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Char-Lee Trial

Associated Field Trial Clubs of Florida

By Don Wood | Jan 02, 2020
Open All-Age Winners. Front (l-r): Jim Goza with Silver’s Rebellious Gator, Justin Muzynski with Holopaw’s Axel and Matt Ford with Silverline’s Storm. Behind: Carol Muzynski, Dave Vernasco, Robert Franks, Paul May, Jim Womack, judge; Scott Ford, judge; Paul Daniel and Beth Brown.

Punta Gorda, Fla. — The Associated Field Trial Clubs of Florida held their Char-Lee trial on the weekend spanning the end of November and the first of December.

The temperature had cooled quite a bit from our trial at the end of October but it was still warm during the middle of the day. Mornings were in the 60s but by mid-day we had shed our light jackets with the mercury in the low 80s.

At our drawing, Friday night, before the drawing, we determine the details of the trial such as when to go out, how many braces to take, when to go out in the afternoon and how many dogs to take.

Birds, birds, birds. Nearly every brace had bird contacts; it was great to see so many coveys moved. They were pointed during the heat of the day as well as in the cool of the morning, and on all courses.

During the early training season we had days when birds were prevalent and other days when it was hard to find a covey. This trial confirmed our belief that the birds are there!

For all of our trials we have large rotating trophies for our winner. At the Char-Lee the Supercells chafing dish is awarded to the winner of the Shooting Dog Stake and the Harry Spratly plaque is awarded to the winner of the All-Age Stake. We are fortunate to have Purina donate dog food for all placements. This is in addition to paying for our ad and donating a few bragging hats for the winners. Thank you Purina!

Judges for this trial were Carol and Justin Muzynski for the Shooting Dog, Jim Womack and Scott Ford for the All-Age, while Matt Ford and Dr. Paul May were the judicial panel for the Derby Stake. All of the decisions were well received. Thank you judges for your time spent in the saddle.

The social side of the trial was not neglected. In fact due to our friend, Robert Franks, we were able to have a great fish fry on Friday night before the drawing.

Robert flew down from Arkansas, bringing fresh-caught catfish. Not only does he bring them but he also cooks them with his special breading. And I’m sure with a secret ingredient or two.

In the past Robert came down to see Debra Hollingsworth and her dogs. Now even with Miss Debbie gone he has continued the tradition. Thank you, Robert.

On Saturday night we had our usual cookout with many special dishes. Justin Muzynski makes a great venison dish for all to enjoy and there were many other dishes prepared by our wonderful ladies. No one went away hungry.

The grounds are dry with every saddle sporting a detergent bottle or two. Most of the shallow ponds still have some water in them. The natural water cools off a dog much better than the water bottles, but there is not always a pond available when you need it.

The temperature ranged from the high 60s into the low 80s, and there was a good dew on the ground which lasted for the first hour.

The Winners

The Open All-Age ran first and the first brace put on a show. Rebellious Gator, owned by Jim Goza and handled by Paul Daniel, was braced with Holopaw’s Axel, owned by Ken and Justin Muzynski. Gator carded his first find at 5 handling a nice covey with good manners. From then on it was true all-age with both dogs for the full 30 minutes. At pickup Axel was found standing just beyond some heavy cover. Another nice piece of work. These two dogs were very close, the judges giving the edge to Gator. Third place was taken by Silverline’s Storm, also owned by Jim Goza and handled by Paul Daniel.

The Open Derby had a small entry of four dogs. Dave Vernasco took first with his young dog Doubledown on Dado. We all asked where he got the name Dado? Dave explained that that was his uncle’s nickname, and it was that uncle who introduced Dave to bird dogs and hunting. Second was taken by Mack, owned and handled by Justin Muzynski.

Fourteen dogs came to the line for the Open Shooting Dog starting Sunday morning. Funseeker’s Texas Preacher, owned and handled by Don Wood, took the blue. Preacher ran in the fourth brace had a nice find at 20 and was found standing by the judge at pickup. Second was garnished by Myakka Freddie Freeloader and his handler Beth Brown. Freddie ran in the third brace nailing his birds at the halfway mark. Third place was taken by Matt’s Big Orange Banche, owned and handled by Matt Ford.

Punta Gorda, Fla., November 30

Judges: Scott Ford and Jim Womack

OPEN ALL-AGE — 8 Pointers

1st—SILVER’S REBELLIOUS GATOR, 1625002, male, by Daniel’s Southern Cross—Silverline Serious. James O. Goza, owner; Paul Daniel, handler.

2d—HOLOPAW’S AXEL, 1629911, male, by Holopaw’s Spike—Jerry’s Elhew Rosie. Ken & Justin Muzynski, owners; Justin Muzynski, handler.

3d—SILVERLINE’S STORM, 1625004, male, by Daniel’s Southern Cross—Silverline Serious. James O. Goza, owner; Paul Daniel, handler.

Judges: Matt Ford and Paul May

OPEN DERBY — 2 Pointers and 2 Setters

1st—DOUBLEDOWN ON DADO, 1685979, pointer male, by Erin’s Tin Soldier—Erin’s Margarita. David Vernasco, owner and handler.

2d—MACK, unreg., male, breeding not given. Justin Muzynski, handler.

Judges: Carol Muzynski and Justin Muzynski

OPEN SHOOTING DOG — 11 Pointers, 2 Setters and 1 Brittany

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

2d—MYAKKA FREDDIE FREELOADER, 1654682, pointer male, by Funseeker’s Rebel Tex—Nacho Myakka Miley. Beth Brown, owner and handler.

3d—MATT’S BIG ORANGE BANCHE, 1644111, pointer male, by Lester’s Snowatch—Mississippi Kite. Matt Ford, owner and handler.

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