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Field Trial Report

Southeastern Continental Breed Shooting Dog Championship

By Mark Johnson | Apr 10, 2018
Championship Winners. Front (l-r): Karen Concilio with Poquito’s Maracas De Riata, Kyle Merritt with Shailorville's Gunner and Ben Lorenson. Behind: Katie Paul, Lilly Fountain, Jamie Fountain, Judges Buck Daniels and Alan York; Mark Johnson, Nancy Browne Chadwell and Chad Chadwell.

Waynesboro, Ga. — The Southeastern Continental Breed Shooting Dog Championship Inc. again ran at Di-Lane Plantation near Waynesboro, Ga.

This Championship has roots in central Georgia and continues to attract continental breed bird dogs from the South, Southeast, Eastern Seaboard and Midwest. It immediately follows the National Vizsla Association’s Eastern Shooting Dog Championship/Derby Classic held on the same grounds.

As the same management team works both Championships, there is considerable benefit to the logistics of running a trial not to mention the benefit to the  owners, handlers and dogs that participate in both.

Di-Lane Plantation continues to evolve its potential to offer a fine southern venue for bird dog trialers notwithstanding the current large scale logging operation going on throughout the 8,000 acres. Once completed and within a few years the benefit of opening up some of the lands to a less overgrown piney woods landscape will surely enhance the attractiveness of this venue.

The clubhouse facility, large barn, outside corrals, water and electric service and overall venue are atypical for public lands anymore, and is reflective of the strong commitment the Waynesboro-Burke County area and the Georgia DNR have to field trialing.

The 2018 Championship represented entries from several professional handlers as well as a number of individual amateur owner/handlers and numerous breed groups. Brittanys, Vizslas, and German Shorthairs were represented this year among the thirty dogs brought to the line reflecting a second year of good entries following the Championship’s reorganization last year.

Conditions for this year’s Championship were good and not as hot as earlier in the week. Rain came after the last brace of day No. 1 was concluded providing needed moisture to the area.

Ms. Tippe Fountain served as the secretary and chef extraordinaire and was supported throughout the event by her husband Jamie and co-chair/stake manager Mark Johnson. Help also came from numerous participants who released birds, helped in the kitchen and handled dog wagon duties.

The advertised judges were two local gentlemen well known for their bird dog expertise and knowledge. We appreciate the attentiveness Alan York of Louis-ville, Ga., and Buck Daniels of Midville, Ga., gave to their judicial assignment. Alan actively campaigns his own dogs throughout the area and Buck manages nearby Buckeye Plantation. Their placements were well received.

The Championship was held on course No. 1 at Di-Lane optimizing manpower and bird resources.

The winner came from the second brace on day No. 1. Sailorville’s Gunner, Brittany male, was handled by well known professional handler Ben Lorenson for owners Tom and Robin Maule of Haddam, Conn. Undeterred by the logging operation obstacles, Gunner put on a big show for one hour, using nearly every available pocket to make one classy move after another while always showing upfront. This dog used up all the country presented to him and was found pointed by scout Kyle Merritt on two nice limb finds at 22 and 30, showing perfect manners and style for both. His third find came at 35, giving the dog 25 minutes to hunt with purpose and stamina, which he did well. Most who watched this second brace performance knew this was the dog to beat. Several challenged but none did!

The runner-up ran in the 14th brace, day No. 3. Vizsla female Poquito’s Maracas De Riata (Mara/Jamie Fountain) was scouted by her owner Karen Concilio of Las Cruces, N. M. Mara ran a crisp shooting dog race with nice finds at 20, a limb find at 34, followed by finds at 47 and 56. She pointed a dead bird at 30. She finished the hour well to the front along the pine line directly below and parallel to the barn.

The support of our game that comes from loyal and committed sponsors can not be overstated. Special thanks are extended to Nestlé Purina and Mr. Greg Blair for the important contributions they make to this Championship. Additional support from Mr. Jim Morehouse and SportDog is sincerely appreciated.

We thank you, and the owners-handlers of the winning dogs, thank you! Final thanks go to all the owners who entered dogs and to the pros and owners who ran their dogs in this year’s event.

We hope to see you again next year!

Waynesboro, Ga., February 17 — One Course

Judges: Buck Daniels and Alan York


Winner—SHAILORVILLE’S GUNNER, 1649595, Brittany male, by Coos Rylee—Queen Alexandra of Shailorville. Tom & Robin Maule, owners; Ben Lorenson, handler.

Runner-Up—POQUITO’S MARACAS DE RIATA, 1657261, Vizsla female, by Triad’s Dry Martini—Poquito’s Riata De Abilene. Karen Concilio, owner; Jamie Fountain, handler.

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