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Field Trial Report

West Valley Bird Dog Club

By Jan Corbitt | Apr 05, 2018
Set Up Man [With owner-handler Jim Rose] First in the George Haney Open All-Age Stake

Valley Springs, Cal. — Our winter trial at Stinson’s Moonlight Ranch brought together old friends, good dogs, and a relaxing time. The weather was perfect for running dogs with sunshine and temperatures  in the mid-60s.

Missing was the Shuman Crew, with good reason; they were attending the graduation of their son Mitchell. Mitchell was completing his Marine Crucible and becoming a United States Marine!

We are so proud of you, Mitchell. God’s blessings and protection to you, Marine, on this wonderful journey you worked so hard to attain. HooRah!

Also missing were Terry Erickson and Katie Quarton due to work obligations. We missed them all as they have become stalwart supporters of our trials.

Moonlight Ranch is generously donated by Lynn and Teresa Stinson in support of field trialing, bird dogs, and the sportsmen and sportswomen of Region 11. The entry was small but the quality of the grounds, attendees, and dogs were more than sufficient.

The Pete Cunningham Puppy was first held in 1948 and has been run 67 times in its 70-year history. In 1948, Harry Keithley won it with Shelot for owner Jim Ingle. Jack Harper won this stake in 1954 with Buckshot Lad for owner W. B. Palmer, and in 1977 it was won by  Ronco Traveler for owner-handler Ron Bader.

Judicial observations considered in the rendering of the placements in the 2018 installment of the 67th annual running of the Pete Cunningham Puppy Classic:

“While the entries this year amounted to only two young dogs, their future potential will not be denied as strong all-age contenders in adult broke dog stakes. The judges enjoyed watching Game Time (PM/Smith) and Jack (GSPM/Nelson) take on the course with vigor, enthusiasm and unbridled joy, free from control and outside pressures. They simply rolled the countryside and had a blast.

“Both dogs stayed to the front and made casts forward and sideways, seeking out the natural objectives such as rock walls, downed trees and bushes. Both puppies showed fluid motions, easy gaits, and covered generous portions of real estate quickly. The German Shorthair seemed to have the wider stride and faster ground speed, while the pointer exhibited more independence, and appeared to be the “instigator” of forward casts, that were initiated through joyful barking as he took to running, which got the attention of the German Shorthair, which quickly decided to follow.

“The pointer stayed out longer and with a little more purpose, while the German Shorthair enjoyed slightly more contact from his handler. At the 30-minute mark the judges decided that the pointer won the 67th running of the Pete Cunningham Puppy Classic, and that the GSP was a worthy runner-up, with only minor nuances separating the two youngsters.” (Leif Lendrop) The winner of the George Haney All- Age was Set Up Man, pointer male owned and handled by Jim Rose. The dog had more than adequate range, handled kindly, and always showed to the front. Set Up Man had three finds.

Thank you to the judges for their expertise and time in the saddle. Thanks to the Stinsons for the use of Moonlight. Thanks to Jeff Gilbertson for bringing horses for the judges, bird planting, and cooking Saturday’s dinner.

Thanks to Tom and Jamie Griffin for donating birds and to Jim and Patti Rose for culinary delights.

A big thank you to all who attended and supported our trial.

Valley Springs, Cal., February 10

Judges: Leif Lendrop and Jim Rose

SIXTY-SEVENTH PETE CUNNINGHAM PUPPY CLASSIC — 1 Pointer and  1 Setter

[No placements awarded]

Judges: Karen Boyd and Matthew Smith

GEORGE HANEY OPEN ALL-AGE — 5 Pointers and 3 Setters

1st—SET UP MAN, 1654470, pointer male, by Perfect Game—Choo Choo Mama. Jim Rose, owner and handler.

2d—LINDLEY’S RAMBLER, 1628509, pointer male, by Flat Rock Silver—Lindley’s No Mercy. Leif Lendrop, owner and handler.

3d—MAYBELLENE, 1660385, setter female, by To The Point—Iron Mistress. Tom Griffin, owner and handler.

Judges: Karen Boyd and Ray Nelson

GEORGE CHANCE AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG CLASSIC —

2 Pointers, 3 Setters and 2 German Shorthairs

1st—SKYDANCER GOLD RUSH, 1670823, setter male, by Skydancer Flash Point—Skydancer Pirates Emerald. Tom Griffin, owner and handler.

2d—HARDWIRED, 1659282, setter male, by Rapidan—Rikki’s Rockin On. Tom Griffin, owner and handler.

3d—DEZASTEROUS HERE WE GO, 1677550, German Shorthair male, by Trublu’s B D K Ace Inthe Hole—Lowell’s Queen of   Hearts. Matthew Smith, owner and handler.

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