Deciding Point scores 2nd in Sandy Valley ASD

Deciding Point, owned by Bob Watts and Dick Brenneman, registered a well-earned 2nd at the Sandy Valley BDC Am. Shooting Dog stake on April 17, 2021. “Bek”, littermate to Thor Kain’s male Super Storm, is from the frozen semen mating of 6xCh. Pennstar to 9xCh. Straight Forward.

“Bek” has been a grouse/cover dog all her life. She’s been through the Watts/Brenneman school and then she was in the hands of pro Dave Hughes for campaigning. When grouse trials in the east were generally cancelled this spring, it was decided that she would benefit from field trial experience in quail shooting dog trials. Thor Kain volunteered to work with “Bek” and get her ready to compete in US Complete trials. Thor had an extra burden in getting “Bek” ready as she had whelped a litter of 9 pups sired by Maximum Resistance in January of this year.

Grouse/cover dog trials are run on grouse and woodcock. “Bek” has mastered the art of handling these wild birds. Quail trials are another ball game and Thor understood that “Bek” had to make adjustments to her hunting pattern and in her approach to handling released quail. “Bek” has made the transition successfully.

Deciding Point

On this Saturday, running over the grounds of DeCoverly Kennels, “Bek” ran hard to likely objectives. She was rewarded early with a sharp find and then on two occasions spread over the next 20 minutes she backed her bracemate. High and tight on all these bird encounters, “Bek” was still firing on all cylinders as she reached ahead to an inviting bottom in the closing minutes. Well ahead and out of sight, blocked by tall switchgrass, “Bek’s” bell stopped ringing. Thor knew where he had last heard her and in time found her stacked up with arresting intensity and style. The flush and shot went ‘according to Hoyle’ as time expired. Likely this last find was what pushed her effort into the second place spot over a quality field.