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Brock and Wells Open Shooting Dog Classic

Northern California Bird Dog Club

By Jared Tappero | Nov 20, 2019
Brock and Wells Shooting Dog Classic Winners. In foreground, from left: Kara Kelly (kneeling), Kay Kelly with Kelly’s Rebel Louie and Jim Camarillo with Baylee’s Go Girl. Behind: Katie Thomas, Anna Roth, Sean Kelly, Julie Kelly, Jarry Walton, judge; Michaele Kelly, John Keel, judge; Jared Tappero, Sheldon Twer, Wanda Wells, Marc Cuneo, Paul Wells, Colleen Kelly, Ron Shuman and Jeff Lostak.

Oroville, Cal. — The 2019 renewal of the Brock and Wells Open Shooting Dog Classic was again held at the Thermolito Unit of the Oroville Wildlife Area, Oroville, Cal.

The grounds are open at Oroville, and provide many objectives for a dog to seek out and hunt. Groves of eucalyptus and cottonwood dot the rolling landscape which is covered with short stature grasses and scattered clumps of brush. Large feed plots, which the Department of Fish and Wildlife have been disking and planting, are scattered across the grounds providing forage and habitat for gamebirds and waterfowl.

Weather was warm throughout the weekend, with morning temperatures in the low 50s and afternoon highs in the high 70s. Intermittent morning and afternoon breezes each day came from various directions and were welcome.


The first brace of the Brock and Wells cast off from the grove at just after 8:00 a. m. Friday, October 11; the stake concluded just before lunch Saturday. Sixteen dogs were entered in this one-hour Purina Top Shooting Dog Award and National Amateur Shooting Dog Invitational Points Classic. The field was made up of eleven pointers and five setters; nine dogs finished the hour.

As has been the case for most every renewal bird work was plentiful throughout the stake, with a total of 35 finds on released bobwhite quail in the eight braces. The top three dogs finished with 10 finds between them. The Brock and Wells is always a good benchmark for just how well summer training went. Dogs need to be in shape to get through the heat and must be good and broke to get through all the bird work they encounter.

Friday morning levee access to the “Big Island” was fully submerged in water. The water was between knee- and belly-deep on the horses. Some dogs swam the crossing, others were packed across on horseback. By Saturday morning water level at the crossing had been dropped, and the rocked surface of the levee was again visible and crossable without having to wade or swim.

Top honors went to Kelly’s Rebel Louie, white, liver and ticked pointer dog owned and handled by Sean Kelly of Loomis, Cal. Louie has repeated as a first place finisher in this renewal. His record in the Brock and Wells shows second place finishes in 2016 and 2017, and first place finishes in 2018 and 2019. Louie ran in the fourth brace, was consistently forward in his application and covered the ground with a high cracking tail and nice fluid gait. Showing intensity and high style in his bird work, Louie finished his hour to the front and hunting, accumulating three well-handled finds and two backs in his effort.

Awarded second was Skydancer Gold Rush, white, black and ticked setter dog owned and handled by Tom Griffin of Watsonville, Cal. “Duke” ran in the first brace and had a consistently forward race with good overall application. Running the course with a high cracking tail, Duke finished his hour with four well-handled and stylish finds and two backs.

Third was Baylee’s Go Girl, white, black and ticked setter bitch owned by Lynn and Teresa Stinson of Escalon, Cal., and handled by Sheldon Twer. Baylee also shows repeat wins at the Brock and Wells, with two first place finishes in 2016 and 2017, and her third place finish this year. During her hour Baylee hunted to the front consistently with style and determination. Running in the third brace, Baylee had three finds in her hour, handling all with high style and intensity.

Judges for this year’s running of the Brock and Wells were Jarry Walton of Reno, Nev., and John Keel of Fresno, Cal. Both men have saddled-up for many Region 11 stakes and are well respected for their eye for a class bird dog. We thank both of them for their time and effort in judging this stake. Their decision was well received.

Oroville, Cal., October 11

Judges: John Keel and Jerry Walton


12 Pointers and 4 Setter

1st—KELLY’S REBEL LOUIE, 1656988, pointer male, by I B Burnt—I B Pike Creek. Sean Kelly, owner and handler.

2d—SKYDANCER GOLD RUSH, 1670823, setter male, by Skydancer Flash Point—Skydancer Pirates Emerald. Tom Griffin, owner and handler.

3d—BAYLEE’S GO GIRL, 1649857, setter female, by Rikki’s Rockin Rik—Iron Mistress. Teresa & Lynn Stinson, owners; Sheldon Twer, handler.


The Open Derby started after lunch Saturday afternoon. There were eight starters drawn in this half-hour qualifying stake; all were pointers.

Awarded first was Indian Head Storm, white, liver and ticked pointer bitch owned and handled by Jared Tappero of Greenville, Cal. “Kate” ran in the second brace and was to the front and distant at times. She was direct in her application, covering the ground with style and making her moves with purpose. Kate showed handle and had a nice way of going through the country. Her placement was based on race alone.

Second place was earned Sonoma Strong, white and orange pointer dog owned and handled by Marc Cuneo of Sonoma, Cal. “Hank” ran in the first brace and was forward and consistent in his application. Hank handled well and had a nice way of covering the country, hunting to the front and hitting the objectives. He finished his half-hour with one well-handled find.

Third place finisher was Kelly’s Rebel Penny, white, liver and ticked pointer bitch owned and handled by Sean Kelly. Penny had a nice way of going, showed handle and range, was to the front and consistent in her application.

We look forward to seeing all three Derbies in the future.

Judges for the Open Derby were Ron Shuman of Woodland, Cal., and Jeff Lostak of Vacaville, Cal. Both judges have seen a lot of bird dogs on the ground and know a nice pup when they see it. Their time in the saddle was much appreciated and their decisions were well received.

Judges: Jeff Lostak and Ron Shuman

OPEN DERBY — 8 Pointers

1st—INDIAN HEAD STORM, 1685811, female, by Kelly’s I B Butler—Kelly’s Funseeker. Jared Tappero, owner and handler.

2d—SONOMA STRONG, 1681078, male, by Twister’s Pretty Boy—Wells Fargo Paula. Marc Cuneo, owner and handler.

3d—KELLY’S REBEL PENNY, 1685496, female, by Dominator’s Rebel Heir—Youngstown Storm Seeker. Sean Kelly, owner and handler.


The Northern California Bird Dog Club would like to thank all who volunteered and contributed their time to make the trial a success. Art Harris and Paul Wells again manned the dog truck. Both men are always prompt with the truck, having it loaded with the right dogs, cool drinks and snacks for the handlers, gallery and judges. A fabulous lunch was prepared and served Friday by Julie, Michaele and Colleen Kelly, and Wanda Wells. Lunch consisted of grilled ham and cheese sandwiches, macaroni and potato salad, chips, cookies and brownies, salty snacks, and plenty of cool drinks. Saturday morning Jeff Lostak of the Sacramento Club provided all on hand with breakfast, and contributed pork ribs, brisket and sausage to the lunch, which the ladies combined with the earlier mentioned sides, making for another great meal.

The Northern Cal Bird Dog Club would like to thank Purina for providing generous support for this field trial, which included covering the cost of the advertisement in The American Field, and Purina feed coupons which were given to the handlers of the winning competitors of both stakes. Thanks again to all who volunteered and came out to support the trial.

J. T.

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