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Erin’s Longmire Claims Manitoba Open Championship; Miller’s Happy Jack is Runner-Up; Touch’s Adams County Wins Broomhill Open All-Age

Broomhill Trials

By Mazie E. Davis | Nov 07, 2017
Erin's Longmire Winner of the Manitoba Open Championship

Broomhill, Manitoba — After the winners were announced, Colvin Davis stated, “When they led that dog to the line yesterday, I knew we were fixing to see something. You could see it in his eyes.”

With years of training and handling all-age dogs to his credit, he knows that look and even more feels that air about a dog when he’s determined that this day is his day!

The dog, Coloradoan Brad Calkins’ Erin’s Longmire. The handler, Robin Gates, and the scout, David Tinsley. The story line: Winners of the Manitoba Open Championship.

Longmire’s tour was what one rides over the prairies with dogs hoping to see.  It takes grit, heart, and being prairie-wise for a contender to put on this type of show.

The sections were put behind him with ease; he just kept reaching, seemingly always aware of his handler’s whereabouts. His easy gait seems to carry him effortlessly, and he finished the way he started!  Longmire had two good finds on chickens, manners and style impeccable.

Tiffany Genre led the veteran Miller’s Happy Jack to the line for handler Randy Anderson in the first brace of the Championship. The white and orange pointer male is owned by North Carolinian Scott Griffin, and turned ten years of age in May.

“Jack” showed no signs of his age as he tugged the leather wanting to go. His prairie savvy was realized during his stint. He took in all the country an all-age contender should. His gait carried him easily across the prairie terrain. He stood strikingly posed and steady for a dandy chicken find near hour’s end.

The Manitoba Championship holds the distinction of being the oldest championship on the Canadian prairies. The Manitoba Field Trial Club was formed in 1895 and hosted the inaugural running in 1902. It ran through 1941, with six years missed during that span.

In 2005 it was brought to life again in Broomhill, Manitoba. The Broomhill Field Trial Association that was formed in 1995 hosts the running.

In those early years when the running was near Winnipeg the handler rooster included such names as J. M. Avent, J. W. Flynn, C. H. Babcock, Ches Harris, Ed Farrior, Prather Robinson, Carl E. Duffield, Jack Harper, B. F. Epperson, and others.

The winning dogs included Senator P (1902), Mohawk II, Becky Broomhill, Muscle Shoals’ Jake, Mary Blue, Major Kid, Winnipeg, Ichaway, Doughboy, and others. Interestingly, the local paper in Melita this week noted that fifty years ago the trials in Broomhill began with 157 dogs entered!

The first brace in the Championship was loosed on Friday, September 8, after a two-day delay due to the running of the Border International Championship in Stoughton, Saskatchewan. The John S. Gates Memorial Open Derby, Broomhill Open All-Age, and the Broomhill Open Derby followed the Championship concluding Monday, September 11.

Judging the entire Broomhill program  were Colvin Davis and Greg Shepherd.  Greg is from Tallahassee, Fla. He manages and is the dog trainer for Burnt Branch Plantation and Game Point Kennels, both owned by Georgia sportsman Eddie Sholar who made it possible for Greg to accept the invitation to judge here. Sincere thanks to him for sparing Greg for a few days.

Greg has been training dogs on the northern prairies for two decades. His summer camp for the last six summers has been near Lyleton, Manitoba.

Field Trial Hall-of-Famer Colvin Davis from Alabama has been training dogs in Broomhill, Manitoba since 1964. Both men think of these prairies as their second homes and their friends up here are like family.

The wealth of knowledge and experience of bird dogs these men brought to the assignment is tremendous. They are thanked for giving their time and their well received decisions.

John Fuller of Thomasville, Ga., was scheduled to judge and had arrived here a couple days before the start. However, with Hurricane Irma barreling toward Florida and its predicted path in potential close proximity to his home he had to catch a flight home.

Nestlé Purina has generously sponsored these trials for the 27 years of running. This sponsorship has enabled the club to host appreciation dinners for the neighbors, landowners, and all in attendance at the trials. Purina supplies the winners with a generous supply of dog feed which is tremendously appreciated. The relationship with Purina is a friendship with everyone associated with these trials. Greg Blair, area manager with Nestlé Purina Pet Care, has been a tremendous help and everyone here is looking forward to working with him in the future.

