The North Central Newfoundland Club

Draft Test 2005 Results


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October 16, 2005
Rock Cut State Park

Judges:   Clyde Dunphy and John Jackman

Those who qualified were as follows -


New Draft Dogs

Moonfleet's Oberon's I'm No Angel CD, WRD Handler - Gerry Heinz
Springhaven'White Knight CGC, TDI Handler - Priscilla Hensel
Emmabay Luke McCann WD Handler - Sid Reggie
  Handler -
New Draft Team Dogs  
Shadrack's Keeping The Spirit CD, DD, WRD, CGC, TDI & CH Pouch Cove's Cambriol CD, WD, DD, CGC, TDI Handler - Cathy Hartke
Castanewf's Ultimatum CD, DD, WRD &
Ch Shadrack's Special Delivery II DD
Handler - Tom Brant
Requaulified Team Draft Dogs  
Topmast's Belle of St. Louis UD, WRDX, TDD & Zada CD, WRD, TDD, CGC, TD Handler - Russ Kroeger

NCNC's 20th annual draft Test was held October 16th at Rock Cut State Park. Judges for the day were Clyde Dunphy and NCNC's own member, John Jackman. The eather was beautiful both practice on Saturday and the test on Sunday - typical cool fall mornings giving way to a nice mid-day temp for the participants. I'm sure the Newfs would have liked to see it stay cooler since their hard work on the freight haul was during the warmer part of the day. There were a total of ten entries which were up from previous years. All ten participated without any no-shows. The entries consisted of three teams and seven singles. Clyde and John gave basic instructions on what they expected before each exercise and were fair and consistent with all entrants. For those who are unfamiliar with what a Draft test entails the exercises are broken out into five sections: basic control, harnessing and hitching, maneuvering course, loading the weight for the freight haul and hitching with an out-of-sight stay and the one mile freight haul itself. The exercises are a joint effort with all of them performed off lead. It's fun to watch how each handler and their dog(s) interacted throughout the test. In order to receive any Draft Dog title, all exercises must be passed at a single test. More information can be found at the NCA web site, under the Water and Draft Work link. The freight haul starts off on the grass and continues across the road (stopping traffic briefly in the park), through a quite hilly trail in the park. There was an "intriguing distraction," a talking skeleton activated by motion sensors, on the freight haul that the dogs seemed to take in stride, although it definitely spooked at least one of the handlers! Two freight hauls were required because of the entry size and the NCA regulation that only six entries can go at one time. This is so the number of stewards needed for each entrant and the judges can assure the group's safety. The dogs' welfare is paramount. The passing rate of 60% was good especially as three teams and three singles qualified. For those who didn't pass, you were oh-so-close, so we hope to see you next year. Congratulations to these new title holders! Thank you to Bob Ohle, Chief Steward. This was Bob's last draft test in that role. He has been involved with the NCNC test since its inception. Bob has always done a fine job and helped the test run smoothly and the same is true for this year as well. Thank you, Bob, for your many years of service to NCNC. I would also like to thank Tara Martin and Cissy Sullivan. This was Tara's first Draft Test handling the Test Secretary responsibilities by herself. She also managed to find time to sell quite a few items in Newf Novelties. Cissy volunteered to organize the Potluck lunch. She ensured there were a nice variety of hot and cold foods and deserts on the mild October day. One other big thank you goes out to all who pitched in and helped as stewards. Without your help, we wouldn't be able to do the exercises and complete our test. We always need stewards at any type of event such as our Regional, Water or Draft test. Please consider volunteering at the next event. It's a fun way to get to know your other club members and learn more about what our Newfs can do. It usually doesn't take experience and all you need to do is contact the event chair person to find out how you can help. All in all, our appreciation and thanks to the judges, entrants, stewards, and spectators. There was a large turn out of spectators, made up of new members, regulars, visitors, and familiar faces which we haven't seen for awhile. Remember, carting is a fun team building exercise between you and your dog and once you have a harness and cart, you can practice anywhere!

Chair Rick Hartke
Secretary: Tara Martin,
Committee Member: Bob Ohle

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