Vernon de L’Escarbot
Posted on 09/08/2006 in Notes From The Field.
Vernon de L’Escarbot
Vernon de L’Escarbot was whelped at L’Escarbot Kennels May 31 2004 by Souris du Clapet aux Bartavelles. The sire was Toy de St. Lubin; both dogs are direct imports from France. “Vern” is an orange and white roan male standing 19 5\8 inches at the withers and weights 39 pounds.
Vern is owned by Mark Dinsmore, who got him originally just for a hunting dog. After joining a club and doing some training with the breeder, John Mooney, it was realized that Vern had a lot of potential when at 4 months of age, Vern pointed, stayed steady to flush, had the bird shot over him and retrieved the bird back and dropped it at John’s feet. Vern was in the field hunting pheasants with good success in the fall at 6 months of age. Vern continues to hunt extensively, mainly wild pheasant, hunting every weekend of the Minnesota pheasant season, and going to South Dakota twice to help thin the pheasant population there.
In the spring of 2005 it was decided to test Vern’s abilities, and in his first time out in a test situation, out of the first 8 dogs to run, Vern was the only one to find a bird, in fact he found and pointed 4. At that Mark and John decided to start training him to compete in the UKC Pointing Dog Field Trials. The following March at the French Brittany Gun Dog Association Field Trial at Veterans Memorial State Park in Georgia, Vern received a Reserve Placement in the Liberated Game Field Trial Open Stake. Three weeks later, Mark and Vern traveled to Dunbar Kentucky, to run in the Irish Red and White Setter Society’s UKC Liberated Bird Open Stake. Vern captured his first 1st Placement on Saturday, and followed it up with another 1st Placement on Sunday, which qualified him for both the Trialer Title and Champion Trialer Title at the same time. Vern was the first dog to receive the Champion Trialer Title. Two weeks after competing in Kentucky, Vern and Mark were on the road again. This time they were off to, the Big Sky Epagneul Breton Gun Dog Club’s UKC Wild Bird Field Trial in Choteau Montana. On Sunday April 23, 2006 Vern once again received a 1st Placement which conferred upon him the title “Champion of the Field”, the first dog of any pointing breed to receive the highest title awarded by the United kennel Club. In July Vern was entered the show ring at the United German Shepard Dog Alliance Event, where he received his Show Champion title.
Vern will continue to run in Field Trials, next going to France in October of 2006, and then on to the French Brittany Gun Dog Association’s National Event in March 2007, where Vern hopes to continue on the path to UKC’s newest title “Grand Champion of the Field”