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Event: American Pointer Club - 2007 National Event - Hunt Test
Date: 09/08/2007

The APC started off their national specialty show's week of events with an AKC Hunt Test on the grounds of the York Pointer Setter Club in Pennsylvania.
For once, the grounds in Pennsylvania didn't require mud boots. But one attendee couldn't resist these gems, anyway.
 
For once, the grounds in Pennsylvania didn't require mud boots. But one attendee couldn't resist these gems, anyway. Image ID: 13-001000

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Nancy, getting ready to seed the back course with quail from horseback, talks bird planting with Laurie, the event co-chair.
 
Nancy, getting ready to seed the back course with quail from horseback, talks bird planting with Laurie, the event co-chair. Image ID: 13-001010

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Wayne (gunner) and Mary (bird planter) discuss the conditions as they wait for the first Master brace to head out. All of that blaze orange is essential near the bird field - real shotguns will be throwing real shot, and everyone needs to be seen.
 
Wayne (gunner) and Mary (bird planter) discuss the conditions as they wait for the first Master brace to head out. All of that blaze orange is essential near the bird field - real shotguns will be throwing real shot, and everyone needs to be seen. Image ID: 13-001020

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Waiting on the line between braces is a chance for both dogs and their handlers to get to know one another.
 
Waiting on the line between braces is a chance for both dogs and their handlers to get to know one another. Image ID: 13-001030

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A typical breakaway from the line: two dogs, two handlers on foot, two judges on horseback, and a mounted marshall bringing up the rear.
 
A typical breakaway from the line: two dogs, two handlers on foot, two judges on horseback, and a mounted marshall bringing up the rear. Image ID: 13-001040

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The on-deck dogs waiting in the gallery can rarely take their eyes off of the preceding brace as it heads into the back course.
 
The on-deck dogs waiting in the gallery can rarely take their eyes off of the preceding brace as it heads into the back course. Image ID: 13-001050

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Likewise with the handlers!
 
Likewise with the handlers! Image ID: 13-001060

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With a Master brace away on the back course, the two gunners head into the bird field, where they'll wait for the handlers and judges to appear and work birds.
 
With a Master brace away on the back course, the two gunners head into the bird field, where they'll wait for the handlers and judges to appear and work birds. Image ID: 13-001070

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It can be a challenge to keep a well-muscled, fired-up bird dog comfortably at the end of a lead when watching other dogs work, and while down-wind from a field full of Chukar. This Pointer's handler has him in a simple loin hitch.
 
It can be a challenge to keep a well-muscled, fired-up bird dog comfortably at the end of a lead when watching other dogs work, and while down-wind from a field full of Chukar. This Pointer's handler has him in a simple loin hitch. Image ID: 13-001080

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A relaxed handler keeps to the "don't over handle" mantra, and lets her Pointer work the field.
 
A relaxed handler keeps to the "don't over handle" mantra, and lets her Pointer work the field. Image ID: 13-001090

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A Senior brace's handlers have followed their dogs to opposite corners of the bird field. The gunners have split up to follow them.
 
A Senior brace's handlers have followed their dogs to opposite corners of the bird field. The gunners have split up to follow them. Image ID: 13-001100

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No wonder she's relaxed - she's got more than one dog running in the event.
 
No wonder she's relaxed - she's got more than one dog running in the event. Image ID: 13-001110

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Judges Mike McCleary and Cindy Stahle talk bird field logistics with the gunning team.
 
Judges Mike McCleary and Cindy Stahle talk bird field logistics with the gunning team. Image ID: 13-001120

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With an odd number of dogs in both the Senior and Master tests, the last braces required a "bye dog" - a finished Master dog to serve as a bracemate. Yes, that's a German Wirehair kindly standing ready to help out his Pointer cousin for the test.
 
With an odd number of dogs in both the Senior and Master tests, the last braces required  a "bye dog" - a finished Master dog to serve as a bracemate. Yes, that's a German Wirehair kindly standing ready to help out his Pointer cousin for the test. Image ID: 13-001130

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Gunners can't talk much with the handlers while the test is under way, but the walk back out of the field is a good chance to review how things played out.
 
Gunners can't talk much with the handlers while the test is under way, but the walk back out of the field is a good chance to review how things played out. Image ID: 13-001140

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The bye-dog's handler (and his fine Wirehair) get their reward, and a just-shot Chukar is retrieved to hand. Good boy!
 
The bye-dog's handler (and his fine Wirehair) get their reward, and a just-shot Chukar is retrieved to hand. Good boy! Image ID: 13-001150

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Safely back at the gallery, the bye-dog handler's cheering section welcomes him back from the field.
 
Safely back at the gallery, the bye-dog handler's cheering section welcomes him back from the field. Image ID: 13-001160

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A Pointer and his handler make their way in front of the Junior test judge.
 
