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Field Trial Report

West Branch Bird Dog Club

By Michael Spotts | Jun 06, 2018
Knob Mountain Monarch First in the Amateur Puppy Stake

Weatherly, Pa. — Field trialers and bird dog enthusiasts converged on the Freeland Kennel Club grounds in late April for the West Branch Club’s annual spring trial. This trial is quickly becoming one of the most popular weekend events in the East.

Several years ago we started to emphasize bringing new people into the sport and it has snowballed into a family-friendly weekend full of laughs, great food, late nights, and good competition.

We are grateful to have dedicated club members who share in our passion for putting on a class trial. Rob Boos served as stake manager for the weekend and did an excellent job keeping things on track despite a large entry. Jeff Kuntz planted birds and did so in a manner that required a dog to hunt and go find birds. Lastly, and most importantly, Jenn Bogar and Amber Spotts prepared wonderful meals all weekend and kept things running in the clubhouse.

We are thankful to our sponsor Purina for their support. Through their sponsorship of the U. S. Complete Shooting Dog Association they provided dog food coupons for all place winners.

Featured stake is the Tom Gingher Amateur Gun Dog Classic. We have been thrilled with the response we’ve gotten over the past few years with entries in this event. People from several states entered this event and some surely were bitten by the field trial bug. Very fitting as the stake is run in honor of a man who mentored many new trainers and trialers and was a constant promoter of pointing dogs and field trials.

Winning the Gun Dog Classic was Bogey’s Flash, handled by owner Andy Bogar. Flash, a large Brittany male, was the epitome of a good gun dog. He had seven well located finds, his birds located accurately and efficiently.

Second was Jack for owner Jeff Kuntz. Jack hunted hard and showed great desire to find birds. Rounding out the placements was C. J. Williamson’s Llewellin setter Ollie, a pleasure to watch hunt easily around the course.

Knob Mountain Monarch ran a smooth, reaching race to win the Amateur Puppy for owner Mike Spotts. Huckleberry’s Pretty Lady was second, with owner Dean Avillion guiding her to a strong hunting effort. Chris Rarich came down from New York and showed his fast pointer female Little River. She flew around the course and looked good doing it to round out the placements.

The Amateur Derby was won by Leslie’s Cisco Kid, classy settter male handled by owner Les Bressler. Cisco ran a good race with two mannerly finds. Second was Cairds Lefty, handled by Tom Toano for owner Travis Riggs. Lefty has had an incredible Derby season complete with winning the Northeast Regional Championship. He showed a fluid gait and good manners on his one find. He got hung up in the corners or he may have challenged the winner. Asper Hill Pippi, Mike Oxenrider’s fancy setter, had a consistent hunting effort and good bird work.

Dennis Kivikko’s strong pointer female Pirate’s Mean Louise bested a strong field in the Amateur Shooting Dog to bring home the blue ribbon. Louise was always forward and showed perfect manners on her three finds.

Earning second was All In for Thor Kain. “Chance” ran with mature application and had two perfect dug in finds. Les Bressler capped off a good day by guiding Leslie’s Girl to third place. She ran a solid race and had two nice finds.

Grouse Ridge Gambler ran a big race and had three well spaced finds to win the Open Shooting Dog Sunday afternoon. Greg Fried took home both second and third with Cracklin Dawn Scarlet and True Choice. Both dogs ran good races and had two finds.

Weatherly, Pa., April 28 — One Course

Judges: Dennis Kivikko and Lucas Poloff

AMATEUR PUPPY — 4 Pointers, 3 Setters and 2 Irish Setters

1st—KNOB MOUNTAIN MONARCH, 1674678, setter male, by Erin’s Hidden Shamrock—Bo’s After Party. Michael Spotts, owner and handler.

2d—HUCKLEBERRY’S PRETTY LADY, 1672791, pointer female, by Hirollins Cash Flow—Hunter Run’s Echo. Dean Avillion, owner and handler.

3d—LITTLE RIVER, 1677476, pointer female, by Tall River—Reedy Fork Scotch. Chris Rarich, owner and handler.

Judges: Jameson Crandall and Dennis Kivikko

AMATEUR DERBY — 4 Pointers, 7 Setters and 1 Irish Setter

1st—LESLIE’S CISCO KID, 1669157, setter male, by Shady Hills Whiskey Bonfire—Leslie’s Girl. Les Bressler, owner and handler.

2d—CAIRDS LEFTY, 1673245, pointer male, by Knight’s White Light—Pine Hollow Belle. Travis Riggs, owner; Tom Toano, handler.

3d—ASPER HILL PIPPI, 1669040, setter female, by Full Blast—Shady Hills Girlie. Mike Oxenrider, Jr., owner and handler.

Judges: Andy Bogar and Rob Boos

AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG — 4 Pointers, 11 Setters and 1 Irish Setter

1st—PIRATE’S MEAN LOUISE, 1656151, pointer female, by Mohawk Mill Pirate—Bevy’s Mean Girl. Dennis Kivikko, owner and handler.

2d—ALL IN, 1622903, setter male, by Lilleyhill’s Secret Stash—Full Tilt. Thor Kain, owner and handler.

3d—LESLIE’S GIRL, 1656191, setter female, by Hunter’s Pale Face—Hunter’s Clearwater. Les Bressler, owner and handler.

Judges: Andy Bogar and Dean Avillion

OPEN SHOOTING DOG — 1 Pointer, 5 Setters and 2 Irish Setters

1st—GROUSE RIDGE GAMBLER, 1670231, setter male, by Grouse Ridge Jerry—Grouse Ridge Dee. Michael Spotts, owner and handler.

2d—CRACKLIN DAWN SCARLET, 1662944, setter female, by Long Gone Studly—River’s Edge Sadie. Greg Fried, owner and handler.

3d—TRUE CHOICE, 1661286, pointer female, by True Confidence—Bar P Fizz. Greg Fried, owner and handler.

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