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Pics UPDATE (A 1st Place!)Re: Did First Trial Today!

Post by gar-dog » Sat Oct 18, 2008 6:19 pm

Well, we got our first trial under our belt today. Today was a Derby stake and tomorrow will be a Puppy stake. I was braced alone, but went ahead and got a horse even though I thought I might walk(when in Rome, eh?).

It was kind of a "good news - bad news" experience. The good news was two solid finds and a third "sort-of" find, and for the two solid ones she held point long enough for me to dismount, get up to her, but she did creep in on the flush. While I was dismounted for the first find, there was another find, that kind of went nowhere, as I couldn't really get into the other side of the treeline and make the flush happen before it was over. I call this one the sort-of find. Her third find (really the second "proper" point and hold) was a nice skid-to-a-stop and freeze with a little dust in the air.

Other good news was that she handled well and showed pretty good obedience. I didn't have to scream and holler and blow the whistle non-stop like some I saw. I was able to keep her on course.

The bad news was that she didn't really get out there and run hard like I have seen her do. She had a couple of decent casts, but I have seen her hunt much much harder. I think she was a little distracted by seeing me on horseback. There were 6-8 others and I think she was thinking " am I supposed to be around them behaving or are they all out her for me?" At times she just loped along, and was with us and I'd say "go hunt" and then she would go on. I just felt she was a little wimpy.

This was a derby stake. Although I am completely inexperienced, if I were the judge I would have thought: Some nice finds, held point beyond a derby standard, good nose, handled well, but lacked the boldness/independence/desire required to place.

In tomorrow's puppy stake, she will have a bracemate who I am friendly with (Sambuca here on GDF). Ginger is 13 months and Sambuca's Britt is 14 months. Hopefully with another dog she will get up and go a little harder. I can see now that I have been training a nice hunting dog for a foot-hunter. We'll see how tomorrow goes.

Shout-out to Karen for all her help and being my scout. And thanks to Joanne and Sambuca for help with the horse and release.

Cheers,
Gary
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Re: Did First Trial Today!

Post by Pineywoods » Sat Oct 18, 2008 6:47 pm

Gary,
Sounds like the dog did alright for the first time being the first time worked off horseback.
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Re: Did First Trial Today!

Post by RayGubernat » Sat Oct 18, 2008 7:47 pm

Gary -

Sounds to me like both you and Ginger did just fine. Especially for a first time out.

I personally would be very happy with the fact that your dog went with you as well as she did, hunted for you and responded to you under (for her) very strange circumstances.

Good luck tomorrow in the puppy stake. Have fun.

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Post by midwestfisherman » Sat Oct 18, 2008 7:59 pm

Sounds like you and your dog did a nice job today. Without having a bracemate, your dog was at a disadvantage. I'd be willing to bet you see a different type of run out of her tomorrow since she is braced with another dog. Good luck!
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Re: Did First Trial Today!

Post by TexasAggie09 » Sat Oct 18, 2008 8:07 pm

congrats on the good experience!

oh, and by the way, your horns dont look too bad tonight. :roll:

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Post by ezzy333 » Sat Oct 18, 2008 8:13 pm

Not a bad start for a couple of beginners. It will all get better from here on. Congrats to you and Ginger.

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Re: Did First Trial Today!

Post by gar-dog » Sat Oct 18, 2008 8:49 pm

Thanks for the kind words!
Update: I had to cut out at 3:00pm today so I was unaware of any results. I just heard from Karen that Ginger placed 4th and earned a ribbon! I could pretend there were 20 or more dogs in the stake :twisted: , but I guess I will tell the truth:

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Post by R-Heaton » Sat Oct 18, 2008 9:04 pm

Sounds like you did great,,,, never discount a placement,, they get real hard to come by. Congrats

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Re: Did First Trial Today!

Post by Karen » Sun Oct 19, 2008 4:03 am

Congratulations Gary!! Ginger did a really fine job. Although unsure of the horses, she had a couple really nice casts where the judges got to see her stretch her legs, and her birdwork was really nice. I'm sure this is the first ribbon of many. See you in a bit. I'll keep Trav tacked up so I can scout for Ginger & Sammy today.
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Re: Did First Trial Today!

Post by MTO4Life » Sun Oct 19, 2008 11:02 am

Excellent news!! Especially for the first time... you should be extremely proud. Good luck with the future trials, as since you have the first ribbon, you'll be looking for more!!

