Monday, February 16, 2009

Report form the National Championship

Jetsetter at the start of the National Championship - from the Ames Plantation website.

Jetsettter running - Photo from Jim Michaletz

OK, I am going to drop all pretense and admit that I am a huge fan of Jetsetter. 

I have been exchanging e-mail with Jet's owner, Jim Michaletz, who has been attending the National Championship. He allowed me to post some of his comments regarding Jetsetter's performance and the possibility of a 'call back' to determine the National Champion...

...Some are thinking they will need the same kind of race, with more birds. The reason for the call back would be if things were similar for another dog. It is not the dogs fault if the birds turn off. He flash pointed and corrected 4 times in the last ½. These were areas where they had been finding birds. They had probably been there earlier and moved in deep into the cover. He hunted every step of the 3 hours with birds only on his mind. He filled the country, and handled on a string. Finished well to the front. Gallery was clapping and applauding after each find. Never heard anything like it. All were cheering him on, even the Elliots (ed note: John and Jack Elliot are owners of Hytest Skyhawk, Jetsetter's bracemate, and the only other setter nominated to run at the National Championship). After Jet's 2nd find Jack Elliot said, "I quit, you win".  

After the 3rd very dug up find, he said, " I’m impressed." 

You could tell the birds were done feeding and leaving the edge and heading for deep cover. Herb Anderson was riding next to me and asked if I were handling would I let the dog dig in deep and risk losing him on point, or try and keep the dog out on the edges. I said go for broke. Allan tried to keep him on the edges but the dog was digging in whenever he could. He knew the birds were movin into cover. His 1st 2 finds the birds were runnin' for cover.

I really wish I been able to see Jet run on Saturday morning. There were dogs with more finds under different conditions (maybe lacking the race and intense ground application of Jet), but Jim said that Larry Huffman, who has scouted a lot of National Championships, told Allen Vincent (Jet's trainer/handler) to be ready for a call back. A call back happens when the judges feel that two dogs are very close in performance, and would like to see them run head to head. If no other dog has a great performance and produces more birds, say 6 or 8 finds, there might be an opportunity for Jetsetter to run in a call back and be the first setter to win the National Championship since 1970, when his great-great grandfather, Hall or Famer Johnny Crockett, won the event. And that would make field trial history.

5 comments:

Live to Hunt.... said...

It sounds very intense and very exciting! It would be remarkable to see such a wonderful dog work.

Gary Kirkpatrick said...

Jim has to be pretty excited.
Jett appears to be built different than the Sunrise dogs. Is that from the Smith stuff, Desitinare/Performer?
Regards
Gary

Dale Hernden said...

Even though I'm a pointer guy and am pulling for my dogs sire Strut, I've got my fingers crossed for Jet. It would be an incredible feat for Jet to win in a callback.

Andrew Campbell said...

Have been following it as best as possible, Mike. There's a lot of nice compliments to Jetsetter in those messages.

It seems like there's some pretty clear contenders so far -- Shell Creek Coin, Lester's Snowatch, and Game Maker -- to watch out for, too.

Here's hoping for history to be made, all the same.

Andrew

Mntmaniac said...

Mike...

I was invited to go to Grand Junction with a friend that owns a littermate of my pup. I was not able to make it but Tim did and witnessed the brace...he claims to have had chills and the Gallery was loopy the whole brace. Lets keep the faith. please keep us posted.