1999 APC NATIONAL FIELD TRIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Sumerduck, Virginia
October 25-28, 1999

Article by: Karin B. Ashe, Chairman

View photos by committee member KC Shore:

A wonderful 4 days were shared by all at the Summerduck, VA grounds, where there were Pointers in abundance, to compete for the title of National Champion!

In this keen competition of dogs competing in a Championship Field Trial to find birds, the requirements for entry in the National Championship stake and the Amateur National Championship stake is that the dog must have competed in prior trials and placed in their respective stakes. This means the dog has already proven itself a winner in competition and is qualified to compete for this prestigious title. The National Championship is held once a year, rotating to various parts of the United States and is held under the auspices of The American Kennel Club.

For those of you who didn't have the opportunity to attend the event last week, you missed a wonderful time.  We were lucky enough to have participants from all over the country and Mark & Sue Welch joined us from England, Sandy Gunn from Canada. The weather was unbelievable - not a cloud in the sky all week.  The rolling hills and fall foliage made for a wonderful backdrop to the "stars of the show" - beautiful and talented Pointers, eager to run and hunt.

The mornings were frosty and cool, perfect for any dog to find the ever-elusive little quail...and, find them they did!

On a beautiful day such as this there is nothing that makes you 'sit up in your saddle' with more anticipation than finding your dog, standing ramrod still, breathing the aroma of BIRDS!!

Our judges, Al Lucas, Jr., Neil Selby, Dave Marshall and Richard Borwegan were the gentlemen expected. Treating their handlers and dogs with utmost courtesy, fairness and undivided attention, they were a big part of making this event a most pleasurable experience for all.

We were delighted to have AKC Rep, Gerry Mann, with us for the first 3 days, and glad that he was there to offer advice and information to all.

The bird work was in abundance, much to the chagrin of many a dog and handler who didn't make it around the course, but for those that did, they were to be congratulated for a job well done. We, the committee, were certainly happy that everyone seemed to enjoy all the festivities, camaraderie and the lovely days of watching the Pointers 'do their thing' in the field. Among the contestants were two of the Dual Champions in our breed, DC Kinnike Hedda, JH and DC Kinnike Simon, JH. Hedda showed us all that a beautiful Pointer can do their job and placed 3rd in the National Championship Stake.

My Congratulations to all the winners, participants and spectators
for making this event a great memory!!

The PLACEMENTS:

National Championship Stake


FIRST - withheld
SECOND - FC Treadway's Little Chief (Chief), Arnold Treadway, MD -owner/handler
THIRD - DC Kinnike Hedda JH (Hedda) - Kinnike Kennels, Reg., CT - owner/Erica Bandes - handler
FOURTH - FC Doc's Fancy (Sage) - I Elaine Evans, WA - owner/Eric Bettesworth- handler

Open Derby Classic


FIRST - South Side Tuff Stuff (Tuffy) - Cindy Long, OH - owner/Dan Long - handler


SECOND - Dancindoll Witches' Whimsey (Uma) - Laurie Shroyer, MD - owner/handler


THIRD - Kinnike Homer JH (Homer) - Kinnike Kennels, Reg., CT - owner/Erica Bandes - handler


FOURTH - Kinnike O'Donnell (Rosie) - Maggie Platt & Kinnike Kennels, Reg., MA- owner/Maggie Platt - handler

Open Puppy Classic

FIRST - Kinnike Homer JH (Homer) - Kinnike Kennels, Reg., CT - owner/Erica Bandes - handler
SECOND - Kissamee Blackthorne Jax (Jax) - Debby Freidus and Daniel E.Grabowski, CT - owner/Debby Freidus - handler
THIRD - Nasa's Big Silly (Wes) - Lisa Spakowski, IL - owner/handler
FOURTH - Kinnike Murphy (Eddie) - Kinnike Kennels, Reg., CT - owner/Jim Oslander - handler

Amateur Championship Stake

FIRST - FC Treadway's Little Chief (Chief), Arnold Treadway, MD - owner/handler

SECOND - Withheld
THIRD - FC/AFC Automatic Jessi (Jessi) - Jack Haines, CO - owner/handler
FOURTH - FC Doc's Fancy (Sage) - I Elaine Evans, WA - owner/Eric Bettesworth - handler

Place Name Breed Owner(s) Handler
National Championship
1 Withheld
2 FC Treadway's Little Chief Pointer Arnold Treadway - MD Arnold Treadway
3 DC Kinnike Hedda JH Pointer Kinnike Kennels, Reg. - CT Erica Bandes
4 FC Doc's Fancy Pointer Elaine Evans - WA Eric Bettesworth
National Amateur Championship
1 FC Treadway's Little Chief Pointer Arnold Treadway - MD Arnold Treadway
2 Withheld
3 FC/AFC Automatic Jessi Pointer Jack Haines - CO Jack Haines
4 FC Doc's Fancy Pointer Elaine Evans - WA Eric Bettesworth
Open Derby Classic
1 South Side Tuff Stuff Pointer Cindy Long - OH Dan Long
2 Dancindoll Witches' Whimsey Pointer Laurie Shroyer - MD Laurie McCarty
3 Kinnike Homer JH Pointer Kinnike Kennels, Reg. - CT Erica Bandes
4 Kinnike O'Donnell Pointer Maggie Platt and Kinnike Kennels, Reg. - MA Maggie Platt
Open Puppy Classic
1 Kinnike Homer JH Pointer Kinnike Kennels, Reg. - CT Erica Bandes
2 Kissamee Blackthorne Jax Pointer Debby Freidus and Daniel E. Grabowski - CT Debby Friedus
3 Nasa's Big Silly Pointer Lisa Spakowski - IL Lisa Spakowski
4 Kinnike Murphy Pointer Kinnike Kennels, Reg. - CT Jim Oslander

And what's a get-together of Pointer friends without a little fun? We had a pumpkin decorating contest that had some amazing entries! Here is the winning pumpkin (left)