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Field Trial Report

Ridgerunners Bird Dog Club

By Andy Bogar | Jun 29, 2020
Amateur Shooting Dog Winners. From front left: Dean Avillion with Jerry on Fire, Andy Bogar with Bogey’s Flash and Jim Levesque with Ledge Hill Chippewa. Behind: John Capocci, Brian Dix, Doug Dix, Nick Hamel, Bradley Roth, Pedrag Kazic and Tom Togno, the judges; Brice Frate, Robert Daniels, Jeff Kuntz, Dominic Despirit, Rob Boos, Jamie Nee and Tony Leone.

Millville, Pa. — Despite the building hysteria and uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus outbreak, the Ridgerunners Bird Dog Club managed to draw a great group of field trialers the weekend of March 14-15 to State Gamelands #226 near Millville, Pa.

Getting supplies around for this trial proved to be a little bit of a pain, but we managed to get enough bottled water to keep everyone hydrated.

The weather was almost as good as it gets for this time of year in central Pennsylvania. High temperatures were in the upper 40s to lower 50s and partly sunny both days. Much better than the freezing temperatures that are not uncommon for this time of year.

Twenty-six handlers entered 53 dogs in the trial. Several contestants from the New England states made the trip south again this year. Their support of this trial is very much appreciated and adds a lot to the competition.

A special thanks to Mike Spotts and Dean Avillion for their continued help with trial logistics and setup each day. Catherine Grogan, Kristine Bogar and Deann Deritis all donated food and supplies which was a huge help.

It takes a big team effort to have a smooth-running trial at these grounds and just about everyone who attended seemed to help out in one way or another. Jeff Kuntz, Rob Boos and Dan Reedy burned up some boot leather planting birds over the two days. Thank you, gentlemen, for a job well done!

A big thank you to Purina for supplying dog food coupons to all the placed winners. Your support is much appreciated.

THE WINNERS

The Amateur Shooting Dog was the showcase of the weekend and drew 21 dogs. Pedrag Kazic and Tom Togno agreed to the judging assignment.

We decided to run this stake first this year to optimize the chances for quality dog work on the woodcock that are typically in the area during this time of year. While we did not have as many woodcock around this year as last year, we still had many dogs with good work on them. Having good woodcock numbers around, along with the planted quail, adds a really nice touch to the course.

Jerry On Fire, a first year shooting dog, was named the winner on the merits of a flawless ground race and one superb quail find. He hunted the course very strong from start to finish. Jerry is a well built pointer male owned by Nick Puhak and was handled by Dean Avillion. The red ribbon went to Bogey’s Flash, Brittany male owned and handled by Andy Bogar. Flash hit the breakaway hard and after the first turn made a big cast toward the back side of the course. When he did not return from that cast the handler was pretty confident he was standing a bird. After some searching Flash was found pointing a bird about 300 yards below the gallery, a sight that I will not soon forget. After that find Flash finished strong and to the front.

Rounding out the placements was Ledge Hill Chippewa, classy and hard charging setter male owned and handled by Jimmy Levesque. He scored on three evenly spaced quail finds throughout his brace. This course was all new to “Chip” but he adapted very well to take home the yellow against stiff competition. The judges also reported that Grouse Hill Prima (Capocci), Richfield Luke (Frate) and No Limit (Kain) were very close to the winners.

Next up for Saturday’s running was the Amateur Derby. Jamie Nee and Doug Dix both travelled a good distance and agreed to judge this stake. Thank you both for your dedication to our sport.

First place went to Blue Ribbon’s Harper Bella which has been no stranger to the winners’ circle in her Derby season. She is a fancy white and black  pointer owned and handled by Marty Festa. Second place was awarded to setter male Shake and Bake Jake, owned and handled by Brice Frate. Jake is actually just a puppy but showed enough potential to take home a placement.

Taking third place was Big Run Rebel, setter male owned and handled by Andy Bogar.

After Saturday’s running a good group of contestants gathered at the home of Andy Bogar for pizza, stromboli (or whatever you New Englanders call it) and a few beverages. After fueling back up and telling a couple tall tales, we were all treated to quite the show as about a dozen woodcock were performing their spring ritual right above us.

Sunday morning started off with a great group for the Amateur Puppy. Bradley Roth guided setter female Super Storm Nell around the course flawlessly to earn the blue ribbon. Second place went to Glassilaun Parabellum, classy setter female owned and handled by Jamie Nee. Third was setter male Super Hawk, owned and handled by Rob Boos. All three of these young setters showed very nice class with ground race being the separating factor.