A Pointer and his handler make their way in front of the Junior test judge. Image ID: 13-001170

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And right on cue, we get birdy at the edge of some cover just yards from the judge.
 
And right on cue, we get birdy at the edge of some cover just yards from the judge. Image ID: 13-001180

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More waiting on the breakaway line and gazing after the current brace. Soon, buddy.
 
More waiting on the breakaway line and gazing after the current brace. Soon, buddy. Image ID: 13-001190

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A peaceful moment between Pointer and handler before meeting up with the judges. The handler's eyeing the bracemate, and the Pointer's eyeing the field.
 
A peaceful moment between Pointer and handler before meeting up with the judges. The handler's eyeing the bracemate, and the Pointer's eyeing the field. Image ID: 13-001200

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The bond.
 
The bond. Image ID: 13-001210

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A nice point on the Junior course. As the handler approaches, he's reaching for his blank gun - that bird could pop up at any time.
 
A nice point on the Junior course. As the handler approaches, he's reaching for his blank gun - that bird could pop up at any time. Image ID: 13-001220

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It IS the Junior course, so it's not unusual to see a pointing dog's bracemate come wandering in to see what's going on.
 
It IS the Junior course, so it's not unusual to see a pointing dog's bracemate come wandering in to see what's going on. Image ID: 13-001230

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Another brace heads up the path to the Junior A course breakaway. Elsewhere on the grounds, the B course was running dogs, too.
 
Another brace heads up the path to the Junior A course breakaway. Elsewhere on the grounds, the B course was running dogs, too. Image ID: 13-001240

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Just like with their handlers, every dog's face has got a story.
 
Just like with their handlers, every dog's face has got a story. Image ID: 13-001250

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Ready.
 
Ready. Image ID: 13-001260

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The course marshal follows a handler up to the line.
 
The course marshal follows a handler up to the line. Image ID: 13-001270

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Two young Pointers break away from the line.
 
Two young Pointers break away from the line. Image ID: 13-001280

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Stretching it out in the bird field.
 
Stretching it out in the bird field. Image ID: 13-001290

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A flushed quail sprinted across the field and went down in this thick cover. This Junior dog is on the case.
 
A flushed quail sprinted across the field and went down in this thick cover. This Junior dog is on the case. Image ID: 13-001300

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A very hot day. Stella, Tattoo, Piper, and Uma stay cool. The metallic mesh tarp blocks most of the sun and still allows some air to move.
 
A very hot day. Stella, Tattoo, Piper, and Uma stay cool. The metallic mesh tarp blocks most of the sun and still allows some air to move. Image ID: 13-001310

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On a 95-degree day, a stake-out in the shady weeds is just about as much as you can ask for.
 
On a 95-degree day, a stake-out in the shady weeds is just about as much as you can ask for. Image ID: 13-001320

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That's a lot of pointers. And quite the ex-pen.
 
That's a lot of pointers. And quite the ex-pen. Image ID: 13-001330

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The turkey frying crew.
 
The turkey frying crew. Image ID: 13-001340

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The sun's going down, and the pups are starting to wake up a bit as the temps drop.
 
The sun's going down, and the pups are starting to wake up a bit as the temps drop. Image ID: 13-001350

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Little angels, every one of them. Yessiree.
 
Little angels, every one of them. Yessiree. Image ID: 13-001360

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Eh, that's all too much trouble.
 
Eh, that's all too much trouble. Image ID: 13-001370

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Pointer puppy, doing its job.
 
Pointer puppy, doing its job. Image ID: 13-001380

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Even at a specialty event, there's a chance to meet other dogs. Judge Pat Sanborn brought along some of her Gordon Setters.
 
Even at a specialty event, there's a chance to meet other dogs. Judge Pat Sanborn brought along some of her Gordon Setters. Image ID: 13-001390

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And, one of her Gordon pups, Jasmine.
 
And, one of her Gordon pups, Jasmine. Image ID: 13-001400

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And, a romp through the Junior bird field just before sunset to look for leftover quail found her in great form.
 
And, a romp through the Junior bird field just before sunset to look for leftover quail found her in great form. Image ID: 13-001410

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Following which, a much-needed cool-down in the club house's horse trough.
 
Following which, a much-needed cool-down in the club house's horse trough. Image ID: 13-001420

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Finally, some reliefe from the day's heat. This is Handler-Henge.
 
Finally, some reliefe from the day's heat. This is Handler-Henge. Image ID: 13-001430

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Laurie finds a mark … er, customer … for a raffle ticket spread.
 
Laurie finds a mark … er, customer … for a raffle ticket spread. Image ID: 13-001440

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The Pointer Palace
 
The Pointer Palace Image ID: 13-001450

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Dinner is served.
 
Dinner is served. Image ID: 13-001460

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Food first, and that pile of club-supporting raffle stuff for dessert.
 
Food first, and that pile of club-supporting raffle stuff for dessert. Image ID: 13-001470

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