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Field Trial Report

Husker Bird Dog Club

By Todd Babbel | Aug 09, 2018
Django First in the Open All-Age Stake

Salem, Neb. — The Husker Bird Dog Club held its spring renewal on April 14-15. The calendar may have said spring, but the weather still said winter! We dealt with snow, ice, sleet, and cold winter winds the entire weekend.

The trial started with the Open All-Age. More than 50 percent of the starters in this event were champions — pretty salty stake. Ch. Django, under the whistle of owner-handler Todd Babbel, sliced through the wind with a big, front running race, punctuated with three stylish finds, to emerge as the winner.

We then followed with the Open Derby. Steve Auxier and his pointer female Intensive Chain Breaker prevailed over a field of sixteen to take the blue.

Sunday morning dawned colder and windier to challenge the entrants in the Open Shooting Dog. Luke Topp, stepping in for his son Zeke, handled Prairie High Danner to the winners’ circle.

Conditions improved for the running of the Restricted Derby; wind chills may have even been near freezing. Bad Prairie’s Valley Girl was undaunted by the weather. “Fancy” laid down an impressive performance for owner-handler Quintin Wiseman to dominate the field.

Although conditions were brutal, the hot lunches and evening meal provided by Kelly Babbel were a welcome relief. Many thanks to Kelly! We are also very grateful for our judges, Greg Sand, Greg Morgan, Tom Tracy, Quintin Wiseman, Tasha Wiseman, Pat McInteer, and Bob Lais. These folks braved tough conditions, yet always gave each and every competitor their utmost attention.

We can not express enough gratitude to our hosts, Pat and Margaret McInteer, who provide our grounds and welcoming hospitality. Putting on a field trial is like raising a child; sometimes it takes a village.

This event would not be possible without the endless work of club members Todd and Trisha Babbel, Jason and Kelly Babbel, Pat and Margaret McInteer, and Terry Hansen.

Last, but certainly not least, much appreciation to Greg Blair and Purina for providing feed to the winners. This gesture was greatly received!

We will be running our fall trial on Thanksgiving weekend and hope to see you all there.

Salem, Neb., April 14

Judges: Greg Morgan and Greg Sand

OPEN ALL-AGE [One-Hour Heats] — 7 Pointers

1st—DJANGO, 1659236, male, by Hideaway’s Tall Boy—Katybar The Door. Todd Babbel, owner and handler.

2d—NEMAHA NIGHT HAWK, 1663865, male, by Nemaha City Slicker—Joe’s Elhew Reba. Pat McInteer, owner and handler.

3d—SAM ADAMS TALL BOY, 630438, male, by Hideaway’s Tall Boy—Ringafire’s Flirtation. Jason Babbel, owner and handler.

Judges: Greg Morgan and Tom Tracy

OPEN DERBY — 16 Pointers

1st—INTENSIVE CHAIN BREAKER, 1675497, female, by S F Bandwagon—S F Rushhour. Steve Auxier, owner and handler.

2d—TUMBLING DICE, 1670904, male, by Erin’s Kentucky Gambler—Burning Edge Julie. Trisha Babbel, owner and handler.

3d—NEMAHA RIO, 1668952, male, by Nemaha Free Style—Wiggins Snow Rebel. Pat McInteer, owner and handler.

Judges: Quintin Wiseman and Tasha Wiseman

OPEN SHOOTING DOG — 8 Pointers and 1 Setter

1st—PRAIRIE HIGH DANNER, 1626788, pointer male, by Prairie Buzz Bullett—Lily White Trash. Zeke Topp, owner; Luke Topp, handler.

2d—BYE BYE G G, 1663449, pointer female, by Merrihill’s Bravo—Kanza. Robert Lais, owner and handler.

Judges: Robert Lais and Pat McInteer

OPEN DERBY — 10 Pointers and 2 Setters

1st—BAD PRAIRIE’S VALLEY GIRL, 1679525, pointer female, by Bad Prairie Storm Valley—Bad Prairie’s Emma Sue. Quintin Wiseman, owner and handler.

2d—NINNESCAH RANGER, 1674259, pointer male, by Ninnescah Trumpeter—Rebel Stormy Rye. Ivan Breckenridge, owner; Harold Gearhart, handler.

3d—BAD PRAIRIE’S PAYBACK TIME, 1679501, pointer male, by Bad Prairie Storm Valley—Bad Prairie’s Emma Sue. Quintin Wiseman, owner and handler.

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