Bronco, sounds like Belle is doing great!
When i got to the races today i found out they were 300 yard marks or longer.
No way we could play, were just not good enough yet. So i went to another part of the training grounds and behold my two buddys were there setting up so we joined them.
The setup was the last tune up for them before a master test next weekend. 4 wingers,goose decoys, duck decoys, and a crate full of live pigeons inline to a mark. The dogs had to cross a cattail infested canal for two of the marks and one of the blinds. We didn't
look to pretty today. We got it done but not like the veteran dog and handlers, But were rookies to the test game and it's alot different than hunting.
One that really gave us problems was one thrown towards us about 125 yards away into the cattail quagmire across the canal. She scented the pigeons on her way out and had to check them out. Then left them for the mark a bit confussed so she had to work it out, which she did without help just took a bit. Another problem was she broke again on one bird
A positve was on the way in on the second mark a winger shot a bird right at her and she didn't take the bait and continued in with the retrieve. One of the guys is a judge and he scored us. Besides the obvious brake failure. Other than that said we would get called back, but not by much. Her perserverance10 and style 8 saved us her marking was marginal 5 and trainability 6.
But for a junior dog were happy how we pulled through this setup.
With a Dog...You never hunt alone.