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Candidates Readers Deem Deserving of Hall of Fame Honors

Field Trial Hall of Fame Endorsements

Jun 04, 2018


As Field Trial Hall of Fame time rolls around again, I feel that Dean Lord of Richland Springs, Tex., should be recognized this year.

Dean began training for the public in the 1960s. As a leading trainer he won the National Shooting Dog Championship four times and the Texas Shooting Dog Championship twenty times. To this date, Dean Lord still holds the record for most wins of the Texas Open Shooting Dog Championship. Dean has trained some of the best Hall of Fame dogs, including Rock Acre Blackhawk.

I first met Dean in the early 1970s when he brought his string of dogs to the Illinois Open Shooting Dog Championship. In those days the Illinois Championship was run at the Green River Wildlife Refuge, near Ohio, Ill. The Championship often had well over 100 entries. When Dean turned a dog loose, everyone would ride. Everyone wanted to see his dogs, but what they really came to see was a “master showman”. Dean could get the best from his dogs, which included Easy Mark, Easy Jed, and Amos Mosley. Dean knew how to perfectly combine the dog’s natural abilities, his handling expertise, and the field trial course into a winning performance that everyone would admire.

I think 2018 is the time for Dean Lord to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Frank R. Masko, Fisher, Ill.


This time of year one’s thoughts are on those in our sport deserving to be named to the Field Trial Hall of Fame. Dean Lord quickly comes to mind as one who has been passed over and needs serious consideration.

In his heyday, Dean was the “dean” of the shooting dog world as the record will confirm. We are adding our endorsement to the list of his supporters.

Bill & Linda Hunt, Stanton, Tenn.


Loren “Peck” Kelley for the Field Trial Hall of Fame THE Field Trial Hall of Fame should have a blank spot on the wall awaiting the arrival of Peck Kelley and other scouts of what I call the Era of the Scout, the 1950s through the early 1970s.

The May 3, 2018 edition of The American Field states correctly and emphatically that for a person to be considered for the Hall of Fame one must ask this question, “Is the sport better for having this person involved?” The scouts of this era were, including Mr. Kelley, legendary for their scouting skills and horsemanship. The names of the handlers and scouts are told together as if of one soul. Hoyle Eaton and Robert Burris, John S. Gates and Peck Kelley, Man Rand and Clyde Morton are very good examples.

Peck started as a cook in the 1940s at Mercer Mill Plantation and began his career with dogs at age seventeen. His intense competition with Man Rand brought many onlookers to the gallery when the two scouts were braced together. Mr. Gates referred to him as “my right arm”. An automobile accident claimed his life April 11, 1962 at age 37.

Mr. Kelley is remembered by those who were lucky enough to have seen him as a superb horseman, a high-type person, and many believe was one of the best if not the best scout they have ever seen. It was said he could “follow a dog’s track down a blacktop highway”. He was a trainer, showman, tracker, and gentleman. John S. Gates’ dogs were known to be hard running, to the front, athletic and a bit head strong at times. Not every scout could be successful with this type of dog. Peck was not only successful but excelled scouting Mr. Gates’ dogs, among them Medallion, Storm Trooper and Susan Peters. His name has not faded into dusty copies of The Field but is now repeated as almost legend.

In the 2016 Christmas Edition of The Field, Freddie Rayl described seeing Peck. “I remember seeing him have a person in the gallery lead usually three horses for him. When he left the gallery, he left wide open and when he came back he came back wide open. When he would return he would jump off one horse and mount another and leave wide open. He would do that the whole hour. He didn’t lope and he didn’t walk.”

The question I respectfully ask the readers is not to ponder why Mr. Kelley should be in the Hall of Fame but rather to gather reasons why he should not. My guess is there are no compelling arguments of the latter. So, as you vote on the 2018 class, it is my hope you will pencil in Mr. Kelley’s name as one of your selections and encourage your friends to vote for a man who should be in the Hall. Is the sport better because of Mr. Kelley? It’s up to you the voters to decide. Finally, ask yourself: How can a man whose name is woven into the very fabric of the sport not be recognized by the Hall? Join me in supporting Loren “Peck” Kelley for the Field Trial Hall of Fame.

Robert Franks, DeWitt, Ark.



Thanks to his father Neils, hunting and the outdoors were a major part of Torben’s youth. Torben started hunting quail, pheasant and duck at the age of 11, using primarily English pointers. His father inspired him with the dogs and together they shared great times in the field. Deer season was among the highlights of the year, and those fond memories are etched in his mind.

His involvement in field trials started after he acquired two German Shorthaired Pointers from one of his cousins in Denmark in the early 1970s. Training these dogs then handling them to AKC wins in puppy and Derby stakes sparked his enthusiasm. He was hooked.

From the mid-1970s to the early 1980s, he competed in AKC trials with much success. He started running his dogs in American Field trials in the mid 1980s. He and his dogs have accumulated countless placements, more than 100 of these being in championships.

