All posts by Alex Meeder

About Alex Meeder

I have been around and participated in bird dog field trails most of my life. The sport of field trialing bird dogs has impacted my life in a tremendously positive way. I owe most of my interest in the outdoors and bird dogs to my father Norm Meeder. I have been a member of Beaver Valley Pointer and Setter Club Since 2011. Also I have been a Grounds Crew Member at Beaver Valley Pointer and Setter Club Since 2017. I am an avid conservationist with a working interest in habitat management particularly for American Woodcock and pollinators.

2020 Spring Field Trial Cancellations

Mar 20, 2020

Appended are notices from field trial club officials regarding cancellation of their trials owing to the threat of the coronavirus:

The coronavirus has adversely affected the Northeast  field trial community. The following clubs/associations have cancelled trials for the spring season: Ontario Grouse Championship; Pennsylvania Field Trial Club; Venango Grouse Trial Club; Nittany Valley Field Trial Club; Grand National Grouse and Woodcock Invitational Championship; Grand National Grouse and Woodcock Puppy Classic; Greensburg Club; Beaver Valley Pointer and Setter Club;  Black Ash Field Trial Club.

Joe Cammisa

Butler, Pa.

The governor has mandated that all non-essential businesses (all casinos, for example) in the State of Nevada be closed for thirty days, after which the current coronavirus crisis will be evaluated. Given this scenario, the Western Open Championships and the Pacific Coast Derby Championship are cancelled for 2020.

Jarry Walton

Reno, Nev.

Regarding field trials in Michigan, specifically at the Ionia grounds, all trials are cancelled for at least two weeks in Michigan. As of now the Michigan Open Shooting Dog Championship has not yet been cancelled. The Brittany and Farmer’s Club events are cancelled for the next three weeks. The state sympathizes with our plight and will do everything they can to accommodate us if  possible. We will know more by April 4.

Jim Cipponeri

New Hudson, Mich.

The ad for the American Brittany Chukar Championships appeared on the front cover of the March 21 issue.

Regrettably,  because of the coronavirus crisis, the trials have been cancelled.

Margaret Horstmeyer

San Bernadino, Cal.

The National Amateur Woodcock and the National Amateur Chukar Shooting Dog and All-Age Championships have been cancelled. None of these stakes are rescheduled for the spring field trial season.

Piper Huffman, Secy.

Amateur FTC of America

Michigan City, Miss.

The State of Ohio has closed the Tri-Valley Wildlife Area near Dresden, Ohio due to the coronavirus outbreak. The German Shorthaired Pointer Club of Ohio and NGSPA of Ohio have been forced to cancel both April trials since alternative grounds cannot be located.

Jennifer Goodall

Medina, Ohio

We were recently informed that our trial and Nebraska Brittany Championships that were to be held on April 10-16 have been cancelled due to fears of the coronavirus. They were scheduled  to be held on public game and parks grounds.

Claudia Truksa

Firth, Neb.

I regret to report that due to fears over the coronavirus and concerns with participants traveling our NVA Western Shooting Dog Championship and companion All-Age Classic as well as the Mortensen Derby Classic scheduled for April 9 have been cancelled or at least postponed until fall. Hopefully this virus scare will be over by this fall and we can reschedule.  If not we will surely be able to resume next spring.

Ray Cooper

Corresponding Secy.

Nat’l Vizsla Association

Due to the CDC recommendations, landowners’ request, and state agency regulations the NBHA has cancelled three of its major championships — the Western Regional scheduled to start March 20 in Oklahoma; NBHA Open Free-For-All scheduled for March 24 and the Midwest Regional scheduled for March 27 in Missouri. All are cancelled. For the health and well-being of our

participants, the NBHA thanks you for your patience and support.

Tim Penn,

NBHA Secy.

Edina, Mo.

In response to recommendations, and mandates made by the local, state, and federal medical experts and authorities about the Covid-19 coronavirus, the Chickahominy Field Trial Association has cancelled our spring U. S. Complete field trial scheduled for April 11 at Slate River Farm in Dilwyn, Va. We hope that you stay well until this passes and  look forward to seeing everyone in the fall!

Meredith Jones

Aylett, Va.

With the threat of the Covid19 virus, the Oregon Brittany Club is cancelling the Western Brittany Shooting Dog Championship, their regular weekend field trial and the 2020 American Brittany Club Western Futurity.

Leslee Masolotte, Chrm.

American Brittany Club Futurity

The Dallas Pointer and Setter Club has cancelled its April trial due to the coronavirus pandemic. For those looking to the social activities, Mike Parnell will prepare his famous fish fry at the Region 7 annual meeting.

Conrad Plevnic

Terrell, Tex.

Due to the potential health risk from the coronavirus, the Virginia Amateur field trial has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.

Ellen Clements

Powhatan, Va.

Central Wisconsin Vizsla Club trial scheduled for April 10-12 has been canceled due to Covid-19.

Mark Smith

2017 Grand National Puppy Classic Winners

The Winners. From left: Thor Kain with Full Breeze, Judge Pat Cooke, Mike Oxenrider with Asper Hill Pippi, Mike Spotts with Knob Mountain Mayhem, Mark Hughes with Braggabull and Judge John Capocci.

OXFORD, N. Y. — The 70th renewal of the Grand National Grouse Puppy Classic took place on the prestigious Flanagan Farm, home of Grouse Ridge Kennels in Oxford, N. Y.

The Puppy Classic rotates between three regions and starts the Saturday after the Grand National Grouse and Woodcock Invitational concludes. The process of entering a dog in this event starts a year earlier with breeders nominating their litters for the Grouse Futurity. It is the support of those breeders that keeps the Grouse Futurity and Puppy Classic successful.

