Pointing Breed Field Trials

Gordon Setter Club of America National Field Trial

by Bonnie Hidalgo The Douglas County Wildlife Management Area at Solon Springs, WI was decked out in fall splendor for the running of the Gordon Setter Nationals. This scenic venue is even richer in its history. Great field trials have been running here for nearly a century. The clubhouse was dedicated in 1935; the Field Trial Dog Cemetery marks graves dating back to 1933. Solon Springs is a Sharp-tail Grouse management area that continues to be a favorite site for National Championships.

The GSCA National Open Championship commenced on Tuesday October 3 with an entry of 33 dogs. The new National Champion is FC/AFC Par’s Falcon on the Prowl. This stylish Gordon Setter male is owned by Gerald and Sandra Churton and was capably handled by Roy Smith. His owners were on hand to witness his performance as was his breeder, Pat Sanborn. AKA Tiger, the new Champion appeared in the 5th brace of the stake. The weather was cool and partly cloudy. Tiger ran an excellent gun dog race, making attractive forward moves. His first find was extremely impressive with his scout finding him on point. His head and tail were lofty and his manners were beyond reproach. Tiger scored two more clean finds to round out his 45 minute bid for the title. He had plenty of “go” left at time.

NFC/FC/AFC McGovern’s Rave Review claimed the second place in this Championship for owner Cindy McGovern. Ray, as he is called, was handled by Trena Cardwell. Ray ran in the rain in Tuesday’s final brace, the 9th of the stake. He ran a smart gun dog race with two nice finds. Ray had a strong finish.

Third in the Championship went to Doubledee’s Falcons Whata Deal owned by Gwynne McDevitt and handled by Walter Cruz. Dealer was in the third brace. He ran a good, hunting course, with snap. His first contact was on grouse, he pointed it nicely but relocation was necessary. The bird flushed independent of the dog while he was relocating. Dealer went on to have a good quail find and a mannerly stop to flush on grouse.

Owner handled Timberfin Blazing Teal placed fourth for his proud owner Cindy Findley. Teal appeared in the 6th brace, the first after lunch on Tuesday. Conditions were poor, with a thunderstorm moving through. Heavy rain fell during the brace. Teal managed to score one good find on quail despite the conditions. He turned in a consistent gun dog race.

The Judges named an Award of Merit to Wynd Dancer Tenasscity. She was handled by Trena Cardwell for owners Becky and Dan Voss. Pudgey ran as a bye in the final brace of the National Open Championship on Wednesday afternoon. She started slow but warmed into a good gun dog race. She scored three finds; the first on grouse the rest on quail. She handled her birds well.

The Judges for the National Championship were Ray Marshall of Stillwater, MN and Jim Baker of Del Valle, TX. They paid close and equal attention to all dogs in the stake.
The Open Puppy ran on Thursday morning and was judged by Ray Marshall and Jackie Marshall. They had five full braces from which to choose the pups with the best potential.

The winner of the Open Puppy was Tomar’s Locust Hill Surprise, owned by Anne Boyd and Dale Walker. Jill was handled by Trena Cardwell. In Second place was Shadowfax Field Agent owned by Bill and Jan Holloway and handled by Bill. Clearcut Rising Wind was named third. She is owned by Greg and Michelle Johnson and was handled by Matt Eder. The Fourth place puppy was Wynd Dancer Wildfire. It was the first field trial for Smoke and his loving owners, Don and Patricia Strom. Smoke was handled by Becky Voss.

The trial continued after my departure with the Open Derby on Thursday afternoon and the National Amateur Championship on Friday and Saturday. Judges for those stakes were Jim Brigham of Madison, WI and Wayne Adams of Delton, MI.

Winners of the Open Derby stake were as follows. In First place was Tomar's Locust Hill Surprise owned by Anne Boyd and handled by Trena Cardwell. This fine young dog won both juvenile stakes. Second place went to Wyndancer Clearcut Ruby owned by Dean and Jill Fries and handled by Dan Voss. In third place was Clearcut Rising Wind owned by Greg and Michelle Johnson and handled by Matt Eder. Shadowfax fraser MacFarlane was fourth for owner Lynne Barnett.

The 2006 National Amateur Champion is Tomar's Renegade Hot Attitude owned and handled by Janet Grunbok. Doubledee Danni owned and handled by Gwynne McDevitt was second. Third place went to Countdown's Duncan Macfarlane, owned and handled by Lynn Barnett. Fourth place went to Sierra Nevada Hot Pursuit, owned by Stu and Colleen Farnham and handled by Stu.

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