Well we hit two trials, judged one very nice limited GD stake, handled a bunch of dogs in two different trials and drove about a 1,000 miles over the last weekend.
My friend Burnie Stokes won the Open Limited on Friday with his old Visla "Taz". Taz is one of the nicer V's I've ever seen run, competed against or judged and it was nice to see the old man pull one off and do so in style.
At the TPPBDC trial in Hardesty we won the Derby with "Cracker" one of Moose's son's. Terribly windy, cold, and dry and he ran a nice big GD/SD race and had two finds, one on a wild covey. I was very proud of him.
I had to leave my young Gun Dog Duke (dog in my avatar picture) who is a Son of Bullett with my good friend Bryan Long to run in the Open GD. Duke has been a dog I had a lot of faith in since I first took him back and I thought I had him ready to win.
Bryan had never even had his hands on Duke until about two hours before the stake yet he took him out and won what the judges told me was a VERY tough Gun Dog Stake with a stellar performance with one wild covey find and a very nice Stop to Flush on another wild Covey. I owe Bryan a lot for this one because the judges told me he did a bang up job of handling Duke's find in a tough, tough situation.
Friday night I pulled out and was at the Sunflower GSP club walking trial bleary eyed but bushy tailed in time to have the first brace out in the opening stake.
We won the open puppy with one of Bullett's daughters "Sassy" and also picked up five other placements throughout the weekend. Fortunately this year it was just cold, windy, and wet instead of driving rain, sleet, and snow like we had last year!
So ends a long, tiring but very rewarding weekend for the WildRose gang. I think I'll give the dogs a day off tomorrow!