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Post by Brushbustin Sporting Dogs » Sun Oct 19, 2008 12:34 pm

I placement is great regarless what place. They don't have to give all the placements out they can always withhold placements so for you to get a fourth is great says the judges think you have a nice dog it's just they had better than her and they also had worse than her. Congrats Gary let us know how the puppy stake goes.

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UPDATE (A Win - 1st Place) Re: Did First Trial Today!

Post by gar-dog » Sun Oct 19, 2008 12:41 pm

Today the horse-thing was a non-issue and Ginger ran like I knew she could. She took 1st Place (of 8 dogs) in the Puppy Stakes! Needless to say this is very gratifying. There was a bit of many of you out there today, because virtually everything I know about training and handling has come off this board.

What a morning!
Thanks,
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Re: Did First Trial Today!

Post by Brushbustin Sporting Dogs » Sun Oct 19, 2008 12:45 pm

Pretty cool to get that first blue and even cooler to acheive those very first points towards her FC. Congrats Gary that is pretty cool.

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Re: Did First Trial Today!

Post by snips » Sun Oct 19, 2008 1:58 pm

Big Congrats! I know you are real Proud!!!
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Re: UPDATE (A Win - 1st Place) Re: Did First Trial Today!

Post by MTO4Life » Sun Oct 19, 2008 2:22 pm

gar-dog wrote:Today the horse-thing was a non-issue and Ginger ran like I knew she could. She took 1st Place (of 8 dogs) in the Puppy Stakes! Needless to say this is very gratifying. There was a bit of many of you out there today, because virtually everything I know about training and handling has come off this board.

What a morning!
Thanks,
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WOW... all her puppy points... that's a great start to her trialling career!! Here's to getting a blue in derby as well to finish some points too. You should be proud!!!

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Pics UPDATE (A 1st Place!)Re: Did First Trial Today!

Post by gar-dog » Sun Oct 19, 2008 2:50 pm

Thanks everyone. As you can see from the pics it was a beautiful Fall day:
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I am on the tan horse on right:
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And here's Ginger and me:
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And here we are again with the blue - happy with the win! (I hope I don;t come across like a braggart - it was just unexpected and exciting)
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Re: Did First Trial Today!

Post by GSPVIZ » Sun Oct 19, 2008 6:04 pm

Awesome news Gary. Congrats to both you and Ginger for a fine weekend.

Keep it up!

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Re: Did First Trial Today!

Post by sambuca » Sun Oct 19, 2008 6:17 pm

Congratulations to Ginger and Gary!!! Ginger did awesome.

Gary and Ginger were braced together with me and Sammy (our first brace). Both dogs broke away nicely and Ginger ran great and hunted hard. After Sammy got out about 50 yards he turned around, looked lost (what are you doing on that beast dad?) and came right back to us. Ginger, on the other hand, did her thing and did it very well. Sammy spent a lot of time running out and then coming back confused about the whole thing. I was pleased that Sammy had a very nice point near the end and he held it for quite a while (It took this beginner a while to stop and dismount).

When we finished, I told my wife that Ginger was going to win. It was great to see them do it. Congrats again to Ginger and Gary!!!

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Re: Did First Trial Today!

Post by Vonrommel » Sun Oct 19, 2008 8:02 pm

I've only got three words for you.

(1) Congratulations!!!!!

(2 and 3) QUIT NOW! :D

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Re: Did First Trial Today!

Post by fuzznut » Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:46 am

Hey, I was there this weekend too!
Good for you and your puppy.... the hook has been set, get ready for an exciting and fun new hobby!

Start saving for that horse!!!!!!
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Re: Did First Trial Today!

Post by dlfl » Mon Oct 20, 2008 9:37 am

Sounds like a great way to start!!
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Post by Kiki's Mom » Mon Oct 20, 2008 10:32 am

What AWESOME news Gary......CONGRATULATIONS! And to think that just a few short weeks ago you were waffling around with the decision to enter or not. :wink: Now...aren't you glad you went ahead and entered? AND that you entered BOTH stakes? Well done... :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Welcome to our world. :wink: Kiss any residual extra money you may have left over at the end of each month away...you are officially hooked and your checkbook is gonna reflect this fact. hehehehe......next thing you will be posting about your new truck, new horse, new trailer.......LOLOLOL
But do cherish these first moments of glory....they are special and priceless and you will remember these days the rest of your FT career for however long you play the game. Looking forward to meeting you on the circuit someday and looking forward to meeting your Ginger girl!!!! She is a definate keeper!

