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Field Trial Report

Region 14 Amateur Shooting Dog Championship

By Sig Guggenmoos | Sep 14, 2018
The Winners. Front (l-r): Louis Qualtiere with Ten Oaks Annie A and Dave Noell with Traveler’s Split Rail. Behind: Travis Gellhaus, judge; Jeanette Heise, Bill Owen, Gerry McLarney, Douglas Meyer, judge, and Greg Sand.

Pennant, Sask. — The Region 14 Amateur Shooting Dog Championship was hosted by the Lesser Sand Hills Club, on the grounds of Sagebrush Kennels and Ranch south of Pennant, Sask., starting September 1.

This area is close to the center of the Palliser Triangle and was originally short grass prairie. These days there are areas of uncultivated lands used for cattle grazing, hay land and crop land. The area is typically dry, receiving less than fourteen inches of rainfall per year. This year was drier than the average.

A few weeks before the trial temperatures hit 104° but fortunately through the trial only reached as high as mid-70s with morning temperatures in the low 40s.

The judges for this event were Douglas Meyer of Tonganoxie, Kan., and Travis Gellhaus of Hazlet, Sask., replacing the originally advertised judge Buck Daniels. We thank them for their time and attention.

Winning the Championship was four-year-old pointer female Ten Oaks Annie A, owned and handled by Jeanette Heise of Saskatoon, Sask. Runner-up honors went to three-year-old setter male Traveler’s Split Rail, owned and handled by Greg Sand of Hill City, Kan.

The Region 14 Amateur Shooting Dog Championship was nestled between the McLean Classic and the Can-Am Open Shooting Dog Classic. The camaraderie of the trials was immeasurably enhanced by the provision of all meals and liquid refreshments which brought everyone together three times a day. We need to thank Clay and Pam Gellhaus, Jenny Gellhaus and Terry Reinke for providing excellent sustenance.

The facilities provided at Sagebrush Kennels are first rate and here we have to thank Travis and Clay Gellhaus for the corrals, the hay and water for horses.

Terry Reinke handled dog wagon duties efficiently and ensured that it was stocked with coffee, cold drinks, water and baked goods. We’re not sure how she could see over the heap of supplies she attached to the side by side but she was there at the end of every brace with the next set of dogs.

We also need to acknowledge Colin Kennedy who marshalled the courses.

The Lesser Sand Hills Club and all the participants in these “Prairie Celebration Trials” extend our thanks to the landowners. Our sport would not exist without their cooperation and support. They are Mitch, Kendall, Keith and Connie Day; Dale and Glenda Schultz; Brad and Linda Dickey; Adam, Rebecca, Tyson and Clark Anderson; Brian and Glenys Weedon.

THE WINNERS

Ten Oaks Annie A, four-year-old white and orange pointer female, had a forward directed race, reaching when the cover opened up, punctuated by three finds, two on sharptail and one on Hungarian partridge.

Traveler’s Split Rail, three-year-old white and orange setter male, ran a huge shooting dog race that culminated in a sharptail find and a stop to flush. More details are provided under the running.

The Running

D K’s Wild Child (Nelson) and Sargent Chilli Pepper (McLarney) headed east on course No. 1 just before 8:00 a. m. on September 1. Winds were light out of the southwest, with a temperature of 55°.

This course is open pasture and cultivated grasslands. The dogs hooked up together for the opening cast, Wild Child returning first. This join-up was repeated several times throughout the brace. Both dogs were gathered up to make the first gate and then took off together heading southeast. After some time scout Jason LaFrance found Wild Child on point at the grid road with “Sarge” backing at 30. Failing to raise birds, Nelson relocated Wild Child but nothing eventuated. On crossing the road both left the grasslands and headed south to hunt the silver willows.

Knight’s White Lady (Owen) and Traveler’s Blackthorn (Sand). Course No. 2 is very different from the first. It is native prairie pasture with an abundance of silver willows, buckbrush and choke cherry. While there are open areas there are also areas of heavy cover. From breakaway both dogs headed west into the heavy cover. Hannah (Blackthorn) returned shortly and then stuck to the course. As we started to swing southwest Lady appeared. At 23 Lady had a breach of manners on a stop to flush and was taken up. Point was called for Hannah at 29 with the sharptail lifting on handler’s approach. Hannah suffered an unproductive at 44. She scored another find at 51. Shortly after at 54 Hannah was on point again but this proved unproductive and Sand brought the harness out.

Lone Tree Splish Splash (Owen) and Fast Forwards BK Gunner (Velez). The third course begins in very heavy silver willows for the first ten minutes, then begins to open a little. At the 20-minute mark there is a road crossing and from there the course is open native pasture with patches of silver willows, buckbrush and choke cherry. Both handlers worked hard to keep track of their dogs through the heavy section. Making the road crossing we found a substantial wind had come up that was switching from southwest to westerlies. Both dogs ran excellent, reaching races directly into the wind for the rest of their brace but went birdless.

As the winds had increased to over 40 mph a decision was taken to postpone running until the next day.

