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" Dexter "
  • Pup #3: Male
  • Sire: Tekoa Mountain Patriot
  • Dam: Tekoa Mountain Sunrays
  • Whelped: 04-19-10 Litter #6
  • Color: Orange & White
  • Temperament: Screaming Fireball!
  • Owned by: Kelly McAllister
    Waterford, Michigan email Kelly
 Dexter

Hey Mardelle and Eric,

Just wanted to yet you know that Dexter (Backwoods Bankruptcy) recently won Michigan Walking Derby of the Year and U.S Complete Derby of the year. He is a very good boy, and I am very proud of him. We just started trying him off horseback, and he is showing he can run. I may run him in some Horseback trials this year, or I may just hunt him. He did break his tail and it seems to be slow healing, hopefully that will eventually get better. Dexter is Tekoa Mountain Patriot X Tekoa Mountain Sunrays... A full litter mate to your Tekoa Mountain Justice. Thanks for a great pup. This dog is my best friend. He has the best personality in a dog I have ever met. Just a real loveable goofball. By far my favorite dog.

Thank you!
Kelly McAllister


Hi!

I just wanted to update you on my pup out of your Patriot x Sunrays litter, who just turned a year in April. I could not be happier with him. He is a nice walking dog, which is what I wanted. However, he can get kind of bull-headed and reach out a little farther then what I like...we are still working on that! He is incredibly sweet... an amazing house dog, and my constant companion. When I sit down he jumps right in my lap, and always wants to cuddle. He is very talkative.

He turned out to be a very nicely built STRONG dog. He is just under 50 lbs. He usually casts about 300-400 yards when I take him to the trial grounds. He has never been in front of a horse so I don't know how he would do with that. He has a perfect straight tail when standing on point as well as a high head. He is a natural backer, even as a pup he would play pointing games with the other bird dogs! He retrieves naturally, which is to say he struggles with quail, but does pretty good with the bigger birds as long as you don't expect to get it from him right away. He is going to be force-broke this winter. My favorite thing about him is how intense he looks on point.

July 9th is when the quiet season ends here, so I plan on taking him up north a lot to hunt some grouse and woodcock. Should be quite the experience because he seems to lose his mind a little more than normal in the woods :) This will be the test to see if I can get him to be a grouse trial dog. He did OK in the puppy stakes, but he drags his tail when he runs which apparently they look down upon. I also have to work on his stamina, it seems to me like he struggles still a little in the heat for longer runs (20+ minutes). I think part of his problem is that he runs so hard! According to my astro at a 45 minute run at the field trial grounds in where we were training he was running at 12 MPH! I think that is just incredibly, although probably not uncommon for you up there!

Anyways, Ill make sure to send some pics of him, I think you would be proud

Kelly McAllister


" Gabby "
  • Pup #8: Female
  • Sire: Tekoa Mountain Patriot
  • Dam: Tekoa Mountain Sunrays
  • Whelped: 4-9-10 Litter #6
  • Color: Tricolor
  • Temperament: Groundpounder!
  • Owned by: Chelsea Plantation
    Ridgeland, SC (email Brad)
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She is doing very well. Finds her share of the birds. Stamina is great. Handles the heat extremely well. Insists on being in front. Way above average intelligence. Has plenty of drive and really turns if off well in the house.

I hope you guys had a good holiday season and are doing well.

Thanks,

Brad Sadler
Chelsea Plantation
Ridgeland, SC
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" Joe "
  • Pup #2: Male
  • Sire: Tekoa Mountain Patriot
  • Dam: Tekoa Mountain Sunrays
  • Whelped: 05-21-11 Litter #8
  • Color: Black & White
  • Temperament: Loves attention
  • Owned by: Keith Nord
    Wayzata, Minnesota (email Keith)
Joe
Eric,

I thought I would send you a photo of Joe pointing a rooster in ND. He has had around 25 preserve birds shot over him and about 15 wild roosters and 4 huns. I'm not sure of his weight right now, but I'm guessing around 47 or 48 pounds. He still gets tired easily and can't go very long, but he loves to hunt and get his mouth on birds. His obedience work will start later this month. As you can see his tail has started to come up, it still has a ways to go, but I'm sure it's a matter of confidence as you mentioned. He is full of himself and is having a great time being loved by the family. He has a lot of point in him and my trainer really likes him, I do too. He wants to hunt with you and is still not ranging very far, (probably 125 yards at the most) but again I'm hoping with confidence that will extend.

Keith


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Eric,
How are you? I hope this email finds you and your family doing great! Just wanted to give you an update on Joe. He is out of Patriot and Sunrise. He will be 2 this May. I spoke to you last summer trying to decide whether or not to send him to the prairie with a professional trainer. After speaking to you I did a LOT more checking and found the guy to be reliable. It turned out to be a great experience for Joe. I picked him up in September in South Dakota and was shooting birds over him immediately. The season went really well, he got ALOT of work. I told you I have 3 English Setters, one is 11, the 8 year old tore her ACL, (she had torn the other one 2 years earlier). Because of my dog situation Joe was on the ground a lot. I shot huns, sharptails, pheasants, and prairie chickens over him. He is beginning to stretch out to the range I like and I believe he has the chance to be special. I plan to enter him again this Spring in a couple field trials. I'm looking forward to seeing what he does. I am going to send you a couple photos. The wheat field picture he is pointing a covey of huns. The other photo he is pointing a group of sharptails. Thanks again. We will talk again soon,

Keith

Eric and Mardelle,

Thanks for sending the feedback page for Patriot and Sunrays puppies, I hadn't seen it. Joe is being force broke to retrieve right now. Again, my trainer really likes him and thinks he will end up being the best of all my setters, that's saying a lot as I have had some really good dogs. I'm pretty sure he will go back to the prairie for around 6 weeks this summer and I am excited to see what he does in a couple field trials this Spring. He will be coming home from being force broke right into the trials so I'm guessing his range will be somewhat limited for a little while. At the end of the season he was making 500-600 yard casts and as you can see from the pictures I sent. He is beautiful on point. I couldn't be happier! As I told you before I typically like females, but Joe is such a nice dog I have kept him intact. His personality is wonderful! I will send you pictures and results from the trials this Spring.

