2009 APC National Field Championship
November 13-17, Wye Island, Maryland
Scribed by Field Trial Marshal
- Linda Bunning
Members and participants in the National Championship began to assemble at Wye Island Natural Resources Management Area, Wye Island, Maryland on Friday, November 13th. Travelers were treated to delicious lasagna and all the fixings prepared by Karen Spey. Even those arriving late, due to weather delays, were able to get a warm meal. We enjoyed seeing folks we had not seen for some time. The talk around the tables was the weather from Hurricane Ida and Pointers.
On Friday afternoon we started the National Championship Stake. Note that the puppy stake was cancelled due to lack of entries. The weather was still exhibiting gusty, hurricane type winds with a little mist every now and then. The dogs and horses did not seem to mind as handlers, judges, scouts and a small gallery followed the dogs to their finds. Jack Sanchez from Central Islip, NY and William Webb from Cologne MN, judged the six braces, braving the elements as they kept up with the fast moving dogs and handlers. The first brace was Archer’s Cassandra, owned by Elizabeth and Fredrick Archer and handled by Jim Heckert, and Tappahanna Blue, owned and handled by Ray Gubernaut. Cassie had a find about a quarter of the way into the course. She had a non-productive which was most likely one of the wily pheasant found along the course. Blue did not make the entire brace and was picked up early.
Brace 2 was Archers Black Powder (Kip), owned by Elizabeth Archer and handled by Jim Heckert, and Look at Me (Buzzy), owned and handled by Jamie O’Donnell. Kip made the course look easy with some nice finds. Buzzy started out eagerly but was out of sight. When found, Jamie picked him up. Brace 3 was East Coast Pete, owned and handled by John Malone and Tony’s Redneck Bear, owned by Bill and Tony Evans and handled by friend, Jamie O’Donnell. Both dogs had good races with steady finds along the course. Dusk began to settle in and everyone adjourned to the clubhouse for warmth and conversation.
We spent the evening enjoying the warm fire in the clubhouse living room and in conversation with friends, new and old. Karen Spey waved her magic wand and produced a delicious meal of beef tenderloin and all the fixings.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
National Championship Stake continued.
Brace 4, VIP Natural High (Cut), owned by KC Shore and CR Knight and handled by Jim Heckert, joined Shaula, owned by Judith Hamilton and handled by Dave Pomfret for a fast moving first brace of the day. Cut had multiple finds all along the course, holding birds well. Shaula did not have as good of day and was picked up about a quarter of the way through. Brace 5 was Barbel Fair Balance (Bear), owned by Fred Leggett and handled by Jim Heckert and East Coast Slick, owned and handled by John Malone. Slick set a stiff pace with many finds. Bear had a nice find and a solid back. Bear was in the cover and, unfortunately could not be found in time to stay in contention. The last brace was Red Gates Hawk, owned by Odie Adcock and handled by Jim Heckert and Tappahanna Star Lite, owned and handled by Ray Gubernaut. Star had 4 finds and did a nice steady job. Hawk ran hard, but was not in the final selection for the winning prizes. We adjourned to the clubhouse for a nice lunch, refreshing break, and getting ready for the Derby Classic.
Your scribe is getting older and retired to the dog wagon, supplied by Smokey Hiles, to watch the Derby Classic from afar and from a softer seat. Judges for the Derby were Bill Webb and Marsha Luisi from Trenton, NJ. The first brace of Derby was Archer’s White Lightning (Buck), owned by Donna O’Brian and handled by Jim Heckert and Blackthorne Just One Look (Lola), owned and handled by Debra Friedus. Both dogs had nice races, searching out birds in the cover as well as along the field edges around the course. Brace 2 was Victorio (Vic), owned and handled by Bill Bruchey and Fairy Reel of Szedresi (Jordan), owned and handled by Debra Friedus. Again, the dogs moved nicely along the course, each locating birds as they traversed the somewhat water logged terrain. The last brace was a bye with Archer’s White Arrow (Ugg), owned and handled by Elizabeth Archer. Elizabeth handled her dog well and he placed first in the stake.
