Hanover Field Trial Association
King William, Va. — The Hanover Field Trial Association’s spring U. S. Complete Trial was held on Saturday, March 11, at the Cohoke Shooting Preserve. The association thanks Mr. Floyd D. Gottwald, Jr. for allowing the trial to occur on his private shooting preserve.
Dennis Boswell had the facilities in good condition for the trial. The club is very lucky to have these well maintained groomed grounds for field trials.
The temperatures ranged from the 20s to the 50s. It was a chilly but pleasant day for a field trial both for the dogs and participants.
We would also like to thank Nestlé Purina for being the national sponsor of U. S. Complete weekend and championship trials. Purina is providing discount coupons for their dog food to all dogs who have earned placements in the various stakes.
Several club members pitched in to make this field trial a success. Bert Wright, David Coleman and George Ramkey planted birds; Retta Ramkey typed the programs; Art Mourino collected entry fees and provided the Kawasaki Mule which Lee Mullikin used to transport dogs and handlers to the starting line.
There were an unusually large number of spectators and the gallery wagon was standing room only. The gallery wagon was provided by Meredith Jones. Waverly Coleman used his truck to pull the gallery wagon.
Mike Lightfoot and Phyllis Jones prepared an incredible lunch of catfish, puppy drum and oysters. In addition, a bean salad, deviled eggs, banana pudding, brownies and pound cake were provided. Mike and Phyllis received a lot of compliments.
The Hanover trial is fortunate to have many members and wives who help make this trial a success. We appreciate everyone’s help in making our trial successful.
Ten dogs were entered in the Amateur Puppy, ten in the Amateur Derby, 22 in the Amateur Shooting Dog. This was the largest number of entries for our trial.
Art Mourino and George Ramkey of Mechanicsville, Va., judged the Puppy Stake. Ivan and Ronnie Clark of Kenbridge, Va., judged the Derby and Shooting Dog.
Because of the number of entries, the Puppy Stake was moved to the Old Town Farm while the Derby was started at Cohoke. Both started at 7:30 a. m.
In the Puppy Stake, Verlene Stephenson’s Annie, stylish running pointer female, was awarded first. Annie hit the edges and listened to her owner when running the course. Buddy, handled by Double Flanders, covered the course and was animated, stylish and biddable. Ollie, handled by Dennis Kivikko and owned by Charles Williamson, had a nice run and handled well for third.
In the Derby, J. C. Hudgins’ pointer Lady of North had a nice forward race with four finds. She had a mature ground race. Ron Fields’ setter Evergreen Peter Rabbit took second. Peter had three finds and was steady to wing on his third bird. It was nice to see Ron join us. He usually runs on the horseback circuit. Hasty’s Rocky Boy, pointer handled by J. R. Hasty, placed third. Rocky looked good on three pointed finds and an unproductive. He had a good forward race and handled well.
In the Shooting Dog Stake, Lancaster’s Rolling Rex, owned by Jimmy Crandall and handled by Jameson Crandall, took first place. Rex was animated, driven and stayed out front. He had five well spaced finds and one back. He was the most out front dog of the stake and he set the standard for the day. Rex had no movement before or after the shot. Rex has taken first place in the last three field trials at Hanover. Jazz, setter female owned and handled by Ashby Morgan, earned second with a snappy race staying to the front and had five finds. She listened to her handler and was very stylish on her points. Abby, pointer female owned by Johnny Lewis, had three finds. She was a little slow in the middle of her run but finished strong. Rex was named the winner of the Waverly Coleman Shooting Dog trophy.
The trial was smoothly run, well organized and a pleasure for the participants. The Association looks forward to their next U. S. Complete trial scheduled for the fall of 2017.
King William, Va., March 11 — One Course
Judges: Art Mourino and George Ramkey
AMATEUR PUPPY — 4 Pointers and 6 Setters
1st—EAGLE EYE ANNIE OAKLEY, 1668673, pointer male, by Southbound Ben—Shadow’s Carolina Molly. Verlene Stephenson, owner and handler.
2d—CHIPPOKES BUDDY, unreg., setter male, by Skyview New Addition—McKinney’s Harbor Magnolia. Lee Flanders, owner; Will Flanders, handler.
3d—BELONA’S BLAZIN OLLIE, 1667409, setter male, by Londeree’s Bondhu Ringo—Londeree’s Dashing Annie. C. J. Williamson, owner; Dennis Kivikko, handler.
Judges: Ivan Clark and Ronnie Clark
AMATEUR DERBY — 10 Entries
1st—LADY OF NORTH, 1665878, pointer female, by Mohawk Mill Pirate—Quinton Oak Abby. J. C. Hudgins, owner and handler.
2d—EVERGREEN PETER RABBIT, 1662061, setter male, by Mo’s Willie—Evergreen Ellie Mae. Ron Fields, owner and handler.
3d—HASTY’S ROCKY BOY, 1669961, pointer male, by Stoney Run’s Buddy—Sinbad’s Little Bit. J. R. Hasty, owner and handler.
WAVERLY COLEMAN AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG — 22 Entries
1st—LANCASTER’S ROLLING REX, 1628783, pointer male, by Calico’s Catch N Release—New Salem Dottie. James Crandall, owner and handler.
2d—PINEKONE WHO DAT, 1650896, setter female, by Pinekone Street Sense—Pinekone Black Rose. Pinekone Kennels, owner; Ashby Morgan, handler.
3d—QUINTON OAK ABBY, 1650841, pointer female, by Heritage—Cassique’s Blue Label. Johnny Lewis, owner and handler.