Result: National Walking Shooting Dog Futurity
Location: Harrisville, Pennsylvania
Post Date: Sep 1, 2022
Submitted By: Allen Fazenbaker
32nd Futurity Winners (Front row): Foxy Lady Sadie with Mike Fox, Miller's Special Upgrade with Mark Hughes, Wildland Sweet Caroline with Eric Munden, Beaver Meadow
Bit with Joe Cammisa, and Finnegan Fielder. (Back row): Sandy Sargent (judge), Gunner Boyer (judge), Dave Park, Krysta Munden, Dave Hughes, and Norm Meeder.
Foxie Lady Sadie, red setter female out of Ch. Zansett Simply Red ex Foxy's Lil Red Missy, is the winner of the 32nd National Walking Shooting Dog Futurity. Running in the 5th brace, this petite little girl made a historical placement as the first red setter in the history of the National Walking Shooting Dog Futurity to win this prestigious national honor. "Sadie" as she is affectionally called by her breeder, owner, and handler Mike Fox of Patriot, Indiana, broke away from the heavy cable gate and sped to the west, showing a racy and classy and forward moving gait as she disappeared over the top of the ridge. At 9 the gallery peaked the top and Sadie was seen in the distance, standing in the far corner. She was motionless and perfectly staunch as Mike flushed the bird, and she remained so throughout the flush and shot. Moving on, Sadie traversed the wide expanse east, crossing the creek and heading toward the northern slope near the deer stand. Flashes of her could be seen through the woods as she hunted hard in her quest for birds.
As the gallery rounded the turn at the creek, Sadie was observed standing on the north side, just under the deer stand. Mike flushed her bird and once again, all was in order. Moving on, Sadie crossed the watering hole, taking the edge around Regis Pond, and moving across with a wide cast towards the observation platform. She finished her 30 minutes forward and showing exceptional power and style, yet obviously working for her handler. Sadie's bloodline flows out of the well known Zansett Kennels, founded by the late Stan Zdanzcewicz of Muskego, Wis., Silver Creek Kennels, founded by Tim and Kris Hammons of Berea, Ky., and Restless Red Kennels, founded by Bob and Catherine Gove of Princeton Minnesota. These kennels have been and continue to be prolific producers of champion red setters and have historically produced such champions as Abra, Triple Creek Abbie, Rock the World, Wing Shot Fling, Restless Wind, Restless Red Toolman, Zansett Bootleg, and many others. Sadie holds the promise of adding to that great lineage of red setter champions.
Taking the number two spot for her handler Mark Hughes was Miller's Special Upgrade. "Penny" scored her first find at 5 on the top of the breakaway slope, with excellent manners throughout. She carded her second find at 20 in the northern section of the course, again displaying mature manners on her bird, in spite of some pressure from her bracemate who moved in on the find. She finished strong and forward. Penny is owned by Carlos Escalante and bred by Jack and Fran Miller.
Third place, running in the eighth brace, was awarded to Wildlands Sweet Caroline, owned and handled by Eric Munden. Caroline casted away and up the breakaway slope, around the turn, and was found standing bellow the observation deck, where she showed excellent manners on her find as Eric flushed the bird. Moving forward into the bottom, Caroline scored her second find, again showing broke manners on her game. She finished strong and to the front.
Rounding out the Futurity placements for her veteran handler Hall of Famer Dave Hughes was Beaver Meadow Bit. Bit scored a nonproductive at the top of the breakaway hill, and then stood her first bird at 9 over the top of the hill, showing broke manners for her handler. She scored again at 14 in the bottom with her bracemate honoring, and again at 22 in the north field below the deer stand, each with excellent broke manners. She showed a pleasing forward race for the gallery and finished to the front to take the number four spot.
This year's Futurity was a pleasant and enjoyable weekend. After two plus years of restrictions due to the pandemic, everyone enjoyed being together and sharing the camaraderie that comes with running bird dogs! The weather was enjoyable, albeit a bit warm for the dogs, but everyone was excited to be together again and to share our common love of the sport. We had a very respectable showing of dogs this year, with a very robust entry not only of Futurity derbies, but also a large gathering of puppies, boding well for the future of our sport. The National Walking Shooting Dog Futurity Secretary Dave Park did a yeoman's job procuring judges, obtaining birds, organizing the paperwork and covering all the details that are needed to run a national caliber field trial.
