|Presley, with Qualifying Ribbon #4 for her JH title!|
Presley earned her first two legs at the Nutmeg Weimaraner Club Hunt Test in Simsbury, CT at the beginning of November under very difficult conditions. The first day brought torrential rain but that did not deter Presley as she made her hunt test debut in style by finding and retrieving four birds to hand!
|Extreme conditions call for the right attire & it worked for Presley's 1st JH leg|
|CeCe and Presley|
After the test was over on Saturday, we took Savi, and her daughter, CeCe, out for a run and some training on the leftover birds in the fields. What a beautiful sight to see CeCe back her momma! Savi has her Senior Hunter and hunting is her favorite thing in the world.
|CeCe honoring her mother, Savi|
|Savi on point|
|Presley with JH ribbon #2|
We met Presley's bracemate, a handsome, 22 month old male GSP, who turned out to be a hunting machine. They took off from the start and after playing a few minutes started to hunt. The GSP found a bird right away and hearing the shot of the blank gun, Presley upped her game and was trying really hard tracking and hunting to find a bird. She found a quail under a log and pointed before flushing the bird. She did not catch it. She continued to hunt until the judges told us time was up and leash the dogs. Presley qualified for JH leg #3.
On Sunday, we returned to Flaherty and fortunately, warmer weather. Presley immediately knew why we were there and once we entered the bird field, boom, went on a gorgeous point. The bird flushed and flew away. Presley continued to hunt and the judge complimented her on how methodically she hunted. We then saw her make game, showing the signs she was on a bird and boom, another beautiful, staunch point and to my surprise, she was pointing a walking bird! Presley was easily 20 yards away so I couldn't get to her in time before she broke her point to flush the bird. Very impressive for an untrained dog to point a walking bird and hold for a good 10 seconds! It was exciting to see her perform so well and this was reflected in her scores of 9, 10, 10, 9,
Presley will now begin training for Senior Hunter and will return to the show ring in 2015. Her owners, Bob, Meridith and I are thrilled with how well she is doing and just adore this girl.