American Field

Field Trial Hall of Fame

Jul 11, 2018

For more than six weeks, readers have had the Persons may be living or dead, and if living having reached opportunity to submit written endorsements for candi- dates they deem deserving of election to the Field Trial Hall of Fame, a custom and practice that has prevailed for more than sixty years, dating back to 1954 when the first elections for the Hall of Fame were held.

And now we have arrived at that juncture when the actual voting for candidates has arrived.

The official Field Trial Hall of Fame ballot appears in this issue — between pages 12 and 13. The ballot is in postcard form and affords readers the opportunity to vote for two Dogs and two Persons for Hall of Fame honors.

There are a few items to be addressed. Please note that dogs eligible for election to the Hall are to be deceased.

Persons may be living or dead, and if living having reached the age of 64.

Election to the Field Trial Hall of Fame is a permanent honor and these Dogs and Persons need not be voted for again. The roster of Field Trial Hall of Fame electees appears on page 6.

Please note: Placing the name of a nominee twice on the same ballot does not accord that Dog or Person additional votes.

A second nomination ballot will appear in next week’s issue (dated July 7-14). The second ballot is also a time- honored opportunity dating back to 1954 of having an official ballot available for another field trial/bird dog fan in the same household.


Oftentimes, great dogs are over-looked for election to the Hall of Fame. Most likely due to the fact these canine athletes’ life span is so short and each year there is an infusion of these field trial performers that become eligible for the Field Trial Hall of Fame.

One of these great dogs is Champion Arrival.

Arrival was a nine-time champion and 2x runner-champion. Arrival’s nine championship wins were:

• National Open Shooting Dog Championship

• National Prairie Chicken Open Shooting Dog Championship

• 3x All-America Open Shooting Dog Championship

• Illinois Open Shooting Dog Championship

• Egyptian Open Shooting Dog Championship

• Kentucky Open Shooting Dog Championship

• Arkansas Open Shooting Dog Championship

Arrival’s Field Dog Stud Book record shows he had 37 recognized placements, sired 117 winners which accumulated a total of 819 wins. Among his 117 win- ners are six champions: Deductible, Slip Knot, Bus Stop, Bold Arrival, Napier Cajun Class and Englishire’s Peidmont.

He was sired by Ch. Evolution (HOF) ex Pete’s Stylish Judy. His handler was Eddie Rayl, son of the late Bill Rayl (HOF) and brother to Fred Rayl.

Arrival’s two runner-up championship wins were at the Masters Open Shooting Dog and the Indiana Open Shooting Dog Championships.

At the time of his win at the 1979 National Open Shooting Dog Champi- onship, Arrival was the youngest dog to win this title. Arrival’s littermate, Heritage’s Premonition, won the 1982 National Bird Dog Championship.

Please join Eddie Rayl and Fred Rayl in supporting Arrival for the Field Trial Hall of Fame.

Robert D. Thomas, Trussville, Ala.



I first saw Dean Lord when he came to Winnemucca, Nev., in the early 1970s to compete in the $5,000 Shooting Dog Stake held there on chukar. For its day, it was a big money trial. Dean Lord was an expert showman and had a string of dogs that certainly could put on a show. It was something to see.

Recently, John Seawright and I were talking. John started and put on the Shooting Dog Invitational for years at Camp Robinson. That event exposed him over a long period of time to the top tier of the shooting dog world.

John and I agreed that Dean Lord in his heyday was a dominant force in his field. He won over fifty championships in some of the stiffest competition. A trial was never over until Dean Lord put the harness on his last dog.

He was always a gentleman and made it a point to personally thank the people who put on the stake. Likewise, he never made a judge suffer if one his dogs was “not getting it done.”

John and I want to add our endorse- ment to that of others who support Dean Lord for the Hall of Fame. He deserves the honor and has been overlooked for too long.

Dr. Ron Deal, Macon, Ga. John D. Seawright, Bigelow, Ark.



Dr. Angelo Lulus, raised on a ranch in Southern Idaho, like many, was involved in hunting with his father’s bird dogs.

After a distinguished military career, he returned to civilian life with a deep desire to become involved with bird dogs once again. His first bird dog was obtained from Mr. and Mrs. John S. O’Neall, having made their acquaintance while fly fishing on Montana’s Madison River.

The bird dog was Warhoop’s Last Stand, a highly successful field trial dog, fol- lowed by a succession of many others from Sentry breeding in the years after.

