Tarn was whelped 7-15-87 and competed in AKC retriever field events beginning in September of 1988 when she passed the first senior hunting test she entered. She earned the Senior Hunter (SH) and Master Hunter (MH) titles and had 9 1/2 all-age points acquired in amateur and open field trial events (including an amateur win). She was eligible to run the Master National Hunting Test several times and qualified at the 1997 Master National held in Butte, MT; at 10+, she was the third oldest dog to qualify that year. Pictures from that event are shown below.
To demonstrate that she could work places other than the field, Tarn earned the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certificate on December 6, 1997. She then earned her CD (companion dog) title on June 6, 1998 the month before she turned 11. Tarn qualified in the first three Novice events she entered to fulfill the requirements, but showed her true field spirit in the fourth attempt. During the group sit exercise, Tarn was absorbed in watching the dog in the next ring retrieve an article during a scent discrimination exercise. When the judge in that ring walked between Tarn and the scent article pile, Tarn hopped about one foot to the side, immediately returning to the sit position, to keep from losing sight of the scent article pile. In the field this would be a smart dog "improving their view of a fall", but in the obedience ring, it caused a failure for Tarn in her attempt to get an "insurance" qualification towards her CD title.
Her sire, FC-1984 NAFC Trumarc's Zip Code is the second highest scoring retriever in field trial history. Tarn had two litters, the first sired by FC-AFC Black Gold's Kates Rascal, a yellow lab, and the second sired by CH Halo's Bacherts Super Chance JH. I kept a male (Rascal) and a female (Classy) out of her first litter and a male (Willie) out of her second litter. All her puppies have been black, but Classy and Rascal carry the gene to produce yellow and Willie carries the chocolate gene (but not yellow). Classy, Rascal, and Willie all earned their Master Hunter titles and have qualified for the Master National.
Tarn always gave 100% in the field although she never broke at any event in which she was entered. After her 11th birthday, she was retired from all competition, though she did occasionally get to hunt. At age 12+, she was still the best hunting dog I've ever been privileged to own, hunting doves in September and early October. It's very difficult to watch as a best friend and hunting companion loses a battle with cancer. Tarn lost her battle on January 24, 2000 and joined Chance and Corky at the the rainbow bridge.
2xNFC WHYGIN CORK'S COOT FC-AFC TRUMARC'S RAIDER FC LUKA OF CASEY'S ROCKET NFC-AFC SAN JOAQUIN HONCHO FC-AFC CARR-LAB PENROD Doxie Gypsy Taurus Bain Gypsy Jet FC-NAFC TRUMARC'S ZIP CODE CFC HIGHLANDER'S BOJANGLES NFC MI-CRIS SAILOR CFC MI-CRIS BLACK LADY Seymour's Windjammer Mist NFC-2xNAFC SUPER CHIEF FC WANAPUM SHEBA CAN DUAL CH DART OF NETLEY CREEK Bakbay Cody's Tarnhunter, MH WCX FC-AFC PAHA SAPA CHIEF II NFC-2xNAFC SUPER CHIEF Ironwood Cherokee Chica Super Powder FC MARTEN'S MISTER NIFTY FC MARTEN'S BLACK POWDER KATE Dick's Black Scamp Doc's Country Classic Carnmoney Spud FC-NAFC RAY'S RASCAL Miss Fiddlesticks Twiggy's Classy Rascal FC-NAFC-CFC GUY'S BITTERROOT LUCKY Wanapum Twiggy Jilly's Tiger Lil
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