Almaden's Grace Under Fire
Breeders: FG & Sherry Larsen
Owners: FG & Sherry Larsen
to view Gracie's pedigree
"Gracie" is a sister to River,
who I co-own with Bud & Sherry. Gracie was born a natural bob-tail,
with just a couple of small vertebrae tucked in close to her body. Since
that seemed to doom any potential hopes of competition, Gracie was meant
to be the pet that would get to stay home with Sherry's daughter and family.
Eventually it became clear that their fence would not hold a Brittany,
and after Gracie's mother escaped and was killed by a car, Gracie went
back to live with Bud & Sherry. Eventually, she also went for training
with John Kline, who fell in love with Gracie and completed her early
training and first summer in Montana. After John's retirement, Gracie
went with trainer Ed Tillson for her first field trial season in 2007.
She is a fast, smart and intense Gun Dog who is fun to watch. She got
several placements with Ed, and one AFC point the first time I handled
her in an Amateur Gun Dog stake.
In the spring of 2007 I told Sherry we had been hearing
so many compliments on Gracie, and she was in such great condition, we
should put her in some shows and see what the judges would think about
a nice little bob-tailed liver girl. Gracie won twice in her first weekend,
and in just 15 shows was a champion with two specialty wins and three
majors to her credit, having won 1st or 2nd in her class all but once!
Gracie's clean, sound movement, proper proportions, beautiful head and
short, solid topline made her an easy winner -- although a few judges
did have to check the standard and make sure that Brittanys are in fact
allowed to be tailless!
Gracie on point, November 2007
DC Almaden's River of Shadows
owned by FG & Sherry Larsen & Jessica Carlson
DC Almaden's Lone Shadow Dancer
owned by FG & Sherry Larsen
Ch. Almaden's Miss Satin Doll
owned by Bill & Judy Cappello
Juvenile Field Trial Placement
Almaden's Rocky River
"Rocky" owned by Katie Patrick & Sherry Larsen
Dual pointed (now deceased)