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Field Trial Report

Lake States Trials

By Denise Peters | Aug 29, 2019
Open Shooting Dog Winners. From left: Stake Manager Bryan Wood, Mark Fernandez, Thornapple Tommy with Bruce Minard, Judge Dave Heavlin, Glenrae’s High Roller with Ann Naus, Jesse Childers, Grouse Trails Miss America with John McKellop, Jeff Angott and Bill Nelson.

Meredith, Mich. — The 2019 Lake States Field Trial Club summer trial began Saturday morning, August 10, at the Gladwin Field Trial Grounds in Meredith, Mich.

It took some time getting the grounds ready for the trials this summer. We had three weekends scheduled for work days. The first weekend was cancelled due to the high temperatures. Several groups came out during the week and weekends to get the work done.

The work crews included Ken and Mary Moss, Mike and Deb Singleton, Brent and Denise Peters, Scott and Tammy Chaffee, Chuck and Theda Langstaff, Ken DeLong and Christy Helmes, Bob Wheelock, Eric Naus, Tom Fruchey, Wayne Fruchey, John McKellop, Dennis Keysor and Tom Kuzak. Many thanks for all the hard work; cutting in two new courses (No. 15 and No. 16), rerouting courses No. 5 and No. 6, and the clean-up and mowing of several others.

This Purina-sponsored event saw temperatures in the mid 70s to low 80s. Actually for a summer trial, the weather wasn’t bad.


Stake manager Bryan Wood broke away the Open Shooting Dog on course No. 1 at 7:05 a. m. with Judges Ken DeLong and Dave Heavlin in the saddles. Cover was high and thick, as is usual for our grounds this time of year.

Thornapple Tommy, owned by Robert Leet and handled by Bruce Minard, earned top honors with a strong forward race on course No. 5. Digging deep, Tommy went on point. After an extensive flushing attempt, Bruce relocated Tommy. Working hard to locate his prey, Tommy would not give up. When handler turned to get back on course, they heard the bell stop and shortly after heard the grouse get up. When they found Tommy, he was standing high and tight. A very proud and excellent piece of work for a dog that would not give up on the relocation. The birds were moving swiftly on the ground with all the cover, causing difficulties for the dogs.

Second was Glenrae’s High Roller, owned and handled by Ann Naus. “Rollo”, drawn as a bye, got to run solo on course No. 9. Requiring almost no handling, Rollo hit the brakes down in the cool low area before you get to the cut. A woodcock lifted about 25 feet in front of the dog for all except the handler to see. Judges instructed handler to fire, carding a nice find for Rollo. The last five minutes were tough as it got hot by 1:30 in the afternoon, but not enough to take away from his performance.

Grouse Trails Miss America, owned and handled by John McKellop, took third, having a nice woodcock find at 6 in some really thick cover on course No. 4. “Maggy” took a little coaxing to get around, which took a little away from her performance, but all in all did a nice job.

We immediately followed with the Open Derby. We moved to the upper courses, hoping for more water for these young Derbies. Bill Nelson and John McKellop sat in judgment for three braces of some good looking young dogs.

Back Creek Lucy, owned by Steve Graham and handled by Richard Hollister, placed first, running on course No. 14. Lucy hunted hard and to the front, with a good rapport with her handler. She had a nice grouse find at 10 and finished her brace running strong.

Snyder’s Pioneer Sam, owned by Steven Snyder and Ben McKean and handled by Scott Chaffee, also ran on course No. 14. Sam ran a nice race, sharing some bird work with his bracemate at 10 to take second place. Third was awarded to Meredith Grace Corky, owned by Dennis Keysor and handled by Tammy Chaffee. Corky ran a respectable race and finished to the front.

Sunday morning we had some heavy dew, the temperatures cooler in the morning and getting warmer as we approached noon.

For the Mike Grostic Memorial Amateur Shooting Dog, we ran 13 contenders under the experienced eyes of Richard Hollister and Tammy Chaffee. We got a good start and everything moved well, giving us all the afternoon off. K Del’s Chance to Soar, owned and handled by Ken DeLong, ran a real nice race and carded two woodcock finds on course No. 6 to earn first. Second was  Grouse Trails Mighty Mouse, owned by Patricia McKellop and handled by John McKellop. “Minnie” had a more limited race but carded two woodcock finds on course No. 2. Grouse Trails Bravado, owned and handled by John McKellop, ran as the bye dog on course No. 8. “Buddy” had a woodcock find and a stop to flush on a grouse.

Without help marshalling and moving cars, we would not have had a successful event. Thanks to Dave Hawk, Carl McRae, Mike Singleton, Sean McKellip, Denise and Brent Peters, Bruce and Jenny Minard, Ann Naus, Bryan Wood, Ken DeLong and Christy Helmes.

Thanks to Richard and Ricky Hollister for wrangling their usual excellent string of horses. We welcomed some newcomers to our grounds from Ohio. Jeff Angott, Jesse Childers and Mark Fernandez got to walk some braces and see our grounds for the first time.

Thank you to Purina for sponsoring this event. As always, it would not be as successful without their support.

Meredith, Mich., August 10

Judges: Ken DeLong and Dave Heavlin

OPEN SHOOTING DOG — 7 Pointers and 8 Setters

1st—THORNAPPLE TOMMY, 1684821, setter male, by Swift Rock K Buddy—Swift Rock Granny. Robert Leet, owner; Bruce Minard, handler.

2d—GLENRAE’S HIGH ROLLER, 1667465, pointer male, by Richards Shiloh High Ace—Butch’s Tin Lizzie. Eric & Ann Naus, owners; Ann Naus, handler.

3d—GROUSE TRAILS MISS AMERICA, 1674644, pointer female, by Autumn Echo—Grouse Trials Sharptail. John McKellop III, owner and handler.

Judges: John McKellop and Bill Nelson

OPEN DERBY — 1 Pointer and 5 Setters

1st—BACK CREEK LUCY, 1683067, setter female, by Peyton’s Legacy Kip—Girl’s Little Dixie. Steve Graham, owner; Richard Hollister, Sr., handler.

2d—SNYDER’S PIONEER SAM, 1683286, setter male, by Ponderosa Mac—Call Me Maggie. S. C. Snyder & Ben McKean, owners; Scott Chaffee, handler.

3d—MEREDITH GRADE CORKY, 1681353, setter male, by Ponderosa Mac—Call Me Maggie. Dennis Keysor, owner; Tammy Chaffee, handler.

Judges: Tammy Chaffee and Richard Hollister

MIKE GROSTIC MEMORIAL AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG — 8 Pointers, 4 Setters and 1 Brittany

1st—K DEL’S CHANCE TO SOAR, 1659339, Brittany female, by K Del’s Eagle Flyboy Roy—Chance’s Hope. Kenric J. DeLong, owner and handler.

2d—GROUSE TRAILS MIGHTY MOUSE, 1674643, pointer female, by Grouse Trails Cracker Jack—Grouse Trails Pride. Patricia McKellop, owner; John McKellop III, handler.

3d—GROUSE TRAILS BRAVADO, 1674614, pointer male, by Autumn Echo—Grouse Trails Sharptail. John McKellop III, owner and handler.

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