Kate places 2nd at the Maine trial. This was Kate's first open stake field trial, we call it her big girl trial. She and Todd did a fantastic job during the whole trial. We are very excited for Kate and her family and we are looking forward to continue working with Kate. She is a lovely girl. Thank you Bob for trusting us with your girl.
I found this perfect spot in NY for her photo, she just got done swimming so she had a short time to dry off.
Julio traveled 4000 miles from Alaska to see his gal Georgia for the first time. Julio was so happy to get out of the cold weather, but was soon tired of the heat, humidity & rain in Georgia. Julio and Todd trained everyday from morning to late afternoon and even in the rain. We truly enjoyed watching Julio smile so much when he was working with Georgia.
Georgia is not finished with her training but we are very hopeful that she continues to progress in her learning for the field trials and hunting.
It was sad to watch Julio say good bye to Georgia.
Thank you Julio for all of the wonderful treats from Alaska!
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Dudley had a great run at the Mid-Atlantic English Springer Spaniel Field Trial in Altoona, PA. That makes him qualified for the Springer National this Fall.
Maggie is new to the Craney Hill farm! We would like to thank Robin and Rachael for such a lovely pup. She is already having a lot of fun around the farm.
Fresh on the Craney Hill Farm - Miss Alice!
Alice is enjoying the nice GA weather, she is chasing leaves, chewing on everything in sight, loving the soft sand that she runs in, and she has her own playpen. What more can a puppy ask for?!
Lone Star brings home the blue! It was a crazy trial with high winds and very cold temps. Todd and Lone Star had a fantastic day at the trial. Lone Star's owner Betsey was very happy to hear the news of Lone Star winning and wishes that she was there to see her run. This makes 3 dogs qualified for this year's Open National.
DJ won the puppy stake at the Central Virginia ESS Field Trial held in WV. This 1st place cup was won the year before by our dog Dibbs who Scott now owns. DJ is really coming along in his training. When we told his owner Rich that DJ had won, his words were of coarse he did.
Rennie places 2nd in the open at the Central Virginia ESS Field Trial held in WV. The pieces are finally falling in place for Rennie. He is a dog to keep an eye on! His owner Betsey was very excited to hear the news about her boy.
Welcome to Georgia Dexter!
Dexter had a fun plane ride from TX, and he is already running the house. Dexter has been very interested in the Christmas tree, I hope the tree holds up just a little bit longer. Dexter is very busy training with Todd already. One must get an early start on a young puppies training, plus they get tired and take little naps. Enjoy a few photos of Dexter!
We have a three English Springer Spaniels prospects (2 male/1 female) and one English Cocker Spaniel prospect (female) we are accepting reservations on in advance. We are assuming all the risk in developing these puppies. Your requirement is a 50% deposit for the finished dog and a commitment to an additional 6-9 months of training/transition to you as the new owner/handler, plus all bird costs, entry fees and veterinarian costs.
When it is all added up, you should plan on a roughly $15,000 commitment over the next 24 to 30 months, with an initial deposit of $4,000.
These puppies are now approximately seven months of age and we have selected these to be developed to the highest standard based on the talent exhibited and the personality characteristics to go to work based on how biddable they are. Once fully developed/transitioned at about three years of age, our goal would be for the new owner to be fully competing with the dogs themselves.
The first person to sign up will get first pick as the pups are developed. Contact us with questions. This has been a successful model to reduce your risk at obtaining a competitive dog as compared to the risk of buying a puppy, paying for training and "hoping" the puppy makes it. Our other puppies being developed will be sold as gun dogs as they lack the potential to reach the highest level of training.
Dudley has won the United States Open High Point Award for 2017! This award goes to the Open All-Age Dog that accumulates the most points in open stakes from the 2016 Open National Championship up until the 2017 Open National Championship. Dudley had two wins, five second-place awards, two third-place awards and two fourth-place awards. It went down to the last trial of the year, but a fourth-place ribbon secured the annual award!
During 2017, Dudley finished 70% of his trials, placed in 55% of his trials and was awarded placements by a remarkable 19 different judges! He is a true joy and a testament to a strong foundation and level-headed personality. This fall, he ran 11 trials in five weeks; a true test of a dog's ability to "hold it together" in the field trial world. We are so excited for Dudley's owner Pat and having been able to win this award.
Dudley has 30 puppies on the ground with Rich's puppy DJ being the oldest and showing great promise. Pay attention for additional Dudley litters coming in 2018!
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.
Alder has been sold and is moving on to a better life. David has purchased Alder to run him in the Amateur Field Trials and considering Alder's training, it will allow David to learn about the trials with a very competitive dog. Alder will also be on the truck at times to run open trials. We look forward to watching David and Alder on their new journey together. We (I) will miss seeing Alder's face everyday. I will look forward to his visit's to Craney Hill.
Good luck David and Alder!