The grounds are classic New England type cover consisting of stone walls, old apple orchards, briar patches and grow- back farmland. Peter Flanagan laid out a perfect course to judge potential in a puppy. There was grouse and woodcock cover, open woods where a handler could show a dog, several turns where a dog had to be handled and gathered up, also a field at the end that let a dog make a big finish.

John Capocci of Katonah, N. Y., and Pat Cooke of Rochester, N. Y., accepted the invitation to judge this event.

Both men know good dogs and have owned/campaigned multiple-champions. John’s winning dog, Grouse Hill Bell, was named champion at the Grand National Grouse and Woodcock Invitational the day prior to the Puppy Classic, her second year in a row doing so and John’s third time as an owner winning this distinguished title.

Handlers from Michigan, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, New York and Canada brought 21 puppies to the line.

The Winners

After looking each entry over with a keen eye, Judges Capocci and Cooke named Full Breeze the winner. “Bree” is a big strong setter female and she flowed through the course with a high cracking tail and smooth, powerful gait. She was always forward, ran big when the course allowed it and when good looking bird cover presented itself she hunted it thoroughly.

Bree was bred and is owned by the team of Bob Watts and Dick Brenneman. Their breeding program and dogs have a long history of winning.

Second was Asper Hill Pippi, handled by owner Mike Oxenrider, Jr. Pippi’s fleet footed application through the course had the judges up in the saddle early and the whole gallery paying attention. She ran to the limit with style. This was Mike’s first placement in a trial and to say he was excited was an understatement. He and Pippi will surely be back in the winners’ circle. She was bred by brothers Marc and Scott Forman at their Shady Hills Kennel. They are no strangers to breeding dogs that win.

Third was Knob Mountain Mayhem, handled by owner Mike Spotts. “Jax” ran with a high tail, laid to the front and went the places you’d like to see a dog go. Mike remarked that his favorite quality of Jax can’t be seen in a puppy stake, Jax is absolutely stunning on birds. He is a littermate to the winner and also bred by Watts/Brenneman.

Fourth was awarded to Braggabull, handled by owner Mark Hughes. “Emmy” is a solid built puppy that hits the cover hard. She ran with enthusiasm and a fluid gait. She was bred by long time bird dog enthusiasts and field trialing team of Ernie and Karen Saniga, a product of a bloodline and dogs they have bred going back many years.

First, second and third place were all sired by Full Blast. He sired the winner in this event last year and three winners in the 2015 running.

The Futurity process highlights quality breeding and he is no doubt making his mark and passing on his winning qualities to his pups.

I’d like to thank Peter and Katie Flanagan for hosting this year’s Puppy Classic. Their grounds are beautiful and Pete provided horses, lodging, and did whatever was needed to make this event successful.

Deb Nihart was a big help, getting coffee break and lunch ready, watching the road and keeping things moving. She is always willing to lend a helping hand at a trial. Thank you Deb.

Dean Reinke and Nestlé Purina are a long time sponsor of the Grouse Futurity and this event. They supplied the winners with plentiful amounts of Purina Pro Plan. We are very thankful for their loyal support. Garmin Tri-Tronics supported by donating an e-collar to the winner. Thank you, Garmin Tri-Tronics, for your continued support.

After seeing the crop of puppies that ran this spring, it is shaping up to be a really competitive Grouse Futurity in Michigan this fall. Hope to see everyone there.

Oxford, N. Y., April 15

Judges: John Capocci and Pat Cooke


15 Setters

1st—FULL BREEZE, setter female, by Full Blast—Straight Forward. Robert Watts & Richard Brenneman, owners; Thor Kain, handler.

Full Breeze
Winner of the 2017 Grand National Puppy Classic

2d—ASPER HILL PIPPI, setter female, by Full Blast—Shady Hill’s Girlie. Mike Oxenrider, Jr., owner and handler.

3d—KNOB MOUNTAIN MAYHEM, setter male, by Full Blast—Straight Forward. Michael Spotts, owner and handler.

4th—BRAGGABULL, pointer female, by Bully Bragg—Bullerina. Mark Hughes, owner and handler.

2020 Spring Trial Cancellations

After careful consideration of the information at hand, grounds availability and hosting issues, the Secretaries of The Pennsylvania Grouse Trial Clubs are cancelling all Field Trials for the Spring of 2020.

In addition, the Grand National Grouse Executive Board have decided to cancel The Grand National Grouse and Woodcock Invitational Championship and The Grand National Puppy Classic.

Cancellations include:
The Grand National Grouse and Woodcock Invitational Championship
The Grand National Puppy Classic.
The Ontario Championship
The Amateur Invitational Coverdog Classic Scheduled for April 18th and 19th
The Venango Grouse Trial
The Pennsylvania Grouse Trial
Nittany Valley Grouse Trial

2016 Futurity Results

Judges, Tony Bly, and Doug McMillen.
The Reporter and Stake Manager, Lloyd Murray
1st. Magic Mist Sydni; E.S.F. Black Face Miner X Star’s Southern Idol
Owner/ Handler : Joe Dahl
Breeder ; Jim Humphrey

2nd.McRae’s Angus : E.S.M. Dun Roven’s Boofox X Waymakers Super Sam
Owner/ Handler Carl McRae
Breeder : Richard Hollister

3rd. Clermont Lucky Brynn E.S.F. Jar’s Way Shirley X Long Gone Buckwheat
Owner :Rick Simpson

Handler: Dave Hughes
Breeder : Greg Yutzey