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2007 Amateur Free-For-All Champion
Chancey Jackpot Lotto
"You’ll know it when you see it" says famous field trial reporter and handler Kent Patterson when describing championship performances. I agree whole-heartedly with his observation. When I see what I believe to be a performance that will win a championship, not only does the canine athlete make the job look easy but so does the handler and scout team. The winners aren’t galloping all over the course screaming for the dog and blowing the horses chasing him. They are right there in front of the judges pointing out their charge as he skims the likely cover and continues on his merry way. Sure, if the dog needs help, go get him, if there is the possibility of him making a wrong turn at a bifurcation of the forward course, canter up there and get him straightened out then wait on the judges and the rest of the party to get there, then send him on or point him out.
But it’s all got to be relaxed to be smooth and flowing. The best handlers I’ve been fortunate to know over the years anticipate the challenges they face on the course ahead of them and calmly work to nullify the effect they will have on their dog’s forward momentum.
Jake Schroeder, one of those “best” handlers I mentioned before, said to me one day “James, if you’re going to win this championship you’ve got to have a plan”. Jake and JoJo (Jake’s beautiful wife and scout) always have a plan. Jake, knowing where the trouble spots on the courses are, will anticipate a troublesome spot on course and apparently, according to plan, he will calmly canter out and intercept his charge and heel him back to the front, send him on, and then sit back and enjoy the show.
I don’t know if this year’s successful championship team had a plan or not but it sure looked that way from where I was sitting.
Chance won the DSBCA Free-For-All Championship in back to back years under the whistle of professional handler Tom Tracey. Winning in 2004 and again in 2005 Chance has already proven he’s got the stuff to win big here.
By winning the 2007 Deep South Brittany Amateur Championship for owners Vic Williams and Joyce Roberts, Chancey Jackpot Lotto has launched himself to a different plane having now won both the DSBCA Free-For-All Championship and the Deep South Brittany Amateur Championship.
Runner-up Champion was found in veteran Cooper’s Ozark Traveler. Cooper has won this stake once and this is his second year in a row to be named Runner-up. Cooper, running in brace three, broke away from the Suttle forty making good time through that field and rimming the edges in the next.
When we made to cross Safford road he was found standing on the edge of the road pointing into heavy cover behind a fence. This covey was put to flight and he was sent on through the Well pasture and past Camp-No-Sleep to finish out of sight at time. Cooper was returned from the front and we all returned to camp for one of Mrs. Johnson’s delicious southern lunches.
Chancey Jackpot Lotto
Brittany Male, by Hired Gun Lucas
X Rooster's Little Bambino
Vic Williams & Joyce Roberts, owners
h Vic Williams
Cooper's Ozark Traveler
Brittany Male, by Blaze Dakota Trucker
X Mokan Razzle Dazzle
o. James and Betty Doherty
h. James Doherty
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