Many thanks to all who supported the trial especially our friends who traveled some distance from Rhode Island and New Brunswick. Despite the rain on Saturday morning during the derby stake, we had a terrific trial. Mud was the order of the day on the road to our wild bird courses due to logging activity and work being done on the power lines over the winter. Recent rain also made for boggy areas turning to shallow ponds but no one comes to spring trials in Maine unprepared for such circumstances. The walking was tough but we had plenty of birds and good dog work to make it all worth the effort. Sunday — cooler but sunny — could not have been more beautiful for running dogs.

Despite the long winter, dogs seemed in good shape and as happy as their handlers to be out trialing again. Thanks to Steve Forrest, Cal Robinson for judging the derby, and Kevin Harris, Mike Flewelling, Russ Ogilvie and Chris Mathan for judging the wild bird shooting dog stakes. Many thanks to club secretary Pat Forrest and member Al Robbins for getting lunches together, Pat for attending to secretary duties as well, and everyone who waged the mud driving us to the starting lines. (…that would be you Ricky!) Thanks to Pat and Steve for again hosting Saturday evening’s potluck at their home and to everyone who brought food including Amy Robinson who made a terrific pasta salad. Mike Flewelling brought grouse stew, Al Robbins brought spaghetti and meatballs and Joe Dahl’s wife sent along the homemade desserts.

Seems like everyone had a good time. Congratulations to all the winners!

Derby Winners

Derby Winners from right to left: 1st: Winter with Karen Unsworth, 2nd: Bradley with Erin Stolgitis, 3rd: Brynn, Bob Little. Judges: Cal Robinson, Steve Forrest.

Sat SD Winners

Sat OSD Winners: 1st: Stella with John and Erin Stolgitis, 2nd: Brady with Al Robbins, 3rd: Bandit with Joe Dahl. Judges were: Kevin Harris, Chris Mathan

Sun SD Winners

Sun OSD Winners: 1st: Riley with Joe Dahl, 2nd: Wilbur with Mike Best, 3rd: (not present) Winter, Karen Unsworth. Judges: Russ Ogilvie, Mike Flewelling

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…there’s always one clown ;-)!

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