American Field

Field Trial Report

Setter Springs Field Trial Club

CanAm Open Shooting Dog Classic
By Bill Owen | Nov 15, 2021
The Winners. Front row: Jim Ledington with Mauck’s Wyeast Owyhee Jack; Bridget Ledington with Lone Tree Splish Splash; Kristina Wall with Mauck’s Wyeast Owyhee Dallee. Back row: Ed Meyhew, Bill Owen, Doug Meyer, Alex Mauck, Dan Campbell, Beth Owen, Terry Reinke, Grace Meyer, and Jeff Gilbertson.

Payette, Ida. — With the Canadian/US border closed, the easy decision was made to again hold the CanAm in Idaho on the Prairie Wind Ranch, which has some of the best facilities in this country for field trials.

The grounds are, without a doubt, sometimes steep and often rocky, but the game bird is Chukar and that’s where they live. Plus, the clubhouse, kitchen, and judges’ quarters are as good as any place in the county, making it easy to relax after a hard day’s ride.

The CanAm was held in conjunction with the National Amateur All-Age Chukar Championship, the Northwest All-Age and Shooting Dog Championships, and the Larry Brech Derby Classic. So, those making the trip had plenty of opportunities to run their dogs. During the trials, pheasant, California quail, Huns, and chukar were seen.

There were participants from Iowa, Kansas, Colorado, California, New Mexico, Utah, Oregon, and Idaho.

There are water and elect hook up for LQ trailers, a five-bedroom house for those needing a room, and pens for the horses. Lunch was provided every day and banquets were hosted by Purina, Alex Mauck (last year’s Northwest Chukar winner) and Jason Staley (last year’s Can/Am winner).

Keith and Bobbi Richardson, owners of Prairie Wind, deserve a very big “THANK YOU” not only for making their property available for the CanAm, but for all that they do to support our sport across the country. Without the Richardsons, and people like them, our sport would be next to impossible. Thank you!

Doug Meyer made the long trek from Kansas to judge and did us a great favor by bringing his wife, Grace. She made a huge contribution helping put on lunches and dinners and was a joy to be around. Dan Campbell was a big help filling in at the last minute for the originally scheduled judge. Both men gave every dog their full attention and their decisions were well received by all.

Jim Ledington and his daughter Bridget made it very easy, for the otherwise ne’er-do-well trial chairman to put on the trial. They got the birds needed, provided hay for the horses, provided the dog truck — with driver (and beer in the dog truck cooler). Dog truck driver Mark Kirkland (who is married to Bridget) did his usual outstanding job of having the dogs where they needed to be, when they needed to be there and never ran out of the appropriate refreshments. These three outstanding friends made this trial run very smoothly.

Terry Reinke (aka Field Trial Mom) flew out from Colorado to, in conjunction with Kristina Wall, make sure that all the diners were very well cooked and healthy. They drafted Grace Meyer to help and the three of them made sure that everyone was well fed.

Jeff Gilbertson came back from North Dakota where he had been working dogs with Randy Anderson to host a dinner that featured fish he had just caught in Alaska. Anita Robertson did her usual outstanding job of making sure everyone ate well at lunch – not only doing the cooking but also the necessary shopping and also cleaned up after everyone left.

Prairie Wind is a venue where a dog has to run big in order to look good and the CanAm had several dogs that ran very big and showed well.

Mauck’s Wyeast Owyhee Jack (winner) and Lone Tree Splish Splash (runner-up) were braced together and had everyone sitting up in their saddles the whole hour. They had simultaneous limb finds where they were way up hill and a couple of hundred yards apart when scout Bridget found them standing behind a long ridge of volcanic rock. As the handlers, judges and gallery made their way up to the ridge, chukar flushed from several locations at different times and the dogs still looked good when we finally got to them.

The CanAm was fortunate to have great sponsor in Purina and Sport Dog.  Their continued support really helps make this a quality trial. In addition to the Purina banquet which everyone attended, the winners were awarded Pro Plan dog food and SportDog training collars.

Payette, Ida., September 28

Judges: Dan Campbell and Doug Meyer


[One-Hour Heats] — 8 Pointers and 4 Setters

1st—MAUCK’S WYEAST OWYHEE JACK, 1676973, setter male, by Tekoa Mountain Patriot—San Jac’s Gypsy. Alex Mauck, owner and handler.

2d—LONE TREE SPLISH SPLASH, 1672171, pointer female, by Frontline Shack Attack—Whippoorwill Wild Spark. Bill Owen, owner and handler.

3d—MAUCK’S WYEAST OWYHEE DALLEE, 1687695, setter female, by T’s Gunslinger—Hidden Jasmine. Alex Mauck, owner and handler.

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