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Field Trial Report

Minnesota Grouse Dog Association

By Chris Bye | Aug 02, 2018

Milaca, Minn. — Thebutt of Mother Nature’s practi- cal joke called “April in Minnesota” yet again, the Minnesota Grouse Dog Association (along with other local clubs) were unable to run their venerated, anticipated and needed spring trials due to extensive snowfalls.

Undeterred, and with a quiver of outstanding Derbies needing a venue to show their mettle, the Minnesota Grouse Dog Association ran two Derby Stakes at Four Brooks WMA near Milaca, Minn., on Saturday, June 16.

The organizers’ weather apps were ridden hard the week preceding the event. With projected temperatures and humidity in the 90s, great caution was taken to ensure the health of all canine and human participants. With a course aligned to allow for a swim midway, all dogs were afforded an opportunity to stretch out without fear of overheating.

The first stake started at 7:30. Despite a delay caused by a torrential downpour and high winds, Judges Jerry Kolter and A. J. Kalupa were provided strong dog work for their evaluation. Each brace de- livered motivated application, forward energy, with a majority generating bird work. Setting placements was not easy given the high quality field. However, three pups elevated their game and were rightly rewarded. Matt Forgit’s hand- some setter Trane ran big and strong to earn second, with Patrick Flanagan’s German Shorthair Pea placing third with an industrious race. The class of the stake was Merry, a bold and fleet pointer female handled by her owner Rod Lein.

After a midday break for hydration, nourishment and rest, the second stake began under a high sun, and the course’s strategic placement around water was essential and appreciated. Five braces of motivated dogs ran hard, focused races, with experienced judges Steve Snyder and Greg Gress at the helm. Topping the field was Chad Hanson’s setter female Gypsy. Her edge to edge search, en- durance and style earned her placement. A close second was Earl, setter male owned and handled by veteran trialer Tim Callahan. Rounding out the place- ments was Blitzen, pointer male handled by Ben McKean and owned by Betsy Danielson of Northwoods Birddogs.

A huge thank you is owed to everyone for a fun and successful event — both at an organizational and participant level. Specifically, Ben McKean for being the motivating force behind the event, Tim Callahan for the food, A. J. Kalupa for the use of his shiny new 4-wheeler, Rod Lein for quail location-transportation, and Judges Jerry Kolter, A. J. Kalupa, Steve Snyder and Greg Gress for their time and excellent guidance.

Milaca, Minn., June 16 — One Course

Judges: A. J. Kalupa and Jerry Kolter

OPEN DERBY — 2 Pointers, 10 Setters and 2 German Shorthairs

1st—OVER THE HILL MERRY, 1678045, pointer female, by Grouse Trails Cracker Jack—Diva Dot. Rod Lein, owner and handler. 2d—BEACHRIDGE GIANT STEPS, 1678602, setter male, by Awsum In Motion—Fast And Loud. Matthew Forgit, owner and handler.

3 d — H E N R Y ’ S S P L I T P E R S O N A L I T Y, 1679923, German Shorthair female, by B D K Chloe Jax of All Trades—H R Ks Slick’s Proud Mary. Patrick Flanagan, owner and handler.

Judges: Greg Gress and Steve Snyder OPEN DERBY — 2 Pointers

and 8 Setters

1st—HIGH PRAIRIE GYPSY, 1670696, setter female, by Erin’s Hidden Shamrock—North- woods Chardonnay. Chad Hanson, owner and handler.

2d—TIM’S SETTER EARL, 1666880, setter male, by Keystone’s Red Recession— Tim’s Setter Rosie. Tim Callahan, owner and han- dler.

3d—NORTHWOODS BLITZEN, 1668953, pointer male, by Elhew G Force—Northwoods Vixen. Betsy Danielson, owner; Ben McKean, handler.

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