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Field Trial Report

Western Brittany Open All-Age Championship

By Terry Ahl | Feb 14, 2020
Championship Winners. From left: Judge Dave Garrett, Paul Doiron, Jan Kilpatrick with J  T Copper Buckaroo, Norm Ahl with Blew Me Away and Judge Tommy Negrete.

Sonoita, Ariz. — The 2020 Western Brittany Open All-Age Championship, which is sponsored every January by the Greater Phoenix Brittany Club, was held at the airstrip area of the Empire Ranch, near Sonoita, Ariz. Empire Ranch is an historic working cattle ranch.  The landscape beauty has earned it a place as a movie location (1948 — Red River with John Wayne; 1976 — The Outlaw Josie Wales with Clint Eastwood, and many more). It is located southeast of Tucson and about ten miles north of Sonoita, Ariz.

The scenery is spectacular. Purple mountain ranges surround the lush grasslands. Cienegas (marshlands) wind through the landscape, with an abundance of large oak trees along the dry washes, and cottonwoods in the areas with water present. Mesquite trees dot the grasslands, as well as saltbush, rabbit bush, and various desert type flora.

Hawks and kites are frequent visitors, as well as coyotes, jackrabbits, gray foxes, deer, and pronghorn herds.  Javelina, raccoons, and coatimundi are here as well but rarely seen. Fortunately, no rattlesnakes showed up this year!

Fair weather predominated, with temperatures down to the 20s at early morning to 60s in the afternoon. We were spared the usual windy conditions this year.

Our judges were two very experienced pointing breed judges: Tommy Negrete of Torreon, N. M., and Dave Garrett of Laveen, Ariz.


The 2020 Western Brittany Open All-Age Champion was J T Copper Buckaroo (Buck), owned by Jeff Minch and handled by Paul Doiron. He was sired by Kiger Hills Louee ex Lock and Load Daisy.

Buck rocketed off the line and had a big forward race over the grasslands and hills, carding two finds. He was found standing on top of the first big hill and handled his bird with style. His second bird was also handled with style and intensity. He ended his race with a huge cast back over the ravine and over the first hill.

Named runner-up was Blew Me Away (Bud), owned and handled by Norm Ahl. He was trained by Paul Doiron. Bud blasted off of the starting line and ran forward at all times. He ran the left side of the course and was found on point at the edge of the ravine; no bird could be produced. He had a second point in the bottom half of the race and stood with intensity and style as a chukar was produced. He finished with a strong race.

K Nine Finale’s Way To Go (Allie), owned by Linda McDonald and handled by Paul Doiron, was sired by Mega-smoke Grand Finale ex K Nine’s On The Loose. Allie took off with a big forward race and was rewarded with two finds on course. She handled her birds, as always, in a very intent and clean manner, and earned third place.

Also in the mix was Sonny’s Hot Summer Breeze, owned by Myra-Dawn Ellis and handled by Paul Doiron. She was sired by Spanish Corral’s Sundance Kid ex Blew By Yet.

Breezy covered the territory in a forward race, though not quite as big a run as the champion had. She had four finds, all handled with intensity and style.

Sonoita, Ariz., January 6

Judges: Dave Garrett and Tommy Negrete


[One-Hour Heats] — 13 Brittanys

Winner—J T COPPER BUCKAROO, 1671008, male, by Kiger Hills Louee—Lock and Load Daisy. Jeff Minch, owner; Paul Doiron, handler.

Runner-Up—BLEW ME AWAY, 1661514, male, by Spanish Corral’s Sundance Kid—Blew By Yet. Norman & Terry Ahl, owners; Norman Ahl, handler.


Judges: Norm Ahl and Tommy Negrete


1st—AUTEN’S WOODLAND SAGE, 1663165, Brittany female, by High Hopes Dark Nite—Auten’s Mya of Grousehaven. Ron & Carol Auten, owners; Ron Auten, handler.

2d—BRYMAR’S SIXPACK CHALLENGER V PEN, 1671789, Weimaraner female, by Brymar’s Ode To Reiteralm—Brymar’s Hemi Challenger. David Reynolds & Penny Hoffman, owners; Bryan Reynolds, handler.

3d—GOLDEN WEST HI TAILYN MAX, 1662123, German Shorthair male, by Eshod’s Uprising—Hi Tailyn Katara. Steve Pasas, owner and handler.

Judges: Dave Garrett and Rick Petersen


1st—GOLDEN WEST HI TAILYN MAX, 1662123, German Shorthair male, by Eshod’s Uprising—Hi Tailyn Katara. Steve Pasas, owner and handler.

2d—JAAS N SILVERTHORN’S GLEAMING SPUR, 1680926, Weimaraner male, by Jaas Gambel Quail of Harwil—Silverthorn’s Legend of The Grey Ghost. Wayne Cowles, owner and handler.

3d—GOLDEN WEST DUCE’S WILD, 1662122, German Shorthair male by Slicks Cuttin Wild—Uodibar’s Lorrie Darlin. Steven Pasas, owner and handler.

Judges: Dennis Brown and Rick Petersen

OPEN DERBY — 12 Entries

1st—RUSTY RIDGE BEEN BUSTING LOOSE, unreg., Brittany male, by Rusty Ridge Where U Been—K Nine’s On The Loose. William & Claude & Jan Kilpatrick, owners; Claude Kilpatrick, handler.

2d—WINDY HILL INTREPID TESSA, unreg., Brittany female, by Legacy’s Pine Bandit—Cast A Britt Gotta Lotta White. Bill Bradford, owner and handler.

3d—PENELOPE PEPPER SASSY PANTS, unreg., Brittany female, by Outlaw Willie Little Pants—Trina’s Bobbie Girl By Arrow. Greg Goltz, owner and handler.

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