in only three weeks.  One more to go, team!  I’m sure you will earn your MH in short order.

“Echo & Cathy – First JH leg!”

Coastalight Rip Times Two— “Echo” — Black Flatcoat Female — O/H Cathy Lynch

Here’s another young team that is starting  to figure out the game.  Echo has had a shortened training season, but is very much in love with the hunt test game.  She’s also well known for flushing wild pheasants while on her way to marks.  But even though those wild birds are appealing, she does come back with her bumper or training bird.  Echo picked up her first JH leg at the Sagehens Retriever Club’s November hunt test.  She also picked up two Canadian CD qualifying legs while attending the FCRSC Specialty.  We expect to see Echo & Cathy do well in the 2011 spring tests.  This little girl has talent.

“Jake & Reed – New JH leg!

Magicgold’s Indian Summer – “Reed”- Golden Retriever Male – O/H: Jake Leggett

It is such a pleasure to watch this young team hard at work figuring out the hunt test game.  Reed & his owner/handler Jake attended their first hunt test as a “learning experience”, and came away with their first Junior Hunter leg from the Marin Retriever Club.  They did learn – quite a lot – but they also made the other participants and observers smile.   Their enthusiasm and love of the sport was evident.  We expect to see this team excel in the 2011 spring season!

“Ryman & Ardith – Three JH legs!”

Fern Hill Sunrise at the Ryman — “Ryman” — Golden Retriever Male — O/H Ardith Osborn

What a team.  This talented boy can do anything he sets his mind to, and he has shown that he loves the retriever game.  Ardith and Ryman picked up three Junior Hunter legs in November.  The first and second at the Sagehens Retriever Club’s Fall double-header, and the third at the Marin Retriever Club’s test.  We’re sure that Ryman’s final JH leg will come easily in the spring tests, and we will soon be watching this exciting team running Senior.

Fall 2009 Student Accomplishments

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

Titles Earned:

“Anton & David – New WC Title!”

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

When David was not able to travel to Prado for the Great Western FCRC WC/WCX test, Anton demonstrated that he understood how to work well with others.  In this case, his breeder Xan Latta.  Xan and Anton turned heads in Southern California!

We look forward to watching Anton running in Senior in the spring tests.

“Jade & Suzanne – New CD, WC, WCX Titles!”

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

On October 3, 2009, in Monroe, Washington, Magicgold’s Orient Express, “Jade,” earned both her WC and WCX titles.  The test was hosted by Evergreen GRC at Dr. Greenleaf’s farm.  It was a brisk 47-degree morning which gave way to a pleasant afternoon on the water.  The competitors consisted of Goldens, Flatcoats, and one Poodle–it felt just like Cheryl’s training group!  On December 4, 2009, at 20 months of age, Jade earned her third leg and CD Title at the obedience trial in Costa Mesa, California, held by Shoreline DFA of Orange County.  She was awarded two First Place ribbons in Novice B in back-to-back shows.  Her qualifying scores were 197.5 and 195.5.  In the second show of the day, she was in a run-off for High In Trial.  Jade  trains for obedience with Cessie Banfield and Stephanie Gomez and is in training with her breeder Cheryl Baca towards her Senior Hunter in 2010.

“Punch & Shari – New JH Title!”

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

Punch and Shari were in a hurry to earn that Junior Hunter Title before pheasant season kicked in, and they so did so in grand style!  Punch earned his second JH leg at the Sacramento Valley RC Fall Hunt Tests, followed by back-to-back passes at the Sagehens RC Fall Hunt Tests.  They were back in the fields & blinds, hunting up phessies & ducks soon after.  Punch is turning into quite a hunting machine, and has become a favorite hunting companion to several duck & pheasant club members that are currently without dogs.

“Luke & Alan – New SH Title!”

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

After a summer break, young Luke and Alan delighted the gallery at the Sagehens RC back-to-back Fall Hunt Tests, earning two senior legs and their new Senior Hunter title!  Congratulations to both of you!  You’ve come along so quickly, and are sure to earn lots of titles and have lots of adventures together!

“Raleigh & Charlotte – New JH Title!”

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

We said this young lad was turning heads!  At not yet sixteen months of age, Raleigh earned his Junior Hunter title at the Sacramento Valley Retriever Club’s fall hunt test.  He then brought home two extra JH rosettes from the Sagehens RC double-header.  We can’t wait to see this handsome lad in Senior!

“Teak & Kathy – New JH Title!”

Aqueus Dutch Wood Polish JH – “Teak” – Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever – O/H Kathy Gibson

From Kathy – “My little red pocket rocket toller finished her JH going 5 for 5 at 14 months of age, despite her extremely novice handler.  Teak thinks the field is great fun and ran every mark with great exuberance – once to the point of going head-over-kettle on her way to the flyer.  It did take a village to get Teak ready for the field.  Huge thanks go to Debbie Chun and Tracey Mays who faithfully ran her in group while “mom” went to work.  And of course, the biggest thanks to Cheryl for believing that a little 30 pound dog could run with the big dawgs.

“Boy Wonder & Xan — New WC Title!”

Flyway Farms Boom Boom Pow WC — “Boy Wonder” — Black Flat-coated Retriever Male – O/H Xan Latta

Talk about over-achievers!  At just six months of age, Boy Wonder passed the Great Western Flat-coated Retriever WC test at Prado, CA.  He certainly lives up to his name!

We can’t wait to watch as he begins his hunt test and field careers in 2010.

What a good boy!

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“Lucy & Paddy – New JH Title!”