This thirty-second reunion of the National Walking Shooting Dog Futurity was contested at the grounds of the Oak Ridge Pointing Dog Club in Harrisville Pennsylvania. Western Pennsylvania has been a bastion of walking Shooting Dog competitors for many years; its central location to many prime hunting areas, notably for grouse and woodcock, has fostered a long history of walking dogs. This was the eighth year hosting the National Walking Shooting Dog Futurity for the Oak Ridge Pointing Dog Club; the grounds are a wide expanse of open fields, interspersed by spotty wooded areas, notably in the bottoms. These grounds are rolling and open, being the end result of strip mine reclamation many years prior. A dog can be seen for a ways on these grounds, and so must have good ground application and style to catch the eye of the judge. The half-hour course utilized for this event broke away at the heavy cable gate and traveled west along a wide expanse of open gently rising grassy fields and feed strips, cresting at a small grove of woods, and then dropping into the valley on the western boundary. The course then gently curved clockwise into the open valley, following an edge, where the course crossed a drainage ditch, passing a small hummock, continuing north and then looping slowly to the east marked by a large deer stand, following a wood line along the northern ridge of the reclaimed strip mine. After crossing a small creek flowing from the wooded section on the northeast portion of the property, the course entered an open field interspersed with small bushes and other objectives, then turned south at a small pond fondly referred to as the "Regis Pond," and followed the southern edge of the field, to end at the observation deck. The National Walking Shooting Dog Futurity Association is so grateful to the Board of the Oak Ridge Pointing Dog Club for their willingness to host this prestigious event. The grounds were in excellent shape this year, thanks in part to warm weather conditions the previous month that had permitted some flush of new growth, but not excessive. The Officers of the National Walking Shooting Dog Futurity wish to thank all those who entered their dogs and for supporting this important walking breeder's stake.
Futurity judges are especially critical to the success of this sport, as they must judge the promise of potential champions. This year's selection of judges represented a vast amount of experience in running, breeding, and training Walking Shooting Dogs. Our Futurity and Shooting Dog judges were Sandy Sargent from Slippery Rock Pennsylvania and Gunner Boyer from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. The Puppy Classic was judged by Steve Tubach from Slippery Rock, Pa., and Sandy Sargent. These judges spent many hours in the saddle in support of our sport, and their verdicts were well received and appreciated. This reporter noted that every judge noted that the quality of dogs in all three stakes was exceptional, and that certainly bodes well for the future of walking field trials in our sport.
Our field trial sport would not be at such a high-quality level were it not for the support of several sponsors. Purina has been a stalwart supporter of the National Walking Shooting Dog Futurity for many years. This year, as in past years, Purina donated Pro Plan food for the winners. Our thanks go out to Purina rep, Greg Blair and the people of Purina for their outstanding support of our sport. Not only does Purina provide support of our trial, they also produce a high quality food that supports your canine nutritional needs. If you want your dogs to eat the best, choose Purina products.
SportDOG Brand , our other major sponsor, is a manufacturer of high quality electronic training equipment. Jim Moorehouse of SportDOG Brand was most gracious in donating SportDOG Brand collars for use by the club. SportDOG Brand carries a wide variety of high quality e-collars, as well as trackers, bark collars, and other canine-related training equipment. Their products are durable, reliable, and offered at a very reasonable cost. And most importantly, they back up their products with personal service. If you are in the market for a new collar or tracker, consider SportDOG Brand . Thanks to SportDOG Brand for your support of our field trial sports and our Walking Futurity.
Helping Hands Continuing the tradition of offering a program booklet for the Futurity, a 32nd National Walking Shooting Dog Futurity booklet was available to all participants and spectators. Such booklets don't just happen; they require substantial effort and behind-the-scenes work. We were fortunate to have a special lady who once again stepped up to the plate and provided the effort and work to produce a very nice program for our 32nd annual celebration. Special thanks to Deborah Fazenbaker of Kingsville, Ohio for gathering sponsors, designing, and producing this great memento of our Futurity. This booklet continues to be an annual part of our Futurity and it is well received. For those of you who were unable to obtain a copy, an online version is available on the National Walking Shooting Dog Futurity Facebook page at ******** Be sure to visit our sponsors and thank them as well for supporting the National Walking Shooting Dog Futurity with their purchase of a page in our program. We also wish thank our professional handlers, who are an essential part of our sport and its success. Mark Hughes, Hall of Famer Dave Hughes, Scott Forman, and Justin Mason ran dogs during the weekend, and their support is much appreciated.
