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hard work, many hours dedicated to training, and, of course,
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We’re proud of each and every member, and the great dogs
with whom we share our lives and successes.
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to Gives YA All She's Got! MH ( "Camo" ), who not only earned
her Master Hunter title in 2014, but also qualified for the
Master National that same year. She
has qualified again for 2015. Camo is loved and owned by Lane
and Terri Arthur, who are very proud of her and all that she has
accomplished. She's trained and handled by Mike Pierce. Lane
and Terri have chosen not to run Camo in either Master National
Camo is a very sweet and loving girl and a joy to
have around home and anywhere we take her. She loves to duck
hunt and is good in the blind or on a stand. Her calm demeanor
on the line carries over in the duck blind. But - she doesn't
like to wait too long between retrieves!!
Camo's achievements are all the more remarkable
because she developed a bone spur in her left rear leg at the
young age of three months, and for some time was doing all her
work on three legs. X-rays identified the problem, and a daily
regimen of Rimadyl pain pills, massages and exercise gradually
improved the situation until the bone spur finally dissolved and
she was able to run without pain. Hence her name -- "Give Ya
All She's Got -- because she never let her leg hold her back,
ran on shear will power, and NEVER gave up. Her sweet nature
and desire to please has never wavered."
Menina De Prata CD RE JH MXC MJS2 MXF
T2B3 CGC WCX UWCX HPCX
2014 was the first year that miniature poodles were
allowed to participate in AKC Hunt Tests, and Beth White and
her silver poodle, MACH3 Menina De Prata CD RE JH
MXC MJS2 MXF T2B3 CGC WCX UWCX HPCX (Nina) was the
second mini to earn the Junior Hunter title. In
2015, Nina made history again with achievements in
upland hunting during the Poodle Club of America's (PCA)
The Poodle Upland Hunting Program has
three levels of upland certificates. In 2014, Nina
became the first and only miniature poodle to pass
the first two levels: Upland Instinct Certificate (UIC)
and Upland Working Certificate (UWC). This year,
Nina became the first and only miniature poodle to
pass the third level, the Upland Working Certificate
The Hunting Poodle Certification
Program was set up to honor Poodles who are both
accomplished upland hunters and waterfowl
retrievers. Setting another record, Nina became the
first and only miniature poodle to be awarded the
Hunting Poodle Certificate Excellent (HPCX) given to
Poodles who have earned both a WCX and a UWCX from
the Poodle Club of America.
As a result of these accomplishments,
Nina was awarded the PCA's Bronze Hunting Medallion.
Carol Stone just returned from the 2015 Poodle
Specialty and both her girls, Roxie and Raven,
brought home prizes. Roxie earned her Upland Instinct Certificate and
Raven earned her Upland Working Certificate
Brent McCoy finally gets his Master Hunter
title, with Ella handling!
East Tennessee Retriever
Club members Carol Stone and Beth White report exciting news
from the first Upland
Working Certificate Tests at the 2014 Poodle Club of America
National Specialty. The test consists of:
1. Walk-Up. The dog and the handler walk-up
to a specified location, a shot is fired, a dead chukar is
thrown out, and the dog must retrieve it.
2. Hunt-Em-Up Dead. A dead bird is planted
in a given area of cover. During a long walk-up, a
diversion shot is fired. The dog is sent from a specified
location and must find and retrieve the bird with no help
3. Quarter and Flush. The dog has to quarter
and flush two birds. The birds are shot as they are
flushed, and the dog has to retrieve them.
Carol's Raven did a phenomenal job! She
nailed her Walk-Up mark with no hunt. She got her Hunt-Em-Up
bird in minimal time. And much to her mother's amazement,
she quartered the field like she knew what she was doing.
On her first flush, she captured the little bugger before
it even got off the ground and brought it back to Mom
kicking and screaming, looking mighty pleased with herself!
She found and flushed her second chukar with ease, and it
was winged by one of the gunners. It flew an erratic flight
pattern for 200 yards before it dropped low enough for her
to snag it mid-air. She brought it right back to Mom which
gave them their first Upland PASS!
Nina was the only miniature poodle entered
along with 25 standard poodles. Her Walk-Up and retrieve was
a piece of cake. The Hunt-Em-Up was successful with Nina
searching a dense briar patch and bringing back a chukar
like a pro. For the Quarter-and-Flush, she flushed and
tentatively chased her first bird - a "get-away" as it
turned out. They tossed out a dead bird, and she retrieved
it with ease. When she flushed the second bird, she took
off like a bullet, bouncing through the brush like she had
springs under her feet. She had the gallery cheering with
as much enthusiasm as she had. She definitely liked this
new game. With this pass, Nina earned the
distinction of being the first mini to enter and the first
mini to pass the Poodle Upland Working Certificate Test!
neither of our dogs, nor neither of us, had ever seen a
chukar nor even had a clue on what one looked like, it made
us even more proud of our special girls!"
Upland Tests Passes - 2014 Poodle Club of America National
Specialty, Eden, Maryland
Bruce Fox's Tennessee Troublesome Ty won first place in the
Chattanooga Retriever Club Field Trial Qualified All Age
this spring, handled by Brady Collins. Great achievement!"
Jim Pearce and
Karen Edwards are proud to announce that Callie (Fern
Hill SuperCalifragilistic MH CD OA NF NAJ) earned her
Open Agility title at the Oak Ridge agility trial in April.
She has two legs toward her open titles in Jumps and Weaves
and Fast as well, but will have to wait till fall to finish
our young dog Panda (Fern Hill Pandemonium SH) earned
her Senior Hunter title at the ETRC spring test in May. She
passed 5 out of 6 tests to title, a week before her 2nd
birthday. Most of the training and all of the handling was
done by Jody Ware.
Sharon and Guy Greer have done very well this
year with their Boykin Spaniels at the HRC hunt tests
(sponsored by UKC). Anjel (Justaleapoffaith) got her
HRC HR (seasoned) title this year and Chase (Hunter's
Rest Chase) got his HRC UH (Upland Hunter) title and was
just named Intermediate "Gunner's Choice" at the Boykin
Spaniel Upland Nationals in January 2013. Gunner's Choice is
the dog voted on in each category as the dog they would most
want to actually hunt with. Congratulations to both
owners and dogs -- hard work pays off!