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Field Trial Report

German Shorthaired Pointer Club of Central Iowa

By Brent Hoehns | Apr 10, 2018

Columbia, Ia. — The GSP Club of Central Iowa held its spring walking trial on Saturday, March 17, on private land near Columbia, Ia.

In spite of it being Saint Patrick’s Day, the weather held no “luck of the Irish” as an inch of cold rain the evening before the trial, followed by off and on rain during the trial, made for muddy, cool conditions. While the course was sloppy, the cool weather allowed for extra energetic dogs and good scenting.

Wayne and Jo Langstraat, along with Dude and Rachel Hoehns, were gracious hosts, and as always, we feel fortunate to have landowners who allow us to run on these rolling hills of Southern Iowa.

Not mentioned frequently in field trial reports is the quality of the birds. We all love wild birds, but to run a weekend, single course, walking trial — liberated birds are a must. Marty Malloy of State Center, Ia., typically provides our birds. While they always seem to be of good quality, the soggy course and rainy conditions made it extra hard on the birds this weekend. These birds flew phenomenally well. Thank you, Marty, for some exceptionally strong quail for this trial.

Judges this renewal were Randy Caldwell in the Puppy and Amateur Shooting Dog Stakes. Chuck Burgin also rated the puppies. John Houck ably assisted judging the Amateur Shooting Dog. Retired undertaker Dano Morf and professor Ken Windom judged the Open Shooting Dog Stake along with the Derbies.

All judges were attentive, and their thoughtful decisions were well received.

A bad knee wasn’t enough to slow Jon Hann, who had a great showing in the Open Shooting Dog. Jon took the top two spots with Liverheads Gettin Rowdy and T K S First Class Traveler, respectively. Mark Spurgeon took third with his vizsla male Crimson’s Double Twenty Gauge.

Spurgeon’s vizsla then turned around and won first in the Amateur Shooting Dog. Harlan Higginbotham’s shorthair H’s Double A Flagship took second, with Wisconsin native Adam DeLude’s Honey Run’s Cowboy Poet taking third.

The Open Derby was won by Frey’s Trail Running Walker, a nice vizsla male run by Jessica Mackey. John Holcomb handled Holcomb’s Ava to second place, with Hitch’s Medicine Man taking third for Dan Hitchins.

Wind Chaser, pointer female, topped the Puppy Stake for Brent Hoehns. Two vizsla females rounded out the placements, Midnight Run’s Atomic Blonde and Alpine’s Name of the Wind, both handled by Jessica Mackey.

We had lots of help running this trial. Thanks to Keith and Angie Thompson, Jeff Wallace, Kendal Brown, Marty McVey, John St. Clair, Roger Stowell, Carolyn Wallace, and Kim Hoehns for help planting birds, getting dogs to the line, cooking, driving the dog wagon, etc.

As always, we thank Purina for their support, along with Garmin and Gun Dog Supply.

Mowbility from Pella, Ia., is the local Mahindra dealer and let us borrow one of their diesel powered, two row seating, side by sides to use as a dog wagon/gallery hauler. It worked wonderfully!

While the weather wasn’t ideal, it was still a great day for the dogs. Thanks to everyone who attended for a fun trial. We will look forward to seeing everyone in the fall!

Columbia, Ia., March 17 — One Course

Judges: Dano Morf and Ken Windom

NBHA OPEN SHOOTING DOG — 2 Pointers, 5 Brittanys,

8 German Shorthairs, 2 German Drahthaars and 3 Vizslas

1st—LIVERHEADS GETTIN ROWDY, 1662974, German Shorthair male, by B D K’s Chloe’s Jax of All Trades—Liverhead’s Jumpin Jackie. Peter Wilkin, owner; Jon Hann, handler.

2d—T K S FIRST CLASS  TRAVELER, 1662125, German Shorthair male, by Odyssey’s Perfect Traveler—H’s Double A Flagship. Victor Scott, owner; John Hann, handler.

3d—CRIMSON’S DOUBLE TWENTY GAUGE, 1644704, Vizsla male, by Crimson’s Twenty Gauge Ruger—Crimson’s Isidora Rizzini. Mark & Pam Spurgeon, owners; Mark Spurgeon, handler.

Judges: Randy Caldwell and John Houck

NBHA AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG — 2 Pointers, 1 Setter, 5 Brittanys,

7 German Shorthairs and 3 Vizslas

1st—CRIMSON’S DOUBLE TWENTY GAUGE, 1644704, Vizsla male, by Crimson’s Twenty Gauge Ruger—Crimson’s Isidora Rizzini. Mark & Pam Spurgeon, owners; Mark Spurgeon, handler.

2d—H’S DOUBLE A FLAGSHIP, 1649305, German Shorthair female, by H’s Hedge Rise Ignited—S M Queen High Flush. Harlan Higginbotham, owner and handler.

3d—HONEY RUN’S COWBOY POET, 1667603, German Shorthair male, by Honey Run’s Shifting Gears—Echo v Otterbach. Adam DeLude & Kimberly Neal, owners; Adam DeLude, handler.

Judges: Dano Morf and Ken Windom

NBHA OPEN DERBY — 1 Pointer, 4 German Shorthairs and 2 Vizslas

1st—FREY’S TRAIL RUNNING WALKER, unreg., Vizsla male, by Mackey’s Trail Blazing Sitka—C K Hideaway’s Little Secret. Rob Frey, owner; Jessica Mackey, handler.

2d—HOLCOMB’S AVA, unreg., German Shorthair female, by Badland’s Grizzly Bear—C C K’s Ricky Ticky Mighty Roo Roo. John Holcomb, owner and handler.

3d—HITCH’S MEDICINE MAN, 1670058, Vizsla male, by Lundy’s Red Bull—C K Millstar’s Wee Dram. Dan Hitchins, owner and handler.

Judges: Chuck Burgin and Randy Caldwell

NBHA OPEN PUPPY — 1 Pointer, 2 Brittanys, 3 German Shorthairs

and 2 Vizslas

1st—WIND CHASER, 1676339, pointer female, by Lester’s Sunny Hill Jo—Miss Kitty Russell. Brent Hoehns, owner and handler.

2d—MIDNIGHT RUN’S ATOMIC BLONDE, unreg., Vizsla female, by Mackey’s Trail Blazing Sitka—Midnight Run’s Blame It on Rio. Jonathan Peck, owner; Jessica Mackey, handler.

3d—ALPINE’S NAME OF THE WIND, 1677567, Vizsla female, by Mackey’s Trail Blazing Sitka—Vanguard’s Make Her Mark. Jessica Mackey, owner and handler.

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