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Field Trial Report

NGSPA Great Lakes Championships

By Tom Davis | Dec 03, 2018
Open All-Age Championship Winner No Sleep Til Brook Lynn posed by Rich Barber. Behind, from left: Dan DiMambro, Bill Branham, Joyce Barber and Marc McKinley.

Ionia, Mich. — Once again, the “Big Wheel” keeps turning. Winter turns to spring, spring turns to summer and summer turns to fall.

As fall arrives so does the field trial season for German Shorthaired Pointer trialers in Michigan.

The crew that hosts the NGSPA Great Lakes Championships also is responsible for the Region 4 trial and four GSPCA trials during the course of the year. This crew consists of Dan DiMambro, April Raber, Tom Tubergen, Jim Yates, Frank Barroco, Marc McKinley, Lee Wagoner, and your scribe, Tom Davis. This bunch of trialers has been together for a number of years and their organization runs like a well-oiled machine. Each person on the committee knows her/his job and goes about it without a lot of hassle or fanfare.

Thanks to all for another job well done.

Pro handlers in attendance were Rich Barber, Dan DiMambro and Chris Goegan. Amateurs included Jim Yates, Hank Lewis, Fred Ryan, Chuck Lane, Tom Davis, Tom Tubergen, Marc McKinley and Lee Wagoner.

Judges for this year’s event were Chris Young, Bill Klenner, Kelsey Hajek, and Bill Branham. Thank you for your time and attentiveness.

Another welcomed person at our trial was Terry Trzcinski representing Purina. Thanks to Purina for all they do for dog trials and a BIG thanks to Terry for the lunch he sponsored this year. He also put on his “Big Girl” apron and helped Frank in the kitchen. That apron looked good on you, Terry, Thanks for your help!


Outbak’s Let It Ride (Barber) and Sarah’s Too Cool Jewels (Goegan) were  loosed at 8:00 a. m. The retrieval unit was called for Ride at 22 as he was gone too long and not pleasing his handler. Jewels had a good find at 23 and then retrieved a bird and was picked up.

L L Cool J (Goegan) had two finds but an erratic race and had a hard time finding the front. No Sleep Til Brook Lynn (Barber) had a strong forward race with an excellent find at 37. Good manners and style. The strong finish garnered a championship placement for her efforts.

Chicoree’s Elvis Aairing Felty (Goegan) had finds at 17, 42 and 45. He had a good solid all-age race. He would have been the winner if the dog could have been shown at time. Hidden Valley’s Indian Scout was not pleasing DiMambro and was picked up early.

Joke’s On You (Goegan) had three finds but was gone too long and showed from behind too often. Prairie Wind Jim Kath’s Kate was picked up early for not pleasing DiMambro.

M S R Bunker Buster (Goegan) was lost after a huge cast off. Chicoree’s Country Fan (DiMambro) was a carbon copy of her bracemate.

Runner-up placement was withheld.

Ionia, Mich., October 8

Judges: Bill Branham and Chris Young


[One-Hour Heats] — 10 German Shorthairs

Winner—NO SLEEP TIL BROOK LYNN, 1662506, female, by Texas Bushwacking Bud—Cuttin Wilds Space Cowgirl. Charles Lane II, owner; Rich Barber, handler.


Outbak’s Rough Cut (Barber) had finds at 15, 20 and 35 with good style. Always to the front and easily handled. Hi N’s Hasty Matilda (DiMambro) had a find at 15, a divided find at 20, a find at 30, a back at 35 and a find at 51. A good race but not always to the front

Outbak’s Purdy Slick cast off well but was not pleasing Barber and was picked up at 38. J B Wagoners Lightning (DiMambro) had a strong forward race and excellent style with finds at 6, 12, 26, 28 and 44. This presentation won him the championship title.

Outbak’s He’s For Me (Barber) had a short gentleman’s race with three finds. Hi N’s Bodacious (DiMambro) started huge and the retrieval unit was pulled at 38.

Chicoree’s What’s Up Doc (Davis) had a divided find at 21 and a find on a grass edge at 40. His race was inconsistent and showed his youth. Uodibar’s Morass (DiMambro) had a find at 21. He was erratic in application and was picked up at 51.

Windy City’s Last Laugh (Barber) had backs at 15, 30 and 42. He had a fair race. Rommel’s Augie Doggie (DiMambro) had finds at 12, 15 and 17 with a nice relocation. Other finds at 30, 42 and 47. A fair race as well.

Chicoree’s Cuttin Loose (DiMambro) had finds at 4 and 50. She had a nice first 30 minutes but appeared to have spent all her money as she labored the second half. Miles of Sass (Barber) had finds at 9 and 27 but was picked up at 28.

Evergreen’s Jed Clampet (DiMambro) had barren stands at 18 and 31 and was picked up. Greyrock’s Mile Marker (Barber) had an unproductive at 8 and then finds at 12 and 48 with a fair race.

