11.10.152015_10_11_LüneCup DRC Spaniel-Retriever Team Test
Last weekend we participated at the first german spaniel/retriever team working test. The DRC BZG Lüneburg (http://www.drc-bzg-lueneburg.de) offered this special event and had invited three open minded judges who tried hard to fulfill the special needs of spaniels in working and combined that with retriever challenges. They were very obliging judging the spaniels; for examples i am sure that the retriever had to fulfill stricter heel work than our spaniels had to do. But of course not all was accepted and some zeros showed up during the day. Each of the judge gave us two exercises. Herta Rudolph: First exercise was a short drive, up a small hill behind some light bushes, followed by a lost retrieves (Spaniel first, retriever after; three dummy for each dog). Second exercise was a lost retrieve in a small reet area for the spaniel (send towards a non shooten blind) and a mark behind an isle in the water for the retriever. Petra Behringer: Third exercise was a team search in the wood. Spaniel was allowed to search "where ever it wants" (but preferred on one side) the retriever was asked to stay in its searching area. Forth exercise was pattern in a ditch for the spaniel. When retrieving the found dummy, a distraction dummy felt down behind that area for the retriever. Then the retriever was send for the dummy. Again for the spaniel searching in the ditch and a second mark for the retriever when the spaniel came back. When the retriever came back with his second dummy, he got a distraction mark on its way back (that had to be retrieved by the spaniel). Green Ting: Fifth and sixth exercise were our highlights: driven shoot with two spaniels in front as a beaters with two retrievers walking in the line behind them. Ground was heather with brambles and young pines. Marks thrown in front and backwards, worked as a memory or directly as the judge asked us. Followed by a drive at a wooden wane with the spaniels (one spaniel heel work) and the retriever at the side had to mark the dummies. That day was pure fun and we really looking forward to repeat it. Thanks to the organizers, the helpers, the photographer Nicolai Albrecht and the open minded retriever judges!
Special joy for me: Petra Martens with Momo and Dagmar Lukas with Arriba - SECOND PLACE with 187/240 points at Spaniel-Retriever Teamtest LüneCup DRC
The day before: Arriba past the regular LüneCup with 94/120 points: no placing but a "good"