Torben has always enjoyed working with his dogs and competing with them. His training method incorporates one basic philosophy, a great foundation in your dog. He always says, “Leave everything there. These puppies don’t come here cowering or flagging. Harsh training and shortcuts cause that.” Taking a puppy through the process, and delivering a finished product that could compete on any venue is what excites him.

I met Torben in the early 1990s and we were soon good friends. I was a bird hunter and loved a good bird dog. He told me about a sport he felt I would enjoy. Through his sharing with me training techniques, helping every step of the way and taking me to field trials I was hooked for life!

Torben has mentored so many through the years, helping with dog training, sharing his knowledge and expertise on how to handle and scout a dog.

“When you handle, you are on-stage and you better make the most of it. If you don’t believe in your dog and aren’t excited, how in the world do you expect the judges to be? And, when you scout another’s dog you better give the assignment your 100% attention and think like a dog.” Torben is a serious competitor, wanting, as all do, to win that trial. But when decisions don’t favor his dog’s performance he is the first to offer congratulations to the winning handler.

Torben was instrumental in saving the grounds in Oroville, Cal., when the Department of Fish and Game decided that field trials were not conducive to wildlife habitat.

He asserted that no matter what platform you competed in the dogs and folks who ran them had a very common thread, thus the Western Free-for-All was made a reality through his vision of showing the different groups that common thread.

A well respected judge, he has had many assignments throughout the United States and Canada. Some of these include the Quail Championship Invitational, Dominion, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, All-America Prairie, Continental, Southeastern, Florida, National Amateur Quail, National Amateur Chukar, California Quail and Chukar, Pacific Coast, Pacific Coast Derby Championships, every major championship in the West.

Torben has always given back. One of his favorite sayings is, “It’s your job to leave the sport better than you found it.”

Torben Hansen’s greatest passion in his life has been his love for bird dogs, training and running his dogs, sharing his wisdom and knowledge and his endless energy and devotion to leave this great sport just a little better than he found it.

Sean Kelly, Loomis, Cal.


We have had the great pleasure of knowing Torben for over 25 years. He has dedicated most of his life to every aspect of this great sport making it better. From hands-on involvement in field trial clubs, serving as a trustee and president of the AFTCA, a member of the Purina Committee, a highly regarded judge, an accomplished trainer, handler, competitor.

Torben has encouraged so many others to join in this sport through his passion and enthusiasm. Through the years he has judged in Broomhill, Manitoba. The scholarship fund which the club has set up for the youngsters in the surrounding municipalities there has been a recipient of Torben’s generosity. His expense coverage check was always handed to the ladies who head up that scholarship fund, plus a little extra.

That is “giving back” and that’s how this great sport started and has survived and grown for generations and will continue to do so with people like Torben Hansen.

It is with honor that we endorse and support this humble true sportsman and gentleman for induction into the Field Trial Hall of Fame. He deserves it; he has earned entrance.

Colvin & Mazie Davis, Minter, Ala.



John is one of our most qualified candidates to be nominated for the Hall of Fame. As a field trialer for forty years John has amassed a record of over 100 placements, including 12 national and regional amateur championships and runner-up championships.

He has scouted in open and amateur championships, reported and judged field trials from weeks long prestigious trials to weekend trials. John has campaigned dogs from Florida to Canada including National Champion Marques Gold Rush. Other champions and great winning dogs include White’s Solid Reward, Marques Lucky Strike, Marques Pure Gold, Marques Gold Lady, Marques Gold Label and Delta Lady, to name only a few.

One of John’s greatest contributions to field trials is allowing South Carolina field trial clubs to use his Sawtooth Plantation at no cost to the them. This has contributed greatly to the success of the many South Carolina field trials that are held on his property. Sawtooth Plantation also serves as a protected reserve for the Cockaded Woodpecker. This endangered bird will only nest in long leaf pine and these nesting sites are preserved forever at Sawtooth Plantation.

John has given back by serving as a club officer, Region 3 officer, AFTCA trustee for Region 3, National Championship Association director, past president NCFTA, and NCFTA grounds chairman.

John Ivester is our recommendation for the Field Trial Hall of Fame.

Dr. Roger Duerksen

Gilbert Weber

Co-Chairs, Committee to Elect

John Ivester to Hall of Fame


We would like to add our endorsement of John Ivester for the Field Trial Hall of Fame.

John has been a supporter of field trials and dog trainers for many years. He is still very active in several capacities with field trials. He has been very active and competitive in amateur and open trials with his Brittanys first, then when he changed to English pointers. He has been very successful, with many wins to his credit.

John is a well-respected field trialer, professional man, and is often sought after and called upon to judge field trials. He is also a very generous person with his Sawtooth Plantation. He allows three clubs yearly to have their trials on this venue. Without his generosity these clubs may not have had grounds to continue the sport. He also is very hospitable in letting others use his grounds to train their dogs.

John fulfills all the criteria to be elected to the Field Trial Hall of Fame. We endorse him wholeheartedly and ask for your support to elect John.

John Ray, Mary Kimbrell  & the Fort Mill FTC

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