American Field

Final Endorsements for Candidates; Voting Deadline is July 23

Field Trial Hall of Fame

Jul 13, 2018

The Field Trial Hall of Fame [Two ballots are made available to who are charged with voting for two nomination process is underway. The issue of June 30 carried the first official nomination ballot and a second is included with this issue.

The ballot affords voters the opportunity to place in nomination two candidates in each of the two cate- gories — Dogs and Persons.

[Two ballots are made available to voters on the premise that there is more than one party in a household desiring to vote.] The voting deadline is Monday, July 23.

When all nomination ballots have been received and counted, the names of the top ten nominees in the two categories will be forwarded to the members of the Election Committee Dogs and two Persons for the Field Trial Hall of Fame.

Nominees for the Hall of Fame must receive a preponderance of Committee Member votes for election to the Hall of Fame.


The Field Trial Hall of Fame nomination process has for far too long overlooked one of field trial’s MOST worthy candidates — Dr. Angelo G. Lurus. Now, not in the future, is the time to correct this oversight.

Serious voters for candidates (as well as the Election Committee for candi- dates) — Dogs or Persons — should conscientiously review the editorial “Field Trial Hall of Fame Candidates” before casting their votes this year. (Note: This editorial appears in the May 31, 1997 issue of The AMERICAN FIELD).

The editorial highlights the criteria set forth by the venerable William F. (Bill) Brown, the founder of the Field Trial Hall of Fame.

Specifically listed are many of the other important accomplishments of Angelo and his significant contributions of notable service to the field trial pas- time over a suitable long period of time. Only a few of today’s field trialers and voters are aware of these important facts.

• Dr. Lurus has served the Amateur Field Trial Clubs of America for over fifty years in various capacities includ- ing as a trustee for Region 10 and a club officer. He served on the Board of Trustees for the AFTCA as 3d vice-pres- ident. Dr. Lurus traveled to Japan, as I recall, at his own expense, on two separate occasions, to mediate a dispute within Region 15. This mediation ultimately saved that important Region.

Dr. Lurus served as president of the AFTCA (1986-1988). He has done ex- tensive judging, including the National Amateur Quail Championship twice.

• He originated the proposal and subsequent creation of the National Amateur Chukar Shooting Dog Cham- pionship and the National Amateur Chukar All-Age Championship.

• During his tenure as president of the AFTCA, he proposed the establishment of the 20th Century Fund, and then pro- posed that it be designated as an Internal Revenue Service Paragraph 501(c)3 charitable organization. It was granted that status after an appeal. No easy task! A super significant additional benefit to the AFTCA.

• He promoted the computerization of the AFTCA offices.

• He proposed the adoption of the Dog Retrieval System, a significant, valuable achievement.

• He, along with contributions from 39 active field trialers, updated and en- larged the booklet “Guidelines to Field Trial Procedure and Judicial Practice.”

• Among his achievements, Angelo has developed numerous champions and runner-up champions, competing in multiple AFTCA regions (4, 9, 10, 11, 14, and 16). He has been a patron of several professional dog trainers and field trial clubs over the many years.

It’s always helpful to remember that the sport of field trialing encompasses a lot more than turning loose a fine bird dog, jumping on a handsome Tennessee walking horse in hot pursuit of a wily game bird and winning a prestigious field trial event.

Dr. Lurus’ record and reputation of devotion to bird dogs and the sport of field trialing over the past fifty years make him a superior and worthy candi- date for your vote and his election to the Field Trial Hall of Fame.

Please review his extensive, signifi- cant contributions to the field trial sport and cast your positive vote for this deserving candidate.

Capt. Gary Lockee, La Grange, Tenn.


I first met Angelo Lurus 30 plus years ago in South Texas while quail hunt- ing on M. G. Perkins’ lease. There is no better place to get to know some- one while hunting and working dogs together. Dr. Lurus is a doer not a sayer. His hard work and effort brought the AFTCA the 20th Century Fund and later got the Internal Revenue Service to grant the organization 501(c)3 status.

I was honored when Dr. Lurus called and asked me to be one of 39 active field trialers to update and expand the “Guidelines to Field Trials Procedure and Judicial Practice”, which is still in use today.