Dr. Lurus had ridden horses all of his life, so field trialing was a natural sport for him. He also had champion show horses.

Dr. Lurus has served the AFTCA for over fifty years in various capacities including trustee for Region 10 and a club officer. He served on the AFTCA Board of Trustees. As 3rd vice-president Dr. Lurus traveled to Japan on two separate occasions to mediate a dispute within Region 15. This mediation ultimately saved the Region.

Dr. Lurus was president of the AFTCA (1986-1988). He has also done extensive judging, including the National Amateur Quail Championship twice, and the Continental Derby Cham- pionship, to name a few.

Dr. Lurus’ contributions are many including the proposal and subsequent creation of the National Amateur Chukar Shooting Dog Championship, the National Amateur Walking Shooting Dog Championship, the National Ama- teur Chukar All-Age Championship.

During Dr. Lurus’ tenure as president of the AFTCA, he proposed the estab- lishment of the 20th Century Fund. To enhance its desirability for receiving donations, he proposed that it be desig- nated as a 501(c)3 charitable organiza- tion by the Internal Revenue Service and it was subsequently granted that status after an appeal.

Dr. Lurus promoted the computeriza- tion of the AFTCA offices from 3 x 5 index cards to a computer.

Dr. Lurus also proposed the adoption of the Dog Retrieval System, which we use to this day in retrieving lost dogs at our field trials. It has been one of the most significant, valuable achievements in field trials over the past 100 years.

Dr. Lurus, along with contributions from 39 active field trialers, represent- ing 1,000-man years of experience, up- dated and expanded “Guidelines to Field Trials Procedure and Judicial Practice”, which was approved by the Board of Trustees. This title was later changed to “Standards” which was advised by the IRS in order for the AFTCA to receive 501(c)3 charitable status.

Among his achievements, Dr. Lurus has developed numerous champions and runner-up champions and has competed in AFTCA Regions (4, 9, 10, 11, 14 and 16).

He has been a patron of seven profes- sional dog trainers over the years. He has written numerous ON POINT articles for The AMERICAN FIELD pertaining to various field trial procedures and safety and medical issues.

Dr. Lurus was appointed chairperson of the fundraising committee of Dixie Plantation where the Continental Field Championships are run. He proposed the development of a miniature replica bronze sculpture of Midnight Sun with donation funds generated to refurbish the famous mansion house. All of the bronzes were sold out by donations.

During his professional life in radiol- ogy, he was granted a fellowship by the American College of Radiology. This honor is granted to only 10% of Ameri- can radiologists. He was named Visiting Professor of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University for his role in assisting in the development of the Radiology Department of that school. This arose from his demonstrating the use of radiology including CT Scanning and Radio Nuclide Scanning in demon- strating spear grass involvement in one of his excellent dogs.

In addition, Dr. Lurus was invited to lecture on the Advancements of CT and MRI scanners by the Peoples Republic of China. He was one of the first doctors to enter China in 1982.

A record and reputation of devotion to the sport of field trialing over the past 50+ years, Dr. Angelo Lurus is worthy of your valuable support. Thank you.

Friends and supporters of Angelo G. Lurus for the Field Trial Hall of Fame


SPARKLES — 2-14-96

Trying to find enough about a bitch who might qualify for the Field Trial Hall of Fame is pretty much akin to “finding a needle in a haystack.”

My friend “Steeple Bell” helped me find the data. The ones that come to mind, most recently, include: Bear Creek Bess (2004), Elhew Swami and Elhew Sunflower (2011) and Elhew Hannabell (2011). These were truly outstanding field trial champions.

But we must go back to an earlier time to identify bitches that were significant for the offspring they whelped. There are three that have been so honored to have been elected into the Hall of Fame. Lady Ferris (1963) was the dam of two cham- pions: National Ch. Ferris Jake and Lady Louise Proctor, she the Texas State Amateur Champion. Lullaby (1966) was the only bitch to be dam of two National Champions: Ariel and Luminary. She was also the dam of Rockabye Baby, National Derby and National Free-for- All Champion.

Nell’s Rambling On (2000) produced three champions from her seven litters: Additions’s Go Boy, Condo and the famous and prolific Guard Rail.

