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Pennsylvania Grouse Trial Club

By Mike Spotts | May 16, 2017
Cairds Little Brynn First in the Open All-Age Stake

Marienville, Pa. — The National Grouse Derby Classic took center stage, as it does every spring, in Marienville.

The stake seeks to identify those Derbies that show the most potential of becoming all-age grouse dogs. The hour-long championship courses in the Allegheny National Forest are a true test. It takes a tough dog, both mentally and physically. The courses are mostly open hardwoods where a dog has to be strong and mature to fill up the landscape and reach to the far off pockets of bird cover. The judges were looking for extreme drive and application above all else.

Claremont Lucky Brynn ran a blistering and attractive hour to win the classic in convincing fashion. She was handled by Hall-of-Famer Dave Hughes for owner Rick Simpson. The judges raved about her pace and maturity through the entire hour. She has been a consistent winner throughout her Derby season.

Centerfold Sioux, Craig Merlington’s stylish setter, ran a forward, driving race to bring home the red ribbon. Craig has had some outstanding setters and Sioux looks to have the potential to follow in their footsteps.

Rounding out the placements was Glassilaun War Paint. This strong pointer was handled by Toby Tobiassen for his owner Jamie Nee who was in the gallery to watch his youngster. “Bat”  ran a very mature race coupled with some big, reaching casts. He has been a frequent winner all season on both the walking and horseback circuits and has a bright future ahead of him.

We are able to put on this prestigious event only through the generosity of Nestlé Purina and the dedication of our club members.

Two companion stakes were held, including an Open All-Age which drew an impressive 41 dogs. Cairds Little Brynn took the blue ribbon with a fancy race and two finds on grouse. She was handled by her owner Bob Little of New Brunswick, Canada.

Herbie’s Asta La Vista, handled by Scott Forman for owner Shannon Humphrey, ran a strong race and had pretty work on a single grouse to earn second place.

Rounding out the placements was Straight Forward, handled by Dave Hughes. She showcased her signature drive and application throughout the hour. She had a nice find on a woodcock.

Knob Mountain Mayhem, handled by his owner Mike Spotts, won the Open Puppy with an appealing, charging race.

Full Breeze, Bob Watts’ young winner, was handled by Thor Kain to second place. She is a littermate to the winner and showed similar running style and determination.

Dr. Bruce Mueller handled his prospect Doodle Ridge Huckleberry to third place. This handsome setter male ran a forward and strong race with plenty of eye appeal.

Marienville, Pa., April 1

Judges: Pedja Kazic and Robert A. Watts


and 17 Setters

1st—CLAREMONT LUCKY BRYNN, 1666981, setter female, by Long Gone Buckwheat—Jars WayShirley. Rick Simpson, owner; Dave Hughes, handler.

2d—CENTERFOLD SIOUX, 1664157, setter female, by Pepper Jack Wood—Call Me Maggie. Craig Merlington, owner and handler.

3d—GLASSILAUN WAR PAINT, 1667331, pointer male, by Sugarknoll War Paint—Neely’s Hot Pepper. Jamie Nee, owner; Toby Tobiassen, handler.

Judges: Joe Cammisa and Dave Park

OPEN ALL-AGE [One-Hour Heats] — 15 Pointers and 26 Setters

1st—CAIRDS LITTLE BRYNN, 1643089, pointer female, by Chasehill Little Bud—Racey Kate. Robert Little, owner and handler.

2d—HERBIE’S ASTA LA VISTA, 1622649, setter female, by Shady Hills Billy—Upper Cove Tasha. Shannon Humphrey, owner; Scott Forman, handler.

3d—STRAIGHT FORWARD, 1614876, setter female, by Keystone’s Red Rage—Quixstar. Richard Brenneman, owner; Dave Hughes, handler.

Judges: Justin Evans and Seth Heasley

OPEN PUPPY — 17 Setters

1st—KNOB MOUNTAIN MAYHEM, 1667269, male, by Full Blast—Straight Forward. Michael Spotts, owner and handler.

2d—FULL BREEZE, 1667989, setter female, by Full Blast—Straight Forward. Robert Watts, owner; Thor Kain, handler.

3d—DOODLE RIDGE HUCKLEBERRY, 1670649, setter male, by Long Gone Studly—Doodle Ridge Mia. Dr. Bruce Mueller, owner and handler.

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