Ripley is a dynamic bird finder with a graceful athletic stride and sweeping the field pace just like her mom “Lil”. Her fluidity in stride disguises her pace as she quickly catches and passes most other dogs in the field. She works the cover aggressively and completely with moderate to medium range and consistent check-in. She has had significant field time and is e-collar conditioned and whistle trained. She handles easily and is a joy to hunt behind. She’s quick to and staunch on point, with a picturesque posture. She’s got a good natural retrieve which will only improve with time and birds. She’s got a great personality and is clean and quiet in the kennel.
She comes from a long line of hunting companions and proven field trial competitors and this talent shows through in her field performance and kennel manners. She’s the daughter of Black Sail (Fletcher) who is the son of my personal hunting dog “Pearl” and 2XNFC GFC FC AFC Uncle Kracker. Other notables include NFC FC AFC Hi Proof Rum Runner, NAFC FC AFC Jim De Bob’s Sparks A Dan D, NFC DC AFC Tequila’s Joker, FC AFC Blaze Dakota Trucker, FC AFC Chubasco II, and many other great champions.
Her dam, Dan De Diamond Lil is also one of my personal hunting companions who hunted with me in 6 different states and 8 species of wild upland birds. She’s also a long-striding fluid paced dog from Dan Collins Katey Bar the Door and Jeff Hoskins GFC FC AFC Sniksoh Spank’s Hank. The many notables in her pedigree include HOF NFC FC Bean’s Blaze, FC AFC Cooper’s Ozark Traveler, FC AFC Chubasco II, FC AFC Blaze Dakota Trucker, NFC DC AFC Gambler’s Ace in the Hole and many others.
Ripley is a fast-moving work in progress, rapidly turning into an outstanding big running bird dog. She will not be for everybody – but for the hunter or competitor that wants an “All In” bird dog, this is your girl.