American Field

Super Bowl Trial

Associated Field Trial Clubs of Florida

By Don Wood | Jan 08, 2021
Open All-Age Winners. From left: Beth Brown and Myakka Time Shifter, Matt Ford and Silverline Storm, Don Wood and Funseeker’s Texas Preacher. Behind: Scott Ford (judge), Petie Brown, John Hicks (judge), Paul Daniel, and Jim Goza.

Punta Gorda, Fla. — The Super Bowl trial features two large revolving trophies. The all-age trophy is in memory of Jim Albright. Jim passed away in the early 1990s and the trophy was put into circulation by his widow, Connie.

The large punch bowl is awarded to the winner of the Shooting Dog Stake and is in memory of George Russell. Mr. Russell was active in our trials during the 1960s and not too much is remembered about George but there is many a tale of wild celebrations by victorious participants. The names on this bowl do go back to the 1960s.

In recent years we have had time to run a companion Derby as well.

Again at this trial we tried to balance between our traditions and precautions due to COVID-19. We had a predraw on Wednesday before the trial in order to avoid a social gathering. Mike Triberii came to help in the drawing; all went smoothly. We tried to limit our contact at our Saturday night cookout and we spread out at the campfire Saturday evening.

The grounds were wet. That is the only way to describe the conditions. Not bad for the dogs but hard for the vehicles hauling the dogs. Ken Muzynski’s "super truck", a specially designed Polaris, was able to carry five dogs and the Polaris never had a problem.

I must say that I was very impressed with the 12,000-pound winch on the front of the Browns' truck. It was used many times.  Jimmy’s famous jeep with the front drive didn’t have a problem with getting stuck but had overheating issues, due to an old worn hose.

The birds were again plentiful! It is so great to have enough birds to not place dog on race alone but you had better point one or two coveys. You would think that this would give dogs drawn in the early morning or at dusk an advantage but not so. Birds were pointed in the early morning, in the heat of the day and as the sun was going down.

Jimmy Goza and Paul Daniel were able to get one of our favorite judges for this event, John Hicks. John is always a lot of fun with so many stories of Joe and his dad Pete and himself. It must have been wild and wooly.

Larry Yarger, our other advertised judge was unable to attend due to an accident on the job. Scott Ford stepped up to the plate and judged the entire trial. Their decisions were well received.

As always we would like to thank Purina for their sponsorship of our trials. Beth received a skid of the small (18#) bags of feed so we were able to reward every placement of both trials with a bag of Purina dog food. We also got a few hats which were awarded to the judges. Beth indicated that there may be enough hats to give the winning handlers bragging hats. Thank you Purina for your support.

The weather ran the full gamut from too hot, too foggy, but never too cold. On Sunday morning, as we started the Shooting Dog Stake, we all knew that the fog would lift within a few minutes but in truth it took the entire hour before full vision was restored. Handlers, judges and scouts were tested as they traversed the high grass, fog, with their energetic canines. Whereas those running in the first braces after lunch had to keep their charges at full speed in the low 80s temperature. The weather gave many of the dogs and handlers a true test.


The trial started with the Open All-Age. Myakka Time Shifter ran in the last brace of the morning and carded two finds with a nice forward race. The second and third place dog ran after lunch with temperatures in the low 80s. Both dogs carded one find in their hour. Silverline Storm took second and Funseeker’s Texas Preacher was awarded third.

Our Derby has been a lot of fun this year, with the Muzynskis running their litter of young dogs and a couple of outsiders trying to squeeze out a placement. This time there was no chance to slip into a placement, Ken, Justin and Carol dominated, taking all three placements. First place was Holopaw’s Speed Shifter, second was Holopaw’s Cracker and third was Holopaw’s Mack.

The Shooting Dog Stake started Sunday morning with more fog than anyone wanted. We all felt that the fog would lift quickly and we would reach those 80 plus degrees that were forecasted. The fog lasted for the full hour. When you would catch a glimpse of a dog or even a scout, it reminded me of the song “Ghost Riders in the Sky”. Petie Brown and Myakka Lucy Diamond navigated the course, and carded two finds to take first. Dave Vernasco and Doubledown Trumpster ran after lunch in the heat of the day and also carded two finds. Third place was taken by Beth Brown and Myakka Freddie the Freeloader. Freddie had one find in his hour effort.

Punta Gorda, Fla., December 12

Judges: Scott Ford and John Hicks

OPEN ALL-AGE [One-Hour Heats] — 8 Pointers

1st—MYAKKA TIME SHIFTER, 1670324, male, by Guard Rail—Myakka T Marie. Beth Brown, owner and handler.

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

3d—FUNSEEKER’S TEXAS PREACHER, 1667330, male, by Funseeker’s Rebel Tex—Nacho Myakka Miley. Don Wood, owner and handler.

OPEN SHOOTING DOG [One-Hour Heats] — 9 Pointers and 1 Brittany

1st—MYAKKA LUCY DIAMOND, 1665013, pointer female, by Elhew G Force—Myakka Hey Jude. Petie Brown, owner and handler.

2d—DOUBLE DOWN TRUMPSTER, 1670312, pointer male, by Funseeker’s Rebel Tex—Ncho Myaka Miley. Dave Vernasco, owner and handler.

3d—MYAKKA FREDDIE THE FREELOADER, 1654682, pointer male, by Funseeker’s Rebel Tex—Nacho Myakka Miley. Beth Brown, owner and handler.

OPEN DERBY — 7 Pointers

1st—HOLOPAW’S SPEED SHIFT, 1690239, male, by Holopaw’s Axel—Hot Digity Dot. Ken & Justin Muzynski, owners; Justin Muzynski, handler.

2d—HOLOPAW’S CRACKER, 1690236, male, by Holopaw’s Axel—Hot Digity Dot. Ken & Justin Muzynski, owners; Justin Muzynski, handler.

3d—HOLOPAW’S MACK, 1690237, male, by Holopaw’s Axel—Hot Digity Dot. Ken & Justin Muzynski, owners; Justin Muzynski, handler.







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