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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Off To Work

As many of you may or may not know I am spending time reporting on the training groups, helping orchestrate the events on the ranch, and training a full string of 18 puppies under the age of 12 months.  Soooooo...... I'm taking a break to clear my head and train my pups, I will be back updating the blog late this evening. P.S. My Spell Check on this dang site is malfunctioning GRRRRRR!!!! I will edit mistakes later. Thanks for following.


Lunch Is Served

The Office
The site for the luncheon is known as The Office.  The Office was an original barn on the property converted to an office and entertaining area complete with a lime stone veranda. Here are a few photos from the feast. Enjoy!!

Howard Simson, Rob Erhardt, & Dave Rorem enjoy lunch under one of the many live oaks on the property

Terri Curtis(not shown) , Wayne Curtis, Kenny Trott, Marcy Wright, & Bill Eckett filling up on some home cooking

Linda Bogusky,Sammie Thompson, Tom Bogusky, Marjie & Chuck Mize


The Homestead Photos

Royce & Rose Witte



The Hospitality At The Homestead

Royce and Rose Witte started this 1000 acres cattle ranch in 1996. They have dedicated their efforts toward producing the best beefmaster pedigrees and progeny of the breed. "Making the Best Breed Better!" has been their slogan since the ranches inception in the hope to bring all of those passionate about the Beefmaster breed together.  The Witte's felt that if their neighboring rancher succeeded then the breed would succeed and the industry would flourish if all worked together.  The Witte's know excellence and strive for it in everything they do so when introduced to the training of retrievers they were fascinated and embraced the trainers as they quickly saw the philosophies of the retriever enthusiasts were similar to the philosophies they shared in the beefmaster breed. It was a perfect marriage between cattle men and retriever enthusiast.

There are several homes on the property that are rented out for the winter months for clients of Bay Blue Kennels and other surrounding trainers that visit the Giddings, TX area. The Homestead now holds several retriever events a year and have welcomed the pre national training group with open arms. Along with the Witte's, Bay Blue Kennels is proud to be a part of this growing retriever community in Giddings, TX and are honored to share this amazing area with all.

The groups training here this week have enjoyed a luncheon provided free of charge by Rose and Royce and catered with food made from the heart by Rose herself.  They are one in a million and I pinch myself quite often and Thank God everyday that I get to call these people family and call the Homestead, home.


If you would like to show your gratitude for this special showcase you may write to:
Bay Blue Kennels
C/O Royce & Rose Witte
3650 CR 118
Giddings,TX 78942
Tera's Cell 660-441-1605


Apple Pie Vs. Lima Beans

While observing and listening to discussion from those in the gallery on the water quad the question of "If you were a judge today how would you shoot the order of this quad?" Many answers were given and reasoning for the order was presented but the best analogy came from Dave Rorem of Rorem Retrievers. As stated in the previous post the test had a hen pheasant flyer as the left stand out gun station shot to the left, then a short retired dead hen thrown hip pocket to the flyer, next a long duck flyer shot to the right stand out, and the last bird was a mid distance shoreline retired dead hen pheasant (that was also a check down bird from the duck flyer) thrown to the right in some water grass. It was agreed the most difficult order would be shot from right side to the left side of the test ending with the hen pheasant flyer as the go bird. The analogy was if you had just gotten done eating a big piece of homemade apple pie would you want to then eat a plate full of lima beans? And this is how a dogs eye sees dead hen pheasants vs hen/duck flyers. Therefore, in short a mixed bag of birds can be very effective along with good bird placement in ones test.

Teacher (Bill Eckett) & Student (Lauren Hays) ponder Slider's reactions to the test

FC AFC Bayou Teche Eye On The Ball "Slider"

Alice Woodyard & FC AFC Star Spangled "Banner" Girl II


Review Of A Good Test

On March 16, 2012 South Texas Retriever Club held its inaugural field trial at its home base known as The Homestead Ranch.  The the spring Open was judged by Jason Flemming and Chuck Mize. The 4th series watermarks posed such a challenge then that the Rorem/Eckett group consensus was to run the test and practice it again. But this time with some minor upgrades. The upgrades were in the form of dead pheasants and an additional flyer station. A Water Quad with two dead retired pheasants, a hen pheasant flyer, and a duck flyer.  The order in which the test was shot varied from dog to dog such as singles for some, inside tight double checking down off a stand out gun as a very effective short retired, outside double with a duck flyer go bird that allowed the dog to square the pond and then required the dog to make a longer swim away from the test on a severe angle to pick up a dead hen pheasant. Memory, discipline in the water, angles along the pond, and the way the guns station influenced one another became a challenge not only for the dogs but the handlers too. 

