The Deer Search Inc. Tracking competition took place on April 6, 2013 at Casperkill Game Club Inc. 116 Stone House Road, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. Seven (7) artificial blood lines were laid out prior to the competition. The lines were marked out by Bill Siegrist and Gentian Shero. The blood was put out by Bill Siegrist and Barbara Schmidt. The time limit for each team was one and one half hours (1 1/2 hours). Six (6) teams of handler and dog were entered into the competition. Of the 6 teams entered 3 teams were able to complete the track and place in the competition and three (3) were unable to complete the track and place in the competition. The DSI judges for the competition were Roger Humeston-Master Handler, Mark Long-Master Handler and Bill Siegrist-Master Handler. Four members of DSI apprenticed as judges during the competition. They are: Sue Orlick, Peter Martin, Gentian Shero and Beth Shero. About 25 Deer Search members and guests attended the competition.
The tracking conditions for the day were not ideal. At the start of the competition the temperature was about 31 degrees and there was a strong wind out of the north east. The ground was dry and the leaves were blowing in areas exposed to the wind. The wind eased up some what as the day progressed . All of these conditions made for very difficult tracking conditions especially for those who drew the early lines. The first track began at 8:55am and the last track ended (track 7) at 4:57pm.
Those who competed in the competition where as flows:
1-Andy Bensing and Eibe von Merreche, WHD, First Place, Score 100 for a prize 1, time 26 minutes. Andy and Eibe had won this competition in the past. (line 3)
2-Darren Doran and Theo Von Moosbach-Zuzelek Sw,WHD, Second Place, Score of 92 for a prize 1, time 30 minutes. (line 5)
3-John Jeanneney and Tom vom Linteler Forst, WHD, Third Place, Score 57 for a prize 3, time of 1 hour and 4 minutes. (line 1)
4-Chester Swierk and Moby, Finger Lakes Deer Search, miniature long haired dachshund. At 10:54am, 39 minutes into the track the handler pulled the dog as he felt that the dog was not tracking up to it’s ability. Chester and Moby had won this competition in the past. (line 2)
5-Bruce Zeman and Anchor vom Apfel Tal, WHD, received three call backs prior to the completion of the track. However the dog and handler were allowed to complete the track for training purposes in just under one hour. Both dog and handler tried very hard to complete the line. With a little more experience for both they will be a productive team for DSI. (line 4)
6-Karen Zeman and Master of Hunt Cyrus, BMH, received three call backs prior to the completion of the track. However the dog and handler were allowed to complete the track for training purposes in one hour. Both dog and handler tried very hard to complete the track. With more training and experience both will be productive for DSI in the future. (line 6)
7-The seventh line was used by John Jeanneney at the end of the day after the competition was completed to certify his dog Sky-von Moosbach-Zuzelek SW. The judges for this certification were Mark Long, Bill Siegrist and Andy Bensing. Four DSI members apprenticed during this certification, Sue Orlick, Peter Martin, Gentian Shero and Beth Shero. John’s dog completed the track in one hour and five minutes and received a score of 67 for a prize 3.
Food for the event came from Duncan Donuts and Rossi’s Deli in Poughkeepsie. Assisting in the event were Penny Hickman (food and coordination), Barbara Schmidt (food,blood lines, certificates organizing during event), Gentian Shero (marking out tracks), Peter Martin (removing markers from trees), David Wohlbach (training at event), R. Humeston, M. Long,B. Siegrist and A. Bensing Judges for event, R. Humeston working with apprentice judges. Jerry Siegrist and Fred Miller from Casperkill assisted in transportation of dogs and contestants during the event.
Four (4) DSI pins were given out to those who completed the competition. That leaves DSI with 14 pins for future events.
A total of $175.00 was collected for the event from those who registered. Those checks were turned over to Treasures David Wohlbach at the April 4th, 2013 DSI meeting.
The applications and score sheets for the judges will be filed with the blood tracking records.
I request that Deer Search consider making a small donation to Casperkill for the use of the club house and property for this event.
Chairman of the Blood Tracking committee