Kansas Championship AssociationSunflower Open All-Age Classic
Blue Mountain, Miss. — Good judges, good grounds, good entry — What a trial!
With judges like Richard Lewis and Jay Lewis of Ashland, Mo., grounds like Hell Creek and an entry of 44 in the All-Age and 28 in the Derby, you know we had fun!
Richard has won the National Amateur Shooting Dog Championship along with a host of other great wins. Jay is a fixture on the Midwest circuit with his and his dad’s dogs.
Steve Coleman and Jack Griffin had the grounds in great shape. Crops were out and birds were everywhere.
Great lunches were catered by the Plowmans. They were much appreciated. Diane and John Rex Gates came down to have lunch with us on Thursday. Great fun was had by all. A lot of lies told and retold.
Vera Courtney, again, came every day to take her fabulous pictures of all the action. She adds a great dimension to all the Mid South trials. Thanks Vera.
We always run the young dogs first but following on the heels of the regular Hell Creek Open and Amateur stakes, birds were hard to come by for the youngsters. All were placed on race, although several were involved, one way or another, with game.
Earning first was Hendrix’s Outliner, owned by Guy and Burke Hendrix, handled by Tommy Davis. Second was Lester’s Dizzy Dean, owned and handled by Gary Lester, and placed third was Touch’s Johnny Cash, owned by Indianan Keith Wright and handled by Ike Todd.
We started the Open All-Age after two braces of Derbies on Monday morning.
The last brace going in had Stardust Chaz (Hurdle) braced with Lester’s White Out (Lester). This was one of those braces where both dogs took the challenge and it was one or the other throwing down the gauntlet.
White Out started with a great find on the hill going to the rock pile. Gary called point in the bottoms, showing the dog a quarter mile off on the side of the hill, the sun shining like a beacon on him. Both dogs traded casts, one after the other, until Chaz, going down the long soybean field chutes, swapped ends and pointed out from the edge. White Out, coming back up the field inside the edge, stopped also. Both handlers shot. The brace ended on long swings by both dogs. They were later placed first and third.
Ransom, large white and orange pointer male under the tutelage of Steve Hurdle, ran the second brace Wednesday afternoon. This course is entirely huge bottom grain fields reamed by drainage ditches. Ransom filled them all, many times just seen as a white dot way out front. He did stop three times, however, to point birds with great style and intensity. He was placed second on the great race and bird work.
This was the first time in 20+ years to be run as a classic, and we hope a compromise will be reached whereby it will again be a championship. Thanks again to all who worked so hard to make it a great trial, especially Karen Hurdle who took entries and did the drawing while Pally and I were at the courthouse monitoring the local and national elections. Oh, by the way, I was elected county commissioner by a good margin.
Blue Mountain, Miss., November 10
Judges: Jay Lewis and Richard Lewis
SUNFLOWER OPEN ALL-AGE CLASSIC [One-Hour Heats] —
43 Pointers and 1 Setter
1st—LESTER’S WHITE OUT, 1629569, pointer male, by Lester’s Snowatch—Lester’s Nat. Gary P. Lester, owner and handler.
2d—RANSOM, 1620759, pointer male, by Whippoorwill Wild Agin—Sparkles. Bob Walthall & Thorpe McKenzie, owners; Steve Hurdle, handler.
3d—STARDUST CHAZ, 1624753, setter male, by Wild Wing Warrior—Stardust Coco. R. E. Craig, Scott Kermicle, John Sayre & Raines Jordan, owners; Steve Hurdle, handler.
OPEN DERBY — 27 Pointers and 1 Setter
1st—HENDRIX’S OUTLIER, 1645231, pointer female, by Whippoorwill War Dance—Hendrix’s Sassy Tide. Guy & Burke Hendrix, owners; Gary Lester, handler.
2d—LESTER’S DIZZY DEAN, 1645646, pointer male, by Lester’s Snowatch—Don’t Wait. Gary Lester, owner and handler.
3d—TOUCH’S JOHNNY CASH, 1646056, pointer male, by Touch’s Ring of Fire—Touch’s Blaylock Bess. Keith A. Wright, owner; Ike Todd, handler.