Thanks,

Keith



" Taylor "
  • Pup #1: Male
  • Sire: Tekoa Mountain Patriot
  • Dam: Tekoa Mountain Sunrays
  • Whelped: 10-27-10 Litter #7
  • Color: Orange & White
  • Temperament: Bold and outgoing
  • Owned by: Ervin Jones Eastville, Virginia (email Ervin)

Hi Eric and Mardelle,

I thought you may enjoy some photos of North West Wind-(aka "Taylor"). He is quite a dog already. I could not be more pleased.

I have attached a couple of photos for you. It took me a while to get them as he is such a busy body. I will send you photos from time to time whenever I can catch him still long enough to get some. The best dogs are the puppies that keep you going! Cheers!

Erv


" Tekoa Mountain Rampage "
  • Pup #4: Female
  • Sire: Tekoa Mountain Patriot
  • Dam: Tekoa Mountain Sunrays
  • Whelped: 05-21-11 Litter #8
  • Color: Black & White
  • Temperament: Playful and curious
  • Owned by: Juliette Steen (email Juliette)
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Hi Eric,

Thanks for the opportunity last week to sip Wine and both listen to tales, I really appreciated it. trip home was good..

This is a very nice Pup, here is a picture when a pair of California Quail strutted out in front of her.. at 7 weeks old it was very impressive, she is already doing the perimeters of our acreage, totally independent and a dream in the house. Time will be her friend, I am really impressed in her independence, I have at least 4 coveys of Quail within 300yds of our property so she will get an early opportunity. She is already friends with horses.. never had such a quick learner.

I am sending my good 7-month old pup to the Epps for the summer( there is no substitute for Sharp tails) and will pick it up in Mortlack. Am heading to circle MT on the 12th of August, so a month on the road will be a hoot.

Take great care.
Rick


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Hi,

Here is our Setter Pup hitting a pair of wild planted Quail..

First picture is when she hit the scent, 2nd picture is when I am stacking her up, 3rd is when I am loving her.. all while she is locked up.

Retirement is wonderful!
Rick


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Good Morning Eric,

Hope all is well.

Just thought you might like to hear about this young Setter called Rampage..

She is a very wonderful Pup. Julie is doing well with her. we are seeing a lot of potential come forth at this young age. Mind you I figure we have gotten her into at least 1500 wild birds ( Quail , Huns and Pheasants ) a lot of coveys of Quail, so if the light bulb comes on she will have a lot of early learning scenarios.

Julie is retiring come January so hopefully we will head South to warmer pastures. My pointer won Runner Up in the Region 14 All Age at Mortlack, and showed real good in the National Amateur Chicken Championship at Mortlack so that was also a highlight.

Say Hi to Mardelle and again thanks for the opportunity to experience this great young prospect.

Rick


Rampage

Runner up in the Canadian Chucker Derby Classic! It was so exciting !     Juliette


" Lily "
  • Pup #5: Female
  • Sire: Tekoa Mountain Patriot
  • Dam: Tekoa Mountain Sunrays
  • Whelped: 05-14-09 Litter #5
  • Color: Orange & White
  • Temperament: Loves attention, very cuddly and quiet.
  • Owned by: Dan Hagengruber (email Dan)
    Eugene, Oregon
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Hi - here are the thumbnails of the pix from last week - happy to send the "big" files if there are any you want. Too bad about the house in the background - I still think Mt Hood without the house would have looked much better - but then I'm sure you feel the same!

We decided (based on much input from our son) to name our pup "Lily" - I opted for the Hawaiian long name of Lilikoi, but anyway - there it is. Not much of a hunting name, but ok for a family dog? Vet gave her a clean bill of health yesterday.

She's a doll - doing great, with a very boring ride home (slept the whole way). Two nights now of uninterrupted sleep - she's in her crate in our room and sleeps through the night. Has adapted really good to our house and son, and was a real hit with all the kids at a get-together at our place today. Our backyard has a very large grassy area, and she "works" it constantly - a real pleasure to see her run with her nose to the ground. Clearly has the genetics in all the right places!

Except for two near-misses, house-trained in 48 hours. Incredibly smart pup with a superb temperament, and we are very happy with her!

Thanks again for all the help, sorry for the rambling update, and we'll be in touch with more pix as time moves on!

Dan



" PUPPIES "
  • Pup #3 & 7: Male
  • Sire: Tekoa Mountain Patriot
  • Dam: Tekoa Mountain Sunrays
  • Whelped: 05-14-09 Litter #5
  • Color: Wh. & Orange, Wh. & Black
  • Temperament: Quiet, curious
  • Owned by: Allen Gudgeon
  • (email Allen)
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Eric & Mardelle,

I just thought I would let you know that "the boys" are doing well. They have been spending some time with the professional trainer and they are doing as well as can be expected, for puppies. They are getting out ahead with run more and more each day (they are becoming more bold and more confident). The orange and white pup likes to catch and then crush the birds (quail) while the tri-color likes to point and chase. It appears the orange and white pup is going to be a retrieving machine! He definitely doesn't mind the taste of feathers. Both are finding birds and pointing well and are continuing to enjoy their playtime.

I will get you some pictures of the boys "on point" soon, as I haven't been taking my camera, but will be from now on.

Thank You and Talk To You Soon.

Allen




" Trex "
  • Pup #5: Male
  • Sire: Tekoa Mountain Patriot
  • Dam: Tekoa Mountain Sunrays
  • Whelped: 10-20-07
  • Color: Black & White
  • Markings: Full, yet uneven mask
    Speckled right ear.
    Bottom half of tail and right butt black
  • OFA Hip Certification - "Good"
  • Owned by: Curtis Fry (email Curtis)
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Eric and Mardelle,

Puppy #5 made it to Pittsburgh in great shape. I checked his crate when he arrived and he made the entire trip without going to the bathroom in his crate. We introduced him to our other three English Setters and our border collie and he took to them right We still have not finalized his name but are kicking around a few. We will see what fits his personality. He is a beautiful pup, and I am very pleased with him. Be assured that he will always have a good home with us, and he will be campaigned as far as his talents and mine will take us.

