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Field Trial Report

Lake States Field Trial Club

By Denise Peters | Sep 15, 2017
Open Shooting Dog Winners. From left: Stake Manager Bryan Wood, Snyder’s Pioneer Scout with Tammy Chaffee, Judge Bob Wheelock, Dun Rovens Drifter with Richard Hollister, Sr. and owner Richard Hollister, Jr., Judge Mike Bentley and Quail Trap Will with Scott Chaffee.

Meredith, Mich. — The Lake States Field Trial Club held their “summer” trial on August 12-13, sponsored by Purina.

This summer’s event was bigger than last year as we drew close to sixty dogs for our three stakes. We began Saturday morning as close to 7 a. m. as we could on new course No. 1. This summer we reworked and renumbered our courses to better accommodate our activities here at the Gladwin Field Trial Grounds.

Stake Manager Bryan Wood kicked off the first brace with Mike Bentley and Bob Wheelock in the saddle for judgment over 39 ready contenders.

The weather was warm with a little rain on Saturday. Sunday conditions were a bit warmer but not as hot as we expected it to be. We finished up the Shooting Dog by running the last five braces beginning at 7 a. m.

Snyder’s Pioneer Scout, owned by Steven Snyder and handled by Tammy Chaffee, took first place. Scout ran a steady race and had three separate woodcock finds, keeping a nice distance on all his birds. He handled well, hitting the cover and doing a fine job. Second was Dun Rovens Drifter, owned by Richard Hollister, Jr. and Jack Harang, and was handled by Richard Hollister, Sr. Drifter had a sterling woodcock find. The first bird went up, the dog held through the shot. As handler moved in to release the dog, a second bird took flight while Drifter continued to hold solid. As the handler got to the dog a third bird went up right under his nose and the dog never moved an inch. Quail Trap Will earned third for owner-handler Dave Hawk. Will ran in the heat of the day, with a stylish woodcock find at time. He stayed forward and ran steady. With minimum handling, Will was always in the right places.

The Derby began after a tailgate lunch after the 8th brace of shooting dogs. We began the Derbies back on course No. 1 while the shooting dogs moved forward.

Brian Trimmer and Bruce Barlow  presided for a great looking batch of young dogs. We drew eleven dogs, but only eight made it to the line; afternoon weather conditions were quite warm.

First place was awarded to Flycast Rollie Fingers, owned by Dr. Robert Haraden and handled by Scott Chaffee. Rollie had a highly energetic ground race with a grouse find on a relocation. He was always up front and working the cover. Second was White Thorn Rose, owned by Pat Smith and handled by Richard Hollister, Sr. Rose ran a moderate race and hit a covey of grouse, holding while they all busted out. Moving Target took third, owned by Dr. Beth Vandenberg and Clay Alsip and handled by Scott Chaffee. “Brandy” ran an up-front ground race, quartering well. He found the right cover and was well mannered. We returned to Alibi Hall after the Derby for announcements.

We began Sunday by finishing up the Open Shooting Dog and began the Amateur Shooting Dog immediately following on course No. 6. We ran three braces and tailgaited a lunch again at the tubes.

After finishing the Amateur Shooting Dog we returned to Alibi Hall for announcements. K Del’s Eagle Flyboy Roy took first place, Ken Delong owner-handler. “Deano” had a nice consistent run and did a really nice job on a big brood of grouse, finishing well. Baxter’s Apache John, owned by Brent and Denise Peters and handled by Brent, took second. “AJ” had an outstanding grouse find on a nice relocation. Third place went to Faith’s Maximum Justice, owned and handled by Ken DeLong. Justice ran nice, having several stops to no avail. Due to his run he was called back for a second run and ended with a nice woodcock find.

Saturday and Sunday we were able to enjoy the usual sweet breads and cookies made by Marilyn Ferguson. George Ferguson was on hand both days to serve up the coffee and accept the compliments in Marilyn’s stead.

Jennifer Wyatt coordinated our tailgate lunches each day and made the process go off without a hitch.

Early season stakes are always a challenge and without our usual cast of characters to help we wouldn’t be as successful. We thank all directors, members and participants who helped to marshal braces and move vehicles.

Thanks as well to Richard and Jennifer Hollister for all their help and for wrangling their usual string of excellent horses for our trial. Thanks Bryan Wood for your usual excellent stake management. Without the support of Purina donating food for our participants, our success would not be as great. A big thank you to Purina.

Meredith, Mich., August 12

Judges: Mike Bentley and Bob Wheelock

OPEN SHOOTING DOG — 14 Pointers, 23 Setters, 1 Brittany and

1 Irish Setter

1st—SNYDER’S PIONEER SCOUT, 1658505, setter male, by Ponderosa Mac—Dun Rovens Boofay. S. C. Snyder, owner; Tammy Chaffee, handler.

2d—DUN ROVENS DRIFTER, 1655062, setter male, by Dun Roven’s Gary—Dun Rovens Boofay. Richard K. Hollister, Jr. & Jack Harang, owners; Richard Hollister, Sr., handler.

3d—QUAIL TRAP WILL, 1627794, setter male, by Shadow Oak Bo—Quail Trap Sadie. D. A. Hawk, owner and handler.

Judges: Bruce Barlow and Brian Trimmer

OPEN DERBY — 7 Setters and 1 Irish Setter

1st—FLYCAST ROLLIE FINGERS, 1667526,  setter male, by Jetwood—Fireside Drama Queen. Dr. Robert Haraden, owner; Scott Chaffee, handler.

2d—WHITE THORN ROSE, 1671520, setter female, by Hypointe Left Turn—Centerfold Teacup. Pat Smith, owner; Richard Hollister, handler.

3d—MOVING TARGET, 1668617, Irish setter male, by Red N Ready—Matter of Perspective. Dr. Beth Vandenberg & Clay Alsip, owners; Scott Chaffee, handler.

Judges: Richard Hollister and Carl McRae

MIKE GROSTIC MEMORIAL AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG —

2 Pointers, 3 Setters, 1 Irish Setter and 3 Brittanys

1st—K DEL’S EAGLE FLYBOY ROY, 1612090, Brittany male, by Just Call Me Roy—K Del’s Wanbli Owankiye. Kenric J. DeLong, owner and handler.

2d—BAXTER’S APACHE JOHN, 1628945, setter male, by Baxter’s Mad Max—Baxter’s Sunrise Sadie. Brent & Denise Peters, owners; Brent Peters, handler.

3d—FAITH’S MAXIMUM JUSTICE, 1660276, pointer male, by Nelson’s Van Max—Wild Apple Faith. Kenric J. Delong, owner and handler.

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