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Nomination Ballots Carried in Next Two Issues

Field Trial Hall of Fame Endorsements

Jun 16, 2017
Lester's Snowatch

As the Field Trial Hall of Fame nomination voting period approached, a flurry of endorsements for candidates readers deem deserving of Hall of Fame honors was received.

The accompanying columns carry the fifth installment of these tributes in advance of the Hall of Fame nomination ballots which will be appear in the issues of June 24 and July 1-8.

 

JOHN IVESTER

I became aware of John Ivester when he scouted his dog Marques Gold Rush, handled by Lefty Henry, at the National Championship where I was judging in 2000. I learned he had started in Brittanys, then shooting dogs and on to all-age pointers. He said he’s not moved up, but just moved over, showing his deep respect for all aspects of field trials. I later become aware of these facts about him that meet the HOF criteria.

Club official: Secretary, Central Carolina FTC; trustee, Region 3 AFTCA; director NCAFTC; officer in Region 3 and North Carolina FTA.

Judge:   Open Championships on the Canadian prairie and throughout the United States; qualifiers, club trials, amateur and open.

Field trial reporter: Has reported weekend trials, qualifiers and championships Owner: Campaigned dogs on the open circuit with five different trainers (Fred Dileo, Lefty Henry, Henry Bingham, Fred Rayl, John Ray Kimbrell).

Breeder: Raises two or three litters a year and has campaigned numerous ones of his line and provided dogs for many hunting strings from New Jersey to Florida, Mexico and all in between.

Some of the trial dogs from his breeding are National Champion Marques Gold Rush, RU Ch. Marques Black Opal, Marques Crystal Magic, Ch. Marques Pure Gold, Marques Peaches N Cream, Pheasant Futurity winner Marques Limited Edition. Others that he campaigned but did not breed include Ch. White’s Solid Reward, Ch. Marques Lucky Strike, Ch. Erin’s Full Throttle, RU Ch Marques Real Fancy and Hannah.

Handler: Won first field trial in 1971 with Brittanys; has over 100 wins with his pointers including National Amateur Invitational Championship and runner-up, National Amateur Pheasant Championship and runner-up (twice), National Amateur Quail Championship runner-up, Region 14 Championship and other regional runners-up; has helped handlers by scouting from puppy stakes to the National Championship.

Patron of the sport:  Has furnished field trial grounds for five clubs since 2005 on his Sawtooth Plantation; supported 20th Century Fund print project (painting of starting line at the National of winner Marques Gold Rush).

Length of time: 1970 to present.

After considering all these accomplishments, I would like to point out that when John hosts trials on his plantation, he charges nothing. This shows his generosity and dedication to the sport. In contrast, even the National and Continental where venues were willed to field trials, the clubs still have to pay substantial fees.

Please join me in putting John Ivester in the Hall of Fame where he rightfully deserves to be.

Freddie Epp, Marion Junction, Ala.

 

LESTER'S SNOWATCH

This past Christmas Eve our sport lost one of the greatest all-age champions of the decade. Lester’s Snowatch (Bud) was nearing 12 years old when he passed on.

He was born on February 3, 2004, sired by Ch. Miller’s Date Line ex Lester’s Leeza. During his life, he placed 53 times with eight championship titles.

His most notable victory came in February, 2009 when he was crowned National Champion for owner-handler Gary Lester.

Other key wins include: National Derby Championship, American Derby Invitational Championship, National Free-for-All Championship (twice), Quail Championship Invitational, Region 5 and 6 Championships, and others.

In the 2008-2009 season, he was the Purina Top Dog Award winner, and in 2009-2010 won the Purina Amateur All-Age Dog of the Year Award.

Bud sired over 150 winners with 767 placements.

One of his grandsons, Lester’s Sunny Hill Jo, was named 2017 National Champion.

Bud is also the sire of two of the best pointer females I have every owned, Thunder Snowy and Thunder Bess, which have also produced many great competitors. Coldwater Thunder (Coldwater Warrior ex Thunder Bess) is a nice young female that I currently own, and has proven to carry on the good genes of her late grandfather.

Bud was one of those everyone wanted to watch when he competed. His style and grace would make any lover of the sport stand in the saddle. His conformation and great nose were phenomenal. Bud was a true champion.

