2013 Event Coverage

AKC Pointing Breed Gun Dog Championship

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Day 1 – AKC Pointing Breed Gun Dog Championship

The 2013 AKC Pointing Breed Gun Dog Championship returns to Branched Oak Lake near Lincoln, NE for the 20th annual renewal. Branched oak has been host to this National Championship four times in the past. Being centrally located, Branched Oak draws an excellent contingent of dogs from throughout the country. The Nebraska Field trial association is this year’s host club. The NFTA is comprised of 7 dog clubs that work together to maintain the grounds and clubhouse at Branched Oak. Proceeds from this event have enabled the NFTA t make numerous improvements to the area such as electrical hook-up for campers, new outhouses, clubhouse repairs, and course improvements. The committee headed up by Joe Fingerlin (Chairman), Don Bergmeyer (secretary), and Dave Borg (Treasurer) spent untold hours to assure that the running of this event would be smooth and that all the needs of both people and animals were taken care of.

The running began with the non-retrieving stake run first. With 38 braces to run the plan is to run 6 braces a day. Of course scratches and weather can change that plan. The retrieving stake and the Derby stake are scheduled to begin Saturday March 23, 2013.

Weather for the first day can best be described as cold. Actually it was not that terriblely cold, temperatures began in the mid 30’s and rose only ito about 43 degrees. A stiff northerly wind at 15 to 25 MPH made the feel like temperature feel much colder than the actual temperature. Skies were cloudy for the entire day.

Brace 1) NFC/FC/AFC Lundy’s red Bull, Owner/Handler- Laura Miller
FC Light-Em-Up Luke (Brittany) Owner Dave Klien, Handler Ben Gracia

The first brace was released promptly at 8 AM. Both dogs raced to the front and displayed a pleasing ground race. Bull had a nice find at 10 minutes just before the rock crossing, displaying very god style and good manners. Bull’s day was short when a weak bird was retrieved to his handler. Luke did a nice job on the ground. He had three good pieces of bird work, the first at 19 minutes, and the second at 36 minutes along a brush line just west of the fish camp, and the final at 50 minutes in a plum thicket after the frog pond. All his bird work was well mannered. Luke also carded a non-productive in a very dense thicket on the south edge of the property. He finished the hour.

Brace 2) Windtucks Say My Name / Orlando, (Brittany) Owner- Derek and Sarah Onofrio, Handler Ben Gracia
FC/AFC WFK Hilted Marshside Margarita / Sister, (GSP) Owner Dradley Taylor, Handler Dave Walker

This brace was released on the east side of the wooden bridge, beginning of the normal Gun Dog course. Both dogs displayed good gaits and dedicated hunting efforts.

Sister started off the bird finding at 5 minutes with a very stylish point at the far end of the gun Dog bottom. She is super looking on her game, head and tail high, liking like she was made of stone as her bird was flushed. She scored a second stylish find at 15, again with very good manners. At twenty minutes Orlando got his turn with a well-mannered find along a line of brush on the edge of a crop field. Sent on, both dogs applied themselves well. The 45 minute mark found Orlando again pointing with sister stylishly backing. All was in order for this piece of bird work. Taken on across the concrete bridge and back on to the main course, Sister again found game at the 50 minute mark. This time was the Brittany’s turn to back. Again all was in order. As time was about to expire Orlando was found on point in a thicket on the top of the hill before the rock crossing. No game was produced. Both dogs finished the hour.

Brace 3) Ringafire’s Sweetwater / Jill, (Pointer) Owner / Handler David Taylor
NFC/FC Brillow’s Wild West Show / Miss Kitty, (GWP) Owner Rhonda Haukoos, Handler Jim West

Released on the main course, near the fish camp, both dogs impressed early with attractive ground races. At 12 minutes Jill had a nice find, buried in a thicket. Very mannerly for the flush and shot. Unfortunately Jill took a wrong turn and her day was over at the 30 minute mark. Miss Kitty ran a well-directed race. She carded a single find at 28 minutes where she looked good and showed off her good training. She spent the remainder of her time hunting the cover, running with purpose but was unable to record another find.

Brace 4) Ringafire’s Eclipse / Suzie, (Pointer) Owner / Handler David Taylor
Uodibar’s Freebee / Freebee, (GWP) Owner Clair Wisch & Kelly Wisch, Handler Jim West

Suzie scored first with a bird at ten minutes. She had three other well-spaced finds. She moved forty yards from her fourth bird and had her fifth find. She ran strong to the front until the end.

Freebee found her first bird as Dave Taylor was flushing a bird for Suzie a short distance away. She had a second find was in order but her third at 59 minutes was too much.

Brace 5) FC Brillow’s Wild West Ponder Rosa / Fuzzy, (GWP) Owner John Sodoro, Handler Jim west
Firestarter Crossed the Line / Ty, (Brittany) Owner Andrea Christensen, Handler Ben Gracia

Fuzzy wasn’t having her best day and her handler picked up early.

Ty made a big cast to the left and was found pointing before passing area 9, all in order. He had two more good finds, the last as time was called.

Brace 6) FC/AFC Shadowfax Frasier Macfarlane / Frasier, (Gordon Setter) Owner Lynne Barnett, Handler John Rabidou
FC Northern Slopes Chuck / Charlie, (English Setter) Owner Matt Elder/Matt Holt, handler Matt Elder

Fraser showed very good style and manners on his bird, had a nice honor and one unproductive. He displayed a solid ground race.

Charlie had three intense finds his last a woodcock. Eder picked up early after a non-productive. His effort on the ground was commendable.

Posted dogs;
Ringafire’s Eclipse / Suzie, (Pointer) Owner / Handler David Taylor
NFC/FC Brillow’s Wild West Show / Miss Kitty, (GWP) Owner Rhonda Haukoos, Handler Jim West

Day 2 – AKC Pointing Breed Gun Dog Championship

Day two began under cloudy skies with temperatures in the 20’s. The wind had changed direction, coming from the south, and was much lighter than the day before. The feel like temperature was much nicer for the humans than the first day. As the day progressed the skies cleared and the temperatures rose to the low 40’s. The first brace was released at promptly 8 AM.

Brace 7) CCK’s Ricky Ticky Roo Roo (Roo), GSP Owner – Doug Spencer, Handler – Jim West
FC/AFC Palm Glades Lee’s Madeline (Maddie) GSP, Owner - Bradley Taylor, Handler Dave Walker

Both dogs made big moves through the first field. At 7 minutes Roo was pointed out 200 yards to the front pointing into a plum thicket, with very nice style. Maddie came into the area and performed a nice natural back. It was a very pretty picture, and both dogs displayed their good training. At 12 minutes Maddie carded her first of five finds. She displayed excellent style and manners, as she did on each piece of work. This first find was along the old roadbed that runs west from the fish camp. Her second find, at 16 minutes, was on the edge of the island of trees. Her third find was in the south west corner of the property, in a low area. Roo had been a handful but came in and nicely backed her brace mate. Roo’s handler took this opportunity to put her in harness. She had done nothing wrong but her handle was a bit rough today. Maddie scored again at 32 minutes in a large group of trees just before we turned to go back north. Again she was very mannerly and her style was top shelf. Her final find came at 45 minutes. She had been gone for a few minutes and just when your reporter was beginning to think that the dog must be pointing somewhere her handler found her directly in front, pointing into a small clump of brush, her final find was handled as well as her other finds. She finished her hour just before the wooden bridge, still with a snap in her step.

Brace 8) Brillows Big Wild West (Wiley), GWP Owner – Todd Tuls and Rhonda Haukoos, Handler - Jim West
FC Uodibar’s Moon Pie (Pie), Owner / Handler John Rabidou

The second brace of the morning was released from Area 9, just east of the wooden bridge. The action started early at 7 minutes with the call of point from Two hills over, deep to our left for Wiley. Wiley displayed very nice style. Both dogs did a very nice job of applying themselves to the available cover, with Pie making a nice showy cast along the east property line. As Pie came back to the center of the course, she swapped ends in the long draw leading up to Amateur Hill. She stood with high style as her brace mate came in for a back. The 31 minute mark had Wiley pointing again on the upper bank of the first pond after Amateur Hill. Head and tail high, his manners without question. At 45 Wiley was again found pointing along a lateral tree line, 150 yards to the right. Both dogs showed well after the concrete bridge. Pie recording two nice finds in the space of 5 minutes, one at 55 and the second at 58, both times displaying great style and manners. Wiley had a final find at 57 minutes. Both dogs finished their time.

Brace 9) 2XNAFC/FC/AFC Chukarhill Rimrock Ridge (Ridge), E Setter Owner / Handler Cynthia Findley
FC Jazs Tornado Allie (Allie), GSP Owner - Adam Birch, Handler Jerry Jordan

Released from the fish camp the action started early for this brace. At one minute Allie swapped ends. She was pointing into a clump of brush, high and both ends and mannerly for the flush and shot. At 4 minutes Ridge was observed pointing along a grass edge. Classic setter stance and the manners of a champion were on display. 6 minutes later Ridge was found pointing on the west property line, all in order. Allie would card the next find at 25 minutes just before the frog pond area, all in order. Both dogs applied themselves to the course well, Allie taking more operator input but both dogs were pleasing to watch. As the sun began to poke through the heavy clouds, Ridge was again pointing game along a thin brush line on the south end of the big gun dog bottom. Again, with style and manners to burn. Both dogs finished their hour.

Brace 10) FC Dress Blues (Buddy), GSP Owner Micheal Aldrich, Handler – John Rabidou
FC/AFC Erbies Fire Skeeter (Skeeter), GSP Owner / Handler Bob Erbe

John Rabidou and Buddy let it roll from the brake away. He was carded with a divided find and another bird of his own. Buddy didn’t stop soon enough with his brace mate on point and went to the dog wagon.

