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Endorsements for Favorite Candidates

Field Trial Hall of Fame

Official Nomination Ballots Carried in Next Two Issues
Jun 20, 2019
Grid Iron

Similar to past seasons, a six-week period was set aside for readers to submit written endorsements for candidates they deem deserving of Field Trial Hall of Fame honors. That time frame is drawing to a close. The next two issues (dated June 29 and July 6-13) will carry the official nomination ballot which readers may use to vote for two Dogs and two Persons for Hall of Fame recognition.

When voting for Dogs, the canine candidate must be deceased. Two facets should be taken into consideration — not just numbers, but the quality of their win record and their contributions as sire or dam in producing winning offspring which have gone on to improve the pointing dog breeds.

As has been noted earlier, in rare instances a Dog’s win record is so impressive because of its quality so as to compel strong consideration for Hall of Fame election.

For Persons, the criteria is different. First, the Person may be living or deceased, and if living have reached the age of 64. Additionally, what has that Person done for the field trial sport? In short, what contributions has he or she made to make the field trial pastime better? A yardstick of merit might be the question: Is the sport better for having this Person involved with it?

These contributions may take several forms: Club official, judge, owner, breeder, handler, patron of the sport, and usually a combination of these over a goodly length of time.

As the official ballot time approaches, readers are urged to review the contributions of Dogs and Persons so they can vote appropriately for the most deserving candidates.

I am writing to endorse a worthy candidate for the Field Trial Hall of Fame. Grid Iron’s record as a performer speaks for itself, but his legacy as a producer continues to grow. He was an asset to our breeding program in the later years. We had bred multiple females to him, multiple times, creating a lot of good “nicks” that continue to show up in the pedigrees of many of today’s winning setters.

Grid Iron produced Barbaro for us which won the National Pheasant Shooting Dog Futurity and went on to become a champion in his own right. Barbaro was full of desire and went on to produce many winners as a stud dog and was sought after by many, for their own breeding programs. In fact, a son of Barbaro, Mobile Strike, was the recipient of this year’s Elwin G. Smith Top Setter Shooting Dog Award.

Join me in supporting Grid Iron, a worthy candidate for the Hall of Fame, as his contribution to English setters and field trials continues to grow.

Harold Ray, Waynesboro, Ga.



I would like to nominate Clinton “Joe” Bush for the Field Trial Hall of Fame.

It’s time to put in a legendary scout! Joe has been working bird dogs for over fifty years, since he was a 14-year-old boy living next door to Harold Ray. Joe started out planting pine trees and doing yard work for Harold and eventually learned how to train dogs on a pigeon line watching Harold.

One day a dog got away while on the pigeon line. Harold threw Joe on Sherry’s scout horse Babe and told him “Go find that dog!” Joe was gone several hours but eventually came back smiling with the dog.

Harold knew Joe wanted to go to Canada so he called Bill Rayl to see if he needed help. That’s how Joe got his start. Strongman was the first champion Joe scouted for Bill. He also scouted Evolution when he won at Hoffman (N.C.) and Builder’s Risk at the Invitational. Most of the championship wins Joe scouted were for dogs that Fred Rayl handled.

Joe scouted Fiddler and Fiddler’s Pride for every championship they won. He scouted Evolution, Builder’s Addition, Heritage’s Premonition, Fiddler’s Bo, Fiddler’s Pride’s Iris, Builder’s Free Boy, Ballentine, Spy Hill Bullett and many more champions.

A book could be written filled with Joe Bush field trial stories.

Here are a couple of quick ones.

The first year Builder’s Addition won the Invitational, they were in the third morning brace, paired with George Clark who told his scout to follow Joe wherever he went. Joe took off at full speed to get to the top of a high hill so he could see where Builder’s Addition was going. When George’s scout caught up to Joe his horse was trembling and fell over dead. George rode over and said, “Get him up, get him up.” The scout hollered back, “The horse is dead, Mr. George.” Floyd Hankins and J. D. Boss told George to go on and handle his dog. He rode off a little way, turned around and said, “Oh, he was such a good horse.” Someone in the gallery lent the scout his horse but told him, “Don’t follow Joe.”

