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Result: Region 4 Amateur Walking Shooting Dog Championship

Location: Meredith, Michigan

Post Date: Jul 13, 2022

Submitted By: Richard Hollister


Region 4 Amateur Walking Shooting Dog Championship Winners. Standing: Judges Justin McGrail and Vance Butler. Ken Moss with Moss Meadow Seeker; Bob Wheelock with Out of the Shadows.

The Region 4 Amateur Walking Shooting Dog Championship, hosted by the Michigan Amateur Field Trial Club, returned to the Gladwin Field Trial area in Meredith, Mich., drawing 22 entries. Many thanks to the Region 4 Team, President Jim Pendergest, VP Jim Cipponeri and Tim Hammons and Sec/Tres Mary Sue Schalk for awarding this Championship to the Gladwin community. A large thank you to Greg Blair and the Purina Company for their continued support of this pursuit we all love. Prior to this trial and the start of the spring events the team of Brent and Denise Peters, Mike Singleton and Mike Brown spent a very long day walking, clearing and marking the 16 courses that we currently use.

The trial started on time at 8 am Friday the 8th of April, using every course at the historic Gladwin Grounds. Grouse and woodcock were abundant across the entire 5000 acres, providing ample opportunities for all dogs. Judges recorded a total of 20 grouse and 31 woodcock. Weather was prime for scenting and running bird dogs, hoovering in the mid 30's to low 40's.
Champion Out of the Shadows (Maddie Mae) handled by Bob Wheelock and scouted by Super Scout Diane Wheelock was named Champion. Maddie is no stranger to the winner's circle making this her 2nd championship and 3rd RUCH plus many other wins and awards. Maddie is a 9-year-old orange and white setter female bred and owned by Bob and Diane Wheelock by 2XCh. Nobody's Shadow X Ramblin' Ruby Lou. Maddie ran alone in the 6th brace, fast and flashy as normal. Maddie hit the likely spots wasting no time pointing a grouse at 3 minutes with flawless manners. Moving forward she had another flawless grouse at 13 minutes. The final 47 minutes Maddie reached deep into the Gladwin woods hunting all the likely cover finishing her brace running hard and forward.

Runner-up Moss Meadow Seeker 4-year-old tricolor setter bred and owned by Ken and Mary Moss. Seeker is a son of Moss Meadow Rambler x Moss Meadow Maggie and is also no stranger to the winner's circle. Seeker was named Champion of the International Amateur Woodcock Championship last year and has many other wins under his belt.

Seeker ran in the 7th brace. Seaker has a beautiful gate and cracks the tail with great enthusiasm. Seaker hit the cover and didn't waste time in useless cover, he showed a knack to find birds having a back on his brace mate early in his brace before the road crossing. Seeker scored a woodcock find after the road crossing as his brace mate came in and failed to back. Seaker continued forward and accumulated two more woodcock finds all with great style and manners.
Both winners have been fueled with Purina Pro Plan products their entire life.
Brace 1 Cal Peak Onedredth Meridian (PM-Sarah Gomes) and Eagle Magnum Hotshot (BM-Ken DeLong). Hotshot ran very hard and pointed a grouse. Peak got out of judgment.

Brace 2 Double Deuce Oscar (PM-Doug McMillen) and Northbay's Tennessee Rye (SM-Brandon Short). Both dogs cover the ground but where unable to score on a bird.

Brace 3 Tupelo Honey (SF-Bob Wheelock) and Bax Stars Doc Holiday (GSPM-Shane Baxter). Honey had a nice run going but was unable to handle a grouse properly. Doc had a stop to flush on a grouse.

Brace 4 Hifive's Golde Nugget (PF-Mike Lareau) and Dun Roven's Soozie (SF-Paula Giulitto). Nugget had a woodcock at 35 and a pair of woodcock at 42 but failed to stay broke on the pair. Soozee had a woodcock find but also didn't stay broke on the flush.