Dr. Lurus was instrumental in getting the Dog Retrieval System passed by the board of trustees, thus helping save the lives of many dogs.

Please vote for Dr. Angelo Lurus who has promoted and supported our sport of field trials for over 50 years.

Dale E. Bush, College Station, Tex.



The biographical and statistical information on Gordon Hazlewood has already been stated by others far more eloquent and capable than me. My view is a more personal one of the “legend”.

I first met Gordon in Western Oklahoma where I was working dogs with another “legend”, Butch Gerke. This was Butch’s last year of training for the public as he was taking his talents to a private owner.

As spring rolled around and I was looking to give a promising youngster some exposure to wild birds, I contacted Butch and he recommended Gordon enthusiastically. He said, “He has the best hands on a young dog (other than me) than anyone I can think of.”

I contacted Gordon and we have been friends and he has been working my dogs since. This has been since the late 1990s. Gordon gets the job done; he can read a dog and train accordingly. He does not train at the coffee shop. He is up early either roading dogs, gathering horses, dogs, gear, etc. and leaving by 7:00 a. m., working until early after- noon. Later in the day he check-cords young dogs along the game filled roads. This is done week in and week out. After feed up, tea time begins and as the saying goes, “the b--- s--- starts”.

Gordon has total recall. He has been doing this for over 50 years and there is no end to the folklore of bird dogs, own- ers, handlers, wins, losses, controversies and all the rest. He is truly a competitive dedicated trainer and is a great asset to this wonderful sport of ours.

I am proud to be his friend, and I ask you to consider voting for this very worthy candidate for the Hall of Fame.

Other friends who also support Gordon’s election to the Hall of Fame are R. L. “Butch” Gerke of Port O’Connor, Tex., Francis Rodriguez of Vacherie, La., and Terry Bouchereau of Donaldsonville, La.

Henry A. Trujillo, Donaldsonville, La.



Other subscribers have reported Terry’s success as an owner and his history of judging trials throughout the United States. His years of administra- tive contribution to field trial organiza- tions like the National Championship Field Trial Committee and the Continental Field Trial Committee also have been noted.

I met Terry at a trial that he was judging in California. Our common interest in canine sports medicine and reproduc- tive issues in dogs was apparent. It became evident that not only did Dr. Terlep freely share his expertise, he would also help plan and arrange treat- ments that often would be difficult to know about let alone get done. He did this and continues to generously help the field trial community in this manner.

His continuing generosity and friend- ship certainly have positively impacted my own field trial career. The recogni- tion for his years of service to field trials and trialers is long overdue. This wonderful person gets my vote.

Sheldon Twerk, Oakdale, Cal.



Other people have covered the success and championship accom- plishments that Torben Hansen has achieved with his dogs, so I would like to speak on his high character, integrity and generosity.

I met Torben in the mid 1980s at a field trial in Northern Nevada. I have worked at his side, holding field trials and have judged both weekend and championship events the last 20 years. He always conducts himself with great integrity and character when judging. He has a great understanding of the dogs and is always looking to put up the best dog, which I have always respected and appreciated.

Torben has been generous with his time and money, often giving large sums to better the sport of field trials. He shared his generosity and knowledge with everyone, including myself. Torben has impacted field trials by his actions both regionally and nationally.

Please join me in casting a vote for this highly qualified and deserving individual for the Hall of Fame.

Jerry Walton, Reno, Nev.


Torben's involvement with bird dogs began as a youngster, quail and pheasant hunting with his dad. By the 1970s he was competing and winning in AKC field trials and for several years was president of the German Shorthair Club of Northern Sacramento Valley. He was hooked and soon after moved to American Field trials where he com- peted and won with his English pointers.

Torben was not only active as a han- dler but threw himself wholeheartedly into the day-to-day running of field trials and clubs. For over three decades he has served as an active officer of several clubs and for many years as president of the Northern California and Bay Area Bird Dog Clubs. He passed the reins of the Northern California Bird Dog Club to us so he could concentrate on the Western Open Championships, jewels in the crown of western field trials. Ever since, he has been the driving force behind the success of those trials.

Aside from volunteering countless hours in support of various field trial activities, Torben generously donated his own money in support of field trials, easing the burden for many clubs.

