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Morgan

Morgan
  • HRCH  Maple Creeks Captain Morgan MH, QAA
  • AKC # SR23990406; UKC # R189-630
  • DNA Profile #:V513386
  • DOB: February 25, 2005
  • FC-AFC Calumets Super Sonic x FC-AFC Maple Creeks Maggie May
  • OFA: Hips, LR-167009E24M-PI (EXC); Elbows, LR-EL34715M24-PI (Normal)
  • CERF: Eyes, LR-46025/2008–36 ; RD/OSD Normal; PRA normal
  • CNM: Clear by test
  • EIC: Clear by test
  • The following tests were performed on Morgan’s DNA in Australia:
  • Cystinuria: Normal
  • Mytotubular Myopathy X Linked: Normal
  • Narcolepsy: Normal
  • Long Hair Gene: Normal
  • D Locus: Normal
  • Download Morgan’s Pedigree (255 KB PDF)
  • View Morgan’s Photo Gallery

Maple Creek’s Captain Morgan came to Blindfaith Retrievers in the fall of 2006 at age 17 months after having his initial field trial training  done by Mike Judas of  Ten Bears.  He was bred by Brad and Sonya Bowyer of La Grange, Georgia, the same breeders who produced our  yellow male, Blindfaith’s Pick a Blue Moon MH. Morgan is 70-72  pounds, medium  yellow and has a gentle and affectionate temperament. He is as eager to please as he is eager to retrieve. Morgan is one of the most stylish dogs we’ve ever seen and once you have seen him pick up a bird you won’t forget it.

Before we acquired Morgan, he ran two Field Trial Derbies and earned a JAM (Judge’s Award of Merit) in one. After arriving at BFR, Morgan began his hunt test career in the spring of 2007 passing four consecutive juniors and four consecutive seniors all in nine consecutive days to earn his junior and senior titles. Morgan passed his first  AKC Master the weekend of June 9, 2007  at Madison Retriever Club at the ripe old age of 2 1/4 years then followed it up with passes at WisAm, Backwater and Bootheel. Morgan earned his Master title at the Backwater Retriever Club spring test on April 13, 2008( after taking the 6 months off so that Bill could hunt!) exactly one year after beginning his hunt test career . Morgan ran and passed his first two HRC Finisheds on March 28 & 29, 2009 , passed his third and fourth on May 2 & 3 earning his HR title and followed that up by passing his fifth and sixth the weekend of May 16 & 17.  Morgan passed his seventh consecutive finished to earn his HRCH title on May 30 at Mississippi Flyway. He completed all 7 Finisheds with no handles on any marks or diversions and with 14 beautiful blinds.  Even though  our hearts are not in the field trial game like they were 20 years ago, we want to give Morgan  a chance to see if he can do some good so we may run some field trial qualifyings during the second  half of 2011 ( see below).

FLASH!! Even though we were not able to do much training in the spring of  ’11, we entered Morgan in the Qual at the American Amateur RC Spring trial and he earned a JAM in a very hard qualifying. The “hunt test dog” came out during the first half of what was described as ” the toughest qualifying water blind I’ve ever ran” by one experienced field trialer but Morgan got through it and finished well. Marcia and I feel that this shows he is a player in this arena as well…just as we believed all along.

Morgan earned the Reserve Jam in the Qualifying at Midwest Field Trial Club’s spring 2012  field trial. We’re getting closer!

We got there!  Morgan won the Qual at American Am on May 25, 2012 and is now Qualified All Age.

Morgan has also been introduced to the wonderful game we call pheasant hunting and has taken a special liking to it!  During the first two weeks of September, Morgan dove hunted for the first time and did a very nice job as well.

Morgan has now had quite a number of breedings and the litter owners are all happy with the pups that Morgan has produced. One puppy, Tru , owned by long time west coast pro, Paul Shoemaker, won the junior puppy stake at a March 7 field trial on the exact day he turned 3 months old!!! No collar, no lead, steady and delivered to hand!! . Tru has a Derby jam and will soon be entered in Qualifyings. We are looking forward to watching the progress of these well bred puppies and we plan to keep a puppy from Ruff’s final breeding to Morgan which has been done. We have now reacquired Tru from our good friend Paul who was unable to continue competing with him.

A number of Morgan’s littermates are doing very well in the competitive world. AFC Maple Creek’s Mattie Mae ( Mattie), originally owned by Morgan’s breeder, Brad Bowyer, has derby points, qualified all age at 2yrs, has won two Am’s and has three open thirds under her new owner, Dave McMahan. Mattie won the Amateur and placed third in the Open at Lincoln Trail RC  the weekend of October 22, 2010 and now has her AFC.  Two other littermates, HRCH Maple Creek’s Calumet’s Coyote MH ( Yote)  and FC-AFC Downtown Buster Brown XXXI( Buster),   made the  Nat’l Derby list. Yote had 19 derby points, a third and a fourth in quals and a 2nd in a SRS regional qualifying him for the Crown Championship that year.

