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Field Trial Report

Venango Grouse Trial Club

By Joe Cammisa | Nov 29, 2017
Kendal Hills Dawson Creek First in the Rich Tuttle Open Shooting Dog Classic

Marienville, Pa. — The Allegheny National Forest in Marienville, Pa., was the host of the Venango Grouse Trial Club’s fall trial.

The weather could not have been worse even if it was ordered that way. The Rich Tuttle Grouse Dog Classic was run under two days of cold and rain. The weather in no way resembled friendly.

Judges for the Classic were Norman Meeder of Rochester, Pa., and Dave Duell of Sheffield, Pa. They were “rode hard and put away wet.” Both judges are longtime field trialers with Norman the senior dating back to the 1970s.

Although conditions were miserable at best, the judges did note that there were many good performances on the ground, but that Mother Nature sure put a protective vail over the movement of grouse in the “big woods”.

The forest floor and undercover was dampened by the wet conditions, muffling most sounds. Additionally, the unusually very muddy terrain made walking somewhat difficult. The dogs worked hard at finding their quarry and some were rewarded in the callback for their hard-earned efforts.

First place Kendal Hills Dawson Creek represented his owners Tim Perschke and Tim Tufts along with handler Mark Hughes very well in the fourth brace. The fancy moving Dawson carried himself well, hunting hard and displaying a winning ground race with great application. Straight Forward, quick moving and fancy setter female owned by Dick Brenneman and handled by Dave Hughes, gave the judges something to watch as she performed to her usual standards. Her ground race and application rivaled the winner with little difference to be noted. Double Deuce Molly, pointer female owned by Doug McMillen and handled by Dave Hughes, gave up little less than a margin on the ground to the top two, applying herself well to the cover and earning the yellow.

The Venango Open Derby was run on Friday, October 27, and saw 16 hopefuls line up to take their crack at the placements. Judging the Derby were Lucas Poloff of Spring Church, Pa., and Justin Evans of Duncannon, Pa. Both are seasoned bird dog men.

Taking home the blue was Game Winner, setter male handled by his owner Dick Brenneman. “Finn” was forward and fancy, giving the judges just what they wanted to see. Full Breeze,  setter female also owned and handled by Dick Brenneman, gave her kennelmate a good run for the money. Breeze showed her skills at laying to the front and applying herself. Third was no stranger to the winners’ circle. Bragga-bull, owned and handled by Mark Hughes, won third  with style and grace. “Emmy” is a fancy moving pointer and certainly can hang with the crowd.

The Puppy Stake was judged by Paula Giulitto of Streetsboro, Ohio and Brandon Kreuer of Evans City, Pa. The judges are well familiar with good looking dogs and knew well what to expect from up-and-coming puppies. Nellie, fancy and great stepping setter female, caught their eye, putting her up for first  without reservation. Zebstar, setter male owned by Dr. George Najor and handled by Art Bruno, showed off his fancy winning way and pushed the envelope on the ground. Art Bruno struck again with Hunter Run Jake. The fleet moving setter male owned by Bill Lentz rounded out the placements with ease and style.

A special thank-you to the judges, everyone who entered dogs and to all who helped make the trial a success.

Dean Reinke of Nestlé Purina is one of the stalwarts of the Venango in his  tireless support of this trial venue. We thank Dean for everything that he has done for the Venango and for all of the grouse trials held in Pennsylvania.

Special thanks to Dr. Tim Perschke, president, and Steve “Chip” Chiappini, secretary. Additionally, to Thor Kain and Dick Brenneman who marshalled braces. A special thanks also to Suzie Cammisa for the homemade snack pastries and all of the lunches.

Hope to see you all in the spring of 2018.

Marienville, Pa., October 25

Judges: David Duell and Norman Meeder

RICH TUTTLE OPEN SHOOTING DOG CLASSIC [One-Hour Heats] — 14 Pointers and 13 Setters

1st—KENDAL HILLS DAWSON CREEK, 1650421, pointer male, by Beaver Meadow Benjamin—Richfield Stella. Tim Pershke & Tim Tufts, owners; Mark Hughes, handler.

2d—STRAIGHT FORWARD, 1614876, setter female, by Keystone’s Red Rage—Quixstar. Richard Brenneman, owner; Dave Hughes, handler.

3d—DOUBLE DEUCE MOLLY, 1642562, pointer female, by Cover Charge—Double Deuce Casey. Doug McMillen, Jr., owner; Dave Hughes, handler.

Judges: Justin Evans and Lucas Poloff

OPEN DERBY — 6 Pointers and 10 Setters

1st—GAME WINNER, 1672473, setter male, by Full Blast—Springfield’s Showgirl. Richard Brenneman, owner and handler.

2d—FULL BREEZE, 1667989, setter female, by Full Blast—Straight Forward. Richard Brenneman, owner and handler.

3d—BRAGGABULL, 1670091, pointer female, by Bully Bragg—Bullerina. Mark Hughes, owner and handler.

Judges: Paula Giulitto and Brandon Kreuer

OPEN PUPPY — 4 Pointers, 5 Setters and 1 Irish Setter

1st—RIVERHILL NELLIE, 1675329, setter female, by Berg Brothers Big Easy—Valpo Silver Chic. Denny Alston, owner and handler.

2d—ZEBSTAR, 1671372, setter male, by Windstar—Thirst Quencher. Dr. George Najor, owner; Art Bruno, handler.

3d—HUNTER RUN JAKE, unreg., setter male, by Shag Time Bobo—Black Cloud’s Angel. Bill Lentz, owner; Art Bruno, handler.

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