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Field Trial Report

NGSPA Great Lakes Championships

By Art Terstage and Tom Oswald | Nov 08, 2017
Open All-Age Championship Winners. Front (l-r): Steve Erickson with Tanglewood Harlie Jaine and Marta Bixler with M S R Q C’s Bunker Buster. Behind: Jim Yates, Judge Art Terstage, Chris Goegan, Tom Tubergen and Judge Tom Oswald.

Ionia, Mich. — The NGSPA Great Lakes Open Shooting Dog Championship was held once again at the beautiful Ionia Field Trial Ground in Ionia, Mich.

Great food has always been a tradition with this Championship and once again we were not disappointed. Frank Borroco, Peter Coppens, Don Duvall, Dan DiMambro, Tom Tubergen, April Raber and Joyce Barber kept everyone well fed and happy. On Monday night Frank was presented with an apron that said “Kiss the Cook” written in purple glitter. He was truly shocked by the gesture.

Jim Moorehouse, SportDog and Purina representative, stopped by. Thanks to our two biggest sponsors,

Purina and SportDog. The winner from each stake received product from Purina and a custom-made Montana Silversmith belt buckle, as well as SportDog collars in the Amateur Stake. In the open stakes a cash prize of $500 for the winner and $250 for the runner-up was also presented.

Thanks to all the various workers and people who make sure the trial runs smoothly: Marc McKinley, Tom Tubergen, Jim Yates, Lee Wagoner, Blake Rizzo, Fred Ryan, Dan DiMambro, April Raber, Frank Borroco, Peter Coppens and Joyce Barber.

Open Shooting Dog Championship

Twenty-five dogs were entered in the Open Shooting Dog Championship which was run October 9-10.

Fog delayed the running on the first day for about an hour and it was cool once the dogs were loosed. As the fog burned off the temperature started rising, reaching the low 80s in the afternoon.

The second day was near perfect weather for running dogs. Partly cloudy with temperatures in the low 60s.

The judges were Art Terstage of Lousiville, Ky., and Tom Oswald of Winnsboro, S. C.

The winner came out of brace No. 8, Greyrock’s Mile Marker (Saint), owned by Tom Tubergen of Winnetka, Ill., handled by Rich Barber and scouted by the always pleasant Joyce Barber. Saint was on a mission right from the get-go. He took the right side and was observed running hard forward and was found standing at 5. All was in order with excellent style. Rich cut Saint loose and he carded another perfect find at 8. Saint resumed his charge and was found standing by his scout at 15. Again everything was in order and Rich released him to continue the display. He moved forward, hanging the edges after crossing the creek and had another find at 35. Saint tallied another at 36, then carded a covey find at 50. He finished the hour strong and gave no doubt to all that he was the clear champion.

Hi N’s Hasty Matilda (Matte) was named runner-up and came out of the 10th brace. She was handled by owner Hank Lewis of Lousiville, Ohio and scouted by Dan DiMambro.

Matte started with determination. At 4 she was found standing and all was in order. She was found again standing at 10, once again very appealing to the eye. Hank piloted her through the course and she was again rewarded at 22 exhibiting high and intense style. She was released and at 23 was honoring her bracemate. She was sent on her mission and carded another find at 34 with class. Hank cut her loose and she stormed forward strong, staying to the front for the rest of the hour.

Ionia, Mich., October 9

Judges: Tom Oswald and Art Terstage


Winner—GREYROCK’S MILE MARKER, 1642030, male, by J AK’s Miles Away—Outbak’s Jade. Tom Tubergen, owner; Rich Barber, handler.

Runner-Up—HI N’S HASTY MATILDA, 1657658, female, by Hi N’s Feed Jake—Hi N’s Southern Cross. Hank Lewis, owner and handler.

Open All-Age Championship

The Open All-Age Championship (8 entries) was run on October 11. The weather was not cooperating in the morning with rain. It was decided to delay until a major cell passed and the rest of the day would look somewhat better. The prediction was correct and after starting around 11:00 a. m. everyone stayed fairly dry with most of the rest of the day being overcast except for the last braces.

M S R Q C’s Bunker Buster, owned by Jack Glover of Ocala, Fla., and handled by Chris Goegan, was named champion and came out of brace No. 4. Buster broke away and charged forward with a strong move and had an early find at 4. The bird was found, flushed and all was in order with nice style. Buster charged forward after being released, making some very nice all-age moves. He was found standing again at 24. Once again the bird was flushed and Buster was sent on.

He carded another find at 38 and then another at 42, with strong moves to get there in between. Buster was seen going left after the dike. Chris, confident in his dog’s abilities, continued on course. Chris’ gamble paid off and Buster was observed charging forward coming through the cut on the left at the end of time.

Runner-up was Tanglewood Harlie Jaine, owned by William Robinette of Old Fields, W. Va., and handled by Chris Goegan.

Harlie was in brace No. 3 and fiercely broke away when Chris released her. She moved forward as she charged through the first half of the course. At 24 she was found standing. Chris got off his horse and flushed the bird. All was in order. Chris released Harlie and she set forth again. She finished the hour strong.


[One-Hour Heats] — 8 German Shorthairs

Winner—M S R Q C’S BUNKER BUSTER, 1655522, male, by Slicks Cuttin Wild—M S R’s Opalescence. John Glover, owner; Chris Goegan, handler.

Runner-Up—TANGLEWOOD HARLIE JAINE, 1664962, female, by Hi Point’s Lightning Bolt—Jagermeister’s Dollop A Daisy. William Robinette, owner; Chris Goegan, handler.

Amateur Shooting Dog Championship

Hi N’s Hasty Matilda, owned by Hank Lewis, was in brace No. 2 leaving from the oak tree. As we left the dog took the right edge and headed toward the orchard. The dog was found at 10 right before the dike and creek crossing. She had another find near the Boy Scout Bridge intersection. Matte continued her moves throughout the hour and finished with two more finds and a very strong shooting dog finish.

J B Wagoners Lightning, owned by Lee Wagoner of Union City, Mich., left from the clubhouse in brace No. 3. “Jackson” and Lee charged their way through the course. Jackson showed a polished shooting dog performance with three finds and a very nice application.

The judges noted that these two dogs were going to be tough to move out of their spots in most stakes.

Judges: Joe Vicari and Jim Yates


Winner—HI N’S HASTY MATILDA, 1657658, female, by Hi N’s Feed Jake—Hi N’s Southern Cross. Hank Lewis, owner and handler.

Runner-Up—J B WAGONERS LIGHTNING, 1652983, male, by Shoemakers Shootingstarrs—Son Starr’s Lady. Les Wagoner, owner and handler.

Derby Classic

The Derby Classic was won by Evergreen’s Jed Clampit which ran a very strong race and had one broke find! The runner-up was Chicoree’s What’s Up Doc, owned by Tom Davis. Third was P W Made in the U S A, owned by Keith and Bobbi Richardson. She was the youngest dog out of the stake and showed she was a player.

All three winners were handled by Dan DiMambro.

Judges: Blake Rizzo and Joe Vicari


1st—EVERGREEN’S JED CLAMPIT, unreg., male, by Trublu’s B D K Ace In the Hole—Chicoree’s What A Hoodlum. Lance Olsen, owner; Dan DiMambro, handler.

2d—CHICOREE’S WHAT’S UP DOC. [Placement Voided].

3d—P W MADE IN THE U S A, 1672529, female, by P W Bert’s Joke On Us—P W Jim Kath’s Kate. Keith & Bobbi Richardson, owners; Dan DiMambro, handler.

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