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September 18, 2017
Congratulations to all!
What a wonderful weekend we have just had at the NMESSC trial at Daybreak. It takes a great team effort to get all the pieces together and run a smooth trial. Many comments from the gallery and the participants about the enjoyment and fun all received at the trial. Thank you to all of you for your part in running this trial. We have an incredible club, tremendous people and awesome dogs.
Starting at the food, Rachel with her kitchen crew were fabulous; Terri and her bird crew, best team planting crew yet; Clean up crew, gun team, marshals, a great combination and an enjoyable cast of characters doing their part.
Thank you for making this a talked about trial across the springer world.
4th CHARLIE – Clark Haglin; 3rd C-YA – Grant Vershey; 3rd – Evan Lamberg; 2nd YANTA – Kate Haglin; 1st HIGGINS – Gabrielle Vershey.
4th SONNY – Krueger; 3rd BANE – Stallman; 2nd GHILLIE – Mulhollam; 1st DARBY-Winslow;
4th BART – Koehler; 3rd BRODY – O’Keefe; 2nd REACHER – Lamberg; 1st CHIEF – Rutherford
4th VINNIE – Sworsky; 3rd GINGER – Haglin; 2nd IZZE – Stelzer; 1st LONDON – Garner
August 20, 2017
August 4, 2017
Sophie and I attended the Drumming Log RGS banquet last night. What a fine job they do! We are most grateful to our sportsmen advocacy organizations, both in their national scope and in the grassroot local efforts. Well done. Enjoyed seeing old friends and really appreciated the support the RGS provides ensuring success in our fund raising. Attending and helping were two Regional Reps, Matt Kangas and Dave Johnson, our biologist Ted Dick, and our RGS magazine editor Matt Soberg. Congratulations and Thank You!
July 21, 2017
Central Minnesota folks, put this on your calendar for the 3rd of August: The 29th Annual Drumming Log Chapter Banquet of the Ruffed Grouse Society will be held at Hunts Point Gun Club on Hwy 29 between Nisswa and Pequot Lakes.
We strongly encourage support of conservation organizations such as RGS and Pheasants Forever who are advocating our sporting traditions. Tickets call Matt: 218.232.6227. More info: http://www.ruffedgrousesociety.org/UserFiles/File/BrainerdMN17.pdf
July 10, 2017
June 28, 2017
Schedule updates for the next couple of weeks at Pine Shadows:
Saturday, July 1, training
Tuesday, July 4, training
Wednesday, July 5, Evening training
Saturday, July 8, NO Training.
Wednesday, July 12, Evening training
Saturday, July 15, NMESSC Fun Trial
June 11, 2017
Our Northern Minnesota English Springer Spaniel Club fun trial will be held at PINE SHADOWS next Saturday, June 17th. We will be registering at 8:30 am. Of course, we are offering the Classic Dog (10 years and older) stake. A full slate of youth activities is planned. Hope to see many of you in attendance as there are events for all ages. Here is the description of stakes: http://pineshadows.com/FunTrialStakes.htm
June 6, 2017
The BRAMBLE pups are ten weeks old and are beginning to go to their new homes!
May 18, 2017
NMESSC fun trial this Saturday, May 20th, at Pine Shadows. Registration begins 8:30 am. Good Luck!
May 10, 2017
May 3, 2017
Month of May activities: Wednesday open training: May 10,17,24, and 31. Saturday open training: May 6 and 27. Memorial Day, May 29th. NMESSC Fun Trial on Saturday May 20th. No training on Saturday, May 13th. Morgan is training most every day; if you wish another time call for an appointment, 218.829.4736.
April 25, 2017
The Northern Minnesota English Springer Spaniel Club just completed its annual spring licensed trial this past weekend. We returned to Hunts Point Hunting Club north of Brainerd and we were blessed with great weather and strong birds and 80 plus dogs running in the Open, Amateur, Puppy and our beloved YOUTH Stake.
I wish to thank all the club members again for the tremendous amount of work and time commitment to successfully conduct this trial. It runs smoothly, efficiently and hassle free.
