American Field

Field Trial Report

NGSPA Region 9 Championships

By Ray Larrondo | Jul 14, 2017
Open All-Age Championship  Winners. From left: Ray Larrondo, Jeremy Skousen, Tami Larrondo with Rio’s Rising Renegade, Bruce Mueller, Ronnie Sale, Keith Richardson, Rich Robertson with Prairie Wind Back To Zack, Kewitt Paltani, Gary Moen, Terry Zygalinski and Josh Nieman.

There have been a few occasions in my field trial experiences which I’ve said to myself,  “I’m not sure we can pull this off.” The first day or so of our April Championships was one of those moments.

Southwestern Idaho received an extreme amount of snow last winter. Add to that a spring with record rainfall and we were facing severe challenges getting around the rugged landscape.

Prairie Wind Ranch is not a “walk in the park” for man or beast under great conditions. Places on the three one-hour courses were not passable horseback this year so we adapted and overcame.

Scouting in certain places was difficult if not impossible and getting the dog wagon around was an adventure in itself. All that being said it was a successful event with great participation and the usual good time had by all.

We are blessed to have this fabulous venue provided to us by Keith and Bobbi Richardson on which to run our dogs. Not only do we have great grounds to run on but the benefit of a clubhouse to gather in, RV hookups and horse pens make it easy to stay for the two weeks we are there in the spring.

The trial would not be possible without great help from the crew at the ranch and volunteers who put in numerous hours. Rich Robertson, Anita, Ty and Emily are up early and out late making sure things are happening around the place.

Lynn was on hand from Cheyenne preparing the same great meals we’ve come to expect from her.

Rod and Linda Randolph were a huge help with meals and bookkeeping, Dean and Diane Crabbs handled dog wagon duties, with Jerry Lewis, R. C. Christensen, and my dad, Ray Larrondo, filling in here and there.

Gary Moen was saddled daily helping marshal and my wife Tami handled the greatest challenge, keeping me going in the right direction.

Ziggy, Kewitt and Willy were tasked with a big challenge this year, keeping enough horses under the judges. The deep mud and slick conditions wore out horses rather quickly.

As we all know, a great trial only goes off with great participants. We had pro handlers Ronnie Sale and Josh Nieman in attendance, and the amateur handlers: Keith Richardson, Keith Bryant,

Mike Patrick, Brandon Blum, Brian Hill, Mark McFarland, Gary Moen, Robin Lambourn, Terry Zygalinski and myself. The support we get from you all is outstanding.

We had some first class teams of judges this year as well. They endured the rain, snow, wind and tough riding conditions without a complaint. I would like to thank Brian Gingrich from Illinois, Marty Middleton from Utah, Jim Yates from Michigan and Jon Small from Missouri. All of these gentlemen were very attentive; it was a privilege to host every one of them.


We kicked off the trial with the Open Shooting Dog, which drew 27 entries, with Brian Gingrich and Marty Middleton adjudiciating.

This was Brian’s second trip out west so he got a pretty good grasp on what’s expected of dogs here. Marty is no stranger to the bird dog game being a field trialer and avid chukar hunter coming out of Utah.

When the running subsided they had several dogs which they had to consider and decided Rio’s Rising Renegade had put on a performance worthy of a championship. “Ace” is owned by Ray and Tami Larrondo and was handled by Ray of Nampa, Ida.

Sixxem’s A Cut Above had a stellar performance as well and was named runner-up. “ Sadie” is owned by Keith Bryant of Centennial, Colo., and was handled by Josh Nieman.

The Open All-Age drew 12 starters. Judging were  Marty Middleton and Jim Yates. We have been fortunate to have Jim join us on several occasions, at the old grounds at Mile Post 9 and the Prairie Wind Ranch. His experience and attentiveness are always appreciated.

