(Pictured above: Valor, Sugar, Sochi, Bell, Trouble, Sassy)
Below you'll notice letters preceding the registered names of our girls. We spend our summer months involved in running our dogs in events earning those letters (titles) and winning ribbons.
We were introduced to this world of Hunt Tests when Sugar was in training. They recognized her talent soon after we dropped her off. We went to watch her and we enjoyed it so much we were hooked! Now I handle most of the girls myself with plenty of room to improve. I must be getting better though, the girls and I went 11 for 12 in 2017. But, I know there's a lot more to it then meets the eye and I have a great deal more to learn.
We also recognized that running Hunt Test, winning ribbons and earning titles would also be a great indicator of intelligence and trainability of our dogs. .
Following is a description of titles.
The Hunting Retriever Club, Inc. and the United Kennel Club, Inc. are providing a program to develop the hunting retriever to fulfill its intended purpose in life - hunting. These two organizations, working closely together, providing hunters and hunting retrievers a series of actual hunting tests in a controlled environment working toward titles granted by UKC
Started Hunting Retriever (SHR),
Hunting Retriever (HR),
Hunting Retriever Champion (HRCH),
Grand Hunting Retriever Champion (GRHRCH),
HRCH Whiskey Raiders Sugar - "Sug"
CNM- Clear - LR-CNM730/38F-VPI
EIC-Clear - LR-EIC2701/38F-VPI
Eyes - Clear LR-EYE6861/49F-VPI
Hips - Excellent -LR-206119E32F
Sugar has a modest pedigree but you would never know it. We really didn't know a whole lot about what to look for when we found her, but boy did we get lucky!.
She comes from pointing lines. Her pedigree includes 2001's US Open Pheasant Champion GMPR MHR Rik's Risky Raider (APLA Hall of Fame).
Sug is small in stature, weighing in at 55 lbs. What she lacks in size she makes up for with intelligence and her incredible nose. She is built for endurance and has unbelievable drive. She never runs out of "GO" and when you get her out of the truck YOU better be ready to hunt! Sugar's not only a terror in the upland field, catching pheasants out of the air before a year old, she's also a great water dog. There's no water too cold or mark too far! Her ability with multiple marks is incredible weather in a cornfield or slough.
She does have a off switch and at the end of the day afield she loves to crawl up in my chair with me to nap.
" It's not the size of the dog in the fight "
HR Whiskey Raider's Sochi Bear - "Soch"
Whiskey Raiders Sochi Bear "Sochi" was the very first puppy Whelped by what has become Big Cottonwood Retrievers. She was born during the Winter Olympics in Russia. She's big, white and very athletic. Even though she lost a eye at 10 weeks old, you'd never know it. She's the best blind running dog I have, no pun intended!!! She's a real team player, extremely trainable and can go all day.
She's equally at home quartering a CRP field as she is sitting quietly in the goose pit. She even brought home a check from the first and only BDC event we ever entered. She's 7/7 in HRC hunt tests and would be well on her way to a Championship title if she wasn't producing such beautiful puppies. Hopefully we can earn it in 2018.
CNM- Clear - LR-CNM828/14F-VPI
EIC-Clear - LR-EIC2871/14F-VPI
Eyes - Clear LR-EYE6865/13F-NOPI/UR
Hips - Good -LR-219698G24F-NOPI
SHR Trooper's Lil' Shot of Whiskey - "T-Rub"
"Trouble" is from Sugar's second litter. We kicked ourselves for not originally keeping her so, when given the opportunity to get this little girl back we jumped all over it! The "lucky" streak continues! We feel it was meant to be... a week after bringing her home we received word that her Sire, HRCH Flatlander's Layin' Down The Law, lost his life. "Trooper" himself was one Grand Pass away from His GRHRCH and his blood lines include 2011 NFC FC AFC Cody Cut A Lean Grade, FC AFC Code Blue, FC AFC Hilltop's Hayseed & 2XNAFC 2XCNFC FC AFC Ebonstar Lean Mac. When breeding to Troop I didn't really realize what a strong pedigree he had and his daughter Trouble shows promise and definitely has his easy going attitude and willingness to please. She's a happy dog!
Trouble completed training with Dane Johnson at Apex Retrievers in early 2017. Dane sees a lot of potential in this pup......how couldn't he?! She went 4/4 running HRC this Spring and will continue her progress.
OFA HIPS: LR-225270G24F-VPI GOOD
OFA ELBOW: LR-EL76696F24-VPI NORMAL
CNM: LR-CNM1546/24F-PI CLEAR
EIC: LR-EIC3939/24F-PI NORMAL
UKC REG: R257-454
AKC REG: SR86337804
HR BCR'S Ultimate Sacrifice- Valor " Val "
Valor is Our "Old School Girl".
When I heard about her litter, I immediately knew I would want one of these pups! It's pretty common to find 2XNAFC 2XCNAFC FC CFC Ebonstar Lean Mac in many dogs pedigree but it's usually 5 or 6 generations removed.
Val is out of 8 X GRHRCH UH McMac Magic Eye's A'smilin MH "O'Malley" & GRHRCH AR King's Magical One MH. O'Malley is one of the most decorated Offspring directly out of Lean Mac. Which mean we have a Granddaughter of one the best ever!
It will be interesting to watch her develop and were are excited to see what Dane and the boys at Apex Retrievers can mold her into. Valor earned her Started Title running 4 for 4. The objective is for a Finished title by the end of 2018.
BCR's Whiskey Bent N Hell Bound- "Sassy"
Big Cottonwood's Lil' Gun Slinger- " Pistol"
Go to Huntinglabpedigree.com for full pedigree.