What kind of trials are you all running. I would love to do more but it is limited up here in Maine. There are about 4 trials a year, up here where no birds are shot, so no retrieves. They are American field events. I think.
I do run in NSTRA a couple time a month in the winter and have had some sucess. You should have heard the behind the back stuff when I walked my NAVHDA VC, AKC MH, dogs off lead to the break away. LOL. Funny how dog folks feel about different Clubs or trials and tests. They now respect my dogs and have always been a great help in learning the game. 1st, 2nd, and two thirds and a bunch of 4ths and 5ths with my GSP Mercy. I shot her out of two more first places all the way down to forth in each. I now shoot better. Buster, My French brittany which I have only run maybe 6 trials has a first and one 4th and two 5ths.