When the dust had settled on this stake they named Rio’s Rising Renegade the champion, with Prairie Wind Back To Zack the runner-up. “Ace” was handled by Ray Larrondo, and  “Biz” was handled by Ronnie Sale for owners Keith and Bobbi Richardson of Cheyenne, Wyo.

As the week progressed and the grounds appeared to be drying, we were greeted with some severe thunderstorms. All hope of being able to get back to the normal courses was washed away, and the horses were faced with hauling us through the mud for the remainder.

The Amateur Shooting Dog was the final broke dog stake and it drew sixteen contestants. We were running under the watchful eyes of Jim Yates and Jon Small, who made the trip out from Pleasant Hill, Mo. This was the first time to Idaho for Jon, but being an experienced bird dog guy he was quick to recognize where dogs should be here.

After several dogs had respectable jobs they named Rio’s Rising Renegade the champion. K C Moen’s Royal Diamond was named runner-up for owner-handler Gary Moen of Boise, Ida. Diamond is certainly no stranger to winning in the shooting dog game. It was definitely Ace’s lucky week.

Wrapping up the  trial was the Derby Classic. There were seven entrants for Jim Yates and Jon Small to keep a watchful eye on.

In the end, they named Keg Creek Second Edition the winner. “Pete” is owned by Keith Bryant and was handled by Josh Nieman. Earning second was P W Golden Ring, owned by Jamie Edwards of Jonesboro, Tex.,  handled by Ronnie Sale. Third was P W Evolution’s Recreation, owned by Keith and Bobbi Richardson, handled by Ronnie Sale.

I would like to once again thank Keith and Bobbi Richardson for their hospitality and all they do for our sport. A huge thanks also to our sponsors Purina and SportDog.

The always cheerful Jim Morehouse was on hand for a couple of days. He is a great representative to these two companies.

Lastly thank you to all of the help I get from club members and participants.

Payette, Ida., April 17

Judges: Brian Gingrich and Marty Middleton


[One-Hour Heats] — 27 German Shorthairs

Winner—RIO’S RISING RENEGADE, 1643567, male, by Storm Over Rio Grande—Little Lady Lexi. Ray & Tami Larrondo, owners; Ray Larrondo, handler.

Runner-Up—SIXXEM’S A CUT ABOVE, 1624911, female, by Chisholm Creeks Cuttin Loose—Slick Renegade Lady. Keith Bryant, owner; Josh Nieman, handler.

Judges: Marty Middleton and Jim Yates


[One-Hour Heats] — 12 German Shorthairs

Winner—RIO’S RISING RENEGADE, 1643567, male, by Storm Over Rio Grande—Little Lady Lexi. Ray & Tami Larrondo, owners; Ray Larrondo, handler.

Runner-Up—PRAIRIE WIND BACK TO ZACK, 1617314, male, by P W Zackly Right—Prairie Wind’s Just A Flirt. Keith & Bobbi Richardson, owners; Ronnie Sale, handler.

Judges: Jon Small and Jim Yates


Winner—RIO’S RISING RENEGADE, 1643567, male, by Storm Over Rio Grande—Little Lady Lexi. Ray & Tami Larrondo, owners; Ray

Larrondo, handler.

Runner-Up—K C MOEN’S ROYAL DIAMOND, 1650509, male, by K C Moen Rock Buzzsaw Bill—K C Moen’s Miah’s Rising Sun. G. D. Moen, owner and handler.

NGSPA REGION 9 OPEN DERBY — 7 German Shorthairs

1st—KEG CREEK SECOND EDITION, 1672984, male, by Tjust Lucky Three Spot—High Pants Trudi. Keith Bryant, owner; Josh Nieman, handler.

2d—P W GOLDEN RING, 1669580, female, by Slicks Cuttin Wild—P W Fast Forward. J. D. Edwards, owner; Ronnie Sale, handler.

3d—P W EVOLUTION’S RECREATION, 1666903, male, by Evolution’s Primo Creation—P W Derailed. Keith & Bobbi Richardson, owners; Ronnie Sale, handler.

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