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Field Trial Report

National Red Setter Shooting Dog Championships and Futurity

By Allen Fazenbaker | Jun 30, 2020
Open Shooting Dog Championship Winners. Front (l-r): Cedar Creek Sixgun with Joe Edwards and Windfall with Roger Boser. Behind: Ed Liermann, Al Fazenbaker, Purina Rep Terry Trzcinski,  Jim Wallace, judge; Don Beauchamp and Aaron McAfee, judge.

Petersburg, Ill. — Cedar Creek Sixgun was the 2020 Open Shooting Dog Champion. Running in the second brace of the Championship, Sixgun, coming three-year-old  male, put on a show for his handler Ed Liermann of Palmyra Wis., the judges, and the gallery. Showing the enthusiasm of youth, coupled with the energy and drive of a high caliber bird dog, Sixgun hunted the country of Jim Edgar, hitting the objectives and consistently showing to the front.

Cedar Creek Sixgun was bred by the Red Setter Hall-of-Famer Joe Edwards of Come Back Kennels, by Come Back Magic ex Come Back Lady Soul.

The Amateur Shooting Dog Championship was won by the veteran Kindle,  nine-year-old female owned by Bonnie and Dennis Hidalgo of Brighton, Colo., and handled by Dennis. Kindle showed her experience, putting on a bird-finding show for the judges. “Dani” was bred by the veteran Roger Boser, by Breakstone ex Applebee.

Windfall, six-year-old red setter male, was knocking at the door in both the Open and Amateur Championships. Windfall scored multiple finds and showed a classy and forward shooting dog race, clinching the runner-up spots for both stakes.

Windfall was bred by owner Dr. Roger Boser of Seven Valleys, Pa., out of Touchstone ex Redstone.

The 48th running of the National Red Setter Futurity was won by Raintree Blue Moon, bred by Mike Fox by Zan Sett Simply Red ex Foxy’s Lil Red Missy. Blue Moon, callname Friday, put on an exciting race for the gallery with a wide and forward reaching race, and a classy exhibit of bird handling for his handler Tom Waite. Friday is owned by Katherine Lewis and Dean Reinke of Elkhorn, Wis.

Close behind in placements was Coldstream (Boser), Foxy Abralena (Waite), and Come Back Boss (Edwards).

This year’s National Red Setter Shooting Dog Championships, Futurity, and supporting stakes were dedicated to the memory of Michael Aaron Jacobson who passed away last August at the far too young age of 48. Mike was a member of the National Red Setter Board of Directors, president of the Red Setter Foundation, a loving father and husband, and an avid hunter over his red setters.

Mike was an attorney, coach, Eagle Scout, and avid sportsman. He was passionate about his red setters and about our club. Mike was instrumental in

establishing and maintaining the Red Setter Foundation, and he volunteered countless hours in those endeavors. He is sorely missed by his family, friends, the red setter fraternity, and this reporter.

May you rest in peace, dear friend.

This year’s stakes were held beginning March 11 at the Jim Edgar Wildlife Management Area, west of Petersburg, Ill.

Were you to have walked these lands in the days prior to settlement, you would have found the region to be inhabited by the Illiniwek Nations, a collection of a dozen or so Native American tribes who lived in semi-permanent towns where they grew crops and hunted local game.

By the mid-1850s much of the area was under cultivation, and the region is noted for its exceptional prairie soils. In 1968 the lands now comprising Jim Edgar Wildlife Management Area were purchased by Commonwealth Edison with the intent of constructing a coal-fired power plant.

With the advent of the Clean Air Act, the coal-fired plant idea was abandoned, and in 1993 the Illinois Department of Natural Resources purchased the first of several tracts that would become Jim Edgar WMA.

Named after a former governor of Illinois, the grounds support a multitude of rare plants and animals.  The area, comprising over 16,000 acres, is a mecca for camping, hunting, fishing, and of course field trialing.

Much of the Jim Edgar venue used for field trials is a mixture of cropland bordered by grassy strips and a scattering of woodlands. The grounds are wide and offer multiple vistas to show a big running dog, and yet have multiple objectives; a bird dog must make good application as well as ground speed to show well.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, under the supervision of site manager Nate Goetten, does an outstanding job in maintaining this area for the field trial community.

Retired IDNR Program manager Terry Musser continues to advocate for bird dog trials, and we are appreciative. Along with the Illinois DNR, the Field Trial Clubs of Illinois are very supportive of the field trial events in this region. FTCI President Chad Chadwell and Vice-President Pat Sheehan have provided support above and beyond the call of duty to ensure our National Red Setter Field Trial Club has a successful trial.