Garmin also is a generous sponsor, donating an electric collar for the winner in the Championship. Chris Mathan and the Sportsman Cabinet get the ad and artwork for it together each year. This is greatly appreciated by the club.

Mary Sue Crouse Schalk secured judges’ gifts and shipped them to us.  Thank you, Mary Sue.

Driving the dog wagon was Broomhill resident Dave Dickson, president of the Broomhill Club. Having grown up with field trials he is aware of the importance of being at the helm of the dog wagon.

Wayne Thompson, president of the Manitoba Championship, was on hand each day with freshly made bakery goodies from the Melita Bakery. These two men have been loyal to these trials and look forward to them each year.

Helping with daily duties that a trial requires were two young men from Georgia, David Tinsley and Dustin Fincher. Several local residents were also on hand during the running — Curtis Gervin, president of the Broomhill Field Trial Association; Grant Anderson and Karen Jones from Tilston, Michael Vermeish from Broomhill, Brian Erickson from nearby Lyleton, Jimmy Shaw came over from Gainesborough, Saskatchewan. Jimmy spearheaded the All-America and Dominion Chicken Championships in Gainesborough for several decades. His visits are always a pleasure. The reminiscing between him, Colvin and Robin is not only interesting but also entertaining.  Talk of the trials back then, the people attending, and the great performances they saw are things to hold dear. The Championships, both All-Age and Shooting Dog, had many times thirty handlers and near 200 dogs entered.

During the running this year the Handi vans from nearby towns came out.  The occupants always enjoy a visit by the attendees and seeing the dogs. Their visits are always a highlight of the trials.

The Broomhill Field Trial Foundation was formed in 1995 with the first running of trials here in Broomhill.  The Foundation supports a scholarship fund for the three municipalities in this area. It is funded by a percentage of the club’s share of the entry fees. Colvin Davis asked two local ladies to oversee these monies, Pat Dickson of Broomhill and Jean Dickson who lives in nearby Pipestone. From the notes and letters the club receives each year from the school children this money is helping many in furthering their educations. These two ladies do a wonderful job of distributing these funds and are thanked for their unselfish giving.

The landowners in and around Broomhill are the best. They offer their land and come by to see if there is anything that is needed for the trial. To let fences down and opening gates even moving cows to other pastures so the trials can run are among the things they thoughtfully do at these trials.


Morning temperature read mid-40s with a brisk north wind, warming into the 70s by day’s end but the wind persisted.

The 25 entries started with Miller’s Happy Jack (R. Anderson) demanding attention from the get-go with his initial cast heading south across Fraser’s alfalfa. His cast continued across the trail canvassing the Tillbury section of oat stubble.  He was pointed out near the end where the creek would be crossed.  Jack moved quickly and toured as an experienced prairie dog; no wasted steps by him. The course was heading south around the old Murray farm yard then would bend back north, a turn some would miss during this trial but Jack made it without a hitch.

He hunted up the creek edge through Forsyth’s but found nothing. He was pointed out far ahead along the shelter belts through Gervin’s alfalfa. At 55 he was farther along there standing strikingly posed as Anderson flushed the covey of chickens for him. When loosed he continued taking in the shelter belts at a good clip until time was called.

Shadow’s Full Throttle (R. Gates) was making notable casts of his own and handling great but in the turn by Murray’s he was missed.  He was brought back before the cross to Gervin’s was made and continued on from there with his forward reaching way until time.

