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Kansas Field Trial Clubs Association Hall of Fame

By Paul Roederer and Janice E. Merritt | Aug 26, 2013
John George

The Kansas Field Trial Clubs Association (KFTCA), for the 6th year, honored in 2012 deserving Persons and Dogs who have excelled and contributed importantly to our sport in Kansas. We apologize for the delay in announcing those selected and apologize to the honorees.

Inductees for 2012 were John W. George, Chuck Maxson, Ch. Nemaha Patch and Ch. Worsham’s Silver Cloud.

John George has logged a total of 38 years field trialing, starting with the Kansas Hunting Dog Club and then making his mark with the Northeast Kansas Field Trial Club, known to most simply as “Onaga”. For over 30 years John has done all the jobs there, but most importantly he has accumulated a wealth of landowner relationships that continue to benefit our sport. He was instrumental in financing the entire rural water system; he also supported many improvements to the school house including a new kitchen, expansion, new roof and modern bathroom. Some of us can remember the naturally air-conditioned outhouse and pack rats that preceded these improvements.

John and Judy have been married for 46 years. They have a son Matt and two beautiful granddaughters, Ashley and Ty. John is a businessman, inventor of needed tools of his trade, and a family man. Our children spent many hours “running amok” at trials all over Kansas.

In his trialing career John has accumulated over 70 AFTCA wins. His great love is the English setter and he has campaigned several good ones. Ch. High Calypso was the first Region 17 Amateur All-Age Champion and still to this day is the only setter to win that distinction. John’s other significant winners included Stylin It and Calypso’s Glitz.

Along the way he was instrumental (along with Dr. Pat McInteer and Iowan David Taylor) in the creation of a new AFTCA Region (17) in 1985, at the time consisting of Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota. He has competed extensively over 14 states and given his time freely to judge regional and national AFTCA championships as well as scores of other stakes.

As if that wasn’t enough to keep him busy, he started a training video business along with Joe Worsham called White Dog Productions. They ended up documenting the training methods of Ferrel Miller, Sherry Ray Ebert, Scott Miller and retriever trainer Bill Eckett.

CHARLES “CHUCK” Maxson of Clearwater, Kan., has field trialed in Kansas for 47 years and counting! He has been a member of the Wichita Bird Dog Club for 43 years, the Air Capital Field Trial Club for 25 years (founding member); the Kansas Field Trial Clubs Association for 36 years and the Coffeyville Sportsmen Club. He has held every office and been on the board of all those clubs.

A born-again setter man, Chuck initiated and still supports the horseback and walking English setters each year.

His foresight to help establish the KFTCA has made the lives of all field trialers a lot easier and trials more competitive and profitable. The KFTCA was originally founded to establish a schedule of trial dates, and now provides affordable insurance for trials, awards to landowners and sponsors the Kansas Field Trial Hall of Fame.

Chuck and his setters have accumulated over 100 wins. He judges all types of trials and all breeds from championships to weekend trials. He still sits the saddle quite well and is a worthy judge under which to run. His running partner is his 16-year-old grandson Levi. They are quite the pair.

Chuck is married to Ardies. They have two children and five grandchildren. His careers have run from owning his own detective agency to conducting DOT drug testing, which he still does today.

Chuck also is an accomplished farrier.

In addition to his significant service to our sport, it should be noted that Chuck also has performed significant service to our country. During the Vietnam War he survived two wounds and earned the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. As soon as he returned home he started trialing and established the KFTCA.

“Chuck is tireless and generous of his time to help clubs in Kansas,” noted Paul Roederer. “He campaigned heavily in the past but has contributed equally in recent years by helping Kansas clubs when they need a judge or a marshal. Or, if a horse loses a shoe at a trial Chuck can put one back on. Like a similar inductee last year (Ivan Breckenridge), after so many years of trialing Chuck has the respect of every Kansas field trialer with whom he has come in contact.”

The election of Ch. Worsham’s Silver Cloud and Ch. Nemaha Patch in 2012 add the second and third non-Kansas resident dogs to the Kansas Field Trial Hall of Fame. They join Nemaha Hawk which was elected in 2011. “Bud” was in the championship winners’ circle twice in Kansas and had 14 other wins in Kansas.

