I think most of us woke up when the thunderstorm rolled through about 3 am. Oh oh we thought and the wife asked ‘are you going out in this?’ You replied, ‘honey it’s not baseball.’
By 7 am, rather amazingly, the rain stopped for the day but the creek on 4240 Rd was just getting started. Everybody made it with some creative detours and steady nerves and we got under way about 8 : 10am. Wind switched around from the north about 8:30 and it didn’t get above 40 degrees for the rest of the day. Dogs loved it, wet and cool.
Rusean Hardman and Sassy took 1st with a 187 score, then 2nd went to new member Roger Cable and Frauen who came in with a 172. James Parnell and Roxy took 3rd with a another 172, new member Blake Sclosser and his pointer Ranger took 4th with yet another 172, while Carl Downs and another Sassy came in 5th with a 167, and Ben Faulkner and Shoni took 6th with a 149. Difference between 1st and 2nd,3rd, and 4th, one back.
Earlier Ben and his ole girl Selly found 7 birds, dog has a nose. Now she can’t hear anything and due to cataracts can’t see much, and creeps like most old dogs, so they didn’t score on them all, but 7 birds, wow. I saw her when she came into the parking lot after and she accepted her praise with the panache of an aristocrat.
Randy was busy on the puppy field with Tom Alexander and Boomer taking their third 1st place of the spring. Rusean Hardman and CJ( which stands for Chief Junior), took second and Dillon Owens and Mia captured 3rd.
Now to all the volunteers who make it happen. Will Wright and Brandon Ward for bringing their Polaris Side by Sides, without them the fun hunts wouldn’t have happened. Randy Billington again doing Yeoman duty as judge on the puppy field for 13 puppy braces. Ellison Gilliland and Carl Brown for spending the entire day in the Gun Dog Field as our never questioned judges. Becky Wright for providing the fabulous Chicken and rice stew. Healthy and delicious, not words normally associated with our lunches, which really hit the spot on a cold day. Linda Dorn for the dinner rolls and cookies. Yea some tried to start with the cookies, the two Mick boys specifically, but the Mom’s in attendance kept order. And Purina for the great support with coupons which justified the entry fees when the winners got home.
So if you didn’t see it, check out Carl Browns facebook post of the end of the day and the spring season. Yea it was like that. See you all at the YOE and in the fall for sure.Read More ›
The scores are in and it wasn’t hard to figure out the winners. Tom Krause and Dapper Dan had a great year and would have been hard to catch but a couple of off late trials made it interesting.
Carl Downs and Sassy, winning every puppy trial but one they entered, really made it hard on everyone. Will look forward to watching this pair in the big field next year.Read More ›
It was a great final field trial of the 2018 season.The Puppies, with 10 entries, looked to be a close race till Sassy hit the field racking up 5 fulls for a score of 215 and taking the POY walking away with a wag of her tail. James Parnell with Coco proved it wasn’t a fluke and again had 5 fulls in the big field, for the second trial in a row, both times with no safeties called. Great dog work and a pleasure to witness. Bob William with his red setter Mike have learned the game and came…Read More ›
Below are listed the points total to date for DOY and POY with one trial, this Saturday 11/3, to go. It should be exciting. Dog of the Year 1st Place-6 points 2nd-5points 3rd -4points 4th 3points 5th 2points 6th 1points =Totals to Date Puppy of the Year 1st place 3 points, 2nd place 2 points, 3rd place 1 point. = totals to date Gwartney, Kate 6 4= 10 Jennsen, Drake 5 =5 Krause, Dapper Dan 4 6 3 3= 16 Parnell, Sis 3= 3 Sample, Hunter 2 6= 8 Parnell, Roxy 1 4 2 =7 Faulkner, Shelly 5 6 =11…Read More ›
Early and late, short and long, first and last. The last trial, several of us were running late to start and it resulted in a frustrating day that ran long. Saturday we were early, and with Phillip Ezell delivering the birds for us, we started on time and even finished early. Last trial Kelly Sample won 1st with Josh Gwartney, who ran last getting real close. This trial Rusean Hardman was in the first brace and Chief was his usual steady self and they posted a score that lasted, you guessed it, till the last brace when James Parnell’s Coco…Read More ›
For those not there, I’m sure you will be surprised to learn we didn’t get a drop of rain all day. That was the good news. The bad news it was hot and humid. Handlers had to be very guarded with their dogs. These dogs will run for us, literally till they die, so it was up to us to take care of them. Kelly Sample was in the first brace and laid down a score for everyone to chase. He then drove to Stillwater for the game so missed all the praise and the critique. Ha. Gene Gray and…Read More ›
Gun Dog Pairing 10-6-18 Brace Dog’s Name Breed Sex Owner\Handler 1 Mike Red Setter M Bob Williams 1 Hunter Brittany M Kelly Sample 2 Joe E. Pointer M Gene Gray 2 Sassy E. Setter F Rusean Hardman 3 Bullet Brittany M Doug Hardesty 3 Rock GSP M Chad Short 4 Shelly Brittany F Ben Faulkner 4 Sis E, Setter F James Parnell 5 Candy Man GSP M Tom Alexander 5 Hanna GSP F Doug Hardesty 6 Dapper Dan GS M Tom Krause 6 Willie Brittany M Mick Gill 7 Rev GSP M Cale Parnell 7 Roxy GSP F James Parnell…Read More ›
It was a beautiful morning with a full moon lighting the way through the gate, just before the sun came up. We dodged a couple of rain showers and it never got as warm as forecasted. The grounds were wet in low places but the cover was excellent and if the planters didn’t throw them in a puddle, the birds flew really well. The scenting conditions seemed perfect to us humans but the dogs, with the 15-17 mph breeze, seemed to have some difficulty pinning them down. Three finds got you in the game but as usual retrieving and a…Read More ›
Gun Dog Stakes Brace Dog’s Name Breed Sex Owner\Handler 1 Sage Brittany F Chris Atherton 1 Kate GSP F Josh Gwartney 2 Willie Brittany M Mick Gill 2 Buddy Brittany M Bill Yuan 3 Mike Red Setter M Bob Williams 3 Shoni Brittany F Ben Faulkner 4 Coco Pointer F James Parnell 4 Josie GSP F Josh Gwartney 5 Roxy GSP F James Parnell 5 Candy Man GSP M Tom Aleander 6 Hoss English Pointer M Larry Moore 6 Moose GSP M Josh Gwartney 7 Dapper Dan GSP M Tom Krause 7 Chief Setter M Hardman/ Mick Gill handling 8…Read More ›
A beautiful day after a week of troubling forecasts. The birds from Phillip Ezell flew great, the judges, Ellison Gilliland and Matt Brown, did a great job. Nobody got shot, nobody contested a score, and there was some great dog work to score for a change. Tom Krause’s Dapper Dan was accused of peeking from the blind when the birds were being planted, because he scored 3 birds in about as many minutes to start his brace and his run to the 1st place score. Ben Faulkner’s Shelly turned in another stellar performance which is becoming the norm. James Parnell…Read More ›