Last, but certainly not least, a huge thank you to everyone who pitched in and worked so hard to make this Futurity a success. Our National Walking Shooting Dog Futurity Dave Park, club members Chris Catanzarite, Futurity President Norm Meeder, Doug McMillian, Eric Munden, Futurity Vice President Joe Cammisa, Justin Mason, Kara Thatcher, Al Fazenbaker, Deb Fazenbaker, and others assisted in bird planting, line marshalling, supplying horses, and many other duties to keep things moving. The old expression "many hands make light work" was certainly evident this weekend as we had many helpers, and in the course of events, made many new friends in the field trial fraternity. My apologies if I missed anyone. And, a big 'thank you' to all the participants who entered their derbies, puppies, and shooting dogs, and supported the efforts of the weekend.
GENE UHLMAN PUPPY CLASSIC
The Gene Uhlman Puppy Classic is named after the iconic Gene Uhlman, a native of western Pennsylvania, where he began his love for field trial bird dogs while attending Charleroi High School, south of Pittsburgh. Gene was a high school teacher, but his love of bird dogs eventually changed his career, and he became a full time dog trainer until his death in 1992. Gene developed numerous winning dogs including Counterdrive, Countercharge, Keystone Skeezie, Elhew Link's Jewel, Rollin' Rebel, and many others. The National Walking Shooting Dog Futurity is pleased to name this Puppy Classic in his honor.
The Gene Uhlman Puppy Classic started the day's activities, breaking away Saturday morning on the east end of the course near Regis' Pond, and heading west towards the observation deck. Turning north, the course crossed the ditch, traveled a gradual east, and finished up near Regis' Pond to complete the loop. This year's Classic was won in convincing fashion by Molly, pointer female handled by Brian Ralph. Running in the 6th brace, Molly showed several nice casts, following the course and hunting hard for her handler to take the blue. Dee, pointer female handled by Chris Catanzarite and Molly, setter female handled by Mark Hughes, rounded out the placements.
Brace 1: Denver (PM/Park) and Wayne (PM/K. Munden). Denver started out slowly but picked up the pace becoming better with each minute of time and showed a classy way of moving. Wayne showed a wide and forward race with plenty of class for his handler.
Brace 2: Granger (PM/Mason) and Molly (ESF/M. Hughes). Granger showed a wide race but was a bit rough on the handle. Molly showed a consistent drive, hunted, and a pleasing handle for her handler to garner the third place award.
Brace 3: Dee (PF/Catanzarite) and Riley (ESM/Ralph). Dee, the second-place puppy, showed a wide race for her handler, covering the country in a classy manner. Riley showed a big race but was absent for some time.
Brace 4: Annie (ESF/Helmes) and Trigger (RSM/Fazenbaker). Annie showed a moderate race for her handler. Tigger was not pleasing his handler and was on the leash shortly after breakaway.
Brace 5: Klark (ESM/Matson) and Chuck (PM/E. Munden). Klark showed a classy and forward pattern, hunting and staying to the front with a moderate reach. Chuck showed a pleasing but shorter race.
Brace 6: Parker (PM/M. Hughes) and Molly (PF/Ralph). Parker showed a medium race for her handler. Molly was noted above.
Brace 7: Rock (PM/Helmes) and Sassy (PF/Komlos). Both puppies in this brace showed forward but shorter ground patterns for their handlers.
Brace 8: Bailey (PF/Park) and Sadie (PF/M. Hughes). Bailey ran a moderate race with plenty of style. Sadie showed a moderate and forward race with several nice forward casts.
Brace 9: Rip (PM/Ralph) and Leo (PM/M. Hughes). Rip found the front and made some nice casts in the process. Leo showed a wide and forward race, with a classy way of going, but was rough on the handle.
Brace 10: Mannie (RSF/Fazenbaker) amd JoJo (PF/Helmes). Mannie showed a wide and forward race, with a classy way of going, but was a bit ragged on the handle. Jojo showed a pleasing forward and moderate race.
Harriesville, Pa., April 23 - One Course
Judges: Gunner Boyer and Steve Tubach
GENE ULHMAN PUPPY CLASSIC - 20 Entries
1st--RALPHY'S CHASEHILL MOLLY, 1697757, pointer female, by Panola Bacon-Chasehill Little Izzy. Brian Ralphy, owner and handler.
2d-BACKCOUNTRY PURE GOLD, 1694791, pointer female, by Springflow's Backcountry P-Backcountry Tornado. Chris Catanzarite, owner and handler.
