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Event: Spinone Club of America - All Breed Hunt Test in Hustle, Virginia.
Date: 04/21/2007

A sunny, warm April morning makes for a challenging hunt test day. Much water was poured.
There's one in every crowd, isn't there? Though this event was hosted by the Spinone Club of America, it was an all-breed hunt test, so Pointers were welcome amongst the Italianos.
 
There's one in every crowd, isn't there? Though this event was hosted by the Spinone Club of America, it was an all-breed hunt test, so Pointers were welcome amongst the Italianos. Image ID: 11-001000

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Master braces started at 7:00AM. Which, since it turned out to be a hot day, was a good thing.
 
Master braces started at 7:00AM. Which, since it turned out to be a hot day, was a good thing. Image ID: 11-001010

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There's nothing like early morning sun lighting up the field to get a sense of scale. Here, one of the first Master braces comes along the back course on their way to the bird field.
 
There's nothing like early morning sun lighting up the field to get a sense of scale. Here, one of the first Master braces comes along the back course on their way to the bird field. Image ID: 11-001020

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Sam, a German Wirehaired Pointer, quarters the back course in front of the judges.
 
Sam, a German Wirehaired Pointer, quarters the back course in front of the judges. Image ID: 11-001030

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Once into the bird field, Sam quickly locks up on a quail. The two gunners are flanking the dog while handler Ed Nuzum (prop gun in hand), kicks to get the bird up.
 
Once into the bird field, Sam quickly locks up on a quail. The two gunners are flanking the dog while handler Ed Nuzum (prop gun in hand), kicks to get the bird up. Image ID: 11-001040

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Of course, the birds don't always flush the direction you'd hope. Good for Sam, being steady as the quail breaks right past him.
 
Of course, the birds don't always flush the direction you'd hope. Good for Sam, being steady as the quail breaks right past him. Image ID: 11-001050

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A warm Spinone and smiling handler head out of the Master bird field.
 
A warm Spinone and smiling handler head out of the Master bird field. Image ID: 11-001060

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Shelby, a GSP, shows his signature enthusiasm as he cuts loose on his Master run.
 
Shelby, a GSP, shows his signature enthusiasm as he cuts loose on his Master run. Image ID: 11-001070

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The hunt test grounds are a good socializing spot for owners and dogs alike. Much catching up and snoofling is accomplished between runs in the field.
 
The hunt test grounds are a good socializing spot for owners and dogs alike. Much catching up and snoofling is accomplished between runs in the field. Image ID: 11-001080

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A brown-and-roan Spinone watches activity across the event grounds.
 
A brown-and-roan Spinone watches activity across the event grounds. Image ID: 11-001090

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You're looking at what, now? Yes, they CAN see past the hair. Really.
 
You're looking at what, now? Yes, they CAN see past the hair. Really. Image ID: 11-001100

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It is worth getting up at 4:00AM on the day your GSP gets his Master Hunter title. Congratulations to Keith and Shelby - they're a great team.
 
It <I>is</I> worth getting up at 4:00AM on the day your GSP gets his Master Hunter title. Congratulations to Keith and Shelby - they're a great team. Image ID: 11-001110

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Another contemplative Spinone moment.
 
Another contemplative Spinone moment. Image ID: 11-001120

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Yes, it certainly is bright out.
 
Yes, it certainly is bright out. Image ID: 11-001130

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This cool customer's snowy coloring is a big asset on a sunny day.
 
This cool customer's snowy coloring is a big asset on a sunny day. Image ID: 11-001140

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A very, very civilized chain gang. Are those stake-outs even pounded in? Doesn't matter!
 
A very, very civilized chain gang. Are those stake-outs even pounded in? Doesn't matter! Image ID: 11-001145

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Nope, not checking for ticks - just getting some love. The tick check comes after the run in the field.
 
Nope, not checking for ticks - just getting some love. The tick check comes <I>after</I> the run in the field. Image ID: 11-001150

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A slightly frothy Pointer turns hard while quartering in the back course. The club was nice enough to place water troughs along the way.
 
A slightly frothy Pointer turns hard while quartering in the back course. The club was nice enough to place water troughs along the way. Image ID: 11-001160

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Still plenty of bounce left after a hot pass through the bird field.
 
Still plenty of bounce left after a hot pass through the bird field. Image ID: 11-001170

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A Weimaraner and a Spinone make their way in front of the handlers and judges.
 
A Weimarner and a Spinone make their way in front of their handlers and judges. Image ID: 11-001180

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Two pups socializing on the sidelines.
 
Two pups socializing on the sidelines. Image ID: 11-001190

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Mama mia! Bobbi Benson and one of her adoring pups.
 
Mama mia! Bobbi Benson and one of her adoring pups. Image ID: 11-001200

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Never go too far from the person carrying the shotgun.
 
Never go too far from the person carrying the shotgun. Image ID: 11-001210

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While waiting their turn, two Junior bracemates break the ice a bit. Two pointers: one German, one English…
 
While waiting their turn, two Junior bracemates break the ice a bit. Two pointers: one German, one English… Image ID: 11-001220

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… and they're off.
 
… and they're off. Image ID: 11-001230

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There's nothing more electrifying than that instant that a pointing dog on the run whips her head around as she crosses scent.
 
There's nothing more electrifying than that instant that a pointing dog on the run whips her head around as she crosses scent. Image ID: 11-001240

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The Junior bird field. Taylor's locked on the cover where she pointed the quail, and Carl - blank gun at the ready - has kicked up the bird. Things happen fast!
 
The Junior bird field. Taylor's locked on the cover where she pointed the quail, and Carl - blank gun at the ready - has kicked up the bird. Things happen fast! Image ID: 11-001250

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Hey, you - put that shaggy head back in the Jeep.
 
Hey, you - put that shaggy head back in the Jeep. Image ID: 11-001260

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