American Field

Field Trial Report

National Amateur Pheasant Championship

By Matt Pendergest | Feb 07, 2020
Nosam's Rock Creek Winner of the National Amateur Pheasant Championship

Dresden, Ohio — The 2019 National Amateur Pheasant Championship was held at the Tri-County WMA outside of Dresden, Ohio.

The thick terrain and long expanses of hillside fields make great natural cover for pheasant and presents a challenging task to complete the hour.

Thank you to our judges, Peter Del Collo of Pamplin, Va., and Jim Cipponeri of New Hudson, Mich. Both men have unending knowledge and experience with bird dogs and field trials. We were fortunate to have recruited this judicial insight for this prestigious trial.

Thank you to Purina for the unending support and sponsorship. Purina provided a wonderful dinner for all in attendance Saturday night, as well as awards for the winners. We cannot express our gratitude enough to the Purina  Pet Care and Purina’s representatives.

The club members, Ray Wheeler and Ted Goodyear, worked hard to provide a good trial with plenty of birds, food and camaraderie.

Runner-up was Phillips Off Line, handled by Mike Small of Evansville, Ind., and owned by Nathan Phillips of Oakland City, Ind. The white and orange ticked pointer male was in the 6th brace, which was away from the clubhouse on the No. 2 course.

“Pete” went across the first ridge treeline for Small and was found on point near the end, producing a pheasant with impressive manners. Off Line showed well to the front, wrapping around the adjacent hillsides ahead of the judge and gallery. After the 90° left turn above the gates, the pointer was absent for several minutes, eventually coming from right side, near the road.

Small called point for the dog’s final find, Pete standing on a hillside indicating the direction of the game for his handler while remaining staunch through flush and shot. Pete finished strong and to the front.

The champion, Nosam’s Rock Creek, seven-year-old white and orange pointer male handled and owned by Ray Wheeler of Shelby, Ohio, garnered three game contacts throughout his hour.

Rock Creek powered through thick cover for his entire hour, hunting hard for his handler. He scored his first find on the brush line leading away from the clubhouse; all was mannerly for the flight and shot. Wheeler guided his companion through the front, having to call hard to keep the pointer within range.

Rock Creek had his second game contact on the first hillside after the big ditch. Wheeler flushed vast and wide but could not produce a bird. Upon relocation a pheasant took flight near a horse and the dog was stopped for flight and shot.  The pointer powered through the hillside fields, with the gallery catching a glimpse of him at crests and outcropping. Rock Creek went on to have a third pheasant find just before the iron gates, with all in order. He disappeared up the hill to the hay fields and was not seen until the gravel hill on the far side. He finished on the far hillside across the road, taking the mowed strips out of sight to the front.

Dresden, Ohio, October 18

Judges: Jim Cipponeri and Peter Del Collo


16 Pointers and 3 Setters

Winner—NOSAM’S ROCK CREEK, 1651710, pointer male, by Lance’s Last Knight—Prairieland Lucy. Ray Wheeler, owner and handler.

Runner-Up—PHILLIPS OFF LINE, 1656000, pointer male, by Phillips Warning Line—Phillips Bottom Line. Nathan Phillips, owner; Mike Small, handler.

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