|Flyboy's Ruby Deux|
|Hot Day for Field Trials|
Field Trialing is for the fit dog and handler. I say that without reservation. If the dog is not fit, he can't handle the heat and stress of running flat-out in the heat (or snow, rain, etc.), day after day. Of course, Fido may do very well a time or two, but, if you are observant, you will see the winners on the podiums as perfect physical specimens. They are worked ahead of time- trained and practiced and roaded/run....a lot. They can handle the physical stress of travel, changes of routine and scenery and running hard day after day. As for the handler, it helps to be able to move quickly, as well. I tried hard to keep up with the younger bucks and running is not allowed (the rule is absolutely, strictly enforced), but sometimes age and fitness matter. It's important to be able to move quickly around the field with the dog working as a team- heat or not.
|Cap 1st and Ruby 3rd in Second Day Elimination|
|The Final 8 (Cap is 3rd from left.)|
|Nebraska Cornfields and Rainbows|