I like to keep in touch with the breeders of the dogs that I have. I'll send some pictures as he progresses and will keep you abreast of all the milestones. Have a great Holiday season!

Curtis P. Fry
NAVHDA Senior Judge
AKC Hunt Test/Field Trial Judge



Good evening Eric and Mardelle,

I just wanted to drop you a note and let you know how the new puppy was doing. It took us a couple of weeks but we have named him "Trex."

He is doing great...has only had one accident in the house. He is already starting to go to the door to go outside to do his business. He sleeps through the night in his crate with no problems.

In my 26 years with setters, he is probably the boldest puppy I have ever owned. He has fit in well with our three other males and is quite at home here in Pennsylvania.

Today I had a trailer full of dogs and was heading out to do some training. I decided to take Trex along for the ride and let him run off some energy by exploring the field. I had about 30 very good flying quail and decided to keep three for Trex. This was his first time in the field...and before today he has only seen my homing pigeons in the loft...but today (at nine weeks old) he scent pointed a quail and let me walk past him and flush the bird.

This is the youngest pup I have ever owned that has scent pointed a bird! It was a very classy point as well. 12 o'clock tail with a high head. I think this is just the beginning of some very good things to come.

I will send some photos for your website. I am very pleased with Trex. Thanks for the great potential in this puppy.

Curtis Fry



Eric and Mardelle,

Trex is a great puppy. He is very bold and independent...not afraid of anything.

He scent pointed his first quail at 9 weeks. He held point long enough for me to take about four photos with my cell phone...and never broke until I flushed the bird. I have never owned a puppy that pointed this well at such a young age. This shows the importance of good genetics.

You did a wonderful job with his early socialization. He has been very easy to house train.

Thanks.
Curtis P. Fry



Eric and Mardelle,

I just returned home from a weekend quail hunting trip to Kentucky. We shot about 20 birds off of Trex. He is pointing very staunchly and is learning to use his legs to cover the ground. What a great puppy.

The second day of the hunt I put him down with one of my older dogs and after a couple of bird contacts, he started to back the older dog. He is also very happy to retrieve shot birds.

I did not want to shoot too many birds over him at such a young age, so the last day I hunted him by himself and let him find three or four coveys before I put him up (we did not shoot any of these birds).

I have decided to run him in a few FDSB derby trials this spring. I'll keep you posted on his progress. Thanks.

Curtis P. Fry



Eric and Mardelle,

I am giving a dog training seminar to a dog club out east this weekend. I will have Trex with me and will take some good photos of him on birds.

On another note...since I talked with you last, I had Trex on a couple of birds a few weeks ago. He may have "all-age" potential. He is starting to understand how to use his legs. On the break away he cast out to about 3/10 of a mile until he hit an objective. He ran the fence line and checked back at about 300 yards. He crossed a tree line about 400 yards away and had his first find. He held point until I flushed the bird. His second find was about 5 minutes later. He was quartering heavy cover at about 150 yards and crossed a tractor road and pointed a bird at the base of a hawthorn bush. He again held point until I flushed the bird. He naturally looks for me and hunts out front...never out of control.

I have decided to pretty much field trail him exclusively. I will be working him off of horseback later this spring. After he titles and becomes a champion, I can reel him in a little for hunting and running the AKC and NAVHDA hunt test games. I love this pup. He is a real fireball...nothing but muscle and brains. He is probably one of the smartest animals I have ever worked with. He has the right combination of independence and cooperation. We just started to do some Whoa training and getting him up off the ground on the training table. He adapts very well and seems to take everything in stride.

Keep in touch and be looking for some pictures next week.

Curtis P. Fry

Tekoa Mountain Setters Testimonial for " Trex "



Eric and Mardelle,

This is just a follow up to our phone call last night.

This past weekend Trex (Patriot X Sunrays - Pup #5 - Spot on the butt dog) passed the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA) Natural Ability Test with a 110 points Prize I (The highest NAVHDA Prize Classification). The Natural Ability Test is reserved as a puppy test for dogs up to 16 months of age. It is designed to measure the Natural Instinctive ability of the dog. During all test phases (Field, Tracking, and Water) cooperation, nose, desire, along with pointing, search, tracking, and water are evaluated on a scale of 0 to 4. The maximum score is 112 points and the dog must get a score of 4 in nose, desire, and search and nothing less than a 3 in all remaining categories to get a prize I. Trex had all 4's in all categories except in tracking where he received a 3 because he lost the track and went on a short search before ultimately producing the bird.

Trex ran the field portion of the test in 90 degree weather. He posted 7 finds in 20 minutes and was steady to flush on all his birds (beautiful points with 12 o'clock tail). His first find was on the break away when he cast about 500 yards and turned into the wind and slammed on point. He held point for about 2 1/2 minutes until we were able to walk up to flush the bird. All of this took place right in front of the gallery (you could hear the ooh's and aah's).

During the water portion of the test he made two really ambitious retrieves of hand thrown bumpers, bringing both back to hand.

Lastly he had to track a wing clipped pheasant in 95 degrees with hot sun and high humidity. He tracked the bird for about 30 yards then lost the track and made one cast to the left. He worked back into the wind and found the track again after about a 2 minute search. He tracked the pheasant into heavy cover and went on point. We could not find the bird so I relocated him and he continued to track for another 20 yards through multiflora rose (Pennsylvania's version of a cactus) and produced the bird.

I am so impressed with this dog. He is very bold, and self confident. He is not soft and stands up well to training. I can see great things to come. I have already started to push his range off of an ATV and he has learned to run off the whistle. I plan on running some derby stakes in the fall. Stay tuned for some news on derby wins. I'll keep you updated and will send a couple of pictures.

P.S.

Trex is about 40 pounds (7 months) and loves my two boys (3 and 5 years old). He also gets along well with my other two setters. He has an internal switch and is very calm in the house...however, in the field he can really turn it on!

Curtis P. Fry



Eric and Mardelle,

Trex (Patriot X Sunrays) - West coast dog meets east coast birds!

