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Field Trial Report

NGSPA Northwest Rocky Mountain Chukar Championships

By Ray Larrondo | Aug 07, 2017
Open All-Age Championship Winners. From left: Ronnie Sale, Keith Richardson, Rich Robertson with P W Teton Aroma of Sage, Jeremy Skousen, Judge Bruce Mueller, Mike Patrick with Slicks Cuttin Wild, Josh Nieman and Ray Larrondo.

Payette, Ida. — The Prairie Wind Ranch in Payette, Ida., served as host venue for our spring German Shorthaired Pointer Championships, which began in the middle of April.

Typically we are greeted with beautiful weather in Southern Idaho that time of year, but conditions were anything but typical. Following a winter that blessed us with an exceptional snowpack, Mother Nature continued saturating the high desert grounds with more snow, rain and hail.

Most of the field trial enthusiasts in attendance for this event had already experienced the deep mud and challenging terrain we were going to face for the coming week, as they had participated in the Region 9 Championship the week before.

Despite the weather and muddy conditions most of the folks here knew they were going to see some extraordinary country and ample birds for dog encounters.

The grounds that Keith and Bobbi Richardson allow us to host trials on are truly magnificent, and those who have the opportunity should be grateful for their dedication to the sport. To accompany the great venue and gracious hosts we are fortunate to have a core of volunteers who keep things organized and rolling.

This year those pitching in were Rod and Linda Randolph, Dean and Diane Crabbs, Gary Moen, and Tami Larrondo. Rich Robertson, Anita, Ty and Emily are invaluable help when it comes to getting anything around the ranch accomplished, whether it’s caring for animals in camp or getting the dog wagon around on course.

Amateur Shooting Dog Championship

With a day or so of rest between the two trials, we kicked off with the Amateur Shooting Dog. Amateur handlers in attendance to compete were Mike Patrick, Keith Richardson, Chris Bryant, Robin Lambourn, Brandon Blum, Gary Moen, Terry Zygalinski, Dean Crabbs and Ray Larrondo.

The stake was judiciated by Jeff Gilbertson of Acampo, Cal., and John Small of Pleasant Hill, Mo. Jeff has a great deal of experience with running pointers on these grounds. This was John’s first trip to chukar country.

Fourteen dogs were drawn, with several respectable performances turned in.

In the end, it was two dogs owned by Keith and Bobbi Richardson, handled by Keith, that impressed the judges the most. P W Extraordinaire (Airee) was named the champion with a masterful job hunting the rock outcroppings and a nice handle. The judges commented on the ease at which she made her way through the rugged terrain. P W Razor’s Edge (Mickey) earned the runner-up title with a pleasing forward race and eye-catching style on game.

Payette, Ida., April 26 — One Course

Judges: Jeff Gilbertson and John Small


Winner—P W EXTRAORDINAIRE, 1629669, female, by P W Zipp N Lock—P W Eat Mya Dust. Keith & Bobbi Richardson, owners; Keith Richardson, handler.

Runner-Up—P W RAZOR’S EDGE, 1641405, male, by Prairie Wind Back To Zack—P W Comeuppance. Keith & Bobbi Richardson, owners; Keith Richardson, handler.

Open All-Age Championship

Professional handlers Ronnie Sale and Josh Nieman handled the majority of the twelve dogs drawn. Ronnie has been making the trek from Jonesboro, Tex., to Idaho for several years and Josh has made the trip from Elwood, Neb., many times as well.

Jeff Gilbertson was back in the saddle judging this stake accompanied by Bruce Mueller of River Falls, Wis. This was the first time Bruce had been out and I believe he was pretty impressed with the endless country we have to run big going all-age dogs on.

The far-reaching job P W Teton Aroma of Sage turned in earned her the championship title. “Roma”, owned by Keith and Bobbi Richardson, handled by Ronnie Sale, was seen where all-age dogs should be seen and handled birds with great style.