A good all-age dog is very hard to come by and a great one is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Bud was the best of the best. This is why I will try to carry on the Snowatch line in my string of dogs.

As an athlete with that many wins, and sire of bounteous champion offspring, Bud should no doubt be in the Hall of Fame. I hope you will join me in support for Lester’s Snowatch as one of this year’s inductees.

Doug Arthur, Eads, Tenn.

 

BUTCH HOUSTON

Many know him now as being the owner of 2x time National Champion Shadow Oak Bo, but Butch has owned and campaigned many great dogs. Hall-of-Famer Ch. Joe Shadow, Ch. White Twist, Ch. Law and Order, Ch. Three Rivers, Ch. Shadow Oak Doc, Ch. Live Oak Bo, Ch. Flint Shoals John, Ch. Lady Addition, Ch. Silky Sullivan, Ch. Ch. Woods Master and his latest, Ch. Shadow’s Next Exit.

He has campaigned dogs with myself, Freddie Rayl, Eddie Rayl and Jim Heckert.

Butch has always made his plantation available for clubs to run their trials on. He was the first to run the big money trial, the Life of the South Classic, starting back in the 1980s. It ran several years offering a purse of $20,000. He did this to try and help the sport as well as the dog trainer. He was and is the dog trainer’s friend.

He has campaigned dogs with me for 40 years, and no one in this sport loves it more, a most deserving man for the Hall of Fame. Enough said.

Robin Gates, Leesburg, Ga.

 

I have been employed by Mr. Butch Houston just shy of fifteen years. I met him about a year before I went to work for him. I was a friend of an employee of his at the time and, although I had never spent much time with pointing dogs, I had trained several retrievers. I actually met Mr. Butch at his plantation kennels while giving a few Labs a workout. That morning, I noticed a truck pull up in the distance and saw a man watching as we worked our retrievers. Soon after he came closer and introduced himself, “Hi, I’m Butch Houston.” He said he liked the way I handled my dog and asked if I would be interested in working for him.

“Certainly,” I replied . . .

Before long I was introduced to the field trials held on the grounds with people from all around running their dogs. Mr. Butch would always be right there following along in his pickup to be sure he didn’t miss seeing a dog on a good find. He loves the thrill of seeing a nice dog on its game.

I can honestly say he loves the game as much as anyone. Although I have never seen him riding his horse in the gallery, Robin Gates says there’s no mistaking that big smile on his face while watching a good race.

Mr. Butch has a passion for the bird dog world. I cannot begin to tell you how many pups and trained dogs he has given to folks to turn them onto the sport of trialing or hunting. Not culls, but the cream of the crop, pups out of Ch. Joe Shadow and Ch. Shadow Oak Bo. He has given his heart, soul, money and facilities to the field trial game. Whether it’s watching folks knock down quail in a hunt or seeing a handler and dog put on a show at a trial, Mr. Butch enjoys seeing others have a great time. That’s what makes him who he is..

Caleb Hardeman, Nashville, Ga.

 

CHASEHILL LITTLE BUD

Chasehill Little Bud has a record-setting 19 championships and 19 runners-up in all types of trials. My perspective of this remarkable dog is a little bit different.

My partner and I started developing a wild quail hunting plantation about 25 years ago. We understood that we would not release any birds; in order for us to find the birds that we have, we needed good quality bird dogs. I’ve hunted wild birds for over 40 years and had very few No. 1 dogs. On our place the dog has to be not only a good athlete, but have a desire to find a bird in very difficult cover and circumstances.

I began to notice in The American Field that there was a dog in New England that was winning a lot of trials, grouse trials, which I assumed would relate well to the challenges presented to a dog on our farm. I contacted John Stolgitis regarding that winning line of dogs. Subsequently I bought a full brother to Bud. This dog turned out to be one of the top three dogs I have owned.

Bud continued to win all types of trials. John came to our place in South Carolina and brought Bud to hunt our birds. Bud was tested from horseback and on foot and did a spectacular job. He adapted very quickly to difficult cover and the wild bobwhite. He instinctively understood how to hunt the cover and what was required to produce wild birds.