Next up on Sunday was the Open Derby qualifier. Mike Spotts handled two young setter females to placements. First went to Knob Mountain News and third to Knob Mountain Spice. Brice Frate handled Shake and Bake Jake to second place for the second time in two days.

The last stake of the weekend was the Amateur Shooting Dog which drew 9 entries — 1 pointer, 4 setters, 1 Brittany, 2 German Shorthairs and 1 Braque

Francais. Several of these dogs have placed or won previous shooting dog stakes so the competition would be tough.

The blue ribbon went to a very nice solid liver German Shorthair named Luna. Tom Davis owns and handles Luna and there is no doubt that this duo can fill up a game bag quickly. Second was Ledge Hill Abby, setter female owned and handled by Jimmy Levesque. Abby is no stranger to the winners’ circle in shooting dog events and showed off her bird-finding skills again this weekend. Liza Antolick entered her shooting dog Blue Ribbon’s Mickelson in their first trial and walked away with the yellow ribbon.

As I am writing this report spring trials are being cancelled left and right due to the coronavirus outbreak. Hopefully we don’t all lose a lot of this spring

season. But if that does happen, I guess we will all have plenty of time to get those dogs ready for fall.

Wishing good health to all!

Millville, Pa., March 14 — One Course

Judges: Pedrag Kazic and Thomas Togno

AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG — 21 Entries

1st—JERRY ON FIRE, 1678928, pointer male, by Onpoint’s Ball Bust’n Bubba—Onpoint’s Dirty Bird. Nicholas Puhak, owner; Dean Avillion, handler.

2d—BOGEY’S FLASH, 1674474, Brittany male, by Morning Side Beau Fortune—Morning Side Lady Carrigan. Andrew   Bogar, owner and handler.

3d—LEDGE HILL CHIPPEWA, 1675025, setter male, by Lightning Flash Abe—Grouse Ridge Lazer. James Levesque, Jr., owner and handler.

Judges: Douglas J. Dix and Jamie Nee

AMATEUR DERBY — 1 Pointer, 4 Setters and 1 Vizsla

1st—BLUE RIBBON’S HARPER BELLA, 1682768, pointer female, by Bud of Piney Woods—Blue Ribbon Bella. Martin Festa, owner and handler.

2d—SHAKE AND BAKE JAKE, 1687054, setter male, by Ponderosa Mac—Grouse River Woodcock Annie. Brice Frate, owner and handler.

3d—BIG RUN REBEL, 1680875, setter male, by Attitude’s True Grit—Bo’s After Party. Andrew Bogar, owner handler.

Judges: Jonathan Green and Michael Spotts

AMATEUR PUPPY — 1 Pointer and 9 Setters

1st—SUPER STORM NELL, 1687466, setter female, by Blast Zone—Bridgewater Mt. Pemi. Thor Kain, owner; Bradley Roth,

handler.

2d—GLASSILAUN PARABELLUM, 1688344, setter female, by Islander—Richfield Oakley. Jamie Nee & Sandra Smith, owners; Jamie Nee, handler.

3d—SUPER HAWK, 1685947, setter male, by Super Storm—Home Town Queen. Robert Boos, owner and handler.

Judges: James Levesque and Bradley Roth

OPEN DERBY — 6 Setters and 1 German Shorthair

1st—KNOB MOUNTAIN NEWS, 1682488, setter female, by Grouse Ridge Gambler—Wild Katrun. Mike Spotts, owner and handler.

2d—SHAKE AND BAKE JAKE, 1687054, setter male, by Ponderosa Mac—Grouse River Woodcock Annie. Brice Frate, owner and handler.

3d—KNOB MOUNTAIN SPICE, 1682186, setter female, by Erin’s Hidden Shamrock—Swift Rock Granny. Mike Spotts, owner and handler.

Judges: Dean Avillion and Brice Frate

AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG — 9 Entries

1st—LUNA, unreg., German Shorthair female, by Friedelsheim’s Ceasar Aurelios—Kuta Has A Tick. Thomas Davis, owner and handler.

2d—LEDGE HILL ABBY, 1673430, setter female, by Lilleyhill’s Secret Stash—Lilleyhill’s Like A Streak. James Levesque, owner and handler.

3d—BLUE RIBBON’S MICKELSON, 1682742, pointer male, by Bud of Piney Woods—Blue Ribbon Bella. Liza Antolick, owner and handler.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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