Clockwise from 1 o'clock: CFC
Glenrock Ace, CFC Glenrock Ripple, CFC Rosemount's Rising
Star, CFC Rosemount's Rocky and CFC Glenrock
Has anyone ever run
five related field trial champions in an American open, amateur or
in a Canadian open all age field trial? In a recent Canadian case,
the five dogs included a dam, two dogs from her first litter and two
others from her second.
This was an "once in a lifetime event", for myself
as well as my dogs. It took place at the 0pen all age trial hosted
by the Club de Chiens de Chasse de Quebec (the Hunting Dog Club of
Quebec) at Becancour, near Trois Riveries in Quebec on June 11th,
The dam is my Canadian Field Champion (CFC)
Glenrock Ripple, born on December 23rd, 1993. Her sire was the 1998
Canadian National Champion (CNC), CFC Birdrowe Fury of Webbswood
(UK), and her dam was CFC Glenrock Red Hot Pepper. The two dogs from
Ripple’s first litter are Glenrock Rampant and Glenrock Ace, born on
May 4th of 1998. Their sire was CFC Flushing Wing Jake the Snake.
The two dogs from Ripple’s second litter are Rosemount’s Rising Star
and Rosemount’s Rock, born on April 21st, 2000. Their sire was CFC
Flushing Wing Jazz Man, the Canadian High Point Dog in 2003 and
again in 2004.
Of the five, Rosemount’s Rock was the last to
achieve his Championship - having placed 1st, his second win, in the
open all age trial hosted by the Prince Edward Interprovincial
Springer Spaniel Club that was held on Prince Edward Island on
Saturday May 28th, 2005. Following that win, I realized that I now
had five field trial champions, though the last time that Ripple had
competed in any licensed field trial was some two years ago in the
Spring of 2003 in Nova Scotia. As the entries to the CCCQ trials had
not closed, I decided to bring Ripple out of her two year retirement
and run all five of my champions in the CCCQ’s June 11th 2005 trial.
So Ripple, almost twelve years old, ran against two
of her first breeding offspring Ace and Ramp, aged seven plus two of
her second breeding, Star and Rocky, aged five. The field consisted
of 30 entries, with many dogs entered from both Canada and the USA.
Handlers included: Jim Keller, Cliff Vinke, Jason Green, David
McIntire, Theresa Sampson, Carolyn Oliver, Michel Bourdeau, Bruno
Gosselin, Gerry Babin, Alex Smith, Andre Trudel, Mario Gagon, Robert
Ford and others. The Judges were Pat Perry from Massachusetts and
Cosimo Cristo from Ontario. The conditions were anything but ideal.
It was very hot, 32C (90F) with very little breeze, especially in
the third series. The cover ranged from mixed high grasses to brush
with occasional trees... real hunting cover!
Ripple, Ramp, Star, David
Dibblee, Ace and Rocky|
Ten dogs - including Rampant and Star - were called
back to the third series. Unfortunately, but perhaps to be expected,
Ripple did not finish the trial, (her only training having consisted
of two pigeons the night before) but her second series finds were
great. Ace and Rocky also did not finish.
However, at the end of the day, Star won the trial
was and Rampant placed fourth. Needless to say, a GREAT DAY for me
and my dogs. To have all five of my Canadian champions running in
the same trial was a memorable event in itself. To have Star win and
have Rampant place fourth certainly "put the icing on the cake".
I plan to attend the Canadian National this fall
and to run Ace, Rampant, Star and Rocky. That trial will be held at
St. Anne de la Perade, also near Trois Rivieres, Quebec. It will
start on Friday, October 7th. 2005. I am looking forward to seeing
many trialing friends from both sides of the border at that time.