Day Three 11/05/2020
Today was nearly perfect, overcast skies while temps di reach to the low 60’s the cloudy skies helped some with performances but a few dogs did succome to the heat.
5 grouse were sighted by officials today and 3 dogs pointed grouse. The tally keeps growing and the judges are beginning to have dogs to choose from. We did get 7 more braces in today and will start on brace 22 on course 11-12.
Day Two 11/04/2020
Today we were blessed with bluebird skies and temps reaching 70 degrees, great weather for people but not good for birds. However we had 2 different dogs point grouse and 5 total birds were seen. We got 7 more braces in today. will be starting on course 13,14 with brace 15 in the morning.
We were greeted with clear skies and temps in the low 30’s and about 4″ of snow still left on the ground from the weekend snow storm. The day warmed to a comfortable 52 degrees with mild winds and the snow melted and was nearly all gone by the last brace. 7 braces were completed today so we will start brace eight on course 15-16 at 8am Tuesday. several spectators were on the grounds today most notably Dean Reneke from the Garmin Comapany and Eric Mundan from Lion Country. Today 15 grouse were observed by officials and two dogs had clean birdwork with three finds. The woodcock have seemed to have left the area as none were seen today.
76th Grand National Grouse Futurity
1a) Thornapple Casey SM/Leet/Minard
1b) Pop’s Ray of Sunshine SF/Steingraber/Hollister
2a) Moss’s Mack Daddy SM/Dozeman/Dozeman
2b) Baxter’s Ode SM/Peters/Peters
3a) Singleton Sid the Kid SF/Singleton/Singleton
3b) On Point Jetwood Josie SF (IS)/Peterson/T. Chaffee
4a) Austin Hill Abby SF/Duell/Hughes/Matson
4b) Spring Pond Rockin’ Gibby SM/Lademacher/Lademacher
5a) Anna Lake Samantha PF/Matson/Hughes
5b) Speck SF (IS)/Merlington/Merlington
6a) Partridge Creek Sadie SF (IS)/Slater/T. Chaffee
6b) Centerfold Peach SF/Holmes/Holmes
7a) Grouse Ringer Pappy SM/Vitali/Forman
7b) Baxter’s Indian Arrowhead SM/Peters/Peters
8a) Rum on the Rocks PM/Hughes/Hughes
8b) Moss Meadow Magic SM/Moss/Moss
9a) Baxter’s Bash Brother SM/Peters/Peters
9b) Sutter’s Backwoods Rumble SM/Giulitto/Hughes
10a) Red Rum Rosie PF/Husenits/Hughes
10b) Northview Dixie Storm SF/Ditkas/Minard
11a) Spring Pond Rockin’ Sydney SF/Parnell/Parnell
11b) Abby’s Got To Run SF/Jablon/Minard
12a) Double Deuce Pearl PF/McMillen/Hughes
12b) Young Grouse Louie SM/Milone/Forman
13a) Sutter’s Magic Moxie SF/Giulitto/Hughes
13b) K. Dell’s Eagle Magnum Hotshot BM/Delong/Delong
14a) King Creek Dot Sero SF/Millet/Ecker
14b) West Wind Big Jake PM/Mercitoris/Hughes
15a) Dauntless Dreamer SF/Benshoof/Benshoof
15b) Moss Meadow Maverick SM/Moss/Moss
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.
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
GRAND NATIONAL GROUSE PUPPY CLASSIC — 6 Pointers and
1st—FULL BREEZE, setter female, by Full Blast—Straight Forward. Robert Watts & Richard Brenneman, owners; Thor Kain, handler.
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.
75th Grand National Grouse Futurity Draw
Start time 7:30a. Meet at guard shack 7a
1a) Herbies Shasta La Vista sf Forman
1b) Grouse Hill Pepper pf Stolgitis
2a) Stan The Man sm Frutchey
2b) Elhew Snakewood pm Doherty
3a) Springbrook Sweet T pf Stolgitis
3b)HiFives Powerline pm Minard
4a)HiFives Top Shelf pf(is) Minard
4b)Ghost Train Solitaire sf Frutchey
5a)Grouse Hill Smokey pm Forman
5b)Debs McKeachie Road sf Kennedy
6a)My Long Gone Sprinkles sf Avery
6b)French’s Grouse Ringer Woody sm Forman
7a) Cairds Cracklin Rosie pf Little
7b)Elhew SnakeDancer pf Doherty
8a) Chasehill Little Speck pm Stolgitis
8b) Grouse Hill Duke pm Forman
9a) Shadyhills Savannah sf Forman
Grand National Grouse Championship
77th Running November 5, 2019
Kilkenny Management Area of the White Mountain National Forest, NH.
