Result: Western Brittany All-Age and Shooting Dog Championships
Location: Madras, Oregon
Post Date: Aug 10, 2022
Submitted By: Jim Hammett
Western Brittany All-Age Championship. From left: Angela Schillereff, judge; Dan Campbell with Mr. Staley; Tim Schillereff, judge; Jim Hammett with High Lonesome Sage.
The Western Brittany All-Age Championship ran March 30-31 before the Oregon Brittany Club's Spring horseback trial on our regular trial grounds on the Crooked River National Grasslands, near Madras, Oreg. This is the second year the Oregon Brittany Club has sponsored this championship.
Morning temperatures on the grounds at the Crooked River National Grasslands, near Madras, Oregon were well below freezing, but daytime high temperatures were in the mid-50s. Winds were moderate to light both days. Scenting conditions were exceptional, with most dogs finding birds.
Judges for this year's championship were a husband/wife team of Angela and Tim Schillereff, pro trainers who have a large training facility on Sauvie Island, north of Portland, Oreg. Both are very familiar with western all-age dogs, having judged many all age stakes in and around the Northwest.
Generous and valued support came from Purina. This support can mean the difference between losing money on a trial and breaking even. We are very grateful for their generous assistance. Additional support came from the U. S. Forest Service who provided the permit to use public lands for this purpose.
March 30, Day 1
Brace 1. We kicked off Wednesday morning at 8:00 AM. MVP Game On (Joe) handled by Paul Doiron was braced with Mr. Staley (Doc) handled by Dan Campbell. Both dogs ran forward at moderate distance. At 20, just after the water barrel, Doc was standing in heavy sage. A bird was produced, refusing to fly, but was blanked by Dan as it ran off and all was in order. At 25, Joe was standing near the thicker junipers. A bird was flushed, and Joe was steady to wing and shot. At 30, Joe was standing near Chukar Hill, Paul relocated Joe four times, produced a bird and all was in order. At 55, Joe had a final find in the big flat at the end, but Joe laid down under the pressure of a running bird, ending what had been a very nice run. Doc, meanwhile, continued to run at moderate range and finished forward.
Brace 2. M T B Louree's V-O-2 Max (Max) handled by Tom White was braced with HVK's Kid Chance (Chance) handled by Joe Gower. Both dogs took off strongly to the front, with Max taking a right at the gate and exploring the country south of the gravel road and north of the course. Chance stayed forward nicely and handled well to the front. At 47, near the second gate, Max was found standing near Chukar Hill, but took out the bird as his handler approached, ending his run. At 55, Chance was standing on the flat, a bird was produced, and all was in order. He finished forward with a very nice, controlled all-age run.
Brace 3. Spanish Corral's Big Iron (Colt) handled by Joe Gower was braced with High Lonesome Bowden Hills (Bo) handled by Jim Hammett. Both dogs broke to the front, Bo heading southeast through the thicker sage, Colt due south, on course. At 27, Bo was found standing, but his handler could not produce a bird and they continued on. At 40, Colt had a nice find near Chukar Hill and second find at 55. At 56, Bo was standing near the flat, a bird was produced, and Bo stood firm. Both dogs had nice forward casts but returned to their handlers several times during the Brace.
Brace 4. SR's Blew By Typhoon (Ty) handled by Paul Doiron was braced with Wild Wild Willie, (Willie) handled by Steve Cosgriff. Both dogs broke away strong, Ty running a bit bigger than Willie, but both dogs stayed forward. At 35, Willie was standing in front of a dead juniper, but this turned out to be non-productive. Willie continued with a big run across the bowl. At 48, Willie was standing near the rock pile, but took out the bird as handler and judge approached, ending his run. Ty slowed and shortened up a bit in a moderate headwind as the course turned north, but his was an outstanding run. Unfortunately, he finished birdless.
Brace 5. Blew Me Away (Bud) handled by Paul Doiron was braced with High Lonesome Owyhee Storm (Storm) handled by Jim Hammett. Both dogs ran strongly to the south, showing at the first gate. Storm made a nice cast up the south hillside, but was reported to have put up a bird, and was picked up at 25. Bud ended with three finds at 29, 35, 55 with all in order and one non-productive at 40. He also slowed considerably when he turned into the north breeze.
