American Field

Members Memorial Trial

Associated Field Trial Clubs of Florida

By Don Wood | Jan 04, 2018

Punta Gorda, Fla. — The Associated Field Trial Clubs of Florida held their first trial of the 2017-18 season on October 21-22. As has been our tradition, the first trial of the year was chaired by Debra Hollingsworth. Because of illness Debra was not as active in the organizing this year as she has been in the past; however, members stepped up to the plate and filled in the gaps. We are very pleased to have Purina sponsor our trials again this year. There was a generous amount of dog food for the winners of each stake. Thank you Purina!

Special thanks go to our members who served as judges. Dave Vernasco and Beth Brown handled the All-Age duties, Justin and Carol Muzynski judged the Shooting Dog, while the father and son team of Scott and Matt Ford judged the Derby. This was Matt’s first judging assignment and it was not an easy stake to judge. Thank you for the time spent in the saddle. All of the decisions were well received.

The grounds had dried up a great deal since Irma went through a few weeks earlier and the handlers all carried water during Saturday’s running. The forecast was for rain, heavy at times, for Saturday afternoon and the decision was made to delay running. It turned out to be a wise move as the grounds Sunday morning looked completely different with hardly a dry spot of ground. The large amount of water made it difficult for the dog wagon and was hard on the dogs and horses, but the bird count was better with several coveys pointed or ridden up. The other benefit from the storm was that the temperature remained cool for a Florida October, temperatures staying below the 80° mark.

We have been concerned about the bird count for this year. The spring was very dry with no rain until mid June. Then within a matter of a few days we had several inches of rain making the ground too wet for the quail to nest and hatch young. The bird count is down but several dogs had bird contacts. Several members of our local Quail Forever chapter assist the Game Department doing a quail count. These numbers determine the relative number of bird from one year to the next. These numbers will give us a more accurate measure of the population.

As always we enjoyed a great cookout on Saturday night with the grill producing many tasty fares and the ladies providing side dishes to ensure that no one went away hungry. Our cookout is only possible because of the ladies, even some of the ladies who were not able to make the trial sent their speciality dish with careful instructions for cooking. Thank you ladies for your effort.

The Winners

The Open All-Age started the running with Jim Goza’s young dog Rock earning the blue ribbon. Rock showed a true all-age race, always looking in the right spots. Second  was Buddy, also owned by Jim Goza. Buddy was able to score on birds at 25. Placed third was Axel, owned and handled by Justin Muzynski.

Because of the forecast the running was delayed until Sunday morning. The difference in the grounds was extreme. On Saturday many handlers carried water and used the water to cool their dogs. On Sunday there was water in all of the roads and it was hard to find a dry spot to get off your horse.

Awarded first in the Open Shooting Dog was Hey Jude, Petie Brown handling. Jude had a single find just past Widden Road. The find took many relocations and much flushing effort from Petie. Second was Rumel’s By Golly Ollie, a fine young dog owned by Carl Checklick. One of the alert gallery member was able to get the action photo of Ollie backing the third place dog Daniel’s Queen Bee, owned and handled by Paul Daniel.

The Derby had several strong contenders. First place was taken by Funseeker’s Texas Preacher, owned and handled by Don Wood. Preacher ran to the front with several all-age moves. Time Shifter, Beth Brown’s Guard Rail, yes Guard Rail, puppy, took second. Cruise and Dave Vernasco took third.

Punta Gorda, Fla., October 21

Judges: Beth Brown and Dave Vernasco

OPEN ALL-AGE — 5 Pointers and 1 Brittany

1st—BAD ROCK SILVER, 1662987, pointer male, by Neely’s Rock and Roll—Caladen’s Suzy Q. Jim Goza, owner; Paul Daniel, handler.

2d—SILVERLINE’S STORM, 1625004, pointer male, by Daniel’s Southern Cross—Silverline Serious. Jim Goza, owner; Paul Daniel, handler.

3d—HOLOPAW’S AXEL, 1629911, pointer male, by Holopaw’s Spike—Jerry’s Elhew Rosie. Justin Muzynski, owner and handler.

Judges: Carol Muzynski and Justin Muzynski

OPEN SHOOTING DOG — 12 Pointers and 1 Setter

1st—MYAKKA HEY JUDE, 1613281, pointer female, by Numark Elhew Windsor—Numark Elhew Cher. Petie Brown, owner and handler.

2d—RUMEL’S BY GOLLY OLLIE, 1663545, pointer male, by Funseeker’s Rebel Tex—Lindley’s Dixie Chick. Carl Checklick & Rocklan Turano, owners; Don Wood, handler.

3d—DANIEL’S QUEEN BEE, 1598638, pointer female, by Calico’s Thrillogy—Calico’s Cajun Babe. Paul & Susan Daniel, owners; Paul Daniel, handler.

Judges: Matt Ford and Scott Ford

OPEN DERBY — 7 Pointers

1st—FUNSEEKER’S TEXAS PREACHER, 1667330, male, by Funseeker’s Rebel Tex—Nacho Myakka Miley. Don Wood, owner and handler.

2d—MYAKKA TIME SHIFTER, 1670324, male, by Guard Rail—Myakka T Marie. Beth Brown, owner and handler.

3d—DOUBLE DOWN CRUISE, 1670311, male, by Funseeker’s Rebel Tex—Nacho Myakka Miley. Dave Vernasco, owner and handler.

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