I place a high premium on a dog’s handling in difficult cover and having a desire to locate birds. My kennel is almost exclusively out of the Chasehill Little Bud line. I am more than pleased with their desire, the way they carry themselves on the ground and their ability to handle the wild bird. I have had the unique opportunity to see Chasehill Little Bud perform in many different venues. He is a true Hall-of-Famer in all.

Mac Stidham, Columbia, S. C.

 

I watched, competed against and judged Chasehill Little Bud on a number of occasions, primarily in cover dog trials. Bud is known for his versatility as he won championships in several venues. I believe this sets Bud apart from many dogs.

One of the greatest performances I have ever seen was Bud’s win at the North American Woodcock Championship a few years back in New Brunswick. Multiple grouse and woodcock finds as a thunderstorm rolled through had the gallery abuzz.

I own a half sister and two daughters of Bud, one being Ch. Cairds Little Macy Mae. These dogs are just naturals. All have been very competitive field trial performers as well great bird-finders off my guide truck. Now that’s the versatility that I appreciate.

Please join me in voting for Chasehill Little Bud for the Field Trial Hall of Fame.

Bob Little, McAdam, New Brunswick

 

Every once in awhile a dog appears on the scene that exemplifies the qualities that are sought in a top performing field trial dog. Chasehill Little Bud was a dog that fulfilled that criteria.

Starting his competitive career from a young age his win record is remarkable with 38 appearances in the winners’ circle of championships.

His production record of siring top- flight competitors is most noteworthy and still growing. The most outstanding quality of this dog was his ability to transition himself to the terrain and birds without days, weeks or months of training to perform at a high level, be it in a cover dog event to a horseback shooting dog or all-age event.

On top of all that Bud was able to accomplish these wins under three different handlers. It seems to me that the only thing Bud lacked was his ability to drive himself to the venues, flush the birds and fire the gun.

This dog was a great bird dog and deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.

Bob Fleury, North Stonington, Conn.

 

HARD DRIVING BEV

I witnessed Bev when judging her in 2006 to her second win of the Grand National Grouse Championship held that year at Marienville, in the Allegheny Mountains of western Pennsylvania.

When judging grouse trials, I am looking for the same kind of dog that could win horseback stakes. Bev’s athleticism was impressive, running through the rocks and difficult hilly terrain of that area; she was fast but hit the ground lightly and effortlessly. She also showed the very hereditary trait of stopping and listening for her handler instead of searching to find the front.

Bev never once got behind during her hour, though she was rarely in sight as she ripped off huge casts into the cover. She always held the front completely on her own, without any whistling or yelling from Joe McCarl, her handler. Running to the front really breeds on in dogs and should be highly valued.

Ruffed grouse are especially wary in Marienville, as it is mostly open pole timber sprinkled with cuttings of young saplings where the birds feed. Bev’s uncanny ability to handle those grouse so precisely to present them in front of her is rare and speaks of her nose and high intelligence, also breed-on traits.

Bev proved her ability to perform thrillingly and consistently by winning important championships, including four National titles throughout her long career. Even more important is that she has passed on the hereditary traits that allowed her to win so convincingly to multiple generations of dogs that are proving themselves on the major circuits all over the country.

I enthusiastically support Hard

Driving Bev for the Hall of Fame.

Harold Ray, Waynesboro, Ga.

 

DESERVING NOMINEES

John Seawright has been a stalwart of field trials. He has been involved in every aspect of the sport. John has run amateur dogs, campaigned open, and has judged major circuit trials. In addition, John has been tireless in organizing, hosting and seeing that the trials he hosts are run “by the book”.

I have known John for over 40 years. I have judged with him, and Kathy and I help him with the Southwestern Championship, in Trail City, S. D., every summer. John Seawright is very deserving of the honor of election to the Hall of Fame.

I met Tommy Davis in the summer of 1971, at Naco, Alberta. Tommy has always been a hard worker and very successful. He has won over 50 open championships, from Canada to Florida. In addition, to being an accomplished dog trainer, he is very knowledgeable about a horse and a great rider. Tommy is also a good scout and willing to help anyone.

Tommy’s record speaks for itself. Tommy Davis is very deserving of election to the Hall of Fame.

Kathy and I ask that you give strong consideration to both of these deserving candidates when you cast your vote for the 2017 Hall of Fame.

