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R J’s Deicer Wins Title; Lancelot’s Tall Knight is Runner-Up

Egyptian Open Shooting Dog Championship

By John Hott and John Shure | Jun 14, 2017
The Winners. Kneeling in front is Jeff Wagoner with R J’s Deicer, and Harold Gearhart with Lancelot’s Tall Knight. Standing, from left: Ed Liermann, judge; John Richards, Shawn Kinkelaar, Zach Hilton, Dr. Tom Jackson, Dave Capstick, judge; John Shure, Terry Trzcinski, Mark Meier, and Chuck Stretz.

Cutler, Ill. — The 2017 edition of the Egyptian Open Shooting Dog Championship began on schedule on Monday, April 3, at the Captain Unit of the Pyramid State Park field trial grounds near Cutler, Ill.

Serving in the judicial saddles this year were two field trial veterans coming from outside the pointer/setter realm. Dave Capstick of Jonesburg, Mo., has served in every capacity for many years in Brittany field trials. Ed Liermann of Palmyra, Wis., runs Red Setters while also serving as trial chair for the National Red Setter Championships conducted every spring at Jim Edgar State Park in Ashland, Ill. Recently Ed assumed the role of trial chair for the National Prairie Chicken Shooting Dog Championship at Buena Vista, Wis. These gentlemen gave each entry their close attention and their decisions were well received.

With a strong entry of eight Derbies, the Gail Neal Open Derby was first on the docket. First place was awarded to Hackberry’s Cesar Ice, pointer male, handled expertly by Harold Gearhart for owner Bob Konz of Shelby, Ia. Second was Cold Creek Percy, pointer male, owned by Burl Hicks of Smithville, Miss. The third place dog Upfront’s Southern Star pointer, female, owned by Lance Schultz of Bismarck, N.D., had the only find of the stake. The second and third place dogs were piloted by noted handler Shawn Kinkelaar.

The Championship began Monday afternoon under threatening skies with 33 pointers and four setters entered and ready to challenge for the coveted title.

As so often happens, two dogs are braced together and they click as if they ran together every outing.

The winner and runner-up of the 2017 Egyptian Open Shooting Dog Championship were released in the fifth brace. The judges found what they were looking for in this pair — strong forward races, stylish on the ground, fast of foot, hunting every step, looking like bulls on point, and never out of pocket.

R J’s Deicer, five-year-old white and liver pointer female, ably handled by Shawn Kinkelaar and owned by Jerry Moisson’s wife Kristen and youngest daughter Reagan of Milton, Wis., was named champion with a powerful forward race. She was always in the pocket, had one field trial type find at 25 and backed her bracemate at 41. On both her find and back she was statuesque with perfect manners at flush and shot.

Pushing the winner was her bracemate, Lancelot’s Tall Knight, eight-year-old pointer male owned by Dr. Richard Steckley of Wichita, Kan., and handled by Chuck Stretz. Lancelot had finds at 41, 51, and 57 and looked great on each find with birds directly in front each time. He, like the champion, looked like a bull on his game with impeccable manners. In this scribe’s opinion, a slightly stronger race by the Champion separated these two worthy competitors.


Kate’s Majic, pointer female, with Stacy Perkins handling, had a divided find at 26, dug-up finds at 32 and 43 - all handled with poise. She came from behind once early in the race, but finished strong to the front— maybe too strong for this stake. Touch’s Knight Belle, pointer female with Kinkelaar at the helm, had the divided find at 26, but was not suiting her handler and was picked up at 50.

Hale’s Southern Touch (Kinkelaar) was paired with World Class Cliff (Perkins). Cliff failed to back quick enough on Touch’s find at 27. Touch then took steps on poor flying quail and was up.

Joho’s Full Moon, pointer male, handled by Perkins, was braced with Tangled Sheets, pointer female, piloted by Kinkelaar. Turned loose in open country, both dogs reached wide then ran into a very thick brushy area and both handlers called for the tracker at 20.