We had fine judges, for the open and amateur in Gary Riddle from Utah and Rick Paquin from Minnesota, puppy judges Jerry Barrett and Matt Clark and youth judges Ryan Lamberg and Matt Clark. Our crew of bird planters, bird cleaners, shaggers, marshals, judge stewards, shuttle drivers, gunners, food prep, clean up and organizers are absolutely wonderful.
Thank you to all the folks who entered this trial and made it a success for all. Our club considers it an honor to have you enter our trial and showcase your dogs. Congratulations to all the placing dogs as well as all the competitors.
Best regards, Mark
April 20, 2017
April 11, 2017
April 10, 2017
The first Northern club fun trial will be held at PINE SHADOWS on Easter Saturday, April 15th. We will be registering at 8:30 am. We will again be offering a Senior Dog (10 years and older) stake. A full slate of youth activities is planned including the annual Easter Egg hunt. Hope to see many of you in attendance as there are events for all ages. Here is the description of stakes: http://pineshadows.com/FunTrialStakes.htm
April 6, 2017
We are having a busy week at Daybreak hosting a twin project for Beretta USA. They have a film crew, Rockhouse Motion, here to create images for their Fall/Winter 2017 promotional material for clothing, shotguns, and accessories. The campus and several of our hunting coverts have become photo and movie sets for film crew, lighting grips, models, springer spaniels, and production staff.
Beretta is also doing an in-depth survey of likes, dislikes, suggestions and wish lists for functional upland clothing and accessories. Two of Beretta’s lead designers from Milan, Italy have been here shooting and hunting with and listening to a focus group of avid uplanders that Pine Shadows assembled for them. We have had over forty people participating this week.
March 4, 2017
February 14, 2017
We had a good trip to the Bird Dog Foundation Hall of Fame trials last week in Tennessee. All dogs performed well for their first competitions of the season. Gwendolynn Lappin’s Quinn, handled by Morgan, earned second place in the HOF English Cocker Spaniel Trial and Ray Jack’s Cyclone, also handled by Morgan, took third place in the HOF English Springer Spaniel Trial.
We appreciated the warm, spring-like weather and the fine hospitality of the Hall of Fame events. At the banquet we enjoyed a conversation of both reminiscence and future prediction with bird dog trainer extraordinaire Delmar Smith. It was also great to attend the Hall of Famed induction ceremony of long time ESS trainer and handler Gary Wilson on Saturday.
This coming weekend we will be at the National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic in Minneapolis. It begins with the famous Bird Dog Parade of hunting breeds on Friday morning around eleven o’clock. As they have done at the previous national convention Morgan’s children, Kate and Clark, will be leading the English Springer Spaniel breed.
Pine Shadows has a large booth right on Rooster Row and we will be in attendance with dogs all three days. In addition, Sophie and Joan will be conducting their Puppy Imprinting Workshop – “The Essential Connection” several times daily on the Upland Hunting Stage.
February 3. 2017
January 9, 2017
December 28, 2016
December 25, 2016
December 21, 2016
December 4, 2016
ZZ x Paddy litter is seven weeks old already. Take a peek: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8JTf6QHEuy1SHlMcHRyS0oyNjg/view?usp=drivesdk
November 13, 2016
We Get Letters:
Sophie, Mark & Morgan,
Thought you might enjoy a photo of Winnie and her 1st grouse retrieve. She and I hunted partridge off the Gunflint Trail the first week of October and then again the week of MEA. Such fun of course and Winnie did a fine job.
It was a hilarious to watch her charge after that first bird. She was off like a rocket and both she and the bird went flying head over heels when she hit it after it was dropped on the logging trail. When she regained her footing, she circled the bird five or six times before jumping in and bringing it back to me proud as you please! I am still chuckling!
She also retrieved a bird for our young friend, Logan, who accompanied me to Pine Shadows a couple of times late this summer for training with Winnie. I would guess you may remember him, as he was not shy about discussing any topic!
