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U. S. Complete Shooting Dog Futurity

By Margaret C. Drew | Mar 06, 2018
Futurity Winners. In foreground, from left: Bob Little with Cairds Lefty, Robert Ecker with Class Act Stud and Toby Tobiassen with Glassilaun War Paint. Behind: Gretchen Adsit, Earl Drew and John Adsit.

Hoffman, N. C. — The U. S. Complete Shooting Dog Futurity has been chaired by Verlene Stephenson for the past few years, each year increasing the number of litters nominated. This year 28 litters nominated resulted in the entry of 21 Derbies. Stoney Run’s Buddy sired four litters; his brother Bud of Piney Woods sired one litter. Erin’s War Creek and Sugarknoll War Paint sired two litters each from the total of 19 pointer litters. Nine setter litters were nomianted.

Judging the Futurity were the well known and respected team of George Doyle of South Hill, Va., and Jeff Smith of Beaufort, N. C. Both men were originally involved in field trials in New England before relocating to this southern area. Chairman Verlene turned the running over to the judges at 11:00 a. m. on Thursday, February 8, to begin the eleven 45-minute braces.

Thanks to the planning and organization of chairperson Verlene Stephenson, the four winners received plaques, a letter from Purina for Purina Pro Plan Sport feed, leashes, and checks for breeders and handlers. The winner also received a Garmin.

Stephenson thanked all for their support, whether nominating litters or entering dogs. A Futurity entry takes two years of planning and training. Sponsors for the Futurity are Purina and Garmin, without whom there would be no Futurity.

Assisting with the running were John and Gretchen Adsit, Rich Warters, Earl and Margaret Drew and Bill Ellington. The gallery wagon, tractor to pull the wagon and the motorized “Mule” were provided by Ted Riley.

Birds were ordered, tested and delivered by Williamson Game Farm with the assistance of Ted Riley. Friday’s lunch was provided by John and Gretchen Adsit, owners of Upper Ten Riley, last year’s Futurity winner.

The Winners

Cairds Lefty, white and liver pointer male bred by Ray Anthony of Grover, N. C., by Knight’s White Light ex Pine Hollow Belle, was the winner. Lefty’s owner is Travis Riggs of Baltimore, Md. Handler was Robert Little of McAdam, New Brunswick, Canada.

Lefty ran in the second brace, everyone knowing what they had to beat. Lefty was on the left of the course making game at 6, pointed briefly, albeit self relocating and hunted on. At 10 he pointed with proper style and manners for running quail. This was repeated at 19, although this time a large covey burst into the air. Lefty cast out across the field, crossing the ridge with a pleasing gait and then entering the woods. At 27 we had begun our walk through the piney woods where Lefty was found pointed again. A relocation was required, which he did with precise indication so handler could flush. At 33 Lefty once again made game, pointed and raised himself to tiptoes as handler approached. His intensity remained during and after flush. Sweeping left and right in a strong forward pattern, Lefty once again pointed at 38. A relocation was required, which produced a cold expired quail. Lefty seemed to know his time was almost up and that he was pleasing everyone watching for he made one more wide cast through the piney woods, judges hoping he was not too far out of pocket as they called time. As judges called time Little also sung out that dog was once again to the front and pointing. Handler elected to leash his dog and walk to the gallery wagon.

Second was Indian Creek Courageous Cat, white and black pointer female owned by Ed Marron, Jr. of Ho Ho Kus, N. J., and handled and bred by Garry Malzone of Franklin Lakes, N. J. Her sire was South Bound Strech, her dam Indian Creek Sugar.

Courageous was forward and not seen much until we were approaching the 15-minute cut through the woods into the “drop zone” military training field, which we cross for about another 10 minutes before entering a 20-minute trek through a piney woods area. As we entered the wooded path into the drop zone, both dogs were making game, with Courageous stopping to point, bracemate backing. No birds were flown. At the top of the hill before we enter the piney woods point was called when Courageous swapped ends to point with solid posture, although she went with birds upon flush. Island Breeze was lower on the hillside and offered water at this time. As we started through the piney woods, Courageous snapped into an erect pose to await Malzone, who flushed a large covey. Courageous Cat finished a hard hunting forward race with classy animation and a final stand on running quail at 41, handling this situation with mature manners. At the end of the 45 minutes everyone boarded the gallery wagon for the trip back to the staging area and the breakaway.

The third and fourth place dogs were bracemates in No. 8.

