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Field Trial Report

Grand Valley Field Trial Club

By David A. Fletcher | Oct 05, 2020
Jack’s Rockin Rocco Second in the Open Shooting Dog Stake

HIGHLAND, MICH. — The Grand Valley Field Trial Club led off Michigan's 2020 fall field trial season September 19-20. After the COVID-19 epidemic and its restrictions levied on state land and facilities aborted the spring 2020 trial season, it was great to see pointing dog people on the grounds competing their dogs once again. Social distancing and face covering were the order of the day.

The Highland trial grounds were again available; the weather was perfect and the released quail were among the best we’ve ever seen on these courses.

Speaking of the course, a summer mowing program had the cover in great shape for dogs to get through and hunt and be seen.

The drawing took place Wednesday evening, Jim and Connie Cipponeri presiding, and a total of  41 dogs were entered in three horseback and four walking stakes affiliated with the U.S. Complete Association. Saturday was a heavy day of multiple stakes day, leaving Sunday with a very light schedule.

Purina and Greg Blair were again generously supportive of the trial, and they are greatly appreciated and thanked.

Judging was in the capable hands of  Steve Stacey, Jim Cipponeri and Jenny Kurz, with Blake Rizzo, who is practically inexhaustible, judging every stake.

Blake the veteran and Stacey the rookie made a good duo. Blake is a mainstay at Michigan trials and is always willing to help out in any way.This was the first time ever on a Tennessee Walker for Steve Stacey and he relayed his appreciation for a soft saddle and smooth horse the day after his judging assignment. "Thank you, Paul Tutro, for providing the horse power for Steve."

Several dogs had multiple finds and were rewarded in the placements. Let me say in general performances were very creditable and placements well deserved. At the end of a long but enjoyable day, principals migrated to Milford’s Red Dog Saloon for great food and more field trial sociability.

One trial sidelight was a bit of a scary situation. Paul Tutro, a very faithful bird planter for several trials held at Highland, suffered a dangerous horse accident, His mount shied and went down, apparently caused by an errant encounter with the bird release bag. The horse went flat to the ground with Paul unable to get his left leg from under the horse.

Having seen this situation before, scribe (Dave Fletcher) enlisted a strong young man, instructed him to pull up the horse's head by using the bridle, and the horse’s front end immediately came up, leaving the rear legs in place, not stepping on Paul. Fortunately Paul was not injured for which we all were grateful.

Highland, Mich., September 19 — One Course

Judges: Blake Rizzo and Steve Stacey

OPEN DERBY — 1 Pointer and 4 Setters

1st—DUKES HOLD MY BEER, 1684677, pointer male, by Sugarknoll War Paint—Sizzlin Julie. Ron Sposita, owner and handler.

2d—WILD BIRD SETTERS HOPE, 1690720, setter female, by Boise’s Ralph—Wild Bird Beauty’s Diamond. Jennifer Kurz, owner and handler.

OPEN SHOOTING DOG — 2 Pointers and 6 Setters

1st—AUTUMS IRISH HART 1664001, setter male, by Erin’s Hidden Shamrock—Springpond’s Autumn Grace. William Darr, owner and handler.

2d—JACK’S ROCKIN ROCCO, 1669276, setter male, by Thornapple Hawk—Boondocks Karens Annie Girl. Jim & Connie Cipponeri, owners; Jim Cipponeri, handler.

3d—PEPSI RUM RUNNER, 1666542, pointer male, by Erin’s Redrum—Erin’s Super Star. Bill Klenner, owner and handler.

AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG — 2 Pointers and 4 Setters

1st—MARQUES DIAMOND JIM, 1657286, pointer male, by White’s Solid Reward—Sid’s Little Jill. Jim & Connie Cipponeri, owners; Jim Cipponeri, handler.

2d—AUTUMN'S IRISH HART 1664001, setter male, by Erin’s Hidden Shamrock—Springpond’s Autumn Grace. William R. Darr, owner and handler.

3d—BAD RIVER BEAUREGARD, 1665144, setter male, by T’s Nickleback—Straight Up Skydancing Lady. Tom Vanacek, owner and handler.

Judges: Jim Cipponeri and Blake Rizzo

AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG — 3 Pointers and 3 Setters

1st—UNAPOLOGIZE, 1662434, pointer female, by Erin’s Redrum—Unrepentant. Kelsey Hajek, owner and handler.

2d—RAG POPPER, 1678464, pointer female, by Bail Me Out—Walden’s Ridge Liz. Kelsey Hajek, owner and handler.

3d—SUNRISE STAR, 1645029, setter male, by Harbor City Hummer—Sandland Cinnamon. Dr. George Najor, owner and handler.

Judges: Blake Rizzo and Steve Stacey

OPEN PUPPY — 4 Entries

1st—MARYANA OF NAJOR DENTAL, 1687791, Brittany male, by Magnum High Velocity—K Del's Eagle’s Chance To Soar. Dr. George Najor, owner and handler.

2d—WILD BIRD LITTLE JURNEY, 1690601, setter female, by Stoneface Gus The Bus—Wild Bird Faith’s Journey. Jennifer Kurz, owner and handler.

OPEN SHOOTING DOG — 1 Pointer and 5 Setters

1st—DOUBLE TAP, 1630241, setter male, by Shadow Oak Bo—Quail Trap Sadie. Mark Beniak, owner and handler.

2d—LUMEN FLOW, 1665611, setter male, by T’s Nickelback—Straight Up Skydancing Lady. Mark Beniak, owner and handler.

3d—MOST HAPPY FELLA, 1654254, setter male, by Chip’s Uncle Buzzie—River’s Edge Sadie. Ken Kortilla, owner and handler.

OPEN DERBY —  1 Pointer and 5 Setters

1st—SID VICIOUS, 1687756, setter male, by T’s Gunslinger—T’s Unjaded. Mark Beniak, owner and handler.

2d—BAD RIVER KRYLAND, 1687379, setter female, by  T’s Gunslinger—T’s Unjaded. Tom Vanacek, owner and handler.

3d—SPRING POND ROCKIN GYBBY, 1685618, setter male, by Springpond Rockin Autumn—Tailsup Olive. Lonnie Rademacher, owner and handler.

 

 

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