Torben has served Region 11 as an officer and as president and for 19 years as AFTCA trustee. From 2015-2017 he was AFTCA president. Torben chaired the committee to have the new website created. He saw the need for other point- ing dog breeds competing in American Field amateur stakes to get representa- tion at the AFTCA. For five years he served on the Purina Committee.

Torben has been sought out to judge major trials across the U. S. and Canada through his reputation as a knowledge- able and fair dog man. Among many others, he has judged the Western Open Shooting Dog and All-Age Champi- onships, National Amateur Chukar and Quail Championships, Quail Invitational Championship, Continental Champi- onship, Florida Championship and most major Canadian prairie championships.

Torben’s dogs that he’s trained and handled have won over 100 champi- onship placements. He has always taken the time to share what he has learned about training and handling field trial dogs with others. He has had a positive influence by encouraging so many people to become actively involved in field trials to keep this sport healthy and growing. Members of our clubs who were mentored by Torben have gone on to win with their dogs and are encourag- ing others as Torben did for them.

Torben’s contributions to field trials are exemplary. His love and passion for our sport is unsurpassed. He did it all, not for money or praise, but solely for his love and passion for the sport which is what the Field Trial Hall of Fame is all about.

We hope you will vote for Torben Hansen and honor him for all he has done. He deserves this recognition. Thank you for your consideration.

Paul & Wanda Wells, Wilton, Cal.


I would like to lend my support to a very worthy candidate for the Hall of Fame. Many of Torben Hansen’s contri- butions to the sport and the people involved have been chronicled by others who know Torben on a more daily basis than myself.

Two particular times spent with Tor- ben come to my mind when contemplat- ing his worthiness to be in the Hall of Fame. Nearly 20 years ago we invited Torben to judge our Southeastern Quail Championship. I was wondering how this would work out for a “western guy” evaluating a dog in the piney woods of Georgia. It was soon evident that this man understood bird dogs and had a high and unwavering standard of performance without partiality to handler or breed.

A few years ago I was invited by my friend Dr. Ron Deal to judge one of the prairie championships. When apprised that I would be judging with Torben I gladly accepted. What I had observed several years earlier I found to be very true. Torben knew the standard, was keen of eye, direct but even handed in dealing with others and without bias or favoritism.

Much has been written and discussed all through the years of this sport con- cerning judging and the need for indi- viduals knowledgeable of bird dogs and the game they pursue who will render decisions without favoritism. Torben Hansen is such a man.

Lamar Childers, Cleveland, Ga.



I read again the requirements or qualifications for a person to be considered for the Field Trial Hall of Fame. The AMERICAN FIELD stated in the May 5, 2018 issue the following: “Insofar as Persons to be considered for Hall of Fame recognition, as noted, contributions to the field trial pastime are para- mount — as club official, judge, field trial correspondent, owner, handler, patron of the sport, and usually a com- bination of these important facets, and over a goodly length of time. In short: Is the sport better for having this Person involved?”

I ask you to keep the above in mind as you cast your ballots this year and con- sider Fred Rayl for those votes. Fred has been involved in the field trial sport all of his life. He has won 49 major all-age championships and 72 runners-up from the prairies of Canada to the sand hills of Florida. Fred has been responsible for raising and training some of the most famous and lasting bloodlines in the sport. Evolution, Endurance, Fiddler, Fiddler’s Pride, Builder’s Addition, Heritage’s Premonition, to name a few that are still looked for in a pedigree when planning a breeding. Fred has judged numerous times when called upon. Fred patronizes local and major trials and is there for support when his owners run their dogs in amateur stakes.

Therefore I submit that Fred Rayl meets most, if not all, of the above requirements for election to the Hall of Fame. Is this sport better for having this person involved? My answer is yes. Please join me in voting for Fred Rayl.

Don Price, Bryceville, Fla.


Fred Rail grew up in the small town of Fitzgerald, Ga. He attended school at Ashton Elementary, on the eastern side of the county, while I attended Lynwood Elementary in the central section of the county. Therefore, I really didn’t know Fred until high school, where he was a year ahead of me. However, I knew of the Rayl family because of their horses. My brother-in- law, Norman Ethridge, bought a beauti- ful black, high-stepping horse from their string that wasn’t working as a dog horse. It wasn’t until then that I learned their use of the horses for handling the dogs. I had a horse as well back then, and frequently saw Fred’s dad, Mr. Bill, in Garrison’s Feed Store downtown.