Garland & Kathy Priddy, Raymond, Miss.

 

I would like to nominate a couple of people who deserve the honor of being in the Hall of Fame.

John Seawright should’ve been there already. He has owned dogs, major circuit dogs; he has judged numerous field trials all over the country with one thing in mind: to pick the best dog.

He has chaired and been there to see the trial is run right.

I met John I didn’t know how many years ago. We have been friends from the first day. I always enjoyed his company every time we were together.

Another man is Butch Houston. I met Butch a number of years ago. He loved to ride and watch his dogs run, and he’s had a lot of good ones.

If he won and was there I would shake his hand. If I won he would shake mine.

He has had a lot of success because he is a good owner. You can have a good dog. Without a good owner you have nothing. He enjoyed the field trial game and still does. And has for a lot of years.

I want to thank both of these men for being my friend. And I do believe they both deserve to be in the Hall of Fame. Let’s give them their dues.

Andy Daugherty, Grovespring, Mo.

 

When I started field trialing in the 1970s John Seawright was an established force in field trials, campaigning dogs on the major circuit, organizing trials, both big and small, judging, reporting and helping new-comers to the sport.

He has done it all, and only concerned with the betterment of field trials.

This has continued through the years up until and including the present. I can think of no one more deserving to be in the Field Trial Hall of Fame.

Dr. Pat McInteer, Falls City, Neb.

 

MORE DESERVING

John Ivester’s resume is rarely matched.

Competing both as an amateur and as an owner/scout in open stakes for more than 30 years, has yielded many prestigious wins, not the least of which was the National Championship in 2000 with Marques Gold Rush. During this time, John has patronized at least five different handlers.

John’s service to the sport is “above and beyond”. A director of the National Field Trial Champion Association, he provides a silver pin to the winning owner. Region 3 trustee, past president of the North Carolina Field Trial Association, perennial secretary-treasurer of the Central Carolina Field Trial Club, benefactor to the North Carolina Field Trial Association, and in addition provides his Sawtooth Plantation three times yearly to South Carolina Clubs at no charge.

When asked to judge, John willingly agrees as his schedule permits. He judges weekend as well championship trials and has done so from New Jersey to Alabama to Canada.

This list could easily go on, but I believe you will agree that John Ivester truly deserves to be elected to the Field Trial Hall of Fame. Please consider his many accomplishments and contributions when voting. There is no one more qualified. I thank you for your consideration.

Hunter Wilcox, VMD, Lumberton, N. J.

 

TOMMY DAVIS

I first met Tommy Davis when I went to work for Dr. Ron Deal on Chickasaw Plantation. I didn’t know at the time how much of an impact he would have on my life since I was just an assistant in land management. Along the way I developed a passion for bird dogs, and this is where Tommy has influenced my life the most.

He became a mentor to me. I would find every opportunity I could to ask him about bird dogs, land management, and quail habitat. Of course I knew his resumé through old American Field articles and stories from other trainers/owners, but I got to experience first hand the passion he has for the sport and bird dogs when he came to train on Chickasaw.

At first I just tagged along and without hesitation he answered all my questions. As time went on, I started working dogs with him. He continued to show his love for the sport by not only training his dogs, but training me as well, and passing down the knowledge that made him so successful.

In the few short years that I have known Tommy he has encouraged me and made me a better trainer, whether it be by scouting my dogs at a trial, yard working dogs at his house in the spring, giving me his pigeon house (full of pigeons), or helping me develop my dogs and correct issues that are beyond my knowledge.

I may not ever be the trainer Tommy Davis is, but because of him I am better.

I encourage everyone to vote Tommy Davis for the Field Trial Hall of Fame.

Clint Hutchinson, Dawson, Ga.

 

JOHN IVESTER

The Association of South Carolina Field Trial Clubs wholeheartedly supports John Ivester for induction in the 2017 Field Trial Hall of Fame.

There is no individual who has done more to promote and sustain our sport in our state than John Ivester over the last two critical, sometimes fragile, decades. Our Association is stronger than it has been in many years and is growing. The momentum and growth we currently enjoy is a direct result of John Ivester’s willingness to offer his own grounds for trials when there was nowhere else to go.

