American Field

Field Trial Report

Sacramento Bird Dog Club

By Leif Lendrop | Nov 20, 2019

Oroville, Cal. — As is customary, the Sacramento Bird Dog Club hosted the fall field trial September 21-22 at Thermalito Afterbay in Oroville, Cal.

The grounds at Oroville looked better than I can ever recall seeing. Culverts were added to keep crossings dry and solid; roads that often are flooded were dry and groomed to cross to the big island.

While this time of the year can be hot, this weekend offered warm, but temperate conditions to run our dogs.

Many come to the trial to qualify Derbies, others to add polish for upcoming championships and some simply to enjoy the camaraderie and run dogs.

This weekend the ladies reigned supreme and took four of the placements in the three stakes offered.

Professional Sheldon Twer was suffering from a horse wreck the previous week and called on his wife Barbara and good friend Jim Camarillo to step in and handle the logistics with dogs, horses and handling. Both Jim and Barbara stepped up and more than sufficiently handled all that is needed to show up well prepared and ready to roll.

The Kellys can be counted on to show up for a field trial to have some fun, run dogs and condition horses. Sean was still recovering from hip surgery and asked his daughter Kaylynn and a friend to join the fun and handle and scout their dogs.

Marc Cuneo of Sonoma, Cal., took some time from his busy schedule to come up and test his summer training results. Jared Tappero joined us from Greenville, Cal., to qualify some of his young dogs.

Professional Roy Smith brought dogs to the line to test his training, and Jim Wolthuis came from Sacramento to handle his up-and-comer “Hank”. Corey Harrison of Napa, Cal., brought a couple of hard charging German Drahthaars to the trial. I think we’ll see more of them this season.

Most importantly, a big thank you to the crew who made it all happen; Jeff Lostak of Vacaville, Cal., brought his A-game catering, ran his young dog Flynn and judged a couple of stakes. Ron Shuman of Woodland, Cal., brought great flying Tennessee reds for the trial and judged a stake. Brad Laverne came to help with camp chores, dog wagon and kept things moving along smoothly. Tom Barrett of Santa Rosa, Cal., came over and helped judge the Shooting Dog Stake and pitched in where needed.

Thank you everyone for supporting the fall trial.

Oroville, Cal., September 21

Judges: Tom Barrett and Leif Lendrop


1st—BOONVILLE BULLET, 1657164, pointer male, by Farwest Gunslinger—Bodacious No Doubt. Marc Cuneo, owner and handler.

2d—DUCK CREEKS LUNATIC, 1686562, German Shorthair female, by Riden High Rudy—Duck Creek’s Duramax Dakota. Chris Miller, owner; Roy Smith, handler.

Judges: Jeff Lostak and Ronald Shuman

OPEN DERBY — 6 Pointers

1st—REGGIE’S SHADOW, 1686584, male, by In The Shadow—Shadow From Dancyville. Pat Taylor, owner; Barbara Twer, handler.

2d—KELLY’S REBEL PENNY, 1685496, female, by Dominator’s Rebel Heir—Youngstown Storm Seeker. Sean Kelly, owner and handler.

OPEN DERBY — 6 Pointers, 1 Setter and 1 German Shorthair

1st—TWISTER’S COWBOY WELLS, 1685987, pointer male, by Twister’s Pretty Boy—Wells Fargo Paula. Barbara Twer, owner and handler.

2d—KELLY’S REBEL PENNY, 1685496, pointer female, by Dominator’s Rebel Heir—Youngstown Storm Seeker. Sean Kelly, owner and handler.

3d—INDIAN HEAD EXPRESS, 1685809, pointer female, by Rivertons Funseek’n Scooter—Spectre Express. Jared Tappero, owner and handler.


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