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Field Trial Hall of Fame

Official Nomination Ballot Carried in This Issue
Jun 27, 2019
Gordon Hazlewood

The second phase of the Field Trial Hall of Fame process has arrived — official nomination voting. This issue carries the first of two official nomination ballots and is found between pages 12 and 13.

The ballot affords readers the opportunity to vote for two candidates in each of the two categories — Dogs and Persons — for Hall of Fame recognition.

When voting for Dogs, the canine candidate must be deceased. Two facets are to be considered — the Dog’s win records, not just quantity but the quality of the wins, and the contribution of that Dog as sire or dam in producing winning offspring which have gone on to improve the pointing dog breeds.

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

For Persons, the criteria, the standard, 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 betterment of the field trial sport? In short, what contributions has he or she made to make the field trial pastime better?

The question could be asked: Is the sport better for having this Person involved with it?

Contributions to the field trial pastime 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.

Now that the official nomination ballot is available, readers are urged to review the contributions of Dogs and Persons so they can vote appropriately for the most deserving candidates.

Please note: Election to the Field Trial Hall of Fame is a permanent honor and those elected need not be nominated again. See the roster of the Hall of Fame honorees on page 5 for reference.

When all the official ballots have been received and counted by the July 22 deadline date, the names of the leading candidates — Dogs and Persons — will be sent to the members of the Election Committee who are entrusted with voting for the most deserving nominees for Hall of Fame membership.

Occasionally there is the query: Why two official ballots? Such has been the case since the first nominating process was initiated in 1954, with the assumption that there is more than one person in a household desirous of voting and thus the additional ballot is made available. The second official nomination ballot will appear in the combined July 6-July 13 issue.



The Field Trial Hall of Fame was put in place years ago to honor and recognize people who have excelled and contributed to our great sport, such as shooting dog professional trainer and handler Gordon Hazlewood. There is no one who has excelled or contributed more to our sport than this fine gentleman.

Gordon is a young man of 82 years who has made field trialing his passion, purpose, and life’s work. Those who love this sport should be duty-bound to understand and appreciate his sacrifice and labor to build his life around developing and promoting quality bird dogs to 88 championship wins for owners over the last fifty years. He has been a primary factor in the continuation of our sport and the exceeding class standard of the competition bird dog.

Most all field trialers, and especially so west of the Mississippi, have benefited or been influenced by Gordon’s training, campaigning, trial management, judging, mentoring, counsel, friendship or some other important way. From handling class dogs to wins in major championships, the National Shooting Dog, multiple times, the Invitational Championship, multiple times, and many others, to providing trophy belt buckles to trial winners, to ensuring a successful bird release management program for public users, to lending a stranger a horse, he has done it all, and we are grateful.

Gordon is a master at recognizing and developing young talent. He has spent countless summers in North Dakota, and untold hours in the saddle putting in the work needed while developing his skill to perfection. He does his own breaking and training and has the justifiable win record of proof.

There is a distinct difference between work and life’s work and the fact of the matter is that those who work for a living may not be doing what they love, but those that are doing what they love may be giving up on higher career pursuits, life leisures and comforts. Too, they may be paving the difficult way and ability for others to enjoy the pleasures to participate and build our passion and love for this beloved sport. That is what he did for us. And he is not stopping. Gordon is still training dogs and judging trials. He is an active participant in the bird work program at Camp Robinson. He is still mentoring and encouraging and influencing.

By any standard that you measure the worthiness of a member of the Hall of Fame, Gordon Hazlewood meets that standard. Let’s give Gordon the respect and recognition he has earned through his dedication, accomplishments and contributions to our great sport. Please vote for Gordon Hazlewood for the Field Trial Hall of Fame.

Joyce & Johnny Taylor, Paron, Ark.


It is time that Gordon Hazlewood made it into the Hall! I spent time  with Gordon also when he worked for Bill Westfall and he has done everything to qualify for the Hall.

He has trained, judged, put on trials, and helped a lot of young handlers get started. Most of the information has been written about Gordon, so don’t think twice about it, just vote for Andy Daugherty and Gordon Hazlewood!

Garvin Collins, Liberty, Mo.


My brother Brad and I  commented to each other recently on how amazing it is that several years after Grid Iron’s death, so many people still make inquiries on whether or not we have anything available with Grid Iron close up because they are looking to get some of that blood.

This caused us to start paying a little closer attention to setters that were placing in championships and major trials across the country, in all venues.  Indeed, we noticed that many of today’s setters winning major trials are either sired by sons of Grid Iron, or are out of Grid Iron’s daughters, or have him close up in their pedigrees. Again, this is in all types of trials; all-age, horseback shooting dog, walking quail trials, and cover dog trials.