Touch’s Adams County (R. Anderson) and Erin’s Longmire (R. Gates) were turned loose in Broomhill just north of Killkenny’s old store. They were away with a fast clip, County taking the north edge toward the big bluff and Longmire the south edge toward the old train track.  Up near the big bluff chickens were seen in the air at 12.  Anderson rode there and County was spotted standing on the far side of the bluff. He looked great and was steady but nothing else could be flushed. He kept that fast clip for the remainder and was pointed out on some memorable casts. Longmire showed as he toured the bush growth along the track. This was at least a mile ahead. He slipped from view near the far end.  Gates rode there and this took a few minutes due to the distance. His cap was in the air as he approached the vicinity where Longmire had last been glimpsed.  The long ride to him revealed a stunning sight. Longmire stood with high head and nostrils flared taking in all the scent riding on the wind.  Gates walked ahead of him and the covey rose from the prairie at 15 as he stood steady. From here the road crossing was made at heel.  He was tooted on past the rock pile and he grabbed prairie with a flair that was captivating. Past Rawhides’ he was spotted as a speck in the distance reaching the section lengths of treelines across the stubble fields. A turn was to be made back west and the distance between this contender and handler could pose a problem but as Gates called on his charge he could be seen to turn way out yonder. He swung on across the front and headed toward the Stoney Creek bridge where he was seen to stop.

Another long ride and there he was at 57 with that same great style. Gates again walked ahead of him and a nice covey of young chickens took to the sky. With not much time left Longmire seemed to know what he needed to do. He hit the wind head on and sailed to the front until he was lost from sight. At the call Gates and scout rode far ahead and in a few minutes were seen with Longmire. Something really special had happened and everyone watching knew it!

Shadow’s White Warrior (Gates) and White Dollar (Anderson) drove far ahead and were seen again past the corrals on separate ends of the long pasture.  They were fast and determined to take the prairie in with gusto. This they did with some impressive running and hunting but birds were not found.

Both Phillips Field Line (Anderson) and Big Sky Pete (Gates) left with opening prairie casts, each independently searcheing the sprawling Gardner fields.  Past Treelevels’ both dogs were on opposite sides of a short line of bluffs pointing at 42. Three chickens took wing just as the handlers stepped on the ground. The dogs both stood with great style and were steady. More notable running was delivered by both for the remainder; their finishes showed they had plenty left.

Erin’s Muddy River (Gates) and Lester’s Jazz Man (Anderson) were away with a fairly strong wind at their backs. River was pointed out near the creek crossing on Forsyth’s as Man was canvassing the big willow area across the trail. The course was heading straight south, a turn that would put the dogs running into the blowing wind.  These two used this to advantage to hunt along the creek. Both were impressive with their prairie ways and completed the hour with memorable finishes.

Shadow’s Next Exit (Gates) and Touch’s Blackout (Anderson) toured widely from the start. At 22 point was called from the west end of Brown’s.  During a pretty long ride both scouts had caps in the air. Along the fenceline Blackout stood and further west inside the pasture Exit stood. Both dogs stood with stylish poise. Anderson flushed first as Gates had to deal with crossing the fence and a walk out to his charge.

A covey flushed for Blackout as he remained steady. Gates, upon reaching Exit, flushed another covey as the dog stood pat. The course turned north from here and would remain so for the couple of miles. The dogs were seen from time to time taking in the country with gusto.  Past Harmon’s alfalfa field along the long slough heading to Gervin’s the dogs were pointed out. This proved to be the last sighting under judgment.

Valiant (Anderson) and Lester’s Shutout (Gates) were gone after a couple of far reaching casts.

Released past the rock pile, Aberdeen’s Paid In Full (Anderson) and Neely’s Power Play (Gates) wasted little time in fading across the prairie. On the rise past Rawhide’s Play was pointed out touring Gervin’s  vast stubble fields. Aberdeen was driving far to front toward the crossing. They continued the hour with impressive cast after cast.

The morning started near 50°. A vigorous wind made it feel cooler.

Hush Money (Anderson) and Chinquapin’s Big Shot (Gates) made the stretch across Fraser’s alfalfa without looking back and were next spotted past the dugout on Tillbury’s, both in front on independent routes and moving fast.  The trail crossing was made with them in check but the next tour past Murray’s where the turn was to be made was missed by both.

Marse Jeremiah (Anderson) was counted out not long off breakaway. Lester’s Georgia Pine (Gates) took the shelter belts on Gervin’s heading north, then bending west near the end but showing far ahead before the road crossing. He made the turn near the old Broomhill store and toured ahead to the west. He was missed near the trail by Gardner’s.

Round of Applause (Anderson) and Grizzle (Gates) were spotted enough during the hour to be in judgment.