From the first trial held at his beloved Sawtooth Plantation our clubs found solid footing and reversed years of decline and dwindling participation . . .

Had John Ivester not simply stated, “I will do whatever I can to help”, it is possible that our best days would be behind us. One man’s dedication and selflessness can have a profound impact.

Although there are many ideals that the Hall of Fame embraces we believe that an important criterion should be contribution to the growth and sustainability of our sport for the future. Without those leaders who set the example and take action there is no future . . .

The future of field trialing will depend on persons like John Ivester who are motivated not for themselves but for the survival of the sport itself. And there is no more deserving a reward for that example than inclusion in the Hall of Fame.

Please join all of the members of our Association in supporting John Ivester’s election to the Field Trial Hall of Fame class of 2017.

Allen Johnson, Pres., Assn. of SC FTC

 

THE COMPLETE PACKAGE

Early in Ch. Chasehill Little Bud’s career I decided to breed a female to him. He was winning, regularly, and his breeding was excellent, sired by multiple Ch. Beaver Meadow Benjamin out of the producing female, Innoway. Bud possessed many of the traits a breeder seeks in a potential stud dog. He could find birds; he ran and pointed with high style. His performances, in competition, were consistent and versatile, indicative of his extraordinary intelligence.

When the first litter of pups was old enough to evaluate, it was apparent that Bud was a producer and destined to, significantly, impact the pointer breed. He fulfilled all of my expectations in a stud dog and I bred to him frequently. Bud’s pups inherited his enthusiasm, stamina, class and scenting ability. They were fast and well gaited, the type that catches the eye and rivets one’s attention to their every move.

Ch. Chasehill Little Bud, when bred to females carrying the Richfield prefix, produced Ch. Raag’s Miss Lightfoot, Ch. Chasehill D Lite, Ch. Fox Cobble Jack, Ch. Suemac’s Coventry, Ch. Daddy’s Little Boy Butch and the R-U Champions Boston and Chasehill Ben Franklin.

Chasehill Little Bud, 72-59-390, meets all the criteria for Hall of Fame honors and clearly deserves your consideration.

Richard Giuliano, Providence, R. I.

 

HARD DRIVING BEV

I have had the good fortune to have watched many of the finest females competing in American Field trials in the past 30 years. Many of those female memories now rightfully reside in the Hall of Fame. The finest all-around performing and producing female I have been around in the past 20 years has been Hard Driving Bev.

Many never get the chance to actually see the dogs they vote for perform. A dog’s reputation can be based on assumptions, hearsay and in some cases legend created by buzz. None of that is necessary with Bev. How she won was simply out of the reach of most dogs. That’s no knock on most dogs, it’s just the way the real world of bird dogs is . . . if you are true and honest with your evaluation.

Bev doesn’t deserve to be in the Hall of Fame because she won championships. She doesn’t deserve to be in the Hall because she produced some winning dogs. There’s a bunch of dogs that do that, a lot. Hard Driving Bev deserves to be in the Hall because the performance boundaries she set established a higher standard in the grouse woods and her positive genetic influence is proving to be powerful and generational. Those cherished and rare qualities elevate her into an elite handful of performing dogs over the past 20 years.

When a dog not only wins but extends the boundaries of performance, and consistently buries the field, the dog is exceptional. When the dog customarily does extraordinary things in competition repeatedly that no other dog does singularly, when the dog produces high end performers that produce high end performers that continue to produce high end performers that win on the most competitive and demanding circuits in the country . . . the dog has left an enduring mark. The Hall of Fame, first and foremost, is about honoring those that change the sport for the better in an enduring way.

Hard Driving Bev deserves to be inducted to the Hall of Fame because her accomplishments and contributions are worthy of that honor. I respectfully ask that you support her.

Frank LaNasa, Isanti, Minn.

 

JOHN D. SEAWRIGHT

John Seawright has been involved in the sport of field trialing for close to half a century. And by being involved it is not to mean just being involved. While he has been a supportive owner and handler, the majority of his association with the sport has been vital to the operations of any number of trials and championships.

John can remember the phantom covey of birds on Hen Scratch Mountain at the old Booneville grounds and was steeped in that lore by the greats associated with the trials there. Consequently he was handed the reins to the Southwestern Championship from which he has never wavered.