“Skeeter” Skeeter ran a nice race her manners were tested four times. The first, a divided point at the bottom of the rock hill. Again she stood steady on find number two when Buddy failed to back. Scout Jan Erbe called point after a wide search for her dog buried deep in a plum thicket. After the bridge crossing, Skeeter at 59 minutes pointed again.

Brace 11) FC Uodibar’s Pearl Booth (Pearl), GSP Owner / Handler John Rabidou
FC WFK Marshside Firefly (Firefly), GSP Owner – Bradley Taylor, Handler Dave Walker

Leaving area 10, Walker’s dog Firefly, pointed in the ditch along the main road. Nice style and manners were scored for Firefly. A nice back for Firefly on top of the hill before dropping into area nine went in the book for Walker. The dogs became separated as Rabidou’s dog stood just passed area 9. Just past the key hole, Walker decided to call it a day.

Pearl stood her first bird with Firefly backing, both dogs looked great. Pearl was really letting it roll when she stood a second time. She was a picture on point but failed to produce. Pearl went to the front and was seen pointing from rock hill near fish camp.

Brace 12) FC Suka’s Smooth (Jenny), Pointer Owner / Handler Steve Bailey
FC/AFC Coldcreek Jake (Jake), GSP Owner Michael Rodeghiero, Handler – Matt Eder

Steve Bailey turned his Pointer Jenny from fish camp and headed to the dam. Going up the hill passed the dam Jenny was seen backing her brace mate. During the flushing attempt Matt Eder’s dog Jake had to go with the bird. Jenny stood steady and was taken on. Before area 10 Jenny pointed and a dead bird was produced. Her handler had seen enough and we rode back to camp.

Posted Dogs Day Two

FC/AFC Palm Glades Lee’s Madeline (Maddie) GSP, Owner - Bradley Taylor, Handler Dave Walker
Brillows Big Wild West (Wiley), GWP Owner – Todd Tuls and Rhonda Haukoos, Handler - Jim West

Day 3 – AKC Pointing Breed Gun Dog Championship

Day three began under cloudy skies. A rain shower had passed through during the night leaving a damp atmosphere. The temperature was 33 degrees at breakaway, with a stiff wind. Winds were forecast to be in the 25 to 35 MPH range with gust to 40 MPH. The judges and committee discussed if the running should be delayed due to the wind. It was decided that the running would begin and if the conditions worsened to the point where it was unfair for the dogs then they would suspend the running. Although the wind did blow all day it was never worse than conditions on Saturday and the running proceeded as scheduled.

Brace 13) Free Flight’s Moon Struck (Paris) GSP, Owner - David O’Brien, Handler - John Rabidou
FC WFK Belle’s Georgia Peanut (Peanut) GSP, Owner - Dave Walker & Lee Prichett, Handler – Dave Walker

These two dogs broke away with gusto. Through the key hole Paris went low and Peanut went high. Point was call for Peanut havf way to the buffet line. A dead bird was picked up in front of Peanut. Paris swung low along the lake and both dogs joined going down rock hill. Going up from fish camp parking lot both dogs were spotted standing. Paris was pointing and Peanut was backing from a good distance. Rabidou flushed a Woodcock with each dog showing nice intensity. On up the hill along the fence row point was called again. This time Peanut was pointing and Paris was honoring. Walker flushed a quail, all in order. Paris crossed the dam and moved up the hill. Peanut was seen going back up the fence row. Near the top of the hill point was called for Paris. Rabidou couldn’t produce a bird and Paris was moved on. The last stand for Peanut did produce a bird. Both dogs joined up after the bridge crossing and moved to the right. Paris was seen standing and I moved ahead with Peanut. Peanut started showing signs of an injury (blown pad) and Dave picked her up. Paris had a non-productive and joined Peanut in the dog wagon.

Brace 14) NAFC/FC/AFC Brownhaven Steel Magnolia (Rachel) Irish Setter, Owner / Handler Jim Baker
NGDC/FC/AFC Eshod’s Arkansas Lady (Lady) GSP, Owner - Orville Williams, Handler – Ray Dohse

Leaving from the lower fish camp road, each dog had a nice brake away. Near Amateur Hill Lady pointed and Rachel backed, Rachel was moved on as Lady was relocated. Lady stood steady as her bird was flushed. Rachel made some big moves before crossing the concrete bridge. Lady went lateral and scored another find before catching up. Both dogs went down rock hill and turned right. Rachel stood her bird along the fence row heading south. The brace ended near fish camp parking lot.

Brace 15) Milomix Earl (Earl) Gordon Setter, Owner - Lynn Barnett, Handler – John Rabidou
FC/AFC Sinbad’s Lil Swami (Genie) Pointer, Owner - John Houghton, Handler – Ray Dohse

Breaking away from fish camp parking lot both dogs took the hill toward the dam. Genie went left at the dam and Earl went right. Earl made a nice run all along the edge for the big field before crossing the wood bridge and kept going until a bird stopped him in deep cover to the right just short of Area Nine parking lot. In the meantime Genie’s scout caught up asking for the tracker.

Brace 16) FC Uodibar’s Texas Moon AKA Pete (Pete) GSP, Owner David O’Brien, Handler John Rabidou
MTB Scipico’s Hot Shot of Whizki (Cali), Brittany Owner - Tom White and Margret Horstmeyer, Handler Tom White

The first brace of the afternoon was released under clearing skies. The wind was still a factor but not prohibitive of bird hunting. Cali opened the action at 8 minutes with a nice find before the rock crossing. Pete came in and honored his brace mate with very good style. Both dogs were mannerly for the flush and shot. At 15 minutes Pete had indiscretion on game and was up. Cali continued on but slowed some by the 30 minute mark and was picked up at 35 minutes.

Brace 17) Eshod’s Sinful Indulgence (Della) GSP, Owner Mark Provost, Handler – Ray Dohse
FC MTB Can Am Formula Fun (Franni) Brittany, Owner – Tom White and Margret Horstmeyer, Handler Tom White

Released from the fish camp this pair sped to the far hilltop. This pair of dogs were a pretty sight. Both well gaited, Cali has a very pleasing gait that is quite eye catching. Della was not having her best day and was in harness around the 20 minute mark. Cali had three very nice pieces of bird work. Her first find at 18 minutes, was just east of the wooden bridge, her second, at 25 minutes, which was probably her best find, was near the end of a long tree line, and her final find was under a dead tree at 32 minutes. Each time she demonstrated excellent manner and with style to burn. She also carded 2 non-productive stands. She would finish her hour although she slowed as the hour progressed.

Brace 18) DC BBB’s Flashy Rose JH (Roxie) Brittany, Owner Jay L & Jean A Hallaron, Handler – Ray Dohse
Armburst’s Deuce (Deuce) GSP, Owner - Barney Guyett, Handler – Art Armburst

The final brace of the day was released from Amateur Hill. Roxie was displaying a pleasing gun dog race, with an easy handle and good application. Deuce was a bigger running dog. He displayed a desire to dig into the cover. He was lost in the creek bottom and required the tracker to locate. Point was called for Roxie at 20 minutes. A mishap with the bird ended her day early.

Posted dogs

NAFC/FC/AFC Brownhaven Steel Magnolia (Rachel) Irish Setter, Owner / Handler Jim Baker
Milomix Earl (Earl) Gordon Setter, Owner - Lynn Barnett, Handler – John Rabidou

Day 4 – AKC Pointing Breed Gun Dog Championship

Tuesday morning began with much better conditions than the day before. The temperature was near the freezing mark but the wind had diminished to very light. The skies were mainly cloudy early but cleared as the afternoon progressed. As the day progressed, the temperature rose into the lower 40’s. The wind did pick up somewhat but never reached the level of the day before. A threat of rain was present but any precipitation stayed to the south of us.

I would like to mention a few visitors of note to this event. We have been privileged to have terry Trzcinski with us for the last few days. Terry represents Purina Pet Foods. Purina is a major sponsor to this and many others around the country. Without their support this event would not be the quality event it is today. I would like to extend my heartfelt thank you to Terry, Pat, Roy (who will be with us later in the week), and everyone at Nestle Purina for their continued support of our sport!

Also on hand is Russ Dalton of Heskett Saddle works. Russ has become a regular at this event. He made the beautiful custom saddle that is being raffled this year. His support is much appreciated.

Brace 19) FC Uodibar’s Diamond’s Angel Mia (Mia) GSP, Owner/Handler John Rabidou
NAFC/DC/AFC MTB Cabo Rita de Scipio (Rita)

Both dogs had their running shoes on. Through the key hole Mia pointed along the lower left. The short hoppy bird didn’t leave its cover but Mia stood steady. Rita took the key hole and sweep far to the left and along the bottom toward the fish camp. At the bottom Rita didn’t make the right turn and Mia did. Mia found another bird heading toward the dam, all in order. On toward the south end Rita showed up and each dog made the turn back toward fish camp. Rabidou dismounted again and produced a bird in front of the stylish Mia. Rita didn’t make the turn over the dam and Tom held up looking for Rita. As we started to cross the wooden bridge Rita appeared. The Judges appointed another handler and scout but she wasn’t having anything to do with it and was found in camp. Mia crossed the wooden bridge and carded a fourth find. After a short cast from her fourth stand Mia stood again as the running bird hopped away.

