American Field


By Robert D. Thomas | Jul 05, 2019
Courtesy of: Fred Rayl


We would like to nominate Ch Builder’s Risk as a candidate for the dog Field Trial Hall of Fame.  Builder’s Risk was one of the foundation sires that Bill Rayl sought in his quest to develop outstanding field trial competitors and bird dogs.

Builder’s Risk was whelped on 01/11/69.  He is from the pairing of Bill Rayl’s Ch Highway Man to Stealakiss, Patricia Cooper is breeder of record and Bill Ball was Risk’s owner.

Builder’s Risk placed in 30 field trials. He won 2 runner-up titles, the 1975 Georgia Open Quail Championship and the 1975 North Carolina Open Quail Championship.  These placements earned him a spot at the 1975 Quail Invitational Championship.   Builder’s Risk outperformed 11 other well-known champions (which included HOF Dogs such as Buckboard, Miller’s Miss Knight and White Knight’s Button)  to emerge as the champion.

Builder’s Risk had all the quality attributes that make an outstanding field trial bird dog:  intelligence, a strong bird-finding desire and endurance.  These traits were passed on to his progeny and through them passed on from generation to generation.  Builder’s Risk produced 67 winners that have won 512 field trials.  He produced 3 champions:

  • Builder’s Addition (HOF) (19-41-246) – 4x champion, 4x runner-up champion, major wins include the International Pheasant, Quail Invitational, the Florida Open All Age and the National Championship. Runner-up titles at the Quail Invitational (twice), the Georgia Quail and International Pheasant championships.
  • Builder’s Free Boy (15-18-154) – 4x champion, 4x runner-up champion, major wins include the All-America Chicken, the Masters Quail and the All-America Quail Championship (twice). Runner-Up titles include the All-America Quail, the Georgia Quail, the Florida Open All Age and Quail Invitational championships. (Grandsire of Flatwood Hank (HOF) )
  • Glendale – The Continental Derby Championship.

Paraphrasing from John P. Russell’s book ‘The Invitational Champions’, Builder’s Risk (Ch75), through his direct progeny, had a continuing influence in the Quail Invitational Championship.  Through Builder’s Addition (Ch77, RU78 & RU79), Builder’s Risk appears in either the sire or dam lines of Addition’s Go Boy (RU85), Lehar Main Tech (Ch94), Redemption Reward (RU89), House’s Hiplain Drifter (Ch03), Future Stock (Ch02), House’s Snakebite (Ru08), Chinquapin Andy (Ch10) and Erin’s Dog Soldier (Ch14).  And through Builder’s Free Boy (RU83) progeny’s, Builder’s Risk appears in sire lines of Flatwood Rusty (RU95) and Silverwood (RU96).

As we had this opportunity to look back over time, it has become apparent that Builder’s Risk played an integral part in improving the pointing dog breed.  So, please join Fred Rayl and friends in electing Builder’s Risk, Champion of Champions, to the Field Trial Hall of Fame.

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