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Thursday, February 23, 2012

A Day at the Eastern GSPC Field Trial

Snip's Sixth Sense Wyatt MH

This past Saturday I ventured to Medford, NJ to the Eastern GSPC Field Trial. This was the very first field trial I have ever attended. I'm by no means new to dog hunting events as Jim and I run our GSP Cleo in NAVHDA and AKC hunt tests, but hunt tests and field trials are substantially different. What I found to be very much the same with them though is the great people you can meet at either style event.

Raf and his Setter

Kona the 11 month old English Pointer

Lovely Mae

I ended up at the field trial because I was hired to photograph an amazing GSP named Snip's Sixth Sense Wyatt MH. Wyatt had a great weekend placing 3rd in Open Limited Gundog on Friday, 2nd in Open Gundog on Saturday (both days he was handled by Bruce Shaffer) and he placed 3rd on Sunday in Amateur Limited Gundog while being handled by his owner Jon Sensinger. I got to witness his impressive run on Saturday with him taking 2nd out of 20 dogs. He is ranked 11th with the GSPCA Open Gundog and 13th with the AKC GSP Open Gundog for 2011. Wyatt is 34 months old, has his health clearances and is available for stud to approved dams. For more information on him please contact Bruce Shaffer through his website.


One of the most interesting aspects of the field trial for me were all the horses. At one point I had to laugh to myself as I was jogging along next to about 6 of them.  I can understand after attending the trial why a horse is a necessity. The dogs run so big. Unfortunately I can't get good pictures on a horse. I can only hope that Nike and upland boot manufactures will team up and develop a cross training mud boot. After running about 6 braces I appreciated the fact that I'm in good shape otherwise it would have been a really long day!

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  1. Your dog must be having a lot of fun with all those activities. They are very energetic and extra exercise and plenty of activities are really needed.

    Natalie and my german shorthaired pointer