American Field
https://americanfield.villagesoup.com/p/1823639

Field Trial Report

Maine Bird Dog Club

By Bruce Burnell | Jul 11, 2019
Ruff Grouse Lilly First in the Open Shooting Dog Stake; Third in the Bernie Murray Amateur Shooting Dog Stake

Brownfield, Me. — The Maine Bird Dog Club hosted its spring Mother’s Day trial the weekend of May 11-12. Fortunately the weather cooperated and was cool and breezy making for nearly ideal conditions to run bird dogs.

Chairperson Kellie Short had things well organized and the trial began bright and early at 7:30 a. m.

John Short had the coffee on and breakfast sandwiches cooking. Bob Paucek had the birds ready and a good crowd was on hand.

The first stake was the Clifton Hale-Garfield Wall Open Derby Classic. Judging this year were Deborah Sloan of North Monmouth, Me., and Robert Lang of Canterbury, N. H. Both bring years of experience with them.

Awarded first was Long Gone Hatfield (Hattie), owned and handled by Deb Kennedy of Hanover, N. H. Hattie ran a fast and consistently forward race with three finds. Placed second was Wild Apple Hard Cider, handled by owner Don Keddy down from Quebec, Canada. Cider connected with several finds, though his race was a bit to the sides at times. Cal Robinson of Biddeford, Me., was third with Calamy’s Soul Man which was good on his birds, exhibiting finished manners; however, he showed too much interest on birds previously pointed. All in all this was a competitive group of Derbies.

The Michael S. Robinson Open Puppy started at 8:00 on our separate puppy course. This stake featured seventeen ready to go puppies judged by Tom Wilkins, New Brunswick, Canada and Eric Rizza, Georgetown, Mass.

First was Cairds You’re So Vain, owned and handled by Bob Little. She ran in the fourth brace running hard to the front and staying there throughout her twenty minutes on the ground. She showed lots of style and potential. The judges were splitting hairs for the next two spots. Cairds Cracklin Rosie, also handled by Bob Little in the fifth brace, and Elhew Snakedancer (Lizzy), handled by Don Keddy in the third brace. Both puppies broke away with a forward race and handled very well. Rosie placed second showing a little more stretch in her legs making several nice casts way up to the front. Lizzy  covered the course with style and potential.

The Open Shooting Dog broke away at the conclusion of the Derby. Judges were Robert Arkley of Jay, Vt., and Deb Kennedy of Hanover, N. H.

Ruffed Grouse Lilly, setter female owned and handled by Paul Christopher, earned first. Lilly has spectacular running style, is high tailed, snappy, long legged and a  joy to watch. She was rock solid on her birds, making an easy call for the judges. Placed second was Calamy’s Soul Man, pointer male that is still a Derby and has been getting it done this spring for his owner-handler Cal Robinson. “Elwood” has a hard driving style and high and tight on point. We are sure to see more from him in the future. Third was Tucker, handled by Doug Dix from Vermont for his son who was unable to make the trial. Tucker is a handsome setter male which had a fine run and perfect manners on his birds.

The Maine Club always runs the Bernie Murray Amateur Shooting Dog on Sunday in memory of longtime trialer Bernie Murray. You can always plan on this event to be very competitive.

Lloyd Murray, Bernie’s grandson, handled Long Gone Mersadies to first. She ran to the front with three well executed finds during her half hour. Second went to Rock Solid Casey, owned and handled by Doug Dix. She had four finds being very stylish on point, but she was a bit harder to keep to the front. Third was Ruff Grouse Lilly which also placed first the day before in the Open Shooting Dog on Saturday. She had a pair of finds and backs.

The Open Derby on Sunday ran at the conclusion of the Amateur Shooting Dog. Awarded first was Long Gone DeQuan, setter male handled by Lloyd Murray. Second was Long Gone Hatfield which placed first in the Clifton Hale-Garfield Wall Open Derby Classic on Saturday. She was handled by her owner Deb Kennedy. Third place went to Rock Solid Amazing Grace, handled by Doug Dix. Judges for this stake were Jim Hathaway of North Falmouth, Mass., and Bob Arkley.

