American Field

Everglades Trial

Associated Field Trial Clubs of Florida

By Don Wood | Feb 10, 2020
Amateur Shooting Dog Winners. Front (l-r): Dave Vernasco with Double Down Trumpster, Diane Vernasco with Double Down Cruise and Judge Roger Shelswell. Behind: Judge Vince Feltner, Sharon Wood, Danny and Petie Brown.

Punta Gorda, Fla. — Our Everglades trial has enjoyed the luxury of having an extra day so that we are not pressed for time when running both a one-hour Shooting Dog  and a one-hour All-Age Stake.

For the past few years we have worked on getting our Shooting Dog qualified for Purina points. This year we are proud to fill the requirements and are able to award points to our winner. I always scan The Field when the Purina points are printed and make a quick phone call when a friend has acquired more points.

The three-day format allows us to run three hours in the morning and three  in the afternoon. We normally take a two-hour break at lunch allowing time for a good meal and also for some a short nap.

Because of the way the calendar fell this year, we elected to run the trial Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

The Purina dinner was held Saturday night while our usual cookout was held  Sunday night. The food at the Purina dinner was excellent, with enough leftovers for lunch Sunday. We thank Purina for their support of our sport. We thank them for caring enough to award points and having a big award ceremony for the winners; for assisting the small clubs with help with their ad; for supplying dog food for the winners; and for supplying us with a dog food that allows us to develop a dog to its potential.

Our judges were Roger Shelswell of Ontario, Canada, and Vince Feltner of Punta Gorda, Fla. Roger judges many of the championship stakes that are run in the far north and when he comes south for a little warmth we often ask him to judge a trial or two. Vince has trained many dogs in northern Indiana and has retired to our area. The decisions were well received.

This year our bird population has been good. Most braces had opportunity to score on birds with some dogs handling the wily critters well, while others were out-foxed by the quail. Shooting Dog winner Double Down Trumpster handled his opportunity very well, trailing the birds through 75 yards of dense palmetto and pinning them on the far side.

Weather for the three days was consistent, temperatures staying on the cool side of 80°, and a heavy dew in the morning. A light rain surprised our first brace Saturday afternoon, but overcast skies and reasonable temperatures prevailed for most of the trial.


In the Amateur Shooting Dog Saturday morning, Dave Vernasco quickly found himself in the “cat bird” seat having had good performances from both Double Down Trumpster and Double Down Cruise. Several dogs pressed but were taken out by unproductives,  being left on point, lost with only minutes to go, and the many other maladies that can occur when competing. Third place was Luke’s Gospel Truth, owned by Jim and Mary Ann Womack and handled by Jim. Jim and Luke got caught in the surprise shower Saturday afternoon but still impressed with his style.

In the Open All-Age, Bart Goodson’s Redhills Rose was awarded first. Rose is very classy female as she rolls through the country. Second Jim Goza’s Silverline’s Storm which had a single find at 20. All other contenders eliminated themselves from contention. No third place was named.

In the Open Derby, Winfield Hank and Greg Poole took top honors. Greg tells the story of how he purchased Hank from Craig’s list (story has not been verified). Greg got a very good buy.

Placed second was Dave Vernasco’s  Doubledown on Dado.

Punta Gorda, Fla., December 28

Judges: Vince Feltner and Roger Shelswell

AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG [One-Hour Heats] — 14 Pointers and 2 Setters

1st—DOUBLE DOWN TRUMPSTER, 1670312, pointer male, by Funseeker’s Rebel Tex—Nacho Myakka Miley. Dave Vernasco, owner and handler.

2d—DOUBLE DOWN CRUISE, 1670311, pointer male, by Funseeker’s Rebel Tex—Nacho Myakka Miley. Dave Vernasco, owner and handler.

3d—LUKE’S GOSPEL TRUTH, 1669019, setter male, by Attitude’s Iron Will—Attitude’s Bo Time. Jim & Mary Ann Womack, owners; Jim Womack, handler.

OPEN ALL-AGE [One-Hour Heats] — 9 Pointers and 1 Setters

1st—REDHILLS ROSE, 1667249, pointer female, by Miller’s Dialing In—Lester’s Freda. Bart Goodson, owner; Paul Daniel, handler.

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

OPEN DERBY — 5 Pointers

1st—WINFIELD HANK, 1684362, male, by Kelly’s I B Wells—Kota. Greg Poole, owner and handler.

2d—DOUBLEDOWN ON DADO, 1685979, male, by Erin’s Tin Soldier—Erin’s Margarita. Dave Vernasco, owner and handler.

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