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Result: Michigan Amateur Field Trial Club

Location: Meredith, Michigan

Post Date: May 28, 2019

Submitted By: Bob Wheelock


Judd Kinne Memorial Amateur Shooting Dog Classic Winners. From left: Ricky Hollister, Jr., Chris Jaeger with Grouse Ridge Larry, Bob Wheelock with Out of the Shadows and Craig Merlington with Centerfold Sioux.
MEREDITH, MICH. -- The Gladwin spring season opened the first weekend of April with three full days of entries, great weather and plenty of wild birds.

We counted 93 grouse and woodcock over the weekend. Birds were pointed and seen on every course across the Gladwin grounds.

Friday started with the Judd Kinne Memorial Amateur Shooting Dog Classic (25 entries) judged by Brendan Terrien and Brian Trimmer. The winner of the coveted custom Montana Silver Smith belt buckle, running in the second brace Saturday morning, was Chris Jaeger with Grouse Ridge Larry, owned by Paula Giulitto. Larry had a steady forward race and scored on three well-spaced woodcock at 37, 47 and 52, finishing his hour as strong as he started.

Out of the Shadows started the event on Friday morning and ran hard for 60 minutes, scoring on two woodcock at 30 and 58 and a grouse right at time.

The placements were rounded out with Centerfold Sioux, handled by Craig Merlington. The setter female carded three woodcock in the second half of her brace.

Sean McKellop and Dave Heavlin were in the saddle for the Chester Halley Memorial Amateur Derby, 13 entries vying for the custom one-of-a-kind, hand-tooled leather holster, created by Tracey Guzman and donated each year to the club by Michael Halley. We can't thank Michael enough for his continued support. Ken Moss will proudly wear the custom holster following his run with Moss Meadow Seeker which put down a forward race that required very little handling, scoring on a woodcock at 10 and another at 15. Very fine bird work for this spring Derby. Chris Jaeger was again on the podium, this time with his own charge, Dun Rovens Lucky, setter male which placed second based on a strong, flashy and forward race that was steady from start to finish. Lucky has also won Michigan Derby Dog of the Year and the Flanagan Award for Cover Dog Derby English Setter of the Year. Scott Hershner handled his young charge Hershner's Grouse Gunner Jr. to third.

Neal Minard and Brent Pike looked over the field of puppies for this spring renewal of the Chuck Pagano Memorial Amateur Puppy Classic. This classic is named to honor the founder of Dun Roven Kennels. The winners receive custom headwear provided by Dun Roven along with the rosettes and a rotating trophy for the winner. Hoisting that trophy was Eric Naus with his latest pointer, Glenrae's Stranglehold, which ran a huge, fast and fancy forward race to run away with the blue.

Awarded second was Tupelo Honey, setter female owned by Diane and Bob Wheelock. "Bertie" ran a forward race, handled well but was a bit slower at the finish. Rounding out the placements was Mike Singleton with Singleton's Eagle Scout which ran a nice, steady and easyhandling race. Big hopes for these young dogs.

A big hand as always to Dean Reinke and Purina for their continued support of our club and all they do for field trials in general.

We are fortunate in Michigan to have so many folks who attend, enter and help with everything that needs to be done on any field trial weekend. Moving trucks and marshalling every brace are the two items that require the most folks -- Tom and Wayne Fruchey, Carl McRae, Ann and Eric Naus, Justin Van Beers, Denise and Brent Peters, Diane Wheelock and Rich, Ricky, Jennifer and Randi Hollister.

Meredith, Mich., April 6

Judges: Brendan Terrien and Brian Trimmer

JUDD KINNE MEMORIAL AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG CLASSIC [One-Hour Heats] -- 6 Pointers and 19 Setters

1st--GROUSE RIDGE LARRY, 1673191, setter male, by Long Gone Boston--Grouse Ridge Merri. Paula Giulitto, owner; Chris Jaeger, handler.

2d--OUT OF THE SHADOWS, 1650996, setter female, by Nobody's Shadow--Ramblin Ruby Lou. Bob & Diane Wheelock, owners; Bob Wheelock, handler.

3d--CENTERFOLD SIOUX, 1664157, setter female, by Pepper Jack Wood--Call Me Maggie. Craig Merlington, owner and handler.

Judges: Dave Heavlin and Sean McKellop


and 11 Setters

1st--MOSS MEADOW SEEKER, 1676726, setter male, by Moss Meadow Rambler--Moss Meadow Maggie. Ken Moss, owner and handler.

2d--DUN ROVENS LUCKY, 1675978, setter male, by Dun Rovens Drifter--Texas Black Eyed Pea. Chris Jaeger & Richard Hollister, owners; Chris Jaeger, handler.

3d--HERSHNER'S GROUSE GUNNER JR., 1678064, setter male, by Hershner's Grouse Gunner--Moss Meadow Pepper. Scott Hershner, owner and handler.


Halley Derby Winners. From left: Judge Sean McKellop, Ken Moss with Moss Meadow Seeker, Chris Jaeger with Dun Rovens Lucky and Judge Dave Heavlin.

Judges: Robert Neal Minard and Brent Pike


and 6 Setters

1st--GLENRAE'S STRANGLEHOLD, 1683938, pointer male, by Tongue River Wylie--Tongue River Ruby. Eric & Ann Naus, owners; Eric Naus, handler.

2d--TUPELO HONEY, 1681583, setter female, by Ponderosa Mac--Out of the Shadows. Bob & Diane Wheelock, owners; Bob Wheelock, handler.

3d--SINGLETON'S EAGLE SCOUT, 1683284, setter male, by Shady Hills Whiskey Bonfire--Moss Meadow Lady. Mike Singleton, owner and handler.


Chuck Pagano Memorial Amateur Puppy Winners. From left: Eric Naus with Glenrae's Stranglehold and Bob Wheelock with Tupelo Honey.