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Field Trial Report

Northwest Pointing Dog Association Continental Breed Shooting Dog Championship

By Jim Hammett | Jun 15, 2017
The Winners. From left: John Williams, Vicky Lachance, judge; George Lutz with Tumalo Timberjack, Jim Hammett, judge, and Joe Waitman with Cedar Creek Hawkeye.

Madras, Ore. — The two-day Northwest Pointing Dog Association (NWPDA) Shooting Dog Championship started at 7:30 a. m. on May 8. The trial’s setting, Madras, Ore., just east of the Cascade Crest, on a clear day includes the snow-covered volcanoes of central Oregon as a background, and for both days of the running Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Hood and the Three Sisters provided a dramatic backdrop for dogs on point.

Temperatures would change dramatically through both days starting at about 35° and hitting the low 70s by mid-afternoon. Similarly, the wind varied from calm to a brisk breeze.

The trial grounds are located on public land managed by the United States Forest Service at Boyce Corral on the Crooked River National Grassland, near Madras, Ore.

Judges for the event were Vicky Lachance of Pleasant Grove, Cal., and Jim Hammett of John Day, Ore.

Support for the event came from the United States Forest Service, which for years has provided special use permits for field trials on the Grasslands.

An exceptional field of twenty great dogs competed. And, as usual, the diversity was one of the highlights of this Championship. Breeds represented included: German Shorthairs, German Drahthaars, Brittanys, Vizslas and a Weimaraner.


Determined the best of a good lot was Tumalo Timberjack, German Drahthaar male owned and handled by John Williams of Bend, Ore. The runner-up was Cedar Creek Hawkeye, Brittany male owned and handled by Joe Waitman of Canby, Ore.

The winner appeared in brace No. 10. Tumalo Timberjack (Jack) was consistently forward and handled easily and responsively.  He hit major objectives in his forward run and was always using the breeze to his advantage. He logged five finds and demonstrated great intensity and style with each.

Runner-up Cedar Creek Hawkeye (Hank) was in brace No. 5. Hawkeye started strongly forward and had an outstanding honor of his bracemate at 7. He remained forward the entire heat, handled easily, and showed good endurance and enthusiasm for the entire 60 minutes. At 50 he was found standing by his scout to the east of the course on top of the hill above the last water tank. Though his handler had a difficult time finding the bird, Hank remained confident that it was there, showing great maturity and trusting handler to find what he knew was there.

In the second brace, Aim’s High Beetlejuice, German Shorthair owned and handled by Ty Callicotte, was consistently forward and showed his great hunting ability. He ran the big bowl in the center of the course with tremendous style and put on quite a show for the gallery and judges. He had one find at 10 which he handled very well. He finished up the hill and strongly at the end of the brace.

In the first brace, Shane’s Zippity Zoe, Brittany owned by Dennis and Pat Leis and handled by Joe Waitman, logged two finds, one at 5, the other at 32. Both were great finds and handled with good manners. Zoe remained forward but under the control of her handler the entire race and finished strongly uphill and north of the end of the course.

Madras, Ore., May 8

Judges: Jim Hammett and Vicky Lachance


CHAMPIONSHIP [One-Hour Heats] — 1 Pointer, 4 German Drahthaars,

4 Setters, 4 Brittanys and 7 Vizslas

Winner—TUMALO TIMBERJACK, 1647818, German Drahthaar male, by Rudolph’s Blitzen v Duffin—Slick Shooten Maggie. John & Sandy Williams, owners; John Williams, handler.

Runner-Up—CEDAR CREEK HAWKEYE, 1641599, Brittany male, by Spanish Corral’s Sundance Kid—Zippity Do Dot. Joe Waitman, owner and handler

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