Worsham’s Silver Cloud (from a year earlier breeding), a brother to Miller’s White Powder, proves that Hall of Fame breeding produces apples that don’t fall far from the tree.

Significant placements include: winner, 2000 Region 17 Amateur All-Age Championship; runner-up, Region 14 All-Age, 2004; runner-up, Sunflower Open All-Age Championship, 2005. He qualified for the 2001 National Amateur Invitational Championship. He has four classic wins. Bud was a 2x Midwest Field Trial Association All-Age Dog of the Year and the 2001-02 runner-up KFTCA All-Age Dog of the Year.

Some of Bud’s progeny include Worsham’s Silver Ghost (14 wins); Worsham’s Silver Spirit (9 wins); Flatland’s By Design, winner of the Region 14 Amateur Shooting Dog Championship.

Cloud was a pick of the litter for Joe and he took possession of the six-week-old pup sight unseen at a field trial in Tennessee.

In the Sunflower All-Age Championship Bud “ . . . did a real strong job on the ground,” Joe said, “and we found him far to the front on point . . . ” at which time Allen Vincent’s dog backed. “ . . . as I went to shoot I found my cylinder was gone from my starter gun. I then had to ask Allen to shoot with his gun. No pro likes to get beat by an amateur and now he has to shoot for me . . . . Bud went on to have a strong finish and won runner-up . . . . That was his last win — a good way to finish.”

Nemaha Patch, white and liver pointer male whelped January 12, 1993, died in the winter of 2005. He was bred by Dr. Pat McInteer, sired by Ch. Nemaha Hawk (he by Rebel Hawk ex Agenda, she by National Champion Crossmatch), bred to Nemaha Flirt (she by Ch. Barshoe Czar out of blue hen Barshoe Envoy) to produce Ch. Nemaha Patch. Flirt was only one of nine champions out of Barshoe Envoy! In turn, Nemaha Flirt herself produced seven champions! Flirt’s sister, Barshoe Katrinka, produced six champions.

Nemaha Patch won the Region 17 Amateur Shooting Dog Championship (1995), the Region 7 Amateur All-Age Championship (1997), and the National Amateur Shooting Dog Championship (1999); runner-up in the Region 8 Shooting Dog Championship (1996) and the National Amateur Shooting Dog Invitational Championship (1997). Patch’s record shows 32 placements; 17 were one-hour trials, 20 of the 32 were first place wins. He also won six Kansas Dog of the Year Awards.

Patch produced 26 winners including Ch. Nemaha City Slicker which sired Ch. Nemaha Free Style, which sired Ch. Nemaha Free Way — five generations of male champions from the same kennel. Patch’s 26 winning offspring had a total of 269 wins.

“Nemaha Patch was a significantly successful bird dog,” noted his owner Dr. McInteer. “He was a puppy that made you sit up and take notice.

“When he won the National Amateur Shooting Dog Championship, it was the kind of performance that field trialers live for . . . the culmination of hours and hours of training and work.”

2013 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

A wonderful turnout was received for the 7th annual Kansas Field Trial Clubs Association Hall of Fame banquet and ceremony. More than 50 guests were present. Kansas Hall-of-Famers present included Larry Samuelson, Robert Lais, C. W. (Bud) Moore, Chuck Maxson, Dave Merritt and Don Beauchamp. No green jackets just great guys. Also, a number of attendees had dogs previously inducted into the Hall of Fame.

We are honored and proud to announce that Roger D. Duncan of Augusta, Kan., Delaware River Jackpot, co-owned by Kevin Gatzemeyer and Jim Corpening and campaigned by Jim, and Worsham’s Silver Streak, owned and handled by Joe Worsham, were chosen as this year’s Kansas Hall of Fame recipients.

The 15th KFTCA Hall of Fame inductee, Roger Duncan, was a 25-year field trial veteran. Roger died suddenly last winter, a shock to all of us. But this is the rest of the story.

Roger and Glenda Duncan started trialing with Vizslas in 1988 and, like most of us, his name doesn’t show up much in The Field. He was a founding member of the Golden Plains Vizsla Club and also a founding member of the United States Vizsla Association and a member of the National Vizsla Association for 10 years. He later switched to pointers and started a successful second bird dog career with them.