Dance Kate, pointer female with handler Harold Gearhart, ran with Labur’s Undisputed, pointer female with Jeff Wagoner. Kate had nice bird work at 26, 40, and 49, but finished tired as the mud and thick cover took its toll. Undisputed had a find at 24, but bird was flushed on relocation, ending her day.

Brace No. 5 produced the winners.

Running in No. 6 were White Knight’s Prophecy, pointer male (Stretz) and Ridge Creek Lou, setter male (Kinkelaar). Stretz’ charge had a nice find at 27, but by 41 was not suiting his handler and was picked up. Kinkelaar advised that his dog was not feeling well and was picked up at 14.

Sugarknoll Sledgehammer, pointer male handled by Kinkelaar, and Purpleline Casper, pointer male handled by Stretz, looked good on the ground, but were up at 50 with no birds.

Morningstar Tracy, pointer female, was lost at 34 and Jeff Wagoner asked for the retrieval device. Pure Gossip, pointer female (Stretz) had good finds at 44 and 57 with all in order. She was hard to keep track of in the heavy cover and finished coming in from the rear.

Sinbad’s Bear, pointer male (Kinkelaar), ran a very strong hour, but went birdless. and Cedar’s Lucy, setter female (Gearhart), hunted hard, but was picked up at 56 after a find with a relocation that proved fruitless.

Ben, pointer male (Perkins) and Hackberry’s Daniel, pointer female (Gearhart). Ben had a stylish find on the breakaway, but on release, circled back and chased, so was up. Daniel did not have her hearing aid turned up today and was picked up at 16.

World Class Cash, pointer male (Perkins), caught an edge which took him way off course and the retrieval device was taken at 13. Kinkelaar was not happy with pointer female True Choice and picked up at 23.

No. 12: Mississippi Dan, pointer male (Stretz), and Buckheart’s Ace of Spades, pointer male (Wagoner). Dan had an unproductive early, then took steps at shot on his find at 38 ending his bid. Ace hunted the country hard with nice work at 21, 47, and 57, but with an unproductive at 23. Ace was tired at the end from fighting the mud. His finish marred an otherwise good hour.

Two  pointer females — Zorra,with Kinkelaar, and Hackberry’s Ice Patch handled by Gearhart. Neither dogs was suiting her handler and were up at 38.

In Swami’s Shadow, pointer female (Kinkelaar), and Rebel Roxie Rye with Gearhart. Rye got on deer at 20 and was lost. The sky opened up and the rains came down; Kinkelaar and Shadow got disconnected in the downpour so the tracker was called for at 35.

Buckheart’s Fool’s Gold, pointer male (Jeff Wagoner), was braced with Waymaker Dandy Man, setter male (Perkins). Gold was lost at 15. Man is a very stylish setter and looked great on a non-productive at 10, but then was lost in heavy cover at 25.

In No. 16 were Ninnescah Trumpeter, pointer male (Gearhart), and Erin’s Prometheus, setter male (Kinkelaar). Trumpeter backed his bracemate's stylish find at 4 with all in order. Kinkelaar’s charge had non-productives at 9 and 30 and was in the harness. Trumpeter had a find at 30 and an unproductive at 41 and finished the hour.

I’ll Have Another with Robert Schaeeffer, and Chelsea’s Thunder Bolt, pointer male (Kinkelaar). Bob Schaeffer's setter male backed Thunder Bolt’s stylish find at 4 with all in order. Thunder Bolt was lost as we rode up the mountain. Another had an unroductive at 30 and another at 57 ending his bid.

Brown’s River Witch, pointer female (Sutfin), and Denton, pointer male (Perkins), were next. Denton went hunting early and was found deep to the left-hand side of the course on a dug-up field trial find. The wild covey was flown and he was brought to the front. Denton pointed at 19 with Witch backing. Coyote carcass was shown. Denton dug deep for a second find at 26. Witch had a non-productive at 26 not far from Denton’s find. Denton finished strong and wide. Witch had finds at 14, 43, and 50, but a second unproductive at 57 ended her day.