Jimkath’s Pandemonium (DiMambro) had a stylish find at 11 but on her second find she self-relocated and was finished for the day. Jax’s Tornado Allie (Barber) had a find at 34 and then disappeared. The retrieval unit was called for at 58.

Ridin High Rudy (DiMambro) had finds at 12, 24 and 42. He was lost, and the retrieval unit was pulled.

Wingfield’s Koonas Chloe was up at 20 for not pleasing DiMambro.

Judges: William Branham and Chris Long


[One-Hour Heats] — 18 German Shorthairs

Winner—J B WAGONERS LIGHTNING, 1652983, male, by Shoemaker Shootingstaars—Son Starr’s Lady. Lee Wagoner, owner; Dan DiMambro, handler.

Runner-Up—OUTBAK’S ROUGH CUT, 1672639, female, by Greyrock’s Mile Marker—Outbak’s Lil Josey. Sarah & Adam Burch, owners; Rich Barber, handler.


Chicoree’s What’s Up Doc (Davis) had a good forward race, staying on the edges well. “Elmer” had finds at 42 and 46 with good style. At 56 the dog pointed and the bird flushed before the handler could get to him. Elmer thought he erred and dropped his head and walked toward his handler. He could have placed. Hi N’s Hasty Matilda (Lewis) had a good forward race with finds at 8 and 17, an unproductive at 12 and another find at 30. The last find was at 48; when the bird flushed it flew straight at “Matte’s” head and she fell to temptation and grabbed it.

Greyrock’s Mile Marker (Tubergen) had finds at 10, 17, 21, 23, 39 and 56. Marker had an unproductive at 31 and a back at 46. His good forward race, always on the edges and good style on birds, won him the runner-up spot. Hi N’s Cinch Up (Lewis) had an unproductive at 10, backs at 25, 30 and 42, with finds at 30 and 50. A second unproductive at 55 ended Cinch’s bid.

Outbak’s Purdy Slick (Lane) was lost at cast off. J B Wagoners Lightning’s (Wagoner) opening cast carried him into Hires field where he was found on point at 11. J B also carded finds at 21, 22, 29, 39, 45 and 51 with great style. His effort resulted in another championship placement.

Jimkath’s Pandemonium (Yates) had a find at 9, a back at 19, an unproductive at 5 and finds at 45, 50 and 55 with a good forward race. “Panda” was a contender. Hi N’s Bodacious (Lewis) had finds at 18, 24, 46 and 55, with a back at 36. “Bo” was gone for extra periods and showed to the front. Judges felt he was absent too much for a shooting dog stake.

Uodibar’s Morass (Yates) had a find and bump at 12 finishing his day. Chicoree’s Sparkling Rudy (Ryan) had a big cast off. The retrieval unit was called for at 20.

Rommel’s Augie Doggie (McKinley) had a good find at 8. The bird flushed in Augie’s face and the temptation was too great for the young dog and he was picked up. Chicoree’s Cuttin Loose (Ryan) had four finds in the first 15 minutes. “Lucy” had an unproductive at 30 and another find at 35. She had another after a long flushing effort at 40 and another find at 54. Because of so many finds the dog became too cautious hampering her presentation.

Judges: Kelsey Hajek and Bill Klenner


[One-Hour Heats] — 12 German Shorthairs

Winner—J B WAGONERS LIGHTNING, 1652983, male, by Shoemaker Shootingstaars—Son Starr’s Lady. Lee Wagoner, owner and handler.

Runner-Up—GREYROCK’S MILE MARKER, 1642030, male, by J A K’s Miles Away—Outbak’s Jade. Tom Tubergen, owner and handler.


Highstanding’s Cutting Edge (DiMambro) had a find at 17 and was picked up. Brookesides First in Line (McKinley) had finds at 8, 18 and 25, a good forward race and hunted well. Line was rewarded with first place.

Say Hey’s 42 in Dodgers Blue (DiMambro) ran a medium race with no bird contact. Kate (Raber) ran a stronger race than her bracemate but had no birds.

Top Fuel’s Holy Hustler (Raber) ran hard, hunted well and was carried by the judges for awhile. Jethro (DiMambro) showed his puppy age and chased his bracemate a little too much.

Jimkath’s Double Trouble (Yates) was too short to be considered for placement. Cruzin’s Moneymaker (DiMambro) had a short race with one find. She opened up at the end and was awarded second place.

Von Cap’s Zip (DiMambro) was the biggest running dog in the stake with a find at the end with a flash point. He was awarded third place.

Judges: Kelsey Hajek and Bill Klenner


1st—BROOKSIDES FIRST IN LINE. [Placement Voided.]

2d—CRUZIN’S MONEYMAKER, 1679407, female, by Cruzin’s Probable Cause—Pineland’s Streak. Rob Errigo, owner; Dan DiMambro, handler.

3d—VON CAP’S ZIP, 1675456, male, by Hi N’s Bodacious—Hi N’s Maggie May. John Capolino, owner; Dan DiMambro, handler.

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