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Post by zzweims » Mon Oct 20, 2008 11:35 am

Vonrommel wrote:I've only got three words for you.

(1) Congratulations!!!!!

(2 and 3) QUIT NOW! :D
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: Nah, that hook is in too deep to come out now :lol: :lol: :lol:

Good job Gary and Ginger. Welcome to the dark side :twisted:

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Post by pear » Mon Oct 20, 2008 1:19 pm

Great Job!!
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Post by sweetsong » Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:08 pm

Congrats Gary! I'm in the same boat starting out and it's been a blast. Still waiting on the truck, horse and trailer.

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Re: Did First Trial Today!

Post by Vonrommel » Mon Oct 20, 2008 5:58 pm

zzweims wrote:
Vonrommel wrote:I've only got three words for you.

(1) Congratulations!!!!!

(2 and 3) QUIT NOW! :D
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: Nah, that hook is in too deep to come out now :lol: :lol: :lol:

Good job Gary and Ginger. Welcome to the dark side :twisted:

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Re: Did First Trial Today!

Post by tmoneysju » Mon Oct 20, 2008 9:19 pm

congrats to both of you, i know how nerve-racking it can be running your first test as i did it a few weeks ago. Awesome to see Gary have some success early too! Way to go guys
sambuca wrote:Congratulations to Ginger and Gary!!! Ginger did awesome.

Gary and Ginger were braced together with me and Sammy (our first brace). Both dogs broke away nicely and Ginger ran great and hunted hard. After Sammy got out about 50 yards he turned around, looked lost (what are you doing on that beast dad?) and came right back to us. Ginger, on the other hand, did her thing and did it very well. Sammy spent a lot of time running out and then coming back confused about the whole thing. I was pleased that Sammy had a very nice point near the end and he held it for quite a while (It took this beginner a while to stop and dismount).

When we finished, I told my wife that Ginger was going to win. It was great to see them do it. Congrats again to Ginger and Gary!!!

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Re: Pics UPDATE (A 1st Place!)Re: Did First Trial Today!

Post by Pineywoods » Mon Oct 20, 2008 10:26 pm

GOOD JOB ! I know you must be proud. Good luck in coming trials.
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Post by Ruffshooter » Tue Oct 21, 2008 7:15 am

Congrats to you and Ginger, great start and like seeing that smile on your face.
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Post by gar-dog » Tue Oct 21, 2008 7:30 am

Ruffshooter wrote:............. and like seeing that smile on your face.
We were trying to get a decent pic with Ginger facing the camera and she wasn't cooperating. Finally I knealed down thinking I could hold her towards the camera. Instead, out of the blue, she jumped up and started giving me major kisses and the tail was going crazy. We were cracking up. (Sambuca's wife was the photographer.)

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Post by The Zephyr » Tue Oct 21, 2008 7:56 am

Big Congrats, Gary

From the grouse woods to the circuit you've got a nice versatile dog. Let me know when you want to go duckin'. :D

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Post by AZ Brittany Guy » Tue Oct 21, 2008 7:57 am

Congratulations! The hook has been set! Next thing you will be doing is pricing TWH's, LQ Trailer's and F-450's. :mrgreen:

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Re: Did First Trial Today!

Post by zzweims » Tue Oct 21, 2008 8:26 am

Vonrommel wrote:
zzweims wrote:
Vonrommel wrote:I've only got three words for you.

(1) Congratulations!!!!!

(2 and 3) QUIT NOW! :D
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: Nah, that hook is in too deep to come out now :lol: :lol: :lol:

Good job Gary and Ginger. Welcome to the dark side :twisted:

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Horse, trailer, truck, more dogs, travel expense, training fees. He's not going to have ANY money or time,,,, Like me!

Tell Nick I said HI, haven't see you guys in a while. Will you be at the Middle Tennessee GSP trial in November?
Nope. It's our futurity year, so we're headed out west to run the pups, then off to the nationals. Nikolaus is chasing the "$500,000 Jacket" he won two years ago in hopes of increasing our debt to a cool mil :lol:

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