Skyhawk, pointer male (Kinkelaar), as a bye, was stylish on a find at 11, followed by an unproductive at 16. Skyhawk was lost on the mountain at 25, thus ending the stake.

Cutler, Ill., April 3

Judges: Dave Capstick and Ed Liermann


[One-Hour Heats] — 33 Pointers and 4 Setters

Winner—R J’S DEICER, 1644506, pointer female, by Great River Ice—Calico’s kiss This. Reagan & Kristen Moisson, owners; Shawn Kinkelaar, handler.

Runner-Up—LANCELOT’S TALL KNIGHT, 1625124, pointer male, by Sir Eaton—Katrina Wind. Dr. Richard Steckley, owner; Chuck Stretz, handler.


1st—HACKBERRY’S CESAR ICE, 1664579, male, by Hackberry’s Ice Patch—Hackberry’s Star Ice. Bob Konz, owner; Harold Gearhart, handler.

2d—COLD CREEK PERCY, 1665827, pointer male, by Old Road Cody—Cold Creek Kay. Burl Hicks, owner; Shawn Kinkelaar, handler.

3d—UPFRONT’S SOUTHERN STAR, 1662579, pointer female, by Ransom—Double Wild. Lance Schulz, owner; Shawn Kinkelaar, handler.

Some Additional Notes

The Captain Unit at Pyramid State Park has been home to this event for the past four years. It bears repeating that this is an ideal venue for championship bird dog competition.

Although weather was less than ideal, the courses layout provides excellent drainage and allows the running to proceed without interruption. There are three one-hour continuous courses winding through land that at one time was used for strip mining coal. There are a number of small lakes and ponds along with farm fields interspaced with areas of heavy cover offering many opportunities for bird work and for handlers to show their dogs to advantage.

Site Manager Cha Hill and his crew had the grounds groomed and ready to go. They deserve a big thank you for the excellent job they do in support of field trials.


Our trial was sponsored again this year by Purina and SportDog; providing dog food, hats, and electronic training equipment. It bears repeating every year that there is a great debt and appreciation by this club for the contributions of these two fine sponsors. Purina representative Terry Trzcinski was on hand to help out wherever needed. SportDog was again represented through Jim Moreland of Arizona.


The Little Egypt Field Trial Club is pleased with the fine entry and true sportsmanship exhibited at this year’s event. Handlers came from throughout the Midwest and included professionals Harold Gearhart, Chuck Stretz, Stacy Perkins, Jeff Wagoner, Shawn Kinkelaar and the amateur contingent of Jim Lawless, Robert Schaefer, and Boyd Sutfin.


Our volunteers were challenged by weather conditions and they responded by rolling up their sleeves and pitching in with time, talents, and finances to provide a quality event. Driving the dog wagon is always a challenge and this year with muddy conditions was no exception. A big thank you to Don Heisner, George Ledbetter, and Mark Meier. Jim Lawless again rose early each morning to plant birds. How can one express their appreciation for such dedication? Meals were excellent and prepared each day by Kay Morrison. Road guarding was handled by John Shure. John Hott and Mark Meier handled marshalling duties. Everything went smoothly. A big thank you to all.


A cookout was hosted by Little Egypt Field Trial Club on Tuesday evening followed by another cookout hosted by Stacy Perkins on Wednesday to honor last year’s winner, Attitude’s Night Hawk. Excellent steaks were furnished by Jeff Wagoner who also served as lead chef ,and delicious trimmings were furnished by Kay Morrison. Both evenings featured excellent dining in the clubhouse and good fellowship .

We look forward to seeing everyone again at the next renewal scheduled for April 2, 2018.

J.H. & J.S.

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