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Louisburg Going to the Dogs


Attend the Super Retriever Series this weekend

LOUISBURG, North Carolina, March 22, 2007 — See how far and how high dogs can jump during the Ducks Unlimited (DU) Super Fly and Super V events as some of the best sporting dogs in the country compete in the Super Retriever Series (SRS).

Fowl Creek Kennels and the city of Louisburg, North Carolina are hosting the SRS retriever trials and DU dog jumping events this week. This is the third of seven SRS events in the 2006-07 season that will culminate in the SRS national championship in Hot Springs, Ark. in June. The event brings some of the best retrievers and handlers to North Carolina for the first time since 2001. The competition began Wednesday and is free and open to the public through March 25.

“Fowl Creek Kennels is a great place to bring your family. And if you love watching great retrievers, you won't want to miss it,” said SRS Director Shannon Nardi. “Parking and admission are free, and there will be affordable concessions.”

More than 125 dogs and handlers are competing at this demanding event. Teams from as far away as northern California are entered. Jesse, a black Labrador retriever, handled by Cade Gentry is the top-seeded dog in the retriever trial event. Local handler and Fowl Creek Kennels owner Stacey West will handle the second seed, another black Labrador retriever named Rankin.

The top three dogs/handlers from each event get an automatic bid to the Crown Championship held at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas, June 9-10, 2007. For more information call 501-321-2277 or visit http://www.superretrieverseries.com.

Directions to venues

Fowl Creek Kennels

Take 56 East towards Castalia. Turn right at 1st caution light on to East River Road. Go approx. 2 miles. Road splits. Take right fork (still East River Road). Go approx. 1.5 miles; turn right onto Dixie Meadow Lane.

Jumping Run Farm

Follow directions to Fowl Creek Kennels and continue past Dixie Meadow Lane on East River Road and look for signs on left. Large white farmhouse with barns and silos.

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, March 21, 2006
 8:00 a.m. - Retriever Trial Series One begins - Full Field
Thursday, March 22, 2006
8:00 a.m. - Retriever Trial Series two begins - Full Field
3:00 p.m. - Amateur Super Fly Qualifier - 2 jumps each

Friday, March 23, 2006
8:00 a.m. - Retriever Trial Series 2 Continues
9:30 a.m. - Amateur Super Fly Qualifiers - 2 jumps each
1:00 p.m. - Fun at the Super Fly dock with the Pro's
3:00 p.m. - Team Waterdog at the Super Fly Dock Area.
4:00 p.m. - Amateur Super Fly Qualifiers - 2 jumps each
4:00 p.m.- Meet the Semi-Final Retriever Trial Competitors - Super Fly Dock

Saturday, March 24, 2006
9:00 a.m. - Retriever Trial Series 3 Semifinals begin / 12 Teams Qualify
9:00 a.m. - Super Fly Pro Qualifying Competition -Fowl Creek Kennels
11:00 a.m. - Puppy Stakes sponsored by Avery and Presented by HRC.
11:00 a.m. - 1:30p.m. Junior Handler sponsored by HRC.
11:00 a.m. - 1:30p.m. Speed Retrieve sponsored by HRC.
      • Meet and greet the top Super Fly Pro handler teams at the pool area.
11:00 a.m. - Super V Practice and qualifying round
12:30 p.m. - Super Fly Amateur Finals - Top 12 Dogs, 2 jumps.
      • Immediately following this - Top 6 dogs, 2 jumps
      • Super V qualifiers continue immediately following Super Fly AM Finals
      • Top 4 advance to the Finals
2:00 p.m. - Retriever Trial Series 4 Finals Begin Top 5 Teams

Sunday, March 25, 2006
12:00 p.m. - Super Fly Pro Finals Top 12
1:00 p.m. - Super V Pro Finals Top 12

Contact: Mike Checkett
(901) 758-3793

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