Whelped at Thorpe McKenzie’s Sunnyhill Plantation, Sparkles and Sparrowhawk were two bitches in the  litter out of HOF Rock Acre Blackhawk and Southern Sunflower. Sparkles stayed at Sunnyhill. Sparrowhawk was later paired with Wild Agin and pro- duced several champions, one being Erin’s Wild Justice, owned by Allen Lin- der and campaigned by Luke Eisenhart.

Sparkles placed in two trials, but her conformation and disposition caught Bob Walthall’s attention. She was bred and whelped four litters — all by Whippoorwill Wild Agin.

Each of her litters was given the same early start at Sunnyhill.

The first litter produced Ch. Ransom, R-U Ch. Whippoorwill Blue Blood, Ch. Whippoorwill Red Rage and Ch. Texas Wild Agin. Also from her first litter, Oakspring Big Time won the Inola Open Derby and was runner-up in the Ameri- can Field Quail Futurity. Allen Vincent handled him and candidly told me that, in his opinion, Big Time was the best of the litter, but he died young.

Sparkles’ second litter produced two outstanding prospects that have proven successful. Ch. Dazzling won the Georgia Derby Championship and was runner-up in the United States Chicken Championship.

Another star out of the second litter, Ch. Skyfall, is a handsome white and liver specimen. He’s won the Alabama Championship, and runner-up in the Georgia Derby Championship, the Southern, and United States Open.

The third litter, depending on what you look at, may have been the most start-studded. Whippoorwill Justified won the 2016 National Championship and that season also won the Purina Top All-Age Dog Award.

The fourth litter is now just coming on line and already shows potential. Whip- poorwill Mayhem won the American Derby Invitational; Whippoorwill Forever Wild was the Sunflower Open Shooting Dog Champion, and Barshoe Five’N Dimer just missed being in the money on several occasions.

One generation removed from this classy white and liver matron of Sunny- hill Plantation, Bob and Thorpe kept Ransom (callname Henry) out of the first litter. The leggy white and orange pointer won the Border International Championship and has tallied several other placements. However, his prowess is starting to show in the champions he’s producing: Desoto Springs Jake, May- haw King ofthe Hill, and Whippoorwill Foto Op. Possibly the most impressive of Henry’s get is Lester’s Sunny Hill Jo, named National Champion in 2017 and 2018.

Sparkles has earned the right to be one of the most prolific brood matrons in history. Please lend your vote to this beautiful girl and make a spot in Grand Junction’s Hall of Fame.

Ken Blackman, Williston, Tenn.



Dr. Terlep is one of the most deserving persons that I know in the sport who is qualified for the Field Trial Hall of Fame. He has al- ways been there to answer ques- tions for anyone about animal medicine. I have sat in his house and listened to him talk with people about health problems with their dogs. Terry is a giver to the sport. He has judged, put on trials, has served on many boards for the sport and is still an advocate of the bird dog world. It is time to put this great man, Terry Terlep, in the Hall of Fame!

Rich Robertson, Payette, Ida.



Iam nominating Abra (156-84-1299) for the Hall of Fame. He was great. Compare his win record with an American Field dog and it will prove how great he was.

Stan Zdanczewicz, Muskego, Wis.



When one reads the qualifications for Persons for consideration for Field Trial Hall of Fame recognition, Fred Rayl meets these standards.

Fred was raised in the bird dog world and it has been an integral part of his life for the past 65 years. Having a father  like Bill Rayl (HOF) guide you made the transition into to the bird dog profession appear seamless for Fred. He began trav- elling to the Canadian prairies with his parents at one year of age and has spent summers on the prairies for 64 years.

Fred began handling dogs in field trials as a teenager and won his first field trial in 1968 at the age of 15 with Rep- etitious at the Border Interna- tional Derby.

He placed in his first championship in 1972, just shy of his 20th birthday, winning runner-up with Endurance’s Grand Slam at the Masters Quail Championship. Fred won his first championship in 1976 at the age of 23 with Strongman at the Saskatchewan Chicken Championship. In all, Fred has won 49 championships and 70 runner-up championships over a span of four decades.

While traversing the country from Canada through the Midwest and East Coast to the Deep South competing on the major circuit, Fred also attended many regional and local field trials, placing hundreds of dogs winning over 1,000 placements in his fifty years of competing in field trials.

