Pointing Breed Field Trials

2007 American Brittany Club National Amateur Championship
Blue Mountain Wildlife Management Area, near Booneville, Ark.
By Bonnie Hidalgo, AKC Executive Field Representative

The American Brittany Club (ABC) National All Age Field Trial commenced on Monday, Nov. 19, with the running of the National Amateur All Age Championship. Sixty-eight of the nation's finest Brittanys came to the starting line at the Blue Mountain Wildlife Management area near Booneville, Arkansas.

Trial Chairman Tom White and Trial Secretary Steve Ralph had things running in an orderly fashion with the help of an efficient committee. The trial began promptly on Monday morning and concluded on Saturday, Nov. 24. The Thanksgiving Holiday was observed during the trial with the meal being served after the running on Thursday.

Area Manager Larry McAnally and Assistant Red Bailey had the grounds in tip top shape. Coveys of birds were found on all courses. The ABC also released 1,000 quail on the Friday before the event began. There were actually complaints about "too many birds" -- quite a turnaround from years past! Larry and Red took turns driving the dog wagon, which not only gets the dogs where and when they are needed but also serves to aid the spectators who "don't do horses."

Judges for this prestigious championship were Dave LaChance, Jack Murphy and Roscoe Staton. These gentlemen have many years of dog experience and have judged quite a few of the best field trials in the nation. They put in long hours selecting the best dogs from each day to put on "the board." Nineteen dogs were posted in all. Those dogs and their handlers were as follows:

TJ's Prairie Blizzard, handler Jessica Carlson
Just Call Me Roy, handler Kent Patterson
Shady's Tia Maria, handler Marilynne Little
MTB CaboRita de Scipio, handler Tom White
Dakota Alley Cat, handler Bo Ackerman
Maxwell's White Spirit, handler Kent Patterson
Tequila Jack II, handler Bob Rankin
Megasmoke Limited Edition, handler Tom White
Ru-Jem's A Touch of Bourbon, handler Jerry McGee
Windtuck Rocket's Red Glare, handler Tom Milam
Bouncin Betty, handler Bill Burton
Dakota Luke, handler Dick Mantler
Redlines Tequila Twist, handler Bill Leffingwell
Cooper's Ozark Traveler, handler James Doherty
Brisco's Mr. Stub, handler Ray Trimble
MTB Emme's Cabo de Scipio, handler Tom White
Countess Conac, handler Sue D'Arcy
Linvel's Ace of Diamonds, handler Lisa Pollock
Smarteyes-Joker, handler Steve Ralph

From this list of all stars, the judges decided on their favorites. They found their Champion in FC/AFC Maxwell's White Spirit. This exciting 6-year-old male was handled by his owner, Kent Patterson. FC/AFC Maxwell's White Spirit is a result of the mating of FC/AFC Lobo's Boss Man X Maxwell's Lucky Strike. He appeared in the 16th brace of the stake, which ran on Wednesday afternoon.

FC Dakota Alley Cat was named Runner-Up Champion. From the breeding of FC/AFC Blaze Dakota Trucker and Snake Eyes Double Down came this now 8-year-old male. He is owned by his handler Bo Ackerman.

3rd Place went to FC/AFC Cooper's Ozark Traveler owned by James and Betty Doherty and handled by James Doherty. This dog was also sired by FC/AFC Blaze Dakota Trucker and is out of FC/AFC Mo Kan Razzle Dazzle. "Coop" is an 8-1/2-year-old male.

NFC/NAFC/FC/AFC Just Call Me Roy came in at 4th Place. This 8-1/2-year-old male won this stake in 2006. He is proudly owned by Tom Ettinger and was handled by Kent Patterson. His papers show a cross between NAFC/FC/AFC Piney Run Sam x FC Mark's Pride of Savannah.

It is tradition at the ABC National Amateur All Age Championship for the Judges to name the Top Woman Handler of the stake. Named to this high honor in 2007 was Jessica Carlson. She beat out a formidable group to receive this honor.

Click on image for caption and larger view. Photos by Mary Jo Trimble.