Pointing Breed Field Trials

German Shorthaired Pointer Club of America National Amateur Championship and National Futurity

By Bonnie Hidalgo, AKC Executive Field Representative

The 2012 GSPCA National Field Trial kicked off on Monday October 15 with the first series of it National Amateur Championship.  Ninety dogs vied for the title, running on the Bechtel Ranch grounds at Eureka, KS.  The first series is a half hour heat with retrieving done on course.  The second series runs for 45 minutes with no retrieving requirement.

Trial Co-Chairs Mike Aldrich and Phil Mathiowetz were ubiquitous.  Stake Manager Dan Hoke did a fantastic job of organizing a team of fellow Professional dog trainers and a handful of Amateurs to facilitate the running of the Amateur Championship.  These volunteers covered a multitude of duties.  Lori Rezzardi served as Judges Marshal, Brooks Carmichael manned the dog wagon, the gunning and bird planting was done by various professional handlers.  The stake proceeded smooth and steady and the first series was concluded on Thursday afternoon.

Judging this prestigious stake were Jim Wortman and Ken Chenoweth; both of these gentlemen have years of experience with quality bird dogs.  They carefully selected their favorite performances to call back twenty great dogs for the second series. The dogs they chose for the second series were braced as follows:

1. Sixxem’s A Cut Above handled by Keith Bryant with Llano’s Tails A Flame handled by Joe Inderman

2. Snowy River Full Gauge handled by Chase Verdoorn with Crystal Blue Persuasion handled by James Messer

3. Snowy River Sambo Smokin handled by Chase Verdoorn  with Tjust Lucky Three Spot handled by Keith Bryant

4. Uodibar’s Woodman handled by Hayley Killam with Five Star’s Cindy handled by Greg Kieser

5. Uodibar’s Angelina handled by Hayley Killam with Sundance Kid’s Gunsling 45 handled by Andy Gerdes

6. Gabbe’s High Plains Jax or Better handled by Kevin Waide with Up n’ Adam’s Tyler handled by Keith Richardson

7. Prairie Edge Tippy handled by Pat Vandehei with Murphy’s Cheap Trick handled by Brian Murphy

8. BDK’s Break The Bank handled by Keith Richardson with DCR’s Rough Justice handled by Don Pool

9. Foxglove’s Uptown Girl handled by Karen Niffenegger with Snowy River Wildfire Smoke handled by Chase Verdoorn

10. Texas Little Bit of Dixie handled by Terry Bomer with WFK Belle’s Georgia Peanut handled by Tim Zick

The Second series began on Friday morning and completed late Saturday morning October 20.  Erica Bechtel, Dan Hoke and Mike Aldrich readied the Photo shoot location while the final brace was running.  The large Kansas boulders with fall decorations draped over them were resplendent; hanging above and behind this were the posters honoring the fine sponsors of this event.  Purina Pro Plan and Tri-Tronics have given generous support to this event.  Their sponsorship is greatly appreciated by everyone even remotely involved with this trial. Purina representatives Pat Lamantia and Roy Pelton were on hand at the start of the Amateur, Roy stayed for its conclusion.

The Winners of the 2012 GSPCA National Amateur are:

NAFC: FC/AFC Sixxem’s A Cut Above owned by Keith Bryant & Leonard Morales, handled by Keith Bryant

2nd:  NAFC/ FC /AFC Llano’s Tails Aflame owned by Joe & Chad Inderman, handled by Joe Inderman

3rd: NAGDC/FC/AFC Snowy River Sambo Smokin owned by Chase & Mark Verdoorn, handled by Chase Verdoorn

4th: FC/AFC Murphy’s Cheap Trick owned and handled by Brian Murphy

Judges Award of Merit: FC WFK Belle’s Georgia Peanut owned and handled by Tim Zick

The GSPCA National Futurity commenced at 1:30 pm on Saturday with Brooks Carmichael as Stake Manager and Stevie Casdorph piloting the dog wagon.  The GSPCA chose highly qualified bird dog men to decide this important juvenile stake.  Advertised judges Ken Sanderson and Heath Kooima officiated. Don Dalton served as Judges’ marshal.

There were sixty –two entries drawn to run in the Futurity, one was scratched.  The 30 minute course was in great shape and birds were plentiful.  Six braces were run on Saturday afternoon; the stake continued on Sunday with 13 more braces and concluded Monday afternoon.  Quality was high in this stake with quite a few worthy performances.  The best of these were announced as the winners:

1st: HK’s Takin A Freeride, male, bred by James Booth, owned by Hayley & David Killam, handled by Eldon Hongo

2nd: Royal Run’s Regardless, male, bred by Don Schug, owned and handled by David King.

3rd: Cutter’s Mighty Slick Texas Ranger, male, bred by Michael Patrick, owned by Elaine Glasheen, handled by Lenny Morales

4th: PJ Wildfire’s Little Angel, female, bred & owned by Joe & Angela Vicari, handled by Joe Vicari

The National All Age Championship commenced on Tuesday morning, October 23 with a strong field of 49 worthy contenders.  It will be followed by the National Open Gun Dog Championship which is scheduled to start on Saturday October 27.  There are 81 entries in that final stake of the GSPCA 2012 National Field Trial.