This year we were restricted from running on some portions of the grounds due to a massive intentional burn that occurred only days prior to the start of the trial. IDNR elected to burn over 5,000 acres as they move to establish more native prairie grasses in the area.

While the burn presented some unique challenges, our Field Trial Chair Ed Liermann, working with the IDNR administrator, was able to lay out courses that would work for our needs, while still avoiding much of the burn area.

Weather conditions, as with many areas of the Midwest, were variable. The early part of the week was cool, but not excessively so, making for nice running conditions for the dogs. On Friday night, a cold front came through, and we awoke Saturday to driving snow that persisted long enough to lay down a white carpet. By late afternoon the snow had turned to rain, making for some challenging times as we finished our Amateur Shooting Dog Championship .

Trial Chair Ed Liermann procured some outstanding judges for the week. Jim Wallace from Ohio and Aaron McAfee from Illinois started the week with the Open Shooting Dog Championship, followed by the Red Setter Futurity. Bill Elliot came in mid-week and took over the judicial duties with Jim Wallace for the Amateur Shooting Dog Championship. This reporter received multiple comments from handlers and club members regarding the positive nature of these judges. Their time and expertise in the judicial saddle, and their renderings, were much appreciated by all.

No trial can be a success without the hands of dedicated volunteers. Of critical importance are the bird planters who can make or break a trial’s success. Longtime club member “Tee” Miller, his son Clark Miller, and board member Milt Schafer handled this responsibility, rising at the crack of dawn each day and putting in a full day’s work ensuring a supply of birds in the right places and the right time. This is one of those jobs that has little or no glory, but is vitally essential to the success of our efforts. Thank you Tee, Clark, and Milt for a job well done!

Another sometimes thankless but essential duty is that of the dog wagon driver. It is virtually impossible to run a week-long trial without the need to have dogs at the ready as one brace is completed and another positioned to go.

Board member Garth Sellen stepped up and made sure that dogs were on the line for each brace, as well as providing much appreciated coffee and cookies for the handlers, judges and gallery riders. Garth also made sure we had pictures of the trial to share. Thanks, Garth, for your tireless efforts during the week.

We would be remiss not to mention some of the other folks in the background who helped make this trial a success. Deborah Fazenbaker, editor of our national publication, “The Flushing Whip,” and Wendy Schafer, club member, baked cookies for the dog wagon. I believe they supplied more than twelve dozen cookies in assorted sizes, shapes and flavors, and they were much appreciated at the dog wagon between braces!

Meals were handled by Milt and Wendy Schafer, who did all the dinners for the week. A roast turkey dinner with all the trimmings, a blue gill fish fry, a ham dinner with potato casserole, a deep fried turkey, and a steak dinner with all the essentials . . .  Wow! It was a great week for eating, thanks to Wendy and Milt. What a gift!

A special thanks to Linda Beauchamp and Mary Boser for all of their help in the kitchen, the set-up, the cleaning, and all the details so important for a successful trialing week.

Our trial would not be complete without the sponsorships of several fine organizations. We were especially blessed to have Purina Representative Terry Trzcinski, who was with us for the week of the trial, and also helped out with some of the duties! Purina Rep Greg Blair was unable to attend, but was instrumental in providing Purina products and support. Thanks, Terry and Greg. We are grateful for your help.

Purina has been a longtime sponsor of the National Red Setter Field Trial Club and the Purest Challenge. This organization produces the finest dog food in the country, and they are a stalwart supporter of bird dog field trials. Without their support, our sport would be lost. There is no better way to thank

Purina than to purchase their dog food products. It is without a doubt the best dog food product on the market. Purina’s Pro-Club program not only provides benefits for each and every bag of dog food you buy, it also supports the efforts of the National Red Setter Field Trial Club. The next time you need to purchase a bag of dog food, reach for the Purina brand . . .  your dog will thank you, and you will be supporting our great sport.

Garmin is another staunch supporter of the National Red Setter Field Trial Club. Garmin electronic training products are reliable, resilient, and effective. Backed by years of research and testing, a Garmin product will cut training time and enable you to adjust for differences in behavior, distance, temperament, and training environment.

Garmin Representative Rehan Nana has been a strong supporter of our club, and we thank him. A Garmin training collar will help you get the job done and put your dog in the winners’ circle.

SportDOG® Brand has likewise been a longtime supporter of the club. SportDOG® Brand relies on extensive field testing of their products to ensure a quality product for you. Jim Morehouse of SportDOG® has been a longtime aficionado of the red setter, and we appreciate his support.

