Pointing Breed Field Trials

Irish Setter Club of America: 2007 National Field Trial Blue Mountain Wildlife Management Area, near Booneville, Ark. - Oct. 28, 2007
by Bonnie Hidalgo, AKC Field Representative

Clear skies, cool mornings and warm afternoons greeted the 73 red dogs who came to the line in the four-stake roster at the 2007 Irish Setter Club of America National Field Trial.

Field Trial Chairman Dave Tompkins and Secretary Mary Ann Gustafson were very well organized, and the event ran nicely. Dave selected a top-notch panel of judges for the entire event. The trial committee and other ISCA members pitched in where needed. Marshal duties were covered by Bob Geddeis, Stan Noble, Dave Tompkins, Phil Ruff and Spero Manson. Jim Baker served as official reporter, and Susan Noble was in charge of hospitality (it was wonderful!). She was aided by Jean Rhodes, Vickie Tompkins and Stan Noble. The dog wagon crew passed out cookies, candy and coffee between braces. Linda Ruff, trial historian, stayed busy shooting photos. Everyone worked harmoniously to put on a memorable event.

The National Derby Classic drew an entry of eight and was run on Sunday, October 28. Judges for this stake were Will Langley of Attica, Mich., and Jerry Oswalt of Magazine, Ark. The 20-minute course was run in a loop on the portion of the wildlife area that is south of the normal grounds. The winner was Flame'n Red Legacy, a male owned by Mary Ann Gustafson and handled by Sherry Ebert. Second place went to Brophy's Shenanigans, a female owned by Bob Geddeis and Ken Ruff and handled by Bob. In third place was Summer Wine, a male owned and handled by Jim Baker (Summer Wine is a littermate to the winner). Brophy's Lil Paprika placed fourth. She is owned by Corinne Ruff and was handled by her brother, Lucas Ruff.

The National Championship commenced shortly after 8 a.m. on Monday. There were 28 entries, of which 27 started. Judges Robert Rankin of Oklahoma City and Terry Zygalinski of Watsonville, Calif., made popular choices for placements. NFC/FC/AFC Speedy Edie O'Floin came back to win this National for the second year in a row. Edie is owned and handled by Jack Flynn from Asbury, NJ. She scored three nice finds, one of which was shared with her bracemate. Edie suffered one unproductive during her one-hour bid for the title. The Runner-up was the 2005 National Champion; NFC/FC Sand Creek's Stone Cold. Auston is owned by Tim and Mary Hidalgo and was handled by Tim; he was braced with the Champion. He scored one find in which the birds were pinned nicely in front of him. His race was strong. Brownhaven's Burning Bright was third with a nice race and one find, in which the birds left before the handler arrived. Burnie is owned by Georgia Brown and Sherry Ebert and was handled by Sherry. Georgia Wildfire was fourth for owners Jerry Webb and Sandra Crosby. Red was handled by Ray Dohse and scored two stylish finds in a medium race. He had two non-productive stands.

The National Futurity ran on Thursday, Nov. 1, with an entry of 12. Judges were Grant Stanfill of Red Oak, Tex., and Will Langley. Futurity Chairperson Londa Warren was on hand to see that the stake ran without a hitch. Londa puts in great time and effort for this stake, beginning with the litter nominations and culminating in the disbursement of funds to the owners and breeders of the winners. The winner was Rogan The Red, owned by Doug and Rebecca Boone and handled by Tim Hidalgo. In second place was Brophy's Mariah of Ballycroy. Mariah is owned by Ken Ruff and Connie Vanacore and was handled by Ken. Third place went to Brownhaven's Gabe's Ranger, owned by Bill Rhodes and handled by Sherry Ebert. Brownhaven's Steel Magnolia placed fourth. She is owned by Jim Baker and was handled by Sherry Ebert. The third and fourth place dogs are littermates.

The National Amateur Championship began on Friday, Nov. 2, and concluded the next day. Twenty-two red dogs competed for the title under Judges Tom Honecker of Findlay, Ohio, and Grant Stanfill. The 2007 National Amateur Champion is Brophy's Queen Buckaroo. Kate is owned and was handled by Lee Shoaf of Schaumberg, Ill. Brophy's Mariah of Ballycroy, fresh from her placement in the Futurity, was named runner-up to the Champion. She was handled by Ken Ruff, who co-owns her with Connie Vanacore. In third place was Brophy's Aretha Buckaroo, and Brophy's Bazooka Buckaroo placed fourth. Both are owned and handled by Lee Shoaf.

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