American Field

The Era of Champion Breakstone Has Ended August 31, 2005—September 18, 2019

By Bonnie Hidalgo | Sep 26, 2019

Brighton, Colo. — An incredible chapter in Red Setter history has drawn to a close with the demise of seventeen-time Champion Breakstone.

“Stoney” was whelped August 31, 2005, the son of the great champion and Red Setter Hall-of-Famer Chantilly; he was sired by Sharpton. He passed on September 18 at the age of 14. Stoney was bred, owned, trained and loved to the end by Dr. Roger Boser at Bearcat Kennels in Seven Valleys, Pa.

A late August whelp is a decided disadvantage for a young dog, but Breakstone developed rapidly. Showing unusual intelligence and a desire to please, he was finished on wild game on the prairies of North Dakota before his first birthday. Breakstone went on to take a dozen Derby placements including first in the National Red Setter Futurity in the spring of 2007.

During his great career Breakstone recorded 130 placements including seventeen championships and nine runner-up championships. One of his greatest feats was taking runner-up in the 2011 National Amateur Pheasant Shooting Dog Championship in Circle, Mont., on a 105° afternoon. Stoney put in a reaching race and capped it off with a beautiful limb find on sharptail to earn that honor.

Other noteworthy all breed wins were runner-up in the 2008 Region 2 Amateur Shooting Dog Championship, runner-up in the Region 3 Amateur Shooting Dog Championship in 2012 and again in 2015 at the age of 10 and runner-up in the Region 2 Amateur All-Age Championship in 2015.

Breakstone won the National Red Setter Open Championship on six occasions and the National Red Setter Amateur Championship twice. He won the National Red Setter Open Shooting Championship four times and five times captured the title at the National Red Setter Amateur Shooting Dog Championship. Stoney dominated the National Red Setter Field Trial Club’s year-end awards for the majority of his performing years.

This dog was a thrill to watch; there was an obvious rapport between Stoney and Roger Boser. Breakstone was the most consistent performer I have ever witnessed. He always ran strong to the front and he rarely went without bird contact. He handled his game with intensity, high style and flawless

manners. He naturally took the edges forward, always on the right side of the wind. He was a dream to scout, that usually consisted of releasing him after his finds and getting your picture taken with him after the announcement.

As a sire he performed just as superbly as he ran; his record shows 23 winning progeny with a total of 217 wins. He produced Ch. Redstone which also holds two runner-up titles, Ch. Kindle (2x champion and 7x runner-up), 6x runner-up champion Touchstone, runner-up Ch. Flintstone and NSTRA Ch. Cherry Bear Holiday, along with seventeen other winners.

His grand-get include Ch. Rendition, Ch. Waycross, Ch. Brae Val Bearcat Laddie, Ch. Dawson’s High Chaparral, Ch. Firefly’s Power Play and runner-up champion Nantucket.

Any field trial he ever entered was never over until Breakstone had run.

Rest easy dear Stoney, you will not be forgotten.


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