Good morning, I hope all is well with you and your family. I just returned from a bird hunting trip in Northern Michigan (grouse and woodcock). Trex was incredible! We shot both grouse and woodcock over his very staunch points. He is a hard charging, never stop dog with impeccable bird manners. He has learned to check his range depending on cover and will adjust if I am on foot or horseback. In the grouse woods he runs at the edge of beeper range and holds his birds extremely well. In the field on horseback he will range out to about 3/10 of a mile. He never bolts and runs off, he just maintains his range and always knows where I am.

Trex has exceeded my early expectations of a puppy. He is very comfortable in our house and has wonderful house manners as well. I plan on doing his OFA preliminary X-Rays after hunting season. I'll let you know the results.

He is entered in a walking field trial in early November...hopefully we get a blue ribbon. Thanks for this wonderful dog. Keep in touch.

Curtis P. Fry



Eric and Mardelle,

I am dropping you a note to give you an update on Trex. He competed at the Oak Ridge Pointing Dog Club here in Pennsylvania this past weekend. He placed 2nd in Open Derby and 1st in Open Puppy - These were the only two stakes I had him entered in - not bad for his first trial.

He ran the derby stake first and had a tough brace mate that kept tagging him and it kind of threw him off his game a little. He still managed to have a good run with three finds (all covey finds). It took him a little while to really open up as I have been running him with some older dogs or by himself and he was not used to being tagged so much. In the puppy stake, he looked awesome. He had a good brace mate and he pretty much ignored her and just hunted. This trail was the first time for him on these particular grounds, and during his second run he had already figured out the lay of the land. He looked like an all age dog. He took beautiful lines and had three beautiful finds that he held for minutes until I got to him and flushed the bird. The judge of the puppy stake said there was not another dog even close and he was the decisive winner. Each stake had ten dogs entered.

I judged three of the adult stakes and he ran as good, or better than the adult dogs that I looked at (and he is only 13 months old)!

Thanks for this awesome pup. He and I are really starting to bond...and there are a lot of good things ahead of him. Take care and keep in touch.

Curtis P. Fry



Eric and Mardelle,

I just returned from Kentucky where Trex and I spent two days quail hunting. If I had to come up with one word to describe how Trex performed it would be a tie between unbelievable and incredible!

You have to understand that just four days prior to leaving for Kentucky, I had finished force breaking Trex to retrieve. I had him on the ground retrieving bumpers three times before leaving for the hunt. I usually like to shoot several birds (under controlled circumstances) over dogs after getting them off the table, but due to time constraints and bad weather I was unable to shoot any birds over Trex before leaving for the hunt. Trex was going to get baptism by fire (gun fire)!

Trex ran great and ended up pointing twelve coveys, two pheasants, and one woodcock. His range was great, and he is starting to learn where to find wild birds. It was kind of comical to watch my hunting partner try to flush quail ten or fifteen yards in front of Trex’s nose. He quickly realized when Trex pointed a covey, it was usually thirty or more yards out in front (he definitely has a long nose).

The highlight of my trip was the fact that Trex retrieved every shot bird back to hand…including the brace of cock pheasants we shot at the end of the last day (he had marked both birds and had to cross a creek twice to retrieve them). He brought both back alive to hand!

What a great puppy. I cannot say enough about this dog. I am very critical about the qualities and capabilities of dogs, and I am not saying this just because I own him, but I think he is that once in a lifetime dog.

I will be working on steadiness this spring and plan on running adult stakes this fall. We should also be able to finish Derby points this spring. I’ll keep you posted. Attached is a picture of Trex pointing a covey this past weekend. Stay in touch.
Tekoa Mountain Setters Testimonial for " Trex "

P.S.

I know you are very particular about breeding the best dogs to the best dogs (as I am), but I think Trex will meet your criteria. If you ever want to use him in the future for stud, please let me know. I would not expect anything in return…you have a great line going.

Curtis P. Fry



Eric and Mardelle,

I hope all is well with you and your family.

I just returned from a three day horse back field trial. I had entered Trex in Open Derby hoping to finish out his derby points.

Trex was in the last brace and was paired with a huge running dog. On the break away, Trex cast out about 400 yards while his brace mate broke off the line and cut across the field and was out of sight for about 5 minutes. Trex kept his line to the end and made a hard right and started up another tree row. He crossed through a break in the cover and took a line about 200 yards long before casting right to check me. I gave him a wave and a short whistle and off he went again.

At this point his brace mate showed up and they really started to compete with each other. Before they made the final turn and started back toward the club house they were running neck and neck trying to one-up each other. At this point we broke into an open field and through another tree row and started down another line. His brace mate was about 50 yards ahead of him with Trex working the same line. Trex spun around and pointed staunchly, pinning the bird that his brace mate ran past. I flushed the bird and Trex remained steady. The guy who was scouting for me kept telling me to collar him and get him away from the bird which had landed about 60 yards away. I just laughed and mounted up and heeled Trex down the line about 30 yards and cut him loose again with a whistle.

Trex cast about 150 yards and made a hard left and started working another line when we caught up to his brace mate. Again he was working the same line as his brace mate when he slammed into another beautiful point along the back edge of a field, again pointing a bird that his brace mate ran past. I flushed the bird and he again was steady. I heeled him away and cut him loose again. We made the final left and started to head back to the club house. Trex peeled away from his brace mate and took a line on the opposite side of the field. He finished strong with two finds.

I had not had the opportunity to see any of the other Derby braces so I had no idea if we were in contention. I knew he looked good, but ultimately my opinion doesn’t count. In the end he place second. I was a little disappointed until I found out that the dog that had won the Derby Stake had also won the Open Gundog Stake and had bested 38 dogs in doing so. This trial was a big one and there were a lot of very nice dogs with a lot of big name trainers/handlers running. When Trex ran there were about a dozen horses in the gallery. I received a lot of good comments and praises about his performance. Trex held his own and did great. One thing I forgot to mention was that this was Trex’s first horseback trial. His previous wins were on foot. But he proved to me today that he can run with any dog and will usually find more birds!