Water Quad from STXRC Spring Trial

Mid distance (shoreline) retired right hand bird of the Water Quad
Wayne Curtis (aka Ol' Dead Eye #1) shooting flyer in the Quad

Kenny Trott (aka Ol' Dead Eye #2) shooting 2nd flyer in the Quad


2012 NRC
Running Order

1. FC-AFC Moonstones Sea Biscuit Run “Biscuit” LM, Bill McKnight
2. FC Escalera's Black Explosion “Nitro” LM, Al Arthur
3. FC Bayou Teche Tex “Tex” LM, Mark Smith
4. FC-AFC In The Hunt Farm's Executive Sweet “Sweet” LF, Tom Bogusky
5. FC-AFC Atlasta Winner “Lassie” LF, Scott Harp
6. FC Valtor's Hayseed Kid “Kid” LM, Don Remien
7. FC-AFC Citori's Accept No Substitute “Brook” LF, Michael Moore
8. FC Jazztime Empty Wallet “Cash” LM, Bill Totten
9. FC Premier's RSK Powerstroke “Diesel” LM, Alan Pleasant
10. FC Watermark's Mister Candlewood “Mister” LM, Danny Farmer
11. FC Little Bit Dangerous “Tiny” LF, John Henninger
12. FC Lubys and Whitewaters Pirates Jewel “Jewel” LF, Ray Voigt
13. FC Drake's Bay Parting Of The Sea “Moses” LM, Wayne Curtis
14. FC Honky Tonk Take It Easy “Tie” LM, Ty Rorem
15. FC-AFC Bayou Teche Eye On The Ball “Slider” LM, Lauren Hays
16. FC-AFC Bo Ford's Full Bird Colonel “Colonel” LM, Karl Gunzer
17. FC-AFC Mercy Mercy Mercy Me “Mercy” LF, John Stracka
18. FC-AFC Star Spangled Girl II MH “Banner” LF, Alice Woodyard
19. FC-AFC Calculated Risk “Chance” LM, Al Arthur
20. Biggun's Wild Rose Warrior MH “Rosie” LF, Rob Erhardt
21. FC-AFC Shadows Sweet Something “Sugar” LF, Mark Medford
22. FC Yankee Fork Yancy “Yancy” LM, Eric Fangsrud
23. FC Mak's Convince Me Connie MH “Connie” LF, Tim Milligan
24. FC Candlewood's Man In Black “Cash” LM, Danny Farmer
25. FC-AFC Go Margo “Margo” LF, Mel Milton
26. FC Dominator's Autumn Creek Gamble “Betsy” LF, Paul Sletten
27. FC-AFC Chatanika's High Water Haylee “Haylee” LF, Patti Kiernan
28. FC-AFC Lil Bit's Cote D'Or Pinot Noir “Bart” LM, Alan Pleasant
29. FC Madison Hadagun “Madison” LF, Bill Sargenti
30. FC-AFC Tru's Little Cruiser “Cruise” LM, John Henninger
31. FC Merlyn IV “Merlyn” LM, Jerry Patopea
32. FC 3RS's Carbon Calie “Calie” LF, Bill Eckett
33. Fox Haven's Born To Run MH “Dash” LM, Don Remien
34. AFC Skywatch Cowboy “Cowboy” LM, Ray Vreeland
35. Backwater Smokin Turq “Turq” LM, Kenny Trott
36. High Peak Rebel Ridge's Outlaw “Jesse Jane” LF, Sammie Thompson
37. FC-AFC Bayou-Star Beyond Independent “Tia” LF, Danny Farmer
38. FC-AFC Seaside's Get The Party Started “Pink” LF, Al Arthur
39. Lock Five's My Mother's Keeper “Keeper” LF, Andy Attar
40. NFC-AFC Candlewood's Something Royal “Windy” LF, Ken Neil
41. FC-AFC-CNFC-CNAFC Nightwings Marsh Leader “Guide” LM, Bill Totten
42. NFC Watermark's Running Back “Emmitt” LM, Jim Gonia
43. FC Forry's Charmed One “Piper” LF, Ed Forry
44. Carronade's Esprit De Corps “Cori” LF, Ray Voigt
45. FC Bluenorth's Davey Crockett “Davey” LM, Alan Pleasant
46. FC-AFC Coolwater's Knockout “Punch” LM, Alex Washburn
47. Road Warriors Dieter Brock “Deets” LM, Ty Rorem
48. AFC Texas Troubador “Tubb” LM, Martha Russell
49. FC Millforge On A Roll “Lucky” LM, Bill Sargenti
50. FC Trumarc's Dot Come “Dottie” LF, Danny Farmer