Buster won both the Open and Amateur at the Tulsa Retriever Club spring trial on May 6-8!  The wins earn Buster the FC and AFC titles, qualifies him for the Nationals and earns him membership in the exclusive Doubleheader Club! Congrats to Buster and his owner Charles Bearden!

Mattie won the Amateur at Bluegrass on October 8 – 9 to complete her AFC! Congrats go out to owner, Dave McMahon.

Blindfaith’s Burt Becker Magnum MH ( Littermate to Tru) earned his first two master passes at the BRC Falll Test in Sept. 2010 at the age of 21 months and did so in grand fashion…no handles on 17 marks and 6 beautiful blinds!  Nash earned his MH title at the OVRC  hunt test in April of 2011, the weekend after Morgan qualified for the BRC Hall of Fame!  We look for great things from this young dog. Complete info on Nash can be found on his website, www.nashatstud.com.

At the Spring 2011 Backwater Hunt Test Morgan had six offspring running, 3 in Master, 2 in Sr and 1 in Jr. All passed each event they entered!  See the accomplishments page for details. The next weekend Nash’s littermate, Tru ( Blindfaith’s True Spirit), ran his first Qual out in Washington state and went out on the land/water blind combo after hammering the retired gun land  triple.

Morgan is available for breeding and frozen semen is now available!. Morgan is OFA hips excellent/ elbows normal, CERF and RD/OSD normal , CNM and EIC clear. His stud fee is $900. Morgan has a great pedigree with no Lean Mac and his stud fee is reasonable. Check his pedigree out. It has to be one of the best in the retriever world! Morgan has had a thorough Breeding Soundness exam exam done using the University of Illinois and East Lake Hospital for Animals in Danville, Il. in February of 2013 and he has been found to be in great shape for breeding.

Morgan is one of three American bred Labs to be selected for importation of frozen semen to Australia. We are honored that Morgan was chosen along with NFC-AFC Hunter’s Run Boo Boo and FC-CFC LKY’s Controlled Burn. This is quite an honor and we look forward to Morgan puppies    ”down under”. Puppies from these litters are involved in police and customs work down under.

Morgan’s daughter, MACH3 Grizzly’s Razz-Ma-Tazz RN JH MXC MJC AXP OJP MXF OFP T2B2, a female out of Dan Tyner’s yellow female Taya.(  Tazz is owned by Alice Hartnoll and Gary Springstroh) is the top agility dog in the United States  as of June 30, 2013!  We are very proud of the fact that Morgan’s puppies are doing so well in many different arenas!

Morgan’s daughter, ” Sylvia”, is the first Blood Detection Dog in the country doing police work in which she detects .2 or a ml of blood! Morgan’s offspring excel in many areas! Click on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stC1wNKfPIw&feature=youtube_gdata_player to view Sylvia and here about the work she does!

 

Tru

Tru
  • HRCH Blind Faith’s True Spirit MH, QAA
  • AKC # SR53460901; UKC # R206-143-D
  • DNA Profile #: V658977
  • DOB: December 7, 2008
  • HRCH Maple Creek’s Captain Morgan MH  x  HRCH Blindfaith’s Rufffian MH
  • OFA: Hips, LR-194025E31M-VPI (Exc); Elbows, LR-EL51836M31-VPI (Normal)
  • CERF: Eyes, LR-EYE238/48M-VPI
  • CNM: Clear by parentage (Both parents owned by us and tested)
  • EIC: Clear by parentage ( Both parents owned by us and tested)
  • Download Tru’s Pedigree (76 KB PDF)
  • View Tru’s Photo Gallery

Since arriving here at Little Wappaoolah Tru has resumed his field trial training and been introduced to the fine points of the hunt test world. He is doing fine in both arenas of training but he and I are still getting to know each other. He is a beautiful boy and he loves the work. Our plans are to run Tru in both field trials and hunt tests ( AKC and UKC). Tru is available for breeding and has sired one litter out west and now has been bred numerous times here in the midwest. Tru’s son, Blind Faith’s Ten Commandment’s, out of his first litter ran the Derby this past spring in Washington starting at the ripe old age of 8 months. Ten took second place in a Derby at the ripe old age of 12 months and was  running the Qual at age 18 months (Feb. 2013).

