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Field Trial Report

Region 19 Amateur All-Age Championship

By Frank LaNasa | Oct 17, 2020
Confident Nation, Winner of the Region 19 Amateur All-Age Championship

Danbury, Wis. — It’s rare to get everything that you can’t control to line up just right for your field trial. The weather, the grounds, the wild birds. But it was all good this October 2 on the Namekagon Barrens just north of Danbury, Wis., for the AFTCA’s Region 19 Amateur All-Age Championship and accompanying Open Derby.

This near 6,000-acre wildlife area is, in this reporter’s opinion, one of the real gems of the field trial circuit. It provides every test you could ask of for either dog or handler.

Mid-spring weather was average, and nesting season went off without a major event. By mid-June the hatch was in full swing and by August bird counts indicated it was a big success. Early this summer we saw rains nourish good growth, then about mid-August a heat wave and dry spell had a dramatic affect on the grasses and ground cover. They dried up more than normal. Mid-September frosts killed the perennial growth and leaves began to fall immediately. By early October the Namekagon Barrens was perfectly poised to provide a beautiful venue on which to hold the AFTCA Region 19 Shooting Dog and All-Age Championships.

Throughout most of the two trials temperature lows were in the 30s with highs in the 50s and a couple of days of significant wind. All of this combined to make a fair trial for all with plenty of opportunity.

Northwest Field Association, one of the oldest active clubs in America, once again hosted the Regional events. As always, Secretary Katherine Gove made preparations and took care of behind the scene details. President Rich Boumeester was ever present to make sure things ran smoothly and trial chair Scott Jordan along with Frank LaNasa saw to the daily marshalling. Longtime bird-dogger Don Dack handled the dog wagon without a single hitch.

Judging this event was Dan Voss, a field trial competitor from Cambridge, Minn., and Todd Manns from Baldwin, Wis. Their selections were well received.

Scott Jordan’s big handsome two-year-old male pointer Confident Nation put significant distance between the other competitors with a five-find performance on the native sharptail grouse. His race always forward, always aggressively searching and always with the impression he was enjoying himself was even more impressive in that he did it in sustained 20 to 30 mph winds. His work on game was flawless and his style and character always impressive.

John Mathys’s charge Notorious Dominator Rebel also faced the same challenging winds in his hour. This two-year old pointer male was impeccable on his single find. His pace was pleasing and he hunted from beginning to end. He drove really deep into the cover on a number of casts, but remained mostly consistent throughout the entire hour, always forward and requiring little effort to help steer him through some pretty tough cover and turns.

Danbury, Wis., October 4 — One Course

Judges: Todd Manns and Dan Voss


13 Pointers and 6 Setters

Winner—CONFIDENT NATION, 1684546, pointer male, by True Confidence—Southern Songbird. Scott Jordan, owner and handler.

Runner-Up—NOTORIOUS DOMINATOR’S HEIR, 1685788, pointer male, by Dominator’s Rebel Heir—Bar P Fizz. John Mathys, owner and handler.


In the accompanying Open Derby, eight charges competed for the three placements. Doug Meyer’s pointers, Greypointe Picante female and Greypointe Patron male, were awarded  first and third, respectively. Justin Martin’s Oday Nation female was placed second. The placements were based mostly on race as birds were rather sparse on the afternoon of this event.

OPEN DERBY — 6 Pointers and 2 Setters

1st—GREYPOINTE PICANTE, 1689153, pointer female, by  Whippoorwill Justified—Greypointe Invierna. Douglas Meyer, owner and handler.

2d—ODAY NATION, 1686419, pointer female, by Strut Nation—Frontline Dita. Justin Martin, owner and handler.

3d—GREYPOINTE PATRON, 1689123, pointer male, by Whippoorwill Justified—Greypointe Invierna. Douglas Meyer, owner and handler.




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