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Field Trial Report

ABHA Central Regional Open Shooting Dog Championship

By Ronnie Rogers | Nov 26, 2018
Duncan's War Chief Winner of the ABHA Central Regional Open Shooting Dog Championship

Berea, Ky. — The Tennessee Valley Field Trial Club hosted the American Bird Hunters Association Central Regional Championship  and companion stakes at the Miller Welch Wildlife Area near Berea, Ky.

We greatly appreciate everyone who helped: Jim Fisher, Jim Duncan, Gary Vitali, Terry Boatright, Arnold Hall, Bob Fortune and Mike Branscum.

Special thanks to Sportsman’s Pride and Brad Kennedy, also SportDog and Jim Morehouse. Their help and support made this Championship possible. To everyone who ran a dog, thank you.

The weather was nice, but everything was still green which made for poor scenting conditions. Grounds were in great shape. Overall it was a great event. Good grounds, good birds, good help and great judges make for successful and fun trial!

A huge thanks to our distinguished judges, Gerald Sartain of White Pine, Tenn., and Philip Morgan of Newport, Tenn. They did a great job and their attention to each dog was greatly appreciated by the handlers. Gerald has competed in trials around Tennessee and Kentucky for over thirty years and judged many horseback championships including the Kentucky Open Shooting Dog three times. Phil has run walking dogs starting in the late 1980s and has extensive experience judging. We were blessed to have these seasoned judges.


Although numbers were not quite what we wanted, the winners did an excellent job and were well deserving of their placements. Jim Duncan’s War Chief (Buddy) ran in the last brace and was the class of the trial. Buddy ran a big race with speed and class, pointing quail three times along the way. He was magnificent on his bird work, especially on his second find which turned out to be a huge covey that seemed to come up from everywhere. Buddy just grew taller as they left, standing like a rock as shot was fired! As his hour expired Buddy was making a huge cast to the front, but Jim was able to reel him in. Riding back to barn, one judge said Buddy’s performance made the trial for him; that’s what he liked about judging, to see a great performance come together. Congratulations to Jim and Buddy. It’s been a long time coming and well deserved!

Gary Vitali’s Grouseringer Tony, no stranger to runner-up position, ran in the third brace. Tony did a tremendous job on the ground. He is a  handsome moving dog, one that catches the judges’ eyes. Birds were hard to find for the most part, but Tony dug up a nice find where a relocation was handled like a champion. Tony was runner-up in the ABHA National Shooting Dog Championship.

Mr. Heisner’s dog Gus did a good job and pushed for a placement. A lot of other good dogs had trouble finding or handling birds in the green cover.

Berea, Ky., October 12 — One Course

Judges: Philip Morgan and Gerald Sartain


Winner—DUNCAN’S WAR CHIEF, 1627839, pointer male, by Ace of Sinbad—Long Run Annie. James L. Duncan, owner and handler.

Runner-Up—VITALI’S GROUSERINGER TONY, 1649893, setter male, by Vitali Grouseringer Sam I’am—Vitali Grouseringer Purdy. Gary J. Vitali, owner and handler.


Our thanks to Bill Hoover, Bill Brown, Bill Vest and Charlie Turner for judging our horseback stakes. We had a nice draw and everyone had an enjoyable time. Kind of the way it used to be when we all started field trialing.

Bill Hoover took first in the All-Age with Rocky with a nice find and an all-age race. Longtime field trialer and ramrod of the Kentucky Open All-Age Championship Robert Napier garnered second with a handsome setter male that ran a lot and had a broke find.

Arnold Hall earned first and second with two beautiful pointer Derbies, Sadie and Jake. They hustled around the course, always to the front, and hunting hard. They should make fine shooting dogs; both have a lot of potential.

Ronnie Rogers gained first in the Open Shooting Dog with a good young setter named Thor. Hoover’s Rocky came back to claim second. Hopefully this is the start of trials down the road.


Judges: Bill Brown and Bill Hoover

ABHA OPEN DERBY — 4 Pointers

1st—PAINTED BLACKHAWK, 1677746, female, by Sugarknoll War Paint—Mohawk. Arnold Hall, owner and handler.

2d—CEDAR ROCK JAKE, 1677441, male, by Walden’s Ridge Shadow Dancer—Walden’s Ridge Chatter Boy. Arnold Hall, owner and handler.

Judges: Charles Turner and Bill Vest

ABHA OPEN ALL-AGE — 5 Pointers and 3 Setters

1st—OUTLAW ROCKY RIVER, 1651274, pointer male, by Erin’s Stoney River—Erin’s Sweet Alabama. Bill Hoover, owner and handler.

2d—LONG GONE BOY, 1650639, setter male, by Long Gone Buckwheat—Greenbriar’s Ruff Reagan. Robert L. Napier, owner and handler.

Judges: Bill Brown and Bill Vest

ABHA OPEN SHOOTING DOG — 1 Pointer and 5 Setters

1st—THOR FOR PRESIDENT, 1663680, setter male, by Agent J—Forstar Dirty Dancer. Daphne Rogers, owner; William R. Rogers, handler.

2d—OUTLAW ROCKY RIVER, 1651274, pointer male, by Erin’s Stoney River—Erin’s Sweet Alabama. Bill Hoover, owner and handler.

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