Builder’s Addition won the Invitational that year and was runner-up the next two years.

Fiddler and Fiddler’s Pride won it twice, each retiring the trophy to owner Dan Bonaguidi.

The Invitational was good for the Rayls and Joe. Joe scouted five champions at the Invitational, and multiple runners-up.

Mr. John Pew gave Joe a puppy and said if he amounted to anything he’d buy him back. Joe won multiple Derby stakes with him and then qualified him for the National by winning the Southeastern and a trial at Hoffman.

The next year Joe won the International Pheasant Championship with an entry of over eighty dogs. He ran in the first brace and was named champion with no runner-up. The dog’s name was Meadowbrook Joe.

Joe is the first black man to train, develop, qualify and run a dog in the National. He has developed many dogs that became all-age field champions.

Joe has judged numerous field trials including the Invitational Shooting Dog Championship, the Georgia Shooting Dog Championship, Georgia All-Age Championship and many weekend trials.

Joe didn’t scout only for the Rayls, he scouted for anyone who asked for help. He scouted for Tom Honecker helping to qualify Cedaroak Kate and Cedaroak Bee Sting for the National. Most recently Joe scouted Strut Nation to requalify him for the National.

Joe also worked for Randy Anderson for a few years. Randy called Joe every night the first time he ran at the Invitational asking for advice. Randy won it that year!

Joe Bush has over fifty years of involvement with field trials: scouting, handling, judging and training. Joe will help, give advice and encouragement to anyone who asks. Please support Clinton “Joe” Bush for the Hall of Fame.

Scott Jordan, St. Paul, Minn.



I would like to nominate my brother, Andy Daugherty, for election to the Field Trial Hall of Fame. I am probably a little biased, but I feel he is one of the most deserving candidates to ever be considered for the Hall of Fame.

He made field trialing his career: winning 104 open all-age championships (which is more than any other handler), hosting and judging multiple field trials through the years, and having five of his dogs elected to the Hall of Fame, which to me tells most of the story.

I worked and scouted for him for a few years in the mid-1980s. During that time when I met someone for the first time, almost all of them would think I was his son, which Andy found greatly disturbing and would vigorously set them straight. This turned into a running joke which still gets brought up from time to time.

I learned a lot about sportsmanship from observing Andy. I noticed he would always help the other handlers he was competing against by pointing their dogs out if they failed to see them or making sure what he was doing was not interfering with what they were trying to do. Basically, it gets back to doing the right thing.

I am very proud of my brother and of all his accomplishments. I hope you cast your ballot for him in the upcoming Hall of Fame election.

Patrick Daugherty, Spring Hill, Tenn.


I consider it a great honor and a privilege to nominate Mr. Andy Daugherty for the Field Trial Hall of Fame.

I first met Andy when he was scouting for his father, Bud, at Paducah, Ky. He was a tall strapping young man with an obvious love for bird dogs.

He has carved out a special place in bird dog history; he’s won about everything there is to win, and did so with graciousness and that sure fire winner hard work. You have to know Andy to appreciate his great sense of humor, much like Will Rogers.

One year at the Florida Championship he had a conversation with a judge and Andy was 100% right and let him know in a gentlemanly way, with a touch of humor involved. The many years I went to the rugged Oklahoma Championship we battled it out, but he was always a complete gentleman, and honest to the bone.

The one thing Andy did that has stuck in my mind for many years was again at the Florida Championship. We were working dogs on the grounds Mr. Baker provides for the trainers to work their dogs during the trial. Several trainers I have known do it but it is real work to them. Well, I had worked a brace and pointed 22 coveys and was coming in as Andy was going out. We said good morning and then Andy said, “Dave, isn’t this a lot of fun with all these birds?” Of course, I agreed, but thought to myself — all these years that Andy has worked dogs and still considered it fun, like I did.

This is the kind of man who should be in the Hall of Fame. He deserves it and has earned it. Please vote for Andy.

David Grubb, Lake Orion, Mich.