As of August 18, 2014  Tru has entered 18 and passed 16  AKC masters doing a great job in each case and earning his MH title and induction into the Backwater Retriever Club Hall of Fame. In the first master he failed he was perfect thru 9 marks and a double blind and then ” turned me off” on the final blind…still don’t know what happened?????.  We entered  him in his first Qualifying even though we felt that he was not quite ready. The test was scrapped ( and we had to scratch…see what’s new page) after Tru was one of only two dogs to do the first two series after 10 dogs and the test dogs had run ….A GOOD START! In his second Qual Tru went out on the last bird of the last series when he did not see the bird and I messed up big time….A REALLY GOOD START!! Tru followed the good start with a second place in his first Qual of 2012 at Ohio Valley on April 27, earning the distinction of being Qualified All Age as well as earning his MH title and qualifying for the 2012 Master National!

Tru ran HRC Finished this spring and summer and earned seven passes ( earning his HRCH title in seven attempts)  at Illinois River HRC, Mississippi Flyway HRC, Backwater HRC and Wisill HRC. Like his father Morgan a job well done!

When Tru was out in Washington state he remarkably won a sub junior  test at a field trial on the day he turned 3 months old…running without collar or lead, 100% steady and delivering to hand from the sit position. ..an auspicious beginning. He later won a junior before turning 6 months! Tru also Jammed a Derby shortly after turning one.

Tru is light-medium yellow and weighs about 70 pounds with a beautiful head and tons of spirit.

Ten

Ten
  • HR Blind Faith’s Ten Commandments
  • AKC# SR68485301; UKC# R242-158
  • DNA Profile #: V739249
  • DOB: July 06, 2011
  • HR Blind Faith’s True Spirit MH, QAA x Willows Whisper Midnight August
  • OFA: Hips LR-206066G27M-VPI; Elbows LR-EL60923M27-VPI
  • ECR ( CERF): LR-EYE2545/28M-VPI
  • EIC: Clear by test ( Animal Genetics).
  • CNM: Clear by test ( Animal Genetics).
  • Chocolate factored by test and breeding ( Animal Genetics).
  • Download Ten’s Pedigree (63 KB PDF)
  • View Ten’s Photo Gallery

Ten was originally owned by our good friend Paul Shoemaker of Arlington, Wa. He was bred by Diane Tillett with Paul’s guidance and we were fortunate enough to acquire Ten shortly after Paul’s death in early September of 2013. Ten is a beautiful, hard charging 65 pound light medium yellow who, like his father, Tru, and grandfather, Morgan, wants to please! Ten ran his first Derby at age 8 months and then placed second in a Derby at 12 months eventually earning 7 Derby points before moving up to the qual at 14 months. Ten, in spite of many difficulties due to Paul’s failing health and shifting around took a JAM in the Qual and then got a Qualifying Fourth two days before heading east for the 2200 mile trip to BFR. Many thanks to Burt Sweet and his wife for bring Ten to us and also to Eric Venard for arranging the trip and bringing Ten the last 150 miles arriving here at 6AM on Friday morning September 27, 2013.

The dam’s side of Ten’s pedigree, while not containing titled dogs in the first three generations contains very well bred dogs from the famous Mallard Lake Kennels home of at least 9 All Age titled Labs including two National Finalists. Mallard Lake is owned by Fazio Liberato who stopped running field trials in order to start a new business. That was the reason our friend Paul Shoemaker chose to do this breeding with Tru!

We initially had no immediate plans for Ten other than give him the kind of home Paul would have wanted! Getting to know him and his ways is high on the list and so far this boy seems like a winner! We will undoubtedly run him in AKC Masters and some FT Quals and possibly some UKC Finisheds. More to come between now and Spring 2014! As of now we plan to try to earn the MH and HRCH titles for Ten and then jump back into some field trials with Ten.

Ten has now passed 4 Masters, “failing” one when he was running his best water blind and something moving in the woods distracted him and he was dropped. Others saw it for the record not just me. Judges did not. Ten has now passed 4 of the 6 AKC Masters he has run. Last failure was completely my fault!

We have Ten and his dad Tru entered in 6 HR Finished during May and June and one Qual. Ten passed the Finished both days at Illinois River HRC and Mississippi Flyway HRC ( earning their HR titles),  passed one finished at Backwater and one at Wisill and now has six of the eight needed passes for the HRCH title.

Ten is light medium yellow and weighs in at 67 pounds. He has now had four breedings.

Bustin’

Bustin
  • Blindfaith’s Bustin’ A Move SH
  • AKC# SR51294804; UKC# R216-938
  • DNA Profile #: V658978
  • DOB: August 7, 2008
  • CAFC, HRCH Gunner, Flight Interceptor SH x
  • Erins Edge Double Magnum Meg
  • OFA: LR-189176G24M-VPI( Good); LR-EL48438M24-VPI( Normal)
  • CERF: LR-54224/2008-2
  • CNM: Clear by parentage
  • EIC: Clear by parentage
  • Download Bustin’s Pedigree (18 KB PDF)
  • View Bustin’s Photo Gallery

Bustin’ will be going to South Carolina  for training with Ray Weaver from mid January until mid March. Any breedings would be done there.