I can’t tell you how pleased I am. We are entered in another trail at the end of the month. Stay tuned for updates. I’ll send some pictures with Trex and his ribbons.

Curtis P. Fry



Eric & Mardelle,

I just wanted to give you another update on “spot on the butt dog”. Trex won the Open Derby stake this past weekend at the Niagara Frontier Spring Field Trial. He posted 6 finds during his run. Actually, he found so many birds that his race didn’t look that great because he was constantly standing on point and never had the chance to really open up.

His brace mate roaded in on him on point twice and pushed the bird Trex was pointing, but Trex remained steady through the whole mess. Actually, he was steady to wing and shot on all 6 birds. He had great stamina as the temperature was 86 degrees when he ran. His points were very staunch with a beautiful tail set.

We have one more derby stake at the end of May and then it is on to Gun Dog Stakes. I love this dog. He is really something to see. It is kind of funny, but he is getting a reputation. After his latest win, three people asked me where Trex was running next so they didn’t waste their money by entering the same stake. I love it.

I will send some pictures with Trex and his ribbons. Stay tuned for more great things to come.

Curtis P. Fry



Trex wins open derby (major) in Pennsylvania 05-30-09

This is starting to sound like a broken record, but Trex won the Open Derby stake at the Oak Ridge Pointing Dog Club Spring Field Trial held last weekend.

He had a great run with two solid finds. He took a huge cast off of the break-away. He went through two cuts and took a line to the right along a tree row and pointed his first bird. I was about 300 yards away when I saw him freeze. He held his point, but I could not find the bird. I relocated him and he crept about 40 yards before locking up again. This time I found the bird and he was steady to wing and shot.

About five minutes later as he was taking a line along a fence row, he spun around and pointed again. I produced the bird and on the shot he took a couple of steps but stopped when I whoaed him.

He finished strong with two finds. There were 12 dogs in the stake, including two very nice pointers.

This brings his five-trial spring record for this year to three (3) first place wins, and two (2) second place placements. What a great dog. We will be spending the summer working steadiness and keeping him in shape in preparation for the fall trial season.

Now that the spring season has concluded, I will send you a picture of Trex with his ribbons.

Keep in touch over the summer and hopefully we have some more wins to report in the fall.

Curtis P. Fry



Eric and Mardelle,

It has been a while since I sent you anything on Trex. He is doing great. We just returned from four days of hunting grouse in Northern Michigan. Trex produced many pointed birds for the gun. He is a tough little dog with huge desire and drive.

With all of his training centered around field trialing, he runs a little big for the grouse woods, but I can always reel him in later. When I first cut him loose he ran down a logging road for about ½ mile before he realized I was not on a horse and that we were actually bird hunting. He checked back after about 3 minutes and started to hunt in front of me when he slammed on point. We shot his first pointed bird a mere 5 minutes after turning him out of the truck.

I am just about finished breaking him to wing, shot and fall. He is pretty steady under controlled conditions. I want to make sure he is 100% reliable before we start running adult stakes. I will be doing his final OFA submission later this month. His preliminary evaluation was GOOD so I don’t expect anything negative.

He is a handsome intelligent dog. He has finished out at about 50 pounds of pure muscle and bone. Keep in touch and we will be sending you updates as we get into the next phase of his field trial career.

Curtis P. Fry


Good afternoon Eric and Mardelle,

I have been following Jett’s accomplishments. I have a vested interest since I own his brother. Congratulations on the 2010 and 2011 qualifications to run in Grand Junction.

I wanted to give you an update on Trex. He is running great and is steady to wing, shot and fall. I will be showing him on horseback at the Beaver Valley Pointer Setter Club grounds on May 1, 2010. Stay tuned for some good news and hopefully a win.

Our winter was very rough…we had 3 feet of snow cover from early December through late February. We were not able to run dogs practically all winter. Since the weather has cleared, Trex has been roaded off an ATV about four times a week and he is near ready to compete. I have also been running him on horseback.

He is a great pup and I can’t wait to compete with him this spring and fall. I will keep in touch.

Curtis P. Fry

Tekoa Mountain Setters Testimonial for " Trex "

Tekoa Mountain Setters Testimonial for " Trex "


Trex Takes Second Place in his first adult gundog stake!

Eric and Mardelle,

Trex competed this past weekend in his first adult gundog stake (14 dogs competed). He had a great run and posted 5 finds during the half hour run. He had his first find at the breakaway about 10 second into the run. I watched every brace run right past that bird on the breakaway and Trex was the only one that found it.

There were a lot of very nice dogs competing and Trex only made one small error that cost him first place...and it was probably more my fault than his. Bird #4 was in a fence row and Trex had him pinned from about 15 yards. I tried to flush the bird away from Trex, but didn’t notice the wind blowing straight toward the dog. The bird took off low and flew right at Trex. I could see his eyes getting bigger and bigger as it started to bare down on him. It nearly smacked him in the forehead and when I shot the blank gun he spun and took one hop but stopped himself. I asked the judge if he wanted him picked up and he said keep him down so we kept going. He had one more nice find after that. After placements were read, I asked the judge about Trex’s run and he said the only thing that kept them from placing Trex first was the little hop on bird #4.

Overall I was pleased and know the wins are just a matter of time. He is running two stakes at the end of the month. I'll let you know how he does.

P.S. The judges and gallery could not believe that this was Trex's first adult stake. They thought he was a seasoned veteran. Thanks again for producing this great dog. He is something special!

Curtis P. Fry


Eric & Mardelle,

It has been a while since my last update. Trex is doing great. He is now a very confident three year old. Since his last update he has placed three times ( 2 seconds and 1 third) in open gundog stakes. Our filed trail season starts in about a month and I am busy getting Trex in shape to run. I think this year will be his shining year. He has matured a lot over the last year and has developed a bold, forward moving pattern and is absolutely beautiful on point. His bird manners are terrific.

I was able to do some wild bird hunting with him this past fall and winter. Of the birds we harvested, Trex was the first one to find them. The other dogs did a lot of backing! Keep in touch and God bless.

