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Readers Nominate Candidates Deemed Deserving of Honors

Field Trial Hall of Fame Endorsements

Jun 13, 2019
Ninnescah Nicole

Ninnescah Nicole’s short career tallied ten championships, nine runner-up championships and the coveted Purina Top Shooting Dog  Award for 2010-2011.

Smart, with the bonus of intuition and focus; strong, with the added measure of grace and style; consistent and driven and oh, what a pleasure to watch all of this! Nicole, she had it all in the just-over six years that she competed.

An agile white and black pointer female weighing 40-45 pounds, she could out-run and out-maneuver dogs almost twice her size. Versatile in her ability to perform, she  showed as easily under the direction of her owner,  Dr. Richard Steckley, in amateur competitions as she would under her trainer Chuck Stretz in the open shooting dog championships

Nicole finished her career at the age of eight, the result of an injury that sent her home to finish her days in the comfort of Dr. Steckley’s air-conditioned kennels. Here, this lady rested free and easy amidst the daily activity of dog and man.

It is hard to explain the greatness of a dog like Nicole without being a bit sentimental. Losing her was like losing a dear friend who was also a respected person. In a eulogy there is the desire to make a solid, unquestionable impression of the individual’s worth as well as their accomplishments so none of it is forgotten. And so it is with Nicole.

A total of 20 placements in her career including:

Runner-up, fall 2007, Region 17 Open Shooting Dog Championship; winner, spring 2009, Oklahoma Open Shooting Dog Championship; winner, spring 2009, Region 17 Open Shooting Dog Championship; winner, spring 2009, Missouri Open Shooting Dog Championship; runner-up, spring 2009, Illinois Shooting Dog Championship; winner, fall 2009, Missouri Open Shooting Dog Championship; runner-up, fall 2009, Southwest Missouri Open Shooting Dog Championship; winner, spring 2010, United States Shooting Dog Invitational Championship; winner, fall 2010, Ozark Shooting Dog Championship; runner-up, spring 2010, Oklahoma Shooting Dog Championship; runner-up, spring 2010, Midwest Shooting Dog Championship; runner-up, fall 2010, Ozark Shooting Dog Championship; winner, fall 2010, U. S. Complete Mid-South Open Shooting Dog Championship; runner-up, fall 2010, Arkansas Shooting Dog Championship; winner, spring 2011, Oklahoma Shooting Dog Championship; winner, spring 2011, Missouri Open Shooting Dog Championship; winner, spring 2011, Illinois Open Shooting Dog Championship; runner-up, spring 2011, Region 17 Open Shooting Dog Championship; winner, fall 2011, National Amateur Shooting Dog Championship.

Nicole’s versatility was evident, performing as easily as an all-age dog navigating the Oklahoma prairie, or near her handler in a walking stake. She was unassuming and relaxed in the kennel, but once outside with her job before her, she became focused with all senses, intense and ready for the game.  Nicole and her audience were ready for “Show Time”.

As a Derby, Nicole ran in Mississippi at Cedaroak Plantation in front of David Taylor of Texas, a man who has judged  most  of the prestigious trials.  After five finds his prediction that she would have a great future certainly rang true.

During the Southwest Missouri Open Shooting Dog Championship in the fall of 2009, Nicole ran in the last brace of 76 dogs in the running and two dogs sitting nicely in champion and runner-up seats. The busy-ness of pointing five finds left the judges wanting to see more in the way of a race, to see if she had it in her. Encouraged thus, she pulled out the stops with a fleet-footed finish that changed the outcome of the trial. No trial was over until Nicole had run.

Remarkable dog that she was, Nicole was bred twice with complications leaving her sterile. Sadly, she has no descendants to carry on her winning character and reputation. Please consider carrying her spirit by remembering her with your vote to the Field Trial Hall of Fame.

The following is a list of well-respected, knowledgable individuals who have lent their names to be included in Nicole’s nomination for the Field Trial Hall of Fame.

Gordon Hazlewood, Bud Moore, Norman Basilone, Matt Basilone, Harold Ray, Doug Ray, Desarae Steckley, Marla Stretz, Meredith Stretz, Charles Aspenson, Harold Gearhart, Larry Meek, Bud Stone, Floyd Cagle, Ken Bailey, Jerry

Hailey, Virgil Moore, Drew Zink, Dr. Dorwin Hawthorne, Chuck Taylor, Jeff Wagner, Garvin Collins, Mike,  Jeanette, George & Mary Tracy; Johnny & Rita Ornsby; Les Rowell, Harold Woodward, Dr.  Jim Mills, Dr. Pat McInteer, Tom Sawyer, Herby Alt, Joyce & Johnny Taylor; Steve Messick, Jimmy & Kay Lawless; Clyde Gross, Scott & Charlie Beeler; Russ Blankenship, Bob & Catherine Reynolds; Chris Livingston, Tom Milam, Kendell Schmidt, George Hill, Hank Jansen, Jim Jackman, Jason Williams, Mark Livingston, Andy Daugherty, Shawn Kinkelaar, Mike Hester and Larry Chamberlain.


I proudly  nominate to the Field Trial Hall of Fame, my brother Andy Daugherty. He started at the age of nine, feeding, cleaning and working with our father Bud Daugherty.

He’s traveled all over the United States and summers in Canada. He loves competing and winning at what he does. An avid horseman and hunter and strives to train  the best of the dog’s ability.

We were taught to do the right thing always, be the best that we could be and I truly believe Andy has done this in his profession. He embodies the true spirit of what a role model exemplifies.

