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Spring Pointing Dog Trial At Hyalite Kennel
Posted on 06/03/2008 in Notes From The Field.

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Trial Results by Butch Nelson, Fred Overby and Peter Wax

The view from Hyalite Kennels is a breath taking sea of rolling prairie interspersed with rabbit brush and bull pine covered domes. Gazing into the vastness it is easy to imagine an earlier time, but when the pickup trucks begin rumbling down the dusty road hauling noisy dogs and orange clad handlers you are brought back to modern days, and when your name and dog are called the immediate present. The trucks, the dogs, and the dog men and women have all come to the end of the road for a United Kennel Club Pointing Dog Trial on Liberated birds. The trial, sponsored by the Big Sky Epagneul Breton Gun Dog Club, and run under the United Kennel Club Pointing Dog Rules, but the driving forces here are Karen Paugh and Butch Nelson.


East View From Butch and Karen’s Home Where The Sharp Tail Grouse and Hungarian Partridge Roam.

Hyalite Kennel is located on the Bench halfway between Fort Benton, where Madam Moustache watched the killings on the bloodiest block in the west, and Lewistown, where the likes of Charles Russell, Granville Stewart, James Jergus and Teddy Blue Abbott shared a drink; In the wild country where in 1884 on the fourth of July, Rattle Snake Jake died at the hands of the vigilantes; Up high, ringed in by the Highwood’s to northwest, the Judith’s to the East and the Little Belt’s to the South on the very edge of the Judith River breaks.


South View From Butch and Karen’s Home Where Each Night All the World’s Problems Disappeared On That Back Balcony.

When you come to Hyalite Kennel bring your dog, your camera, your fly rod and your appetite for while the grounds are large, the scenery extraordinary, the local fly fishing legion, the food is unbelievable. Sausage and biscuits for breakfast, a pile of cold cuts and side dishes fit for a king for lunch, and brisket for supper on the first night and the grilled Montana sized burgers the second. It is a place to run your dog, enjoy the country, and share in the company of likeminded folks in the cool shade of the porch.

SATURDAY MAY 17th RESULTS
Butch Nelson

Open Solo: Our First Place Open Winner on Saturday was Zeus' Ebony Leaps Alot, EB male owned by Sherry Niesar and Peter Wax, and handled by Peter Wax from North Dakota. Zeus had three well-spaced finds with only a slight let down on his first find, due to the extreme heat conditions. His steadiness to wing and shot and soft retrieves to handler and great ground pattern garnered his first place finish. All the training showed as these two tag-teamed to the winner’s circle.

Reserve Open Winner went to NBOB Ch. Tan Topperlyn Gallant Bodacious, EB male owned by Anne Johnson and handled by Glen Gunderson both from Minnesota. Bo has been broke on game since a puppy and his manners today were perfect. His first retrieve was slow to hand, again due to the heat. His second retrieve was much better. Bo showed a lot of grit as the temperature was rising.

Open Running Order
1) Zeus' Ebony Leaps Alot, EB male, mentioned.

2) Topperlyn Fontay Azure Bo, EB female owned and handled by Glen Gunderson. Azure puts down a race that forces the judge to take notice. Her exuberance cost her a placement as she went with the bird. Her owner yelled “she is for sale” and when the price got to give-a-way the list of hopeful owners was extremely long.

3) Anat Cheval Pataula, EB male owned and handled by Fred Overby. Moose moves with long legs poetically over the course and his find was quite lofty. Moving with the bird was his demise.

4) NBOB Ch Tan Topperlyn Gallant Bodacious, EB male, mentioned.


Nick and Foxy Waiting.

Karen Looking Stylish.

Gun Dog Solo: Our First Place Gun Dog Winner on Saturday was Ch. Tan Gundy's Gypsy Jo Du Hunrunr, EB female owned and handled by Glen Gunderson. Gypsy's run set the bar early as she displayed perfect Gun Dog manners on game. Her willingness to retrieve to hand and awareness of handler at all times makes Glen's training program is an envied by all.

No Gun Dog Reserve or Pass.

Gun Dog Running Order

1) Ch Tan Gundy's Gypsy Jo Du Hunrunr, EB female, mentioned.

2) Unite Du Plum Creek, EB female owned and handled by Nick Wax. Foxy was very close to placing but on her second bird she moved before the gun. It's a pleasure for this judge to watch a young man and dog go to a competition and compete against the big boys. This team will prevail.

3) Champ De Pataula, EB male owned by Bo Bradley and handled by Fred Overby both from Georgia. This young dog was a handful but showed he could find and point birds. He did not place but did receive his TAN.

4) Cloud De L'Audour, EB female owned and handled by Fred Overby. Cloud showed her absolute French ancestry with super ground work and staunchness on point. Cloud did not place but did receive her TAN.

5) Moxie, EB female owned and handled by Matt Allain. Scratched

6) Udelle Du Hyalite, EB female owned and handled by Fred Overby. This was not Lucy's day as she bumped a bird and then gave a determined chase.

7) Capecaille Du Hyalite, EB female owned and handled by Freb Overby. Caille had no trouble finding birds but forgot to read the Gun Dog criteria.