Many years passed before our paths crossed again, but in 2001 I met Buck and was introduced to the sport of field trialing. On one of our earliest outings to Dixie Plantation, I found someone that I knew from the past, Fred Rayl.

Fred had not changed since I last saw him in 1971. He was still the same humble, hardworking man. Buck and Fred became friends and soon he was helping us with our first dogs. He gen- erously shared his gift for training dogs and their handlers. It was clear that he had forgotten more than we would ever know. To this day, I can hear him telling us to “call on the dog early, before he has a chance to commit to going the wrong way.”

In the last six years, we have had the pleasure of going to Montana and sharing dog camp life with Fred. He has been an immeasurable help to us, teach- ing us again how to train on the prairie with pheasant, sharptail grouse and Hungarian partridge. We have personally seen the time and effort he gives to each dog on his string at summer camp.

His love of the sport, the horses, the dogs and his family are without question. When I read of all of his accomplishments, including 49 all-age championships, it is difficult to reconcile this with the man we know. He never boasts about his remarkable record, although he does talk about the great dogs he has enjoyed over the years.

Fred is always happy to step up and put on his judge’s hat, whether it’s a weekend trial or a major championship. One thing is certain, when he is in the judicial role your dog will have his attention. He still has the eagle eye that can detect misbehavior from afar, but the wisdom to continue to watch closely to verify. He looks for the positives in both dogs and their handlers, not for reasons to disqualify. His gift for encouragement extends to all, not to just his clients. It is individuals like Fred who create growth in our sport.

For all of these reasons, Buck and I hope you will cast your ballot for Fred Rayl.

Lynn & Buck Heard, Moultrie, Ga.


For many years we read about Fred Rayl and his dad, Bill, and their many champion dogs they trained and showed. The Rayls won many champi- onships and had five champion dogs elected to the Field Trial Hall of Fame.

We were very excited to meet Fred when he judged the Ga-Lina Amateur Shooting Dog Classic. Sammy helped marshal the trial daily and was fortunate to be able to ride with Fred and gain so much knowledge about dogs and field trialing. Sammy learned then the true definition of “a real dog man”.

Fred has dedicated his life to the field trial sport both as trainer, handler and judge. He has written articles to help all of us learn and has always been willing to lend a helping hand to those of us wanting to learn. Fred has a passion and devotion for training bird dogs and the sport of field trialing.

Join us in casting your vote for Fred Rayl for the Field Trial Hall of Fame.

Sammy & Nida Giddens, Faison, N. C.



I would like to ask all voters to seriously consider Dean Lord and Fred Rayl for the 2018 Hall of Fame.

I have known and competed against both men throughout my career as a trainer and handler. Both have had a significant impact on the sport of field trials and are very deserving of this prestigious honor.

Bill Holmes, Pike Road, Ala.



I was at a trial in Hoffman, N. C., approximately 10 years ago and while walking by one of the trailers I saw a nice looking white and liver pointer that drew my attention so I asked whose dog it was. The person told me it was John Ivester’s White’s Solid Reward. I knew of John but had never personally met him so while riding in the gallery I looked him up and introduced myself. I asked him about Pete’s breeding and he went on to tell me all about (White’s Solid Reward) Pete.

I had a bitch out of my Quailcross Millie which on the bottom side was direct out of Redemption’s Reward/ Evolution and an Addition’s Lou bitch. I asked John if he would be interested in breeding Pete to my bitch. John, being the amiable guy he is, said sure. John Ivester did this for one reason and that was to help improve the sport of field trialing.

John has many accomplishments in his tenure of field trialing in the last 46 years including breeding, serving as officer of organizations, judging, win- ning championships with many different dogs. He has allowed people from the North to the South to come run at trials on his beautiful Sawtooth Plantation which is one of the finest venues that I have been privileged to run dogs on in my field trial career.