March 31 Day 2
Brace 6. This pair broke away at 8 AM on March 31. Dynamitemakeit (Dyna) handled by Paul Doiron was braced with High Lonesome Sage (Sage) handled by Jim Hammett. Both dogs did a very nice job staying forward. After the water barrel, Sage was out 600 yards or more to the front and was seen on the ridge before the north turn. As handler and judges topped that ridge, he was found standing to the front on the sidehill near a juniper. A bird was produced, and all was in order at 35. Sage continued to run big with finds at 45 and 56. On his second find, he self-relocated a couple steps on a walking bird as his handler approached on the horse. Dyna continued with a shorter run, but ended with two finds at 46, and 50.
Brace 7. M T B Louree's Let's Have A Fee Esta (Esta) handled by Tom White ran as a bye in the last brace. Esta ran very strong and forward race with a big loop toward Chukar Hill at the mid-point of the course. Her finish was the best of the stake. She was spotted at 58 by the judge running the crest of the hill. From here she turned north into the bowl and continued to search for a find, but unfortunately finished birdless.
Madras, Oreg., March 30
Judges: Angela Schillereff and Tim Schillereff
WESTERN BRITTANY ALL-AGE CHAMPIONSHIP [One-Hour Heats] - 13 Brittanys
Winner-H V K'S KID CHANCE, unreg., male, by Spanish Corral's Sundance Kid-Blew By Yet. Carey Jellison, owner; Joe Gower, handler.
Runner-Up-MR. STALEY, 1694752, male, by Beans Blaze-Janee's Rush'n Past the Limit. Dan Campbell, owner and handler.
Western Brittany Shooting Dog Championship
The 2022 Western Brittany Shooting Dog Championship followed the Oregon Brittany Club's Spring trial and was held April 4-5. The historic Madras trial grounds are a beautiful setting. With clear skies each day, Mt. Jefferson, Mt Hood, and several other Northwest volcanoes dominated the horizon.
Judges for the event were Rick Axtell, of Eugene, Oregon, and Mark Shearman, from Sandy, Oregon. Both judges are seasoned judges with both AF and AKC experience.
Purina supported this championship as they have in the past. That support is always appreciated and highly valued! Likewise, the US Forest Service provides us with a permit to use public land for these trials. Without their support, there would be no trials.
The unpredictable spring weather turned out a bit rough for this two-day event. With rain, snow, and high wind on the morning of April 4, we delayed the start until noon. The rain stopped mid-morning, but the wind continued all day, at times gusting to 50 mph. It did not seem to affect the dogs so much as the handlers, judges, and this reporter. The windchill atop a horse was brutal!
April 4 Day 1
Brace 1. Dynamitemakeit (Dyna) handled by Paul Doiron was braced with CL Spanish Whiskey Bender (Ben) handled by Casey Precht. Both dogs ran a nice initial race, staying forward and hunting into the strong headwind. Dyna was running a bit bigger than Ben, but both were working the wind and applying themselves nicely. At 8, Dyna was standing a bird at the first rise and Ben arrived shortly thereafter. The judges ruled this a divided find. All was in order with the subsequent flush. At 14, Dyna had a second find just before the gate. A bird was produced, and all was in order. At 25, Ben ran over a bird and gave chase, ending his run. Dyna continued with a third find at 49 and ended forward.
Brace 2. Redlines Trace of Smoke (Trace) handled by Paul Doiron was braced with Christe's Im a Jakester (Jake) handled by Larry Sandusky. Both these dogs ran forward nicely and were birdless until 42 when Trace had a find in a lone juniper near the last water barrel. Subsequently, both dogs were found standing at 53 on the same bird. The judges ruled this a divided find. At 58, a bird flushed in front of Trace and a chase occurred, ending his run. Jake finished well, strong and forward.
Brace 3 HVK Turn Back Time (Mick) handled by Paul Doiron was braced with Zips Moon Dance Kid (Skeeter) handled by Larry Sandusky. At 21, Mick pointed on the bitterbrush sidehill after the first gate. Mick took a couple steps on the flush but remained down. Skeeter was seen under a bird at 32 and was picked up. Mick finished the stake with a moderate run but did not find another bird.
Brace 4 HVK Little Man Tate (Tate) handled by Paul Doiron was braced with MTB Calpatch Idaho Gem-A (Gemma) handled by Tom White. This was a very nice gun dog race. Both dogs were snappy and forward and obviously having a good time in the gusty conditions. Both dogs ran the bowl nicely, with Gemma standing at the top of the bowl near the tire at 29. This turned out to be a non-productive. At 30, Tate was found on point before the second gate, a bird was produced, and all was in order. At 32, Tate pointed the same bird that had flown down-course, but all was in order with this flush. At 44, Gemma pointed near the water barrel, a bird was produced, and all was in order. Both dogs finished forward.
