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Field Trial Report

Mid-America Brittany Championship

By Wesley Felt | Jun 14, 2017
Championship Winners. From left: Tom Tracy, Burton Wice with Driving Miss Daisy, Howard Burbach, judge; Tommy Thomas with Touch of Bourbon Little Chug, Rodney Albin, judge; Scott Johnson and Wesley Felt.

Raymond, Neb. — The 2017 running of the Mid-America Brittany Championship, hosted by the Missouri Valley Brittany Club, was held April 24-26 at the Branched Oak Field Trial Area near Raymond, Neb., the regional club event held April 21-23.

There are some fine folks we need to mention for their contribution to the success of this championship event. First and foremost, Bill and Julie Cockrum, members of the Missouri Valley Brittany Club. The Cockrums, along with club members John Savicky, Bruce Heiter and Jack Higgins, devote their time to make this event one of the premier Brittany Championships in the Brittany world. Bill planted birds every day and John drove the dog wagon. Wesley Felt was the reporter. We thank these dedicated folks for their hard work.

The sponsors for the Mid-America Brittany Championship are Nestlé Purina and SportDog. Nestlé Purina gives both money toward the running of this event and Pro Plan products for the winners. Purina is fed to several dogs running in this event as testimony to the quality ingredients product of the Pro Plan dog products.

Josh Randall from SportDog provided a TEK 2.0L Tracking collar to the champion. We thank these sponsors for their continued support.

The Branched Oak Area has a large lodge enjoyed by trial folks to gather for socializing and meals. The meals are prepared by the Wagner family. Karen, George and the kids are there for breakfast and lunch delights. If you have never attended this Championship it would be well worth the drive just for the food.

Judges for this year’s event were Howard D. Burbach and Rodney Albin, both from Missouri. These two judges were up to the task of three days of riding through cold and windy weather to select the true all-age competitors for this Championship Branched Oak provides ample space to show a true all-age bird dog. The judges had a number of good dogs to choose from with the all-age range, intensity on birds pointed and the handling necessary to be named as the champion and runner-up.

We had thirty dogs for this renewal. Named champion was Driving Miss Daisy, owned by Burton Wice of Creve Coeur, Mo., and handled by Tom Tracy, Jr. Runner-up was awarded to Touch of Bourbon Little Chug, owned by Tom and Jane Wonderling of Pulaski, Wis., and handled by Scott Johnson.

A third place was awarded to J J’s Levi The Lion Heart, owned and handled by Joe Williams of Hillard, Ohio, and a fourth to T L M Tom Tall Tale, owned by Joyce Miley of Hempstead, Tex., and handled by Tom Tracy, Jr.

The running order for the Championship had three braces in the morning and three in the afternoon.

Weather for the three days was good for dogs. The calendar said spring but the temperature on Monday and Tuesday was in the low 50s. Wednesday morning was in the high 30s and all three days we were in a wind advisory.

THE RUNNING

Ru Jem’s Last Penny had several finds before an unproductive and soon after Tracy elected to pick her up. Carpe Diem (Johnson) had finds at 22 and 51. He finished the hour at a slower pace.

Ocaje (Johnson) had finds at 8 and 19 and on the point at 27 the other dog interfered and she self-released.

Kashmir (Tracy) failed to back.

Driving Miss Daisy (Tracy) had three finds before mid-heat. The last half we saw her go through the last dam and heading to the meadow below where we saw her hit the far edge and carry it forward. At 57 she had No. 4 and was released to finish the hour strong. At the final release I turned and saw a very pleased owner, as scout, watching his little girl put on a winning performance. Her performance was enjoyed by the judges and she was awarded the championship title. M K’s My Lil Ammo (Johnson) started forward and looked good at the meadow before the wood bridge. She had three finds and finished the hour at a slower pace.

A Trace of Bourbon With Diamonds (Johnson) was picked up before the hour. Kinwashkly Tempo (Tillson) was lost midway through the brace.

In No. 5, Roustabout’s Flat Out (Tracy), as a bye, had three finds and on his fourth find he did not see the bird fly and when released went back to investigate and was picked up by his handler.

Serendipity’s Top Priority (Johnson) was seen under a bird midway and was sent to the dog wagon. T L M Tom Tall Tale (Tracy) had an early find, an unproductive and a find late in the hour. He finished the hour strong and his performance was enjoyed by the judges and was awarded fourth place.

Crescent City Girl  had six finds and an unproductive. She finished the hour at a slower pace. Kokomo Josey Joe (Gorrow) had a find, a back and an unproductive before she was lost.

Kinwashkly Fat Bastard, as a bye, had two finds and midway through the hour was not pleasing Tracy and was picked up.

Glade Run Irish (Tracy) had five finds and finished the hour at a slower pace. Stoney Hill’s Princess Fiona (Johnson) had two finds and nearing the hour had a mishap with a bird and was sent to the dog wagon.

Even though he had six finds, Touch of Bourbon Little Chug (Johnson)  showed consistency in his range and finished the hour strong going forward. This performance was enjoyed by the judges as he was named the runner-up. Jagoub’s Buzz’n Bayou (Tracy) was seen under a bird at 25.

Georgias Texas Two Step was not pleasing Tracy and was picked up before the hour. J J’s Diablo with Rusty Tears (Williams) was seen under a bird at 38.

J J’s Levi The Lion Heart (Williams) had three nice bird finds with some strong forward hunting and finished the hour going to the front. The performance was enjoyed by the judges as he was awarded third place. Castaway Wilson  (Tracy) was lost early in the hour.

Roustabout’s White Knight  (Tracy) had a nice find early and was lost midway. J J’s Alabaster Angel (Williams) had six finds and an unproductive and finished the hour at a slower pace.

Tequila Scorcher (Tillson) had three finds and an unproductive and finished the hour at a slower pace. The Crash Scene (Tracy) had three finds and was lost near the end of the hour.

Shady’s Desert Knight (Johnson) had three finds and finished the hour at a slower pace. Sniksoh Windtuck Willy had two finds and two unproductives and Tillson elected to pick up.

Crossed The Line  (Tillson) had four nice finds and finished the hour at a slower pace. M K’s Magnificent Bandito (Johnson) had a mishap with a bird and was sent to the dog wagon.

Raymond, Neb., April 24

Judges: Rodney Albin and Howard D. Burbach

MID-AMERICA BRITTANY CHAMPIONSHIP [One-Hour Heats] —

30 Brittanys

Winner—DRIVING MISS DAISY, 1660139, female, by Country Line Ace’s High—Famous Chicken. Burton Wise, owner; Tom Tracy, Jr., handler.

Runner-Up—TOUCH OF BOURBON LITTLE CHUG, 1629254, male, by Ru Jem’s A Touch of Bourbon—Git R Dun. Tom & Jane Wonderling, owners; Scott Johnson, handler.

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