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Hunting Field & Water Trials


Copper: First Hunting Field Trial (7 months) <==> Hunting Field Trial (2003)




Copper: Hunting Field Winners' Trial (9 months) <==> Hunting Field Trial "Dog of the Day" (2000 & 2002)

Lakota's First Win (March 13, 2005)
Lakota took First Place in the Puppy Pointing Division on the final hunting field trial of the season. He covered the field rapidly and with purpose, was responsive to commands, located and pointed his two birds, and retrieved them to my hand after they were flushed and shot. Copper took Second Place in Open Pointing on the same day; not bad for a 9.5 year-old dog.


Copper Field Trial (091005) <==> Lakota Field Trial (091005)


<== Field Trial (091005): Copper-2nd [Open Pointing]; 3rd [Water] and Lakota-2nd [Puppy Pointing]
==> Field Trial (112005): Copper-1st [Open Pointing]; 2nd [Water] and Lakota-1st [Derby Pointing]


<== Winners Trial (040706): Lakota-2nd [Puppy Pointing] ==>

2005-2006 Field Trial Results
Copper- 4 1st, 2 2nd, 2 3rd, 1 Sr Dog of the Day <==> Lakota- 6 1st; 3 2nd; 3 3rd; 2nd @ Winners Trial [Puppy Pointing]
2005-2006 Water Trial Results
Copper- 2 2nd; 1 3rd

Copper's Water Trial (October 1, 2006)
First Bird: The rooster flew over the far side of the pond where I shot it. It fell in the pond near the far shore. Copper began the long swim straight at the fallen bird. After reaching the bird, he fetched it and turned to head back. He swam straight back towards me, walked up the bank and brought it to my hand. Second Bird: As I shot, it turned 180 degrees back behind the trees; I tried to shoot through the trees but did not hit it. Copper didn't get a chance at a second retrieve.


<== Copper Water Trial (1st Bird): Steady to Wing & Shot ==>



<== Copper Water Trial (1st Bird): Long Water Retrieve to Hand ==>



<== Copper Water Trial (1st Bird): Long Water Retrieve to Hand. (2nd Bird): Steady to Wing & Shot; no Chance for Retrieve ==>


Lakota's First Water Trial (October 1, 2006)
First Bird: The rooster veered over head where I shot it. It fell on land, only 10 yards from Lakota. Lakota remained steady despite the temptation until told to fetch; he fetched to hand. Second Bird: Although shot over the pond, it flew overland, across the road and landed out of sight in the field used for Field Trials. Lakota was sent on a blind retrieve; he didn't see where the bird fell and I couldn't see or guide him even if I had seen it. He located the spot where the bird fell in the field, followed the scent trail, and chased down the running rooster. He subdued it, fetched it, and brought it across the field, under the fence, across the road, and to my hand. Lakota showed that he has the same tenacious desire and ability to find and return wounded game as Copper; that will be invaluable in the field. He took third place without even getting his feet wet.


<== Lakota Water Trial (1st Bird): Steady to Wing, Shot, & Fall; Retrieve to Hand ==>



<== Lakota Water Trial (2nd Bird): Steady to Wing, Shot, & Fall; Long, Blind Retrieve to Hand ==>



<== Lakota Water Trial (2nd Bird): Steady to Wing, Shot, & Fall; Long, Blind Retrieve to Hand ==>



Lakota Water Trial: An Impressive Debut

2006-2007 Field Trial Results
Copper- 3 2nd, 2 3rd <==> Lakota- 3 1st; 3 2nd; 4 3rd
2006-2007 Water Trial Results
Lakota- 1 2nd; 1 3rd
After 12 years of field trial competition and qualifying for 13 straight Winners Trials, Copper officially retired. He will continue to accompany Lakota and me on hunting trips as long as he is able.

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