Brace 20) FC Pursuit’s Flashy Chick (Bonnie) Brittany, Owner–Jay &Jean Hallaron, Handler–Kim Trafton
WFK Palm Glades Sally’s Tip From Thai (Tippy) GSP, Owner Glenn Fussell, Handler-Dave Walker

Bonnie took the right edge from fish camp rode and pointed in the ditch along the paved road. There was a thick pile of brush in front of Bonnie and impossible to penetrate. Kim tried but knew to move on. We caught up to Tippy on amateur hill where tippy had a barren stand. Bonnie swing left with a mind of her own. Over the concrete bridge and through the key hole Tippy pointed along the left edge. Going down rock hill Tippy jumped a ditch and stood for the flush. We spotted Bonnie forty yards down the hill and Kim put up her bird as Bonnie watched. We ended the second brace near fish camp parking lot.

Brace 21) The “B” dog (Aggie) was scratched and the “A” dog (Dee) was moved down to run in the last brace.

Brace 22)NFC/NAFC/FC Flying Dutchman (Dutch) Pointer, Owner Spero Manson, Handler-Steve bailey Snowy River’s Cuttin The Edge (Edger) GSP, Owner-Chase Verdoon &John Jones, Handler-chase Verdoon

Each dog sped away running toward fish camp road turning left. The dogs crossed the dam and headed up the hill. On top of the hill we found a nice point and back. Dutch stood high on both ends and Edger looked like a million bucks backing. Before the relocation of Dutch, Edger was taken on. Steve couldn’t find a bird and after an extended search he went forward. We never caught up with Edger. Dutch crossed the wooden bridge locating a bird to the right of the course. After a short cast Dutch pointed again always stylish. Deep in a draw scout Bridgett called point, Judge and handler climbed down to flush for Dutch. Before getting to area 9 parking lot Dutch stopped again, this time no bird was found and Bailey picked up. Edger was reported to have a good run with two nice finds and if her back was any indication her points must have been nice.

Brace 23) FC Eshod’s Uprising (Ryder) GSP, Owner-Ed & Troody Moody, Handler-Ray Dohse
FC Jay Mar’s How Do You Like Me Now (G-Man) GWP, Owner-P. Hieber, N. Litwin, & C. Heiber, Handler-Jim West

G-Man opened the action at 4 minutes with a good find just as we left the break away field. He displayed very nice style and excellent manners. Ryder took a wrong turn and was lost early. G-Man hunted the cover well but had slowed by the 38 minute mark and his handler elected to pick him up.

Brace 24) FC Eshod’s Revolution (Mason) GSP, Owner Ed & Trudy Moody, Handler-Ray Dohse

Mason was ran by himself as his brace mate scratched. Released from the east side of the wooden bridge, Mason hunted the country well, always obedient to his handlers desire. He would record 4 finds. The first find was at 20 minutes, along the big draw on the east side of the property. The second was at 34 minutes as he was completing a big showy cast. His third find was at 41 minutes, just east of the wooden bridge. His final find was at 56 minutes in the tree line on the west end of the property. Each time he displayed great style and finished manners on game. He hunted well and his endurance was impressive.

Brace 25) Snowy River Wildfire Smoke (Smoke) GSP, Owner-Chase & Mark Verdoon, Handler-Chase Verdoon
FC Dash Away (Dash) Pointer, Owner-Spero Manson, Handler-Steve Bailey

The final brace of the day was released from the road on the south edge of the property. Both dogs were well gaited and animated. At 24 minutes on the east side of the big gun dog bottom, both dogs had spate finds. Good style was displayed by both, and each was mannerly for the flush and shot. Taken on, Dash gave her handler the slip and did not return to judgment. Smoke continued his hunt in a manner that was more controlled than the first 30 minutes, handling well. He would record three more finds, two along the big draw on the east side of the property. The first of these required a lengthy flushing effort due to the bird being at the bottom of a pile of dead wood. Smoke would card a final very good find just west of Amateur Hill. He stood under a pine tree and a single bird was flushed. On all his finds he displayed great style and perfect manners. He finished the hour going away.

Posted Dogs

Snowy River’s Cuttin The Edge (Edger) GSP, Owner-Chase Verdoon &John Jones, Handler-chase Verdoon
FC Eshod’s Revolution (Mason) GSP, Owner Ed & Trudy Moody, Handler-Ray Dohse
Snowy River Wildfire Smoke (Smoke) GSP, Owner-Chase & Mark Verdoon, Handler-Chase Verdoon

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Day 5 – AKC Pointing Breed Gun Dog Championship

Wednesday morning dawned with a mainly clear skies, and chilly temperatures. 15 degrees at breakaway with a 10 – 20 MPH north west wind made for crisp conditions. The temperatures would rise into the low 40’s in the afternoon under a warming sun, which felt pleasant after so cold of a morning.

I want to correct a couple of errors that have appeared in the daily reports. First is the handler of the Roxie in brace 18 was Kim Trafton. She has been doing a great job with the Brittanys that she has handled in this stake and I want her to get the recognition for her hard work. The other error that was made concerned Peanut from brace 13. Your reporter thought that she had been picked up due to injury, not hearing that time had been called. She finished her hour, but did damage one pad during her brace. Her’s was a gutty performance in the final minutes of her hour, pushing on with a sore foot. I regret these errors, but to get the reports out on the same day does not allow for much proof reading. I will strive to be as accurate as possible, and will correct any thing that I find was in error.

Brace 26) BDK’s Sin City Wildcard (Deuce) GSP, Owner/Handler Mike Beach
Up N’Adam’s Beguiling (Babe) GSP, owner-Thomas & Katie Tazza, Handler Dave Walker

The action started at 8:30. A nice brake away, with both dogs going through the key hole. Deuce went high to the buffet line and was served his first bird at 7 minutes. We rode down rock hill, turned right and spotted Deuce on our left in a large plum thicket, although the scout saw the bird running it couldn’t be found and mike moved his dog on. As we left the plum thicket Babe and Walker were above us trying but failing to produce a bird in front of an intense point. At 17 minutes Babe’s stand paid off going south toward pine row. Judges Marshal, Leo Bowman, had a good eye seeing Babe on point in a deep dark plum thicket a bird flew and Babe put another one in the book at the 20 minute mark. Each dog headed north toward fish camp parking lot Beach and Deuce were up ahead and I looked back to see Babe standing, the Judge noted a stop to flush and Babe went forward. Over the hill and into the bottom toward the wooden bridge Deuce went far, far to the right and his scout called us back to find Deuce standing into the wind. No bird was found and Beach ended their run. Time was called after crossing the bridge and we turned to the area 9 parking lot.

Brace 27) FC Sandy River Covey (Covey) E Setter, Owner Don Primley, Handler-Matt Eder
Hanshaw’s Widow Maker (Widow) GSP, Owner-Dr Kurt Loftin, Handler-Larry Loftin

Heading away from area 9 parking lot we had Matt Eder on his English Setter Covey and Larry Loftin with his GSP Widow. Both dogs pointed as we headed toward fish camp road. Dead birds were also pointed in the area. With Widow to the front on point Covey didn’t have enough brakes and took a walk home. Moved up a hundred yards Widow scored on another live bird, all in order. With fish camp road behind us Widow was seen pointing in the ditch closest to the road, a bird was flushed in front of a steady dog.

Again in the same ditch line and not too far from the last point Widow struck another bird with manners. Coming down amateur hill Widow found another bird. Released Widow went forward and had an unproductive. This brace ended and we took a short cut to fish camp parking lot.

Brace 28) NFC Hideaway’s Western Wonder (Luke) E Setter, Owner-Corey & Melissa Ling, Handler-Ben Garcia
FC Hanshaw’s Raising the Dead (Razor) GSP, Owner-Kirk & Larry Loftin, Handler-Larry Loften

Started away from fish camp parking lot. Both dogs pointed at the 2 minute mark. Heading toward the west we made the turn south and saw no action until Razor pointed at 18 minutes. We made the loop and went across the dam to find Luke standing in the grove of cottonwood on the top of the hill. Loftin caught up but without his dog and went looking, not to be found in time. Luke was another dog to have a UP in these Cottonwoods trees. We crossed the big bottom and across the wooden bridge to find Luke pointing a dead bird at 40 minutes. Swinging west from fish camp road Luke had finds at 43, 55 and 56 minutes. Luke had a pleasing run and was pretty on point.

Brace 29) Erbies Fire Powder (Powder) GSP, Owner-Robert Henderson, Handler-Jim west
Fireside Dale’s Shady Banker (Banker) E Setter, Owner-Dr M.B. Esser, Handler-Matt Eder

The action started early in this brace with point being called at four minutes for the Setter deep in the corner, by the wooden bridge. The dog stood with an exceptionally high head and tail. A hawk killed bird was produced. At 7 minutes powder stood proudly along the brush line before the rock crossing. Banker came in and executed a natural back. Both displayed their good training. Banker was next seen pointing near the tree island, west of the fish camp. As we approached a hawk was seen leaving the area. Again a recent hawk killed bird was produced. Both dogs were doing a good job of hunting the available cover. At 25 minutes Powder was found on point near the big cottonwood tree. As banker came into the area he missed the opportunity to back and was done for the day. Powder once again displayed good style and manners. Powder would card one additional find at 38 minutes along the big draw above the clubhouse. His location, style, and manners were above reproach. Headed toward the wooden bridge Powder slowed some and as we crossed the bridge, his owner and handler conferred and decided that they were not challenging the leaders and called it a day.

Brace 30) Second Hand Smoke (Smoke) GSP, Owner-Dick Walters, Handler-Jim West
NFC/NAFC/FC/AFC Tumalo Timber Jack (Jack) GWP, Owner/Handler John Williams

This brace was released from Area 9 parking area. Both dogs jumped to the front and had their running shoes on. Jack had a short day. At 14 minutes he brought in a bird and was placed in harness. Smoke spent his hour touring the lines and covers. He ran hard, handled well but failed to find birds. He finished the hour still jumping.

