Pointing Breed Field Trials

The Irish Setter Club of America National Championships
by Bonnie Hidalgo, Field Representative

Booneville, AR was once again the site of the Irish setter Club of America’s National Field Trial.  The Blue Mountain Wildlife Demonstration Area is a pretty setting with Magazine Mountain providing a backdrop in several fields.  The three one hour courses have pre-released coveys of quail which behave much like wild birds.  The National Field Trial drew a total of 76 dogs for its four stake roster.  It commenced on Sunday October 29 with the running of the Open Derby Classic.  There were eleven entries; the stake was run on a state area just to the south of the trial headquarters.  The Judges were Will Langley of Attica, MI and Charlie Blackbourn of Edgerton, WI

Winning the Open Derby Classic was Brownhaven’s Gabe’s Ranger.  Ranger is owned and handled by Bill Rhodes.  He ran a strong, wide race and was absent for a while.  He was found swimming in Sugar Creek; apparently he had fallen down to the river and had to swim to the front in order to get out.  Once out of the water he continued a good forward pattern and scored a find at 25.

Second was Brophy’s Raider of Ballycroy.  Raider is owned by Ken Ruff, Ed Meyer and Connie Vanacore.  He was handled by Lucas Ruff.  Raider ran a great hunting race.  He scored two nice finds, allowing his handler to flush on each occasion.

Third place went to Runnymeade’s Fly Like An Eagle.  Owned by Nina Johnson and Jean Rhodes, and handled by Nina.  He had two finds, both well located, with medium style and intensity.  He hunted diligently but with less speed and range than the first two placements.

Brophy’s Mariah of Ballycroy placed fourth.  She is owned by Ken Ruff and Connie Vanacore and was handled by Ken.  Mariah ran a good hunting race with two well handled finds.

The Irish Setter National Championship began on Monday morning, October 30 with an entry of 28 dogs.  The new National Champion is Speedy Edie O’Floin owned and handled by Jack Flynn.

Edie appeared in the second brace of the stake and turned in a classy ground effort. She pointed but Flynn was not able to produce for her.

When the first series was concluded the Judges asked for a second series with two the dogs that had the highest quality races.  These two were Speedy Edie O’Floin and Brownhaven’s Shining Symmetry (Emily).  Edie completed the second series successfully with one find, on which she displayed excellent style and manners. Unfortunately Emily was not successful causing Second place in the National Championship to be withheld.

Third place went to Aerie’s Strike It Rich, owned by Jody Eging and handled by Tim Hidalgo.   Rich put down a steady hunting pattern.   At fifteen he pointed at the edge of a feed strip and moved up.  Cautioned by his handler he established point deeper into the strip.  When the covey flushed all around him, he lost some composure but was steady.   At forty, a non productive was recorded.   Rich’s race was a consistent hunting effort for the entire hour.

Fourth place went to Brownhaven’s Burning Bright, owned by Georgia Brown and handled by Sherry Ebert. Running in the first brace of the trial Bernie was fast and classy.   Hunting wide and requiring scouting he was a handful at times.  At 50, he was found pointing deep in the cover.  He stood high for the flush and shot. Bernie finished the hour forward with strength.

The National Futurity is chaired by Londa Warren.  Londa spends a lot of time and effort on accepting nominations of litters and individual dogs.  She has been responsible for the growth of this stake.  This year’s Futurity attracted an entry of 11 and was won by Brophy’s Aretha Buckaroo.  She is owned, bred and handled by Lee Shoaf.  Ritha gave a mature performance.  She laid out a very nice, forward pattern.  She hunted hard and had undefined bird contact near time.  Called back to show pointing ability, Ritha she did so in a stylish fashion and handled her game perfectly.

Second went to Brophy’s Erin Go Bragh.  Bred by Bob Geddeis and Ken Ruff she is owned by Linda and Ken Ruff and was handled by Ken.  Erin ran a consistent forward hunting race.  Called back in the second series she successfully established point on her game.

In Third place was Katie’s Rock Solid Abbey.  Bred by Ken Ruff and Wayne Zigler, Abbey was handled by her owner, Jeff Howe.  Abbey ran a promising, forward race.  She was called back to demonstrate point and did so with high style and manners.

Fourth place went to Brophy’s Mojo Express.  Bred by Karen Holmes, owned by Ken & Phil Ruff and Karen Holmes and handled by Ken Ruff.  Joy treated us to a busy forward race.  In the call back she showed nicely on point.

The National Amateur Championship winner was FC/AFC Brophy’s Matchmaker owned by Stan and Susan Noble and handled by Stan.  Dolly bested the field of 26 starters with a fast paced but bird less first series.  Brought back for a second series, she was braced with FC/AFC Isokote Ani-Mosh.  The judges announced that if a suitable performance did not come from this pair there would not be a 2006 National Amateur Champion.  Dolly set an attractive pace from the breakaway.  She stopped to flush at thirty five with all in order. Dolly continued a predominantly forward pattern and at fifty two she stood, pointing high and tight as the birds and her brace mate fled the scene.  She left no doubt that she was worthy of the title.
Second place went to Brophy’s Bazooka Buckaroo owned and handled by Lee Shoaf.  Zooka gave a hard hunting performance.  Found on point at ten she scored a wonderful find.  She pointed again at twenty seven; but relocation was required.  The work ended in a stop to flush.  Zooka maintained her diligent hunt and was found on point at thirty six.  Her birds were flushed with all in order.  She finished the hour consistent in her hunting application.

Brophy’s Unleashed was third for owners Jennifer, Phil and Ken Ruff.  She was handled by Phil.  A forward race with one pretty find at forty, Lea finished her hour hunting the cover thoroughly.

Fourth place went to AFC Brophy’s Glory owned Ken, Phil, Jenny and Lucas Ruff.  Glory was successfully handled by 16 year old Lucas Ruff.  Glory was busy hunting for the entire hour and successfully found birds at twenty.

Sponsors for this prestigious event were Purina and Tri-Tronics.  These two companies are necessary to the sport in so many ways.  In addition to the financial aid they so generously provide, they are responsible for the ability to create healthy, fit and well trained dogs.

Trial Chairman Stan Noble ran a very nice event.  Things were well planned and executed.  Trial Secretary Vickie Tompkins was an invaluable aid to Stan and the entire ISCA group.  Without the hard work of these two people the 2006 ISCA National would not have succeeded.  A great committee backed them up; all bases were covered.  Dave Tompkins, Ray & Jackie Marshall, Londa Warren, Jack Flynn, Smokey Hiles, Ken & Linda Ruff, Phil Ruff, Jeannie Wagner, Susan Noble, Matt Czarnecki, Mary Ann Gustafson and Georgia Brown comprised the Field Trial Committee.  Each and every one of these people contributed to the production of this National Championship field trial.

The Hospitality at this event is second to none.  Susan Noble and Vickie Tompkins are mainly responsible for that fact.  All of the “ladies of the dog wagon” take special care to provide treats and beverages to the horseback gallery and it is very much appreciated.

This trial was well attended and conducted in a quality manner.  The area manager at Blue Mountain, Larry McAnally and his right hand man, Red Bailey had the grounds in beautiful shape.  The birds were out there but as always were very hard to locate.

The Irish Setter Club of America’s National Field Trial will return to this venue again in 2007 as it has every year since 1991.

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