Bustin’ is an 88-90 pound chocolate male that we purchased from Nancy Planasch of Erins Edge in Wisconsin. He is one of the nicest puppies we have ever had….great temperament, smart and loving. He is a beautiful, deep chocolate, loves to retrieve and goes with style. We hunted pheasants over Thanksgiving  2008 and decided to throw a big rooster for Bustin. Even though he had never seen a pheasant in his life, he raced right out, picked it up with no hesitation or playing and promply brought it right back to Marcia.  Three months old and kickin’ it !!  He enjoyed his first dove hunting early in September 2009. Seeing him bring in a dove was a hoot…big mouth, little bird!Look for good things from this boy.

Bustin’  had hip prelims and CERF done in October and turned out fine and now has his official OFA clearances on hips and elbows.

Bustin’ completed his JH title in 4 straight ( passed a 5th straight the next day) and earned his SH by passing 4 out of 5  seniors and distinguished himself in doing so. We will now prepare him for running Master. He runs with great style and enthusiasm.

Bustin’ has been running Master setups pretty darn well so we are going to enter Bustin’  in the Backwater Master in early September. Either way he’s a fine animal!

Bustin’ now has his first Master pass ( Backwater in September 2013) so he’s one for one!

A few words about Bustin’. We are not wealthy and just don’t have the time, money and energy to run all of our dogs in the events for which they are well qualified. For a number of reasons we have focused our attention on our two yellow boys, Morgan and Tru, and that turned out well. Unfortunately Morgan became seriously ill the day after he won a Qual and for the next 4 months we were caring for him and doing little else. So Bustin’ and the other young dogs got the short end of the stick so to speak. Anyone can say that there dog ” can do the work”. So I will just say that Bustin’ is an exceptionally beautiful Lab..big head, well muscled with an outstanding dark coat. He has great style and runs senior level marks and blinds. He was running Derby type singles and easier doubles when we were working on that. All in all he is a fine specimen and worth of breeding. He brings a lot to the table and if all goes well with our lives our plans are to run Grace and Bustin’ in Senior level stuff starting with UKC while we run Tru for his HRCH. We will see how the money holds out as we decide on whether or not to pursue the field trial game with Tru, Morgan and possibly Grace. All in all Bustin’ is a fine dog both for the Home and the Field!

Bustin’ is available for  breeding and has been DNA profiled.

Linc

Linc
  • HRCH Ten Bear’s Hot Rod Lincoln MH
  • AKC # SN92696301; UKC # R174-152
  • DNA profiled
  • October 30, 2002 – August 27,2014
  • FC-AFC Hilltop’s Hayseed x HRCH Jasmine Black as Night MH
  • OFA: LR-147584E25M-PI(EXC.) LR-EL25054M25-PI
  • CERF: LR-39765/2008–64
  • CNM: Clear
  • EIC: Clear
  • Download Linc’s Pedigree (121 KB PDF)
  • View Linc’s Photo Gallery

Linc has been sold and now is standing at stud in southern Mississippi. Joe Wilkens of Gautier, Ms.  now owns Linc and can be reached at 228-990-7790. Linc passed his first Master with Joe at Magnolia on April 27-28. CONGRATS LINC and JOE!!!!

We purchased Linc in May 2004 and it was love at first sight. Linc is not only a strikingly beautiful dog; he moves like a spirited race horse being led to the track. Linc is stylish and graceful and he runs full-tilt. His water entry is all-out and all-heart and his only aim is to please.

Besides his phenomenal grace and beauty, Linc is gentle, affectionate, easy to handle and one of the best marking dogs we’ve ever seen.To date, other than a ” safety ” whistle on the last bird of a test Linc has only handled on two marks in competition and has never failed a HRC finished test. Bill was approached with a handsome offer to buy Linc immediately after Linc ran his first Senior Hunt test in August 2004. We took this as a great compliment but said no thanks.

Linc obtained his HRCH title May 1, 2005 at the age of 2 1/2 years by passing 7 sraight HRC Finished events. As of May 3, 2009, Linc has passed 12 HRC Finisheds  in 12 attempts. Linc earned his AKC Master title that  fall shortly before turning 3 on Oct. 30, 2005.  He is now happily hunting pheasants and ducks and has had about 12 breedings. Reports on Linc’s puppies have been glowing. Linc  qualified for the 2007 Master National and was inducted into the Backwater Retriever Club Hall of Fame on January 26,2008 along with his best buddy, Sophie. We are very proud of our boy Linc!

Linc is black (yellow-factored with no chocolate { VetGen tested}), has a “different” pedigree and weighs 75-80 lbs. Linc’s stud fee is $500.

Linc passed away on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 in Joe’s bedroom…….