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Field Trial Report

Grand Valley Bird Dog Club

By Jim Cipponeri | May 17, 2018
Sunrise Star First in the Open Shooting Dog Stake

Ionia, Mich. — The weather for the first trial of the spring season at the Ionia field trial area was as bad as it can get. Snow, sleet, rain and winds gusting over 35 mph were prevalent for most of the weekend. Temperatures hovered around 32° during the daylight hours and in the teens overnight.

Thanks to all our judges and handlers. Nice to see professionals Robert Ecker and Rich Hollister support this weekend event. Rich traveled with his teenage daughter Randi and son Ricky and their stable of fine walking horses.

Robert had his childhood friend and hunting partner/trialer Marty Festa from Pennsylvania scouting for him. Several woodcock were moved during the walking and horseback stakes.

Ionia, Mich., March 25 — One Course

Judges: Joe Guzman and Blake Rizzo

OPEN SHOOTING DOG — 3 Pointers and 3 Setters

1st—RUSTY NAIL, 1651755, setter male, by Independence Day Sam—Hytest Silver Bell. Bill Darr, owner and handler.

2d—THORNAPPLE HAWK, 1617422, setter male, by Hytest Sky Hawk—Erin’s Skydancer. Jim & Connie Cipponeri, owners; Jim Cipponeri, handler.

Judges: Bill Branham and Blake Rizzo

OPEN DERBY — 7 Entries

1st—WINDFALL BIG HURT, 1671678, pointer male, by Wiggins Elhew River—Loose C. Joseph Guzman, owner and handler.

2d—GLENMERE’S AMAE ZING, 1675695, 1675695, pointer female, by Cole Train—B’N E Comanche Moon. Matt & Jeff Haggis, owners; Matt Haggis, handler.

3d—JUST A SMUDGE, 1670215, pointer female, by Erin’s Redrum—Snowfall Erin’s Nell. Kelsey Hajek, owner and handler.

Judges: Joe Guzman and Blake Rizzo

AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG — 3 Pointers, 2 Setters and 1 German Shorthair

1st—THORNAPPLE HAWK, 1617422, setter male, by Hytest Sky Hawk—Erin’s Skydancer. Jim & Connie Cipponeri, owners; Jim Cipponeri, handler.

2d—HURON CREEK MR. TWISTER, 1613938, pointer male, by Elhew Sinbad—Shotgun Kitty Hawk. William & Julie Branham, owners; William Branham, handler.

OPEN SHOOTING DOG — 5 Pointers, 16 Setters and 2 Brittanys

1st—SUNRISE STAR, 1645029, setter male, by Harbor City Hummer—Sandland Cinnamon. Dr. George Najor, owner; Robert Ecker, Jr., handler.

2d—TEXAS FREE MASON, 1650873, setter male, by Merritt’s Zackery—Indian Creek Sunrise. Kevin Klein, owner; Robert Ecker, Jr., handler.

3d—DUN ROVENS DRIFTER, 1655062, setter male, by Dun Roven’s Gary—Dun Rovens Boofay. Jack Harang & Richard Hollister, Jr., owners; Richard Hollister, Jr., handler.

Judges: Jim Cipponeri and Blake Rizzo

OPEN DERBY — 11 Entries

1st—STEEL VALLEY FREEDOM, 1674629, pointer male, by Stone Run’s Buddy—Class Act Tweet. Harry Blaine, owner; Robert Ecker, Jr., handler.

2d—CLASS ACT STUD, 1677297, pointer male, by Bud of Piney Woods—Class Act Game On. David Keck, owner; Robert Ecker, Jr., handler.

3d—DUN ROVEN GRUMPY, 1669506, setter male, by Hypointe Left Turn—Centerfold Teacup. Randi Hollister, owner and handler.

OPEN PUPPY — 2 Pointers, 9 Setters and 1 Brittany

1st—M J ELHEW ROCCO, 1675366, pointer male, by Rambling Elhew Ace—Bama’s Ice. Joe Collura & Mike Barringer, owner; Robert Ecker, Jr., handler.

2d—COLBY JACK WOOD, 1674018, setter male, by Pepper Jack Wood—D J’s Runninon Faith. John Bodo, owner and handler.

3d—CLARY’S ANGEL OF FAITH, 1678630, setter female, by Pepper Jack Wood—D J’s Runninon Faith. Jim Clary & Bob Andre, owners; Richard Hollister, Sr., handler.

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