Impact Player, son of Pennstar, won 2nd at the 66th Grand National Grouse Futurity held at Milan, NH the last days of October, 2010. Earlier in the month, “Joe” was third at the North American Woodcock Futurity in Nova Scotia. In Canada “Joe” was handled by professional Dave Hughes who is responsible for “Joe’s” early and quick development, particularly in handling wild birds. “Joe” was bred by Maine resident Joe Dahl (from whence he got his name) and he’s a littermate to the 1st place winner of the Grouse Futurity. Pundits are still checking to see if littermates have ever placed 1-2 in the Grouse Futurity’s history. In both stakes Joe handled wild birds with exceptional manners.
At the Grouse Futurity, “Joe” was braced with his winning sister. ” Joe” took a minute to get used to the terrain and boggy footing but he was soon in high gear and laying forward. Midway through the heat, he pointed ahead with a straight, high tail. The grouse blew out as his handler and co-owner, Dick Brenneman, approached.