Trial chair for this year’s running was Ed Liermann. The trial chair is a challenging job, with many hours of work that must be done prior to the trial, during the trial, and after the trial. A longtime member of the club, Ed does an outstanding job in all three venues. His organizational skills and attention to detail make the trial process seem to flow seamlessly from one day to the next. The club is fortunate to have such an individual at the helm.

Last but not least, a warm welcome to the several new faces at this year’s events, including Steve Card and his wife Peggy, our new Futurity Chair James Inbody, Ben Parker, David Schwab, Jay Gaydosh, Ethan Bertram, Scott Moore and April Wartner, and longtime club member Bob Kerans and his daughter Lori.

We also welcomed old friends Jerry and Amy Gauthier, Joe Edwards, Mike Fox, Don and Linda Beauchamp, Paul Ober, Mike Harryman, Tom Waite, Andrea Ward, Dennis and Bonnie Hidalgo, Mark Johnson, Roger and Mary Boser, Dwight Ingram, Bill Aughenbaugh, and Deb Fazenbaker.

My apologies if I missed anyone; it was wonderful to see old friends and make new ones.

The National Red Setter Club also extends a special thanks to the professional trainers who attended and participated in various stakes throughout the week. Mike Harryman of Silvercreek Kennels, Tom Waite of Dale Creek Gundogs, and other professionals in this sport are integral to the success of our dogs. Thanks for your valuable contributions.

Club “headquarters”, as in past years at this location, was the River Bank Lodge, a wonderful place to stay, complete with a dining area and bar, as well as a lounge area with traditional log siding and overstuffed leather chairs and couches. Located in Petersburg, it’s a great place to relax in the evenings after a hard day of running dogs. Club members visited and enjoyed with a favorite beverage and the camaraderie of fellow club members they had not seen for perhaps a year or more. Club members met each evening at the lodge, where Wendy Schafer cooked dinner; members gathered and shared a meal and conversation about the day’s running and caught up on visiting.

Thursday was the Red Setter Board of Directors meeting; the General Membership meeting and Awards presentations and banquet took place on Saturday. A silent auction of donations took place during the meal and gathering, with an array of red setter and bird dog apparel to choose from! At the General Membership meeting, the officers and board members for the club were elected by the membership.

Officers for the coming year are Allen Fazenbaker, president; Tom Norton, 1st vice-president, Dennis Hidalgo, 2d vice- president; Ed Liermann, secretary, and Linda Beauchamp, treasurer.

Board members include Katherine Gove, Joe Edwards, Paul R. Ober, Ron Cassidy, Garth Sellen, Milt Schafer, James Inbody, Deborah Fazenbaker, and Mike Fox.

A highlight of the evening was the presentation of several annual Dog of the Year Awards. Leading the pack for the third year in a row was Tim Hammons of Silver Creek Red Setters, who won the LeGrande Award for highest points in Shooting Dog and All-Age all-breed wins with his winning red setter Roses Are Red. Tim Hammons and Roses Are Red also garnered the annual High Performance Award, which is presented to the dog having the highest point value for All-Age all-breed wins or placements.

The NRSFTC Shoot-To-Retrieve Annual Award was a tie, and accolades went to Great Oaks Magic Touch, owned and handled by NSTRA competitor and red setter club member Jeff Joyner, as well as Cardos Red Bull, owned and handled by club member Steve Card.

Brae Val Bearcat Laddie won the Walking Shooting Dog of the Year for his owner Gregor McCluskey. Congratulations to all of the award winners for your efforts in competing in all-breed events!


The Open Shooting Dog Championship winner and runner-up, Cedar Creek Sixgun and Windfall, both rendered powerful forward races, with Sixgun a bit wider on ground application. Both dogs showed impeccable manners on their game, and applied themselves with purpose to hunting and covering the territory.

Kindle (Hidalgo) and Gratitude (Boser) started the Championship on a Wednesday morning, breaking away at the barn, both dogs crossing the creek near the administrator’s home, and turning west where both dogs were found standing in a grassy strip edging the crop field at 9. Two birds lifted, both dogs displaying good manners. At 22 Kindle scored a find just to the east of the road crossing, with Gratitude honoring. Moving to the west side of the road, Gratitude scored a find in the corn stubble near the woods. Kindle was backing, and stopped on a whoa after a few short steps. A single was observed running in the woods, and a shot was fired. The pair crossed the road moving to the east side, with Gratitude showing a nice cast to the front. Kindle was a bit shorter. Both dogs finished to the front.

