Result: Greensburg Trials
Location: Rochester, Pennsylvania
Post Date: Oct 28, 2022
Submitted By: Mike Husenits
Open Derby. From left: Saddled Up Sadie with Joe Cammisa, Pretty Boy Leo with Mark Hughes, Suemac's Hoodoo Dawg with Krysta Munden Standing Eric Munden, Judge, Dave Hughes, Doug McMillen, Jr., Judge.
The annual fall field trial sponsored by the Greensburg Pointer and Setter club was staged on September 10-11 over the famous venue owned by the Beaver Valley Pointer and Setter Club near Rochester, Pa. Three professional trainers and a dozen or so amateurs entered a total of 53 dogs which made for a manageable two-day event. Weather conditions were hot and humid Saturday with an overnight cold front bringing a little rain and milder temperatures on Sunday. Considering Sunday was the anniversary date of 9-11-01, the terrible event that changed everything and everyone, a perspective of appreciation for the freedoms we enjoy in our sport was certainly evident on this day to remember.
The Greensburg Club was founded in 1955; the Beaver Valley Club in 1949 and is the oldest tenured club on the Pennsylvania walking circuit. This trial could be termed as a team effort by both clubs as both have diminished in membership over the past 20 years or so due to aging, mostly. Dave Park wore the field trial chairman's hat and did a great job of planning and preparing with all the bases covered. Your reporter, Joe Cammisa, Norm Meeder, Nick Lasica, Alex Meeder, Reese Carroll and Rick Johnson, assisted Dave. All pitched in to help marshal, provide lunches, judge, bird planting, plus the use of their UTV's and ATV's for various necessities.
The judging panel consisted of seasoned experienced arbiters teamed with younger enthusiast's that gained valuable knowledge and experience while rendering common sense decisions that were received with applause.
The program kicked off Saturday morning with the open puppy stake where all three placed dogs demonstrated potential for a promising future in the winners' circles. Robert Ecker handled wide-ranging Celtic Farms & Kennel Lee to first and also handled the young setter Mankind's Cactus Jack to third. Stella, a smooth moving German Shorthair placed second.
Next on the agenda was the highly competitive open shooting dog with 23 top performing dogs, many champions, showing their wares. Robert Ecker handled Ramapo Mountain Doc, black marked pointer male, to first place. Doc rendered a forever forward hard hunting classy ground race and two stylish mannerly finds, the first at 10 along weedy strip and the second at 20 near an old log pile, both handled with rock solid intensity, pin-point location and complete steadiness for the flush and shot. Double Deuce Zeke, liver marked pointer male handled by Mark Hughes was a close second. Zeke broke away fast and forward, found standing high and tight at 5 along hillside, manners perfect. Sent forward, Zeke disappeared and found pointing at 14 along top flats, again with perfect manners. Sent on, Zeke was found at 20 on side hill with a third find, then ahead and found standing at 25 in the bottom below the clubhouse, this one unproductive following a relocation effort.
Third placed Warrior Zeke, orange marked pointer male also handled by Mark Hughes pressured the higher placed winners with a far reaching forever forward race coupled with perfectly mannered finds at 5, 10, 15 and 20, three far ahead following far-reaching extended casts.
Other strong contenders included Leroy, classy setter with a wide race and a pair of finds. A liver marked pointer named Remi with a medium race and three well handled finds.
Other starters that had their bright spots included Mickey, Midnight Smack, Blaze, Sonny, Midnight Ike, Penny and Cricket.
The Open Derby stake featured three top-notch performances that left the impression that a bright future is in store for all three. Saddled Up Sadie, handled by Mark Hughes for owner Joe Cammisa, won the blue ribbon with a classy forwardly directed ground heat, with Sadie showing she not only could run but was ever mindful of her handler, always swinging forwardly in her quest for game. Sadie scored stylishly on quail with advanced manners for the flush and shot. Dave Hughes handled Pretty Boy Leo to second with a well-directed ground race plus a stylish find on quail where Leo showed advanced manners. Suemac's Hoodoo Dawg earned the yellow ribbon with a hard hunting race, not quite as wide as the other winners, plus impressive bird work, thus giving the judges plenty of reasons for thought before making their final decision.
Wildland Hide The Wine took the blue ribbon in the amateur derby, rendering a well directed ground effort combined with several stylish finds, all handled with complete steadiness to wing and shot. Mulberry Fields Molly, a classy nearly all white English setter ran a snappy forward race directed to likely objectives, always mindful of her handler. Molly pointed birds with style and intensity, holding steadfast until her birds were airborne. Third went to Wildland Wild Man with a hard driving medium range race and solid bird work that defied his tender age.