3d-MULBERRY FIELDS MOLLY, unreg., setter female, by Stillmeadow's Benjamin-The Eiger. Norm Meeder, owner; Mark Hughes, handler.
Gene Ulhman Puppy Classic Winners (front row): Brian Ralph with Ralphy's Chasehill Molly,
Chris Catanzarite with Backcountry Pure Gold, and Mark Hughes with Mulberry Fields Molly.
(Back row): Steve Tubach (judge), Gunnar Boyer and Norm Meeder.
32nd National Walking Shooting Dog Futurity
The Futurity winners were noted above. Thanks to the diligence of the judges and field Marshall, all futurity braces were able to be completed in one day. The conditions for the day's running were unseasonably warm, with temperatures approaching 80 degrees F. and skies varying from sunny to cloudy; however, in spite of the warm conditions, the dogs faired well, and did not seem to be overly taxed due to the warm conditions. Water was plentiful throughout the course, and this undoubtedly was helpful for the running.
Brace 1: Miller's Special Upgrade (PM/M. Hughes) and Caliber Peak Whiskey Rhino (PM/McMillan). Miller's Special Upgrade is noted in the placements previously. Rhino scored his first find at 4 near the top of the breakaway hill; he held briefly, then gave chase and retrieved the find to his handler. He scored his second find at 11, in the north field below the deer stand, again giving a hearty chase. At 20 Rhino moved in on his bracemate to share a find, but then pushed the bird and put it to flight. He ran a moderate race for the judges.
Brace 2: Pistol Patch Bullet (PM/Forman) and Caliber Peak Double Oak (PM/D. Hughes). Bullet scored his first find at 5 near the top of the breakaway hill, with Double Oak honoring. Bullet showed good manners on his bird. He scored a second find at 20, below the deer stand on the north part of the course, again with all in order. He showed several nice casts and handled nicely, finishing to the front. Double Oak showed a medium race and had no bird work.
Brace 3: Thunder Hills Back In Black (PM/M. Hughes) and B K La Palomablanca (PF/Lanning). Palomablanca scored the only find in this brace at 8, and gave a robust chase after the flush. Back in Black showed an extremely wide race, was absent for some time, and produced no birds.
Brace 4: Beaver Meadow Bit (PF/D. Hughes) and Backwoods Wildfire Bry (PM/Mason). Beaver Meadow Bit was noted previously. Bry scored his first find at 5 just over the breakaway hill; he showed broke manners for the judges. After honoring his bracemate's find at 14, Bry scored again at 19 in the bottom, again showing broke manners. He suffered a nonproductive at 22 below the deer stand and finished the brace with a moderate range.
Brace 5: Foxie Lady Sadie (RSF/Fox) and Double Deuce Miles (PM/M. Hughes). Foxie Lady Sadie, the Futurity winner, was noted previously. Miles scored his first of two finds in the trees to the right of the breakaway, displaying finished manners for his handler. Show a wide and forward pattern, he pointed his second find in a feed strip along the bottom, again showing broke manners. He finished strong and forward, showing a large finishing cast.
Brace 6: Thunder Hills Storm Rider (PM/M. Hughes) and Bell Stop Boomer (PM/Hetrick). Storm Rider scored a find at the top of the breakaway but was on the leash after giving chase. Boomer was not pleasing his handler and was on the leash at 15.
Brace 7: Conneaut Creek Scenic River (RSM/D. Hughes) and Grouse Ridge Mags (ESF/Forman). River scored the first find of the brace at 14 in the bottom, showing broke manners for his handler. Mags pointed at 21 with River backing, but no bird could be produced. At 25 River bumped a bird below the deer stand and was on the leash after giving chase. Mags scored her first find at 28 near Regis Pond, showing broke manners for her handler. She scored again at time in the same area, again with good manners. Both dogs showed moderately strong and forward races.
Brace 8: Caliber Peak Double Barrel (PF/J. Gomes) and Wildlands Sweet Caroline (PF/E. Munden). Double Barrel had no birds. Wildlands Sweet Caroline was noted previously.
Brace 9: Double Deuce Jack (PM/M. Hughes) and Full Red Afterburn (RSM/Fox). Double Deuce Jack was not pleasing his handler and was on the leash early. Afterburn took out a bird at 6 and was on the leash to end this brace early.
