2008 National Retriever Championship Has Started

The 2008 National Retriever Championship is taking place this week in Montgomery, TX. It started yesterday (Sunday, November 9, 2008) and will run through Saturday, November 15, 2008. There will be 105 of the top dogs in the country competing this week. The competition will include triple and and quadruple retrieves at distances of up to 400 yards or more. It also includes blind retrieves over and through various factors including ponds and thick cover. Ducks and pheasants will be used for the marks and blinds.

The dogs competing in this contest are the hottest retrievers in the country. They are Field Champions (FC) who have met a strict set of standards and won a minimum level of trials during the last year. Each series, certain dogs get dropped according to mistakes in their performance. The winning dog will be given the title of National Field Champion (NFC). Last year NFC-AFC Candlewood's Something Royal, owned by Neil and Brenda Little won the championship.

The first series on Sunday was a double with a live flyer at about 370 yards and a retired gun at 200 yards. There were several opportunities for the handlers to lose site of the dogs if they did not take a perfect line or if they over ran the marks. 10 dogs were dropped on the first series.

For more information, including pictures, blogs, and videos, check out the following sites:

Man In Black "Cash" 2008 NRC Updates



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