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The German Shorthaired Pointer Club of Minnesota held our annual Spring Horseback Field Trial over the weekend of May 25-28, 2012 at Crow Hassan Park Reserve near Rogers, MN


We drew 123 dogs and started 109 over the 6 stakes offered.  The trial was attended by pro trainer/handlers Art Armbrust and Tim Heiner from Nebraska , Greg Dixon of Wisconsin and a sizeable contingent from Minnesota including Matt Eder, Tommy Hagan, Wes Lodes, and Phil Mathiowetz.  The pro entries were also supplemented by a large number of highly competitive amateurs from throughout the mid-west.  Thank you all for your support of our trial.


Thank you to the judges for this year’s event.  Kevin Kuiper of Lehigh, IA and Rob Schuster of Green Bay, WI were the two that drove the furthest.  They both judges the Open Limited Gun Dog/Open Restricted Shooting Dog stake and Kevin also watched over the Open Derby and the Open Gun Dog/Open Shooting Dog.  Local field trailers Heather Gast, Denise Koslowski, and Clark Linn all teamed up to handle the Open All-Age, Open Derby, Open Gun Dog/Open Shooting Dog and Open Puppy stakes.  Greg and Liz Dixon kindly offered up some of their free time to judge the Amateur Gun Dog/Amateur Shooting Dog stakes.  Judging can be a long thankless  task at times and I appreciate these individuals giving back to the sport.


Thank you to Mary Reynolds and Loyall Pet Food for their help with the trial with financial support and bags of food for the stake winners.


I would like to thank all the club members and non-club members that lent a hand in helping make the trial go smoothly.  Carl Olson handled most of the bird planting duty for the weekend and was spelled by Kevin Jahr, Bruce Mueller, Clark Linn, and Su Oertel.  Dog wagon was driven by John Zeman on Friday and Monday with Carl Olson’s nephews Terrance and Martin manning the wagon on Saturday and Sunday.   Chris Benskin cooked all the lunches and dinners with the exception of a fabulous BBQ meal brought in by Q-Fanatic BBQ of Champlin, MN on Sunday night.


I’m sorry if I forgot anyone and if I did, please know how grateful I am for you lending a helping hand.  Without dedicated volunteers stepping up this event could happen.  I look forward to seeing you all again over Memorial Day weekend 2013.


Stakes and entry fees were as follows......


Friday May 25:

                  Open Limited Gun Dog $100 Entry, 36 Dog Limit, 6 entries per handler unless space is available for additional.

Saturday May 26- Monday 28:

                  Open All-Age $50 Entry

                  Amateur Gun Dog (Retrieving) $50 Entry

                  Open Derby $45 Entry

                  Open Gun Dog (Retrieving) $50 Entry

                  Open Puppy $35 Entry


Standard rosettes to all placed dogs.

1st Place all stakes, Trophy and dog food, courtesy of Loyall Pet Food

50% of entry fees in the OLGD will be paid back 50%-30%-20%, in case of withheld placements money stays with club.


Entries Open on March 1, 2012


Event Photos

2012 Spring Horseback Field Trial Premium 

2012 Spring Horseback FT Running Order