U.S. bird dog event pointed here

January 16, 1994|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,Staff Writer

The American Kennel Club has never held a national bird dog championship in its 70-year history of pointing breed field trials. But this March the AKC and the Conestoga Vizsla Club will hold its first such event in Clear Springs, Md.

The competition, which will run from March 15-18 at the Blair Valley Wildlife Area, will be open to all 10 pointing breeds -- brittany, pointer, German short-haired pointer, German wirehaired pointer, English setter, Gordon setter, Irish setter, vizsla, weimaraner and wirehaired pointing griffon.

Before entering the national competition, all dogs must qualify by placing in AKC-licensed trials held across the country.

"If you want to see good bird work, Clear Springs will be the place," said Bob McKowen, AKC's vice president of performance events. "The competition is based on gun dog rules, which makes it the closest field trial event to actual hunting."

For entry forms or additional information on the competition, write field trial secretary Terry Lucas, 1595 Garrisonville Road, Stafford, Va. 22554.

250 deer killed in Fair Hill hunt

The six-day managed deer hunt held earlier this month at Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area produced a kill of 250 deer, despite poor weather, which kept some hunters away several days.

A daily cap of 65 hunters per day was allowed on the property. Overall, 390 hunters were selected by lottery to participate in the hunt.

Conner is sailing

Five days into the third leg of the Whitbread Round the World Race, American Dennis Conner and the crew of his Whitbread 60 yacht Winston had built a sizable lead over the rest of the fleet on its way from Fremantle, Australia, to Auckland, New Zealand.

Winston, following a more southerly course than the rest of the fleet, had built a lead of 120 miles over Tokio, sailed by Chris Dickson.

"The last 24 hours have been exciting for us aboard Winston," Conner told race organizers by radio on Thursday. "We sailed the more southerly route and have constantly had more wind than the rest of the fleet.

"During the night we had several sail changes as the wind gusted to 33 knots. It is wet aboard and it starts to be cold."

Heineken, which started the race as the U.S. Women's Challenge and picked up a new skipper and crew at the end of the first leg in Uruguay and a new sponsor at the end of the second leg in Fremantle, is in eighth place. It is about 225 nautical miles behind Winston, with 2,400 miles to go to Auckland.

ESPN will show highlights of the second leg of the Whitbread on Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. and highlights of the third leg on Feb. 13 at 12:30 p.m.

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