Our 2015 Eukanuba Nationals Invitation - 705 points, #1 seed and #59 on the Top 100 All Breed list.
We didn't start the NOHS pursuit until May, did less than 20 shows, finished with 9 Group 1's and 3 Best in Shows. We also finished as #59 on the Top 100 All Breed point list, a first for any Sussex. Hoping 2016 brings even more success!
Congratulations to the four Hellfire bred field trial dogs that have earned placements this fall! I think this is the most we have ever had place in one season. Not bad for a tiny little GUNDOG kennel. :D
Macks (new FC!) and Montana are both from Navy X FC AFC CFC MH Toby, Cate is from Mia X FC AFC MH Mickey, and Brandy is from Zeeza X AFC MH Whitey. Pedigrees for all HERE.
LATE WINTER - If the weather doesn't interfere with shipping and travel plans, both Tina and Storm will be bred over winter for early spring puppies.
LATE SPRING/SUMMER - Haley will be bred for the final time, not sure to who yet. I'm currently researching a couple of dogs back east.
I only use Field Champion and/or Master Hunters (preferably both) with good or better OFA results and impeccable temperaments for baby daddys - check back often as the details will all be finalized soon.
I'll just get right too it. Our Montana season opener sucked - our CRP is gone, it's too hot for "fall" activities, and the birds are like, where? Field trial dogs are getting more birds than my gundogs - how pathetic is that?!!!!
We are now planning a trip to NE Montana because my crew of youngsters needs birds birds birds to give some reason for the season.
I love getting tales from the kids...this morning I got a great update on Gin and Zeta - without a doubt, Bob has the two best bred and best looking girls in South Dakota. Both are Zeeza daughters out of Ace (FC AFC CFC Fast Track Accelorator MH NA NAJ) and Toby (FC AFC CFC Abitt's Highlander Lord MH RE OAP OJP VCD1 WDX VS)
The Lebida girls Zeta and Gin in Pierre, SD
Tiki showing off her Zone 4 bounty
Havre Hank showing off his Zone 6 bounty
I was thrilled to hear that Jim Klix captained Cate to a fabulous second place in another strong group of 33 dogs at the Amateur Stake in New York. Cate is just two years old - they are doing great! Cate is out of Mia (FC AFC CFC Toby MH RE OAP OJP VCD1 VS X Maia MH) and FC AFC MH Mickey. He is far too modest to brag, and I am just more than happy to do it for him. :D
What a weekend for Team Hellfire! Maverick really shook his tail feathers and picked up his 9th Owner Handled Group 1 and his THIRD OH Best in Show at the Roundup Cluster in Helena. Heartfelt thanks to judges Roger and Paula Hartinger for his back to back Best in Shows and Pat and Charles Trotter for giving him his back to back Group 1s in a very competitive sporting group. He now has 700 points, which should get him onto the Top 100 All-Breed list.
Ice picked up more OM points from Open B and finished his VER title. I knew it wouldn't be easy, and I am really disappointed with how his UDX season has gone, but he did get his 3 OTCH wins, had a High in Trial and is halfway through his OM points. I was really busy this year, didn't get to train as much as I wanted to, and we will work out the training kinks over winter and hit the trials harder next year. Maverick will also be back in the obedience ring next year.
Mickey finished his Rally Novice title with respectable scores 95, 88 (my bad!) and 99 despite the small dogs he finds overly "fascinating". He is busy getting ready for his tracking test and his CD obedience debut.
Mav's third Best in Show!
Two Group 1's and a Group 2 - and TWO Best in Shows!
Meanwhile Hellfire East picked up a third place in the Amateur All-Age (with a 39 dog entry) at the Southern Tier trials in New York with Cate, a 2012 Mickey X Mia puppy. Handled by Jim Klix and co-owned with me. Cate is the third Hellfire bred dog to earn a trial placement this fall!