Curtis P. Fry


Eric & Mardelle,

I wanted to drop you a note and give you an update on Trex. He ran yesterday at the PA Field Trail Club Grounds in the Open Stake. There were 20 dogs in the stake and Trex placed third. The judges said before the placements were read that they had to split hairs to pick the top four dogs and then had to split hairs again to come up with the actual order of the placements. In the end the difference between the top three dogs was that Trex had 1 non-productive and the 2nd and 1st place dogs did not. He ran in the seventh brace and he was the dog to beat. The first and second place dogs ran last.

It was about 57 degrees and raining heavy when he broke away. He hit the far edge and was out of sight for about 10 minutes. I found him at the back of the course standing his first bird. After that he ran great and produced another bird at about the 20 minute mark. I am sure that there was a bird present where he had his non-productive, but I just could not find it. I moved him up and he started to ground track like it was running in front of him, so I thought since it was raining so hard, there was a good chance he would catch up to it. I elected to call him ahead and take the hit versus having it flush in his face and risk him grabbing it.

Overall, I was very happy with his run. He is very consistent and is always in the mix and hopefully soon the wins will start coming. Looking back, it is pretty impressive that he has either won or placed in the top three dogs in every stake he has ever competed in.

Trex is a great dog and I am very happy with him. He has a great nose and is absolutely beautiful on point. I always make it a habit to look at the judges when he is standing a bird…they are always smiling! We have a few more chances this spring. I’ll keep you posted. Keep in touch.

Curtis P. Fry, P.E., M.S.

Tekoa Mountain Setters Testimonial for " Trex "

Tekoa Mountain Setters Testimonial for " Trex "


Eric & Mardelle,

All I can say is Mission accomplished! Trex won the open gundog and open limited gundog stakes this past weekend to earn his Field Champion Title. The trial was held at the Beaver Valley Pointer and Setter Club. Trex had two great runs, and I never saw him establish point…we would just round a bend and there he would be 200 yards away standing a bird! He looked like a million bucks. He has so much style and drive. The judges loved him and a lot of the gallery gave him great compliments.

What’s next? I am still contemplating, but he is not done yet. Maybe some cover dog and definitely NAVHDA. I’ll let you know where we go from here and how Trex does along the way. I have really enjoyed the ride so far. Thanks for producing this great dog. He brings a lot of joy to my life. Attached are two pictures from this past weekend. As you can see, I have two young boys (Aidan and Logan) that have been part of Trex’s training program since he was 7 weeks old. I think they are hooked and they love to run Trex on the ATV and planting birds for him. Thanks again for this great dog.

Curtis P. Fry, P.E., M.S.
Tekoa Mountain Setters Testimonial for " Trex "



Eric & Mardelle,

Just a quick update. Trex placed fourth at a horseback trial held this past weekend. At the breakaway he was gone for about 10 minutes when I saw him pointing about 300 yards away along an edge. His brace mate ripped the bird from in front of him and chased it down over the hill…Trex never moved! Neither of the judges saw what happened so when they arrived they expected me to produce a bird. Since I could not find a bird, it was scored a non-productive point.

I cut him loose and he made a big cast along the back course. I lost him again when he cut through a line and started up the other side. My scout found him pointing a bird about 200 yards away. We were able to produce this bird and he stood steady.

I cut him loose and he took a long cast to the left. Just as they called time, he had another find but they determined it was after the half hour so they did not count it. In the end the judges told me his non productive hurt him and kept him out of the top two placements. I know what really happened so I can’t fault him for that…just a bad break. He did prove he can run and compete off of horseback, so I’m happy.

It was a large stake (24 dogs) so he was definitely one of the best on that day! It is pretty remarkable that Trex has either won or placed in every trial he has competed in. I’m spoiled!

Curtis P. Fry, P.E., M.S.


Eric & Mardelle,

I hope you had a great Christmas and I also wanted to wish you a happy New Year.

I wanted to give you a quick update on Trex. He should finish the year as the #1 English Setter (male) Gundog in the AKC! He has been leading the points race since September. He has finished his Field Champion Title and he will be competing at the AKC National Gun Dog Championships at the Ames Plantation in late February of 2012.

After the National Championships, I have decided to run Trex in some American Field Cover Dog trials. They are pretty popular here in Pennsylvania and he really shines in the grouse woods. Additionally, he will be training over the spring and summer to run the next level in NAVHDA (Utility Test) which I hope to run in the fall of 2012.

We had a successful breeding with Trex and a Berg Brothers female that my friend owns. She is a great dog with lots of style and run. It should be an exceptional litter. X-rays show she will be having six puppies and they are due to whelp sometime next week. I believe we have four puppies sold so if you know of anyone looking for a puppy, feel free to pass along my contact information.

I hope you are both well and wanted to thank you again for breeding this exceptional dog. He is one of the best I have ever owned, and he has a lot of great things ahead of him. Keep in touch and God Bless!

Curtis P. Fry


Eric & Mardelle,

I wanted to send you a quick update on Trex. He ran in the NAVHDA Utility test a few weeks ago and scored a maximum 204 out of a possible 204 points on the Utility Test earning him a Utility Prize 1 (the highest level of achievement). The weather conditions were steady hard rain all day long and temps in the 60’s. The events comprising the test include upland field work where he has to be steady to wing, shot, and fall, and retrieve shot birds to hand with minimal commands (1/2 hour field work). He had to show obedience by walking at heel through a heeling course and remain at a duck blind while I walked out of sight and fired two shots. He also had to remain by the blind during diversion shots and make a water retrieve of a duck to hand. Additionally, he had to make a land retrieve of a duck by following the ground scent for 100 meters out of sight and returning to me with the duck. Lastly, he had to do a 20 minute duck search in a swamp with only one command to find the bird. He came back with the live duck to hand at 13 minutes after a very exhaustive search of the swamp.

I have been associated with NAVHDA for nearly 18 years and I have judged all levels of the NAVHDA testing system. It is very rare to have a dog that can compete at such a high level in field trials and yet show the cooperation and obedience to pass the Utility test let alone score a maximum score. To be honest, I think the NAVHDA Utility test is one of the hardest test in the gundog world to pass with a prize 1. It just reaffirms how great of a dog Trex is.

