Texas Amateur All Age Brittany Championship
March 4-5, 2006
By: David Downing
The Nancy Lee Ranch, just south of Brownwood, Texas, provided the setting for this championship. The
ranch had plenty of room for three one-hour courses. Each course had places where a dog could really show
themselves and other places where a dog had to want to go with you. There is an excellent club house that
Sue Woods and Jan Kilpatrick used to its fullest, providing wonderful hospitality and great fixin's
(Texan for food). Claude Kilpatrick and Tom Milam laid out the courses and did the
marshaling. Linda and Tom Milam handled most of the dog wagon duties, which kept things moving
in a timely manner. The judges for the Championship were Charlie Collier and Jim Wortman.
Both judges have a wealth of knowledge and experience with all age dogs. Charlie runs Pointers in American
Field and Jim has run both Brittanys and German Shorthaired Pointers.
Many thanks to Purina for their continued support of the Texas
Amateur All Age Brittany Championship. The dog food and hats were well received and very much appreciated
by all the participants.
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2006 Texas Amateur All Age Brittany Championship
1st Place "Taryn", CH Jayhawker Tequila With A Twist (B)
and 3rd Place "Harley", Megabuck's Hell On Wheels (D)
from left to right: Gary Smith, Ed Tillson, Judge Charlie Collier,
Judge Jim Wortman, John Cross, Tom Milam
1st place: "TARYN", CH JAYHAWKER TEQUILA WITH A TWIST, owned by Ed Tillson and
Jessica Carlson and handled by Ed Tillson.
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2006 Texas Amateur All Age Brittany Champion
CH Jayhawker Tequila With A Twist, "Taryn" with handler Ed Tillson
Gary Smith, Judge Charlie Collier, John Cross, Judge Jim Wortman,
Taryn broke away with a lot of enthusiasm and carried it forth throughout the hour. With a good forward
race and excellent ground speed, only coming from behind when the course changed direction on her, Taryn
demonstrated the All Age race the judges were looking for. At 18 she showed good style and manners
on a covey find, even though her brace mate failed to back and was collared. Taryn continued to hunt
hard the entire hour going to all the likely places. She showed plenty of endurance and looked strong
at the finish. Her overall consistent all age performance garnished her the "2006 Texas Amateur All
Age Brittany Championship".
2nd place: "CC", COUNTESS CONAC (B), owned by Mike and Sue D'Arcy
and handled by Sue D'Arcy. CC broke away during the heat of the day. She showed the same kind of
speed as the 1st place dog, but not quite the range. She showed a lot of heart by continuing to run hard
despite three blown pads. This determination was rewarded with a covey find at 51 and a single at 57.
Her style on point was excellent in spite of the pain she had to be feeling. For her good ground speed,
excellent style and her ability to find birds that late in the brace in 80+ degree heat she was declared
Runner Up by the judges.
3rd place: "HARLEY", MEGABUCK'S HELL ON WHEELS (D), owned and handled
by John Cross. Harley broke away on course three and immediately went on a mission to find birds.
He hunted hard in the heat and showed pretty good ground speed. Halfway through his brace a slight change
in the wind direction and temperature was noted and Harley took advantage of it. He kept up his pace and
was rewarded with a nice covey find at 59. All was in order and with only a minute to go Harley broke
away with renewed enthusiasm. A little more forward race and he could have placed higher.
4th place: "JACK", J&M ACE HIGH JAX, owned by Jim and Mary Crawford
and handled by Jim Crawford.
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2006 Texas Amateur All Age Brittany Championship
4th Place "Jack",
DC/AFC J&M Ace High Jax, a male Brittany
owned by James R. and Mary G. Crawford and handled by Jim Crawford
Jack ran a nice forward race that required little scouting. While
he lacked the range of the other placing dogs he was always to the front hunting hard. At 36 point was
called but no birds could be located so he was sent on. At 59 he was finally rewarded with a clean find
and all things were in order. He ran a consistent race the entire hour.
Brace 1: T&W'S DIAMOND JIM (Peace) and J&M ACE HIGH JAX
(Crawford). Jack's race was covered above. Jim broke away while the temperature
was still fairly cool. He ran hard to the front and showed when he needed to, until the last few
minutes of his brace. He got through a fence and was seen going forward, but was not returned to
Brace 2: CHEYENNE JOKER'S STAR-BUCK (Cross) and HI POINT
I BELIEVE I CAN FLY (Kilpatrick). Both dogs ran hard early and handled well. As the
heat began to take its toll, both dogs shortened and required repeated water stops. They both
hunted hard to the end of their hour, but neither had bird contact.