Cedar Creek Sixgun (Liermann) and Firefly’s Power Play (Hidalgo) broke away at the parking area, traveling west toward the road. At the end of the long feed strip just before the course turns a hard left to head south, both dogs were found standing at 8, about fifty yards from each other. Power Play self-relocated, while Sixgun held firm. An extensive flushing attempt could produce no bird. As the dog was collared and moved forward, a single rose in front of the judges. At 11 Power Play shot down a small ravine, pointed, but then took several steps during the flushing attempt and was up. Sixgun showed a strong forward push, hunting hard and was found at 25, buried in cover along the edge of a crop field. A single lifted, and Sixgun held staunch. Sixgun crossed the road at 28, showing a wider race with time. At 41 he slammed onto point on the edge of a crop field within sight of the site superintendent’s house. A single lifted, with good manners displayed. Sixgun pushed forward with a powerful finish.

Come Back Trump (Edwards) and Natural Red Elsie (Aughenbaugh) drove quickly to the front, crossing the creek, where Trump was found standing on the south edge of the crop field; a single lifted with Trump showing good manners. At 20 Trump pointed at a corner of a feed strip, with a single walking out in front of the dog. Trump took a small step as the bird was flushed. At 22 Elsie was far off course to the east, and the retrieval unit was requested. At 29 Trump scored a find in a feed strip close to the road, all in order. Pushing hard, Trump was found on an edge of a woods; a single was produced after an extensive flushing attempt and relocation. At the hard right turn before the long feed strip, Trump pointed at 53, but went with the bird as it flushed wild.

Breaking away at the parking area, both Windfall (Boser) and Cedar Creek Talon (Liermann)  showed strong down the long feed strip. Windfall pointed at the end of the strip, but was collared and moved on by the handler. Just after turning the corner to head south at 10, Talon pointed in the small field on the west side of the gravel drive, with Windfall honoring. A single lifted; both dogs displayed good demeanor. At 14 Talon was on the leash after moving on a wild flush. Windfall scored a nice find in the brambles west of the road, with several birds lifting. Moving to the east side of the road, Windfall tallied a single in the small patch of cover just after the road crossing, displaying good manners and composure. Windfall scored again at 36, a single in the end of a feed strip, the bird out walking in the field. Windfall pointed in the cover on the south side of the crop field at 44; an extensive flushing effort failed to produce a bird. Windfall knew best, and pointed again on a nicely done relocation, producing a single for his handler. Windfall showed a pleasing and forward shooting dog race to clinch the runner-up title.

Rendition (Boser) and Come Back Sean (Harryman). The afternoon braces broke away at the barn heading east. Crossing the creek, Sean decided to make a new course, and soon after the retrieval unit was requested. Rendition was found pointing at 9 on the south edge of the crop field, but no bird could be produced. Taking the edge, Rendition worked around the field and scored a find in the far corner; two birds lifted and good manners were displayed. At 19 Rendition pointed a single in one of the feed strips between the two big fields, displaying good manners and style. At 25 he pointed at the patch of cover near the road crossing; no bird could be produced and Rendition was on the leash.

No. 6 had Zansett Simply Red (Waite) and Dawson’s High Chaparral (Hidalgo) were away from the parking area and heading west. Both dogs made the turn south. Simply Red slammed onto point at 11 in the small field near the gravel drive; a single was produced with all in order. Chaparral scored at 28, all in order. At 30 Simply Red was found standing, dug in with a nice lateral find. A single lifted, with Red showing very nice manners. He scored again at 33, pointing a single on an edge of the crop field just west of the road crossing. Not content with his progress, Red crossed the road and pointed in the cover east of the road; several birds lifted with Red showing good manners. Chaparral scored a stop to flush at 47, with some steps. Just before time Red pointed in some cover along the big crop field with the superintendent’s house in view. Several birds flushed wild, with Red showing good manners to end the brace. Both dogs finished to the front.

Firefly’s Beeline (Hidalgo) and Conneaut Creek Roisin Dubh (Fazenbaker) broke away from the barn, both dogs quickly to the creek and on to the fields. Beeline scored a find at 9 on the south edge of the crop field, but had some challenges getting the bird pointed, and she was on the leash. “Rosie” motored forward, scoring her first find at 25 on an edge on the west side of the road; a single lifted, with good manners displayed. She had a second find at 40 in some cover on the west side of the crop fields, again with good manners. At 50 Rosie ran through a feed strip and birds lifted. She failed to stop, ending her time on the ground.

