Caladen's Struttin Gentleman -
CALADEN'S STRUTTIN GENTLEMAN - Gent has as fine a ground race as I have seen. He is biddable, has incredible style, naturally retrieves and will be a foundation dog for this kennel for many years to come.
He had a great 2008/2009 Derby season on the FT circuit, winning several walking and horseback Open and Am. Derby stakes, including the prestigious SC AM. Horseback Derby Classic, handled by our own Plantation owner, Scott Hicks. He beat some very strong competition. He also had NBHA wins, finishing as SC Am. Derby of the Year (a title that his mother also won) and had a fantastic horseback win at the Canadian Open Derby under the accomplished whistle of George Tracy.
Still a very young Derby, Gent had Shooting Dog wins this season with the most notable being the Alabama Dixie Classic, handled by veteran John Ray Kimbrell, where he finished 2nd in a field of tried and true Shooting Dogs. That was a big time Shooting Dog win for the youngster (legitimate year and a half old)!!
While finishing the season running in weekend trials up north and being handled by George & Mike Tracy, Gent was hit by a car while on the course at the Lost Pond FT in Upstate, NY. It was a close call and touch-and-go for awhile, but it appears that our boy will make a complete recovery. Thanks in no small part to the great doctors at Cornell Univ., a dedicated professional, George Tracy for getting him to the doctors he needed to survive so quickly ...and a whole lot of support and prayers from our friends!! Thank you all!!
Gent obviously had a fantastic Derby season, but one more important point worth mentioning, is that he had Walking and Horseback wins under no less than SIX DIFFERENT HANDLERS this season, from novice to professional!! If that doesn't define biddable, than nothing does!!
Caladen's Sawmill Struttin -
CALADEN'S SAWMILL STRUTTIN - Rocky has a powerful and forward race. Like his brother Gent, he moves through the cover effortlessly with brilliant flashes of speed and style. He is easy to handle and can almost anticipate your desires.
Rocky was sold to long time trialer Dale Hernden and began his field trial career in 2008 in the Grouse Woods winning the Lake States Derby Classic in MI under the whistle of Pro Handler Scott Chaffee over a large field of grouse woods bred setters and pointers.
His natural run favored horseback so Dale sent him to HOF Handler Dave Grubb. Dave put a horseback win on him at the Southwest Michigan Open Derby just before we were able to buy him back from Dale. We really wanted him back in our kennel and Dale's interest from the start was the Grouse Woods, so he graciously agreed to sell Rocky back to us and we appreciate it very much. We couldn't be happier to have him home.
Rocky will run this fall under the veteran whistle of John Ray Kimbrell. John Ray handles many of our trial dogs and we are very excited to add him to his string.
Caladen's Rail Hawk
CALADEN'S RAIL HAWK - Jack is just a youngster, but he is already making a statement on the field trial circuit with an incredible THREE Puppy of the Year awards. He also had several Open Derby wins as well as an Open Shooting Dog win! Top all that off with a NAVHDA NA PII and you can see why we are so proud of the boy!
SC Horseback Open Puppy of the Year 2008/09
SC National Bird Hunters Open Puppy of the Year 2008/09
SC United Bird Hunters Open Puppy of the Year 2008/09
2008/2009 Field Trial Season
Ninety-Six Bird Hunters I Open Puppy 1st
Ninety-Six Bird Hunters II Open Puppy 1st
Mid Carolina Field Trial Club Open Puppy 1st
No Tail Field Trial Club Open Shooting Dog 1st
No Tail Field Trial Club Open Derby 1st
Mid Carolina Field Trial Club Open Derby 2nd
Canadian Open Derby 3rd
Caladen's All Business - SC UBH Derby Of the Year
Derby Placements - Walking 1 Derby Placement - Horse 1 Broke Dog Placement. All in her first trial season. Each trial above was run with a different handler to prove biddability. Over 85 days on wild birds proving her merit on 5 species in 3 States
Caladen's Elhew Sarah - SC United Bird Hunters Open Shooting DOY
Caladen's Cash - SC RU Am. Horseback Puppy of the Year