Brace 3: BLUERIDGE MAJOR ADVENTURE (Kilpatrick) and J&M PETE'S
TURNIN' TRIX (Crawford). Major seeemd oblivious to the heat and took off at a blistering
pace. At 30 he was spotted a good 500 to 600 yards to the front but that was the last he was seen
until the brace was well over. Trixie hunted at closer range, but stayed with her handler the entire
hour. Her efforts were in vain though as she had no bird contact.
Brace 4: TEQUILLA'S JOKER LIGHTNING (Peace) and COUNT SIROCCO
(D'Arcy). TJ seemed to feel the heat as he worked in a slow but methodical manner.
He hunted hard and covered all the likely places for birds. At 42 TJ was found standing. Birds
were flushed during a relocation attempt and TJ was sent on. He had no further bird work. Rock
handled the heat much better and laid down a fast and forward All Age race. Unfortunately, his
efforts went unrewarded as he finished the hour without bird contact.
Brace 5: TJ'S PRARIE BLIZZARD (Tillson) and COUNTESS CONAC
(D'Arcy). Blizzard started off with a nice forward race. He hunted hard, but then
the heat began to take its toll. Ed elected to pick him up at 57. CC's run was noted above.
Brace 6: MEGABUCK'S HELL ON WHEELS (Cross) and J&M LIGHTNING'S
MAGNUM MAX (Crawford). Harley's Race was noted above. Max started out hunting hard,
but then started showing signs of a flare-up of an old injury and at 37 Jim picked him up.
Brace 7: JAYHAWKER TEQUILLA WITH A TWIST (Tillson) and FAST COMPANY
(Peace). Taryn's run was noted above. Annie began hunting in a thorough manner, but
at 18, she was picked up for failure to back.
Brace 8: DAKOTA LUKE (Mantler) and CHEYENNE LITTLE MEG'A
(Cross). Luke broke away in a true All Age manner, making some big casts and showing
good ground speed. As the hour progressed, he became quite a handful and required extensive
scouting. Meg hunted at a more moderate range, but stayed mostly to the front. She
hunted hard the entire hour, but as time was called neither dog had located birds.
Brace 9: ORION'S TEXOMA SUPERSPORT (Smith) and J&M CLARK'S
TRADEMARK (Crawford). Sport and Gary both seemed to be under the weather. Gary
could hardly talk and Sport couldn't seem to get untracked. At 22 Sport did point a covey and all
was in order. At 32 he suffered a non-productive and at 38 Gary elected to head for the
house. Clark was working at a faster pace and covering the grounds pretty good. At 22 he went
on point, not 30 feet from where Sport was pointing a large covey. No additional birds could be located
and he was sent on without being fired over. General consensus had him winding the same covey as
Sport. At 31, Clark had a non-productive and Jim elected to pick him up.
Brace 10: TLM RAMBLIN SAM (Milam) and MAKE MY DAY DUDE
(Tillson). Since Gary couldn't speak, Tom decided to suffer through the broken ribs
and handle Sam himself. Unfortunately his efforts were in vain as Sam was picked up for failure
to back at 8 minutes. Dude had a stop to flush at 8 but just couldn't get lined out.
Ed elected to pick him up at 18.
Brace 11: BAR NONES TEXAS RANGER (Mantler) and TJ'S APACHE
(Tillson). Ranger started the brace hunting hard. He disappeared for several
minutes and was found standing by the scout. Probably the nicest limb find of the championship
went for naught, as the long delay in flushing caused an indiscretion in manners and he was up at 12.
Bandit put down one of the nicer runs of the championship. He ran hard, he ran fast, he ran
big, and he handled nicely. It was a real shame he ended the hour without birds.
||"Taryn", Ch Jayhawker Tequila With A Twist (B), Handler: Ed Tillson|
NFC/DC/AFC Tequila's Joker x Princess Haley II
Owners: Jessica Carlson and Ed Tillson
||"CC", Countess Conac, (B), Handler: Sue D'Arcy|
FC/AFC Chubasco II x FC/AFC Countess Cognac
Owners: Mike and Sue D'Arcy
||"Harley", Megabucks Hell On Wheels (D), Handler: John Cross|
AFC Cheyenne Joker's Star-Buck x Cheyenne Little Meg'A
Owner: John Cross
||"Jack", DC/AFC J&M Ace High Jax (D), Handler: Jim Crawford|
FC/AFC Ajax VII x DC/AFC J & M Tex's Hello Dolly
Owners: James R. and Mary G. Crawford