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

Lucy earned her JH title this fall in less than a month with passes at Sacramento Valley RC, Sagehens RC and a doubleheader at the Labrador RC of Southern California at Prado.  The judges were very complimentary, in one case telling me that she had done a difficult mark the best of any dog in the test, and telling me I should be very proud and they hoped to see us at many more tests.  One judge even said “She’s adorable!”

“Storm & Cathy – New JH Title!”

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

Cathy reports that her first experience in training for the field has been a wonderful experience!  Storm earned his second and third legs at the Inland Valley Retriever Club tests at Prado, and his forth leg at Sagehens Retriever Club at Denverton.  This pair has learned so much about hunt tests, and have become a wonderful team to watch.  Cathy sends huge thanks to Cheryl!

“Trygger & Xan – New WC Title!

Rowansgaard Lytes Carey — “Trygger” — Black Flatcoat Male – O/H Xan Latta

Not to be outdone by his baby bro, Trygger showed everyone how it should be done, and earned his Working Certificate at the Great Western Flat-coated Retriever Club’s fall WC test.  Congratulations, on an outstanding performance, and we can’t wait to see you in Junior!

“Joe & Pam – New WCX title!”

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

Pam describes their training and event experience –  “Joey worked hard training for the WCX.  With my busy work schedule it was very difficult to find enough training time.  I was very lucky that Dad would take Joey to group sessions, and Cheryl and Tracey Mays would run him.  (Not sure how Cal felt about that!).  It definitely took a village to help get that boy ready, and on a wing and a prayer, he showed up the morning of the test like he was a professional.  Very different test situations than we had trained for, but Joe surpassed all hopes and quite stylishly passed the WCX.  Special thanks to Dad, Cheryl, Tracey, Suzanne, and Charlotte!”  We are told that Joe was spectacular, stepped on all land marks, had great line manners and did wonderful work on the water.

“Sophie & Harvey – New WCX title!”

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

Pam reports:  “Sophie and Dad trained hard this past summer and fall, and had great success traveling cross country to the Southeastern Flat Coated Retriever Fancier’s WC, WCX Test, held in Winterville, Georgia on November 8, 2009.  Despite unfamiliar and challenging terrain, Sophie had successful runs and earned her WCX.  She is CH Bertschire’s Black Rhian JH WCX.”

“Layla & Xan – New WCX Title!

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

Xan and Layla took some time away from hunting and agility training to visit Prado and compete in the Great Western Flat-coated Retriever Club’s WCX test.  They did an outstanding job, and easily earned a Working Certificate Excellent title!  Congratulations to an awesome team!

“Zip & Joe – New SH Title!”

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

This pair worked throughout the summer to strengthen their water blinds and their work certainly paid off with passes for their last two Senior Hunter legs at the Sacramento Valley RC Fall Hunt Test and the Labrador Retriever Club of Southern California Fall Hunt Test.  Their final leg was judged by two FCR breeders, who were very complementary about Zip(!!!)’s marking ability and drive.  We look forward to watching this team as they prepare to run Master!

Legs toward titles and other achievements:

“Monkey & Cheryl – Derby JAM!”

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

Cheryl and Monkey certainly turned heads at the Sagehens Retriever Club Fall Field Trial.  At her very first Derby, Miss Monkey earned a Judges Award of Merit, and brought home a beautiful rosette and a couple of asterisks, to match those of her mother.

She’s got her eye on a third asterisk, and we’re betting that she’ll get it someday!

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“Windy & Cathy – JH leg!”

Magicgold’s Wind in the Willows — “Windy” — Golden Retriever Female — O/H Cathy Colley

Cathy wants everyone to know that Windy earned her first Junior Hunter leg at the Inland Valley RC Fall Hunt Test in Prado.  “I am so proud.  I am a 30 year veteran of Obedience competition, and I bought this Field puppy as an Obedience prospect.  She will be rocking the rings next year.  But early this year, I took her out on birds, and Oh My Gosh, got hooked on how much she loves them!”  Congratulations, Cathy!  We’re delighted to hear about Windy’s first rosette.  I’m sure she’ll earn many, many more!

“Gabby & Cheryl – Field Trial Qualifying JAM & MH leg!”

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

What a delight to watch this girl move effortlessly from field trial to hunt test and back again.  Gabby & Cheryl turned in an outstanding performance at the Sagehens RC Fall Fall Field Trial, earning a Judges Award of Merit, and then followed later that month with a Master leg at the Sacramento Valley RC Fall Hunt Test.

Congratulations to an outstanding team.

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“Blaze & Cheryl – New MH leg!”

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

Cheryl and Blaze celebrated their Master Hunter title earned last spring with another Master Hunter pass in the fall.

“Zinger & Jean – Six MH passes!”

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

Last spring, we were very excited to see Jean and Zinger earn four Master Hunter legs.  I’m sure you can imagine how thrilled we are to see this dynamic team earn SIX legs during the fall hunt test season!  What an inspiring team to train with and to watch work.  We can’t wait to watch them compete in the Master National!

“Flyer & Jean – Six MH passes!”

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

You know how competitive roommates can be.  Last spring, Flyer was quite disappointed to earn one fewer MH pass than Zinger.  That didn’t happen again in the fall.  Flyer also earned SIX MH legs, and wowed the gallery.  Congratulations, Jean!  You’re going to be pretty busy at the Master Nationals!

“Henley & Ardith –  Senior Hunter pass!”

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

Ardith and Henley are nearly there!  They earned their third Senior Hunter rosette at the Redwood Empire Retriever Club Summer Hunt Test.  This team is fun to watch, and we’re sure to see a couple of new letters behind Henley’s registered name soon.

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!

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!