American Field

Field Trial Report

Region 19 Amateur All-Age Brittany Championship

By Kent D. Patterson | Nov 08, 2018
The Winners. From left: Linda Milam, Brett Lindback, Tom Tracy, Tom Jagielski, Tom Milam, Ed Janulis, Kent Patterson with Piney Run Jake, Barry Koepke, John Harms, Steve Ralph with Sparky’s Prairie Wind Gypsy, Stan Williamson, Art Cohen, judge; Jim Harms, Steve Chang, judge, and Dr. Bob Rankin.

Valentine, Neb. — The generosity of the Harms family allowed the return of the Region 19 Amateur All-Age Brittany Championship to the Harms Cattle Ranch. The amateur brittany community is starting to make this a “destination” championship attracting 34 entries last year . . . the number jumped to 48 in 2018. In two short years it has become the largest Brittany amateur all-age championship outside of the Nationals.

The spacious venue is a blend of meadows and sandhills providing a challenging and scenic landscape by which to show a dog. The 10,000-acre ranch provides three one-hour courses over 26 miles of natural country with wild birds pointed, ridden up, or seen on most every brace.

With a venue of this magnitude, having dogs available for successive braces is a challenge. It requires someone who knows the country, courses, gates, and equipment to safely transport humans and canines. John Harms is the master of ceremonies and Tehrani Motors of Valentine, Neb., provided two crew cab Polaris UTVs that allowed flawless execution of this important task. One Polaris pulls a spacious dog wagon on a truck frame that once belonged to German Shorthaired pointer trainer John Rabidou. The other crew cab unit allows owners or spectators to ride along and watch the action along with the between brace coffee and snacks.

Purina continues to be a generous partner in support of the American Brittany. Their food and merchandise are always welcome gifts to those who work hard to put competitive dogs on the ground.

SportDog provided the champion with a training collar. Cosequin provided gift packages to the champion and runner-up.

This Championship could not have been conducted without the significant effort of Tom Tracy, Jr. His hard work in setting up the courses, planting birds, and marshalling was a herculean task that allowed amateurs from across the country to enjoy one of the most spectacular venues available to the Brittany community.

Steve Ralph, representing the sponsoring St. Croix Valley Brittany Club, handled all the field trial secretary work. His wife Lori made sure all meals were delicious and well attended.

Art Cohen of Glen Rock, Pa., and Steve Chang of Highlands Ranch, Colo., were in the saddle to look over the field of 48 dogs. Both gentlemen are intimately familiar with the sport, having trained and owned notable champions over the years. They set a consistent pace by which handlers could show their dogs and were positive in their judgment.

The champion was found in six-year-old male Piney Run Jake, owned and handled by Kent Patterson of Franklin, Tenn., scouted by Tom Milam of Elm Mott, Tex. He was released on course No. 1 west of camp and immediately went to work taking the long edges along the creek toward the hills. He was pointed out at the far end as the gallery rode along the bull pasture fence. He was credited with a stop to flush at 20 and at 28 as birds were “jumpy” in the early morning chill. Jake was standing with style at 39 near a meadow gate. A sharptail was flushed and sailed east. He was watered at the culvert crossing and shot south making the entire swing to the section fence a quarter mile away where he bent east into the moderate hills and was found standing high on both ends on a pheasant, all manners in order. Back out into the baler meadow he pinned another pheasant caught hiding in cover along a fenceline at 49. He cruised the edges of the meadow marsh over the last quarter of the hour with a strong 12 o’clock, going away to finish in the hills.

Runner-up was Sparky’s Prairie Wind Gypsy, handled by Steve Ralph, scouted by Stan Williamson for owner Barry Koepke of Castle Rock, Colo., who was in the gallery watching his charge. Gypsy is no stranger to the ribbons, having won the National Championship in 2013 and the United States Open earlier this spring. Her hour started well and forward over the first quarter with a find at 20 in the hills. She continued her pleasing application over the second half and was standing in a mowed depression at the base of the hills with Steve pushing a pheasant out of tall cover to the south. She was powering through the hills on an extended move over a fenceline to the south at time.

The Running

Chief’s Cross Plains Copper Breeze (Craig Rucker) and J J’s Alabaster Angel (Joe Williams) were away west of the main ranch under broken cloud skies. Both dogs moved well over the meadow to the hills where Angel had a mannerly find. She was handful over the next half hour, Joe electing to pick up at 40. Copper was standing at 20 on a well-located group of pheasants. He moved nicely over the remainder of the hour, executing a mannerly stop to flush at 52.

Kokomo Josie Joe (Patterson) and Campbell’s Razz Ma Tazz (Frank Campbell) were away at the meadow gate, Josie on point in less than 60 seconds along fenceline cover. An extended flush and relocation didn’t produce anything. He began to reach over the next 15 minutes to the south and was seen at the far end of the marsh. Kent had no luck pulling him out by 39. Razz was moving through logical cover over the first half of the hour until finding a large patch of sand burrs that diminished his range. Frank elected to pick him up at 30.

