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Armstrong-Umbel Endurance Classic, Endurance Trials

2012 Armstrong-Umbel Endurance Classic

The Black Ash Grouse Dog Club is proud to announce that Fred Rayl has agreed to judge the 2012 Armstrong-Umbel Endurance Classic this spring!

For anyone new to field trials who may not be familiar with Fred’s accomplishments as a trainer and handler on the major circuit and for anyone who may not have had the opportunity to read Barbara Teare’s interview with Fred, published in the 2004 Winter issue of Field Trial Magazine, please scroll down and you will find the entire interview.

Fred’s judging partner will be Brian Ralph from Sandy Lake, PA. Brian is an avid grouse hunter and began field trialing several years ago with his first pointer, Bar P. Doll. Doll, who competed in the Armstrong last spring, is a descendant of the famous Rayl pointer, HOF, 1980 National Champion, Builder’s Addition through her grandsire, Ch. Shadow’s Mark.

The Club is also excited to announce that the 2012 running of the Classic will be held on the original Armstrong-Umbel grounds in Guy’s Mills, PA. Club members Russ Richardson, Joe McCarl and Brian Ralph have been working on the courses for the past year. The cutting program on the gamelands was resumed a few years ago and grouse numbers are up substantially. The grounds also hold a good number of flight woodcock during the early spring.

Strideaway will again give its support to the two-hour Classic which, due to its nature, is a difficult event for a club to host through entries alone. We welcome anyone who would like to join us in supporting this prestigious and unique event. The recipient of $200 or more in support will get a banner ad and website link here on Strideaway for six months (including on the new website!!). You’ll also be listed in The American Field ad if you contact me by February 10. All supporters will be listed here on Strideaway and will get a 2012 Armstrong-Umbel cap. Or you can lend your support through the purchase of a cap. Please email me ( if you would like to order one. The cost is $16.00 (or 2 for $30) plus $5.50 shipping. We’ll have them ready to ship by mid-March.

Thanks to all who have supported the Armstrong-Umbel Endurance Classic these past three years…helping to make it such a wonderful success!

The American Field Ad will be posted here on Strideaway next week.

2011 Winners of the Armstrong-Umbel Endurance Classic.

2010 Winners of the Armstrong-Umbel Endurance Classic.

2009 Winners of the Armstrong-Umbel Endurance Classic.



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