Wildland Warrior or Lola won the always competitive amateur shooting dog for owner/handler Eric Munden on the merits of a consistently forward hard hunting ground race that paid off with multiple finds with Lola stylish, intense and mannerly on each. Second placed Double Deuce Sage pointed and handled her birds to perfection for owner/handler Doug McMillen, Jr. Slightly less overall range than the top dog made the only difference. Suemac's Sashay, handled by Eric Munden for owners Roger, Susie and Dalton McPherson, ran a far-reaching ground race coupled with perfect bird work but was slightly less consistent in overall application.
Rochester, Pa., September 10 - One Course
Judges: Norm Meeder and Dave Park
OPEN PUPPY - 2 Pointers, 2 Setters, 1 German Shorthair and 1 Irish Setter
1st-CELTIC'S GRETCHEN LEE, Irish setter female, by Paul Ober, owner; Robert Ecker, handler.
2d-STELLA, unreg., German Shorthair female, breeding not given. R. Ketchell, owner and handler.
3d-MANKIND'S CACTUS JACK, 1700014, setter male, by Sterlingworth Jack-King Creek Dot Sero. Johnna Zona, owner; Robert Ecker, handler.
Open Shooting Dog. From left: Ramapo Mountain Doc with Gina Yocum, Double Deuce Zeke with Doug McMillen, Jr., Warrior Zeke with Mike Husenits. Standing: Joe Cammisa, Judges, Mark Hughes and Dave Park.
Judges: Mark Hughes and Dave Park
OPEN SHOOTING DOG - 20 Pointers and 3 Setters
1st-RAMAPO MOUNTAIN DOC, 1680932, pointer male, by Bo of Piney Woods-Sweet Valley Stevie Nicks. Robert Shaban, owner; Robert Ecker, handler.
2d-DOUBLE DEUCE ZEKE, 1673940, pointer male, by Double Deuce Peter-Funseeker Holiday. Doug McMillen, Jr., owner; Mark Hughes, handler.
3d-WARRIOR ZEKE, 1668664, pointer male, by Erin's War Creek-Brave Heart Cassie. Mike Husenits, owner; Mark Hughes, handler.
Judges: Doug McMillen, Jr. and Eric Munden
OPEN DERBY - 4 Pointers and 2 Setters
1st-SADOLED UP SADIE, 1699757, pointer female, by Double Deuce Zeke-Beaver Meadow Rose. Joe Cammisa, owner; Mark Hughes, handler.
2d-PRETTY BOY LEO, 1699782, pointer male, by Grouse Hill Smokey-High Desert Storm. Theodore Moppar, owner; Dave Hughes, handler.
3d-SUEMAC'S HOODOO DAWG, 1701362, pointer male, by Double Deuce Zeke-Beaver Meadow Rose. Roger, Susan & Daulton McPherson, owners; Dave Hughes, handler.
Amateur Shooting Dog. From left: Wildland Warrior with Eric Munden, Double Deuce Sage with Doug McMillen, Jr., Suemac's Shashay with Krysta Munden, Standing: Judges Norm Meeder and Mark Hughes.
Judges: Mark Hughes and Norm Meeder
AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG - 8 Pointers and 4 Setters
1st-WILDLAND WARRIOR, 1676947, pointer female, by Erin's War Creek-Suemac's Coventry. Eric Munden, owner and handler.
2d-DOUBLE DEUCE SAGE, 1673986, pointer female, by Double Deuce Peter-Funseeker's Holiday. Doug McMillen, Jr., owner and handler.
3d-SUEMAC'S SASHAY, 1658242, pointer female, by Chukarhill Little Bud-Richfield Stella. Roger, Susan & Daulton McPherson, owners; Eric Munden, handler.
Judges: Doug McMillen, Jr., and Dave Park
AMATEUR DERBY - 5 Pointers and 1 Setter
1st-WILDLAND HIDE THE WINE, 1697105, pointer male, by Double Deuce Zeke-Beaver Meadow Rose. Eric Munden, owner; Krysta Munden, handler.
2d-MULBERRY FIELDS MOLLY, unreg., setter female, by Stillmeadow's Benjamin-Beaver Meadow Rose. Eric Munden, owner; Krysta Munden, handler.
3d-WILDLAND WILD MAN, 1695981, pointer male, by Double Deuce Zeke-Beaver Meadow Rose. Eric Munden, owner; Krysta Munden, handler.
Amateur Derby. From left: Wildland Hide The Wine with Krysta Munden, Mulberry Fields Molly with Norm Meeder, Wildland Wild Man with Eric Munden. Standing: Judges Doug McMillen, Jr., and Dave Park.