American Field

Field Trial Report

West Branch Bird Dog Club

By Michael Spotts | Nov 20, 2019
Amateur Shooting Dog Winners. From left: Andy Bogar, Jon Ferdinand, Jeff Currier, judge; Sadie Bogar, Dean Avillion with Huckleberry’s Lucky Penny, Howard Wright, Mike Spotts with Grouse Ridge Gambler, Jacob Spotts, Jim Wilkinson, Grace Spotts and Douglas Welsh, judge.

Weatherly, Pa. — The West Branch Bird Dog Club held its annual fall trial on the well-groomed grounds of the Freeland Kennel Club the last weekend of October.

The weather started out very wet with heavy rain and wind, but after lunch the sun came out and temperatures quickly climbed into the upper 60s.

The grounds host trials and hunt tests every weekend throughout late summer and fall. Leftover coveys of quail and the occasional pheasant were found throughout the trial in addition to the planted birds.

Thanks to Greg Blair and Purina for their continued support of our club and the U. S. Complete Shooting Dog Association. Purina provides dog food coupons for all placements.

We started out with a nice crop of fall puppies. Seven-year-old Jacob Spotts handled his setter female pup Knob Mountain News to the blue ribbon. “Sharla” hunted with great pace and animation all while keeping in contact with her young handler. Second was Mt. Man Lefty for handler Bob Watts. Lefty showed good application and speed over the ground. Knob Mountain Spice was third for Mike Spotts. Spice ran a big race but was a bit hard to run at times.

Huckleberry’s Lucky Penny had three perfect finds and a strong race in

winning the featured Amateur Shooting Dog. Penny has been a consistent winner since she was a puppy for her owner Dean Avillion of nearby White Haven, Pa. It is nice to see her now finished and continuing her winning ways. Second was Grouse Ridge Gambler for owner Mike Spotts. “Fess” had three out front finds and a consistent race.

Weatherly, Pa., October 27 — One Course

Judges: Jeffrey A. Currier and Douglas Welsh

AMATEUR PUPPY — 2 Pointers, 5 Setters and 1 Italian Spinone

1st—KNOB MOUNTAIN NEWS, 1682488, setter female, by Grouse Ridge Gambler—Wild Katrun. Mike Spotts, owner; Jacob Spotts, handler.

2d—MT. MAN LEFTY, 1685356, setter female, by Blast Zone—Bridgewater Mt. Pemi. Jeremy Avery, owner; Bob Watts, handler.

3d—KNOB MOUNTAIN SPICE, 1682186, setter female, by Erin’s Hidden Shamrock—Swift Rock Granny. Mike Spotts, owner and handler.

AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG — 2 Pointers, 6 Setters, 1 Brittany and

1 Italian Spinone

1st—HUCKLEBERRY’S LUCKY PENNY, 1672673, pointer female, by Daddy’s Little Boy Butch—Richfield Rose. Dean Avillion, owner and handler.

2d—GROUSE RIDGE GAMBLER, 1670231, setter male, by Grouse Ridge Jerry—Grouse Ridge Dee. Mike Spotts, owner and handler.


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