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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Day 1 – Flight A – Test 1 – Palmetto East-Land – Saturday, October 17

Flight A: Judges Robert Rascoe and Tom McMorrow 
Palmetto East-Land – Land Triple, Land Blind, Honor

As the contestants stood at the top of a hill, the wind was hitting the handler in the back. This Land Triple with a blind and honor contained an out-of-order flyer and a blind run under the arc of bird number three. The terrain was a strip-mowed field with wide strips of cover. Standing on the mat, bird number one was a flyer shot to the left at 118 yards in front of the mat. Bird number two was thrown to the right, landing 84 yards from the line to the left of the flyer. Bird number three was 55 yards below the line, off to the right hand side of the field, thrown to the left. The blind was at 107 yards and the line to it was under the arc of bird number three, the go-bird.

The word from the gallery is that this a tough test, but very fair. The dogs are having problems with the cover and their ability to smell these birds. Of the eight dogs that we watched run the test, there were four nice jobs, three handles and one pick-up. We arrived later in the day and were told that out of the first 36 dogs, there were 12 pick-ups and one break.

Judges, Robert Rascoe and Tom McMorrow


Master National Running Order

Flight Draw & Running Order

2015 MNRC Test Descriptions

Palmetto East-Land

Wood Duck Pond-Land/Water

Byrd's Campground-Land

Goose Pond-Land

Mallard Pond-Land/Water

Bruce's Farm-Land/Water

Wood Duck Pond-Water

Byrd’s Campground-Land/Water

Mallard Pond-Water

Goose Pond-Land/Water

Furr's Pit-Water

Palmetto West-Land

Goose Pond-Water


Meet Your 2015 Judges

2015 MNRC Schedule of Events

2015 MNRC Qualified Dogs