Judges Brian Long and Robert Gove after three and a half days of running on the Hickman Ranch at Grand River, IA named Westfall's Black Cloud the new Region 17 SD Champion. Black Cloud ran Friday under favorable conditions and racked up 4 or 5 finds (I lost count) with a scorching race to take the title for handler Ryan Westfall. Father Bill scouted.
Running Sunday afternoon in fairly strong wind, Katie Bar The Door took runner up honors for Todd Babbel with Jason Babbel scouting. Chairman Mike Majewski had the trial running smoothly with lots of help from the Southern Iowa Pointing Dog crew and other Iowa clubs along with the Region 17 officers who were all in attendance.
Weather for the trial was really quite tolerable with light rain in the afternoon on Saturday and the aforementioned wind on Sunday. Lots and lots of bird contacts including a couple pheasants undid a few dogs but the judges said they had about ten contenders of the forty two entries to consider. There were many compliments on the grounds which utilized two courses over approximately 1400 acres.
We look forward to seeing all of you next year at the three Region 17 (Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska) championships!
Doug Meyer, Region 17 Secretary