While his real love is a big running dog he shepherded the Arkansas Open Shooting Dog Championship and was the sole initiative behind the United States Shooting Dog Invitational.

John has served as judge in many major events and his talent as a writer added to his capacity as a reporter. He has been involved on the Purina Handler of the Year program and I am sure there are many more credits due him, as if these weren’t enough.

Lastly, if John Seawright has had anything to do with it you can rest assured that it was done right. This is no small factor in adding my full endorsement for his induction into the Hall of Fame.

Linda Hunt, Somerville, Tenn.

 

It is with immense pleasure that I endorse my friend John Seawright for induction to the Field Trial Hall of Fame. Our first meeting was at Como, Miss., where John was judging the Memphis Amateur for his good friends Bob Crenshaw and Billy Blackwell in the early 1980s. I can still see his unique dapper attire and my first ever possum head stirrups. At first glance, I knew immediately that he was an individualist and he hasn’t changed very much since. His stature verified his Marine Corps experience and his demeanor that of a true Southern gentleman.

I can recall many renewals of the Southwestern Championship both at Camp Robinson near Mayflower, Ark., and later at the Johnson Ranch outside Trail City, S. D. His insistence on “fair play” and his ability to “let the field trial unfold” have inspired me to try an emulate his standards.

We spent several summers together on the northern prairies and the memories of each and every one is cherished. My daughter, Allison Daniels, stayed with us some during the summers and that led to John becoming known as “Pops”. During the hot afternoon, as dog camps do, the conversation would meander to great dogs and their performances along with their trainers and owners. John believes that a handler, his dogs, and the owners are all on a team and that all the members should portray extreme integrity and loyalty to each other and the sport. That belief extends to our sport in general.

I have not spent any time on his lengthy credentials for the Hall of Fame because that was done most eloquently by Dr. Ron Deal in his endorsement. Entry in the Field Trial Hall of Fame has not been sought by him, but is something that has been earned. John’s contributions to our sport have been more than numbers on a piece of paper. They have been far reaching in making our sport better through his 45 years of participation and leadership. That alone makes a vote for John Seawright a “no brainer”.

David E. Williams, Beech Bluff, Tenn.

John Seawright is both a visionary and enthusiast of the field trial sport. He first appeared on the field trial scene in Arkansas in the 1970s, at a time when field trialing was poised to take a big step forward. Leadership and commitment were most needed and John stepped up and accepted the important role of running the Central Arkansas Field Trial Association and hosting both the Southwestern Open All-Age Championship and the newly initiated Arkansas Open Shooting Dog Championship.

With John’s dedication and commitment, both prestigious Championships rose to higher levels.

John’s accomplishments and contributions are many, but perhaps none is greater than his impact on the United States Invitational Shooting Dog Championship and thus the promotion of the field trial sport nationwide. This highly regarded championship owes its existence to John. Being the visionary that he is, he felt that the top dogs, handlers and owners deserved a platform of recognition and the honor to compete against the very best on a playing field of the most elite and proven competitors.

Recognizing the proven performance of shooting dogs and handlers and honoring owners who campaigned the great dogs was good for the sport and yielded improvements in pointing dog breeds.

John truly meets all the criteria of what we look for to elect a person to the Field Trial Hall of Fame. He has been a patron, club official, judge, reporter, amateur handler, open circuit supporter, field trial organizer, charter member of the Biscuit Handler Awards, host and founder of the Arkansas Open Shooting Dog Championship, Southwestern Open All-Age Championship, and the United States Shooting Dog Invitational Championship. He has put in the time, nearing 50 years, and has passed all the tests and we urge your consideration and vote to elect John Seawright to the Field Trial Hall of Fame.

Johnny & Joyce Taylor, Paron, Ark.

 

TWO DESERVING CANDIDATES

When we were new to horseback field trialing, we met John Ivester. John welcomed us with open arms and told us if there was anything he could do to help us to please let either his pro, Lefty Henry, or himself know. We soon realized that over the years John has helped many other amateurs and pros in any way he could.

