American Field

Trainers Report . . .

Aug 01, 2019
Allen Vincent

Allen Vincent was the first to file a report from his camp in Columbus, N. D., where he has summered for twenty years or more.

Allen and Gage Tacker left Collinsville, Okla., on July 11 and arrived in Columbus in the pre-dawn hours of July 12. Gage is a high school senior who helped with the driving. He was able to stay for two weeks, but returned home for high school football practice.

“Larry and Piper Huffman arrived here from Mississippi a few days after us,” Allen said.

“There was plenty of precipitation before we arrived,” reported the Oklahoma trainer, “and we had some when we arrived, but overall the area is dry. Crops look good. Cover is not heavy or thick and the bird crop — chickens, pheasants and Huns — appears good. Additionally, I have a bunch of good young dogs.

“Several visitors are expected over the next weeks. Aaron Bolli of St. George, Utah is expected on July 30. Aaron is in the concrete business and has a crew in Minot. He’ll leave his horses and dogs here.

“Dr. Jim and Marion Mills are expected from Searcy, Ark., in August, and Mark Haines is coming from West Tennessee to work with us. Dr. Bob Rankin of Edmond, Okla., will be up for the North Dakota Classics, as will Bonnie and Dennis Hidalgo of Brighton, Colo. They are a big help during the trials, Bonnie reporting, Dennis driving the dog wagon, cooking, whatever needs doing.

“My helper is Race Jacobson who graduated from high school this year and is heading off to study pharmacy in Fargo in the fall. Race’s older brother Chase was my helper for several summers. Chase is married now, and Race has taken over.

“My wife Lorie will be up in early September in time for the trials.”


Summer 2019 is rolling along in Pennsylvania for trainer Robert Ecker, who reported:

“Lots of rain and heat this year so far, which has been good for our pre-release pheasants.

“This summer we are training mostly on the Teprovich farm. We blazed a new road from our kennel through the hardwoods out to the pheasant fields. This new trail has worked out great! It is now much easier to work dogs and road dogs. Working in the woods is cooler and more typical of the cover we will be competing in this season.

“We have had several visitors this summer including: Edward Marquis from Massachusetts, Richard Warters from Connecticut, Doug Dix from Vermont, and Paul Ober of Celtic Irish Setters.

“Our Derbies look like a talented group led by Dunroven’s Midnight Ike, owned by Dr. Peter Millett; Coal Creek Rip, owned by John Green; and Ramapo Mountain Doc, owned by Bob Shaban.

“Mike Heiser and Art Bruno have been extremely busy helping out with the dogs and kennel chores.

“All of us here at Midnight Kennel are anxiously awaiting the start of the fall trials. Good luck to all!”

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