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Armstrong-Umbel Endurance Classic

2012 Armstrong-Umbel Endurance Classic

Scott Forman with Winner, Upper Cove Billy Babe, Marc Forman with R-U Chips Uncle Buzzy. Back row: Andrew Campbell, Shawn Thomas, Inday and Fred Rayl, Russ Richardson, Brian Ralph, Joe McCarl, Gary Sheets, and John McKellop.

Guys Mills, PA. — The Armstrong-Umbel Endurance Classic for Grouse Dogs was held on the stake’s original grounds in the Black Ash forest of western Pennsylvania. Sixteen dogs competed in the gruelling two-hour heat stake held March 22-24. Weather, for the most part, was hot, with temperatures reaching into the low 80s. Saturday’s running of the last two braces began in steady rain.

Judges Fred Rayl and Brian Ralph named setter female Upper Cove Billy Babe, owned by Bob Grassi and handled by Scott Forman, the winner. Runner-up was setter male Chips Uncle Buzzy owned by Steve and Ginny Chiappini and handled by Marc Forman.

Plenty of grouse were seen and heard but were, as is so often the case in the spring, difficult to get pointed. One hen pheasant was pointed. Flight woodcock, perhaps due to the early warm temperatures this spring, had mostly left for northern parts.

Great appreciation goes to all our sponsors: Allstate Insurance, Gary Sheets and Enhance Dog Food, Beretta Gallery, TAG Venture Partners, Ruffed Grouse Society, Mains & Tito Development and Mains Pointers, Kim Sampson, Shawn Wayment, DVM….and everyone who bought caps!

Thanks to Russ Richardson and Joe McCarl for their hard work laying out and cutting the courses…with help from Brian Ralph, John McKellop and Shawn Thomas. Thanks to Becky Richardson and all the club members for their help…Brian Ralph for judging and providing delicious lunches every day. A special thanks to Fred Rayl for making the long trip up from Georgia with his lovely wife, Inday, whose company we all enjoyed. Thanks to the Forman boys for their loyal support and belief in the Classic. Last but not least, thanks to Andrew Campbell for his support and for riding all the braces…we look forward to reading his official report.

Thanks to everyone who supports and helps make the Classic a success!


Start of the 1st brace…Joe McCarl, Fred Rayl, Marc Forman with River Edge Sadie, Russ Richardson, Andrew Campbell and Inday Rayl in the background.


Scott Forman getting ready to shoot for eventual winner, Upper Cove Billy Babe as the grouse is heard flushing. River Edge Sadie seen backing.

Start of the 2nd brace: Nic Mellon with Ben and Russ Richardson with Two Acres True Hope. This was Hope’s third year competing in the two-hour stake.

Pointer female, High Desert Dream and setter male, Upper Cove Desert Devil break away on the 3rd brace.

Hard Driving Rita backed by L.B. Horchen in the 4th brace.

Grouse Hill Dixie and Grouse Hill Babe break away on the 5th brace.

Chips Charlie Brown in the second hour of the 6th brace.

Scott Forman with Grouse River Ace and Marc Forman with Lake Country Raden at the start of the 7th brace. Ace has competed in the Armstrong-Umbel four times and was R-U in 2009.

The last brace with Scott Forman with Texas Cherry Bomb and Marc Forman with 2012 R-U Chips Uncle Buzzy. This was Uncle Buzzy’s fourth time competing in the Armstrong-Umbel. Texas Cherry Bomb has competed three times, winning in 2010.



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