I shoot, they fetch.
Breeze Michigan Flyways
This was a really nice test. The land blind was likely the most challenging element (and the breaky water bird). The land sloped off towards the pond, so when some dogs hit the cover they sucked down to the water. The clostest mark was the flyer, so for other dogs it provided suction the other way.
Breeze SH at Marshbanks
The water blind in this one was challenging as they hit the mud flat at an angle and a lot of dogs wanted to just square off to the cover on the side instead of carrying the line to the back corner. The islands on the marks were also tempting for cheaty dogs on the way out. Quite a few dogs got up on them. The left mark also provided suction that made some dogs unwilling to get up on the mud flat as well--they wanted to take more water.
The judges in #10 are from Connecticut, so you are likely safe there unless you make the trek to NYS. As for Backwater, one of the judges from 13/14 is judging with one of the judges from 11/12. The judge from 11/12 is one of my favourite judges, and a wonderful Golden fellow who really wants the dogs to succeed. I expect he will keep things reined in. My dogs have earned Junior, Senior and Master legs from him.Whew, some of those look pretty hard, just got done reading all of them. Honestly (and I'm not just saying this!!) I like your tests the best. We need to run under you!
Please tell me that photos #10 and #13 were NOT tests set by judges who are judging at Backwater!!!!!