Third place Class Act Stud is a white and liver pointer male owned and bred by David Keck of Pittsboro, N. C., who was present to watch, and handled by Robert Ecker. Stud’s dam was Class Act Game On, his sire Bud of Piney Woods.

Bracemate was Jamie Nee’s white and black pointer male Glassilaun War Paint with handler Toby Tobiassen. Jamie resides in Quincy, Mass., and could not make the trip to attend the Futurity.

War Paint was bred by John Neely of Albany, Ga., from Neely’s Hot Pepper and Sugarknoll War Paint. As your reporter was scouting Glassilaun I may have missed a few details, therefore I rely on the judges’ comments on these two winning performances. I do know they felt they were almost equal.

Class Act Stud dug into the cover with power and purpose, covering a lot of ground in his 45 minutes. He pointed tall and solid, birds right where he indicated. He had mature finds at 8, 12, 23 and 42. Glassilaun War Paint had a big race with classy style on the ground as well as on point. He showed himself well with finds at 6, 15 and 42, in addition to a back at 12.

Others carried by the judges were Hasty’s Rocky Boy, Hirollins Easy Money and D’s Sharp Razor.

Although 21 dogs were drawn from 28 litters, the 20 that competed all had standout characteristics and the judges felt many would be heard from within the next two years as shooting dogs. The very reasons we all love to promote and bring Derbies along. They are our future!

The Running

Indian Creek Courageous Cat (Malzone) and Hunter Run Island Breeze (Ecker). Both dogs were forward and not seen much until we approached the 15-minute turn. As we entered the wooded path into the drop zone both dogs were making game, with Courageous stopping to point, Island Breeze backing. No birds were flown. At 26 Island Breeze was offered water and again at 30 before handler picked him up with 15 minutes remaining in the brace.

Cairds Lefty (Little) was covered with the winners, braced with Bob’s Elhew Gail (Phillips). The two complemented each other as they quickly entered the cover in a definite hunting mode. At 5 Gail had point called to the right of the course. When handler approached to flush, Gail decided to assist with flush and was picked up.

Upper Ammonusuc Violet (Ecker) and Winterset’s Attitude (Earl Drew). This pair was forward off the line with good speed, Violet returning first to enter the cover. For a few minutes both hunted in close proximity. Violet moved deeper into the cover, while Attitude crossed the path and made his way forward on the right. When point was called for Violet at 11, Attitude approached before Ecker could reach her. With handler cautioning, Attitude backed. Violet had happy feet at flush, which handler took care of quickly. The pair moved moderately forward, although both showing good motion, Attitude’s white and black tail distinguishing him from his much whiter partner. Attitude was watered a few times; however, by 35 he was getting much warmer and handler elected to pick up. Violet hunted on, often making us think there were birds, but just not getting the scent right. She stood at 33, with scout calling point, and again at 36; however, no birds were flown.

Hasty’s Rocky Boy (J. R. Hasty) and Hirollins Easy Money (Warren Parrott). Rocky Boy pointed first at 12; he relocated before handler got to him for flush. He was offered water and whistled on. After a return at 10, Easy Money was making her way through the woods in search of game. Rocky retrieved a dead bird at 29, followed by another bird contact at 33 to which he gave merry chase. At 40 the pair had a solid and attractive divided find, with all in order. At 43 Rocky Boy stood while quail were flushed, although he was showing signs of getting very warm; however, as time expired two minutes later he had temporarily vanished. At 42 Easy Money stopped in the cover with a single flown.

Sandland Boy Jay (Roger Hussey) and Emert’s Sho Me Mo (Sean Melvin). The Emerts were present to watch. Sandland Boy Jay backed Me Mo at 6. All was in order. To the right of the path Me Mo stood again at 8; this time Boy Jay passed by. By 11 Me Mo was found standing. Me Mo remained with handler Melvin after flush, while Jay went with birds. The next section of the course cuts through a wooded area into the drop zone, a dense grassy area. While making our way through this wooded area, Me Mo had contact with a dead bird, while Boy Jay pointed and then put birds to flight. By 28 both dogs stood and handlers took it as a divided find, both dogs showing happy feet for wing and shot. Both hunted forward where at 38 a second divided find was scored before the two reached the waiting gallery wagon.