Brace 31) DC Sure Shot’s Sonora Gone Heywire (Sonora) GWP, Owner-Penny Ljungren, Handler-Jim West
Hideaway’s Gentleman Jack (Jack) E Setter, Owner-Ben & Amanda Garcia, Handler-Ben Garcia

Released from the road, near the south property line of the main course, the action started at the one minute mark with Sonora pointing into a dense plum thicket. She looked very good and was well mannered for the flush and shot. At 4 minutes Jack stood on the edge of a brush line near the big cottonwood tree. Sonora came in from a bad angle, did not see Jack and missed the opportunity to honor his point. After a through flushing effort and a relocation a bird was produced for the stylish setter. Jack scored his second find along the old road bed at 18 minutes, again he was high and tight for the flush and shot. He was standing again at 21 minutes which resulted in a non-productive. At 21 minutes he found game in the draw south of the clubhouse. A relocation was require, which Jack performed quickly moving right to the bird. Her good manners on display again. Jack was doing a good job of hunting and was showing that he would still be moving well at the hour mark when at 52 minutes a wild flushing bird ended his bid.

Posted dogs

Hanshaw’s Widow Maker (Widow) GSP, Owner-Dr Kurt Loftin, Handler-Larry Loftin
NFC Hideaway’s Western Wonder (Luke) E Setter, Owner-Corey & Melissa Ling, Handler-Ben Garcia

Day 6 – AKC Pointing Breed Gun Dog Championship

Snow flurries were passing through the area this morning. What appeared to be light snow in town was not the case at the trial grounds. Snow was falling at a heavy enough rate that visibility was reduced to less than ¼ mile. The decision was made to delay the first brace of the day for one hour and reevaluate the conditions at that time. The band of snow moved on, leaving about 2 inches of light fluffy snow on the ground. The first brace was released at 9:30. The temperature was in the lower 30’s with a 10 MPH easterly wind. The snow diminished by noon and the light, fluffy, 2 inches of snow was mostly melted by 4 PM.

Brace 32) Tumalo Teddy (Teddy) GWP, Owner-John & Sandy Williams, Handler-John Williams
DC/AFC Timberlines’ Straight to the Point (Sawyer) Brittany, Owner-Andrea Christensen, Handler-Ben Garcia

Teddy opened the action with a good find at 7 minutes. Sawyer readily backed the stylish Teddy. Sent on at 10 minutes the Brittany was pointing into a wood pile before the rock crossing, all in order. Sawyer would card a non-productive in the sumac near the tree island, at 15 minutes. Sawyer would score a nice find at 23 minutes, under a cedar tree along the old fence line on the south end of the clubhouse course. While the Britt was coming to the front, Teddy was credited with a Stop to flush at 30 minutes. Teddy would score a good find along the creek bed draw, his brace mate honoring the stylish GWP, 36 minutes. Across the bridge both dogs hunted diligently. Going along the brush line on Gun Dog Bottom, Teddy pointed stylishly, with Sawyer backing mannerly. Teddy would card another find on the same line, about 100 yards from the first find all in order. The final find would be credited to Sawyer who stood proudly under a big cedar tree. Both dogs finished the hour.

Brace 33) Borg’s Nightsky Eclipse (Eli) Pointer, Owner-David & Nanci Borg, handler-Jim west
DC Up N’ Adams Silhouette (Shadow) GSP, Owner-Thomas & Katrin Tazza, Handler-dave Walker

This brace was released from the lower road, near the east property line. Going up the draw that runs along the east side of the property, Point was called at 5 minutes for Eli, with Shadow backing stylishly. Relocation was needed and only a dead bird was found. Passing Amateur Hill and before the first pond, scouts called point for both dogs. Eli stood pointing into a brush pile, Shadow about 100 yards away also stood proudly indicating game. A dead bird was produced for the pointer. Shadow was credited with a good find. At 22 minutes, Shadow was found pointing into the heavy brush after the second pond this time the pointer backing nicely. Shadow required relocation, no bird was observed by the reporter. Eli would score a good find before Area 9 road, at 28 minutes, all in order. After crossing the concrete bridge and returning to the clubhouse course, Shadow pointed with great style in the creek edge. Eli added two non-productive stands at 45 and 55 minutes. Both dogs finished the hour.

Brace 34) NFC/FC/AFC Berry’s Bad Boy (Gus) Vizsla, Owner-Jeff Grainger, Handler-Jerry Jordan
FC Streek’s Lil Maggie (Maggie) E Setter, Owner-Donna Gibbons-Markey, Handler-Ben Garcia

Jerry (Coach) Jordan (who recently celebrated his 73rd birthday) turned Gus his Vizsla loose along with Ben Garcia and his English Setter Maggie. Both dogs made the key hole together with Gus going high and Maggie low. Maggie pointed at 3 minutes and with relocation produced a bird in the high grass. The dogs made the rock hill and turned right. Maggie swung to the left above fish camp parking lot and pointed high and tight. Meantime Gus had moved ahead and as we caught the front there was Gus standing on point on the south end. Judge’s Marshal advised me that this was the Vizsla’s second find. Together we made the loop and crossed the dam. Both dogs raced by the cottonwood trees and Gus pointed at 40. Maggie glanced back and saw Gus on point and wheeled around for an honest back. Again there was another non-productive for this spot. Jordan felt Gus wasn’t having his best day and pulled the plug. Down the hill across the wooden bridge Maggie stopped on a dead bird. She went forward for her last find at 59 near the waiting dog wagon on fish camp road.

Brace 35) Phoenix’s Li’l Lucy (Lucy) Brittany, Owner-Jay & Jean Hallaron, Handler Ray Dohse
FC Roundabouts Call Me Bodacious JH (Bodie) E Setter, Owner-Cathy Reifschneider, Handler-Ben Garcia

Brittany, Lucy with Ray Dohse and Bodie an English setter with Ben Garcia started the second hour heading west from fish camp road. This Brittany can run and run she did. Bodie stuck his first bird in the ditch along the paved road and looked as a Setter should. From this find Bodie moved to amateur hill and stood barren. At this time Dohse didn’t want to lose Lucy and pulled the tracker. Bodie found another bird at the pond before dropping into area 9 parking lot. Stopped again past area 9 he produced another bird. Over the concrete bridge, through the breakaway bottom and upon the buffet line Bodie stood. No bird was found here and that is where Dohse had found Lucy standing. With 15 minutes left Bodie stood high above fish camp parking lot for his final bird of the day.

Brace 36) Eshod’s Rosie O’floin (Rosie) I Setter, Owner-Robert & Tracy Dixon, Handler-Kim Trafton AFC Keg Creek Trix or Treat (Treat) GSP, Owner-Bruse & keith Bryant, Handler-Bruce Bryant

Kim Trafton turned an Irish Setter named Rosie loose. Sometimes it’s the last bird that will get you and sometimes it’s the first. With a full head of steam on the breakaway Rosie popped a bird in less than a minute. Bruce Bryant’s GSP went hard right down the road but was gathered up and returned to the front. Over the dam and up to the cottonwood trees Treat stood nicely. I would have bet a dollar to a donut another UP was in store. With a relocation Bryant’s dog pointed again, this time the bird came off a branch of a tree. After crossing the wooden bridge Treat pointed to the right of the course in another plum thicket. After relocation no bird was found and Treat went forward. We went west, Treat moving along the ditch by the paved road. Coming down Amateur Hill Treat pointed to the left of the gap in a brushy ditch. No bird was produced, and time was called as we came into area 9 parking lot.

Posted Dog

Tumalo Teddy (Teddy) GWP, Owner-John & Sandy Williams, Handler-John Williams

Day 7 – AKC Pointing Breed Gun Dog Championship

Friday began cloudy and cold, the temperature just low enough to freeze the dogs water bowls to the bottom. The skies were overcast and the air had a dampness that made the cold go right through a person. Winds were light and variable a dusting of snow had fallen overnight.

Brace 37

I’m Maddie, “Maddie”, GSP female owned by Todd Tuls, handled by Jim West ran with FC Ike’s Eshod Delight, “Dee”, GSP female owned by Ed & Trudy Moody, handled by Ray Dohse. They were the first brace on Friday morning; the pair broke away hard and fast down the left line from the clubhouse. At the far end Dee kept left while Maddie swung to the right and was on point at 3. Dee came around, heading toward Maddie and did not get stopped until she had gone past her. Dee was up for failure to back while Maddie carded a dead bird find. Maddie continued her forward pattern and scored attractive finds at 10 and 13. At 17 she suffered a barren stand. Her third find came at 33, with all in order. She crossed the dam at 41 and was absent but soon showed forward on the hill. Beyond the wooden bridge, Maddie scored her final find with style as the hour expired.

Brace 38

FC/AFC Tommy’s Dixie Chick, “Dixie”, Vizsla female owned by Steve Whitney and handled by Jerry Jordan was paired with DC/AFC Odyssey’s Cool-J Callen, “Callen”, GSP male owned by Chuck & Judy Parietti, handled by Ray Dohse. This brace was released at the north side of the lake. Both were forward from the breakaway. Dixie was absent briefly at the top of the hill but returned to the front at 16. Callen showed forward. They pointed side-by-side before the cement bridge at 25 but no birds were produced. Dixie scored a nice find at 33 on the west side of the marsh. Callen got too close to a bird at 34 and was up. Dixie scored her second find at 45 on the south end of the course. She finished her hour forward.

