2019 Purina Coverdog handler of the year

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​​​​Scott is named the 2018-19 Purina  Cover Dog Handler of the Year for the second year in a row.

NBGOCA Open Derby Stake

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Onpoint's Thunder Blitz, owned by Brad Peterson, wins the NBGOCA Open Derby Stake and Hershner's Grouse Gunner Jr, owned by Scott Hershner, is second.

Beaverton Grouse Dog Open Shooting Dog Stake

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Hershner's Grouse Gunner, owned by Scott Hershner, is second in the 68 dog Beaverton Grouse Dog Open Shooting Dog Stake.

Grand National Puppy Classic

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Snyder's Pioneer Sam, owned by Steve Snyder and Ben McKean, is third in the Grand National Puppy Classic.  Three of the 4 placements were sired by 4xCH Ponderosa Mac.

Grand National Grouse and Woodcock Invitational Championship

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​​​​​Pondersosa Mac makes it 4 in a row in National titles with a runner-up win in the Grand National Grouse and Woodcock Invitational Championship.

Grand Valley Open Derby Stake

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Fricke N Brownie, owned and handled by Johnathon Fricke is first and Snyder's Pioneer Sam, owned by Steve Snyder and Ben McKean, is second in the Grand Valley Open Derby Stake.  

Grand Valley Bird Dog Club Puppy Stake.

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Snyder's Pioneer Sam and his littermate, Snyder's Pioneer Patti, owned by Steve Snyder and Ben McKean, place 1st and 2nd in the Grand Valley Bird Dog Club Puppy Stake.

Highland FTC shooting dog qualifier

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​​​​Fireside Aidan, owned by Dr. Mary Beth Esser is second and Snyder's Pioneer Scout, owned by Steve Snyder, is third in the Highland FTC shooting dog qualifier.

Highland FTC open puppy stake

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​​​​​Snyder's Pioneer Patti, owned by Steve Snyder and Ben McKean, places 2nd in the Highland FTC open puppy stake.

Our Training Program

Grouse Trial Dogs


We offer one of the finest training programs available for the cover dog and walking trial circuits.  We train and handle dogs from puppy age to the finished performer that can win in the toughest championship competition.  We believe our record of winners speaks for itself.

We are located in central Michigan in the heart of some of the finest grouse and woodcock country anywhere.  I belong to a private club which connects to the famous Gladwin Game Refuge that is about 27 square miles of prime grouse and woodcock habitat.  We also make trips to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to train on the prairies on sharptail grouse and southern Alabama in the winter to train on quail and woodcock.

Our rates are $400 per month plus entry fees and expenses.

Gun Dogs

Occasionally we will take a gun dog in for training.  We key the training of gun dogs to the particular requests and requirements of the hunter $600 per month.

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