With his Prize 1, Trex is now eligible to run in the annual NAVHDA International Invitational (2013 in Ohio) where he can earn his Versatile Champion Title (VC) – (Pass/Fail Competition). This is a big International event, so please consider this an invitation to come and watch him compete. Here he will have to run a 1 hour brace and show steadiness to wing, shot, fall and retrieve to hand, as well as show desire to back his brace mate. He will have to do a 100 yard blind retrieve across water, and lastly will have to execute a double mark retrieve on water and honor another dogs retrieve with minimal commands. We have already begun training for the next phase. Our grouse season opens in a few weeks and we will surely be chasing grouse until late January. I also have him entered in a cover dog trail (wild grouse) in November.

He is a busy dog and loves to compete and hunt. Thanks for the wonderful breeding of this dog. He is truly something special. God Bless and keep in touch.

Curtis P. Fry






Eric & Mardelle,

Trex becomes NAVHDA Versatile Champion (VC) Sept. 2013

It has been a while since my last update on Trex. After finishing his Field Championship, we concentrated on NAVHDA. Trex had qualified last September for the NAVHDA Invitational by scoring a maximum score of 204 points in the NAVHDA Utility test. This year the Invitational was held in Bloomington, Ohio on September 12 – 14, 2013. The Invitational is comprised of an hour of brace field work where the dogs must point and retrieve to hand as well as be steady to wing, shot, and fall. They also must honor one another. The water work consists of a 100 yard blind retrieve, a double mark retrieve, honoring at the blind and obedience heeling off lead at each venue. There is a maximum of 200 points that can be earned at the Invitational Test.

Trex ran this year on Thursday. The weather was hot, humid, and rainy. Trex received scores of 4’s in all events (the highest score) but was reduced to 3’s in overall cooperation and obedience due to his field trail style run in the field (he was gone for the first 10 minutes)! In the end Trex earned 194/200 points and became a NAVHDA Versatile Champion. Only eight other English Setters have ever become Versatile Champions in NAVHDA History to date. And, no other English Setter has ever earned a Field Champion, Versatile Champion, and Master Hunter…except Trex. He has truly proven to be a very unique dog.

Who would have thought that five years ago “spot on the butt dog” would go this far and perform at the highest standard and earn three major titles?

We plan on returning to the field trail game and also to the grouse woods. I have learned that Trex is capable of just about anything we train for. Who knows what may come next.

Keep in touch and God bless.

Curtis P. Fry



Tekoa Mountain Setters Testimonial for " Trex "
Just a quick note and a picture of “spot on the butt dog”. Trex finished his AKC Master Hunter Title over the weekend with three passes. He passed six straight tests to get his title. His last run on Sunday morning was a beauty. He received all 10’s on the scorecard. We are running some cover dog trails this fall. Keep in touch and God bless.

Curtis P. Fry


Hi Mardelle and Eric!

It has been a while since we have talked. I hope you and the dogs are well. I wanted to give you an update on my pups and how they are doing. Trex is great. He is a bird finding machine. My oldest son turned 12 this year and this will be his first real hunting season. He can’t wait to shoot a bird over Trex!

The North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA) is making an informational movie about some of the versatile champions (VC) and Trex is going to be featured in the movie! Who knew he would become a movie star! Trex is going to be on Wing Shooting USA with Scott Linden sometime in August 2016. I will pass along the dates and times when they become available.

Trex has sired two litters of puppies. I kept a male out of his first litter, we call him Enzo. He is a beautiful dog and has tons of style and drive! He is two years old and has two wins and one second place. I plan to run him in broke stakes this fall. Here is a picture of him on point.

Tekoa Mountain Setters Testimonial for " Trex "

Many of the Trex puppy owners have given me feedback on the puppies. All are doing great and many have multiple wins in the field trial arena.

Keep in touch and God bless.

Kind regards
Curtis P. Fry, P.E.
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Jett 4X CH Tekoa Mountain Jettsun  -  " Jett " Jett

  • Pup #7: Male
  • Sire: Tekoa Mountain Patriot
  • Dam: Tekoa Mountain Sunrays
  • Whelped: 04-08-06
  • Color: Black and White
  • Temperament: Very active & noisy!
  • Owned by: Eric M. Mauck (email Eric)
    Boring, Oregon
Jett Jett Jett
In this first litter of 8 puppies whelped out of Tekoa Mountain Sunrays, known as Sammy, 4 males and 3 females survived. These puppies were quite uniform in size, temperament and activity. This litter was also a very quiet and a seemingly happy litter.

The above photos illustrate Jett as he matures into a promising hopeful in his field trial career. From three days to 10 months old, Jett has demonstrated a majestic style and natural bird dog talent in his first developmental year.

Sammy is proving to be an excellent cross with Tekoa Mountain Patriot and is creating a new chapter in the history of Tekoa Mountain Kennels.

Jett is proving to be another "early maturing" Patriot offspring. He is a natural, front-running, smooth-gaited, wild bird dog. Jet was my top selection of five young dogs that we were evaluating during the 2006-2007 hunting season. While primarily foot hunting, Jett would climb the Chuckar hills and cross the valleys as if he were born with the knowledge of where this very special bird calls home. After switching to horseback, Jett only took two outings before adjusting his range. At only ten months old, he is definitely an All Age Derby contender!

Eric M. Mauck


2 X RU CH - Tekoa Mountain Paladin - "Pal"
  • Pup #1: Male
  • Sire: Tekoa Mountain Patriot
  • Dam: Tekoa Mountain Sunrays
  • Whelped: 04-10-07 Litter #2
  • Color: Tri-color
  • Temperament: Sensible, confident,
    nice disposition
  • Owned by: Eric M. Mauck
    (email Eric)

English Setter, Pal English Setter, Pal English Setter, Pal
In this second litter of 8 puppies whelped out of Tekoa Mountain Sunrays, known as Sammy, 4 males and 3 females survived. These puppies were quite uniform in size, temperament and activity. This litter was also a very quiet and a very content and happy litter.
English Setter, Pal English Setter, Pal English Setter, Pal
Brooks Ranch, Calif. November 2008 Sunnyside Wash. 2008 Maupin, Oregon April 2009
The above photos illustrate Pal as he matures into a talented Shooting Dog early in his 2nd year. From birth, Pal has demonstrated exceptional bird dog abilities. Pal was "RU CH" at the Pacific Coast Shooting Dog Championship in Sunnyside, Washington - 2009.