Maxwell’s Quick Silver (Joey Rogers) and Driving Miss Daisy (Burton Wice). This brace was a pleasure to watch as “Chick” and Daisy probed the country independently, all the while maintaining contact with their owner-handlers. Chick had a mannerly stop to flush at 22 in the east hills, Daisy credited with a find at 32. We had both dogs running out the front as the gallery rode west along Ballard’s Marsh. As the course turns south, Chick was standing with Daisy backing. A covey of quail sailed east as both dogs stood with style. The remainder of the hour was a forward flowing application.

Tequila Scorcher (Dr. Bob Rankin) and Jagoub’s Spell Caster (Tom Jagielski) were shoulder to shoulder as we left for the afternoon braces. “Lincoln’s” opportunity ended early for interfering with his bracemate. Taboo had a nice find at the edge of the hills at 10, all manners in order. As the gallery rode through the scenic hills near Alkali Lake, they rode up a bird that flew low and over her; she went with it to end her bid.

High Point Blazin Noon (Trey Baer) and A Trace of Bourbon with Diamonds (Rick Hastings) were a handful, handlers and scouts working hard to get the show lined out. By the time the party reached 44, both were on a rope.

Jagoub’s Buzz’N Bayou (Jagielski) and Maxwell’s Prickly Pete (Rogers). “Skeeter” had a picturesque chicken find at 15 along a fenceline and was rolling through the hills with eye-catching appeal. He suffered two unproductives over the next 30 minutes. Pete was blistering the hills suffering an unproductive at 15. He was out of pocket for some time in the second half of the hour near the marsh but Joey pulled him out for a nice finish.

Piney Run Jake’s hour was recounted earlier. High Hopes Jac’s Original Spice (Ron Gulembo), aka “the rocket,” was coming off a nice showing at the Chicken Championship. She was forward and moving well in the meadows along the creek as the party headed west. She went under the fence and headed north but was recovered near the hay stacker as the ascent in the hills begins. She went further west and came down to the truck meadow and sprinted across into the short hills. At 35 Spice was standing pheasants that were getting up one at a time all around her. She maintained excellent composure. Her last quarter was spent in the hills to the north with a nice finish near the big hills gate.

J J’s Diablo with Rusty Tears didn’t look to be her normal self on this day and Joe Williams elected to pick up at 20. Ru Jem’s Last Penny pinned a pheasant at 12 along a fenceline in the meadow that required Steve Ralph to cross the fence and wade in knee high grass. She stood a group of chickens at 42 in the hills and was handy as we dropped back down into the valley near camp. She finished back in the moderate hills just south of camp.

Shot of Whizki (Patterson) and M K’s My Little Ammo (Nick Blasi) were released at the gate near Ballard’s Marsh. Both were at moderate range early. “BB” was working the south fenceline as the party was headed west when a pheasant lifted, and she went with it. Whizki got in a patch of sand burrs that was limiting his ground race with Kent electing to pick up at 20.

Wichita Wild Woman (Blasi) was  appealing over the early portions of the hour, but the heat was building and it began to take a toll. Nick elected to pick up at 45. Georgia White Lightening was handling well for Travis Tangen through the hills and out into the meadow. As we crossed the creek and turned north, Georgia was working a shelf of cover when a pheasant left. He wanted a closer look.

It was now 93° as Lost Creek A Shot Of Bourbon (Susan Janushka) and S S Rig’s Colorado Run Runner (Tom Milam) were loosed. Both were forward and probing the country in a pleasing manner. “Streak” was standing at 25 as we crossed at the windmill gate. Sue had an extended flush and relocation that didn’t produce any game, but birds had been pointed in that area in earlier braces. Rigs swung down along the south edge of the course as we had both dogs into the big hills where the heat began to take a toll on both. Tom elected to pick up at 40. Streak made the hour.

Arrow’s Tequila Rustler (Richard Beaver) and Ace’s One Eyed Jack (Ed Janulis) were away from the Ballard’s Marsh gate with Jack heading north toward the marsh. It would be the last we would see of him. Rusty was up front as the party rode west but at limited range with Richard electing to pick up at 20.

Sniksoh Evolution (Jeff Hoskins) and Maggie’s Blind Heat (Jack Alexander). were eye-catching probing both sides of the west bound course toward the hay stacker. “Eve” had to be pulled out of the cover along the creek at 10. Her independence continued with Jeff reaching for the rope at 15. “Jewel” is a young dog that has a lot of potential. This morning she made a few too many juvenile moves with Jack collaring her at 20.