The Amateur Puppy was being run concurrently on our separate puppy course. First was Deb’s McKeachie Road, white and orange setter female. Second place went to another setter female, Dixie, owned and handled by Parker Mooney. Third was Paucek’s Jordi, setter female owned and handled by Kellie Short.

The club would like to offer a big thank you to all who helped out. Purina for sponsoring our trial and especially the judges who walked many braces to evaluate our entrants.

Our entries were up again this year which bodes well for the future.

Brownfield, Me., May 11 — One Course

Judges: Robert Lang and Deb Sloan

CLIFTON HALE-GARFIELD WALL OPEN DERBY — 5 Pointers

and 6 Setters

1st—LONG GONE HATFIELD, 1677666, setter female, by Long Gone Studly—Anna Lake Kiah. Deborah Kennedy, owner and handler.

2d—WILD APPLE HARD CIDER, 1674893, pointer male, by Elhew Black Dose—Wild Apple Calvados. Don Keddy, owner and handler.

3d—CALAMY’S SOUL MAN, 1678673, pointer male, by Erin’s War Creek—Woodcock Haven Stella. Calvin C. Robinson, owner and handler.

Judgse: Eric Rizza and Tom Wilkins

MICHAEL S. ROBINSON OPEN PUPPY — 11 Pointers and 6 Setters

1st—CAIRDS YOU’RE SO VAIN, 1678944, pointer male, by It Ain’ts My Fault—Chasehill Baby Bella. Robert Little, owner and handler.

2d—CAIRDS CRACKLIN ROSIE, 1680683, pointer female, by Daddy’s Little Boy Butch—Porter Meadow Bette. Robert Little, owner and handler.

3d—ELHEW SNAKEDANCER, 1683617, pointer female, by Elhew Snakecharm—Xenia Elhew Sinbad Jessie. Don Keddy, owner and handler.

Judges: Bob Arkley and Deb Kennedy

OPEN SHOOTING DOG — 11 Entries

1st—RUFF GROUSE LILLY, 1656963, setter female, by Doodle Ridge Jigs—Grouse Ridge Sarge. Paul Christopher, owner and handler.

2d—CALAMY’S SOUL MAN, 1678673, pointer male, by Erin’s War Creek—Woodcock Haven Stella. Calvin C. Robinson, owner and handler.

3d—ROCK SOLID TUCKER, 1670005, setter male, by Lightning Flash Abe—Oswego’s Shore Oaks Annie. Brian R. Dix, owner; Doug Dix, handler.

Judges: Tony Bly and Kellie Short

BERNIE MURRAY AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG  — 13 Entries

1st—LONG GONE MERSADIES, 1657977, setter female, by Long Gone Boston—Grouse Ridge Comet. Lloyd Murray, owner and handler.

2d—ROCK SOLID CASEY, 1672254, setter female, by Grouse Ridge Whitestone—Grouse Ridge Merri. Douglas J. Dix, owner and handler.

3d—RUFF GROUSE LILLY, 1656963, setter female, by Doodle Ridge Jigs—Grouse Ridge Sarge. Paul Christopher, owner and handler.

Judges: Bob Arkley and Jim Hathaway

OPEN DERBY — 2 Pointers and 6 Setters

1st—LONG GONE DEQUAN, 1675616, setter male, by Long Gone Studly—Phillips Half Moon. Lloyd Murray, owner and handler.

2d—LONG GONE HATFIELD, 1677666, setter female, by Long Gone Studly—Anna Lake Kiah. Deborah Kennedy, owner and handler.

3d—ROCK SOLID AMAZING GRACE, 1674717, setter female, by Shadow Oak Bo—Penrosa Da’Chic. Douglas J. Dix, owner and handler.

Judges: Roy Hargreaves and Robert Jackson

AMATEUR PUPPY — 1 Pointer and 8 Setters

1st—DEB’S MCKEACHIE ROAD, 1680807, setter female, by Ponderosa Mac—Grouse River Woodcock. Deborah Kennedy, owner and handler.

2d—DIXIE, unreg., setter female, by Paucek’s Tomahawk—Paucek’s Millie. Parker Mooney, owner and handler.

3d—PAUCEK’S JORDI, 1679395, setter female, by Long Gone Porky—Long Gone Juicy. Kellie Short, owner and handler.

Comments (0)
If you wish to comment, please login.