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Field Trial Report

National Vizsla Association National Championships

By Andrew Campbell | Jun 14, 2017
National Open Championship Winners. From left: Gailen Cooper, judge; Brian Gingrich with C K Post Route Scout, Jim Gingrich, Ron Chenoweth, Pat Sheehan, judge; Nancy Chadwell with Cali’s Wiki Mai Tai At Sunset, Chad Chadwell, Carrie Syzcyzlo, Mike Syczylo, Ray Cooper, Mark Johnson, Amerie Ochs and Jarrett Bell.

Grovespring, Mo. — The National Vizsla Association’s 23rd running of its National Championships and Derby Classic was held March 13-19 at the Sportsmen’s Association grounds near Grovespring, Mo.

The grounds offer a three-hour continuous course, with the Missouri All-Age Championship commencing immediately after the NVA’s conclusion.

Like several other clubs, the National Vizsla Association employs a couple of minor course modifications but takes advantage of almost 1,500 acres to run its three championship stakes.

This year’s National events were blessed with great dog work and good sportsmanship, the welcome attendance of many owners to watch their dogs, and the presence of Mr. George Noren, long time National Vizsla Association member, and the owner of Lakeside Willie Windwalker, runner-up in the 2001 National Amateur Championship, the first year that the NVA fixed its national events at Grovespring, Mo.

The National Vizsla Association is also blessed by its long-standing, perennial corporate sponsors — Purina, Garmin, Dogs Unlimited, and Christie Saddlery — for which the organization is deeply grateful.

National Amateur Championship

The Amateur Championship judges are no strangers to high-class bird dog performances. Todd and Trisha Babbel of Dunbar, Neb., have enjoyed much success with their own dogs as breeders, trainers and handlers, most recently claiming the Region 17 Amateur Shooting Dog Championship. The National Vizsla Association appreciates their experience and concentration for the duration of the event.

From a field of thirty starters, the judges named Kick Em Up Kimber, owned by Jarrett and Allison Bell of Troy, Mo., bred by Ron Chenoweth and handled by Jarrett, as the 2017 National Amateur Champion. Another Mai Tai Please (Ty), owned by Chad and Nancy Chadwell of Springfield, Ill., bred by Greg Wegler and handled by Chad, earned the runner-up title. With this win, Kimber became the first Vizsla to win all four national championships: the National Vizsla Association amateur and open (2016) titles, as well as the AKC Vizsla Club of America amateur (2013 and 2014) and open (2014) championships. Her consistency, durability, and ability to adapt made this a truly remarkable achievement. Especially since, and said with tongue firmly in cheek, Ty is merely the reigning Vizsla Club of America National Champion and the current NVA Midwest Shooting Dog Champion.

The judges also noted the strong performances of Cali’s Wiki Mai Tai At Sunset (Mia) and Ramblin Rivers Rolling Stone.

THE WINNERS

Kimber ran in the fifth brace on the first day. Due to an early double pickup in the previous brace, she began her hour shortly after the first creek crossing.

Kimber was found toward the head of the milo strip approaching the second creek crossing at 3, a bird readily flown ahead of her. Moving swiftly through the succession of small fields and across the road crossing, she cast down the right side of Davis bottom, stopping at a gap in the woodsline at 8, multiple birds sent skyward out of the scrubby cover ahead of the lofty dog. Handling kindly and boldly through the island field turn, she climbed horse killer hill with ease before punching out to the fenceline at the head of apple tree hill. She was standing tall and tight approximately halfway down and on the other side of the fenceline at 35, a covey of resident birds flushed ahead of her.

Coming off the hill and approaching the little vine loop gap, she stopped for a final time at 46, a single bird kicked out of the treeline. She cruised through the remainder of the loop and climbed the short, sharp hill onto the plateau with ease, finishing her hour with no sign of the effort she’d expended and earning her winner’s mantle with her consistent sixty-minute effort, her obvious desire to go to birds independently, and her superlative application in her use of wind and objectives to locate birds.

Ty was braced with Briar (Hess) in the third brace. Due to the sequence of events in previous braces, they were turned loose just beyond the blue house.

Both dogs worked in bold, snappy fashion around the bull pasture before coming off the plateau above the auxiliary parking field. After a spirited climb by both dogs up over the twin barns hill into the southeasterly descent toward sycamore bottom, Briar was found standing toward the head of the chute on the right side at 22, a bird readily flushed ahead of him. Ty was located at 30 at the far end of the chute on the left side, style and manners pristine.

Taken through the double gates on the high side, Ty was standing at 37 in the treeline on the right, taut and precise in his location of the bird ahead of him. Meanwhile, Briar had gone ahead and stopped below the Bramhall Cemetery out on the creek edge at 41. Ty came in to honor in polished fashion — everything in order.