Petersburg, Ill., March 11 — One Course

Judges: Aaron McAfee and Jim Wallace


Winner—CEDAR CREEK SIXGUN, 1677430, male, by Come Back Magic—Come Back Lady Soul. Ed Liermann, owner and handler.

Runner-Up—WINDFALL, 1658437, male, by Touchstone—Redstone. Roger Boser, owner and handler.

Open Horseback Puppy

This year brought a nice crop of puppies, both horseback and walking, to show their stuff.

Taking the blue for her handler Mark Johnson in the horseback stake was Autumn Ridge. Kivawood’s Moment In Time, handled by Mike Harryman of Silver Creek Kennels in Iowa, took the second place slot, followed by Come Back Carolina, handled by Hall-of-Famer Joe Edwards.

Lincoln Red Penny (Herter) was a scratch. Lilly (Gaydosh) exhibited a classy and stylish way of going, but was very short in race.

Both Kivawood’s Moment In Time (Harryman) and Autumn Ridge (Johnson) had nice forward ground races, very classy and pleasing to watch. Autumn Ridge edged out Kivawood to take the blue and red, respectively.

Come Back Carolina (Edwards) rendered a wide and forward race, with plenty of class to display, taking the No. 3 spot. Cardos Shot of Jager (Card) showed a similar, albeit shorter, race.

OPEN PUPPY — 6 Irish Setters

1st—AUTUMN RIDGE, 1686766, male, by Zansett Simply Red—Lincoln’s Steady Brook. Mark Johnson, owner and handler.

2d—KIVAWOOD’S MOMENT IN TIME, 1688552, female, by Cardo’s Red Bull—Cardos Wild Rose. Terry Feitz, owner; Mike Harryman, handler.

3d—COME BACK CAROLINA, 1686165, female, by Come Back Trump—Come Back Bee Gee. Joe Edwards, owner and handler.


The first running of the National Red Setter Futurity took place in 1973. Turkey Talk Sam, bred out of Dr. Mickey Bean ex Turkey Talk Mattie, owned and bred by Jim Flythe of Raleigh, N. C., was the first Red Setter Futurity winner.

This year, the honors went to Raintree Blue Moon, aka Friday, bred by Mike Fox, trained and handled by Tom Waite, and owned and loved by Catherine Lewis and Dean Reinke.

Friday ran in the second brace, and his performance was outstanding in the words of the judges, Jim Wallace and Aaron McAfee, who noted that they were very impressed with the quality of not only the winners, but the entire stake of young dogs.

Hat Creek Lilly Maye (Ingram) and Coldstream (Boser). Breaking away at the barn, the first brace of the Futurity had the first bird contact past the creek near the supervisor’s home. Coldstream was found standing on point on the south edge of the crop field. Lilly Maye came in, briefly pointed in front of Coldstream, and then gave a merry chase to put the birds to flight. Coldstream maintained composure throughout the fray. At 14 Coldstream scored his second find along a feed strip near the big crop field, with broke manners. Coldstream repeated his performance at 17, with a nice find on another feed strip, with several birds lifting. At the small area of cover just east of the road, Coldstream was found standing. Lilly Maye was aggressively checking the area, and the judges indicated the bird had already lifted. Shot was fired, and the dogs moved on. Coldstream showed a pleasing and forward ground race throughout to secure a second place finish. Lilly Maye was erratic with a rough handle. Both dogs finished the 30 minutes.

Firefly’s Rendition (Hidalgo) and Raintree Blue Moon (Waite) were loosed at the road crossing. Blue Moon quickly got down to the business of bird hunting with a find in the brambles at 3; he displayed broke manners for his handler and the gallery. He suffered an unproductive at 5 in a wooded area. Birds could be heard calling in the woods, but Waite could not flush a bird. Firefly’s Rendition had not been seen in some time and at 16 the retrieval unit was out. Blue Moon continued forward, showing a powerful shooting dog race, hunting all the edges and showing a grace and stylish way of going. He was a pleasure to watch, and the judges thought so as well, awarding him the blue ribbon for the 2020 Futurity.

Cochise (Parker) and Come Back Boss (Edwards) began from the parking area and moving west. The brace crossed the road and turned south into the edges along the crop fields. Boss scored a find along one of those edges at 19, showing broke manners for his handler. Hoss was found standing again a 24, but no bird could be found. At 26 Cochise scored a find along an edge of the field, showing Derby manners. Both dogs showed a strong ground performance, reaching out to the front. Hoss procured the fourth place award for his performance.