The South Carolina Field Trial Asso- ciation was in desperate need of grounds to run trials or possibly having to cancel trials so John Ivester was approached about running these trials on Sawtooth Plantation. John has opened his Saw- tooth Plantation up to the Association of South Carolina to run three Purina and Invitational points trials every year at no cost to the clubs and provides lodging for the judges and club members if avail- able. These trials draw participants from as far as New York and Georgia to run their dogs on John Ivester’s Sawtooth Plantation. John has put in many hours of hard work and everything he has done is on his dollar and he provides this beautiful place to all us who have a passion for bird dogs and field trials.

Thank you, John Ivester, for what you do for our sport of field trialing. What John has accomplished and provided for our field trial fraternity is certainly most deserving of him being elected into the Hall of Fame.

Please join me in supporting John Ivester for a well-deserved honor for Hall of Fame.

Tim Ruff President, South Carolina FTA



I would like to tell a story about Dean Lord. It happened at Green River, Ill., many years ago. Probably around 1974- 75. My partner and I had a pretty nice “Gunsmoke” pointer entered in the Shooting Dog Championship. My part- ner came up sick, and I had to fumble my way around the course for an hour. Of course now I had no scout, and took the dog to the line. I got off my horse, just a skinny young kid, poor as a church mouse, got my dog, and led it to the line. Someone asked if I had any help, but not being a member of the “club” no one offered. After what seemed like an eternity, Dean Lord got off his horse, walked up, put his lead on the dog, and said something like, “Lets go win this thing.”

We didn’t win, but not for lack of a great scout, and some great encourage- ment. But what that man did for me, a complete nobody, obviously too poor to put a dog with a pro, put Dean on a higher plane than all those others. We became friends, and his wisdom helped to formulate many of my ideals about what trials are really all about.

I will be voting for Dean for the Hall of Fame, and hope enough of you do also to put him where he has long belonged. Thank you.

C. W. (Bud) Moore Toronto, Kan.


A few experiences I had with Mr. Dean Lord and his natural ability to handle a bird dog are recounted here.

We both turned pro in the early 1960s and Dean soon went into field trial dogs which were winning from the get-go. I have a lot of prairie country to work dogs and got so busy I seldom could take off to run a dog or two in a trial.

When off on the road my dog cus- tomers were not getting the work they were paying for.

The first time I saw Dean was down near Abilene, Tex., and he and his dogs were very impressive, to say the least. He ran a great Commander setter dog and I’ll never forget how he covered that tough country. I think the dog was Commander’s Red Rocket. We became friends and I told him that up in my prairie country I had some dogs that I

would lose now and then. He said he never had that problem. Down in that San Saba area, it’s just sand burrs, prickly pair thorn bushes, barbs and stickers on everything. Dean said he’d just take them out and saw ’em off.

In The AMERICAN FIELD years ago, Mrs. Karoleigh Nitchman wrote a ques- tion to handlers about what to do if you have a really nice dog but he flags on point. Handlers from all over the country wrote lengthy answers in regard to Mrs. Nitchman’s question. Dean’s answer: “Get another dog.”

Back in the middle 1960s Mr. Floyd Amsden from Wichita came to my house and wanted to give me a three-month- old pointer pup. He said he wanted to see what I could do with a really well- bred pup. Kind of hurt my feelings, but I went ahead and took the pup as Floyd had me working a couple setters. This pup was out of a litter of seven and I believe any one of them would have made an excellent field trial dog. I worked five of them including Plum Thickett Sam for Amsden. Easy Mark was the dog Floyd gave me and Sam was later given to Oscar Brewer from Kansas City. I bought a litter female they had lost out this way that was actually better than Mark or Sam and proved it on occasion.

Later I sold Mark to Manuel Casado and he ran Mark in amateur trials on weekends. We had a Bickle bus driver that would stop, pick up Mark, deliver him to Manuel’s kennel, then pick him up and bring him back to work. Mark won or placed in every trial, which was about eight or nine. I told Manuel about Dean Lord and the rest is history. I later talked Oscar Brewer into letting Dean run him in a few trials. Oscar flew me and Sam down to San Saba to go over handling.

Years keep slipping by and I’ve seen some very good handlers. Delbert Clancy of Lake Dallas, Tex., was a great setter handler. Bill Hunt was a handler who was hard to beat with his way with bird dogs. How about Bud Daugherty, Bud Epperson and Hoyle Eaton? With- out a doubt, Dean Lord was as good as I’ve seen and should be in the Hall of Fame.