Kashmir (Dr. Rankin) and Brendi Brook’s Cowboy Up (Ray Trimble). Two Brittany stalwarts, Bob and Ray, released their dogs to the south with both making showy casts through the west hills. They dropped down into the scenic truck meadow where they were watered. Both were side by side as they shot into the east boundary hills. The judges came over the rise to see both in hot pursuit of a pheasant for an early end to the hour.

Sparky’s Prairie Wind Gypsy’s (Ralph) hour was detailed earlier. Sniksoh Spank’s Hank (Hoskins) is a handsome dog with an eye-catching gait. He had barely gotten up to speed before pointing at 4 with a nice pheasant find. He was handling kindly for Jeff over the entire hour with probing casts, suffering unproductives at 44 and at time.

Molly Mae Alexander (Alexander) and Rammer Jammer Jax (Baer) were a joy to watch early in the hour. Molly failed to back Jax at 20 and was up. Jax was credited with two stops to flush as we moved toward the big hills near Hwy. 83. He was standing at 55 with Trey relocating him several times with no game produced to end the hour.

Tejano Bob (Milam) and Lambach’s Blew By You (Rogers) were busy in the hills that lead toward Ballard’s Marsh. They worked hard to please their handlers with point called for Blew at 21. He was standing with class and style but Joey couldn’t produce a bird as the party continued north. Bob wasn’t pleasing Tom and got the rope at 40. Blew was credited with a quail and pheasant find at 32 and 35 in thick cover on the north side of the slough. He finished at the Ballard’s Marsh gate.

Firestarter’s Crossed the Line (Dr. Rankin) and J J’s Levi The Lion Heart had their sneakers on over the early portions of the hour with “Tye” scoring at 15 on a pheasant. Levi was making showy moves along the meadow fencelines as the course turns west near camp with a picturesque sharptail find at 20. He had the judge’s attention over the next 20 minutes, but a pheasant got up in his face causing him to sit back to end his bid. Tye suffered an unproductive at 54 but finished nicely.

Just Call Me Lucky Ned Pepper was suffering from sore pads, Frank Campbell electing to reach for the rope at 20. Blazin E Z Mac is a nice young dog that Steve Ralph has coming along, but his immaturity got him the hook at 30.

Alleycat’s Drought (Stan Williamson) and Alar’s Dirty Dancer (Patterson) were away just out of the west hills, both making a showy cast south along a marsh and bending back to their handlers. Drought made it back to Stan and crossed over the culvert as “Dani” decided to dive into the marsh cover. It took some time before she came out but regained the front and was making big moves through the east hills, as was Drought. As we dropped down at the windmill gate a bird was in the air and Dani moving. Drought had an unproductive in the area where Dani’s bird had lifted. Stan decided to pick him up at 40.

M K’s Magnificent Bandito (Dave Lincoln) and Castaway Wilson (Tim Huglen) were lighting up course No. 3, each independent and flashy. “Chico’s” independence grew over the hour and he was lost at time. Wilson was handling well for Tim with a stop to flush at 45 where he released himself to end his bid.

C V K’s Spartan King (Alexander) and Glade Run Irish (Ralph) were away at 1:30 p. m. under bright blue skies and cool temperatures. Both are predominantly white dogs that were easy to see in the green meadows that lead toward the west hills. “Leo” kept wanting to go north with Jack doing a good job of pulling back to the course. As we reached the hills Irish was working a side hill when a rooster lifted and he did not hit the brakes quick enough. Leo had continued his desire to go north and it took Jack awhile to get him back to the course. Once back he continued to be a handful with Jack collaring him at 50.

Carpe Diem (Lincoln) and Stan (Brett Lindback) were challenging their handlers and scouts over the early portions of the hour as we crossed the baler meadow. Stan was going into the hills and a bird came out over the gallery as the gallery began the ascent into the big hills. Both dogs were rolling through the hills as we headed toward Ballard’s Marsh. Brett elected to pick up near the windmill gate. Carpe had a nice hour on the ground but no bird work to his credit.

J W B Artic Cat (Alexander) and Kinwashkly Tempo (Dr. Rankin) were smooth and forward over the early portions of the hour. Tempo scored at 5 with Bob flushing pheasants to the east. She had an unproductive at 10 and then went missing for a bit with Bob electing to reach for the rope at 35. Kimber was taking in some country and it began to take a toll, Jack electing to pick her up at 52.

Valentine, Neb., September 22

Judges: Art Cohen and Steve Chang


[One-Hour Heats] — 48 Brittanys

Winner—PINEY RUN JAKE, 1659010, Brittany male, by Piney Run Art—Piney Run Gypsy. Kent Patterson, owner and handler.

Runner-Up—SPARKY’S PRAIRIE WIND GYPSY, 1622811, Brittany female, by Jim De Bob’s Sparks A Dan D—Two Rivers Skyhawk. Barry Koepke & Karen Fujikawa, owners; Steve Ralph, handler.

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