Again, Sammy is proving to be an excellent cross with Tekoa Mountain Patriot and is creating a new chapter in the history of Tekoa Mountain Kennels.


" Junior "
  • Pup #5: Male
  • Sire: Tekoa Mountain Patriot
  • Dam: Tekoa Mountain Sunrays
  • Whelped: 05-06-08
  • Litter #4
  • Color: Black and White
  • Previously Owned by: Chris Weber
  • Currently Owned by: Allen Davis (email Allen)

Likes people and stays close. Uses his nose well. Left mask, bottom of right ear black.
Nice built pup and the most stylish. Should look very nice on point!
Junior Junior
Junior Junior
Junior
Junior


Here are a couple of pics of Patriot x Sammy pup first time on quail. He is a great dog and I think if I can stay out of his way he will be great. Hope all is well out west.

Chris Weber

UPDATE:
Junior is a very competitive young dog who is coming along better than I could expect. He runs very big and is very attentive of where I am at all times. He is very intense and his desire to listen and please is never forgotten because of the intensity. We have only shot a couple of birds over him and he brings them back real well, just not very excited about giving them to me yet. We are extra excited about him and cannot wait to cross him with our Blacksmith female. Thanks!

Chris and Sondra Weber.



Junior Junior Junior

Eric & Mardelle,

It was nice to see the pictures of Junior as a pup on your feedback page. Junior has an excellent nose almost to good as he points a long ways off. Since I got him from Chris he has gotten a lot of wild bird experience which he needed. I only wish I had him as a pup. He works at about shooting dog range and knows where I am at all times. He always looks good whether on point or backing. I think Sam might make an All Age dog he has the run and the style. He and Junior pretty much are identical in their personalities. I plan on running him in a pointer trial this spring and see what he can do. He and Junior broke very easy and were both very naturally talented.

Allen



" Fun Time "
  • Pup #1: Male
  • Sire: Tekoa Mountain Patriot
  • Dam: Tekoa Mountain Sunrays
  • Whelped: 05-06-08
  • Litter: #4
  • Color: Orange & White
  • Temperament: Investigator,
    playful & birdy
  • Owned by: Brad & Linda Senatra
    (email Brad & Linda)
Fun Time
Fun Time
Fun Time
Fun Time


Hello there Eric and Mardelle,

I'm sure it's hard to remember all the clients ya'll have but I've probably been your tallest if that helps : )

It's been about 2-1/2 months since we picked-up our pup from your kennel and I can say we have been having a great time. He has been the "perfect" pick for our family with a really nice and steady even temperament, adventurous, uses his keen nose well, a bit too smart for his own good (ha!), and just darn nice to have in the house. It was also a bonus to have him come pre-house broken! Our pup is 20wks old without ever having an accident...nice!

We have been training "fun time" and Mr. Easygoing has taken well to it. Been out in the field a number of times already as you see in one of the pics and he knows that he likes birds though he is still learning that he can't catch them pesky flying critters. Likes to run, points (or like I prefer to say, "pauses" before the pounce) for just a few seconds until the temptation is just to great to get'em and runs after them some more. Did I mention he likes to run, and run, and run, an run. Good start.

Of course as you can see from the pics, English Setters don't like the water and won't ever retrieve objects thrown in the water. Pssst, don't tell our dog he's not suppose to like the water!

Anyway just wanted to say, "Hi" and how much we really love our new addition. I am looking forward to the season and having more "fun time" out there with him before more formal work next summer. Again thanks for the great pup!

Brad Senatra
Happy Valley, Oregon

Fun Time Fun Time
Fun Time Fun Time


Wildey's Tekoa Katie  -  " Katie "

  • Pup #5: Female
  • Sire: Tekoa Mountain Patriot
  • Dam: Tekoa Mountain Sunrays
  • Whelped: 04-08-06
  • Color: Tricolor
  • Temperament: Very active
  • Owned by: Jack Wildey (email Jack)
    Indianapolis, Indiana
Katie Tiny Katie Katie

Well put this one on the new site - testament and all!

This is "Katie" aka:" Katie-The-Wonder-Dog" on a rock solid point at almost 5 months old with live quail in the brush. I am sure she could have done so sooner but finding live quail was hard to find. She had about 80 plus quail/points in front of her over the next few months.

As a side note: The very first time she got the scent in her nose she nearly shook to pieces and looked at me as if to ask "Daddy, what the he** is happening to me?" They either got it or not and the lil' girl has IT!

I apologize for the lack of quality in her photo as I only had my cell phone camera with me at the time. Honestly, I did not expect her point, so I did not bring a real camera.

Good to hear all is well and take care.

Jack Wildey


" Lucy "

  • Pup #2: Female
  • Sire: Tekoa Mountain Patriot
  • Dam: Tekoa Mountain Sunrays
  • Whelped: 04-19-10
  • Color: Orange and White
  • Temperament: Very sweet AND most aggressive!
  • Owned by: Rick and Maureen Nelson (email Rick and Maureen)
    Battle Ground, Washington
Lucy at 5 weeks
Lucy Lucy

Eric & Mardelle:

Rick and I would like to thank you for showing us all of your beautiful dogs on Saturday, but most of all for letting us take home ‘Snow’ which we have now renamed ‘Lucy’. She is such a well adjusted dog, she plays well on her own but also loves to play with you, she is lovable and will sleep next to you when she is tired. She slept in a crate at night without any problem and so far we have had no potty issues in the house. She is such a joy and everyone loves her who has seen her – how could you not?

I have included a couple of pictures - I will send more as she grows.

Lucy Lucy
Thanks again,
Rick and Maureen Nelson


                             
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