Friday morning was overcast; however, as soon as birds were out, brace No. 6 was under consideration. D’s Sharp Razor (Garner Dement) and Steel Valley Freedom (Ecker) were away in tandem off the breakaway. Freedom had a short trip today as when he returned with a quail handler elected to pick him up. Razor pointed at 8, sneaking in a little as he awaited handler’s flush. With quail walking away as he waited, a relocation was required before birds were flown. This was a very mature job. At 14 Razor had an impressive stand for a large walking and lifting covey. By 23 more quail were located in the grasses, followed by additional quail contacts as 29, 35 and 40. Razor has a great nose, good manners and a good hunting range. As time elapsed he once again stood awaiting handler’s flush.

Cairds Virgil Kane (Little) and Mac’s Silver Chief (Tim McClurg). At 14 Kane indicated quail with immature manners. When we had reached the drop zone we watched him search through the tall grass, stopping to point and then leaping into the air to grab a lifting quail as handler called point. He did not finish his 45 minutes. Mac’s Silver Chief moved with purpose through the woods, appearing to catch scent a few times before stopping at 8 for handler to flush and shoot. Again at 14 he had quail contact. His pattern in the opening 16 minutes was very spiral, although once reaching the drop zone and entering the piney woods his pace quickened and he reached out. He had a find at 35 before finishing the course to the front.

Class Act Stud (Ecker) and Glassilaun War Paint (Tobiassen) were detailed earlier.

No. 9 had amateurs Earl Drew with Ms. Lady W and David Huffine with  Miss Annie. They broke away happily with Miss Annie the first back and quickly into the woods to hunt. Ms. Lady returned partway down the path shortly thereafter and took to the woods on the right of the course. Miss Annie breezed merrily forward on the left.

Ms. Lady dug a little deeper, with point being called at 12. As handler approached she crept forward a few steps, stopping when cautioned by handler. Once in front of her, Drew did not quickly find her quail so she decided to get a closer look herself. She stopped a third time and three running quail were seen. When Drew threw his hat to put the birds to flight, Ms. Lady gave chase. She stopped several yards away and then put more quail in the air. She was harnessed for the return trip to the trailer. Miss Annie had a find on a dead quail at 6, followed by good points at 12 and 17, each with Derby manners. She passed through the piney woods and covered the ground with good style, stopping for another quail find at 38. She finished with a strong cast.

Hirollins Total Package (Parrott) and Black River Maximus (Ecker). This pair of setters were immature from the beginning, having a couple of stand-offs, each distracting the other from hunting. At 10 Ecker picked up Maximus. Total Package had a nice find at 13 with appropriate manners. His range moderate, often checking for scent and then moving on as he completed his 45 minutes.

Hoffman, N. C., February 8 — One Course

Judges: George Doyle III and Jeff Smith


8 Setters

Indian Creek Courageous Cat. With

Hunter Run Island Breeze, setter male, by Islander—Fricke’n Coco. Robert Ecker, breeder; Bill Lenz, owner; Robert Ecker, handler.

Cairds Lefty. With

Bob’s Elhew Gail, pointer female, by Dunn’s Tried’N True—Moonlight Magic. Earl Drew & George Tracy, breeders; Bobby Phillips, owner and handler.

Upper Ammonusuc Violet, setter female, by Islander—Fricke’n Coco. Robert Ecker, breeder; Ed Marquis, owner; Robert Ecker handler. With

Winterset’s Attitude, setter male, by Adjusted Attitude—Winterset Nuthin To It. Lori Winters, breeder; Tom Winters & Earl Drew, owners; Earl Drew, handler.

Hasty’s Rocky Boy, pointer male, by Stoney Run’s Buddy—Sinbad’s Little Bit. Donald Terrell, breeder; J. R. Hasty, owner and handler. With

Hirollins Easy Money, pointer female, by Sugarknoll War Paint—McKinney’s Honky Tonk Grace. Mike McKinney, breeder; Warren Parrott, owner and handler.

Sandland Boy Jay, pointer male, by Bud of Piney Woods—Class Act Game On. David Keck, breeder; Roger Hussey, owner and handler. With

Emert’s Sho Me Mo, setter male, by Brannigan’s Last Straw—Hy Test Horizon. Larry Carpenter, breeder; David Emert, owner; Sean Melvin, handler.

D’s Sharp Razor, pointer male, by Bud of Piney Woods—Class Act Game On. David Keck, breeder; Garner Dement, owner and handler. With

Steel Valley Freedom, pointer male, by Stoney Run’s Buddy—Class Act Tweet. David Keck, breeder; Harry Blaine, owner; Robert Ecker, handler.

