American Field

Field Trial Report

ABHA National Open Shooting Dog Championship

By Jim Fisher | May 16, 2018
Championship Winners. From left: Terry Boatwright, Judge Roy Richardson, Gary Vitali with Vitali’s Grouseringer Tony, Mike Branscum, Judge Bill Brown and Ronnie Rogers with Guard’s Two Dollar Bill.

Berea, Ky. — Bill Brown and Roy Richardson did a well received job deciding the winners from the field of very nice shooting dogs.

SportDog, Sportsman’s Pride, and Mid Tenn Ford were here to help sponsor the trial. Lunch was served by Mike Branscum and I think everyone had a great time. Jim Duncan did a fine job driving the dog wagon.

The course was in great shape along with the whole area thanks to many people who work very hard on the area.

The winner and runner-up ran together in the second brace. Guard’s Two Dollar Bill, white and orange setter male, better known as Luke, was named the winner for owner-handler Ronnie Rogers of New Market, Tenn. Luke started on fire and finished on fire, scorching the course in search of game. At 18 Luke was found by his scout far to the right front standing tall and bold. It took some time for the handler to get to him but bird was flushed, everything in order. Luke went on to record a couple more finds and never let up on the ground.

Runner-up Vitali’s Grouseringer Tony, white, black, tan and ticked setter male owned and handled by Gary Vitali of Versailles, Ky., ran in the same brace as the winner and put down a powerful race just like Luke his bracemate. Tony had two nice finds and looked like a million dollars on both.

Congratulations to handlers Ronnie Rogers and Gary Vitali for a very nice job handling your dogs.

There were other dogs knocking at the door, but just couldn’t get in. Katlyn’s Jan, handled by Ronnie Rogers in the first brace, had three finds and a snappy race. Long Gone Wallace, handled by Kelly Shepherd in the third brace, probably had things wrapped up through the first 50 minutes with six finds. On No. 7 he and a woodcock just couldn’t see eye to eye. Nice dog, Kelly.

In the 7th brace, Wild Apple Spot On was doing a nice job for handler Craig Doherty but at 45 went AWOL.

Berea, Ky., March 27 — One Course

Judges: Bill Brown and Roy Richardson

ABHA NATIONAL OPEN SHOOTING DOG CHAMPIONSHIP [OneHour Heats] — 4 Pointers and 10 Setters

Winner—GUARD’S TWO DOLLAR BILL, 1621405, setter male, by Rogers Pioneer Andy—Rogers Terrific Trixie. W. R. Rogers, owner and handler.

Runner-Up—VITALI’S GROUSERINGER TONY, 1649853, setter male, by Vitali Grouseringer Sam I’Am—Vitali Grouseringer Purdy. Gary Vitali, owner and handler.

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