Both dogs finished the hour in the vicinity of the clubhouse, Ty consistently bolder in application and intensity throughout the heat — his style and driving race elevating him into the winners’ circle.

Grovespring, Mo., March 13

Judges: Todd Babbel and Trisha Babbel

NATIONAL VIZSLA AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP [One-Hour Heats] —

30 Vizslas

Winner—KICK EM UP KIMBER, 1617822, female, by Sam I Am—Ck Penny. Jarrett Bell, owner and handler.

Runner-Up—ANOTHER MAI TAI PLEASE, 1650217, male, by Wegler’s Crown Royal—Weglers Penny Long. Charles Chadwell & Nancy Browne, owners; Charles Chadwell, handler.

NATIONAL DERBY CLASSIC

Due to a family emergency with the posted judge, Ken Chenoweth of Fair Grove, Mo., stepped in at the last minute to judge the Derby Classic. Ken judged the Classic in 2014.

His judging partner, Gailen Cooper of Oak Grove, Mo., is also no stranger to the grounds or the breed, having judged both the Derby Classic and the National Championship in 2011. The National Vizsla Association is grateful for their diligence and attention.

From a strong field of 25 starters, the judges named Rudy of Hawthorne Ridge, owned by David and Lori Wanserski of Wausau, Wis., bred by Rob Tomczak and handled by Rob, the Derby Classic winner.

Surfer Dude (Boogie), owned by Chad and Nancy Chadwell, bred by Ron Chenoweth and handled by Chad, placed second. Redneck Miss Kitty, owned by Barnie Stokes of Amarillo, Tex., bred by Ray Cooper and handled by Jamie Fountain, placed third.

The Derby Classic essentially used an out-and-back arrangement, using the first morning course (and terminating shortly before or at the creek crossing into the island field) for the outbound and then turning loose from the island field back across the creek (instead of turning left up horse killer hill), coming back through the Davis bottom gap, and then staying on the high western side all the way back into camp.

THE WINNERS

Rudy came from the 10th brace on the southbound course, the day now sunny and almost warm. Turned loose in the island field, he made short work of the outside edge of the turn and then climbed up over the short escarpment into the broomsedge field. Ducking down the left hand edge, he stopped at 7, almost literally underneath the sign post for horse killer hill, standing stylishly for his handler to get in front of him. Gathered up with relative ease, his scout took the dog on through the creek crossing toward the Davis bottom gap while Tomczak remounted. Coming through the gap, Rudy swung up high on the right side before the road crossing. He then ran the entire right edge below the crag, then cruised forward into the field below the Bramhall Cemetery, moving out to right-hand hook before stopping stylishly at 23, again standing for his handler to flush ahead of him.

His drive and ground speed carried him through the next two fields and back into the breakaway field, finishing strongly headed out to the northeast. His athleticism, focus and manners never in question, Rudy rendered a consistent thirty-minute effort appropriately rewarded with the winner’s mantle.

Surfer Dude ran in the seventh brace, the first of the second day; the weather was cool, the wind largely coming from the southeast obliging “Boogie” to begin on the right side of the first field and, upon realizing that the course no longer cooperated with the wind, then switching over halfway down.

Coming through the dead tree cut, Boogie was well forward and moving toward the creek crossing. Coming through the crossing, he headed out along the prominent treeline, deep into its right corner. He moved purposefully through the Davis bottom gap, starting on the left, but moving out to the right as he recognized the change in the fishtailing wind’s direction. Boogie stopped on the field line crossing the large last field at 24; the judge saw the bird leave as handler rode up.

Boogie finished ahead along the right edge uphill toward the creek crossing into the island field. While his pattern occasionally betrayed his youth, Boogie rendered a consistent effort, exhibiting the intelligence to adapt to the conditions and the course.

Kitty ran in the 12th brace on the southbound course, the last brace before lunchtime on Thursday.

After moving nicely through the island field, she climbed out over the escarpment and was forward down the right creekside edge of the broomsedge field. Taken through the creek crossing, she dropped down on the left side and came across the Davis bottom gap, then climbed up the hill toward the cemetery before swinging forward toward the road crossing. Leaving that next field, Kitty stopped at the copse on the right at 13, birds flushed ahead of her. She continued to cruise through the next two fields before taking the upper left edge all the way toward the cemetery. With her speed and application, Kitty finished in the initial breakaway field going away purposefully, earning her placement with her consistent effort, relatively mature application, and ease of handle.

Judges: Ken Chenoweth and Gailen Cooper

NATIONAL VIZSLA DERBY CLASSIC — 25 Vizslas

1st—RUDY OF HAWTHORNE RIDGE, 1672081, male, by Shiloh’s Matrix—Shiloh’s Sss. David Wanserski, owner; Robert Tomczak, handler.

