Pointing Breed Field Trials

Vizsla Club of America 2006 National Field Trial

October 23-28, 2006
Wye Island, Maryland

Wye Island's several thousand acres of prime field trial grounds hosted the 2006 Vizsla Club of America National field trial. The Maryland Natural Resources area is accessible to field trialers solely for Championships. This year Wye Island was planted primarily in corn and, to a lesser extent, soybeans, each crop protected by long curving thick forest treelines. The Maryland refuge provided field trialers with a grand piece of real estate designed for waterfowl to fly over and pristine nature with agricultural decor at its finest. Temperatures were chilly all week with an always-present wind boding of winter to come.

The Conestoga Vizsla Club hosted the trial with Julia Bonar as Field Trial Chair and Terry Lucas as Field Trial Secretary. Jamie O'Donnell planted birds with Danny Gooch and Don Brown completing gunning on course. The course for the First Series of the National Championship and the National Amateur Championship was a wriggling affair, shaped much like a snake wending his way through the agricultural fields lined with hardwood forest tree lines. Wye Island is truly grand edge country. To survive the first series, handler and dog had to nimbly handle as a team. The Second Series and Derby were set on the end of the island in the wider, more open fields where dogs' range and application could be showcased.

The travel to Wye Island was breathtaking, displaying an array of peak fall colors, especially to those fortunate enough to cross the mountains. Wye Island itself had just begun its color change.


Mark Johnson and Terry Trzcinski of Illinois judged The National Championship (41 entries) and Open Derby Classic (27 entries). Both judges made positive comments on the grounds, the dogs, the handlers and the administration. The NFC placements were all OWNER/HANDLER. The winner "Pappy" is 9-years-old and also has American Field/AF/AKC RU Championships to his credit. An early ager, Pappy is now so rusted gray, he appears pink. Don't fool yourself into thinking he has lost his touch in winning as he continues his traditional classic championship bird dog application with eye-catching style on point and afield.

2006 National Field Champion
October 23-24
FC AFC Dry Creek Pappomatic (Pappy)
Owned and handled by Dustin Ochs

2. NGDC NAFC FC AFC Onpoint's Fulluv Gust O (Kansas)
Owned and handled by John Reid

3. NGDC DC AFC Onpoint's Tuff Stuff (Tuffy)
Owned and handled by John Reid

4. FC AFC Semper Fi Colonel's Pride (Colonel)
Owned and handled by Dave Pomfret

NFC 2nd Series

Brace One
FC AFC Semper Fi Colonel's Pride- O/H Pomfret
NGDC NAFC FC AFC Onpoint's Fulluv Gust O/H Reid

Brace Two
Ch Barben's Absolut Martini O-Zahn/H-Seelye
AFC Oakleaf's Runnin Down A Dream O/H-Mark Smith

Brace Three
NGDC DC AFC Onpoint's Tuff Stuff O/H-Reid
DC Rimfire's Double Jeopardy O-Debby Lynn/H-Greg Dixon

Brace Four
Melto N Barktalk Ruby Rose- O-Chauncey Smith/H-Seelye
NAFC DC AFC Wildwood's Back With Zack- O-Hawkins H-Keeton

Brace Five
Onpoint's Farley Got Soul ´┐ŻO/H Barry Bassingthwaite
FC AFC Dry Creek Pappomatic- O/H Dustin Ochs

Tim Schillereff of Oregon and Bill Webb of Minnesota judged the National Amateur Championship (36 entries) and Open Puppy (17 entries). The NAFC was filled with women stepping forward as top class pivotal team members whether they were scouting or handling. Only one Vizsla, the winner, was not owner-handled.

NAFC FC AFC Jumping Jack Flash II has long made his owner, Mark Sullivan, and breeder, Stephanie Russo, proud. Mark Calder, as handler for Jack, competed Second Series in a brace with several horse mishaps. Calder immediately went back to help the fallen horse at his brace's end then hung on to the outside of the trailer to make sure the injured horse inside was brought back safe and sound. Calder is truly a sporting gentleman. Of note, two foot handlers Pat Carney and Lisa Durham were pleased to participate in an earned spot into the Second Series. Also, of note, Third place Cutter was winner of the first Vizsla AllStarReview, which addresses current sporting breed improvement by combining Show Champions with the tops of the competitive Field world DC, MH, AFC, Prize I Utility NAVHDA. The inaugural boasted 34 entries. Fourth place went to a HUGE grin on Jan Wallace, who was so proud of her Dart that we fully expected to see her explode with delight/pride. Last, but certainly not least, to the Amateur national placing ranks, was the addition of a new Semper Fi Gun Dog owner/handled by Al Lucas Sr. Al is the only Vizsla person to have handled and won nationally on all five levels, NFC, NAFC, OD, OP and NGDC.

National Amateur Field Champion
October 26-27
FC AFC Jumping Jack Flash II (Jack)
Owned by Mark Sullivan, Handled by Mark Calder

2. DC AFC Huntley MH (Huntley), O/H Jack Sharkey
3. DC AFC Bitteroot Semper Fi Cutter (Cutter) O/H Clint Sails
4. Ch Red Oak's Totem From Snow Ridge SH OA OAJ (Dart), Jan Wallace

NAFC 2nd Series

Brace One
NFC FC AFC Dry Creek Pappomatic (Pappy), Dustin Ochs
FC AFC Jumping Jack Flash II (Jack) Mark Sullivan

Brace Two
Onpoint's Farley Got Soul (Farley), Barry Bassingthwaighte
Ch Red Oak's Totem From Snow Ridge SH OA OAJ (Dart), Jan Wallace

Brace Three
NAFC NGDC FC AFC Onpoint's Fulluv Gust O (Kansas), Barry Bassingthwaighte for John Reid
DC AFC Bitteroot Semper Fi Cutter (Cutter), Clint Sails

Brace Four
AFC Valley Hunter Divine Edition CDX RE MH NA OAJ VC (Edie), Lisa Durham
DC Valley Hunter Limited Edition SH CGC (Cash), Pat Carney & Jean Matmor

Brace Five
DC AFC Huntley MH (Huntley), Jack Sharkey
Hodag's Semper Fi Khe Sanh, (Casey), Al Lucas

Brace Six
FC AFC Semper Fi Colonel's Pride (Colonel), Grace Ann Lawson for Dave Pomfret
DC Crimson's Twenty Gauge Ruger JH (Ruger), Mark & Pam Spurgeon

National Derby Classic Winner
Judges Mark Johnson and Terry Trzcinski
Lady Brinkley
Owner-Jack Sharkey/H-Dave Pomfret)

2. Onpoint's Hit Me With Your Won (Won)(O/H- John Reid)
3. Shiloh's Matrix (O/H Robert Tomczak)
4. King O' The Field Fortune Tellr (O/H Greg King)

National Open Puppy
Judges: Tim Schillereff/Bill Webb
Shiloh's Rock My World (Roxie)
Owned and Handled by Matt Rogers

2. Broad Run's Trail Blazin Boone (Boone) - O-Michelle & Patrick Dowd /H-Bobby Seelye
3. Shiloh N Mira's Magdalene JH (Maggie) - O-Michel Berner & Robert Tomczak /H Robert Tomczak
4. Semper Fi Royal Sampson (Sammy) O-Christopher & Katrina Fleming H-Al Lucas

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Report submitted by Diana Boggs and Martha Lacko from Stuck in The Mud Underground Publishing (SITmUP).