Brace 10: Mojo's Remington Steal (ESF/D. Hughes) and Caliber Peak Hundred Proof (PM/S. Gomes). Steal was on the leash at 5 as he was not pleasing his handler. Proof scored his first find at 11 over the breakaway hill along the wood line, showing broke manners for his handler. He scored again at 14 in the corner, again showing mature manners on his game. Moving forward, Proof showed a moderately strong race, although lateral at times. He scored a find at 25 near Regis Pond and gave chase on the flush. He finished to the front.
Brace 11: Bittersweet Recovery (PF/Lanning) and Miller's Hopped Up Version (PF/M. Hughes). Bittersweet suffered a nonproductive at 7 after several self-relocations; Version honoring. At 8 Recovery suffered an additional nonproductive and was low on point; Version again honored. Recovery scored her first find at 18 but showed some movement during the flushing attempt and gave chase as the bird lifted. Version was wide and forward but did not score any finds.
Brace 12: Full Moon Luna (PF/D. Hughes) and Sudden Silence (PF/Hetrick). Luna scored the first find of the day's last Futurity brace, with a find near the back corner, handled with good derby manners. Sudden Silence honored, with good derby manners. Luna scored again near the corner, as did Sudden Silence; both showed broke manners on their game. Luna scored again at 17 below the observation deck; Sudden Silence scored a find in the woods. Both dogs showed broke manners on their game. Making a big cast across the bottom, both dogs were found standing on the north side below the deer stand. A bird lifted for Luna, with broke manners being displayed; a dead bird was found in front of Sudden Silence, who likewise showed broke manners. Both dogs finished strong and to the front to finish the Futurity stake.
Judges: Gunner Boyer and Sandy Sargent
32ND NATIONAL WALKING SHOOTING DOG FUTURITY - 24 Entries
1st--FOX'S LADY SADIE, 1691626, Irish setter female, by Zansett Simply Red-Foxy's Lil Red Missy. Mike Fox, owner and handler.
2d-MILLER'S SPECIAL UPGRADE, 1695107, pointer female, by Miller's Upgraded Version-Miller's Special Edition. Carlos Escalante, owner; Mark Hughes, handler.
3d-WILDLAND SWEET CAROLINE, 1692066, pointer female, by Waybetter Rocky-Beaver Meadow Rose. Eric Munden, owner and handler.
4th-BEAVER MEADOW BIT, 1696577, by Waybetter Rocky-Beaver Meadow Rose. Joe Cammisa, owner; Dave Hughes, handler.
OPEN SHOOTING DOG
The Open Shooting Dog stake is always a hotly contested one, and this year was no exception. A large group of highly competitive dogs showed for the stake, and despite the continuing unseasonably warm weather, the dogs did not disappoint. At the end of the day, *** Girl, pointer female owned and handled by the veteran trialer Chris Catanzarite took the blue. Close behind was **** Rye, pointer male owned and handled by Sarah Gomes. Completing the placements was *** setter male owned by Norm Meeder and handled by Mark Hughes.
Brace 1: Zeke (PM/M. Hughes) and Oscar (ESM/Forman). Oscar scored the first find of the Shooting Dog stake, with a broke find at 5 on the top. Zeke followed shortly thereafter with a broke find in the vicinity. Oscar suffered a nonproductive in a feed strip over the hill, while Zeke scored a find to the left of the breakaway strip near the road, with all in order. Both dogs cast forward and Oscar was found standing on the north side below the deer stand; a bird was produced, and all was in order. Zeke continued to cast forward, scoring a find at 26 near Regis Pond, displaying good manners. Oscar pointed near time near Regis Pond, but no bird could be produced.
Brace 2: Butch (PM/Park) and Sass (PF/M. Hughes). Both dogs broke away and were found standing on separate birds at 4 on the top of the breakaway hill; all was in order. Butch cast away and was found at 11 in the back corner, producing a bird in a small feed strip. Sass was absent, and the tracker was out at 17. Butch made a nice cast through the bottom, showing nicely, and pointed in the woods at 22, showing good manners on his bird. He finished strong to the front.
Brace 3: Cooper (ESM/M. Hughes) and Rye (PM/S. Gomes). Both dogs broke away with big casts; Rye was found pointed at the top of the breakaway in a feed strip. A bird lifted, and all was in order. Both dogs made big casts to the front, and Rye pointed near the big pond, with Cooper honoring. Rye scored again at 20 along the bottom near the hummock, with good manners displayed. He scored again on the north side of the course, with Cooper backing his find. Both dogs finished to the front with wide casts.