Brace 39

DC/GCH/NAFC/AFC Ariel’s Justa Gotta Go Now, “Louie”, GWP male owned by Bernee Brawn & M. Ezzo, handled by Jim West ran as a bye. He was released from the fish camp heading west toward the dam. His first find came at 2, he whirled to mark. His second find was on the hilltop before the dam at 7. His third find came at 25 just beyond the wooden bridge. At 34 he notched another find. Louie’s fifth find came at 50. Louie turned in a strong, fast and predominantly forward race and finishing the hour with a big move.

Placements:

1st – Brillows Big Wild West (Wiley), GWP Owner – Todd Tuls and Rhonda Haukoos, Handler – Jim West

2nd – Snowy River’s Cuttin The Edge (Edger) GSP, Owner-Chase Verdoon & John Jones, Handler – Chase Verdoon

3rd – FC/AFC Palm Glades Lee’s Madeline (Maddie) GSP, Owner - Bradley Taylor, Handler – Dave Walker

4th – Ringafire’s Eclipse / Suzie, (Pointer) Owner / Handler – David Taylor

Judge’s Award of Merit:

FC Eshod’s Revolution (Mason) GSP, Owner Ed & Trudy Moody, Handler-Ray Dohse

NAFC/FC/AFC Brownhaven Steel Magnolia (Rachel) Irish Setter, Owner / Handler Jim Baker

FC Uodibar’s Pearl Booth (Pearl) GSP, Owner / Handler John Rabidou

Best of Breeds:

German Short Haired Pointer – Snowy River’s Cuttin The Edge (Edger) Owner-Chase Verdoon & John Jones, Handler-Chase Verdoon

Brittany – Firestarter Crossed the Line (Ty) Owner Andrea Christensen, Handler Ben Gracia

Pointer – Ringafire’s Eclipse (Suzie) Owner / Handler David Taylor

German Wire Haired Pointer – NFC/FC Brillow’s Wild West Show (Miss Kitty) Owner Rhonda Haukoos, Handler Jim West

Irish Setter – NAFC/FC/AFC Brownhaven Steel Magnolia (Rachel) Owner / Handler Jim Baker

Gordon Setter – Milomix Earl (Earl) Owner Lynne Barnett, Handler John Rabidou

English Setter – NFC Hideaway’s Western Wonder (Luke) Owner-Corey & Melissa Ling, Handler-Ben Garcia

Vizsla – FC/AFC Tommy’s Dixie Chick (Dixie) Owner-Steve Whitney, Handler-Jerry Jordon

Day 8 – AKC Pointing Breed Gun Dog Championship

The first day of the retrieving stake dawned with cool temperatures, 35 degrees, with a very light breeze and overcast skies. As the day progressed the temperature remained fairly constant and snow flurries, which were moderately heavy at times, passed through the area. Despite the conditions the dogs seemed to enjoy the weather, what bird dog wouldn’t.
The format for this stake is to retrieve the first shootable bird on course. If the dog under judgment does not get an opportunity to retrieve during its brace then they are called back to retrieve.

Retrieving stake

Brace 1) FC JayMars How Do You Like me Now (G-Man) GSP, Owner-P Hieber/ N Litwin/ C Hieber Handler- Jim West
FC/AFC Shadowfax Fraser Macfarlane (Fraser) Gordon Setter, Owner-Lynn Barnett, Handler-John Rabidou

G-Man had 2 finds and a forward race. Fraser hunted hard but did not find game.

Brace 2) FC Brillows Wild West Ponder Rosa (Fuzzy) GWP, Owner-John Sodoro / Handler-Jim West
FC Dress Blues (Buddy) GSP, Owner Mike Aldrich / Handler-John Rabidou

Buddy had 4 classy finds, great style and intensity. His race was well directed, his good rapport with his handler was evident.

Fuzzy was up early.

Brace 3) FC Eshod’s Uprising (Ryder) GSP, Owner Ed & Trudy Moody / Handler-Ray Dohse
FC/AFC Tommy’s Dixie Chick (Dixie) Vizsla, Owner Steve Whitney / Handler-Jerry Jordan

Ryder carded 3 finds and had a nice retrieve. Dixie had one find and a stop to flush.

Brace 4) NGDC/RU/FC/AFC Eshod’s Arkansas Lady (Lady) GSP, Owner-Orville Williams / Handler-Ray Dohse
NFC/FC/AFC Berry’s Bad Boy (Gus) Vizsla, Owner-Jeff Grainger / Handler-Jerry Jordan

Lady had 3 good finds, one requiring relocation, along with a nice race.

Gus had two finds and a back. He finished his time to the front.

Brace 5) FC Brillows Big Wild Western (Wiley) GWP, Owner Todd Tuls & Rhonda Haukoos / Handler-Jim West
FC Eshod’s Revolution (Mason) GSP, Owner-Ed & Trudy Moody / Handler Ray Dohse

Wiley had three sell spaced finds. He filled the country yet remained hos good rapport with his handler. He had an especially nice and happy retrieve.

Mason carded two good finds. His race was forward and well directed.

Brace 6) Deuce was scratched; Maddie will move down to brace 12.

Brace 7) FC Snowy River Sambo Smokin (Sambo) GSP, Owner-Chase & Mark Verdoorn / Handler-Chase Verdoorn
Barker Boy’s Little Abby (Abby) GSP, Owner/Handler-Chris Bryant

Chase Verdoorn running his GSP Sambo and Chris Bryant with his girl Abby broke away from camp in a light snow. Abby hit the afterburners and I never saw her again, Bryant called for his tracker at 19 minutes. Sambo went through the key hole and pointed close to the lake near 2 minutes. Another find in the island produced a dead bird. Up on the fence row heading south Chase’s dog found another bird the shot was made through heavy cover but the dog marked and made a nice retrieve. Another stop just past 19 to the left of the course produced a bird and Sambo finished her run with legs to spare.

Sambo started by carding two nice backs before adding two finds. Abby had three finds and a STF. Both dogs ran hard to the front.

Brace 8) Snowy River Bad News Biscuit (Biscuit) GSP, Owner/Handler Chase Verdoorn
AFC Keg Creek Trix or Treat (Treat) GSP, Owner-Bruce & Chris Bryant / Handler-Bruce Bryant

Treat was gone early and the tracker was called for at 19 minutes. Biscuit carded three well-spaced finds and a stop to flush. He finished strong.

Brace 9) DC/AFC Odyssey’s Cool-J Callen (Callen) GSP, Owner-Chuck & Judy Parietti / Handler-Ray Dohse
FC Short Stuff Von Greiwe (Calli) GSP, Owner/Handler-Chase Verdoorn

With scratches we jumped to brace 9. Dohse on Callen and Verdoorn with Calli, starting to really snow now we broke away from fish camp parking lot. I may have missed something but I didn’t see anything on Callen until the Judges reported a bump for her upon rock hill. Calli pointed leaving rock hill toward camp no shot was tried and Calli was sent on to have a quick stop to flush. He had a UP on the buffet line and finished her time running to camp. A call back for retrieve was made at camp.

Callen was up early. Calli had one good find, one non-productive, and a stop to flush. She finished strong.

Brace 10) FC Streek’s Lil Maggie (Maggie) E Setter, Owner Donna Gibbons-Markey / Ben Garcia
FC Uodibar’s Moon Pie (Pie) GSP, Owner/Handler-John Rabidou

Garcia’s English Setter was top and Rabidou’s GSP was bottom. We left camp with snow stinging our eyes through the key hole to find both dogs standing on the buffet line 60yds apart. Setter (Maggie) was surrounded by the gunners but it flew toward the Judge and the gunners couldn’t shoot. That bird flew toward the GSP (Pie) and Maggie marked it as the shot was being made for Pie. Too much for Maggie and an unlucky situation turned bad. Pie was able to make the retrieve and moved on. He carded another find high on the fence row going south and finished at time.

Maggie had a find that ended her day. Pie had 2 nice finds, and finished the time.

Brace 11) FC Roundabouts Call Me Bodacious JH (Bodie) E Setter, Owner-Cathy Reifschnieder / Handler-Ben Garcia
FC Uodibar’s Diamond’s Angel Mia (Mia) GSP Owner/Handler John Rabidou

3:11 "Bodie" an English Setter with Garcia and "Mia" a GSP with Rabidou left fish camp. The dogs started with a divided find. Bodie has a UP, and then a bird on the buffet line the shot and retrieve were good. Bodie finished going toward camp. I can only remember a divided find on Mia, there could have been more. Her retrieve was completed with a call back in camp.

Both dogs shared a find early. Bodie would have one other find and a non-productive. Both ran for the time.

Brace 12) FC/AFC Palm Glades Lee Madeline (Maddie) GSP, Owner-Bradley Taylor / Handler-Dave Walker
I’m Maddie (Maddie) GSP, Owner-Todd Tuls, / Handler-Jim West

Two Maddies in this brace to be referred to as D Maddie for Dave Walker and J Maddie for Jim West. Heading south down fence row both dogs cut left and stood apart by 50yds. J Maddie produced and D Maddie didn’t. J Maddie was to the front but seen going down pine row well. D Maddie also took that edge nicely by herself. David’s dog pointed with success at 29 close to the road. Jim’s Maddie turned it lose at the end and finished strong.

Maddie (Walker) had an early non-productive a dandy find at near time, and a nice race.. Maddie (West) carded one find and had a strong race.

