Pointing Breed Field Trials

East Seattle Pointer Club
August 19-20, 2006
Fort Lewis Area 21
Rainier, WA

By Bonnie Hidalgo, AKC Performance Events senior executive field representative

The East Seattle Pointer Club’s Pointing Breed Field Trial on Aug. 19 and 21 featured a course consisting of  a long strip of prairie with pine forest on two sides at Fort Lewis’ Area 21 in Ranier, Wash.

It was a warm and dry weekend, with clear skies each day, with the exception of smoky haze lingering in the air. The trial began on Saturday just after 7 a.m. and ran until 7:30 that evening.  It started promptly again at 7 a.m. Sunday to run the remainder of the 81 entries. When the haze cleared on Saturday afternoon, Mt. Rainier was visible 45 miles to the east of the breakaway.  The prairie grass gave enough cover for birds but not so much that a dog wasn’t easily visible.  There were some thickets and trees on the course that made nice places for planting birds. 

The site of the trial, Fort Lewis, is an active U.S. Army base. Area 21 is on the south end of the military reserve and is far enough out that the Army rarely conducts tank maneuvers there. During times of national alert, permission for use of the grounds may be rescinded. Hence, local clubs put in for dates at Scatter Creek, Rochester, Wash., and for Fort Lewis for the same events.

Chairman Cal Palmer and Event Secretary Judy Cheshire, with the help of a knowledgeable Field Trial Committee, did an excellent job of organizing and executing this event. The Field Trial committee consisted of Irene Palmer, Doug Ljungren, Judy Cheshire, Penny Ljungren, Janet Grunbok, Brian Lybeck and Mike Eades. They were aided by participants who volunteered their help with various duties. The Judges worked hard and long hours. The weekend’s Judges were Ray Calkins, Bryan Lybeck, Peter Von Ohlen, Heinz Ahlman, Wayne Yamashita and Jim House. The stakes included Open Puppy, Open Gun Dog, Amateur Gun Dog, Open Limited Gun Dog and Open Derby.

The club hosted a social hour after Saturday’s running, followed by a lasagna dinner, a well-attended affair.  Irene Palmer, Judy Cheshire, Sue Ahlman and Penny Ljungren are to be commended for their efforts.

The East Seattle Pointer Club, the oldest field trial club in the northwest, dates back to the mid 1950s. The name of this club is misleading as it is actually an all-breed pointing dog club. Besides being active in the sport, most of its members are actively involved in their individual breed clubs as well. 

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