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Field Trial Report

Region 19 Amateur Walking Shooting Dog Championship

By David Moore | Aug 03, 2017
Region 19 Amateur Walking Shooting Dog Championship Winners. In foreground, from left: Show Girl with Rochel Moore and  Hawthorn Lit Up with Brent Sittlow, joined by the judges, club officials and trial participants.

Mora, Minn. — The Minnesota Grouse Dog Association welcomed a change of venue to our spring trials by hosting the Region 19 Amateur Walking Shooting Dog Championship. Our friends to the north from the Moose River Club often host the trial on their grounds in the fall. They put on the National Amateur Grouse Championship so we moved things around in support. Thank you, Moose River!

Ben McKean and Steve Snyder teamed to organize the event. They selected two very proficient men of the woods, Colin Irvin from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Johnathon Fricke of Grand Rapids, as judges.

The Minnesota grounds were put into shape by many members this spring and ready to show. Thank you for helping. Birds are in a high position in Minnesota providing all with an opportunity.

Two dogs rose to the top, both exhibiting great ground speed, flow and bird-finding abilities.

Show Girl, five-year-old white and black setter female owned by David and Rochel Moore of Big Lake, Minn., was crowned champion. This is her second championship title. She won the Minnesota Grouse Dog Championship last fall on these very same grounds. Show Girl is out of Blacksmith’s Diva and was sired by Shadow Oak Bo.

David sung her through the hour while she displayed her ground speed and coverage that was effortless and far reaching. She scored on grouse three times with two scouted limb finds taking more than 6-7 minutes to locate her stand on the elusive grouse. The limb finds separated her from the runner-up.

Deacon of the woods, Mr. Greg Gress, scouted the champion.

Named runner-up was Hawthorn Lit Up, six-year-old white and orange pointer female owned and handled by Brent Sittlow of Hudson, Wis. She is like lit dynamite! Her ground race was fast, fancy and forward. Her pattern was tight and put her into two finds for the gallery to witness early in the hour. The effort was true of a great field trial dog. Lit Up is out of Lyons Katie Lee and by Elhew Sinbad.

The companion Open Derby was an event. Gunfire galore with birds!

Jerry Kolter let his Northwoods Gucci perform to standards for first. Second place honors went to Dauntless Rock with a fine demonstration of grousing effort for Bert Benshoof and Rod Lein. Jerry Kolter fired his second barrel with Northwoods Gabbro for third. A great stake!

Mora, Minn., April 8

Judges: Colin Irvin and Johnathon Fricke

REGION 19 AMATEUR WALKING SHOOTING DOG CHAMPIONSHIP [One-Hour Heats] — 4 Pointers and 11 Setters

Winner—SHOW GIRL, 1651476, setter female, by Shadow Oak Bo—Blacksmith’s Diva. David Moore, owner and handler.

Runner-Up—HAWTHORN LIT UP, 1627626, pointer female, by Elhew Sinbad—Lyons Katie Lee. Brent Sittlow, owner and handler.

Judges: Scott Anderson and Ben McKean

OPEN DERBY — 13 Entries

1st—NORTHWOODS GUCCI, 1661615, setter female, by Erin’s Hidden Shamrock—Northwoods Chardonnay. Dr. Paul Hauge, owner; Jerry Kolter, handler.

2d—DAUNTLESS ROCK, 1669009, setter male, by Magic’s Smokin Zephyr—Crockett’s Calico Crown. Bert Benshoof, owner and handler.

3d—NORTHWOODS GABBRO, 1667294, setter female, by Shadow Oak Bo—Northwoods Carbon. Northwoods Bird Dogs, owner; Jerry Kolter, handler.

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