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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

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

2017 Grand National Grouse Puppy Classic

2017 Puppy Classic Placements

1st Place- Full Breeze- setter female(Full Blast x Straight Forward), Bob Watts and Dick Brenneman- Breeder/owner , Thor Kain – Handler

2nd Place- Asper Hill Pippi- setter female,(Full Blast x ShadyHills Girly) Mike Oxenrider- owner/ handler, ShadyHills kennel- breeder 

3rd Place – Knob Mountain Mayhem-setter male,(Full Blast x Straight Forward) Mike Spotts -owner/ handler, Bob Watts and Dick Brenneman – breeder

4th Place – Braggabull – pointer female ( Bullybragg x Bullerina) Mark Hughes -owner/handler, Ernie and Karen Saniga – breeders. 

Thank you to Pat Cooke and John Cappocci for judging this years Puppy Classic. Another big thanks goes to Peter and Katy Flanagan for letting us use their beautiful grounds. The course had bird cover, open woods to show a dog and big field at the end to finish a dog going away to the front. And finally thank you to the breeders and owners that support the Grouse Futurity. Hope to see you all this fall in Michigan at the Futurity. 

A few pictures from the Puppy Classic….

Tom Coulter(rt side) came down from Canada to run his pup. His friend Cliff Durk also ran a pup and their wives were along to see what it was about.

Judges Pat Cooke and John Capocci

View from the gallery 

Kids and mud, big fun

Winners pic

GNG & Woodcock Invitational, Day 2

Pics from day 2

Rich Hollister headed to the line with Dunrovens Drifter

Ricky Hollister catching all the action on his GoPro

Judge Lloyd Murray ready to go

John Stolgitis wrangling for Judge Mike Groy 

Bill Ballin. Helping out marshaling braces and wherever he’s needed 

Dave Hughes getting  Centerfold Bette belled up and ready to go

Deb Nihart and Sally

Invitational Secretary George Johnson and GNG director Joe Cammissa


Day 1 GNG and Woodcock Invitational 2017

Brace 1: L- Grouse Hill Pepper Ann- Forman, R- Miss Pennstar- Ecker

Crossing the powerline on course 1

Brace 2: L- Moss Meadow Traveler- Moss, Islander- Ecker

Course 2

Brace 3: L- Chip’s A-100 – Forman

R – Out of the Shadows – Wheelock

Brace 4: L- Daddy’s Little Boy Butch- Stolgitis. R- DunRovens Drifter- Hollister

Brace 5 : L – Herbies Asta La Vista – Forman, R – Straight Forward – Hughes 

Brace 6 :  L – Grouse Hill Bell – Stolgitis, R- Rockland Ridge McGraw- Ecker

Brace 7:  L – Chasehill Baby Bella – Stolgitis, Centerfold Bette- Hughes

Lost Pond

Lunch Time

Ricky Hollister came all the way from Michigan to see his dog run

The brothers Forman

Tony watching over the Chowdah

The judges faired well after a long day in the saddle on day 1 

Robert Ecker cooking at the Steak fry that Purina sponsored