Hat Creek Red Comanche (Ingram) and Blue Ridge Spitfire (Waite) were loosed on the east side of the road. Spitfire established point in the cover just east of the road at 2 and held firm as the judges approached, but then broke and moved on. At 6 Spitfire established point on a feed strip and showed Derby manners, moving a few steps on the flush. Spitfire pointed in the feed strip at 10, between the two big fields. The dog went to his belly during the flushing attempt and the handler elected to pick up. Comanche showed a wide race, sometimes erratic, but had no birds.

Celtic’s Red Zone (Liermann) and Hat Creek Blue Duck (Ingram) broke away from the barn. Red Zone carded the first find at 14 along a feed strip west of the big field. She pointed, briefly relocated, and then went with the bird as it lifted. Blue Duck showed a wide race, but with a rough handle. He scored a find at 24 along a feed strip, but did not point. Red Zone showed a pleasing forward ground application and handled nicely. Both dogs finished the 30 minutes.

Foxy Abralena (Waite) and Come Back Amy (Edwards) began at the road crossing. The dogs moved through the brambles to the woods on the west side where Amy scored a find at 4 on the edge of the woods, showing broke manners. Moving forward about 100 yards, Amy swung and pointed again on the edge of the woods, scoring another single, again with broke manners. Abralena scored a nicely handled find at 18, showing good manners. Amy scored her third piece of bird work along a feed strip, showing broke manners as several birds lifted. Both dogs stayed to the front, Abralena showing a moderate to wide race, Amy somewhat closer. Both dogs handled nicely.


1st—RAINTREE BLUE MOON, 1683335, male, by Zan Sett Simply Red—Foxy’s Lil Red Missy. Catherine Lewis & Dean Reinke, owners; Tom Waite, handler.

2d—COLDSTREAM, 1684762, male, by Rendition—Coldplay. Roger Boser, owner and handler.

3d—FOXY ABRALENA, 1682017, female, by Zan Sett Simply Red—Foxy’s Lil Red Missy. Mike Fox, owner; Tom Waite, handler.

4th—COME BACK BOSS, 1686163, male, by Come Back High Liner—Come Back  Foxy. Joe Edwards, owner and handler.


The walking stakes were conducted on the grounds south of the barn, on the south side of Gridley Road.

Four walking stakes were held — Puppy, Derby, Shooting Dog, and a Hunter’s Stake.


Winning the Derby  and hot off her placement in the Red Setter Futurity, was Foxy Abralena. Taking second was Celtic’s Red Zone. Rounding out the placements was Cochise.

Lilly (Gaydosh) and Cedar Creek MacArthur Ruby (Schafer) both had moderate ground races, but had no bird contact.

Cochise (Parker) showed a big race for the judges, with one find showing Derby manners. Celtic’s Red Zone (Fazenbaker) likewise showed a nice forward race with two finds, nicely handled with good Derby manners.

Barnhouse Ginger Red (Hollis) was a scratch. Sunsetter Lucy (Sellen) showed a medium race with two nice finds, handled with Derby manners.

Foxy Abralena (Fox) showed a wide and forward race, reaching to the limits of the terrain. She scored three finds, all handled with good manners.

Judges: Bill Elliot and Jim Wallace

OPEN DERBY — 7 Irish Setters

1st—FOXY ABRALENA, 1682017, female, by Zan Sett Simply Red—Foxy’s Lil Red Missy. Mike Fox, owner and handler.

2d—CELTIC’S RED ZONE, 1681588, female, by Celtic’s Expeditiously—Celtic’s Culmination. Paul Ober, owner; Al Fazenbaker, handler.

3d—COCHISE, 1684148, male, by Rendition—Bonaventure. Ben Parker, owner and handler.


The Jack Carter Open Walking Shooting Dog Stake is named for the late Jack Carter of Kingsport, Tenn. Jack was a stalwart supporter of the Purest Challenge, serving as a member of the board or president for many years. It is an honor to name this stake in his memory.

This year the winner was Conneaut Creek Rum Runner, owned and handled by this reporter; no additional placements were awarded.

Celtic’s Signature (Fazenbaker) was on the leash after giving a hearty chase after a bird contact. Foxy’s Lil Red Missy (Fox) suffered two unproductives and was on the leash.

Both MacArthur Maggie Mae (Schafer) and Celtic’s Line Drive (Liermann) did not last the 30 minutes, after electing to chase some birds.

Conneaut Creek Rum Runner (Fazenbaker) scored a nicely handled single at 7. Continuing forward, he showed a forward and widening pattern with time, handling nicely. Spruce Goose (Fox) showed a wide race, but had no bird work.