John has owned Sawtooth Plantation since 2005 where he has wild and pre-released quail. John has unselfishly allowed these grounds to be used for the trials of the North Carolina Shooting Dog Championship, Region 3, Chesterfield, Sandlapper and Fort Mill Clubs’trials.

John has dedicated a lifetime to the sport of field trialing. He began in the 1970s as a Brittany man in Milwaukee and went on to co-found the Tar Heel Brittany Club and was an active member, officer, handler and judge for various Brittany clubs.

In the 1980s, John and campaigned open shooting dogs with five pro handlers: John Ray Kimbrell, Henry Bingham, Fred Rayl, Fred Dileo and Lefty Henry.

Starting in the 1990s, John campaigned amateur and open all-age dogs from Florida to Canada. John bred and owned Marques Gold Rush and with him won the 2000 National Championship at Ames Plantation — John scouting and his pro, Lefty Henry, handling.

Over the years John has owned and bred many winning all-age dogs: Ch. White’s Solid Reward, Marques Peaches N Cream, Ch. Erin’s Full Throttle and many more.

Over the years John has worn many hats: handler, scout, reporter and judge to both amateur, open and National trials; benefactor for AFTCA Print Project; trustee for Region 3 and AFTCA; director for NCAFTC; officer for Region 3 and NCFTA; secretary for Central Carolina FTC; and member of grounds committee for NCFTA.

We often become so involved with the present, we fail to recognize the contributions of John and others who have made field trialing the great sport it is today for all of us to enjoy.

Show your support by joining us in voting for John Ivester for the Field Trial Hall of Fame.

We first met Tommy Davis at a dog/horse seminar given by Harold Ray and the late Stanley White at Grandeur Stables in Florida.

The second time we met Tommy was at the National Championship at Ames Plantation. We were impressed with how beautiful his two gray horses and dogs were and how organized Tommy was in setting up camp — preparing the back of horse trailer with water, food and hay bedding for the dogs. After knowing him for years, we know Tommy is always prepared when he arrives at a trial — horses groomed, dogs in top condition and horse trailer clean and organized.

Our third encounter was at the Tar Heel Open at Hoffman, N. C. Tommy ran Strut on course No. 1. We were amazed with Tommy’s ability to handle Strut and at the same time have the confidence to give Strut the freedom to run the course and show his true skills which won Tommy the Championship.

G. B. Hatcher and Sammy went to Georgia to bred a dog. How impressed they were with how impeccable Tommy’s kennels, home and grounds were at the plantation he managed.

Several years later, we were fortunate that Tommy invited us to train with Luke and him on Tommy’s training grounds. What a memorable experience to have the opportunity to watch two of the best! It was amazing to see Tommy and Luke work their dogs and skillfully and efficiently keep them polished on game.

Tommy has spent a lifetime dedicating himself to the field trial sport. Tommy has always given his dogs the opportunity to be the best they can be and they in turn, with Tommy’s leadership, have won many championships for him in shooting dog and all-age competitions. He has won 53 open championships, the National Championship four times, the Purina Dog of the Year five times and has won the National Shooting Dog Championship.

In his quiet demeanor and calm, easy -going sportsmanlike manner, Tommy has been and continues to be a friend and mentor to many amateur and professional trainers — a leader in our field trial sport.

Join us in casting your vote for Tommy Davis for the Field Trial Hall of Fame.

Sammy & Nida Giddens, Faison, N. C.

 

JOHN D. SEAWRIGHT

We would like to ask all our field trial friends and associates to consider John Seawright for the Hall of Fame, a very deserving candidate.

We first met John when we were both campaigning dogs with Hall of Fame trainer Marshall Loftin approximately 30 years ago. It has been a privilege to share his friendship and many good times ever since.

John has been involved in all aspects of this sport. Campaigning dogs with a professional trainer, competing in amateur trials, judging, reporting and putting on many championship trials both shooting dog and all-age. He has worked diligently to keep this sport honest and fair for all competitors.

John was one of the charter members of the Handler of the Year Awards Committee and has been an active supporter of the Camp Robinson Field Trial Association.

Several years ago he moved the Southwestern Championship to Trail City, S. D., and continues to be involved with this trial. We encourage you to place your vote for John. Thank you!

Bob & Sarina Craig

Hatchechubbee, Ala.

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