Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Hilly Blinds, Water Blinds


SERIES A. Double land blind (Laddie, then Lumi)

For Series A, the first blind (pheasant, no marker) was 60 yards across a slope (downhill to the left), thru a keyhole formed by a tree and a mound. The second blind (OD, no marker) was 180° from the first blind, 70 yards across a slope (downhill to the right).

Both dogs lined both blinds.

SERIES B. Water blind (Laddie, then Lumi)

Series B was a 30-yard LWL blind (OD, no marker), with the blind set back 10 yards from water's edge.

Both dogs had good pickups and returns, making no attempt to roll.

SERIES C. Water blind (Laddie, then Lumi)

Series C was the longest swim the dogs have ever done at Cheltenham, Laddie's longest swim ever, perhaps Lumi's as well. Series C was a 200-yard water blind (OD, marked with LP) as follows:
  • 10 yards down a steep embankment
  • 170 yards across open water, past a point on the right at 50 yards and converging with a peninsula on the left for the last 30 yards
  • 20 yards up a hill to the blind
Laddie had a challenging swim out as a flock of Canada geese crossed his path, but he accepted WSCs and made it across within a reasonably tight corridor. Neither dog attempted to roll at the blind, and Laddie had a good water re-entry and return. Lumi needed several calls to re-enter the water after picking up the dummy, but was fine after that.

SERIES D. Land blind (Laddie, Lumi)

Series D was a 140 yard blind (pheasant marked with LP) across the edge of a bowl, crossing a slope (downhill to the right) and then climbing a slope on the diagonal.

Both dogs had excellent responsiveness on all WSs and casts.

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