Singing In The Rain!

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RHRC 2011 Spring HT Stats

Master A
47 Entries
– 27 Pass
– 19 Fail
– 1 Scratch

Master B
48 Entries
– 30 Pass
– 18 Fail

34 Entries
– 16 Pass
– 15 Fail
– 3 Scratch

Junior A
28 Entries
– 19 Pass
– 8 Fail
– 1 Scratch

Junior B
28 Entries
– 21 Pass
– 7 Fail
– 1 Scratch

We have had quite a spring here in the Pacific Northwest. It seemed more like winter than spring for most of us and the Rainier Hunting Retriever Club’s (RHRC) 2011 Spring Hunt Test was not immune to the wet weather. Heavy rains threatened to wash out the training grounds at Bob Peppers Retriever Training Grounds in Carnation, Washington. Fortunately the rains let up in the days leading up to the RHRC Hunt Test and RHRC volunteers worked feverishly to get the grounds prepared for the event. Thanks to RHRC President Bryant Meyer who helped me navigate around the grounds, getting me up close to the action so I could get some nice photos of the event.

There were 185 entries in the RHRC 2011 Spring Hunt Test which made for a busy weekend for the judges, marshals, gunners, bird boys and girls, and other RHRC volunteers. Master and Senior level retrievers ran on Saturday with the Masters broken up into “A” and “B” flights and a single flight for Seniors. The rains held off for much of the day Saturday with the sun peeking through from time to time. This made for a nice cool day for the dogs. However, right around 4:30 pm the rain drops started falling and the last dogs finished up the day in a steady downpour.

That did not stop the evening dinner from being a success. A Mexican fiesta was spread out following the competition with tacos, guacamole, chili peppers, tortilla chips, and salsa feeding the hungry judges, volunteers, and competitors who huddled under pop-ups and RV awnings around the grounds. Muy delicioso!

Sunday broke with a continuation of the downpour. And the floodwaters began to rise. By the time I wandered over to the land test for Master “B” one of the land wingers was 3 feet under water. What had started out as a land mark became a water mark! This posed an interesting challenge for both the judges and competitors alike. Everyone seemed to take things in stride and, as expected, the retrievers were more than willing to get wet!

I had the opportunity to talk with a bunch of the members of the RHRC and as a result I decided to join their ranks. They are a group of highly passionate retriever lovers who are focused on fostering and maintaining the working ability in their retrievers. If you live in the Seattle area and want to get involved in working your retriever in the field check out the Rainier Retriever Hunt Training Club.

Here are a couple of upcoming RHRC events:

  • 6/11-6/12 Mark Wickman Memorial 10 Series
  • 8/13-8/14 Fall Hunting Retriever Test

Hope to see you out there!

Category : Hunting

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I am one of the founders and editor of Retriever Life. My passion is Labradors of all sizes and shapes but I am a big fan of all the retriever breeds.

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