Conneaut Creek Lake Erie Storm (Fazenbaker) was lost early. She was found standing after the retrieval unit was pulled. Cedar Creek Shadow (Schafer) was picked up after displaying some injudiciousness with a bird.

Celtic’s Spectacular Bid (Fazenbaker) pointed at 5. Cedar Creek Braden (Gauthier) came in and pushed the bird, and both dogs gave chase, ending this brace.

Celtic’s Sin City (Liermann) lived up to her name, with some grievous errors upon bird contact to end her bid.


1st—CONNEAUT CREEK RUM RUNNER, 1651482, male, by Come Back Superfire—Come Back Bee Gee. Al Fazenbaker, owner and handler.


The Walking Puppy was won handily by Cedar Creek Rhett which ran a surprisingly wide race for a five-month-old puppy, staying to the front and covering some ground! Cardos Shot of Jager took the red, followed by Cedar Creek MacArthur Ruby.

Following are the contenders: Cedar Creek MacArthur Ruby (Schafer) and Swing Oak Maggie (Moore); Cedar Creek Baby (Schafer) and Cedar Creek Rhett (Schwab); Lilly (Gaydosh) and Barnhouse Ginger Red (Hollis); Cedar Creek Duke (Schafer) and Cardos Shot of Jager (Card).

Judges: Mike Harryman and Aaron McAfee

OPEN PUPPY — 8 Irish Setters

1st—CEDAR CREEK RHETT, unreg., male, by Cedar Creek Skyline Ace—Cedar Creek Shindig. David Schwab, owner and handler.

2d—CARDOS SHOT OF JAGER, 1687991, male, by Cardo’s Red Bull—Cardos Wild Rose. Steve Card, owner and handler.

3d—CEDAR CREEK MACARTHUR RUBY, 1687470, female, by Cedar Creek Sixgun—Cedar Creek Ciara. Ed Liermann & Milton Schafer, owners; Milt Schafer, handler.


For several years, the club has offered a Hunter’s Stake at our spring trial to provide an opportunity to run dogs that might not yet be ready for the more stringent shooting dog stakes. It’s an opportunity to run a dog that might not otherwise be able, and an opportunity to bring in folks who are interested, but not quite ready to make the leap to the broke stakes. This year’s place holders included Cedar Creek Shadow, which garnered the blue with her handler Milt Schafer. Taking second was Sunsetter Kid Rock handled by Garth Sellen, and rounding out the placements was Cardos Clancy Boy, handled by Steve Card.

Following are the contenders: Sunsetter Kid Rock (Sellen) and Cardos Red Bull (Card);  Celtic’s Wee Guy (Fazenbaker) and Cochise (Parker); Cassidy’s Red Bob (Cassidy) and Cedar Creek Shadow (Schafer); Cardos Clancy Boy (Card) and Sunsetter Lucy (Sellen);  Macarthur Maggie Mae (Schafer).


The Amateur Shooting Dog Championship was run under some challenging weather conditions. Most of the day was met with sometimes blinding snow, wind, and temperatures hovering around freezing, a challenging day for horses, dogs, and the judges and handlers.

Winning the Championship this year was the veteran Kindle, owned by Dennis and Bonnie Hidalgo. Kindle is no stranger to the winners’ circle, and she put her experience to work this day with multiple bird finds, a pleasing forward race, and a dogged determination in spite of the tough conditions.

Close on her heels was Windfall, another veteran handled by Roger Boser. Both dogs showed high caliber standards under adverse conditions.


Cedar Creek Talon (Liermann) and Dawson’s High Chaparral (Hidalgo) were away at the barn. Both dogs showed a wide and forward race. The first bird contact came at 18 when Talon pointed in a feed strip west of the big field beyond the superintendent’s house. No bird was found. At 25 Talon was found standing on a small point of cover east of the road crossing. Several birds lifted, with Talon showing good manners. Talon pointed again at 47 in a small feed strip just before the hard turn to the east, but no bird could be produced with an extensive flushing. Chaparral had no birds.

Weather conditions had deteriorated significantly from the early morning. A slight drizzle had turned into a significant snowfall, and about an inch of snow cover now blanketed much of the grounds.