8) Fonzie EB male owned by Lynda Kieres and handled by Freb Overby. Scratched

9) Vagabond Charlie Du Hyalite, EB male owned and handled by Cliff St. John. Close to noon the scenting conditions were horrible but grit and determination proved this team can compete. Though Charlie left before the gun we all witnessed a lot of potential.

10) Grifondorf Du Hyalite, EB male owned and handled by Larry Jent. Griff was in the wrong place at the wrong time as he bumped a bird from up-wind and then gave chase.

11) Jissele, EB female owned and handled by Dan Drislane. Jissele with Dan on the whistle went birdless but not for lack of effort. She responded quickly to all commands but on this day was not rewarded.

12) Wrennes, EB male owned and handled by Dan Drislane. Wrennes would have pushed the winner if he could have a fraction of a second more. He slung dirt as he whirled to a point. The flush was difficult up the ridge with the gunner doing a masterful job downing the bird. Wrennes did receive his TAN.


Cliff and Charlie

Glen and Bo

TAN: Cassandra Du Hyalite, EB female owned by Ken and Janice Bruwelheide and handled by Ken Bruwelheide. Cassie ran mid-afternoon with no scenting. Wrong! She smelled the bird from quite a distance and showed no reaction to the gun thus receiving a well deserved TAN.


Glen and Gypsy.

Butch, Fred and Cloud.

SUNDAY RESULTS MAY18th
Fred Overby

Open Solo: Our First Place Open Winner on Sunday was NBOB Ch. Tan Topperlyn Gallant Bodacious, EB male owned by Anne Johnson and handled by Glen Gunderson both from Minnesota. Leo had an excellent run, particularly in the heat of the day. He was excellent in quartering, handling and movement, staunch on point and steady to wing and shot followed with a retrieve to hand.

Reserve Open Winner went to Zeus’ Ebony Leaps Alot, EB male owned by Sherry Niesar and Peter Wax and handled by Peter Wax. Reserve Open had an excellent Run, perfect bird work through retrieve, with two steady to flushes.

We had an Open Pass by Topperlyn Fontay Azure Bo, EB female owned and handled by Glen Gunderson. Azure put down an exceptional run with three finds. Unfortunately she had to be steadied on her first bird “a walking bobby” so she was not eligible for placement but finished strong two more finds handled perfectly.

Open Running Order

1) Ch Tan Topperlyn Fontay Azure Bo, EB female, mentioned.

2) Hahnah's Emauch Du Hunrunr, EB female owned by Steve and JJ Hilbers and handled by JJ Hilbers. Hahnah did a great job in Kansas and it looked like we were going to get a repeat but she missed placing by a hare – a big jackrabbit hare.

3) Zues' Eboney Leaps A lot, EB male, mentioned.

4) NBOB Ch Tan Topperlyn Gallant Bodacious, EB male, mentioned.



Butch the Judge and Cliff the Gunner.

JJ and Hahna.

Gun Dog Solo: Our First Place Gun Dog as Ambra Du Hyalite, EB female owned and handled by Ken Bruelhide. Ambra had a very nice run and was still going strong at the end in spite of heat. In high gusty winds and bone dry air Ambra produced a bird held steady even as the bird moved and capped off the performance with a gentle retrieve to hand.

A Pass was awarded to Ch. Tan Gundy's Gypsy Jo Du Hunrunr, EB female owned and handled by Glen Gunderson. Gypsy sprayed tri-colored energy throughout the field on a hot dry day during terrible scenting condition. She capped her run with a confusing sight point on an escaping bobby, which after two relocations eventually pinned. She held staunchly even after all the confusion and heat but unscrewed a moment to soon for placement.

Wrennes, EB male owned and handled by Dan Drislane received a High Natural Qualities Award for a superior run with exceptional drive. Unfortunately Wrennes was unable to handle a bird in the desert hot temperature and typhoon velocity winds. All trial rules aside, Wrennes put on a show that was a treat to anyone who loves dogs.

Gun Dog Running Order

1) Topperlyn Fonzie, EB male owned by Lynda Kieres and handled by Fred Overby, scratched.

2) Ambra Du Hyalite, EB female, mentioned.

3) Ch Tan Gypsy's Jo Du Hunrunr, EB female, mentioned.

4) Unite De Plum Creek, EB female owned and handled by Nick Wax. The dog that ran Yesterday did not show today - no bird.

5) Vagabond Charlie Du Hyalite, EB male owned and handled by Cliff St. John. In the intense heat and wind Charlie laid it all out and kept it out even after the bird was flushed. He showed great promise and a ton of heart but went with the bird.

6) Moxie, EB female owned and handled by Matt Allain, scratched

7) Champ De Pataula, EB male owned by Bo Bradley/Karen Paugh and handled by Karen Paugh. Champ showed power, speed, nose and an intense point but in the excitement forgot to hold long enough for the gun.

8) Jiselle, EB female owned and handled by Dan Drislane showed experience and competence but was done in by the heat and wind.

9) Wrennes, EB male, mentioned.


Can You Say Wind! Ken and Ambra with Fred and Cloud.


Two Experienced Hands, Butch and Zeus.


Glen With “BLING”. Super Job Glen.


Oh Gypsy Please Hold -- Please, Please, Please, Please, Please.....


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