Thanks for providing me with my fourth wonderful Pine Shadow's pup!!
We are off to western North Dakota on Veterans Day to chase a few pheasants. Stay tuned for more photos!
P.S. Enjoyed the photo of Merlin and his crew! As you know, he is the father of my last dog, Tessa, and is the grandfather of Winnie whose mother is Tempest. Cool!!
November 9, 2016
A few years back while attending Brainerd High School Lindsey Olson worked with us at Pine Shadows. This past summer her family needed a breed of dog that wouldn’t set off allergies yet be able to learn how to hunt. During the summer Morgan gave them some advice and homework for their new poodle, Dexter. Here’s a couple pictures from Dexter’s first hunt. Awesome!
November 3, 2016
October 20, 2016
We get letters: This is from Greg Meller.
October 19, 2016
October 6, 2016
September 21, 2016
Hunting season is here! Enjoy, send us your photos. We love them!
September 5, 2016
Fall is about to begin as our NMESSC kicks it off with the annual fall trial. We will have about seventy dogs competing next weekend at our hunting grounds, Pine Shadows Daybreak. Morgan and his road crew will be in few more trials before he returns to Daybreak to lead our wingshooting adventures. He just returned from the Alberta trial with a couple of placements for Ginger in the puppy stakes and a second place finish in the All-Age Open for Dave Adams’ springer, Cyclone.
We are all anxious for the openings of various game seasons. Get your companions out in the fields, forests, and waters for exciting times. We look forward to the photos of your pups from your smart phones. Send them email to mailto:email@example.com or post them directly on our Facebook page.
August 17, 2016
Looking for a sportsman’s conservation banquet? Here’s one of the best! The Deep Portage Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society holds its 27th annual Conservation and Sportsman’s Banquet next Thursday, August 25th at the Deep Portage Conservation Reserve in Hackensack. Ticket info from Jerry Lamon, 218.947.3870. Hope to see many of you there!
I strongly encourage you to support the fine conservation organizations who are working to preserve our Hunting Traditions. http://www.ruffedgrousesociety.org/UserFiles/File/HackensackMN16.pdf
The NMESSC Fall Field Trial will be held September 10-11 at Pine Shadows Daybreak, our hunting lodge located at 111th St. Frederick, South Dakota. Make your travel plans and fill out those entries soon.
August 8, 2016
Passion for the Hunt television featured Pine Shadows in their recent weekly show, “Preparing Dogs for the Hunting Season. Take a look at it. It also has some scenes from the recent Deep Portage Upland Bird Camp field day at the kennels.
July 28, 2016
The Drumming Log Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society conducts its 28th annual Conservation and Sportmen’s Banquet Tuesday, August 2 at the Woods Event Center just north of Brainerd on County #3. Ticket info from Matt Soberg, 218.232.6227. Hope to see many of you there! http://www.ruffedgrousesociety.org/UserFiles/File/BrainerdMN16.pdf
July 12, 2016
June 27, 2016
June 8, 2016
May 25, 2016
May 10, 2016
Wednesday, May 11- Training into the evening
Saturday, May 14 – Morgan and Mark at the North Dakota Field Trial. No training at the kennels.
Wednesday, May 18 – Training into the evening
Saturday, May 21 – NMESSC Fun Trial at Pine Shadows beginning at 8:30 am
April 28, 2016
April 18, 2016
The Northern Minnesota Springer Club completed its annual spring field trial this past weekend at Major Avenue Hunt Club. We were blessed with great weather, good cover and strong birds. I wish to thank the club members again for the tremendous amount of work and time commitment put in at the trial to make it run smooth, efficient throughout the weekend. We have a great crew of bird planters, bird cleaners, shaggers, gunners, marshals, judges stewards, shuttle drivers, food prep and organizers, clean up and take down. A wonderful weekend. Thanks to the judges, John Wright and Greg Royer, for spending time with us and thanks to our participants who shared their dogs’ performances.