Run In The Shadow (Gates) was absent early near Treelevels’.  Neely’sRock And Roll (Neely) put on a show with some outstanding prairie running.  Roll moves with a gait that is fluid and fast. He stood at 43 with striking style with a covey of chickens nailed. He was mannerly for the work. The crossing to Phillips’ alfalfa was made in good time and he toured on ahead. He kept to the front for the remainder.

Neely’s Fast Lane (Neely) was loosed in Harmon’s alfalfa section. He did not shy from the big expanse ahead taking it all in with enthusiasm. His reach did not decline in any way for the hour. His pattern was forward and his way of going fast. Lane finished on a good note.

Broomhill, Manitoba,  September 8

Judges: Colvin Davis and Greg Shepherd

MANITOBA OPEN ALL-age champIOnship [One-Hour Heats] —

25 Pointers

Winner—ERIN’S LONGMIRE, 1655343, pointer male, by Erin’s Whiskey River—Erin’s Wild Rose. Brad Calkins, owner; Robin Gates, handler.

Runner-Up—MILLER’S HAPPY JACK, 1603992, pointer male, by Lester’s Bandit—Bryson’s Powder Twist. Scott Griffin, owner; Randy Anderson, handler.

John S. Gates Memorial Open Derby

In the Gates Derby, with five pointers and one setter, there were some mighty fine performances.

Two littermates  — Shadow’s White Cross and Shadow’s Lord Magic — absolutely stole the show. Both are owned by Kentuckian Carl Bowman and handled by Robin Gates.

The white and orange Cross was the winner with the white and liver Magic taking runner-up. To describe their performances separately would be repetitive as the qualities seen in one were seen in both. Separating these two took some hair splitting!

The energetic youngsters were fluid in their way of going, reaching across the Broomhill prairies with enthusiasm. Their speed and gait held attention as did their desire  to canvass the country ahead of them. They wanted to please Gates as they were seen swinging to his voice. The front was where you would consistently find these winners.


Winner—SHADOW’S WHITE CROSS, 1668302, pointer male, by In The Shadow—Hello Kitty. Carl Bowman, owner; Robin Gates, handler.

Runner-Up—SHADOW’S LORD MAGIC, 1668301, pointer male, by In The Shadow—Hello Kitty. Carl Bowman, owner; Robin Gates, handler.

Broomhill Open All-Age Classic

The field of 25 certainly offered some prairie running and bird-finding. The winners separated themselves with their determination to conquer this country in true all-age style.

Arizonan Richard Peterson owns Touch’s Adams County. The former Purina Award winner (20134-2014) stole the show with Randy Anderson in the driver’s seat. County put on a grand display of prairie running, handling and forwardness.

His hour started in Broomhill with a cast that set the tone for his bid. He was spotted near the end of the second alfalfa field stopped to locate his handler’s voice then he was off again crossing the trail to Clark’s pasture. There he headed west as the course angled a bit north toward Stoney Creek. County was at least a section ahead  and seen heading straight north. The course bent slightly south there then headed on west again. He was spotted near the bend in the creek heading south then missed there for about 10 minutes.  Anderson searched past the bend then rode south without any luck. He rode deep ahead heading west and from there the call of point came at 45. A long ride there found County with regal style as he stood with the wind just right facing the expanse of prairie. Anderson walked in front and a large covey of chickens took to the sky as County remained perfect. What a find! He used the rest of the time showing off more of the fast prairie running with a finish that was just what one would want to see.  The eight-year-old white and orange pointer male was placed first, and rightly so.

Shadow’s Full Throttle, owned by Georgian Larry Lee and handled by Robin Gates, put down a fine effort to unseat the winner. The six-year-old white and liver pointer male was on top of his game from the first stride.  His way of going is fast and he showed no sign of backing down from Broomhill’ds tdemanding prairie country.  He moved as if he absolutely enjoyed every second of the hour as he reached to the limit over and over. Breaking away in Fraser’s alfalfa field heading south he wasted little time before he was near the end of Tillbury’s where he chose the creek side of Murray’s stubble field. He was pointed out as he reached ahead past the old house site. The turn there saw the course gently bending back north. Throttle was not seen through this turn but Gates rode on confidently. Just when the trail would be crossed he was glimpsed on ahead already halfway across Forsyth’s heading toward Gervin’s section of alfalfa. At 50 as the treelines on Gervin’s were seen Gates spotted him standing. He stood handsome with confidence that the chickens would be right there, and they were. Throttle stood pat for the work.  He concluded at Gervin’s crossing the trail heading to Broomhill and chalking up a fine finish to claim second.