Cairds Virgil Kane, setter male, by Merritt’s Zackery—Merritt’s Hope. Terry Merritt, breeder; Robert Little, owner and handler. With

Mac’s Silver Chief, pointer male, by Mac’s Silver Dollar—Hilo Southern Tea. James Howerton, breeder; Tim McClurg, owner and handler.

Class Act Stud. With

Glassilaun War Paint.

Ms. Lady W, pointer female, by Dunn’s Tried’N True—Moonlight Magic. Earl Drew & George Tracy, breeders; Earl Drew & Tom Winters, owners; Earl Drew, handler. With

Miss Annie, setter female, by Sterlingworth Jack—Sandland Amazing Maggic. Mills Hodge, breeder; David Huffine, owner and handler.

Hirollins Total Package, setter male, by Erin’s Hidden Shamrock—Waymaker Hello Dolly. Warren Parrott, breeder, owner and handler. With

Black River Maximus, setter male, by Islander—Fricke’n Coco. Robert Ecker, breeder; John Roswech, owner; Robert Ecker, handler.

1st—CAIRDS LEFTY, 1673245, pointer male, by Knight’s White Light—Pine Hollow Belle. Travis Riggs, owner; Robert Little, handler.

2d—INDIAN CREEK COURAGEOUS CAT, 1670105, pointer female, by Southbound Strech—Indian Creek Sugar. Ed Marron, Jr., owner; Garry Malzone, handler.

3d—CLASS ACT STUD, 1677297, pointer male, by Bud of Piney Woods—Class Act Game On. David Keck, owner; Robert Ecker, handler.

4th—GLASSILAUN WAR PAINT, 1667331, pointer male, by Sugarknoll War Paint—Neely’s Hot Pepper. Jamie Nee, owner; Toby Tobiassen, handler.

Les Hobbs Puppy Classic

The Les Hobbs Puppy Classic follows the U. S. Complete Futurity in hopes of promoting future Futurity entries.

Chairperson Verlene Stephenson obtained two veteran field trialers to serve as judges. Professional trainer Jim Emerson, wintering in Rockingham, N. C., was assisted by veteran field trialer Mike Fox, who also winters in the area. Despite the rainy misty weather, warm temperatures made the morning puppy event enjoyable. The two were ready at 8:00 on the misty, almost foggy Saturday morning. The original draw of 17 had been reduced due to scratches because of family situations, dogs coming into season and illness; therefore, the remaining 12 made an even six braces. Crates were put in the “mule” to take dogs and participants to the second half of the hour course, where a 30-minute open piney woods provided a great course. Thanks to the Adsits, the tractor and wagon joined the group after the first two braces.

The Les Hobbs Puppy Classic was established in 2017 in memory of Les Hobbs, an avid breeder and field trial participant with the U. S. Complete Shooting Dog organization. His family had given a donation in his memory at the time of his death, these monies used to purchase a rotating trophy.

In the inaugural event Bobby Phillips took home the trophy with pointer female Bob’s Elhew Gail. In this second year, honors were awarded to Hatcreek Lady Red, Irish setter female owned by Dwight Ingram and handled by Sean Melvin. Lady Red flew around the course with a snappy, highly energetic gait. She ran at a good range, always to the front in a hard hunting mode.

Second was Joe Dahl with his setter female Magic Mist Carolina which is slight in stature, which allows her to bounce and float through the cover. She requires little assistance from handler as she hunts forward with animated casts at a good range.

Third went to Bittersweet War Cry, pointer male owned by Ralph Gillota and handled by Toby Tobiassen. War Cry ranged out, presenting a slightly inconsistent race, while displaying classy carriage of head and tail.

The judges addressed the group before announcement of placements to state that the quality of the puppies had been high in quality with very little difference between those that placed.

Judges: Jim Emerson and Mike Fox

LES HOBBS PUPPY CLASSIC — 8 Pointers, 7 Setters and 2 Irish Setters

1st—HATCREEK LADY RED, 1676024, Irish setter female, by Come Back Cutter—Come Back Doodle. Dwight Ingram, owner; Sean Melvin, handler.

2d—MAGIC MIST CAROLINA, 1671497, setter female, by Backstep Rudy—Fernwood Cove’s Bella. Joe Dahl, owner and handler.

3d—BITTERSWEET WAR CRY, 1674743, pointer male, by Sugarknoll War Paint—Mohawk. Ralph Gillota, owner; Toby Tobiassen, handler.

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