Also, Easy Mark, with his 54 wins in just over two years running on the open circuit. No puppy and one Derby win. Trials back then were run on wild birds only. Still, the only dog to win the National Open Shooting Dog Champi- onship twice back to back and he only ran twice. Read about it in the History of the National Open Shooting Dog Championship. Three-time champion top Oklahoma dog and ran three hours in the National at Ames and some thought he won it. Out birded the field. He was sold to Japan in his prime and the last we ever heard of him.

DON GERSTNER Medicine Lodge, Kan.


I met Dean Lord some years ago at the Canadian, Tex., field trial. He was always a gentleman, well mannered and friendly to everyone.

Dean’s record speaks for his unusual ability to trial dogs. His dogs were always polished around their game and he was hard to beat. Regardless of who won the trial he was always in the picture. He was a real gentleman, even in defeat. He was as good as it gets.

Dean Lord belongs in the Field Trial Hall of Fame.

Charles W. Taylor, Woodward, Okla.


Before I met Dean Lord he was described to me as a legendary dog handler. My information back then was all by word-of-mouth or provided by The AMERICAN FIELD. One most highly notable description of Dean was pro- vided to me by the late great Bob Wehle.

Today, I can say I have spent a con- siderable amount of time with Dean and all those descriptions of him have been on point. Dean and I spent a few summers together at his Bowman, N. D., training grounds. That is where I witnessed all the magic I had heard about decades earlier. This was an off- the-charts method to handle a running, hunting dog I’ve never seen from anyone else. Many of those dogs were his cross of Blackhawk and Elhew Katie Lee, which I owned. One of them was Ch. Blackhawk Wylie.

At camp Dean was up at 3:30 a. m. every day of the week to start work. I carried the feed pans that Dean filled precisely for each individual dog’s needs. I would later scoop pens. Dean would always do a walk through to make sure I was doing this right even though I was a practicing veterinarian of twenty years. I was not offended and was happy that he cared enough to do it that way. We would then load the dogs for that morning. He made the dog training look too easy — he never, ever laid a heavy hand on a dog and those dogs loved him. I had always wanted to shoot birds until he told me one day, “A bird is of no use to a dog after it’s dead.” Since then I have trouble pulling the trigger on the bobwhite.

Dean spoke volumes without ever saying a word. He treated everyone around him with dignity and made me feel ten feet tall to walk with him. The

only time I’ve ever known Dean to be late is getting inducted into the Field Trial Hall of Fame. Please cast your vote for this highly deserving candidate. Thank you.

Phil Maloley Matador, Tex.


I would like to nominate Dean Lord for the Field Trial Hall of Fame.

In the early 1970s before being hired by King Ranch Inc. to work alongside Walter Sandifer training their dogs, I was employed by Ernest Allen of Malakoff, Tex.

At that time a trial wasn’t over until Dean ran his last entry. One of my proudest memories is of the time Ernest and Ed Butler decided to have me handle Ed’s dog, Jake Waller, in the Derby Stake. Normally I scouted but for some unknown reason they decided to have me handle and Ed scout. I was braced with Dean and needless to say I was nervous as hell. It was pouring down rain but Jake ran a tremendous race and we took first place.

When John Criswell announced the judges’ decision I was grinning from ear to ear. I had beat Dean Lord! It was my only placement in my short career work- ing for the public. I can still see the entire race in my mind. The reason it stays with me so vividly is because of who I was braced with and who I beat. Of course, it was Jake who did the winning but I was the handler of record. As I said before, it was one of my proud- est moments.

Please support Dean Lord for the Field Trial Hall of Fame. He certainly deserves it.

Richard T. (Tom) Reid, Leawood, Kan.


For those of you who are voting this year for the Field Trial Hall of Fame, I would like to ask you to vote for my good friend, Dean Lord.

Dean was always a strong contender in field trials and won numerous shoot- ing dog championships, including the All-America Shooting Dog Champi- onship that he won with my dog Razor.

When I turned pro, Dean helped me by sending me Derby prospects to train and providing me champion studs to breed to in my breeding program. He is a kind man, tough competitor, and always a gentleman.

Dean was voted into the Texas Field Trial Hall of Fame and he should be honored again! Please vote for him.

Dan Hendrickson, Abilene, Tex.


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