We are all very proud of the man, brother, husband, dad, uncle and grandpa that he is.

Marie Daugherty Carter, Inola, Okla.



There are so many great duos in the annals of pointing dog field trial history. Fathers and sons, husbands and wives, people and dogs.  For the second year, I’d like to solicit your votes for a duo that, arguably, has had a significant impact on our breeds and our sport, as a whole.

Dr. Terry Terlep and a pointer bitch, Sparkles, are, indeed, a pair that should be enshrined within the walls of the Bird Dog Field Trial Hall of Fame in Grand Junction.

My endorsement, submitted to the Field Trial Hall of Fame last year, details the history of both nominees. But suffice to say Dr. Terlep’s life of service to the bird dog community qualifies him as a living legend.

He’s been a volunteer to the AFTCA, as a regional official and of course as an amateur handler.  The judging assignments he’s accepted, too numerous to detail here, number in the scores.

He was the co-owner of two National Champions, Whippoorwill Wild Card and his grandson, Wild Agin. Before that, he took a cast off, Pike Creek Mike, and with Randy Patterson shaped him into a National Championship contender.

His guidance and dedication as a director of two of our most significant field trial championships in the United States, the Continental and the National Championship, continues today.

His veterinary medical knowledge and skill makes him one of the most sought-after resources for the care of sporting dogs in the United States.

For well over forty years he’s been a larger than life figure (both in character and stature) in the field trial community. However much he’s devoted to our sport, he’ll be forever linked to the names Whippoorwill Wild Card, Whippoorwill Wild Agin, Dr. Jack Huffman, Bob Walthall and my other nominee, Sparkles (2-14-96+).

These canines have, since the late 1980s, become as familiar as any other in the betterment of the pointer breed and successful careers of many of the professional and amateur breeders, owners and handlers in our country and beyond its shores. Of course, we know that Wild Card and Wild Agin are National Champions and Hall of Fame inductees along with Dr. Jack Huffman.

But without his vision, collaboration and partnership with Dr. Jack and Bob, the mating of Wild Agin to Sparkles (HOF Rock Acre Blackhawk ex Southern Sunflower), might not have produced as significant a line of champions, which continues today and bodes well for the future of our sport.  Detailed in last year’s nomination, the mating produced 14 champions, one of which, Whippoorwill Justified, was named the National Champion in 2016.  Out of her first litter, Ch. Ransom, has sired a 2-time National Champion, Lester’s Sunny Hill Jo, and several other multiple champions. A noted canine gerontologist recently wrote that Sparkles is one of the most productive bitches in the history of the pointer breed.

Your vote for each of these eminently deserving and qualified candidates for the Class of the 2019 Bird Dog Hall of Fame will certainly be worthwhile and an honor to the people who’ve shared a partnership and friendship that produced these winners.

Ken Blackman, Williston, Tenn.



It’s that time of year when we remember to give honor. This year we have two individuals who deserve our attention.

First on the list is Gordon Hazlewood who is a household name in the shooting dog arena. He started his career in the early 1970s; quail hunting was his passion. In Texas in the 1970s bird hunting was booming and Gordon made a name for himself being the one who developed top hunting dogs.

Being a professional he strives to test himself. His next step was horseback shooting dogs and he’s never wavered from that. His first championship was in 1975 in the quail fields of Mexico. To this day he’s never stopped, massing close to 100 championships.

The unique thing about Gordon’s success is that he developed all of his champions. Most from puppies. Think about that; that’s unbelievable for a man to achieve such a feat! He’s won them all; the National Open Shooting Dog Championship, the United States Shooting Dog Invitational, and all over the land.

His first trip to the training grounds in the summer was western Oklahoma then to the prairies of North and South Dakota. Fifty plus years I’ve had the privilege to be with him on many of his trips. He worked daylight to dark every day. When you sent a dog with Gordon you got your money’s worth.

He’s given to every aspect of the sport, judging, scouting, training and supported clubs all over the country. He’s known to have the touch with a dog. A good example of this is that the number of pros who have a problem they can’t fix they send them to Gordon. One  of these is in his kennel as we speak. He just does it right!

So now I ask you to get it RIGHT. Please support a true professional for the Hall of Fame. We are counting on you!

On the all-age scene there’s Mr. All-Age, Andy Daugherty. He came into this world as one of a kind. His introduction to the game came at an early age with a firm foundation from Hall of Fame father Bud Daugherty.

The stories told by Andy are all true. He has seen and been a part of the BEST. Over 100 championships tells you he knows a little about the field trial game. He’s had the greats; Buzzsaw, Brute, Main Tech, Bess, Quickly. They just were great because of Andy. But one of the reasons I feel so strongly about Andy, when Lee West and Marvin McDowell consider you as their SON, well that speaks volumes of the man!

Let’s put these two GREATS in the HALL where they belong.

Steve Messick, Greenbrier, Ark.



I would I like to nominate Fred Rayl for the Field Trial Hall of Fame.

I have known Freddie for forty years.  He used to come to Chemonie Plantation to work dogs with me. At that time they were running Fiddler, Evolution, Builder’s Addition, Premonition, Fiddler’s Pride, etc. He developed some of the best dogs in the country and certainly bettered the breed.

Fred has a special touch with dogs. He could instantly recognize a problem and know how to fix it. Many times I had a problem with a dog and called Fred for advice. He readily suggest a fix.

If anyone belongs in the Hall of Fame it’s Fred.

John Fuller, Tallahassee, Fla.

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