The newest addition to our family, Pinecroft Taylor’s Big Boy (“XL”) made his field trial debut in the Amateur All-age at the Central States trial this weekend. It was a gorgeous fall weekend with frosty mornings warming quickly in the sunshine. The scenery was lovely. The conditions were tough for the dogs on Saturday once it warmed up and the moisture dissipated, and scenting conditions deteriorated.
Ten dogs were back in each all-age stake for the third series this morning, and I was very excited that XL was amongst the Amateur callbacks. We ran second. The frost was just off the cover, but XL found his two birds well and made two nice retrieves, one a long fall on a crippled bird. I am THRILLED that XL placed third, and *almost* as pleased that our good friend George Reichert got the win to finish Caper’s AFC title. Thanks much to judges Steve Beyer and Jerry Light for the placement (and the ticket – woo hoo!!). Huge thanks to Marty Knibbs and Greg & Connor Wharton for allowing XL to become part of our family and for giving him such a great start.