Robin Gates also handled the third place winner, Erin’s Muddy River, pointer male owned by Kentuckian Tommy Hamilton. The six-year-old mostly white pointr with some orange  certainly offered an exciting performance with his running ways. He tore through Broomhill like he owned it! When a dog makes one sit high in the saddle to witness what he’s doing you know he’s doing it right. He was “hell bent for leather” everywhere he went just leaving the onlookers wondering how in the world he would possibly keep that pace for the stint, but he did.

He was not just running, scoring a good find at 22 on a nice covey of young chickens. He stood handsomely and trembling with intensity.  Later in the hour, at 45, he was far ahead and a covey of chickens was seen to fly a good ways from his right. As River saw them cross ahead of him he slammed on the brakes and remained so until Gates reached him, expressing praise for his manners. This was one of those occasions when all the time a handler spends training these dogs is so evident; a sight to behold! He  spent the rest of the hour with some fine running.

The remainder of the field included Neely’s Rock And Roll, Run In The Shadow,  Lester’s Jazz Man, Shadow’s White Warrior, Big Sky Pete, Round Of Applause, Miller’s Happy Jack, White Dollar, Lester’s Shutout, Neely’s Fast Lane, Marse Jeremiah, Hush Money, Lester’s Georgia Pine, Phillips Field Line, Erin’s Longmire, Shadow’s Next Exit, Valiant, Touch’s Blackout, Neely’s Power Play, Chinquapin’s Big Shot, Grizzle and Aberdeen’s Paid In Full.

BROOMHILL OPEN ALL-AGE [One-Hour Heats] — 25 Pointers

1st—TOUCH’S ADAMS COUNTY, 1617837, pointer male, by House’s Line Up—Line Of Beck. Richard Peterson, owner; Randy Anderson, handler.

2d—SHADOW’S FULL THROTTLE, 1645444, pointer male, by Erin’s Stoney River—Twin Lakes Wishbone. Larry Lee, owner; Robin Gates, handler.

3d—ERIN’S MUDDY RIVER, 1642384, pointer male, by Erin’s Bad River—Thoman’s Miss Annie. Tommy Hamilton, owner; Robin Gates, handler.

Broomhill Open Derby

Six youngsters competed in this stake. Richard Peterson’s Executive Action, handled by Randy Anderson, laid claim to first. The white and orange youngsteralso won the Open Derby at the Border International Championship in Stoughton a few days earlier, and he turned in another fine performance here.

Action exhibited plenty of desire to run the distance with a fast stride. He kept reaching strongly for the 30 minutes. At 18 point was called for him. Scout Tiffany found him near the south creek crossing on Brown’s and he stood with plenty of class facing the oat stubble strips. The flush produced a nice covey of chickens. Action stood steady for the work. His finish was the topping on his fine performance.

Robin Gates handled his two winners from the John S. Gates Derby, but this time they swapped places as Shadow’s Lord Magic won second and Shadow’s White Cross took third.

Carl Bowman must surely be so proud of these two youngsters. Magic turned in 30 minutes of some mighty fine prairie running.  He was sent hunting as he went but birds were not in the picture for him.  Shadow’s White Cross put on a show also with his fleet footed running. The chickens eluded him also. These two never missed an opportunity to impress with their desire to reach across the Broomhill prairie!

Others in the field were Miller’s Ring Tone, Sky Dance Flash Point and Neely’s Fast Lane.


1st—EXECUTIVE ACTION, 1671410, pointer male, by Touch’s Blackout—Dare To Compare. Richard Peterson, owner; Randy Anderson, handler.

2d—SHADOW’S LORD MAGIC, 1668301, pointer male, by In The Shadow—Hello Kitty. Carl Bowman, owner; Robin Gates, handler.

3d—SHADOW’S WHITE CROSS, 1668302, pointer male, by In The Shadow—Hello Kitty. Carl Bowman, owner; Robin Gates, handler.

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