Brace 13) Up N’ Adam’s Beguiling (Babe) GSP, Owner Thomas & Katie Tazza / Handler-Dave Walker
Liverhead’s Jumping Jackie (Jackie) GSP, Owner/Handler Peter Wilkins

Two dogs were turned loose from fish camp heading south toward pine row. They went up the line and pointed together. Walker had Babe and Peter Wilkins had Jackie both GSPs. Babe got a better look and was collared. Jackie stood and Peter blanked it. Heading toward rock hill Jackie stopped again and the retrieve was made. High on the buffet Jackie stood a running bird as the shot was fired. Swing low she did it again before the key hole at 59.

Babe was up early. Jackie had 4 good finds, and an attractive forward race. She finished well.

Day 9 – AKC Pointing Breed Gun Dog Championship

Sunday morning dawned with a light covering of snow on the ground. About an inch of snow had fallen overnight. The temperature was 27 as I drove on to the grounds, the skies were grey, and a cold wind blew at 10 - 20 MPH out of the north west. The skies cleared as the day progressed allowing thetemperature to rise only to the mid 30's. The wind remained brisk all day.

Brace14) CH AFC Poquito's El Grito DeLa Mesa SH (GMan) Vizsla, Owner/ Handler Melissa Thomas

NGDC/DC/AFC JB's Asker Bout Birds (Kinze) Vizsla, Owner/Handler Joanne Beckley

GMan had a nice back and a good find, coupled with a solid race. Kinze had three well spaced finds and a powerful race.

Brace 15) Equinox Gus Dime (Dime) Vizsla, Owner Tom & Cindy Peshod, Handler - Cindy Peshod

FC/AFC High Roll N's Propaostion (Sonny) GSP, Owner - Tim & Erica Zick, Handler Tim Zick

Dime had a back and two good finds. Sonny also had two stylish finds and a back.

Brace 16) NFC/NAFC/FC/AFC Tumalo Timberjack (Jack) GWP, Owner - John & Sandy Williams, Handler - John Williams

FC/AFC Snowy River Full Gauge (Gauge) GSP, Owner/Handler - Chase Verdoon

Jack had 2 independent finds and shared a find with his brace mate. Gauge also had two finds and shared a find. Both finished well.

Brace 17)WFK Palm Glades Sally's Tip from Thai (Tippy) GSP, Owner Glenn Fussel, Handler - Dave Walker

Tippy's brace mate was scratched and she was moved to brace #27

Brace 18) FC WFK Marshside Firefly (Firefly) GSP, Owner - Bradley Taylor / Handler - Dave walker

NSDC/FC Ike's Eshod Delight (Dee) GSP, Owner Ed & Trudy Moody / Handler - Ray Dohse

Both dogs had separate finds at 10 minutes and at 20 minutes. Both finished their time.

Brace 19) AFC Buddies Paittroiot (Tank) GSP, Owner - William Rowekamp & Thomas Pescod / Handler - Cindy Pescod

FC WFK Belle's Georgia Peanut (Peanut) GSP, Owner - Dave Walker & Lee Prittchett / Handler - Dave Walker

Tank was lost to judgement early. Peanut had a broke turkey find on 4 turkeys, then two good finds where her great style was on display.

Brace 20) Gus (top dog) was scratched and Shadow was moved to brace 28.

Brace 21) NAFC/FC/AFC Sixxem's A Cut Above (Sadie) GSP, Owner - Keith Bryant / Handler - Chris Bryant

Tumalo Teddy (Teddy) GWP, Owner/Handler John Williams

Sadie carded a find and a nonproductive. Teddy had three nice, stylish finds and backed his brace mate.

Brace 22) FC/AFC Tjust Lucky Three Spot (Lucky) GSP, Owner - Keith Bryant & Bill Anderson / Handler - Chris Bryant

DC Up N' Adam's Prairie Wind (Keith) GSP, Owner Thomas & Katie Tazza / Handler - Dave Walker

This was a shortened brace, a divided find at 7 minutes was cause for them both to be put in harness.

Brace 23) DC Sure Shot's Sonora Gone Wild (Sonora) GWP, Owner - Penny Ljungren / Handler - Jim West

Armburst's Deuce (Deuce) GSP, Owner Barney Guyett / Handler - Art Armburst

Sonora carded 2 nonproductive stands. Deuce carded a find and finished the brace.

Brace 24) The top dog of this brace was scratched and the brace mate moved down to brace 25 which also had a scratch.

Brace 25) FC Jazs Tornado Allie (Allie) Vizsla, Owner Adam Burch / Handler - Jerry Jordan

FC/AFC Erbies Fire Starter (Skeeter) GSP, Owner / Handler - Bob Erbe

Allie made a mistake while honoring her brace mate and was done at seven minutes. Skeeter had a covey find at seven minutes and a nonproductive near time.

Brace 26) Snowy River's TNT Timber Tick (Trigger) GSP, Owner - Brains Silcott & Mark Verdoorn

NFC/FC/AFC Lundy's Red Bull (Bull) Vizsla, Owner / Handler Laura Miller

Trigger carded a good find and was up after a second find. Bull backed his brace mate at 12 then had 3 nice finds. His was a good race.

There are 4 braces left for the morning, the second series will begin in the afternoon.

Day 10 – AKC Pointing Breed Gun Dog Championship

Ret Stake / Second Series - Bracing of second series

Brace 1) I’m Maddie (Maddie) GSP, Owner-Todd Tuls, / Handler-Jim West
NGDC/DC/AFC JB’s Asker Bout Birds (Kinze) Vizsla, Owner/Handler Joanne Beckley

Brace 2) FC/AFC Palm Glades Lee Madeline (Maddie) GSP, Owner-Bradley Taylor / Handler-Dave Walker
FC Brillows Big Wild Western (Wiley) GWP, Owner Todd Tuls & Rhonda Haukoos / Handler-Jim West

Brace 3) Liverhead’s Jumping Jackie (Jackie) GSP, Owner/Handler Peter Wilkins
FC/AFC Erbies Fire Starter (Skeeter) GSP, Owner / Handler-Bob Erbe

Brace 4) NSDC/FC Ike’s Eshod Delight (Dee) GSP, Owner Ed & Trudy Moody / Handler- Ray Dohse
FC Dress Blues (Buddy) GSP, Owner Mike Aldrich / Handler-John Rabidou

Brace 5) NGDC/RU/FC/AFC Eshod’s Arkansas Lady (Lady) GSP, Owner-Orville Williams / Handler-Ray Dohse
Tumalo Teddy (Teddy) GWP, Owner/Handler John Williams

A sixth Brace was put on call if needed.

Brace 6) FC Uodibar Pearl Booth (Pearl) GSP, Owner/Handler-John Rabidou
FC/AFC WFK Hilted Marshside Margarita (Sister) GSP, Owner-Bradley Taylor / Handler-Dave Walker

Winners AKC Pointing Breed Gun Dog Championship

1st – I’m Maddie (Maddie) GSP, Owner-Todd Tuls, / Handler-Jim West
2nd – NGDC/DC/AFC JB’s Asker Bout Birds (Kinze) Vizsla, Owner/Handler Joanne Beckley
3rd – FC Dress Blues (Buddy) GSP, Owner Mike Aldrich / Handler-John Rabidou
4th – Tumalo Teddy (Teddy) GWP, Owner/Handler John Williams

Best of Breeds

Best GSP – I’m Maddie (Maddie) GSP, Owner-Todd Tuls, / Handler-Jim West
Best Vizsla – NGDC/DC/AFC JB’s Asker Bout Birds (Kinze) Vizsla, Owner/Handler Joanne Beckley
Best GWP – Tumalo Teddy (Teddy) GWP, Owner/Handler John Williams

Congratulations to the winners!

Open Derby Stake – By Bonnie Hidalgo

This was a history making stake, being the inaugural Derby Stake to be run with the AKC Pointing Breed Gun Dog Championships. The Derby attracted an entry of 30 but scratches reduced the number of starters to 28. The weather was not kind to man or beast with overcast skies and intermittent snow. The temperatures ranged from the mid 20’s to the low 30’s and the wind cut like a knife.

Judges for this stake were Bonnie Bergmeyer of Lincoln, NE and Cindy Findley of Ventura, IA. Bonnie has been involved with pointing dogs since 1977 and competes successfully with Vizslas. She has been judging field trials for 25 years and is a well respected judge. Cindy switched from retrievers to pointing dogs in 2000.  Her Gordon and English setters have won four National titles since then.  Her cheerful personality and sporting nature have made her a popular judge.  These ladies watched this field of fine young dogs with complete attention despite the miserable weather.  They endured interruptions in the running without complaint when handlers were needed in the Retrieving Championship.  This stake began on Friday afternoon March 22 with two braces.  On Saturday they were only able to run seven more braces before conflicts stopped them for the day.  On Sunday they completed the final six braces, skipping lunch in order to avoid further conflicts.  Our hats are off to these dedicated ladies!

This stake was sponsored by Purina, Tri- Tronics and Sportdog as was the rest of the event. The support of these companies is greatly appreciated. Purina was represented by Roy Pelton while Sportdog was represented by Jim Morehouse.  Both of these gentlemen are well respected among participants in the sport and we were glad to have them on hand.

There were many wonderful performances and plenty of birdwork.  The unfortunate thing was that the birds were not flying well and were easily caught. The following is a brace by brace description of the derby performances with the four winners and the two Judges’ Award of Merit dogs listed at the conclusion. This stake was an impressive one to win.

Brace 1

MTB Zipnson Veni Verdi Vici, “Vinny”, Brittany male, owned by Tom White & Margaret Horstmeyer, handled by Tom White ran with Borg’s Fistful of Dollars, “Cash”, Pointer male, owned by David & Nanci Borg and handled by Dave Borg.  Cash scored two derby style finds and ran a predominantly forward pattern throughout the 30 minute heat. Vinny scored one very nice find on quail and woodcock and ran a strong race.

