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Field Trial Report

NGSPA Sharptail Championships

By Tom Davis | Oct 16, 2020
Open All-Age Winner. From left: Dave Noell, Josh Nieman with B M B’s Free Ride, Brandon Blum and Bill Branham.

BAKER, MONT. — “It just keeps getting better,” was the refrain most often heard from the people that attended the 2020 edition of the NGSPA Sharptail Championship held over the Labor Day weekend in Baker, Mont.

This trial was started by Texan Ron Schaitel and was held initially on the Johnson Ranch in Trail City, S. D. Ron wanted the trial to be run over the Labor Day weekend so as to give the amateurs a long weekend for travel and participation. He also scheduled the Amateur stakes to be held first, giving the amateurs first shot at the wiley sharptail grouse.

Brian long took over the trial and moved it to Ekalaka, Mont. He ran the trial for a couple of years and then passed the baton to Tom Davis. Davis has tried to hold true to the original concepts of the trial, scheduling it for Labor Day weekend for the past fifting years.

The trial is run on six, one hour courses over the Wang, Duscharme and Gunderson Ranches. We field trialers are very grateful these ranchers are willing to share their woderful land resource with us.

The Sharptail Association consists of  R. J. Marquart, Mike Patrick and Davis. We also get a tremendous amount of help from Dean and Diane Crabbs, Ray and Tammi Larrondo and, Tom’s brother, Terry Davis. This year, Brandon Blum and Robin Lamborne stepped up to help with whatever needed to be done.

We are thankful to Josh Nieman, Dan DiMambro and Richie Robertson, professional trainers who brought their best dogs. Amateurs in attendance were the Verdoorn boys, Peter Wilkins, Fred Ryan, Keith Richardson, Brandon Blum and Rick Heller. If anyone was left out, please accept our apologies.

We are thankful to Purina and SportDog for their more than generous support. Also we thank the judges, Bill Branham, R. J. Marquart, Bruce Mueller, Art Cox and Tom Davis. We are especially grateful to Fred Ryan who stepped in for Art Cox, who had to leave early.

The grounds were in good shape even though there had been a long dry spell. The bird count was also the best it had been since moving to Baker, Mont., six years ago.

The trial ran smoothly and efficiently with help of everyone. The only negative was when Ray Larrondo tested positive with the dreaded COVID-19. He and his posse isolated themselves for a number of days and no one else was affected. We sure missed Ray’s help as marshal and course planner. We are glad Ray and his family have recovered.

The Sharptail Association hosted the opening night dinner and drawing at Thee Garage Restaurant. There were about 25 trailers and ranchers in attendance. The high point of the evening was when Chairman Davis presented a check for $500 to Bo Lingle, commissioner of the Baker Boys summer baseball league. Mr. Lingle thanked the group and stated the donation would give each boy a new uniform and provide some needed equipment.


The Amateur All-Age was judged by Davis and Marquart. Sixteen dogs were entered.

The time Brandon Blum spent on the prairie this summer was well spent. He won with five-year old male B M B’s Free Ride, and then annexed the runner-up spot with B M B’s Samsquach, also a five year old. Nice job, Brandon.

The Amateur Shooting Dog was judged by Dave Noell and Bill Branham. There were 22 dogs entered. This stake was won by longtime supporter of this trial, Alan Davison of Hudson, Colo.,  with his charge A O Tripps To Win. Runner-Up went to Missourian Chase Verdoorn and his H's Am Cruiser.

The Open All-Age was judged by Noel and Branham and  nineteen dogs were drawn. Again Brandon Blum stepped up to accept championship accolades with his B M B’s Freeride. Well done, Brandon. No runner-up was named.

Open Derby drew seventeen and was judged by Art Cox and Bruce Mueller. First went to Chicoree’s Country Star, owned by Fred Ryan and handled by Dan DiMambro. Second was Canyon Creek Ace’s Peacemaker, owned and handled by Ray Larrondo. Third place went to Flying Flit Gun Rhett, handled by Dan DiMambro.

The big stake of the trial was the Open Shooting Dog, which drew 38 dogs. The winner was Autry’s Natural Chomoly Steel, four-year-old female owned by Ms. Allison Autry of Argyle, Tex.,  and handled by Josh Nieman. The runner-up trophy was awarded to Chicoree’s Riden High Trixie, young (whelped November 14, 2018) female, owned by Rondale Alexander of Canyon, Tex., and handled by Dan DiMambro.

A big thank to all who attended during this tie of pandemic.

Also, thank you to the land owners and towns people of Baker for your gracious hospitality.

Baker, Mont., September 5

Judges: Tom Davis and R. J. Marquart


[One-Hour Heats] — 16 German Shorthairs

Winner—B M B’S FREE RIDE, 1660979, male, by Kimber Tactical—Time to Pay the Piper. Brandon Blum, owner and handler.

Runner-Up—B M B’S SAMSQUANCH, 1669573, male, by Trublu’s B D K  Ace Inthe Hole—Time to Pay the Piper. Brandon Blum, owner and handler.

Judges: Bill Branham and David Noell


Winner—A O TRIPPS TO WIN, 1671013, male, by Kimber Tactical—Sixxem’s A Cut Above. Alan Davison, owner and handler.

Runner-Up—H’S AM CRUISER, 1664565, male, by H’s Hedgerise Ignited—Salamone’s Mele Kalikimaka Boo. Chase Verdorn & Harlan Higginbotham, owners; Chase Verdoorn, handler.


[One-Hour Heats] — 19 German Shorthairs

Winner—B M B’S FREE RIDE, 1660979, male, by Kimber Tactical—Time to Pay the Piper. Brandon Blum, owner and handler.

Judges: Bruce Mueller and Fred Ryan


[One-Hour Heats] — 38 German Shorthairs

Winner—AUTRY’S NATURAL CHROMOLY STEEL, 1675658, male, by Slicks Cuttin Wild—Autry’s California Gold Rush. Mrs. Allison L. Autry, owner; Josh Nieman, handler.

Runner-Up—CHICOREE’S RIDEN HIGH TRIXIE, 1685125, female, by Riden High Rudy—Chicoree’s Sparkle in her Eye. Rondale Alexander, owner; Dan DiMambro, handler.

Judges: Art Cox and Bruce Mueller


1st—CHICOREE’S COUNTRY STAR, 1690824, female, by M S R Q C’s Bunker Buster—Chicoree’s Country Fan. Fred Ryan, owner; Dan DiMambro, handler.

2d—CANON CREEK ACE’S PEACEMAKER, 1691258, male, by Rio’s Rising Renegade—Cuttin Wild’s Hidden Gem. Ray & Tami Larrondo, owners; Ray Larrondo, handler.

3d—FLYING FLIT GUN RHETT, 1691521, male, by Riden High Rudy—Quail Pts N Monkeyshine’s Sippre Southern Wine. Ryan Roessel, owner; Dan DiMambro, handler.

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