For November in Marienville the weather could not have been more amenable to a successful trial.
After five full days in the saddle, weather from 65 degrees and sub 40% humidity to sub freezing mornings with heavy frost, to 45 and damp, to 45 and steady rain with 30-35 mph winds the judges named pointer male Thunderhills Zeus from the 25th brace Champion with 4 grouse finds. Zeus is owned by Harry Tsepelias from Virginia and was handled by Dick Brenneman of Port Matilda, PA.
Named runner-up from the 33rd and final brace was setter female Pine Straw Katydid with 2 grouse finds. Katy is owned by Mike Reeves of Atlanta, GA and was handled by Mike. It was Mike's first time handling a dog in a grouse trial.
Marienville was it's usual fickle self. Grouse were available throughout, very often abundantly, very often it appears they are not. Among the truest challenges of the best bird dogs we can offer up as always. The judges had several dogs finish with clean work on grouse. Their decisions were well received. A full report from our reporter will follow in the American Field.
Thanks to everyone who attended and entered dogs. It was a record entry for the stake with record galleries and attendees.
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