Tekoa Mountain Jamie (Owen) and Traveler’s Split Rail (Sand) were loosed on course No. 4 at 7:45. The morning was a cool 42° with a very light south breeze. This course is a mixture of native and tame pasture then transitioning to hay land the last 15 minutes. Jamie ran a huge race, often at the outskirts of the course. The dog could not be faulted for this as the only logical objectives on tame pasture tends to occur on the perimeter to adjacent fields. Split Rail also ran a large race, consistently out between 300 and 700 yards but was more responsive to his handler. At 53 Jamie was pointing on the edge of the brush bordering a large slough. As Sand had last seen his dog approaching this same brush stand he found Split Rail just around the corner also on point. Both dogs had their own birds and were steady for flush and shot. Taking their dogs on, Jamie quickly ran into a sharptail, stopping smartly for the flush. Split Rail was about ten feet behind and did not stop voluntarily but did so on Sand’s “Whoa!” Owen shot and both dogs were steady through this, but when Sand also fired Jamie broke to end his bid.

Far West Ridgerunner (Wilkins) and Traveler’s Highpoint (Sand). The fifth course is predominantly hay land with some patches of tall grass in wet areas and a portion that is uncut alfalfa. Highpoint was a scratch so Ridgerunner had the course to himself. It only lasted 30 seconds as he ran into a chicken on breakaway and went with it.

Prairie Fire Annie (Guggenmoos) and Gin’n Tonic Live Wire (Noell). These two setter sisters started on course No. 5. At 5 Lola (Live Wire) had a find in the tall grass on the east side of the slough. Annie cast over the hill at the old homestead and down the other side crossing the fence to the east. As the course turns north Lola caught the front. Annie had disappeared into heavy cover in the east and as she responded to handler’s call she pointed at 10. One chicken lifted. After a lengthy ride to her and a 70-yard walk beyond the fence, Guggenmoos flushed about eight chickens, Annie steady for the flush and shot. As Annie was being returned to the front Lola had another find at 15 somewhat beyond the old one-room school. After this the dogs entered the heavy alfalfa heading north then turning west. At 35 Annie was pointing; a big covey of chicken was flushed with all in order. Beyond the road crossing the terrain consists of hay land with some tall patches of second growth alfalfa. Both dogs had independent stands at 45 which proved unproductive. The course then turns south and then back to the east finishing at the grid road. As the course began to swing east Annie had been ahead to the southwest. Scout Bill Owen found her standing on the border between the hay land and a crop field at 57. After some vigorous flushing Guggenmoos put a single sharptail to flight, with Annie steady.

Northwoods Charles (Owen) and Poncho’s Monte Carlo (McLarney). Ed Dixon had a medical emergency that morning and was taken to the hospital so his Blackhawk Limited Edition was scratched. Bruce Hale went with him and scratched Hale’s Main Event drawn in the 9th brace leaving Monte to be moved up to complete this 6th brace. Charles and Monte made their bid on course No. 1. Heading east Monte disappeared to the south at 10 and by the half McLarney went off with the retrieval unit to find him. Owen picked up at 41.

Line Drive Single (LaFrance) headed for the heavy cover to the west on breakaway and was returned to the front after about 10 minutes. Shortly after he appeared to have lost his usual jump. Ten Oaks Annie A had a find at 5, bird lifting as Heise approached, with more leaving at the shot, all in order. Annie was forward, hunting edges well. Annie scored another mannerly find at 25. Line Drive had a chicken find at 35 with all in order. Shortly after this Annie was found standing but Alex Mauck, scouting Line Drive, indicated the bird had already left. As the course swung west Annie did not come around. Lou Qualtiere returned to the area where she was last seen and found her on point. A covey of Huns was put to flight, Annie mannerly. After this Annie continued hunting hard when cover was heavy and stretching nicely when the cover opened up.

Wiggins River Miss Stella (Handous) and Phantom’s Prairie Max (Lambkin). Cast off into the heavy cover on course No. 3, Handous soon lost the connection with Stella. Scout Velez found her but she was never returned to the front and was picked up at the road crossing at 37. Lambkin kept Max on a short leash through the heavy cover, aborting casts over 100 yards. He allowed increasingly more leeway as the course opened up after the road crossing, Max finishing with reaching casts.

B K Damascus Sureshot (Velez) and Wiggins Cast Off (Qualtiere) broke away south on course No. 4 on a cool morning. Sureshot went deep ahead and needed to be ridden for as the course swung west. Once returned, both dogs were forward with Sureshot running a huge race. As we came through a gate, Sureshot pointed along the fenceline at 32. This was waved off but Sureshot then pointed at an old homestead at 35. That was unproductive. Beyond this point Cast Off made a backcast and resisted Qualtiere’s efforts to re-direct him. This put an end to Cast Off’s run. Sureshot continued to be big and forward and was found pointing at 58 in the cover to the west of the large slough. With all in order on the flush and shot Sureshot was released just before time was called.

Pennant, Sask., September 1

Judges: Travis Gellhaus and Douglas Meyer

REGION 14 AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG CHAMPIONSHIP

[One-Hour Heats] — 15 Pointers and 7 Setters

Winner—Ten Oaks Annie A, 1658799, pointer female, by Erin’s Brave Heart—Nathan’s Sis. Louis Qualtiere & Jeanette Heise, owners; Jeanette Heise, handler.

Runner-Up—Traveler’s Split Rail, 1662940, setter male, by Shadow Oak Bo—Star’s Last Chance. Greg Sand, owner and handler.

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