It is with great pride that I endorse Gordon Hazlewood for the Field Trial Hall of Fame. Gordon’s 82 championship and runner-up wins attest to his training and handling ability. The fact that Gordon’s wins occurred when the stakes were larger and the competition was much stronger adds to the credibility of his accomplishments.

Gordon’s ability to correct problem dogs and break dogs is legendary. I have had the good fortune of training dogs with Gordon the last few years, and have witnessed the confidence and trust he conveys to his dogs. He clearly loves animals, and loves the sport of field trial bird dog competition.

In addition to his handling and training contributions, he has been an impartial knowledgeable judge that has volunteered his help whenever asked. Many a local field trial would have been cancelled due to the lack of judges if Gordon had not stepped up at a moment’s notice.

When Camp Robinson’s bird program was turned over to the local field trial community, Gordon was right there with the group volunteering help, time, money, and auction items to raise money.

Please give your support to Gordon Hazlewood for the Field Trial Hall of Fame. He has been a winner, a judge, a breeder, and a contributor to the field trial community for over 40 years — it would be a well-deserved honor for a man who has lived a field trial life.

John Van Horn, Dardanelle, Ark.



I endorse Fred Rayl for the Hall of Fame, not only for the outstanding win record outlined in the June 1 issue of The American Field, but also for the person that he is and the contribution he has made to the sport of dogs, by way of his conduct.

I have known Fred for 39 years from the time that the Northern States trials were held at Solon Springs, Wis. He has always been willing to help newcomers, club officials, and his fellow competitors.

Fred is a credit to his family and the sport in every way and deserves to join his father in the Hall of Fame.

Doug Reisner, Director, Northern States Field Trial Assn.


I would like to recommend Joe Bush and Fred Rayl for the Field Trial Hall of Fame.

Fellow field trial friends, please join me in supporting these two deserving men for their contributions to our great field trial sport. When you think of Fred, you think of Joe. They were such a special team and have dedicated their lives to our sport. They are, and have been, true contributors and now they need our support.

Please consider these two worthy men when you vote. Thanks for your help.

R. L. (Bob) Napier, Winchester, Ky.



I’M not sure who penned the most essential qualities for a person to be considered as a candidate for the Field Trial Hall of Fame. Emphasis is the most deserving candidate is someone who has given unselfishly for the betterment of the sport.

There is no individual that fits that description more perfectly than Dr. Terry Terlep who has unselfishly served this sport in every capacity. Terry has been a member of numerous clubs hosting field trials throughout the country and currently serves on the board of directors for the Continental and the National Championships.

In every aspect of this sport, from breeding and developing both setters and pointers to judging more than a hundred major championships from the Canadian Prairies to the West Coast to the Deep South, Terry has devoted his life to unselfishly serving this sport. As a practicing veterinarian for many years, Terry may easily have placed his skilled hands on more bird dogs than any veterinarian alive today.

Even though Terry is retired from his daily practice, rarely a day passes that Dr. Terlep is not on the phone for hours, consulting with dog and horse owners and other veterinarians across the country; and always free of charge. There is NO way to measure the many selfless contributions this gentle man has given to this sport and the world of bird dogs. Please consider voting for this man. It is long overdue to elect Dr. Terry Terlep to the Hall of Fame!

Brad Harter, Athens, Ohio


I will make this brief because a man could go on for days about Terry Terlep’s character, support of field trials, his multiple champions and dedication to the sport in every capacity.

What makes me want to support Terry for the Hall of Fame is particularly my personal experiences with him over the last 8-10 years. Terry will always take time to listen, give advice, and help you treat a dog or horse to the utmost of his ability. His years of invaluable experience in veterinary medicine and true dedication and love for the sport have combined to make him a special individual who has not only perpetuated the betterment of the animals but also the people involved in field trialing. By giving in every aspect of his life this truly sets him apart.

Marilyn and Terry Terlep are always willing to open their home to anyone year-round to simply share their love for what we do in all ways possible. I feel like the commercials reference says it best by saying that I don’t nominate often, but when I do, I feel very strongly.

Please give Terry Terlep your utmost support and consideration for the Hall of Fame.

Dr. Fred Corder, Corinth, Miss.

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