Well the day finally arrived after alot of anticipation and training and Hessian passed the VJP with a 69! Figuring the reasonably highest score is a 77, I feel great about our accomplishment. We arrived in Malta, ID on Saturday morning to watch some of the dogs that were scheduled for that day. The weather was extremely windy and cold, overcast but dry. The testing area was high desert country, sagebrush,dry dry dry dirt and tons of cactus. Alot of dogs.
All the judges, handlers, spectators, helpers and breeders are great people, very informative and very helpful, one could just hang out all weekend chatting and socializing with everone.Thank you all very much! I know i learned alot. Alot about what judges look for, what handlers,hunters and breeders look for and how each dog though the same breed vary in their own little way, either in appearance or just style. Sunday was our big day, met with the judges and handlers at breakfast, 6 in the morning and the test started at 7. The weather was very cold, extremely windy,cloudy, even flurried for a minute. Brrrrrrr. Off to tracking we went, after a four hours at that it was off to another field,we did a field search with gunfire sensitivity, then it was off to another spot for pointing. Finally they checked the tattoos, teeth and entactness. Final judging, scores and Certificate in hand at 5. Not bad.
Came back happy with the results and that it was over, sore and less weight from all the walking and whole lot more educated from everyones info, most importantly a whole lot more Addicted!
Hessian is........... Goshen von der Salzmarsch
Thanks again to everyone. Great job Judges that is a tough gig. Excellent work handlers those were some tough conditions. Good luck to all others, its (Test 2) the HZP or Armbruster from here!