1.Long Gone Porkys/fLloyd MurrayMurray
1.Wild Apple Calvadosp/fTim KisieleskiDoherty
2.Bawl of FireI/Sp/fBrent HaskinsMinard
2.BraggabulI/Sp/fMark HughsM. Hughes
3.Fireside Aidans/fDr Mary Beth EsserT. Chaffee
3.Wild Apple White Lightingp/mCraig DohertyDoherty
4.Chasehill Little Thuddp/mTim KisieleskiDoherty
4.Quail Trap Wills/mDave HawkS. Chaffee
5.Cairds Little Macy Maep/fRobert LittleLittle
5.Pistol Gripp/mMike HusenitsD. Hughes
6.Phillips Half Moons/fMatthew PhillipsM. Hughes
6.Wild Kat Runs/fDerckZukivichEcker
7.High Point Left Turns/mJermiahWatsonS. Chaffee
7.Baxters Apache Johns/mBrent PetersPeters
8.All Outs/mJoe HopkinsS. Chaffee
8.Grousehill Anniep/fJohn CappociStolgitis
9.Cairds Remip/fRobert LittleLittle
9.Wild Apple Spot Onp/mCraig DohertyDoherty
10.Cairds Leftyp/mTravis RiggsLittle
10.Titanium’s Hammerp/mBob LeetMinard
11.Meredith Grade Annies/fDennis KeysorT. Chaffee
11.Caliber Peak Storm WarningI/Sp/fSarah GomesD. Hughes
12.Double Deuce Zekep/mDoug McMillianD. Hughes
12.Springbrook Maximusp/mRuss OglivieStolgitis
13.Sanderling’s Wild Pippinp/mGreg CallimanopulosLittle
13.A Distance Specp/fMike HusenitsM. Hughes
14.Single Shot Barleys/fPaula GiulittoD. Hughes
14.Daddy’s Little Boy Butchp/mPaul ScottStolgitis
15.All OnI/Sp/fJohn CappociStolgitis
15.Miss Penn Stars/fDr George NajorEcker
16.Cal Peak Hundredth Meridianp/fSarah GomesGomes
16.Blast Zones/mThor KainKain
17.Texas Free Masons/mKevin KleinEcker
17.Lester’s Jiggsters/mLes BresslerForman
18.Bud of Piney Woodp/mRich WartersEcker
18.Grouse Hill Bullet Proofs/mjohn CappociForman
19.Blast Offs/mJustin EvansForman
19.Stokely’s Frankie Bs/mTony BlyBly
20.Shady Hills Whiskey Bonfires/mSHKForman
20.Stoke’s Willie Bs/mTony BlyBly
21.Chase Hills Baby BellaI/Sp/fErin StolgitisStolgitis
21.Double Deuce Mollyp/fDoug McMillianD. Hughes
22.Whynot Atomp/mAl RobbinsStolgitis
23.Game Winners/mDick BrennemanD. Hughes
23Snyders Pioneer Scouts/mSteve SnyderT. Chaffee
24.Wayward Flying Tomatos/mAnnie SmithM. Hughes
24.Chasehill Little Izzyp/fErin StolgitisStolgitis
25.Duck Hookp/mDick StraubStolgitis
26.Leslies Silo Joes/mLes BresslerForman
26.Panola Baconp/mMac StidhamStolgitis
27.Maximum Resistances/mMatt PhillipsEcker
27.Long Gone Mersadiess/fLB MurrayD. Hughes
28.Upper Ammonusuc Violets/fEdward MarquisEcker
28.Phillips Moonlight Lillys/fMatthew PhillipsD. Hughes
29.Thornapple Codys/mBob LeetMinard
29.Sumac’s Sashayp/fRoger McPhearsonM. Hughes
30. Bo of Piney Woodp/mRich WartersEcker
30.Anna Lake Sophies/fRob MatsonD. Hughes
31.Shady Hills Coltp/mSHKForman
31.Warrior Zekep/mMike HusenitsM. Hughes
32.Ponderosa Macs/mSteve SnyderS. Chaffee
32.Sterlingworth Jacks/mJim MillettEcker
33.I’ll Be Backs/mNorm MeederM. Hughes
33.Ruff Grouse Lillys/fPaul ChristopherChristopher
34.LaSombrap/mCarlos EsclanteD. Hughes
34.Snyders Full Rages/fSteve SnyderS. Chaffee
35.Kendal Hills Dawson Creekp/mTufts/PershkeM. Hughes
35.Hershners Thunderbolt Jets/mScott HershnerT. Chaffee
36Mooselook Macs/mJack McNultyLittle
36.Rockland Ridge McGraws/fGary ChlapatyEcker
37.Hershners Grouse Gunners/mScott HershnerS. Chaffee
37.Upper Ammonusuc Saddies/fEdward MarquisEcker
38.Wild Apple Jonathanp/mCraig DohertyDoherty
38.Double Deuce Dexterp/mDoug McMillianD. Hughes
39.Long Gone Juicys/fLloyd MurrayMurray
39.Mooselook Fions/mJack McNultyMcNulty
Grand National Grouse Puppy Classic winners
1st- Deb’s McKeachie Road, bred by Bryan Wood, owned and handled by Deb Kennedy
2nd- Elhew Snakewood, bred and owned by Craig Craig Doherty
3rd- Snyder’s Pioneer Sam, bred by Craig Merlington, owned by Steven Snyder and handled by Scott Chaffee
4th- Tupelo Honey, bred, owned and handled by Bob Wheelock,
This is Deb Kennedy’s second year in a row winning the Puppy Classic!!!!
Thank you to Dean Reinke and Purina for sponsoring the Grouse Futurity and its events. Also thank you to Garmin for their sponsorship of this event.
(Craig Doherty and Elhew Snakewood not pictured)