Local dog ‘Outwit, Outplays, Outlasts’ the competition to become a National Champion

(Above) Marianne Gasaway and her National Champion Gordon Setter, Wit.

by Michelle Watson

A local dog has most definitely lived up to his name.

“Prairie Star Outwit Outplay Outlast,” better known as Wit, is a National Champion.  The six-year-old Gordon Setter, owned by Marianne Gasaway, of Clear Lake,  recently won the inaugural Gordon Setter Club of America National Walking Gun Dog Championship held in Delaware.

This is the second national champion Prairie Star Kennels, located south of Clear Lake, has produced.

For those unfamiliar with Gordon Setters, they are an upland game bird dog.  Sometimes known as “black and tans” as far back as the 1600s, they became more prominent in the 1800s.  The Fourth Duke of Gordon in Banffshire, Scotland is credited with creating a smaller, more powerful version of the typical Irish and English setter, known today as a Gordon Setter.  The American Kennel Club describes the breed as “alert, interested and confident… fearless and willing, intelligent and capable.  He is loyal and affectionate, and strong-minded enough to stand the rigors of training.”

In Wit’s case, the rigors of training were provided by Jesse Chapman, owner of Smoke Rise Kennel in Nova, Ohio.  He has been Wit’s trainer since his introduction to field trialing as a one-year-old.  Prior to winning the national title, Wit earned enough points to be awarded a field championship (based on wins).  He was also named Gun Dog of the Year in 2017 and 2018 by the Gordon Setter Club of America.

During a field trial competition a pair of handlers each ride a horse or walk behind the dog each is competing with.  The dog’s job is to locate game birds by their

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