Grid Iron tallied fourteen championship and six classic titles and his legacy lives on through his blood and the blood of his sons and daughters and grandchildren, leaving his mark on the English setter breed and on field trials by being a prepotent sire and passing on his trademark style on the ground, character around game, and intelligence that made him, himself, such a great performer.

We decided that we wouldn’t be doing this dog any justice if we didn’t campaign to have him receive the recognition that he deserves. That being said, please consider Ch. Grid Iron, a worthy candidate, when casting your ballots this year.

Bill Bonnetti, Marstons Mills, Mass.



Other subscribers have reported his success as an owner and his history of judging trials throughout the United States. His years of administrative contribution to field trial organizations like the National Championship  and the Continental Championships also have been noted.

I met Terry at a trial that he was judging in California. Our common interest in canine sports medicine and reproductive 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 treatments 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 friendship certainly have positively impacted my own field trial career. The recognition for his years of service to field trials and trialers is long overdue; this wonderful person gets my vote.

Sheldon Twer, Oakdale, Cal.



It is a true honor to nominate Fred Rayl for induction into the Hall of Fame. Fred qualifies as a professional handler, scout, breeder, judge and mentor to many young professional and amateur handlers.

Fred was raised in the world of professional handlers. His father, Bill Rayl (HOF), taught Fred and instilled a work ethic second to none.

I have known the Rayl family over forty years and especially remember a night in Pensacola, Fla., listening to Mr. Bill’s stories.

Four years ago as I neared retirement I decided to re-enter all-age competition. Fred has come to my family farm in Milton, Fla., several weeks a year to work dogs and help me with my young dogs. These dogs are close descendants from Builder’s Addition (HOF) and Fiddler (HOF). I can assure anyone who places a dog with Fred that they get their money’s worth.

Bird dog training is daylight to dark every day. Fred has helped several gun dog clubs at the farm by volunteering his expertise on steadying, handling, and backing. These lessons have greatly improved these dogs’ performances in competition.

Fred Rayl has competed against Hall of Fame legends, persons and dogs, and more than held his own.

Forty-nine open championships, over seventy runner-up championships and only Fred knows how many open wins.

The dogs Fred competed with he developed from his and his father’s lines. Strongman, Builder’s Risk, Builder’s Addition, Fiddler, Fiddler’s Pride and Evolution. These dogs represent a significant contribution to the pointer bloodlines.

Fred’s devotion to his father is well known. In the 1980 National Championship he wanted his dad to win before he did. Fred scouted his dog Builder’s Addition, Mr. Rayl handled and won.

Fred won the National Championship in 1982 with Heritage’s Premonition with Mr. Rayl scouting.

Fred Rayl belongs in the Hall of Fame. He has earned his place among the honorees as a trainer, handler, scout, judge, mentor and friend to many.

Jim Spencer, Milton, Fla.


Well folks, it’s that time of year again and we have two candidates for the Hall of Fame. Both are professional trainers who have given their lives to bird dogs.

Andy Daugherty and Fred Rayl have both been involved with bird dogs and field trials since their diaper days. I’m not going into all of their achievements because if you’ve got a ballot you already know their accomplishments.

The Hall of Fame is for these kind of individuals for they certainly exceed the requirements.

So cast your votes for Andy and Fred. Enough said.

Robin Gates, Leesburg, Ga.



Andy Daugherty should be in the Hall of Fame as he has given his life to field trialing. He has the most open championship wins (104), qualified and run in more National Championships than anybody — 38 straight, 107 braces, with 37 different dogs!

This year will be his 52nd trip to his same training grounds in Canada. I spend time with Andy and Bill Westfall at Westfall’s Mandalay Plantation in Georgia and Florida and know how hard he works to keep winning.

Let’s vote for him to be in the Hall of Fame alongside his dad, Bud Daugherty, his dogs, Barshoe Buzzsaw, Barshoe Brute, Lehar’s Main Tech, Bear Creek Bess and House’s Snake Bite.

Garvin Collins, Liberty, Mo.


I would like to lend my support on behalf of Andy Daugherty for the Field Trial Hall of Fame.

Certainly his championship record should be reason enough. I believe his exceptional scouting ability played a large part for his father Bud to amass the record he did to get him elected to the Hall of Fame.

But lastly and perhaps most importantly, wherever Bud and later Andy established their kennel their training grounds became premier field trial grounds, from Fort Riley, Kan., to Grovespring, Mo., thus benefitting the field trial community as a whole.

If anyone deserves to be elected to the Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility it’s Andy Daugherty.

Richard T. (Tom) Reid, Leawood, Kan.


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