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Event: Spinone Club of America - Specialty Hunt Test
Dates: 04/28/2007 - 04/21/2008

All Spinones, All The Time. This AKC hunt test was run as part of the national club's spring specialty show in Hustle, VA.
Well before the first run of the day, and before the sun had cooked off the morning fog, this pair gets in a peaceful stroll.
 
Well before the first run of the day, and before the sun had cooked off the morning fog, this pair gets in a peaceful stroll. Image ID: 12-001000

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Spinone In The Mist
 
Spinone In The Mist Image ID: 12-001010

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On the Master course
 
On the Master course. Image ID: 12-001020

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Steady to flush!
 
Steady to flush! Image ID: 12-001030

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A little conversation on the retrieve.
 
A little conversation on the retrieve. Image ID: 12-001040

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Hunting through some dewy cover.
 
Hunting through some dewy cover. Image ID: 12-001050

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A judge reviews the course with two handlers on the line…
 
A judge reviews the course with two handlers on the line… Image ID: 12-001060

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… and breaking away from the line.
 
… and breaking away from the line. Image ID: 12-001070

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A relaxed handler lets her Spinone work in that relaxing Spinone way.
 
A relaxed handler lets her Spinone work in that relaxing Spinone way. Image ID: 12-001080

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A brace converges on the bird field.
 
A brace converges on the bird field. Image ID: 12-001090

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The day's intrepid gunners.
 
The day's intrepid gunners. Image ID: 12-001100

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A pair makes a comfortable pace in the Senior bird field.
 
A pair makes a comfortable pace in the Senior bird field. Image ID: 12-001110

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On point.
 
On point. Image ID: 12-001120

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Retrieving a quail.
 
Retrieving a quail. Image ID: 12-001130

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This dog was sent on a challenging blind retrieve from behind a hedgerow. As he hunts dead, he stops to get his nose as high as possible, searching the breeze for a bit of the downed bird's scent.
 
This dog was sent on a challenging blind retrieve from behind a hedgerow. As he hunts dead, he stops to get his nose as high as possible, searching the breeze for a bit of the downed bird's scent. Image ID: 12-001140

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Only breeching shotguns (side-by-sides or over/unders) are used by gunners at AKC hunt tests. Whether up close in conversation, or at 100 yards, all can see when a gun is breeched and safe. This gentleman's well-used over/under shows as much character as its owner.
 
Only breeching shotguns (side-by-sides or over/unders) are used by gunners at AKC hunt tests. Whether up close in conversation, or at 100 yards, all can see when a gun is breeched and safe. This gentleman's well-used over/under shows as much character as its owner. Image ID: 12-001150

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Judges, handlers, and a brace of Junior Hunter dogs watch for the field to clear before heading out.
 
Judges, handlers, and a brace of Junior Hunter dogs watch for the field to clear before heading out. Image ID: 12-001160

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It's not uncommon to see a bell hanging from the collar. It helps the handler locate a dog working in dense cover, and when it suddenly stops ringing, there's usually a point to consider.
 
It's not uncommon to see a bell hanging from the collar. It helps the handler locate a dog working in dense cover, and when it suddenly stops ringing, there's usually a point to consider. Image ID: 12-001170

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At the judges' discretion, a handler might be asked to grab and throw a non-flying (say, wet) bird for a flush. Alas, sometimes it's harder for the dog to stay steady once he's seen his master handle the bird.
 
At the judges' discretion, a handler might be asked to grab and throw a non-flying (say, wet) bird for a flush. Alas, sometimes it's harder for the dog to stay steady once he's seen his master handle the bird. Image ID: 12-001180

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Even a bit winded and back on the lead, he's entirely focused on his bracemate's activities.
 
Even a bit winded and back on the lead, he's entirely focused on his bracemate's activities. Image ID: 12-001190

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Hot and happy.
 
Hot and happy. Image ID: 12-001200

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During a break in the testing action, the Spinone Olympics included several mysterious events, including this crop-circle-ish activity, set to music.
 
During a break in the testing action, the Spinone Olympics included several mysterious events, including this crop-circle-ish activity, set to music. Image ID: 12-001210

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Not every participant was willing to sit quickly in his or her rope circle when the music stopped.
 
Not every participant was willing to sit quickly in his or her rope circle when the music stopped. Image ID: 12-001220

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And we have a winner, it seems. By a nose.
 
And we have a winner, it seems. By a nose. Image ID: 12-001230

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This guy has a two-woman pit crew helping him keep his cool before the treacherous Hot Dog Retrieving event.
 
This guy has a two-woman pit crew helping him keep his cool before the treacherous Hot Dog Retrieving event. Image ID: 12-001240

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Only 18 months old! Perhaps his name should be 'Placido'? Such a thoughtful fellow, amidst all of the event excitement.
 
Only 18 months old! Perhaps his name should be 'Placido'? Such a thoughtful fellow, amidst all of the event excitement. Image ID: 12-001250

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Devotion.
 
Devotion. Image ID: 12-001260

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The Spinone Club of America definitely gets credit for having a classy seal, and it's seen on many a vest and jacket during the events.
 
The Spinone Club of America definitely gets credit for having a classy seal, and it's seen on many a vest and jacket during the events. Image ID: 12-001270

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Two youngsters, acting quite Junior-ish, break away for the run on the Junior Hunter course.
 
Two youngsters, acting quite Junior-ish, break away for the run on the Junior Hunter course. Image ID: 12-001280

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All business, now.
 
All business, now. Image ID: 12-001290

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Another fine pair wait their turn. It's the calm before…
 
Another fine pair wait their turn. It's the calm before… Image ID: 12-001300

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… the Launch.
 
… the Lanch. Image ID: 12-001310

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In hot pursuit of one Mr. Bob White.
 
In hot pursuit of one Mr. Bob White. Image ID: 12-001320

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The run is over, and it's a chance to thank the judge as he writes up his scores.
 
The run is over, and it's a chance to thank the judge as he writes up his scores. Image ID: 12-001330

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Done with bringing down birds for the Senior and Master tests earlier in the morning, a gunner sets out on the Junior course with his own dog.
 
Done with bringing down birds for the Senior and Master tests earlier in the morning, a gunner sets out on the Junior course with his own dog. Image ID: 12-001340

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Another peaceful moment waiting for a go at the Junior course. Good boy, Roman - you're next.
 
Another peaceful moment waiting for a go at the Junior course. Good boy, Roman - you're next. Image ID: 12-001350

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Things on the Junior course aren't usually quite as … methodical.
 
Things on the Junior course aren't usually quite as … methodical. Image ID: 12-001360

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Working hard to turn up one of the few Junior field birds that hadn't coveyed up to the hedgerow.
 
Working hard to turn up one of the few Junior field birds that hadn't coveyed up to the hedgerow. Image ID: 12-001370

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Roman working into the wind.
 
Roman working into the wind. Image ID: 12-001380

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