The evening events were another delicious dinner of roast beef and roast pork, capably prepared by Karen. After dinner Wayne Schublek, horse supplier, volunteered to be our auctioneer for the treasures gathered by the Field Trial Committee: Angela Schillereff - Chair, Debby Freidus - Secretary, Tracy Black, Jamie O;Donnell, Susan Bleckley, Linda Bunning, Leroy Bunning, Ray Gubernaut, Chuck Savage, KC Shore, Karen Spey, Betsy Archer and Smokey Hiles. Everyone loosened their wallets and purchased the many items on the auction block. The raffle was won by Chuck Savage.
The trophy table was laden with rosettes, perpetual trophies, all polished and ready for their new home, and hand-made pottery for each placement. Special engraved saddles were awarded to the winners of the Open and Amateur Championships.
Winners for the National Championship were 1st - FC East Coast Slick/John Malone, 2nd – VIP Natural High/KC Shore and Charles Knight, 3rd – East Coast Pete/John Malone, and 4th – FC AFC Tony’s Redneck Bear/Bill & Tony Evans. In addition to the rosette and perpetual trophy, the winner took home an engraved saddle.
Winners for the Open Derby Classic were 1st – Archer’s White Arrow/Elizabeth Archer, 2nd – Archer’s White Lightning/Elizabeth Archer, Blackthorne Just One Look/Debra Freidus, DVM, and 4th - Victorio/William Bruchey. Ribbons and trophies were awarded to all the winners.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
By Sunday, the weather cleared and the National Amateur Championship was run in “normal” fall weather. Judges for the National Amateur Championship were William Webb and Marsha Luisi. Debby Friedus came down with a bug of some type and had to scratch her dog, Ch AFC Blackthorne Matrix from the first brace of the Amateur. Tappahanna Blue owned and handled by Ray Gubernaut ran in place with two solid finds. The second brace was Shaula owned and handled by Judith Hamilton and Archers Black Powder (Kip) owned and handled by Betsy Archer. Both dogs started out strong, but Shaula held her own as she finished the course alone with 3 very nice finds. Brace 3 was East Coast Pete owned and handled by John Malone and Look at Me (Buzzy) owned and handled by Jamie O’Donnell. Pete had two very nice finds and Jamie retired Buzzy after a stop to flush with a pheasant.
We had time for a break over lunch to enjoy the delicious meal prepared by Karen. Brace 4 broke away at 2:15 PM with East Coast Slick owned and handled by John Malone and Archer’s Cassandra owned and handled by Betsy Archer. Both dogs worked their way around the course but ended up being picked up by their handlers. Brace 5 with Tappahanna Sunrise (Brownie) owned and handled by Ray Gubernaut and Tony’s Redneck Bear owned by Bill & Tony Evans and handled by friend Jamie O’Donnell. Bear was very steady with two very nice finds. Brownie stayed on the course until about midway when Ray took him out of contention.
were finished around 4:30, adjourning to the lodge for final
placements. 1st –
FC AFC Tony’s Redneck Bear/Bill & Tony Evans, 2nd – East
Coast Pete/John Malone, 3rd – Shaula/Judith Hamilton, and
4th Tappahanna Blue/Ray Gubernaut. Congratulations were given, photos
were taken, and good-byes were said as we all packed up our “stuff” and
headed for home.
Congratulations to the winners and good luck to those who will be
trying again to capture the elusive first place
1. FC East Coast Slick Owner: John Malone
2. V.I.P. Natural High Owner: KC Shore & Charles R. Knight
3. East Coast Pete Owner: John Malone
4. FC AFC Tony's Red Neck Bear Owner: Bill & Tony Evans
National Amateur Field Championship Results
1. FC AFC Tony's Red Neck Bear Owner: Bill & Tony Evans
2. East Coast Pete Owner: John Malone
3. Shaula Owner: Judith Hamilton
4. Tappahanna Blue Owner: Raymond Gubernat
Open Derby Classic Results
1. Archer's White Arrow
Owner: Elizabeth Archer