April 12, 2016
April 4, 2016
March 21, 2016
March 7, 2016
Morgan is judging the Mid Pennsylvania ESS Club trial in Tyrone, PA this weekend. Kate and Clark are also at that trial competing in the Mid Penn Club first Youth Stake. I will be hosting Saturday training at the kennel.
We have a new puppies at the kennel with the Pistol x Rebel litter. A number of litters are planned and they are listed on the puppy page.
The first Northern club fun trial will be held at the kennel on Easter Saturday. Hope to see many of you in attendance. The complete listing of club events is on the NMESSC page.
February 9, 2016
January 18, 2016
January 8, 2016
January 5, 2016
December 29, 2015
December 24, 2015
Being one of the best parts of your day by sharing our enthusiasm for the sporting lifestyle, our passion for the power of pets and the creation of authentic experiences lasting a lifetime involving you, your family and your pet is our goal.
Enjoy this Holiday season with your family and look forward to a blessed New Year.
Mark and Sophie
December 3, 2015
November 16, 2015
October 26, 2015
October 1, 2015
Morgan’s fall schedule includes three more trials. This weekend the crew is off to the Minnesota Heartland trial at 138th St SE & 14th Av SE, Owatonna, MN. On the following week they head to Nebraska for the Eastern Nebraska club event on Thursday and Friday followed by the Platte River ESS trial on Saturday and Sunday. Good luck and safe travels to all!
September 18, 2015
Morgan has been training at Daybreak this week. He and JP have headed up to the North Dakota fall trials for the weekend. Morgan will be running seven dogs in the open stakes.
September 14, 2015
NMESSC Field Trial Results:
Open 1st Trakker-Joe Coady, 2nd Dude-Dan Murray, 3rd Tre’-Paul McGagh, 4th Teal- Dan Murray.
Amateur 1st Chetty- Steve Beyer, 2nd RJ-Joe Coady, 3rd Murphy-Joe Stallman, 4th Trakker-Joe Coady.
Puppy 1st Tempest-Peyton Loss, 2nd Penny-Dan Murray, 3rd Chief-Kevin Rutherford, 4th Toby-Dan Murray.
Youth 1st Susie-Kate Haglin, 2nd Briar-Reece Stallman, 3rd Mozart-Peyton Loss, 4th Apples-Kate Haglin.
September 9, 2015
Want to watch some good hunting dog action? The NMESSC Fall Field Trial is this weekend. Nearly sixty English Springer Spaniels will be competing in this AKC licensed trial at Pine Shadows Daybreak, our hunting lodge located at 111th St. Frederick, South Dakota. This will be the first licensed springer trial in South Dakota. Events on Saturday from 8 to 4, Sunday, 9 to 11. You are most welcome.
August 31, 2015
There will be no training this Wednesday at Pine Shadows. Two open training sessions remain this season, Saturday Sept. 5th and Labor Day Monday, Sept. 7th. The fall trialing and hunting seasons begin soon.
Looking for a sportsman’s banquet? Here’s one of the best! Join us near Hackensack next Thursday evening for the 26th annual Deep Portage Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society annual event. See you there!
August 17, 2015
Support the fine conservation organizations who are working to preserve our Hunting Traditions. In the next four weeks there are some couple of local banquets you might fit into your calendar.
The Drumming Log Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society has its banquet on Tuesday, August 18th at the Woods event center north of Brainerd. Tickets call Matt 218.232.6227. And the Deep Portage Chapter of the RGS is having its 26th anniversary banquet on Thursday, September 3rd, near Hackensack, tickets Jerry 218.947.3870.
Meanwhile, the North Country Pheasants Forever Chapter is holding their annual membership banquet on Thursday, August 20th, at the Nisswa American Legion. Tickets call Travis Raske, 507.351.5790.
We look forward to seeing you.
July 22, 2015
July 12, 2015
From the NMESSC Fun Trial on Saturday, July 11th.
July 8, 2015
The NMESSC will be conducting a fun trial at Pine Shadows this Saturday, the 11th. Eight stakes plus activities for youth will be available. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
June 30, 2015
June 22, 2015
We enjoyed a very good NMESSC Fun Trial last Saturday. Fifty dogs competed in the stakes plus a dozen youth were involved in their activities.