The runner-up title was awarded to Slicks Cuttin Wild, owned by Mike Patrick of Berthoud, Colo. “Joker” had some bold moves on the course for handler Josh Nieman.

Judges: Jeff Gilbertson and Bruce Mueller


ALL-AGE CHAMPIONSHIP [One-Hour Heats] — 12 German Shorthairs

Winner—P W TETON AROMA OF SAGE, 1627825, female, by P W Contender—Prairie Wind’s Teton Sage. Keith & Bobbi Richardson, owners; Ronnie Sale, handler.

Runner-Up—SLICKS CUTTIN WILD, 1619731, mael, by Chisholm Creeks Cuttin Loose—Slick Renegade Lady. Mike Patrick, owner; Josh Nieman, handler.

Open Shooting Dog Championship

Wrapping up the broke dog stakes  was the Open Shooting Dog. This stake is generally the largest of the trial, and drew sixteen dogs, down a bit from previous years.

Bruce Mueller had accepted the task of judging this stake and was partnered with Jeremy Skousen of Ontario, Ore. Jeremy has been over these grounds extensively, both running and judging pointer trials.

Josh Nieman handled Llano’s Snowbird to the championship placement for owners Chad and Joe Inderman of  Goldthwaite, Tex. “Feather” demonstrated impeccable manners on chukar and it was evident she was a true bird dog with the number of finds she accumulated.

P W Flirt She’s A Keeper did a very impressive job for Ronnie Sale with a kind handle and nice consistent ground race. Keeper, owned by Keith and Bobbi Richardson, worked herself right into the runner-up position.

Judges: Bruce Mueller and Jeremy Skousen


Winner—LLANO’S SNOWBIRD, 1653149, female, by Slicks Cuttin Wild—Llano’s Tails Aflame. Joe & Chad Inderman, owners; Josh Nieman, handler.

Runner-Up—P W FLIRT SHE’S A KEEPER, 1617319, female, by P W Zackly Right—Prairie Wind’s Just A Flirt. Keith & Bobbi Richardson, owners; Ronnie Sale, handler.

Derby Classic

We had some time early in the week to get the young dogs some ground time so we ran them.

The juvenile stake can sometimes provide the most excitement and this one lived up to that hype. Sometimes the handlers are as excited to see the young dogs as the dogs themselves are ready to be unleashed.

Jeff Gilbertson and Bruce Mueller were more than willing to make the call for the stake, and they witnessed a few impressive performances.

Ronnie Sale handled P W Golden Ring to a blue ribbon for owner Jamie Edwards. Ring did a phenomenal job edging the bluffs overlooking the creek bottom. Ronnie also handled  P W Evolution’s Recreation, for owners Keith and Bobbi Richardson. “Spike” had big, bold casts out of the creek and was spotted hunting through the rocks up above. Third place went to Cuttin Wild’s

Hidden Gem and her owner-handler Mike Patrick. “Gemma” quickly flowed up the treeline on the creek and was onto the rim on the south edge.

With nearly two weeks of field trials in Payette, Ida., in the books it was fair to say dogs, horses and competitors were ready for a well deserved break.

It certainly takes some dedicated individuals to pull these events off and a great deal of horsepower as well. Ziggy, Kewitt and Willy kept the judges mounted, which was a pretty big undertaking considering the tough conditions.

Jim Morehouse and the companies he represents, SportDog and Purina, were once again great supporters of this trial and are greatly appreciated.

Judges: Jeff Gilbertson and Bruce Mueller


1st—P W GOLDEN RING, 1669580, female, by Slicks Cuttin Wild—P W Fast Forward. J. D. Edwards, owner; Ronnie Sale, handler.

2d—P W EVOLUTION’S RECREATION, 1666903, male, by Evolutions Primo Creation—P W Derailed. Keith & Bobbi Richardson, owners; Ronnie Sale, handler.

3d—CUTTIN WILD’S HIDDEN GEM, 1673447, female, by Uodibar’s Against All Odds—Cuttin Wild’s Lil Angel. Mike Patrick, owner and handler.

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