NORCAL GRC 4th TD/TDX
March 3-4, 2001
Report by Susan
Bates, Tracking Test Secretary & Chairman
from the tracking test
Judges: Ronald W. Simmons and
Number of Tracks: 2 TD and 2
Number of Passes: 2 TD and 2 TDX!!!!!
Entrants, Dogs and New Titles:
Carole Steding & DD's Montana Fishing
the Ruby, TD (Spring)
Terry Southard & Coppertop Celebration, TD (Dixie)
Pat White & OTCH Sunfire’s Causin a Riot, TDX, UDX, MH, OA, OAJ
Debi Best & Timberline Northwood Twilight, TDX (Jan Jan)
Our tracking test was successful by
any measure! All four entries PASSED! While not unique, a 100% pass
rate is far from typical for a tracking test. Our success was a
testimony to the excellent natural tracking ability of our wonderful
golden retriever breed and, in particular, the very talented and
prepared noses of the four dogs that ran in the test.
The handlers performed nicely too, of
course, but some of them could have used sleds -- all they did was
hang on for dear life while their dogs accurately, but furiously,
raced down their tracks to the end articles! The judges and gallery
had to run to keep up!
In addition to the significant talent
and ability of the dog and handler teams, there were several other
factors that led to our success.
First, we had perfect weather and fantastic
cover conditions during the test. And the tracks that the judges
plotted were absolutely beautiful. No question, this is a great
year to be out tracking and entering tests. Lots of people inquired
about how the storm affected us on Sunday. Interestingly, on Sunday
morning the weather was calm, cool and slightly moist with negligible
wind (PERFECT TRACKING WEATHER!), and our tracking was completed
by 10:45 a.m.! The cover was nice and wet from all the rain during
the week and overnight, but it wasn't sopping either. Only AFTER
we had gathered in the parking lot under cover for a delicious lunch
and awards ceremony, did the storm begin. Were we lucky, or what?!!
Awards were handed out while all the workers, entrants and observers
hung on to the canopies to keep them from blasting away in the wind!
Another critical reason for our success
was all of the excellent volunteer help. Enough great things cannot
be said about our Chief Tracklayer, Mary Ann Graziano. Her extensive
knowledge and experience regarding tracking tests made this Secretary's
job a breeze. Thank you, thank you, Mary Ann.
We are both very grateful to all of
the following people who volunteered and made such a difference
TD Tracklayers: Susan Bates,
Track #1; Eileen Oshiro, Track #2; Pat Lynch, Alternate Track.
TDX Tracklayers: Jayne Hurkman,
Track #1: Steve Southard, Track #2; Janet Gray, Alternate Track.
Cross-Tracks: Mae Weintraub,
Eileen Oshiro, Louise Bryan.
Drivers: Nancy Kelly, Janet Peacock.
Hospitality: Betsy Sumner, Ferol
Larson, Dimity Mueller.
Photos: Steve Southard, Susan
For those of you who haven't tried tracking,
ask us about it. Now is the time to start before those foxtails
come out...happy trails!