Super Storm Liz delivered an impressive performance at the inaugural Sugarloaf Mountain BDC, May 8, 2021 to garner her first shooting dog win. “Liz” was second in the 18 dog field that featured stiff competition from contenders that included a handful of champions.
“Liz”, still a derby, moved up to take on the big boys. Following her five first place derby wins in the fall, we felt she was ready and she more than came through for us. Handled by Thor Kain, “Liz” and her bracemate, Dean Avillion’s Huckleberry’s Lucky Penny, put on what I felt was the most exciting brace of shooting dogs I’ve seen in year. “Penny” too was in the winner’s circle when placements were announced.
Both dogs got out of the gate fast and were spotted after several minutes standing way to the front. “Penny” was to the right and “Liz” 150 yards ahead. The walk to both stylish, straight-up pointing style, dogs took several minutes. “Liz” had her bird accurately located. When Thor arrived he dispatched the quail promptly. From here both dog reached far to the front scanning appropriate objectives along the way. Both dogs showed no let up as they traded finds and backs. Point was called for “Liz” found forward with “Penny” backing–both intense, stylish and solid for the flush and shot. They continued with both dogs racking up 2 finds and back. There were other shooting dogs with many more finds but the drive, desire, speed, pattern, sharpness of finds and style were unmatched. At the pickup both ‘girls’ were still going strong with both handlers exhausted physically and emotionally from a performance that reflected their hard work and the high level of ability that both dogs have and that were brought to evidence in their performances that day.