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Endorsements for Candidates Readers Deem Deserving

Field Trial Hall of Fame

May 17, 2019
Andy Daugherty

The issue of May 11 carried the announcement that Field Trial Hall of Fame nominations and elections were on the schedule for the next two months. This issue carries the first installment of endorsements for candidates readers deem deserving of Hall of Fame honors.

There are two categories of candidates — Dogs and Persons — and for each, the primary focus is contributions to the sport.

For Dogs, the win record is significant, not just the number of wins but primarily the quality of the wins. Production record is also of importance, i.e., winners produced, and the quality of the wins of the Dog’s offspring.

On rare occasions a Dog has been elected to the Field Trial Hall of Fame on the merits of one of these aspects, a win record of outstanding achievement or winners produced contributing greatly to the quality of competition.

Insofar as Persons, the same rule of thumb applies — contributions to the sport — and over a lengthy period of time. Contributions that may span several facets: club official, judge, breeder, owner, handler, reporter, landowner, patron of the sport, and usually a combination of these areas of contribution.

An eligible nominee may be living or dead, if living should also have reached 64 years of age.

Herewith is the first installment of endorsements.

Andy Daugherty

It is indeed my high honor to nominate Andy Daugherty for induction into the Field Trial Hall of Fame. Andy Daugherty has to date won 104 championships, more than any other professional handler in the history of the sport. It is my  belief that Andy Daugherty is uniquely qualified for this honor!

Andy entered this life on September 8, 1954 in Kansas City, Kan., the second of five children born to Bud and Jerry Daugherty, into what was soon to become a “Field Trial Family”! Bud Daugherty was honored with his election into the Field Trial Hall of Fame in 2011.

My initial introduction to Andy Daugherty was in the fall of 1969, when I acquired the pointer Ch. Kansas City Jake in the Bud Daugherty string. Andy was a sophomore at Chapman High School in Chapman, Kan. He and his older brother John were exchanging scouting responsibilities for the Daugherty Kennel. The Daugherty brothers were considered to be two of the finest scouts on the major circuit with their services highly sought!

Early in Andy’s introduction to the Canadian prairies, he was smitten by a beautiful Canadian young lady. On August 16, 1974, Andy and Sharleen Leffler were united in marriage at the church in the community of Lanigan, Saskatchewan. Now, if you wanted more than ceremony, you had to venture on to Jansen, Saskatchewan where favors awaited. This social event of the summer on the prairies was attended by field trial royalty, to wit, J. D. Spears, Bill Allen, John Criswell, and the Honorable Judge Lee R. West!

Andy won the first of his 104 championships at the 1978 All-America with Country Express Doc for owners Tom and Don Faller. He subsequently assumed the Daugherty string upon the retirement of his father in 1981.

What follows is but a few of the highlights of Andy’s career:

- National Championship (two times 1981, 2005).  *1) second youngest handler to win the title; *2) member of third father/son team to win the National; *3) has the distinction of appearing in more Nationals than anyone else. (38 renewals/107 braces); * “National Championship, Fathers, Sons and Brothers Who Competed,” by William S. Smith (March 2, 2019 issue, The American Field.)

- Continental Championship (won five times); Quail Championship Invitational (won six times); Texas Championship (won ten times, more than anyone else); Southland Championship (won more times than anyone else);  Sunflower Championship (won more times than anyone else); Florida Championship (won twice);  Saskatchewan Championship (won eight times).

Five  champions Andy Daugherty handled are enshrined in the Field Trial Hall of Fame: Barshoe Buzzsaw (1988), Barshoe Brute (1996), Lehar’s Main Tech (2001), Bear Creek Bess (2001), and House’s Snake Bite (2013)!

This summer will mark Andy’s fifty- second trip north to the Canadian prairies. “Change is the one inevitable constant,” Andy says. A recent positive change and influence has been the Westfall Kennel in Liberty, Mo., and their Mandalay Plantation in South Georgia. One thing that has not changed after nearly fifty years are owners Andy inherited from his dad in Brad Calkins, Tom and Don Faller, and until recently Judge Lee R. West.

Just think of it, my friends, more championships won than anyone else

in the sport! Andy’s body of work, 104 championships, begs for admission to the Field Trial Hall of Fame.

Join with me in printing Andy’s name on both of your ballots appearing in The American Field, thereby assuring Andy of an honor and distinction well earned!

Thank you for your consideration.

W. D. “Bill” Coddington,  Paola, Kan.


A. Paul Haczela

I nominate my father A. Paul Haczela for the Field Trial Hall of Fame.

I grew up with my father attending field trials in Rhinebeck, N. Y., Pound Ridge and Syracuse, N. Y., New Britain, Conn., and other locations throughout the Northeast.

I remember my father’s most famous dog, a pointer called Step and Fetchit. This pointer won many blue ribbons as well as silver plates, pitchers and trophies. All this field trial activity occurred in the late 1950s, the 1960s and 1970s.

My father was also a reporter for The American Field. He rode on horseback with a tape recorder, which helped him remember the dogs, as well as judging the dogs’ performances.

My father was a bird hunter (grouse, quail, partridge, pheasant). He was a member of the Southern New York Field Trial Association.

He donated trophies for the winners. His famous hat was festooned with

silver and gold emblems. He ventured to Hawaii and Japan for field trials. He was the recipient of silver sake cups, gifts from Japanese field trialers.

