Santo was one of the best females that we
have had at Phantom Kennels.
I knew that she was going to be a field trial dog when
she was just 7 months old. At
that time, the great professional trainer, Richard Woolever,
owned her. Richard
knew how much I liked Santo and allowed us to purchase her.
At that time, we also owned Okie’s Cheap Trix,
Santo’s dam, another great producer.
Santo was small, but had a huge heart with
breathtaking style. Weighing
about 35 lbs, she could easily run an all-age race through the
tough shinnery in western
. She was built
perfectly with a beautiful even marked black head, deep chest,
poker straight 12 o’clock tail, beautiful animation, straight
legs, and tight feet. She
was a handful to run and I competed with her in both all-age and
shooting dog events, leaning towards the former.
She was a heavy Fiddler bred dog, sired by NBHA Nat. Ch.
Fiddlin Rocky Boy and Okie’s Cheap Trix.
Some of the notable Champions in Santo’s pedigree are
Ch. Fiddler, Ch. Evolution, Ch. Pike Creek Mike, Ch. Fiddler’s
Shalimar, and Ch. Bayou Teche Willie.
She placed twice for me in several large
All-age classics. It
is interesting to know that one of her best performances was at
the Raymond Rucker All-Age Classic in western
. The day before the
trial, I thought that I needed to take the edge off of Santo in
order to get her to handle a little bit better the next day at
the trial. I ran her
in the dense shinnery and actually lost her for while.
By the time I had gathered her up, she had been down more
than an hour and a half. My plan was only to run her 30 minutes.
The next day, she had to run an hour in the
classic. I turned
her loose and she pointed a covey of wild birds before I got on
my horse. Her
bracemate blew by her and knocked her birds and she stood there
like a statue, perfect to wing and shot.
She went on a bird finding mission and had four more wild
covey finds before the thirty minute mark, all with the same
majestic style and manners.
I knew that she was not running a huge race, but she was
too busy finding birds! She
had a decent last half and finished about a quarter of a mile to
the front. After
much consternation, the judges decided to not use her at all and
placed dogs with less finds and bigger races.
One of the judges told me that he would never own a dog
as nice as her and really didn’t know if they did the right
thing. He said that
if she had been running in a shooting dog stake that she would
have won hands down. They
did the right thing, but I couldn’t have been more proud of
her. She pointed
more birds during her hour than all of the dogs in all the other
stakes, including the Colorado Open Shooting Dog Championship
– 92 dogs in all!
Santo is the mother of the great Ch. Rock Acre
Blackhawk and the grandmother of many champions today.
You will see her name in many winning dog’s pedigrees
and now you know why. We
are fortunate to own one of her granddaughters, Phantom’s Miss
Santo. They look a
lot a like and have many similar traits.
Miss Santo’s mother, Rock Acre Santo is a
littermate to Ch. Rock Acre Blackhawk.
It is hard to determine how many Champions and Runner-up
Champions that are grandsons and granddaughters of Santo.
There are at least 12 champions sired by just two of her
progeny that we know of right now!
Feel free to contact us: E-mail: email@example.com
669-1114 – Dan’s cell
(325) 518-5202 – Phantom Kennels
Mailing address: 3458
E. Lake Rd.
Abilene, TX 79601
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