June 15, 2015
NMESSC Fun Trial this Saturday at Pine Shadows starting at 8:30 am. Eight stakes plus activities for kids, lunch, and good times.
June 5, 2015
Joannie, Rachel, and Mark took the traveling show to Garrison the other day. With a truckload of pups they demonstrated the puppy imprinting process to Knowledge Bites, an enthusiastic group of folks who meet monthly at the Light of the Cross Lutheran Church. A wonderful afternoon.
May 24, 2015
This season is upon us. Be prepared by have the ingredients in your canine first aid kit.
Captain Morgan’s Best De-Skunking Formula
1 quart 3% Hydrogen Peroxide, 1/3 Cup baking soda, 1 teaspoon liquid soap, laundry detergent is best.
DO NOT shampoo or otherwise clean dog prior to use of this recipe. Other methods of cleaning will only push the odor causing oils to go further into the coat and skin. Wet the dog thoroughly before applying, then rub vigorously into coat and skin. Rinse with water. It may be necessary to repeat process a few times.
May 18, 2015
Thanks to all the participants at Saturday’s NMESSC Fun Trial. The threatened rain stayed away while fifty-one dogs competed; fourteen kids enjoyed the youth activities that included running dogs with flyers and a gun team! All were treated to a fine lunch of shared dishes, Rachel’s BBQ pork loin, and Tony’s grilled fowl! The next fun trial will be on Saturday, June 20th.
We will be training Wednesday evening and next Saturday morning May 23rd. On Saturday, May 30th there will be no training. Morgan is also available throughout the week by appointment, call him 218 820 8815.
May 12, 2015
NMESSC Fun Trial this Saturday. Starts at 8:30 am.
May 6, 2015
We will be training each Wednesday evening and Saturday morning May through August. On 3 Saturdays we host NMESSC fun trials: May 16, June 20, and July 11. On May 30th there will be no training. Any other changes will be posted on Facebook and on the Current News page of the Pine Shadows website. Morgan is also available throughout the week by appointment, call him 218 820 8815.
May 1, 2015
April 23, 2015
I will be in Arizona for the next couple of days attending the annual meeting of our ESS parent club, essfta.org. Morgan and crew are traveling to the Iowa Sporting Spaniel Club inaugural field trial this weekend at Big Springs Range near Searsboro, Iowa.
Saturday training will resume on May 2nd. Meanwhile, we have begun Wednesday evening training. Morgan is also available throughout the week by appointment, call him 218 820 8815.
April 20, 2015
What a wonderful weekend the NMESSC had at the spring field trial held this past weekend at Major Avenue Hunt Club. Thanks to all of you who entered your springers in the competition. Results are posted soon on www.essft.com and some pictures have surfaced on Facebook.
This is also a good opportunity to say Thank You to all who made it a wonderful weekend. We have a tremendous group of club members who go above and beyond in making this a great event. Thanks to the bird planters, bird steward, shaggers, treat makers, marshals, judge stewards, catalog folks, gunning team, mule drivers, judges, steward of the beat, bird cleaners and the land owner Jerry Martin.
April 10, 2015
March 31, 2015
March 23, 2015
A few jottings: Morgan is back from the southern trials. He reports all dogs had good experiences, a couple receiving placements. John Miettunen’s Sammy earned an all-age open second place and Dave Adams’ Bolt took fourth in a puppy trial. We head to Owatonna on Friday for the Heartland Trial. On the following Saturday, April 4th, day before Easter, the NMESSC holds its first Fun Trial of the season here at Pine Shadows.
There will be no Saturday training on the 28th; however, we will begin Wednesday evening sessions on April 1st.
The NMESSC spring field trial will be held on April 18-19 at the Major Avenue Hunt Club near Hutchinson. Entry deadline is Wednesday, April 8th.
March 12, 2015
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January 19, 2015
January 1, 2015