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David and Blue show off their International Grand ribbons. Blue passes another International Grand Hunting Retriever test in Phenix City, Alabama, 4-30-14. This makes his 3rd pass in a row and was the toughest one yet. We did not get to go to Alabama the first two days of the test. The plan was to go to watch our trainer, Stephen Durrence and Blue, but the weather was not cooperating. Our hearts sank as we watch the Weather Channel announce that the worst storms of the century were moving across the southeast and would bring thunder storms, hail, lighting and tornadoes. The third day of the test, it finally looked safe to travel to Phenix City, so David headed for the Grand. It was a trip well worth the drive.
Not only did he get to see a lot of good dogs run, he got to see 3 pups from our kennel earn Grand passes. All three were trained by Stephen Durrence. Two as these pups were handled by Stephen. They were, HRCH Oak Point's Traveling Man, Mason and HRCH BBDTT Harlie Colt SH, Colt. They were the youngest dogs at the event to earn a pass. The other pup, GRHRCH Jacked Up on Quack MH, Joker, earned his 3rd pass. Stephen trained Joker and handled him for his first grand pass. ColbyWilliams was Joker's handler for this event.
For those who have never been to a grand test, it is a 5 day test. The first 4 days, consists of two land tests and two water tests. The dogs must retrieve 3 marks and a blind, honor by the handler, and deal with diversions. All this in some very tough conditions and are only allowed one mark down. The 5th test is an upland hunt. All these tests measure a dog's marking ability, line manners, and level of control between the handler and dog. 413 dogs entered this test and only 48 completed it to earned a pass. This is definitely a true measure of both the talent of a well bred dog and the ability of a skilled handler/trainer.
Once again our boy, GRHRCH UH Dreammeyer Once Ina Blue Moon, MH, "Blue" passes the Grand! We are proud to announce that Blue has earned his second grand pass at the HRC International Grand Hunt Fall - 2013 test, hosted by Mississippi Valley Hunting Retriever Club, in McCausland, Iowa. Handler and trainer, Stephen Durrence, completed this 5 day competition, Oct. 12 - 16, 2013. This second pass earns him the title of Grand Hunting Retriever Champion. Not only is this two grand passes within the same year, he was one of 65 dogs to pass out of the 385 dogs that entered. Pass rate of the Mississippi Valley Grand was only 17%.
Our boy, HRCH Dreammeyer Once Ina Blue Moon MH, earns his first GRHRCH pass at the HRC International Spring Grand, hosted by Four States Hunting Retriever Club, in Simms, Texas. Blue, along with his trainer and handler, Stephen Durrence, of Taylor Farms Kennels, completed 5 days of challenging hunt tests with only one handle.
For anyone who has never been to an International Grand Hunting Test, this is a 5 day event in which the dog must be perfect (or extremely close to it) to earn a pass. A dog must earn two passes to earn the title of GRHRCH. That means 10 days of near perfection for both the dog and the handler. Only 607 dogs have earned the right to carry this prestigious title since this competition was started in the fall of 1986.
This was a tough event as the test had a total of 385 dogs competing and only 56 dogs successfully completing the test to earned a pass. Of those that passed, only 17 titled. That is a pass rate of 14.5% and a title rate of 4%.
We are very excited and proud of Blue and Stephen!
David titles his first
Master Hunter dog this weekend a the
AKC Music City Hunt Test
Our chocolate male, HR Dreammeyer Once Ina Blue Moon MH, earned his 6th
master pass this weekend to
earn his Master Hunter title.
We are very excited to announce that HRCH UH Blackwater Harlie Davidson (mother, center) and two of her offspring, HRCH UH Patton's Gunsmoke on Big Creek (son, right) and HRCH UH Big Creek's Jorja Peach (daughter, left) successfully completed 4 out of 4 Upland HRC tests to earn their UH title.
In addition, that same weekend,
10-29-11, Harlie joined the ranks of HRC dogs that have earned 500 points!
We are proud to announce that David tried his hand at running his own dogs, HRCH Blackwater Harlie Davidson and Harlie's daughter, HRCH Big Creek's Jorja Peach at the Fall 2010 International Grand Hunting Retriever competition. This was his first try at a Grand event and he was successful in completing 2 series with Jorja and 3 series with Harlie. It wasn't enough to earn a "grand pass" , but it was enough to earn recognition for the difficulty of the task. Every dog that at least makes it through 2 series earns a rosette. Each day after that, you attach a flat ribbon that indicates how many series your dog passed.
They don't call it the "Grand" for
nothing! We have a new respect for dogs and handlers that complete
all 5 days. For those that don't know about the rules of the
grand, the dog and handler are only allowed one mediocre test score for
the entire 5 days of tests. Upon completion of the event, you win one
"pass" at the Grand. But if that's not enough. To earn a GRHRCH
title, you must earn 2 "grand passes". That is 10 days of perfection!