Roger was a member of the Wichita Bird Dog Club, Sunflower State Field Trial Club and was a staunch supporter of the Kansas Field Trial Association. He continually volunteered to host Kansas Association field trials so that the treasury would always be “in the black.”

From a report in a 2002 issue of The American Field, Roger was a judge for the United States Vizsla Championship.

“Roger came out to the grounds a few days ahead of time to help set things up for the Championship,” noted the writer of that report. “A great help.”

No more needs to be said about Roger. He was a giver.

Even though Roger never had a goal of amassing wins he had accumulated approximately 50 placements before his untimely passing. He judged championships, classics and weekend trials. Everywhere he went, Glenda was with him, working dogs, planning new grounds, attending meetings and running trials. They did it all together.

New trialers influenced by Roger were Richard Ramsey, Nick Blasi, Mike Lundy and Don Hoover.

Dr. Gerald Graham said of his good friend: “As a judge, Roger was known for his professionalism and integrity and for his willingness to help and support all participants regardless of experience or reputation. He served as a model for how participants should train, compete, judge and administer field trials . . . he was completely honest and as objective as humans are capable of being in competing, judging and administering trials.”

Delaware River Jackpot, white and orange pointer female, whelped June 3, 2005, died on September 1, 2011. “Lucy” was co-owned by Jim Corpening and Kevin Gatzemeyer. Curt Gatzemeyer was her breeder. She had 23 placements with three walking shooting dog championships including the National Amateur Walking Shooting Dog Championship (2007), Region 17 Walking Shooting Dog Championship (2009) and Region 8 Walking Shooting Dog Championship (2011). Lucy won three Kansas Dog of the Year Awards.

Ch. Gailen’s Lotto was bred to Delaware River Babe to produce Delaware River Jackpot. Lotto’s fourth and fifth generations show Bill’s Doublecross Slim, Fiddler blood, while Babe’s shows Elhew Strike, Elhew Bullfrog, Hook’s Bounty Hunter and Dunn’s Fearless Bud. Lucy was only one of several multiple winners in the litter. Ch Gailen’s Lotto Kipp is a well-known littermate as is Palmer’s Blue Lotto which won 20 times before his untimely death this summer.

Josh Palmer, Jim’s training and trialing partner, said: “Her impact on the sport will not be measured through her progeny as none exist, rather her impact can be measured by the requirement to work harder, train harder and compete harder that she inspired in any competitor . . . that set out to win against her.”

She was an early starter as Josh Palmer points out: “Her most special moment came when she won the AFTCA National Walking Shooting Dog Championship at the tender age of two years and five months.”

Ch. Worsham’s Silver Streak is the 17th dog in our Hall of Fame roster. The white and orange pointer male, whelped May 11, 1993, died March 18, 2005. Joe Worsham of Easton, Mo., was “Rex’s” owner.

The election of Ch. Worsham’s Silver Streak this year adds the fourth non-Kansas resident dog to the Kansas Field Trial Hall of Fame. He joins Nemaha Hawk, Nemaha Patch and Worsham’s Silver Cloud. Rex was in the winners’ circle 25 times in Kansas. He won the title at the 1998 Mid-America Open All-Age Championship and was runner-up in the 2001 Region 8 All-Age Championship. He placed first at the 2000 Region 8 Open All-Age, accumulating eight classic wins (two Derby, six all-age). He also qualified for the 2000 National Championship at Ames Plantation. He also had three Midwest Field Trial Association All-Age Dog of the Year and one Runner-Up Derby of the Year Awards as well as one winner and one runner-up for the KFTCA All-Age Dog of the Year Awards. Rex won the William F. Brown Prairie Award in 1998.

Rex was out of the blue hen Sally Shadow Doe (by Ch. Miller’s Silver Bullett). He is a half-brother to Worsham’s Silver Cloud which was inducted into the Kansas Field Trial Hall of Fame in 2012.

Rex was sterile and never had offspring.

“He was a true prairie dog,” Joe Worsham said. “I ran him fearlessly in open and amateur competition. His win at the 1998 Mid-America Open All-Age Championship was truly special. He drew the first brace after lunch. It was 85°. He ran to the extreme on the Rafter J prairies and found three coveys of birds, his last coming at pickup time and a quarter mile to the front . . . .”

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