Pointing Breed Field Trials

Twin Cities Vizsla Club

2008 Twin Cities Vizsla Club Field Trial
By Stella Lang

As the sun rose on the prairie at the beautiful Three Rivers Park District Crow Hassen Park Reserve, so did the field trailers, workers and their companion dogs and horses. This was the 28th year for Field Trials for the Twin Cities Vizsla Club, but first time that the Club declared an Amateur Sunday. Amateurs are the lifeblood of our sport; if our Sport is to grow we need to foster new amateurs. How could we increase the numbers of new Amateurs and encourage young families to participate? We had also noticed that the Amateurs who entered walking trials were not necessarily the same folks who participated in horseback trials.

A decision was made to have the Amateur Gundog a Walking Stake with a shotgun offered as a prize by local pro Greg Dixon and his wife, Liz Barrett-Dixon, and Ike Austin. Also, Greg donated his services and his Percheron team to pull a gallery wagon during the Amateur Stake. TCVC Amateur Sunday was heavily advertised thanks to the GSP of MN. The response was outstanding: We thank all of our workers, judges, and our GSP and GWP friends for making our trial a success.

The course was set to facilitate walking handlers and afford good views from the gallery wagon. While Bruce Mueller (TCGWP) was planting the amateur course, one could hear the native pheasants cackling in the background. During the running the handlers, workers and spectators watched a spectacular display from a pair of nesting trumpeter swans, wings in full spread. The gallery wagon was full of non-riders, grandmas, young children and spouses who enjoyed a lovely Sunday watching bird dogs in the prettiest of prairies in the State of Minnesota.

The Amateur Stake attracted 19 starters for a four point major. The winner was Coldcreek Fritz, a German Shorthair owned by S. Stengo and handled by Ian McTavish.

Second place was awarded to FC Shirley’s Gift a pointer that was handled by his owner, Kevin Jahr. FC Mr. E’s Hardware Hank, German shorthair, was third. He is owned by D. Erickson and was handled by Bruce Mueller. In fourth place was DC/AFC Rimfire Double Jeopardy, a Vizsla that is owned and handled by Debra Lynn.

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