Wednesday morning proved to be a treacherous day for
Chesapeakes in the Amateur. The triple with retired right bird was
very tuff to complete. Many handled, a lot of those not
successfully and others picked up either on the middle bird or the right
retired. The middle gun thrown 2nd was hard to pick out as the
gunner was under a tree and/or in the shadows sometimes and with the sky clouded over
it was hard for the dogs to pick out or see the fall.
Of 45 starters only 20 were called to the 2nd series for tomorrow
Thursday - there was a chill
overnight in Maine! So fog was hanging over the ground in the morning so
the judges elected to start with the water blind for the 2nd series with
13 of the 20 dogs moving on to the 3rd series. This was a land
blind with a manikin in a chair next to bird crates. The dogs had
to take a small square of water, go pass some brush, the "man" and the
crates, across the road and on to the end of the field to get the bird.
11 made it back for the water series which was a triple with 2 retired
guns and an honor. 7 dogs completed the Amateur successfully.