51. FC Salty Paws Hammerin Hank “Henry” LM, Tim Milligan
52. FC-AFC Hardscrabble Carbunnation “Fizz” LF, Karl Gunzer
53. FC-AFC Candlewoods Life Is A Highway “Freeway” LM, Paul Sletten
54. NAFC Paddle Creek's Pack Your Grip “Traveler” LM, Chad Baker
55. FC Peakebrook's Brawny Force “Dozer” LM, Al Arthur
56. FC-AFC Lanes Lets Get Ready To Rumble “Ali” LM, Mark Smith
57. FC-AFC Great Bunns Of Fire “Jerrylee” LF, Lynne DuBose
58. FC Huckleberry Fen “Huck” LM, Eric Fangsrud
59. FC Armagh's En Fuego “Hottie” LF, Don Remien
60. FC Tower of Terror “Dragon” LM, Scott Harp
61. FC-AFC Westshore Buddy “Buddy” LM, Jerry Kamphuis
62. FC RSK's Oohs And Aahs “Ozzie” LM, Alan Pleasant
63. FC Dominator Boots She Worth It “Boots” LF, Danny Farmer
64. FC-AFC Kimber VIII “Kimber” LF, Jerry Patopea
65. FC-AFC Huntersbest Sapphire Jubilee “Jacki” LF, John Henninger
66. Beadle's Turbo Nina “Nina” LF, Wayne Curtis
67. FC-AFC Big Alfonse Capone Of Mo-Kan “Al” LM, Bill Eckett
68. FC-AFC Candlewood GoldenDaze Louie “Louie” LM, Chuck Schweikert
69. FC-AFC Waterdogs Iron Diva “Diva” LF, John Stracka
70. FC Citori's No Holds Barred “Freedom” LF, Bill Sargenti
71. FC-AFC Third Creek's Big Stick “Woody” LM, Paul Knutson
72. Low Tide's Pounder “Lb.” LM, Al Arthur
73. FC Catalina's Trumarc “Trudi” LF, Rob Erhardt
74. FC Seaside's Kingfish “King” LM, Mark Medford
75. FC-AFC Sanpitch River Shore Thing “Shorty” LM, Bill Totten
76. FC-AFC Trumarc's Hollandaise “Holland” LM, Danny Farmer
77. FC Farmer's No Insurance “Dealer” LM, Tim Milligan
78. FC-AFC Nebo's Onyx Tornado “Twister” LM, Al Wilson
79. FC Ride Sally Ride III “Sally” LF, Paul Sletten
80. FC CK's Blue Velvet “George” LM, Alan Pleasant
81. FC-AFC Candlewood's Right On Ruby Reynolds “Ruby” LF, Ray Voigt
82. FC Moodys Jumpin Jack Flash “Jack” LM, Charlie Moody
83. FC-AFC Bayou Teche Miah “Miah” LF, Stephen Ritter
84. FC-AFC Robbers' Stray Bullet “Bullet” LM, Dave Rorem
85. FC-AFC Lil Chin Music “Lil” LF, Don Remien
86. CFC Backwater's Boomer “Boomer” LM, Kenny Trott
87. FC Shadow's Whiteshoes “Billie” LM, Karl Gunzer
88. FC-AFC Seaside's Pelican Pete “Pete” LM, Steve Yozamp
89. FC-AFC Hilltop's High Society “Gracie” LF, Danny Farmer
90. FC-AFC Hardscrabbles Powder My Buns “Pow” LM, Al Arthur
91. FC-AFC Maple Creek's Mattie Mae “Mattie” LF, David McMahan
92. FC Adams Acres Water Lilly” Lilly” LF, Bill Sargenti
93. FC-AFC-CFC-CAFC L And L Just A Gigolo “Deuce” LM, Howard Simson
94. FC-AFC Fen Wizzard “Fen” LM, Eric Fangsrud
95. FC Sweetie's Easy Rider “Ford” LM, Jim Gonia
96. FC Indi Go Girl “Indy” LF, Chris Ledford
97. FC-AFC Ragin Eye Of The Storm “Cane” LM, John Thomas
98. FC-AFC Land Ahoy “Pirate” LM, Jerry Patopea
99. FC-AFC Trulines Walla Walla Sweet “Pink” LF, John Henninger
100. FC Rock River Benjamin “Ben” LM, Bill Eckett
101. FC Wing Magic's Standpipe Moon “Piper” LF, Mark Edwards
102. FC-AFC Rocky Creek's Full Tilt Boogie “Pearl” LF, Danny Farmer
103. FC Dogwoods Fear Factor “Boo” LM, Tim Milligan
104. FC-AFC Wingover's Pedro II “Pedro” LM, Dolores Smith
105. FC Mitimat You Go Girl “Diva” LF, Paul Sletten