Bluegrass Retriever Club Field Trial

This is Knuckers. Knuckers is my dog which is currently competing in field trials and is in training with Trey Lawrence at Tall Oak Retrievers. Knuckers is an amazing dog and a purely pleasurable experience to run. I can't wait to run him every time. Nikon D7000 with AFS Nikkor 24mm f/1.4.


Outside of photography and my work, retrievers are one of my great passions.  Like so many others, I started just wanting a “hunting dog” and pet.  With our friends in the Texas Panhandle Hunting Retriever Club, my interest in doing ” a little bit more” seemed to increase and increase.  This led ultimately to my interest in AKC Field Trials.  This is the ultimate level of competition for a retriever.  It takes incredible amounts of work, dedication and a little luck to be successful.  Each spring and fall, weekends are dedicated to my retrievers.  The Bluegrass Retriever Club trial is the first of two trials in Kentucky. These are a few pictures from the trial.

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A yellow Labrador Retriever takes flight during the qualifying watermarks on Sunday. I was shooting the flier which allowed for a unique shooting perspective. Nikon D300 with AFS Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 VRII.


Handler Dana Young of Tall Oak Retrievers sends her dog on the final mark of the qualifying watermarks. Nikon D300 with AFS Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 VRII.


A young retriever heads to the line in the Derby Stake. The derby allows dogs to be brought to the retrieving line on lead. Nikon D300 with AFS Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 VRII.


Vehicles lined up waiting their turn to run the Amateur stake land blind. Field trials can bring large numbers of people to the area and can be good for the economy.Nikon D300 with AFS Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 VRII.


Amateur stake judge, Ed Aycock, records the work of a dog during the Amateur stake. Nikon D300 with AFS Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 VRII.


Dr Bruce Ahlers kicks his dog off on the Amateur land blind. Nikon D300 with AFS Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 VRII.


A retriever brings a bird back during the Open land marks. Nikon D300 with AFS Nikkor 600mm f/4 VRII.
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