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Field Trial Report

Region 13 Amateur Shooting Dog Championship

By Mathew Haggis | Dec 06, 2017
Thomas Adirondack Turbo Winner of the Region 13 Amateur Shooting Dog Championship

Bloomingdale, Ohio — The Region 13 Amateur Shooting Dog Championship ran September 22-24 at the Mingo Sportsman’s Club near Bloomingdale, Ohio. The Hullett Wildlife Area had been the venue for this event for many years, but the 2017 crop rotation made the course unsuitable for a quality trial. The OBDCA was approached by Bob Reed and the New York State Bird Dog Club about running in conjunction with the National Shooting Dog Futurity and the National Pheasant Shooting Dog Championship.

With many people attending these trials, a big entry of 46 dogs was entered.

Bob Reed and Chris Catanzarite helped make the transition to Mingo easy, providing contacts, organizing birds and a vehicle for the dog wagon.

Ray Wheeler, Tim McClurg, Chris Catanzarite and Regis Linn provided marshalling for the handlers. Regis was also the first one up in the morning on the quad seeding the course with birds. George Tracy volunteered to run the dog truck and brought dogs to each breakaway throughout the weekend.

Special thanks to Bill Monk and the members of the Mingo Sportsman’s Club. They provide a topnotch venue for field trials with their groomed courses, facilities and equipment. The club hosted a steak dinner on Saturday night.

The success of this trial was due to the efforts of Chairman Jeff Haggis who year after year plans and keeps the Ontario trials together and running for both amateurs and pros. Thanks to everyone who pitched in to help with this year’s event. The skyrocketing temperatures we had for the weekend provided the biggest hurdle for all the dogs. Scenting conditions were tough and birds seemed to disappear as the temperatures rose.

Judges were Marc McKinley of Conklin, Mich., and Chris Young of Rochester, Pa. Their attentive judging and hard hours in the saddle were much appreciated by all the handlers. Thanks to them for taking time from work and their schedules to provide a fair and fun judging team for this trial.

Thomas Adirondack Turbo, white and liver pointer male owned by James and Nadine Thomas of Barneveld, N. Y., and handled by James, was named champion. Earning the runner-up title was Miller’s Special Edition, white and orange pointer female owned by Fran and Jack Miller of Barwick, Ga., and handled by Jack Miller.

Thomas Adirondack Turbo ran an outstanding race and went to all the right places. His first find came at 6 as a reward of a strong move across the front. His outstanding application continued throughout the hour scoring two more finds at 19 and 35. He handled the rugged country nicely and came back to the front when called. He finished his hour as strong as he started.

Miller’s Special Edition broke away strong in the heat of the day and was found standing at 5, manners all in order. She was consistent from start to finish and handled easily. She tallied two more finds at 6 and 25, and a back at 50. The judges commented that both the winners set themselves apart from the others with their consistency and perfect manners on their birds.

Other dogs had notable performances. Backcountry Polly, handled by Chris Catanzarite, had six finds and a back. American Pie (Dave O’Brien) put down a strong three find performance. Raag’s Miss Lightfoot (Ray Wheeler) gave a gutsy effort in the heat and finished with a find and two stops to flush. Steel City Karen ran in the heat as well and finished with one find.

Bloomingdale, Ohio, September 22 — One Course

Judges: Marc McKinley and Chris Young


[One-Hour Heats] — 38 Pointers, 7 Setters and 1 German Shorthair

Winner—THOMAS ADIRONDACK TURBO, 1656122, pointer male, by True Confidence—Richfield Rose. James Thomas, owner and handler.

Runner-Up—MILLER’S SPECIAL EDITION, 1669259, pointer female, by Ransom—Miller’s Starwatch. Fran & Jack Miller, owners; Jack Miller, handler

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