Minnie ran in the annual Rolling Rock Field Trial and tied for first place! Unfortunately, the other dog was 23 seconds faster flushing her first bird so we lost on the draw. Minnie did us all proud – she was in control on the walk to the field ( yup!), worked the field beautifully, listened to whistle commands, and flushed three of four birds on a hot, no wind, dry day. Brought all to hand on the retrieve. Several dogs never found a bird at all. The judges loved watching Minnie work and her enthusiasm! What fun and we are so proud of her.
Ravenscourt Kate wins her second puppy stake at The Sportsman’s Spaniel Club Field Trial in Wilmington, IL. Todd handled Kate and then turned her over to her owner Bob. Bob was able to take his girl home with all the winning hardware. We are so proud of Kate!
After coming out of the mountains from Blue Grouse hunting, we hit a few field trials in Colorado & Kansas. Kate from Missouri, ran her first puppy stake in Colorado and got a 1st place. Kate will be running another puppy stake this weekend in IL.
DJ (Dudley’s son) had a great learning experience at his first puppy stake. He ran his first stake in Colorado and was surprised by all the extra people out in the field. He did very well and got 2nd place. His next puppy trial was in Kansas at the Oklahoma trial. His run there was crazy as the trial was on pigeons and they do the craziest things and then the gunners couldn’t shoot at times. Considering all of that DJ kept his head and got first place out of 9 puppies. We are very proud of DJ.
Dudley is on fire! Dudley got 2nd place at the Rocky Mountain trial, 1st place at the Northern Colorado trial, and 2nd at the Central Kansas trial. The season is not over yet! Keep an eye out for the father and son team.
A special congratulations to Scott and Dibbs for winning first place in the All-Age Amateur stake at the Northern Colorado Field Trial. The weekend was a huge success as on Friday, he finished the first field trial he has ever entered and won the Gunner’s Award for his performance with Dibbs. Two days later, a little calmer but still shaking, he and Dibbs put together three series they were fortunate enough to impress the judges with. This is quite an achievement for a handler in his second trial and a dog in only its third All-Age field trial. The two have a long way to go to be comfortable, but they are off to a great start! Congratulations Scott and Dibbs and a special thank you to all the Colorado field trial clubs for the warm welcome, hospitality and support over the 10 days.
Training and hunting on the flat tops in CO today. The guys were hunting in a snow storm with 16″ already on the ground. Alan and Scott got bonus points from Todd by giving this day their all. Alan flew up from GA and Scott drove over from Denver to work with Todd and the dogs. The ride up the mountain and back was pretty bad and very slow going. More snow to fall tonight! What will tomorrow bring for the guys?