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Keystone Classic and Region 2 Amateur All-Age Championship

Indiantown Gap Trials

By Ernie Saniga | Jun 11, 2019
Open Derby Classic Winners. In foreground, from left: Cody Fisher with Hightailing Penny, Mike Tracy with Osceola’s Seminole Wind and Eric Russell with Calico’s Country Strong. Standing, left to right: Sal Morelli, Mark Hughes, Mike Panovski, Greg Strausbaugh, Karen Strausbaugh, Merv Eisenhart, Dr. Roger Boser, Carl Bishop, Ted Foust and George Tracy.

Petersburg, Pa. — The Indiantown Gap Bird Dog Club ran its trial April 7-12 at the club grounds near Petersburg, Pa. The club ran three Purina points stakes comprising the Keystone Open Shooting Dog Classic, the Indiantown Gap Open Derby Classic and the Region 2 Amateur All-Age Championship.

We thank Purina for their support of our trial.

Field trial chairman was Merv Eisenhart. Bob Reed and Ted Foust drove the dog wagon for the Open stakes, and George Tracy did so for the Amateur.

Greg Strausbaugh and Merv Eisenhart planted birds before each and every brace after that for six days, starting each day before daylight. Brady Fisher filled in for them when needed.

Art Hower manages the grounds. This reporter is chairman.

There is a free cocktail party each evening in the clubhouse followed by a free dinner. This fall’s dinners and snacks were provided by Jeanette Tracy, Ted Foust, Karen Saniga, Greg and Karen Strausbaugh, R. B and Brigit Powell, Bill and Muriel Primm. Mary Tracy runs the all-important kitchen.

A public drawing was held at the clubhouse Sunday before the dinner for all stakes.


Our judges for the Open stakes were Mark Hughes of  Grampian, Pa., and Michael Panovski of Cookstown,Ontario. Michael and Peter Flanagan of Oxford, N. Y., judged the Region 2 Amateur Championship. We can’t thank them enough for their efforts.

Winners of the 42-dog Keystone Open Shooting Dog Classic were Erin’s War Creek, first, Sand Mountain Icy, second, and Waybetter Rocky, third.

George Tracy handled War Creek for Tennessee owner Allen Linder. Mike Tracy handled Icy for Greg Strausbaugh  of Mifflinburg, Pa., and the third place dog for co-owners Bill and Muriel Primm  of Cream Ridge, N. J., and Carl Bishop of Punxsutawney, Pa.

War Creek, eleven-year-old white and liver pointer male, ran a commendable race for any age dog, smart, wide and forward. He had a divided find at 5 and backed at 8. He then pointed birds at 13, 24, 29, 34 and 39, ending with an unproductive stand at 48. All were handled with high tight style.

Sand Mountain Icy had finds at 4, 6, 11, 22, 28, 34, 39 and 57 with an uproductive point at 52. She was fast paced, forward and handled well. Waybetter Rocky had seven finds in a well directed race hitting all objectives to place third.

The judges noted others that performed well, among them Bully Rock with eight finds and a back being closest to the winners.

Other top contenders and their bird totals were Grand Woodlands Dallas (6), Sandland Miracle Hodge (5), Bail Me Out (3), Steel City Storm (3), Chippewa Warrior (5), Cheyenne Jack (7) and Gun Runner Carli (4).

Hightailing Penny won the Derby Classic. She is owned by New Yorkers Kevin and Maureen Joyce and was handled by Mike Tracy to a forward and mature two-find race with shooting dog manners and style.

Mike also handled the second place dog, Osceola’s Seminole Wind for Devin and Casey Hollander. Wind had three good finds in a mature race. Third was Calico’s Country Strong, owned by the Primms and Calico Kennels and handled by George Tracy to a three-find forward hunting race.

Petersburg, Pa., April 8

Judges: Mark Hughes and Michael Panovski


37 Pointers and 5 Setters

1st—ERIN’S WAR CREEK, 1608208, pointer male, by Erin’s Special Force—Priceless. Allen Linder, owner; George Tracy, handler.

2d—SAND MOUNTAIN ICY, 1650844, pointer female, by Great River Ice—Xtremist. Greg Strausbaugh, owner; Mike Tracy, handler.

3d—WAYBETTER ROCKY, 1652783, pointer male, by Brown’s Tom Tom—Waybetter Reba. Muriel & Bill Primm & Carl, Joyce & Collin Bishop, owners; Mike Tracy, handler.


1st—HIGHTAILING PENNY, 1674285, female, by Bail Me Out—Calico’s Redhot Ember Annie. Kevin & Maureen Joyce, owners; Mike Tracy, handler.

2d—OSCEOLA’S SEMINOLE WIND, 1682240, female, by Just Irresistible—Osceola Patty Cake. Devin & Casey Hollander, owners; Mike Tracy, handler.

3d—CALICO’S COUNTRY STRONG, 1679850, female, by Waybetter Rocky—Calico’s Touch of Class. Muriel & Bill Primm & Calico Kennels, owners; George Tracy, handler.


Three-year-old white and orange pointer male Miller’s Just Plain Rowdy won the Region 2 Amateur All-Age Championship for owner Allen Linder of Livingston, Tenn. He was handled by Alex Smith. Rowdy ran the first brace on the second day of the 21-dog stake and took advantage of the freshly stocked coveys. He started with a divided unproductive with his bracemate Rendition and then scored at 7, 9, 16, 18, 22, 26, 32, 46, 49 and 59. He was fast, classy and forward with style running and on point.

The next brace had the runner-up, six- year-old white and orange pointer female Dialed In, owned and handled by Jim Pendergest, who made the long trip from Lexington, Ky., in his race for the Purina Top Amateur All-Age Award.

We are happy to say he did win the Award. Congratulations from all of us!

Dialed In had a wide and very intelligent race hunting with class and pointing with style and finished manners scoring six times evenly spaced through her hour.

These two knocked out the two dogs being carried from the first day. They were Jubullee, pointer female scoring four finds and a back in a strong and wide race, and another pointer female, Steel City Karen which had a seven-find effort and a good race.

Judges: Peter Flanagan and Michael Panovski


19 Pointers and 2 Setters

Winner—MILLER’S JUST PLAIN ROWDY, 1674985, pointer male, by Just Irresistible—Miller’s Bring The Heat. Allen Linder, owner; Alex Smith, handler.

Runner-Up—DIALED IN, 1655274, pointer female, by Miller’s Dialing In—Rester’s Zumba Girl. Jim Pendergest, owner and handler.

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