April 5 Day 2
Brace 5. This brace broke away the following morning at 8:30, April 5, with slightly better weather conditions. The wind was still a factor but was lighter and more westerly. MVP Game On (Joe) handled by Paul Doiron was braced with Mr. Staley (Doc) handled by Dan Campbell. At 7, Doc had a find at the rock pile but handled it poorly and chased at the flush. Simultaneously, Joe had a find to the west which he handled well and moved on. At 25, Joe had a find on top of the bitterbrush hill with all in order. At 32, Joe made a big move south and began to look more like the all age dog he is. At 50, he'd been out of pocket for an extended period and Paul picked him up.
Brace 6. Sonny's Hot Summer Breeze (Breezy) handled by Paul Doiron ran as a bye. Breezy started by quartering into the northwest wind but began to stretch out after the turn near the first gate. At 17, Breezy was found standing on the south hillside opposite the bitter brush hill. A bird was produced, and all was in order. At 20, Breezy had a second hillside find at south end of the bitterbrush hill, but it turned out non-productive. At 39, Breezy had a find with all in order under the powerline. At 46, Breezy had a find before the second water barrel, but this also turned out to be a second nonproductive. At the end, she shortened up running into the headwind, but finished with a very nice, controlled, gundog run.
Brace 7. K Nine Finale's Way to Go (Allie) handled by Paul Doiron was braced with Jalos Rangle (Rangle) handled by Jim House. Both dogs ran a big race with multiple finds. At 6, both dogs had separate finds, Allie's to the west and Rangel's at the rockpile. All was order with both finds, but Rangle got very low as he anticipating the flush. Both dogs continued forward, with Allie having a second find at 12, and Rangle at 15. All was in order with both finds. At 19, Allie was standing pointing into a bitterbrush and Rangle came in from the west and pointed the same bird, initially flagging vigorously. Paul flushed and all was in order. Rangle followed with finds at 23 and 34. At 30, both dogs took a major back cast and headed to the top of the ridge near camp. Allie stuck a bird near the top of the hill with all in order. At 43, Rangle had a 4th find before the second gate. Again, Rangle got very low, but Jim elected to take a non-productive and move on. At 50, Allie began to get a bit erratic and headed toward the road, but Paul got Allie back under control and made the turn with both dogs finishing strong.
Brace 8. Bud had a big run with finds at 7, 27, 35, and 54 and a unproductive at 47. Bud ran very large at the start and got delayed hunting the heavier sage mid-course.
Judges: Rick Axtell and Mark Shearman
WESTERN BRITTANY SHOOTING DOG CHAMPIONSHIP [One-Hour Heats] - 14 Brittanys
Winner-DYNAMITEMAKEIT, 1676167, female, by Spanish Corral's Sundance Kid-Blew By Yet. Peggy Doiron, owner; Paul Doiron, handler.
Runner-Up-JALOS RANGLE, unreg., male, by Spanish Corral's Sonny Patch-Jalo's Spec Tacular. Jim House, owner and handler.
OREGON BRITTANY CLUB
Judges: Dan Campbell and Steve Cosgriff
OPEN SHOOTING DOG - 4 Pointers, 2 German Drahthaars, 6 German Shorthairs, 1 Vizsla and 17 Brittanys
1st--K NINE FINALE'S WAY TO GO, 1678661, Brittany female, by Megasmoke Grand Finale-K Nine's On the Loose. Linda McDonald, owner; Paul Doiron, handler.
2d-ELHEW SEA ME CHARM'EM, 1677301, pointer male, by Elhew Snakecharm-Elhew Sea Me Run. Mel Lueck & Mel Pfeifle, owners; Tim Schillereff, handler.
3d-CEDAR CREEK HAWKEYE, 1641599, Brittany male, by Spanish Corral's Sundanced Kid-Zippity do Dot. Joe Waitman, owner and handler.
Judges: Steve Ball and Tom White
OPEN PUPPY - 1 German Drahthaar, 3 German Shorthairs, 1 Vizsla and 3 Brittanys
1st--TONELLI'S SOLEGGIATA, unreg., German Shorthair female, by Tonelli's Sky of the Rising Sun-McShane's Keyways Sherman County Roxx. Kathlene Boyd, owner; Tim Schillereff, handler.
