Northwest Pointing Dog Association Field Trial

by Bonnie Hidalgo, AKC Field Representative

The Northwest Pointing Dog Association held its fall trial on September 9 through 12 at the Buckhorn Ranch near Condon, OR. The ranch is owned by Chuck and Kara Kunde who graciously allowed the club to make use of their entire facility. The ranch consists of vast fields of CRP grass and borders thousands of acres of BLM land. At the end of July a huge fire, known as the Buckhorn fire, burned some of the ranch land as well as considerable BLM ground. At first the Club looked for an alternate venue for this event but with none readily available and the Kunde’s assurance that enough ground remained untouched to conduct the trial over, the decision was made to use the Buckhorn Ranch.

The premier stake of this event was the Open Limited Gun Dog which was also billed as the NW Continental Breed Championship. This stake consisted of one hour heats and drew fourteen entries. It commenced on Thursday September 9, following a Wednesday night drawing at the Clubhouse on the ranch. Judges for this stake were Tim Schilleriff of OR and Emmett Burns of ID. Emmett was severely injured in a horse accident on Thursday afternoon and was replaced for the final three braces by the judges’ marshal, Bryan Hogan. The final three braces were run on Friday.

The winner of the Open Limited Gun Dog Stake was FC/AFC Brown’s B.B. J. a Brittany that is owned and handled by Jim House. FC/AFC Straightaway’s Georgia Peach was second. This German Shorthair female is owned by Kathleen Boyd and was handled by Randy Berry. Third place went to Drycreek’s Tommy By Tommy, a Vizsla male handled by Randy Berry for owners Nancy Colwell, Robert Studer and Kathleen Boyd. Déjà Blue, a German Shorthair female was fourth for owner and handler Frank Fernandez.

The trial continued on Saturday and Sunday with a full complement of stakes which included Open All Age, Amateur All Age, Amateur Limited Gun Dog, Open Gun Dog, Amateur Gun Dog, Open Derby and Open Puppy. The judge panel for this portion of the event included Ray Calkins, Bryan Hogan, Jim House, Paul Husemann, Penny Ljungren, Eric Mauck, Cal Palmer, Irene Palmer, John Sullivan and Wayne Yamashita. A total of 102 entries were drawn for the four day event.

The event committee put forth a solid effort; when circumstances beyond their control called for alteration of plans, they adjusted with common sense solutions and kept the trial on track. In addition to overseeing the satisfactory completion of the stakes, the committee also looked out for the social aspects of the event and camaraderie prevailed. On the weekend, the Clubhouse kitchen was used to prepare three -square a day. The real treat was the complete and complimentary roast turkey dinner on Saturday evening. All of the chefs are to be commended for all of the wonderful meals. The NWPDA Field Trial Committee members all of which are highly commended include Trial Chairperson, Leslie Like, Trial Secretary Dave Fowler, Chris Tewes, Karen Niffenegger, Mary Hanson, Maureen Conley, John Williams, Dean Gooding and Joe Proulx. Bryan Hogan was the official Field Marshal and did the preliminary work of setting the courses. He was assisted by Amy Anderson. In addition to these official committee members there was a multitude of members who contributed in many ways, but for fear of omitting someone they would be named here. The efforts of all are greatly appreciated!

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