Brace 5 Baxter's Pale Rider (SM-Brent Peters) and Springpond Rockin Gibby (SM-Lonnie Rademacher). Rider scored 3 woodcock finds and a stop to flush on a grouse. Gibby was found under a grouse in flight.

Brace 6 Out of the Shadows, Maddie described in the winner's section. Bracemate scratched due to injury.

Brace 7 Moss Meadow Seeker (SM-Ken Moss) and Sutter's Backwoods Rumble (SM-Paula Giulitto). Seeker described above in winners' section. Rumble had an unproductive and then failed to back his bracemate.

Brace 8 Appalachian Elhew Tank(PM-Andrew Ruby) and Double Deuce Sage (PF-Doug McMillen). Both dogs were standing at the end on a divided find and went with the grouse.

Brace 9 Grouse Ridge Larry (SM-Paula Giulitto) and Vitale's Grouse Ringer Pappy (SM-Gary Vitale). Both dogs ran well but were unable to produce a bird.

Brace 10 Double Deuce Zeke (PM-Doug McMillen) and Springpond C'Note (SM-Mike Brown). Both dogs ran well, neither scored a find.

Brace 11 Angel's Envy (ESF-Bob Wheelock) and Stokely B Annie (SFIS-Brian Ralph). Ralph stood at 40; the handler could not fly a bird. At the same time Envy had a woodcock find. Both scored a woodcock at 50. Envy couldn't stand firm at time with 2 woodcock strutting in front of her.
Meredith, Mich., April 8
Judges: Vance Butler and Justin McGrail
REGION 4 AMATEUR WALKING SHOOTING DOG CHAMPIONSHIP [One-Hour Heats] - 6 Pointers, 14 Setters, 1 Brittany and 1 German Shorthair

Winner-OUT OF THE SHADOWS, 1650996, setter female, by Nobody's Shadow-Ramblin Ruby Lou. Bob & Diane Wheelock, owner; Bob Wheelock, handler.
Runner-Up-MOSS MEADOW SEEKER, 1676726, setter male, by Moss Meadow Rambler-Moss Meadow Maggie. Ken Moss, owner and handler.

Judges: Ricky Hollister, Jr. and Lonnie Rademacher

1st-RALPHY'S CHASEHILL RIP, 1697746, pointer male, by Panola Bacon-Chasehill Little Izzy. Brian Ralph, owner and handler.
2d-MERIDITH GRADE KATI, 1692672, setter female, by Jetwood-I'm Blue Who. Dennis Keysor, owner; Mike Singleton, handler.
3d-RALPHY'S CHASEHILL MOLLY, 1697757, pointer female, by Panola Bacon-Chasehil Littlle Izzy. Brian Ralph, owner and handler.


Chester Halley Memorial Amateur Derby Classic Winners. From left: Rob Ellis with Ralphy's Chasehill Molly, Mike Singleton, Meredith Grade Kati, Brian Ralph, Ralphy's Chasehill Rip.

Judges: Mike Singleton and Brandon Short
CHUCK PAGANO MEMORIAL AMATEUR PUPPY CLASSIC - 2 Pointers, 10 Setters, 1 Brittany and 2 German Shorthairs

1st-SWEET'S NOBLE BILL, 1697049, setter male, by Ponderosa Mac-Moss Meadow Kate. Jeff Sweet, owner and handler.
2d-DUN ROVEN'S BOURBON CREEK, setter male, by Dun Roven's Zip-Aikens Bine Animosh. Chris Jarger, owner; Mark Fernandez, handler.
3d-HENRY DANGER, 1696907, setter male, by Ponderosa Mac-Eldridge's Beauty and Beast. Mark Kryzaniwskyj, owner and handler.


Chuck Pagano Memorial Amateur Puppy Classic Winners. Standing, judge Brandon Short. From left: Mark Kryzaniwskyj, Henry Danger; Chris Jaejer (handler) Mark Fernandez(owner) Dun Roven's Bourbon Creek; Sweet's Noble Bill with owner/handler Jeff Sweet.