Thomas Co. - They are some of the best hunters in the nation. No, not men, but dogs. Co-chair Beckey Malphus says, "The event we're having here is a national hunt test event. This is a hunting retriever competition, this is the highest level a hunting test dog can achieve."
And the dogs come to Thomasville from all over the country. Doug Shade, from Portland, Oregon, has three retrievers in the competition. He says, "We make a big trip every year to travel wherever the national is being held."
Shade says the best part about the competition, is meeting new people. "They are wonderful to be around everywhere you go in the country," he says, "they're great people. That's what I enjoy about it."
Malphus says there's also another benefit, money pouring into the community. She says, "It's been a tremendous impact on the business community. The hunt tests will bring approximately 500,000 to a million dollars into Thomas County within this two week period of time."
The hunting tests started Sunday and are expected to last through this weekend. The retrievers that pass the test will be awarded a plate and a ribbon.