Just learned that our dog Wild Apple Jack has won his third championship with Tony Bly handling him to victory in the Lakes States Grouse Championship. Thanks to Tony and the judges Steve Groy and Bill Wendt. Also to all those who worked to put on this great event. I have judged the Lakes States in the past and consider it one of the most prestigious of the titles in the woods. It was one of the original grouse trials having first run under the auspices of the Saginaw Club as the All American Grouse Dog Championship in 1934 over the same grounds at Gladwin, MI. Over the years many great handlers and fantastic dogs have won the event — we are humbled to be part of such a rich history. To make it even sweeter, Scott Chaffee took runner-up with Jack Harang’s dog Autumn’s Hot Cocoa who is a littermate to Sunkhaze Maggie Mae and Chasehill Little Bud.
His third title (the 2007 Grand National, the 2008 Northern New England Woodcock Championship, and the Lake States) brings Wild Apple Jack even with his littermate brother Autumn Moon who won the Grand in 2008, the Michigan Woodcock in 2009, and the New York State Grouse Championship in 2010.