Sunday, June 3, 2012
Laddie earns Reserve JAM at Ft. Pitt Qual
[Posted to the DogTrek and PositiveGunDogs lists this evening]
Laddie has been running in AKC Retriever Field Trials this spring. Yesterday, he ran in the Qualifying stake at the Ft. Pitt 2012 Spring Trial and came home with Reserve JAM.
This was not Laddie's best performance. His water marking has deteriorated sharply as a result of our inability to find a field trial group to train with for the last 12+ months. Just think, despite our active training schedule, Laddie hasn't run a big water triple in a YEAR, while many dogs competing in these events have run several dozen in that time. But Laddie survived the cuts from the first three series and brought back all the birds in the last series, so the judges were kind enough to give him the green ribbon.
This was Laddie's second field trial ribbon, after earning a JAM in the Tidewater 2011 Spring O/H Qual, Laddie's first trial ever. As far as I know, no other dog trained without physical force has ever taken a ribbon in a retriever field trial. Very gradually, I guess we are learning.
Leaving the house at 4am yesterday, Laddie rode in the van for twelve hours of driving round trip, besides running the trial. But he was on fire as usual for some water drills this morning, probably not noticing the new ribbon on his bulletin board.
Lindsay, with Lumi & Laddie (Goldens)