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Blazen' Anne's Abel, 4X NSTRA Champion, OFA Good, DNA Certified. 2003 Purina Endurance Championship 3rd Runner Up, 3X Big Sky NSTRA High Point Runner Up, 2006 Big Sky Regional Championship 3rd Runner Up.

Our trial history is varied and successful in that we have trialed numerous dogs over 27 years and have won 13 NSTRA Championships, while winning at the regional and national level.  We have placed in American Field with both Pointers and Brittanys, and have run in Brittany stakes in AKC,  and recently took 4th at the 2014 Brittany Western Futurties with Halle in the Gun Dog Stake.  Our track record speaks for itself.

We are not currently trialing at a steady pace, we have won for so long that trialing is not a concern, breeding is the most important thing. But for the record, one of my pups, Duke, out of Major and Button, owned by Rayce Schneider took second in an AKC Brittany Puppy trial two years ago,and was handled on foot.  He out ran dogs on horseback, with his handler on foot.  This is quite a feat when a foot handled dog runs 800 yards to the front on his first cast at 13 months of age and handles besides. And the next spring, he won both fields of a NSTRA trial on the same day just an hour apart.  This dog has bottom, he can run all day.

We are concentrating on our breeding program striving to put these dogs' progeny on the ground in the hands of other people. It is more important in the long run to get these dogs out into the public than for me to win. If you have trial aspirations, we have all the talent you will ever need to win if you want put the work into it. I will trial a dog for you if you want but personally I would rather hunt, fish, write, drink wine, and enjoy the dogs more as I get older. 

This year I am running  Tank alot  and  Buddha a little in NSTRA trials.  I'll introduce Gabel and Bitty, and see what happens. .   Bitty has more style on point than I have seen in a long time and Gabel will come on as he learns to understand the NSTRA rules.

If all goes well, Tank will emerge as a national contender and take a run at serious titles, but my real problems will come from managing this string of dogs as I get  older because they all want to run all the time...I could have much worse problems.


Abel's Think Tank on a lead in a parking lot is stand up handsome, but on the run he really exhibits his grace and movement.  Lightning fast and bold on the run, Tank can capture the judges' eye as good as any dog in the country.  



Blazen'  Abel's Incarnate, Buddha, standing on a lead shows the fire in his eyes that indicates the run he has.  He has the smoothest gait of any dog I have owned since Ben and has an extra gear to add anytime he needs it.  He has been trialed sparingly but is a solid bird finder and retriever.  He is my best breeder right now, throwing a lot of Ben.  He and Tank are full brothers on paper but from separate litters. He is more old school Square Butte, Tank is the new version. They are the last males out of Abel.
















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