Nominated by Ken Jacobson
“Records live… Opinions die.”
Recently, NAC & DC/AFC SHADY’S TIA MARIA, owned by Marilynn and Clem Little of Enumclaw, WA was elected to the Brittany Field Trial Hall of Fame. I believe, based on her record and judging her, she was the finest field trial Dual bitch of our breed.
Dual Ch. JUCHOIR’S TROOPER JILL, owned, trained and handled by Ted and Lois Hames of Lynnwood, WA was one of the finest producing Dual bitches of our breed. Bred by Arthur Hewitt, her dam was Juchoir’s Termison Trill and her sire was HOF Dual Ch. Lund’s Trooper.
In 1965, Jill won the National Futurity (with 73 starters) in Crab Orchard, Illinois. She was described in the write up as a “swift and ground-soaring young pup”. Her performance included near perfect all-age manners with one excellent covey find. She was also selected 2nd money female in the show. Also placing third in the futurity was HOF Bazooka’s Brandy, a future National Champion handled by Delmar Smith.
Jill also placed third in the 1968 ABC Pheasant Classic. During
the 60’s, there weren’t hour stakes being run in the northwest. When the
Pheasant Classic was moved back east, the Chukar Classic was eventually formed.
I trained with Ted and hunted Jill often along with handling her in the show ring to her Dual Championship. In 1969, I took my Sam and Jill to the ABC Prairie Chicken Classic in Wisconsin. Jill was out of site when time was called; the judges told me to pick her up. I found her pointing in a draw to the front. Sam was placed third on his run and a back.
In the sixties, the West Coast was strung out... To go to Idaho or California was a day driving each way. There was the Washington Brittany Club; the Oregon Brittany Club and the Idaho Brittany Club in the Northwest... Our Gundog stakes were Shoot to Kill and Open to all breeds, shorthairs, wirehairs, pointers and setters. Nickey Bissell lived in Oregon and was a strong influence on developing Dual Brittanys. Washington and Oregon held annual Specialties with our trials. The Camp Adair field trial grounds near Corvallis Oregon were the only wild bird, continuous grounds on the West Coast... We ran the Pheasant Classic (our only one-hour stake) in Eastern Wash or Camp Adair. Brittany trailers were amateurs who hunted and trained their own brits... Ted Hames was a perfect example: a retired businessman, hunter who trained and campaigned three britts to titles… "Roux Rebel" won the Northwest Field Trial Councils "Gundog of the Year Award" against all breeds. "Dual Ch. Juchoir's Trooper Jill, the first West Coast britt to win a National Futurity ; Fld Ch. Trooper Jills Little Frenchman (Kipp)… all owner trained and handled. He also trained Jink’s Jim Dandy.
Jill produced the 1976 National Champion Casey’s Chikamin, sired by HOF DC Tigar’s Jocko.
She also produced the 1970 National Futurity Winner (103 starters) Jinx’s Jim Dandy.
The second placed Futurity dog was Jacolet Blue, out of a Jill daughter, FC Pizzaz, sired by
HOF NC DC Shenango Valley Dingo.
FC Pizzaz, owned by Ken Jacobson and Al Langan, placed five times in national events, being awarded the Christy Feather Duster Award, in her 41 placements. Mr. Langan also owned a full brother to FC Pizzaz, DC Coveymoor’s Bomarc.
1 National Champion Casey’s Chikamin
1 National Futurity Winner Jinx’s Jim Dandy
2 Dual Champions, DC/AFC Killey and DC Coveymoor’s Bomarc
Plus 4 Field Champions, FC Pizzaz, FC Trooper Jill’s Frenchman and FC Trooper Jill’s Mach
HOF Scipio's Little Chick by NFC Casey's Chikamin bred to Scipio's Wild Cherry
Sirius Sashay by FC Trooper Jill's Mach bred to Spring's Pride
FC/AFC Kiki's Button by DC/AFC Killey bred to Kiki's Tafie
FC/AFC Kiki's Bill " "
FC Redfoot's Raggedy Andy by FC/AFC Tex's Air Man bred to Jacolet Liberty Belle
Dr. Ralph D. Bolton, a geneticist, once said.. "The bottom bitch is more important than the topside and harder to recognize."
This outstanding Brittany has been an important part of the growth
of our breed and has long been overlooked.