Brace 4: Sammi (PF/D. Hughes) and Missy (PF/Catanzarite). Sammi scored the first find of the brace, along a feed strip on the left of the breakaway, with good manners displayed. At 10, she was found standing in a feed strip along the western edge and showed a nice relocation effort with her handler. Pushing forward, both dogs moved into the back corner and Sammi was found standing at 14, with all in order as the bird lifted. Missy was observed under a bird shortly after, and was on the leash. Sammie was absent for a short time but was found standing at 27; a bird was produced, and she stood with good manners; she finished strong to the front.
Brace 5: Dude (PM/Mason) and Pappy (ESM/Forman). Both dogs made a strong cast, with Dude taking the right edge up to the tree line, where he was found standing at 5; good manners were displayed for the judge. Pappy scored his only find at 13 in the fields below the observation deck, with all in order as the bird lifted. Dude produced a bird in the same vicinity at 14, with good manners. Both dogs made wide casts to the front, and Dude was rewarded with a find in a feed strip across the creek at 18. Both dogs finished strong to the front, making a wide cast along the edge of the course to finish.
Brace 6: Maggie (RSF/Schafer) and Lucky (ESM/M. Hughes). Both dogs cast forward and had their first bird contact in the bottom below the observation deck. Maggie was on the leash after going with the bird; Lucky scored a nicely handled find near the big pond. He scored his second find at 20 near the deer stand on the north side, with good manners. Lucky finished the brace with a moderate race to the front.
Brace 7: Bull (PM/Forman) and Blaze (PM/M. Hughes). Both Bull and Blaze scored separate finds at the top of the breakaway, and Bull was on the hook after taking steps on his find; Blaze scored his second find at 12 below the observation deck, with good manners displayed. He scored again at 14 in the ditch at the bottom, producing a bird and holding with good manners. At 18 he suffered an unproductive, but scored a find near Regis Pond at 25. He finished with a moderate race, although a bit lateral at times.
Brace 8: Lola (PF/E. Munden) and Mickey (ESM/M. Hughes). Both dogs cast away and were soon over the top; at 6 Lola stopped on a bird that flushed wild; Mickey was observed standing in a feed strip on the downslope and showed good manners as the bird was flushed. Both dogs were traveling together below the observation deck when they stopped on a bird that flushed wild; all was in order. Mickey scored his second find in the ditch along the bottom, with good manners displayed. Both dogs finished with a strong cast to the front to finish the brace.
Brace 9: Spec (PF/M. Hughes) and Syren (PF/S. Gomes). Syren scored the first find of the brace at 5, with some loss of style. Spec scored a find at 13 across the ditch near the hummock, with Syren honoring. Both dogs show wide casts throughout, although Spec was behind at times. Both finished with far flung casts.
Brace 10: Ruby (RSF/Schafer) and Leroy (ESM/M. Hughes). Ruby suffered a nonproductive at 5 on the top of the breakaway, with some motion during the flushing attempt. She scored a nicely handled find at 13 in the fields below the observation deck but was on the leash at 15 after being observed under a bird. Leroy was not seen, and the track was pulled at 17 to end the brace.
Brace 11: Girl (PF/Catanzarite) and Oscar (PM/M. Hughes). Oscar scored a find at 5 on the top, with Girl honoring; both dogs showed nice manners on the bird work. Girl carded a find at 14 in a feed strip across the ditch, with Oscar honoring; all was in order. Oscar scored an additional find at 20, under the deer stand; both dogs finished forward.
Brace 12: Stormie (RSF/Fazenbaker) and Emmy (PF/M. Hughes). Stormie ended her run early being observed under a bird; Emmie was picked up early as she was not pleasing her handler. Remember, Futurities are called "futurities" because they are the future of our sport. An examination of this Futurity, as well as most other Futurities in the country, will find that Futurity placements produce the majority of our bird dog champions. Please support the National Walking Futurity by nominating your litter! We hope to see you next year at the 33rd National Walking Shooting Dog Futurity.
OPEN SHOOTING DOG - 26 Entries
1st--BACOUNTRY GIRLFRIEND, 1682667, pointer female, by Waybetter Rocky-Backcountry Polly. Chris Catanzarite, owner and handler.
2d-CAL PEAK HUNDREDTH MERIDIAN, 1671286, pointer male, by Cover Charge Search Engine-Sandland Dolly P. Sarah D. Gomes, owner and handler.
3d-I'LL BE BACK, 1658944, setter male, by Full Blast-Timberdoodle Squirt. Norm Meeder, owner; Dave Hughes, handler.