With his first championship with Strongman, a precocious pup out of Strongman named Fiddler was obtained for the late Dan Bonaguidi. The Fiddler line of dogs became a sustaining line of champions through Fred’s career . . . Fiddler, Fiddler’s Pride, Fiddler’s Bo, Fiddler’s Pride’s Iris, River City Fiddler, Fiddler’s Repeat, Yoshi’s Fiddler Hope, Ballentine, Bal’s Dancer, Spy Hill Pride and Pride’s Alibi. These twelve dogs (including Strongman) accounted for 24 of Fred’s championships.

There are two particular Fiddler-bred dogs that Fred placed that merit recog- nition in Fred Rayl’s accomplishments as a handler and breeder. Fiddler’s D, by Fiddler’s Pride. Fred did not win a championship with Fiddler’s D, but Fred did win two runner-up titles with her: the 1990 Continental Derby Championship and the 1991 Continental Open All-Age Championship. The second dog was 3x Ch. Spy Hill Pride. Pride was by 2x Ch. Spy Hill Bullett ex Fiddler’s D. Fred Rayl handled Spy Hill Pride to champi- onship wins in both the 1997 Continen- tal Derby Championship and the 2000 Continental Open All-Age Champi- onship. Spy Hill Pride became only the third dog to win both these prestigious  events. It might be the only time in the trials’ history that a handler has placed both one of the parents (sire or dam) and the offspring in these two trials.

And it also can be noted that Spy Hill Pride was the sire of Pride’s Alibi, the winner of the Florida Open All-Age Championship, earning Fred Rayl his fifth championship. This win made it six straight generations starting with Strong- man, Fiddler, Fiddler’s Pride, Fiddler’s D, Spy Hill Pride and Pride’s Alibi that Fred has handled the Fiddler line of dogs to the winners’ circle.

Over the years, Fred has offered his assistance to various clubs and served as judge at numerous amateur stakes in- cluding the Region 16 Amateur All-Age Championship and National Amateur Derby Championship.

When opportunity allowed, Fred has served as judge on major circuit trials such as the American Derby Invitational Championship, the Continental Derby and the Continental Open All-Age Championships.

Please join me and show your support for Fred Rayl for the Field Trial Hall of Fame.

Robert D. Thomas, Trussville, Ala.



I would like to take this opportunity to recommend Torben Hansen for the Field Trial Hall of Fame. I met Torben in January, 2016 when I judged the Florida Championship with him in Lake City, Fla. I had heard his name for years but getting to judge with him was a great experience.

Torben is a guy with a ton of bird dog knowledge and experience who meets all the criteria of a Hall of Fame member.

Chip Pendergrass, Dayton, Tenn.



Starting in the 1970s, John has spent four decades dedicated to the field trial sport as a club official, judge, reporter, breeder, owner, handler, patron of the sport. He’s loved every facet of it, especially the people.

John unselfishly opens his personally developed Sawtooth Plantation for amateur and pro trials throughout the season.

John has “stayed the course” and benefitted our sport significantly over a lengthy period of time.

We have witnessed first hand many contributions John Ivester has made to our field trial sport. John has been a great contributor to the success of the Hoffman field trial grounds in North Carolina. Under his leadership, the bird program at Hoffman last trial season was one of the most successful bird popula- tions there we have seen. He also gives weeks of his valuable time to organize both open and amateur trials at Hoffman.

It is time that this “most” qualified man be recognized for all his contributions to the field trial sport. We ask all professionals and ama- teurs to join us in recognizing this out- standing individual by voting “John Ivester” into the “Field Trial Hall of Fame.”

Sammy and Nida Giddens, Faison, N. C.


I know of no one who is worthier of induction to the Field Trial Hall of Fame than my friend, John Ivester.

I met John in the early 1980s about the time I was elected secretary-treasurer of the Georgia Field Trial Association. At that time it was evident that his heart was in the sport. He has served as a judge and reporter for the GFTA on several occasions. His honesty cannot be questioned. He has had dogs running in our trials more times than I can remember.

He won the National Championship in 2000 with Marques Gold Rush. He sponsored a 20th Century Fund print commemorating that win to benefit the AFTCA.

John has given back to the sport by serving as a club officer, Region 3 offi- cer, AFTCA Region 3 trustee, director of the National Championship, past- president of the NCFTA and grounds chairman of the NCFTA.

In 2004, John had groomed his Sawtooth Plantation at McBee, S. C., to host field trials. Can one only imagine what this meant to the sport? Grounds are being lost every year.

You have read the facts. Now let’s make it happen! John’s name should be included along with the other sportsmen who have already achieved this honor.

Nell Mobley, Waynesboro, Ga.


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