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Field Trial Report

Northwest Chukar Championships and National Amateur Chukar All-Age Championship

By Jeremy Skousen | Nov 16, 2021
Northwest Chukar Open All-Age Championship Winners. Front row, from left: Talmage Smedley, Larry McConnell, Jeremy Skousen, judge; Jason Staley, owner-handler with Janee’s American Rebel, Alex Mauck, owner-handler with Mauck’s  Wyeast Owyhee Dallee, Bill Owen, judge. Back row, left to right: Mike Eades, Mike Wilkin, Phil Spencer, Jim Ledington, Phill Bowden, Larry Smith, Ed Mayhew, Doug Meyer, and Jeff Gilbertson.

Payette, Ida. — The dry and dusty sagebrush covered hills and rock outcroppings on the grounds of Prairie Wind Ranch were a result of the long hot summer and not much moisture even for this “high desert.”

Owners Keith and Bobbi Richardson can’t be thanked enough for access to these grounds, and the continued improvements that make attending a trial outside of Payette, Ida., truly special.

The Boise Valley Pointing Dog Club would also like to thank all those involved for all the work before, during, and after the trials were concluded. Phil Bowden and Mark Kirkland for driving the dog truck and all the little things to make that job one of the busiest during the day’s running.

Also, a big THANK YOU to Anita Robertson, Terry Reinke, and Jeff Gilbertson crew for the many tasty meals.

The BVPDC would also like to extend our deepest gratitude to Purina, SportDog, and the continued sponsorship of this trial and and Garmin for National Amateur Chukar All-Age Championship without these sponsors these would not be possible. Please remember to support those that support our sport!

THE WINNERS

The well-deserved 2021 Northwest Chukar Open All-Age Champion is Janae’s American Rebel pointer male owned and handled by Jason Staley, with a forward and consistent all-age race. The stylish pointer also had an extra-long wait while pointing a covey of Hungarian partridge while the handler attempted to free his horse from old barbwire and the horse subsequently got loose, but that find was handled with the class expected of a champion.

Runner-up was Mauck’s Wyeast Owyhee Dallee, setter female owned and handled by Alex Mauck with powerful all-age moves throughout the hour.

The 2021 Northwest Chukar Open Shooting Dog champion was Lone Tree Splish Splash, owned and handled by Californian Bill Owen. The runner-up was Vizsla male Bangert's Red Baron owned by Pat Bangert and handled by Brian Gingrich.

Jim and Bridget Ledington again chaired this year’s trial, and their efforts were appreciated by all in attendance. The courses this year consisted of the same challenging obstacles, but the scenting conditions were difficult, and the weather warmed considerably in the afternoon.

It takes some getting used to the names of the notable areas on the courses at Prairie Wind Ranch, and handlers who are new to the grounds do take note. Places like “Chukar Rock,” “Dinosaur Rock,” and “Suicide Tree” are regularly used in conversation and make this venue unique.  The dogs that had the endurance and toughness to give a strong hour performance and find birds, especially in the afternoon, were a joy to watch.

Handlers had to be particularly skilled in utilizing the water on the courses to give their dogs their best chance.

The judges this year were Bill Owen and Jeremy Skousen, and both enjoyed their time in the saddle watching friends, new and old, competing. They were steadfast in their duties and were in complete agreement with the decision. There were many dogs that had outstanding races, and some that didn’t make their hour for one reason or another, but all were watched with professionalism.

Conditions started tough with warm, dry days, but ended with a cold front moving in with some moisture which was a relief to all, and especially the shooting dogs.

The Shooting Dog courses are littered with areas that bird dogs could find game anytime during the running and must be hunted with enthusiasm and class.

Judges for the Shooting Dog Championship were Rich Burgi and Larry Smith, who are experienced bird-hunters and judges that know what they were looking for and what it takes to be named champion.

The Open Championships were separated by National Amateur Chukar All-Age Championship, which was judged by Jeremy Skousen and Brian Gingrich. The judges had a dog clearly worthy of the championship title in Painted Owyhee Breeze, owned and handled by Bridget Ledington.

Runner-up was Lone Tree Splish Splash, owned and handled by Bill Owen. Breeze had a powerful race and a picturesque find on a stereotypical rocky hilltop on chukar that won’t be soon forgotten by those watching. The runner-up also had a very pleasing race with a strong hill climbing finish in the heat, and a find that complemented her hour brace.

The accompanying Larry Brech Memorial Derby was an exciting time with all the young dogs running and showing their potential. First place was Painted Owyhee Coal Mine, owned and handled by Bridget Ledington. Second was Greypointe Que Quiere, owned and handled by Doug Meyer.  Third was T’s American Outlaw, owned and handled by Talmage Smedley.

Payette, Ida., September 23

Judges: Bill Owen and Jeremy Skousen

NORTHWEST CHUKAR OPEN ALL-AGE CHAMPIONSHIP

[One-Hour Heats] — 16 Entries

Winner—JANEE’S AMERICAN REBEL, 1688573, pointer male, by Dominator’s American Rebel—Searchin For A Rainbow. Jason Staley, owner and handler.

Runner-Up—MAUCK’S WYEAST OWHYEE DALLEE, 1687695, setter female, by T’s Gunslinger—Hidden Jasmine. Alex Mauck, owner and handler.

Judges: Rich Burgi and Larry Smith

NORTHWEST CHUKAR OPEN SHOOTING DOG CHAMPIONSHIP

[One-Hour Heats] — 25 Entries

Winner—LONE TREE SPLISH SPLASH, 1672171, pointer female, by Frontline Shack Attack—Whippoorwill WIld Spark. Bill Owen, owner and handler.

Runner-Up—BANGERT’S RED BARON, 1659495, Vizsla male, by C K Touchdown Guy—Heidi Go Seek Jones. Pat Bangert, owner; Brian Gingrich, handler.

Judges: Brian Gingrich and Jeremy Skousen

NATIONAL AMATEUR ALL-AGE CHUKAR CHAMPIONSHIP

[One-Hour Heats] — 17 Pointers and 5 Setters

Winner—PAINTED OWYHEE BREEZE, 1669636, pointer female, by Utah’s Red Rock Express—Little Willow Aaron. Bridget & Jim Ledington, owners; Bridget Ledington handler.

Runner-Up—LONE TREE SPLISH SPLASH, 1672171, pointer female, by Frontline Shack Attack—Whippoorwill Wild Spark. Bill Owen, owner and handler.

Judges: Rich Burgi and Bill Owen

LARRY BRECH MEMORIAL OPEN

DERBY CLASSIC — 25 Entries

1st—PAINTED OWYHEE COAL MINE, 1690525, pointer male, by Painted Owyhee Toad—Painted Owyhee Sagebrush. Bridget Ledington, owner and handler.

2d—GREYPOINTE QUE QUIERE, 1690521, pointer male, by Greypointe Izquierda—You Never Can Tell. Douglas A. Meyer, owner and handler.

3d—T’S AMERICAN OUTLAW, 1694722, setter male, by T’s American Gunfighter—Circle B Burning Stardust. Talmage Smedley, owner and handler.

 

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