American Field

Trainers Report . . .

Sep 10, 2018
David Grubb

Word from seasoned trainer David Grubb in Lake Orion, Mich. “We have had one of the worst training summers I can recall. It’s been terribly hot, lush, thick cover, and very low bird count, yet we have two dogs in particular that are ‘shining’.

“Motor City Rockstar, owned by my good friend, Paul Tutro. Paul let us use his beautiful farm to work dogs this year, and supplied the birds. Paul also has a brilliant young setter, Scottish Legend, with us, but needs a little more work to compete. Blackhawk’s Diana, owned by Richard H. Wilson, is pure and simple ‘awesome’, and should make her mark in trials to come.

“Seems impossible, but Dick has had dogs with me for 55 years and is still an avid field trial fan.

“Not too many in camp this year, but Curt Kline and his pretty wife, Terry, came up from Missouri to visit. Ken Dalton, from Lapeer, Mich., and the aforementioned Paul Tutro and Dick Wilson.

“My heartiest congratulations to the Hall of Fame electees and to the dogs too, of course.

“Got a letter the other day from Richard C. Shear, who says he is living on a farm and has one English pointer. Richard put me on to Collinswood Patrick, a setter that won more than twenty placements, including the Georgia Open Shooting Dog Championship (1970), and Medallion Quail Finder, which amassed a record of  thirty-two wins.

"Richard was and always will be a class gentleman, and with Robert G. Wehle were strong at the trials at Baldwinsville, N. Y. They were the driving force behind those trials for many years. Richard also won the Grand National Grouse Championship several times, in 1962 with Elhew Lucy Brown, then back to back in 1967 and  1968 with Elhew Holly, and again in 1974 with Elhew Flying Dutchman! He is a dear friend.

“My best of luck to everyone in the upcoming season, and I wish them well. This will be our 59th year competing in field trials, and I cherish every moment of it.”

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