Brace 2

Lizzy’s Whipping & Spurring, “Lizzie”, Vizsla female owned by Karen Concilio, handled by Ben Garcia was paired with Marshside Hard Cyder “Cyder” GSP female owned by Bradley Taylor and handled by Dave Walker.  Lizzie was fast and forward from start to finish.  She scored three attractive, Derby quality finds.  This was a very nice, smooth performance.  Cyder was quick and showy but pointed no birds.

Brace 3

Firestarter’s Country Girl, “Paige”, Brittany female, owned by Andrea Christensen, handled by Ben Garcia turned loose first thing Saturday morning with Marshside Dark and Stormy, “Stormy”, owned by Bradley Taylor, handled by Dave Walker.  Paige was fast and classy on the ground.  She had several bird contacts where she demonstrated her pointing ability and on two occasions she permitted her handler to flush.  Stormy was mainly forward in application and found birds which he flash pointed.

Brace 4

Duchess Abigail of Weiss, “Abbie”, GWP female, owned by Paul Weiss, handled by Art Armburst was braced with Ucon Shedfinder Byram, “Ucon”, Weimaraner male owned by Blaine Byram, handled by Matt Eder.  Abbie made some nice moves and ran to the front.  Ucon ran a good, forward race in which he scored an attractive find.

Brace 5

Armburst’s Intimidator Tracie, “Tracie”, GWP female, owned and handled by Art Armburst ran with Remchester’s Raring To Go, “Tago”, GSP male, owned by Steven Deger, handled by Matt Eder.  These two hunted well but unfortunately all that they found were dead birds.  They were forward in application.

Brace 6

Ridge Creek Skipjack, English Setter male, owned by Larry Brutger, handled by Matt Eder was released with Rueben’s Rogue, “Rogue”, Vizsla male, owned by Gina & Tony Ordonez, handled by Tony Ordonez. Skip was classy on the ground and scored a high tailed, intense find just before time.  Rogue ran a very nice race, showing good range and drive but had no bird contact.

Brace 7

Ridge Creek Bella Movimento, “Bella”, English Setter female, owned by Larry Brutger, handled by Matt Eder was braced with Mackey’s Trail Blazing Sitka, “Sitka”, Vizsla male owned by Jessica Mackey, handled by Ben Garcia.  Bella hunted hard and pointed birds with high style.  Sitka was strong on the ground, showing good potential but was hard handling.

Brace 8

Eshod’s Doc Holiday, “Doc”, GSP male owned by Jim Ferrell and Ray Dohse, handled by Ray Dohse ran with Blackburn’s Wyatt, “Wyatt”, pointer male owned by Calvin Blackburn, handled by Rhonda Haukoos.  This was the first brace of the afternoon on Saturday.  Doc ran with lots of animation and stayed forward, hunting the lines in a flowing pattern.  Wyatt’s race was forward except on a couple occasions; he ran with high tailed style and searched likely spots.  Both dogs came into scent in a thicket on the hilltop and each showed beautiful pointing style before the bird was flushed.

Brace 9

Eshod’s Ocho Uno, “Uno”, GSP female owned by Orville Williams, handled by Ray Dohse was braced with JJJ Single Malt, “Whiskey” GSP female, owned by June & William Johnston, handled by Jim West.  Uno’s independence hampered her pattern but she did have eye appeal.  Whiskey ran an attractive, forward race and pointed birds with intensity.

Brace 10

Trinity’s Million Dollar Baby, “Baby”, English setter female owned by Wayne & Trish James, handled by Ray Dohse along with Idawire Cynister Just Go With It, “Jenny”, GWP female owned by Jodi Quesnell and Cathy Magoon, handled by Rhonda Haukoos were the first brace on a cold and snowy Sunday morning.  Baby could be seen on point at 15, when the judges got to the scene Jenny was also standing there.  She took the bird out while Baby stood.  Jenny pointed game again at 25.    Baby ran a very nice race.

Brace 11

Nueva Es Rozsa Eowyn “Rowan”, Vizsla female owned by Linda Lanz & Medda Rauhut, handled by Jerry Jordan ran with Sure Shot’s It’s a Jungle Out There, “Lindsey”, owned by Penny Ljungren & Bernee Brawn, handled by Jim West.  Rowan was less adventuresome than her bracemate and went without bird contact.  Lindsey ran a good race but shortened late.  She carded two nice finds.

Brace 12

Mad Max’s Smokin Little Duke, “Duke”, GSP male owned by Gerald Hetmanek, handled by Art Armburst ran alone since his bracemate had come in season and was dropped to the end of the stake.  Duke ran a very nice race and had good rapport with his handler.

Brace 13

Northern Sherman Tank, “Tank”, Vizsla male owned by Travis Brustkern, handled by Jerry Jordan was braced with Millstar’s The Boss of the Plains, “Boss”, Vizsla male owned and handled by Melissa Thomas. Tank was strong on the ground and made some big moves.  He scored one find.  Boss pointed at the same time in another location but moved off when the shot was fired for Tank.  His race showed immaturity.

Brace 14

Brillow’s W’west Justa Here Wego Again, “Buzz”, GWP male owned by Bernee Brawn, handled by Jim West ran with Millstar Templeton Rye, Vizsla female owned and handled by Laura Miller. Buzz had a detracting absence early in the brace.  Rye was quick and made some excellent moves.  She handled kindly and found and pointed game nicely.  Buzz came in on Rye’s find and also pointed the bird in acceptable derby fashion.

Brace 15

Black Star’s Rumor has It, “Envy”, GWP female owned by Leo Bowman, handled by Jim West was in season and ran as a bye.  Envy was out of sorts and was up early.

The Winner’s

First: Eshod’s Doc Holiday, “Doc”, GSP male owned by Jim Ferrell and Ray Dohse, handled by Ray Dohse

Second: Trinity’s Million Dollar Baby, “Baby”, English setter female owned by Wayne & Trish James, handled by Ray Dohse

Third: Firestarter’s Country Girl, “Paige”, Brittany female, owned by Andrea Christensen, handled by Ben Garcia

Fourth: JJJ Single Malt, “Whiskey” GSP female, owned by June & William Johnston, handled by Jim West

JAM:  Sure Shot’s It’s a Jungle Out There, “Lindsey”, owned by Penny Ljungren & Bernee Brawn, handled by Jim West

JAM: Millstar Templeton Rye, “Rye”, Vizsla female owned and handled by Laura Miller

Final Day – AKC Pointing Breed Gun Dog Championship

The final day of this year’s championship was again a cold day. It was actually a near mirror image of the day before. Temperature at the breakaway of the first brace was 28 degrees and would only rise into the mid thirty’s in the afternoon. An overcast sky and a stiff wind blowing at 20 – 25 MPH out of the northwest, made the “feel like” temperature fall into the teens. The wind made the ride over the hill tops hard on exposed skin. The running progressed without a delay.

Brace 27) WFK Palm Glades Sally’s Tip from Thai (Tippy) GSP, Owner-Glenn Fussell / Handler- Dave Walker
FC Uodiar’s Texas Moon AKA Pete (Pete) GSP, Owner-David O’Brien / Handler-John Rabidou

Each dog had a one good find and each dog would honor there brace mate’s find. Bot would finish well.

Brace 28) DC Up N’ Adam’s silhouette (Shadow) GSP, Owner-Thomas & Kattrin Tazza / Handler-Dave Walker
FC Uodibar Pearl Booth (Pearl) GSP, Owner/Handler-John Rabidou

This pair each found game and pointed with style. Both dogs honored their brace mate, and finished their time to the front.

Brace 29) FC Hanshaw’s Raising the Dead MH (Razor) GSP, Owner-Kurt & Larry Loftin, & Charles Hanshaw / Handler-Larry Loftin
FC/AFC WFK Hilted Marshside Margarita (Sister) GSP, Owner-Bradley Taylor / Handler-Dave Walker

Sister ran her typical, good race and stylishly pointed game. Razor would card only a back of his brace mate. Both finished strongly.

Brace 30) Hanshaw’s Widow Maker (Widow) GSP, Owner-Dr Kurt Loftin / Handler-Larry Loftin
NFC/FC On Points Son Of The Max (Sonny) GSP, Owner/Hander-Tim Thaden

Sonny was lost to judgment by the mid-point. Widow would card two nice finds and finish the time well to the front.

At this point we broke for lunch and a chance to warm up a bit as the judges listed the call back dogs. Running of the second series began at 12:15. Ten dogs were asked to come back for the final series with two dogs on the bubble to run if needed. The second series was run on the main course of the Branched Oak grounds, the course being roughly a figure 8 beginning and ending near the clubhouse.

Second series – Retrieving stake

Brace 1) I’m Maddie (Maddie) GSP, Owner-Todd Tuls, / Handler-Jim West
NGDC/DC/AFC JB’s Asker Bout Birds (Kinze) Vizsla, Owner/Handler Joanne Beckley

Both of these dogs raced to the front from the first whistle. Maddie would score first with a good find along Hudkins Bottom and a second find on the brush line before the rock crossing. Good style and excellent manners on display on both finds. Kinze was running well and would be the next to point near the island of trees, after the rock crossing. Her handler was unable to flushany game; Kinze was first asked to relocate then taken on. From this point both dogs made powerful moves that took them over the hill, Kinze on the western line of pine trees and Maddie toward a line of trees more to the left. At 22 minutes, Kinze was found pointing in the line of pine trees along which she had last been seen, near the south-west corner. Very intense and mannerly, she had her game well located. At 25 minutes Maddie was making a big move along the brushy cover next to the south property line, when she swapped ends. Maddie was asked to relocate as her game was reluctant to leave its cover on such a cold and windy day. She moved forward with her nose high in the wind just a yard, straight toward a clump of grass. As her handler approached a single bird ran out and almost directly under the stylish dog. Her handler did issue a warning but I feel this was more for himself than the mannerly dog. Both dogs were filling the country well as we were headed toward the old frog pond and dam. At 35 minutes, both handlers called point for their dogs on separate sides of the field. Maddie stood proudly on the top of the hill, in the brushy cover that had decades ago been a road bed. Kinze had her game along the brush line on the left. Each dog displayed advanced manners for the flush and shot. Both dogs finished the brace strongly. They had used the wind to their advantage and showed the ability to stay forward, hunting into stiff winds. It was a pleasure to watch this brace of well gaited pointing dogs.