2d—SURFER DUDE, 1670583, male, by Lundy’s Red Bull—C K Touchdown Sis. Charles Chadwell, owner and handler.

3d—REDNECK MISS KITTY, 1668927, female, by Kick’em Up Bullet—Redneck Mile Marker. Barnie Stokes, Jr., owner; Jamie Fountain, handler.

National Championship

Judges were Gailen Cooper (who stayed on from the Derby Classic) and Pat Sheehan of Jacksonville, Ill.

Pat Sheehan’s time in the sport and judging resumé are significant. The Association and all the competitors appreciate their insight, diligence and concentration during the two-and-a-half days it took to adjudicate the stake.

From a strong field of 33 starters, the judges named C K Post Route Scout, owned by Jim Gingrich of Winnebago, Ill., bred by Mark Sullivan and handled by Brian Gingrich, as champion. Cali’s Wiki Mai Tai At Sunset (Mia), owned by Chad and Nancy Chadwell, bred by Brian and Stephanie Fidler and handled by Chad, was runner-up. Scout won the NVA’s National Derby Classic in 2016.

The judges also wanted to recognize the efforts of J B’s Asker About Birds (Kinze), Lundy’s Red Bull and Kick Em Up Bullet.

The Winners

Scout ran in the ninth brace with Buddy (Winnen) on the second course. Scout immediately established a strong forward pattern over the initial hill and down along the creek bed toward sycamore bottom. As the gallery entered the long wide field, Scout was 400 yards ahead at the far northwest corner. He was gathered up ready for the fairly sharp turn uphill toward the twin barns, crossing across the slope to be found standing in a mowed strip on the left side at 17, a single flushed from the broomsedge. While there was a minor turn-to-mark, Scout’s intensity and style were of the highest caliber.

He arced around below the blue house, moving smoothly out front into the bull pasture. He swung the turn wide and was found standing in a small island of oaks out on the left side at 35, looking up into the wind. He was asked to relocate, moving no more than a foot before emphatically styling up, the bird now readily located and flushed.

He made the turn through the chicane at the far end of the bull pasture before finding high gear again and making a bold independent cast down the right side of the broomsedge toward its far southwest corner. Erudite scouting located Scout at 51 deep in the far corner of the field near the solitary dead tree standing stall looking into the scrubby brush. The judges’ marshal flushed the bird some 25 yards directly upwind ahead of the dog and alerted the judges to its departure, the dog stoic throughout. He powered forward through the next zig-zag of turns before dropping off the plateau and down into the valley looking east toward the auxiliary parking area. He finished his hour impressively, climbing forcefully up the steep hill toward the twin barns.

Mia ran in the sixth brace with Ellie Mae (Gingrich), also on the second course but in the heat and humidity of the mid-afternoon. Coming off the high plateau and swinging around to the northeast into the succession of small fields and creek crossings before sycamore bottom, Mia was found on point in the back corner of the largest of those fields at 8, Ellie Mae backing beautifully. The dogs were looking into some scrubby milo up against a fenceline, the birds mercifully flushing wild as the handlers approached. As the gallery came into the long bottom field, Mia was seen standing on the side hill before the old sycamore at 14, a pair of birds flushed out of the scrubby briars. Sent on down the right side, she turned kindly for her handler and came up through the turn, stopping roughly three-quarters of the way up the hill on the right side at 21, a bird flushed from the scrubby grass. Coming up to the twin barns, Mia stopped on the right side at 28, the bird produced from a cover strip near the main path, all in order. Entering the next bowl, she swung purposefully out to the drainage below the stock pond before moving forward through the chute below the blue house.

Swinging north through the bull pasture, Mia stopped once more at 44, down on the roadside out on the left, birds successfully flushed out from the fenceline. Watered up in the stock pond up on the north edge ready for the final cast east, she was turned loose at 52 and immediately came to a mannerly stop as a bird exploded unexpectedly ahead of her.

Consistently snappy for the entire hour, Mia finished going away strong up the hill toward the twin barns, seemingly undiminished by the heat of the afternoon.

Judges: Gailen Cooper and Pat Sheehan

NATIONAL VIZSLA OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP [One-Hour Heats] —

33 Vizslas

Winner—C K POST ROUTE SCOUT, 1663076, male, by C K Touchdown Guy—Vanguard’s Make Her Mark. Jim Gingrich, owner; Brian Gingrich, handler.

Runner-Up—CALI’S WIKI MAI TAI AT SUNSET, 1626328, female, by Boot Scootin Boogie—Cali’s Fiddlin With Fire. Charles Chadwell & Nancy Browne, owners; Charles Chadwell, handler.

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