Super Storm Cliff, last year’s US Complete Am. Puppy of the Year, transitioned into his derby form in outstanding fashion by winning first in the Ridgerunner’s Walking Amateur Derby on Saturday, September 11. Cliff had three sharp finds with adult manners to eclipse the field. He coupled this mature birdwork with a strong forward race.
The following day at the horseback trial sponsored by the Sandy Valley Field Trial Club held on the same Freeland Kennel Club grounds, Cliff again won first this time in the Amateur Horseback Derby. This was the first time he was ever handled off of horseback. His aggressive, classy forward hunting was rewarded with three letter-perfect finds. On each find Cliff was not only high-tailed and intense but he maintains that composure after the flush and shot. He added a back of his bracemate for good measure in besting a field of veteran horseback handlers and their charges.
Cliff notched another nice placement in which he registered multiple finished finds at the Arcadia FTC in RI, September 25. The Arcadia grounds are completely different from those in his previous derby wins. Dry, sandy with brutal scrub oak. Undeterred, he rendered a powerful hunting effort and his birdwork was again steady-to-wing and shot.