Brace 2) FC/AFC Palm Glades Lee Madeline (Maddie) GSP, Owner-Bradley Taylor / Handler-Dave Walker
FC Brillows Big Wild Western (Wiley) GWP, Owner Todd Tuls & Rhonda Haukoos / Handler-Jim West

Wiley would have a short go today after a very strong showing in the first series. At just 5 minutes he brought in a dead bird. The bird was not fresh but his handler thought it best to take up this young dog. Our second Maddie of this series was running strongly. She made a beautiful cast on the top, right hand, brush line of the second field, finding game at the junction where two lines of plum brush come together. Standing tall and very mannerly for the flush, she was taken on. She was displaying a well-directed race that required very little operator input. At 15 minutes she was found pointing next to a downed pine tree. Her style is very attractive, high tail and head, her manners unquestioned. Taken on she did a nice job of searching the birdy covers. At 25 minutes she again pointed. Unable to flush, her handler asked her to relocate and no game could be found. She finished her time forward, with the same drive and determination with which she had begun.

Brace 3) Liverhead’s Jumping Jackie (Jackie) GSP, Owner/Handler Peter Wilkins
FC/AFC Erbies Fire Starter (Skeeter) GSP, Owner / Handler-Bob Erbe

This pair jumped to the front at the first whistle. Jackie was found pointing at 8 minutes along a line of brush before the rock crossing. She is very attractive on game and showed her good training. Skeeter had a stop to flush at 30 minutes as we turned back toward the north. Both dogs filled the country in their quest for game but were unable to add to their game count.

Brace 4) NSDC/FC Ike’s Eshod Delight (Dee) GSP, Owner Ed & Trudy Moody / Handler- Ray Dohse
FC Dress Blues (Buddy) GSP, Owner Mike Aldrich / Handler-John Rabidou

From the first release of this pair of nicely gaited dogs, their quest for game was evident. Strongly to the front, both dogs were a pleasure to watch as they intelligently covered the likely bird holding areas. Dee was the first to find game when she pointed into a line of plum brush before the rock crossing. She stood stylishly as her brace mate came in and naturally honored the pointing dog. It was a pretty picture as both dogs stood against the gray skyline. Both dogs were taken on and at 12 minutes the scene of Dee pointing and Buddy stylishly honoring was repeated. Both dogs were found here after big casts along separate lines. Released Buddy took the left of the course and Dee to the right down a line of brush along the west property line, both dogs topping the hill and disappearing to the front. At 19 minutes, Dee was found in a clump of fallen trees along the line where was last seen. All was in order. Through this part of the course, as we turn east and parallel the south fence line, Buddy was seen only in glimpses as he powered forward. At 24 minutes, next to a finger of brush that extends from the southernmost line of trees, Buddy was found pointing. Dee came in and backed the stylish pointing dog. All in order. Sent north, into a stiff head wind, this pair continued to show strong front running patterns. As we approached the old frog pond, and crossed the dam, Dee took a wrong turn and would not return to judgment. Buddy would add another find to the book at 30 minutes. He stood intensely, with his game well located. When the bird flushed it flew back over the dog’s head. His good training was on display as he only turned his head to mark the possible fall of his quarry. In the final minutes of his time, he impressed with his endurance, making a long cast down a tree line in the final field.

Brace 5) NGDC/RU/FC/AFC Eshod’s Arkansas Lady (Lady) GSP, Owner-Orville Williams / Handler-Ray Dohse
Tumalo Teddy (Teddy) GWP, Owner/Handler John Williams

This was not to be Lady’s day. The string broke early and the tracker was called for. Teddy proceeded to put on a fine display of his hunting abilities. He first found game at 10 minutes. Going down the hill toward the rock crossing, Teddy was found pointing, very intensely into a group of sumac. He is very attractive on his game, and his manners were first rate. At 18 minutes he added a second find to the book. Tall and proud, his game well located, manners were perfect. Teddy was pleasing to watch as he effortlessly hunted the front. He was found at 25 minutes, along the west property line standing stylishly. A bird left, far upwind of the dog as the handler approached, and the judges asked the handler to fire. Just 5 minutes later he was found buried in a pile of fallen trees and brush. He was again very good on his game. He continued a forward, pleasing pattern as we turned north into the wind. A final find was added at 40 minutes. He had his game well located, standing tall and proud for the flush. His final minutes were to the front, showing no ill effects for the effort he had given.

Brace 6) FC Uodibar Pearl Booth (Pearl) GSP, Owner/Handler-John Rabidou
FC/AFC WFK Hilted Marshside Margarita (Sister) GSP, Owner-Bradley Taylor / Handler-Dave Walker

This brace had been put on call if needed. They were not asked to run.

Winners AKC Pointing Breed Gun Dog Championship

1st – I’m Maddie (Maddie) GSP, Owner-Todd Tuls, / Handler-Jim West
2nd – NGDC/DC/AFC JB’s Asker Bout Birds (Kinze) Vizsla, Owner/Handler Joanne Beckley
3rd – FC Dress Blues (Buddy) GSP, Owner Mike Aldrich / Handler-John Rabidou
4th – Tumalo Teddy (Teddy) GWP, Owner/Handler John Williams

Best of Breeds

Best GSP - I’m Maddie (Maddie) GSP, Owner-Todd Tuls, / Handler-Jim West
Best Vizsla - NGDC/DC/AFC JB’s Asker Bout Birds (Kinze) Vizsla, Owner/Handler Joanne Beckley
Best GWP - Tumalo Teddy (Teddy) GWP, Owner/Handler John Williams

Congratulations to the winners!

In Conclusion – AKC Pointing Breed Gun Dog Championship

There are challenges presented at almost every event that is held. This year’s major challenge was the weather. Although Nebraska normally has daily highs near 50 degrees at this time of year, that was not the case this year. With only one afternoon warming to the low 40’s, most days did not get warmer than the mid 30’s. Winds were strong on several days. Snow fell during the running and overnight, which while not amounting to more than an inch on the ground and melting during the warmer afternoons, it did present a challenge. The running was only delayed for one hour due to limited visibility on account of falling snow. The event committee was very concerned about the wind and weather putting any dog at a disadvantage, but with the forecasts showing the weather to remain the same, the running preceded. Thiers were good decisions and all competitors had a level playing field.

The harsh weather was hard on the judges. This group of judges did a great job of pushing on in spite of the cold. Your reporter was in communication with the judges after each brace to assure that they were not being asked to evaluate dogs when they were fatigued or cold. Not a complaint was issued, their desire to find the best dog was undeterred. I wish to thank them for their hard work.
The Nebraska Field Trial Association did a good job hosting this event. Joe Fingerlin, Don Bergmeyer, and David Borg headed this group and should be complimented on their efforts. It was not easy, ten days in the cold, but they remained focused on doing the best they could to make everyone feel welcome and provide a venue to show the country’s best gun dogs. Many other NFTA members were on hand to assist in the running. For fear of omitting someone, I will not attempt to list them all, but a great group of sportsmen and sportswomen that make up this group who without their help this would not have been possible. I wish to thank them all.

A world class group of sponsors supported this event. Purina again was on hand, providing product to the winners and participants and also hosting the judge’s banquet. Both Terry Trzcinski and Roy Pelton were on hand. It is always a pleasure to see our old friends. SportDOG also provided their fine products to all the placed dogs. Their representative, Jim Morehouse joined us, with info on the latest products from the SportDOG line. Jim has been a fiend of this event for years and his attendance was a welcome addition. Cabalas recently joined the sponsors of this event. Their support of the performance department and performance bird dogs is much appreciated. Eukanuba dog food was generous in their support. Tri-Tronics supplied training collars to the winners, as they have throughout the life of this championship. Dog unlimited is a continued supporter of this event. They supplied gift certificates and hosted a wonderful social hour. I extend a thank you to all of our sponsors, but the best thank you is our continued use of the products which each offers. To be the best you and your dog can be, you need to use the best equipment, and our sponsors offer the best available.

I would also like to recognize my fellow AKC Field Representatives, Gary Sadler and Bonnie Hidalgo. Both were on hand to assist in the reporting of this event and any necessary job that needed to be done. Gary helped with the reports for both Championships, Bonnie; despite being under the weather reported the entire derby stake. Their input during the running of this event was very helpful in assuring the fair and efficient running of this event. I work with the best in the business.

Finally I would like to thank the competitors. Handlers came from all across the country. Our southern friends surely missed the warmer climate. Their dedication to all breed competition is commendable. To be the best, one needs to prove that against the best there is. Only by taking on all comers are truly great dogs identified. The accomplishments of past winners of this event are evidence of that. Many dogs put in great performances only to go home without any hardware. Many dogs displayed performances that might have won at another trial, were not to be rewarded at this event. All of our entrants should be proud of their dogs. I want to thank everyone in attendance for their support.

Tom Maneely