From the parking area, Rendition (Boser) and Firefly’s Power Play (Hidalgo).  moved west toward the road. Rendition pointed just after the hard turn south; no bird could be produced. Power Play pointed in a piece of cover not far from the gravel road, but took several steps during the flushing attempt and was on the leash. Rendition was found standing at 23 near the edge of the crop field, but was not able to produce a bird. At 26 Rendition pointed further along the edge; a bird was flushed after an extensive flushing attempt. At 32 Rendition was  standing close to a tree at a small point of cover jutting out into the crop fields. An extensive flushing attempt could produce no bird and the judge then noticed the bird perched in the tree about 10 feet above the gallery. A shot was fired with Rendition showing good composure throughout. He pointed at 38 in the brambles west of the road crossing, but was on the leash after being unable to produce a bird.

Come Back Trump (Edwards) and Gratitude (Boser). With the snow coming down hard, Trump and Gratitude broke away at the barn, heading east toward the creek crossover. Both dogs were found standing on the south edge of the crop field after crossing the creek. As the handlers approached Trump took multiple steps, and Gratitude followed with a few steps as well, ending their tenure in this stake.

Natural Red Elsie (Aughenbaugh) was a scratch. Celtic’s Line Drive (Liermann) broke away at the barn heading east, but was soon on the leash after an indiscretion with a bird after the creek crossing.

Cedar Creek Braden (Gauthier) and Windfall (Boser) were loosed at the barn, with snow still coming down. Both quickly crossed the creek. Windfall was seen standing in the far southwest corner of the crop field, with Braden moving energetically in front of Windfall. Being unable to collar Braden, Windfall was collared and moved on. Windfall pointed again in a feed strip west of the big crop field. Again, Braden was found moving in front of Windfall. With Braden on the leash, Windfall was collared and moved on. Windfall scored his first verifiable find at 20 in one of the long feed strips west of the big crop field. A single lifted, with good manners displayed. Windfall scored his second find at 28 on a small point of cover separating the two big crop fields. A single lifted, with Windfall showing good composure. Two hundred yards to the west, Windfall pointed again; a bird was produced after some extensive flushing, but would not fly. A shot was fired, all in order. Crossing the road, Windfall made some nice casts to the front, moving easily along the edges of the fields. Windfall scored a nice find in some corn stubble, with several birds lifting. At 45 Windfall was found standing in the woods near the crop fields; a single lifted wild after an extensive flushing attempt and relocation. Windfall finished strong to the front to complete the hour, and earn the runner-up title.

Cedar Creek Sixgun (Liermann) and Kindle (Hidalgo). With the snow easing, but conditions still tough for man and horse, Sixgun and “Dani” broke from the parking area heading west. Crossing the road, Sixgun was found standing in a feed strip just prior to the turn south. Liermann was unable to produce a bird, and they moved on, with a bird lifting as the judges rode by. Dani scored a find at 17 on an edge moving south along the fields; all was in order. Dani was found standing at 21, with Sixgun backing. As a flushing attempt was made Sixgun took several quick steps, then stopped, but it was his last move in this stake as the leash was on. A bird was produced, and Dani showed good manners. Dani scored another find at 30, with a single lifting from the corn stubble. She scored again at 33, swinging to mark the bird as it lifted, but staunch. At the brambles just west of the road crossing, Dani pointed and a covey of 10 or so birds moved out, some lifting, some running. Working her toward the crossing, she swung and pointed again in a small feed strip, with another bunch of quail running in front. A shot was fired, with Dani showing mannerly for the judges. Crossing the road, she pointing in some thick cover, with a single lifting for the flush. Dani finished with a strong race to the front to take the Amateur Shooting Dog Championship title.

Firefly’s Beeline (Hidalgo) and Conneaut Creek Roisin Dubh (Fazenbaker) broke away from the barn and both dogs surged to the creek crossing. Beeline scored a mannerly find on the south edge of the field. She scored a second find in feed strip near the big crop field. Rosie was absent for several minutes, and her scout was able to bring her to the front. She pointed at the end of a feed strip separating the two fields, but took steps on the flush and was on the leash. Beeline was running a moderate race, and the handler elected to pick up.

As this report is being written, we are in the midst of a nationwide pandemic. The board and officers of the National Red Setter Field Trial Club wish the best of health and safety to our friends and family in the bird dog fraternity and to the country at large.

We hope you will join us in our pursuit of the Purest Challenge as we gather this fall for our National All-Age Championship in Grovespring, Mo.

Judges: Bill Elliot and Jim Wallace


Winner—KINDLE, 1626218, female, by Breakstone—Applebee. Bonnie & Dennis Hidalgo, owners; Dennis Hidalgo, handler.

Runner-Up—WINDFALL, 1658437, male, by Touchstone—Redstone. Roger Boser, owner and handler.
















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