2d-JUMP CREEKS TRIPLE THREAT, 1699337, German Shorthair male, by Tonelli's Sky of the Rising Sun-McShane's Keyways Sherman County Roxx. Kathlene Boyd, owner; Tim Schillereff, handler.
3d-BACHMAN BAY VOM SHELF'S MALHEUR, unreg., German Drahthaar female, by Top Shelf's Ozzman Cometh-Bachman Bay Harriett Hunrunner. Domenic Bachman, owner; Derrick Olsen, handler.
Judges: Rick Axtell and Patti Van De Covering
OPEN ALL-AGE - 4 German Drahthaars, 4 German Shorthairs and 13 Brittanys
1st--SNAKEBITE N V, 1667512, pointer female, by Oregon's Wren-Heyu Too Pickles. Melitta Lueck, owner; Tim Schillereff, handler.
2d- H V K'S KID CHANCE, unreg., male, by Spanish Corral's Sundance Kid-Blew By Yet. Carey Jellison, owner; Joe Gower, handler.
3d-S R'S BLEW BY TYPHOON, 1668018, Brittany male, by Spanish Corral's Sundance Kid-Blew By Yet. Dan Doiron, owner; Paul Doiron, handler.
Judges: Lisa Deleonardo and Jeff Walter
AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG - 2 German Drahthaars, 1 German Shorthair, 1 Setter and 14 Brittanys
1st--RIDEN HIGH BOBBI, 1696963, German Shorthair female, by Riden High Rudy-R C's Rockin Ruby. Mike Mikelsen, owner and handler.
2d-M T B CALPATCH IDAHO GEM A, 1681594, Brittany female, by Spanish Corral's Sonny Patch-M T B Scipio's Hotshot Whizki. Tom White & Margaret Horstmeyer, owners; Tom White, handler.
3d-HALL'S BABY GIRL MADDELYN, unreg., Brittany female, by K Nine's Wind Runner-K Nine Gun's and Roses. Shawn D. Hall, owner and handler.
Judges: Steve Ball and Tom White
OPEN DERBY - 3 German Shorthairs and 10 Brittanys
1st--TONELLI'S HIGH DOLLAR HOBBY, 1699220, German Shorthair male, by Tonelli's Sky Ofthe Rising Sun-Hardcore Cuttin Jokers Wild. Kathlene Boyd, owner; Tim Schillereff, handler.
2d-SMOKIN HOT EMBER, 1690912, Brittany female, by Redline's Tequila Smoker-Sonny's Hot Summer Breeze. Myra0Dawn Ellis, owner; Paul Doiron, handler.
3d-TONELLI'S SOLEGGIATA, unreg., German Shorthair female, by Tonelli's Sky Ofthe Rising Sun-McShane's Keyways Sherman County Roxx. Kathlene Boyd, owner; Tim Schillereff, handler.
Judges: Mark Shearman and Connie Strom
AMATEUR ALL-AGE - 2 Pointers, 2 German Drahthaars, 1 Setter and 11 Brittanys
1st-- H V K'S KID CHANCE, unreg., male, by Spanish Corral's Sundance Kid-Blew By Yet. Carey Jellison, owner; Joe Gower, handler.
2d- SNAKEBITE N V, 1667512, pointer female, by Oregon's Wren-Heyu Too Pickles. Melitta Lueck, owner; Mel Lueck, handler.
3d-HIGH LONESOME SAGE, 1660632, Brittany male, by Spanish Corral's Sundance Kid-Blew By Yet. Jim Hammett, owner and handler.
Judges: Dan Campbell and Mark Shearman
AMATEUR PUPPY - 2 Pointers and 3 Brittanys
1st--WIND MTN TEQUILA VALKYRIE, 1695650, Brittany female, by Triple Shot of Tequila-Wind Mtn's Warrior Princess. Connie Strom, owner and handler.
2d-SPANISH CORRAL'S CHUKAR NORRIS, unreg., Brittany male, by Spanish Corral's Sundance Kid-Knine Finale's Way to Go. Ashley & Matt Arz, owners; Joe Gower, handler.
Western Brittany Shooting Dog Championship. From right: Paul Doiron with Dynamitemakeit: Mark Shearman, judge; Peggy Doiron with HVK's Little Man Tate; Rick Axtell, judge; Dan Doiron with K Nine Finale's Way to Go.