He was instrumental in proposing a Top Shooting Dog Award, similar to the All-Age Award.

I remember many field trials with my father, mother and sister when my father hosted cocktails and food in the last afternoon after the running. He also contributed financially to the sport, and was involved for several seasons with the National Pheasant Shooting Dog Championship at Baldwinsville, N. Y.

My father passed away in March, 1986 at age 85.

Paul W. Haczela,  LaBelle, Fla.

[Note: The foregoing endorsement was received after the Hall of Fame voting had closed in 2018.]


John Evans

I met John Evans in 1965 at the Green River grounds near Amboy, Ill. In 1967, I needed to board two pointers for the summer. I spoke with John and he agreed to take them for the summer. When I left the dogs at his kennels in Sun Prairie, Wis., he said he would see that they received good care. I picked them up in early September. They looked fit and trim. He said that he also worked them on birds.

Several days after bringing them home one placed in an Iowa trial on a hot fall day. He saw to it that they were not only well cared for, well conditioned, and sharp in their bird work.

In 1976 he helped me choose a setter pup for my boys. That dog served as their hunting companion until 1988.

At a trial his dogs were always in contention since he placed considerable value on having a dog that was fit to give its best while it was down.

I last spoke with him, again at Green River, in 1992. He was always friendly and would discuss most any topic.

I feel John is very deserving of this honor.

Ed Alepra,  Kewanee, Ill.


Fred Rayl for the Hall of Fame

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

Fred was brought up 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 travelling to the Canadian prairies with his parents at one year of age and has spent the summers on the prairies the past 65 years.

In all, Fred has won 49 championships with 28 different dogs, mostly from the foundation sires from the W. F. “Bill” Rayl Kennel.

While in high school, Fred began handling dogs in field trials, and at the age of fifteen won his first field trial in 1968 with Repetitious at the Border International Derby. Upon graduation from high school, Fred joined his father in the dog training business.

During Fred’s tenure with Bill Rayl until Bill’s untimely death in March, 1983, Fred honed his skills as a dog trainer, scout and handler. Fred was given the responsibility to work the Derbies, and Bill kept the kennel full of young Derby prospects from pups by Endurance and Builder’s Risk breedings, continuing with young prospects by Evolution, Builder’s Addition and Strongman.

By spring of 1973, just months shy of his 20th birthday, Fred had worked, scouted and handled and placed many of the young prospects in open Derby and open all-age stakes. At the Masters Quail Championship, Fred stepped in for Bill Rayl and masterfully guided Endurance’s Grand Slam to runner-up laurels, his first placement in a major championship stake. Fred’s next major accomplishment came when he won his first championship in 1976 at the age of 23 with Strongman at the Saskatchewan Chicken Championship.

The following information regarding Fred Rayl’s record at the Quail Championship Invitational was compiled from the book, “The Invitational Champions,” by John P. Russell.

In 1977, Fred was the youngest handler to win the Quail Championship Invitational with Builder’s Addition (Fred’s second championship) and won runner-up with Builder’s Addition in 1978 and 1979, respectively. Fred competed at the Quail Championship Invitational seventeen times with 22 different entries, winning it four times and five runners-up with Builder’s Addition (HOF), Fiddler (HOF), Fiddler’s Pride (HOF), Fiddler’s Bo, Builder’s Free Boy and Pride’s Alibi.

At the Quail Championship Invitational and throughout his career, Fred competed head to head with the following Hall of Fame handlers: John Rex Gates, D. Hoyle Eaton, Roy Jines, Billy Morton, Collier Smith, Bud Daugherty, Garland Priddy, Freddie Epp, Marshall Loftin, Tommy Davis, David Grubb, Bill Hunt, Colvin Davis and his dad, Bill Rayl. Hard enough to win facing such stiff competition from this group of Hall of Fame handlers, he competed with Robin Gates, Andy Daugherty, Randy Downs, Rick Furney, Ray Warren, and Randy Patterson.

Fred has competed across the country from Canada to Florida. He won the 1982 National Championship and the Purina Award with Heritage’s Premonition. He won championships at the Masters, the Florida, the Continental All-Age and Derby, the Georgia All-Age and Derby, the Southeastern, the Quail Invitational, the Kentucky, the

United States Chicken, the All-America Quail, Chicken, the Dominion and Saskatchewan Chicken Championships, and International Pheasant Championship.

From Evolution’s progeny, Fred developed Ch. Heritage’s Premonition and Ch. Redemption.

From Builder’s Risk’s progeny, Fred developed and won championships with Ch. Builder’s Addition (HOF) and Ch. Builder’s Free Boy. From Builder’s Addition, Fred developed Ch. Monogram and Ch. Van Mar Blackjack, and from Builder’s Free Boy’s progeny, Fred won a championship with Lady Addition.

With his first championship with Strongman, a precocious pup by Strongman named Fiddler was obtained by the late Dan Bonaguidi. The Fiddler line of dogs became a sustaining line of champions through Fred’s career, accounting for 24 of Fred’s championships.

Over the years, Fred has offered his assistance to various clubs and served as judge at numerous amateur/open stakes including the Region 16 Amateur All-Age Championship, National Amateur Derby Championship, the Armstrong-Umbel Endurance Classic, All-America Open Derby Shooting Dog Classic, the Montana Open Shooting Dog Championship, the Quail Championship Invitational, the American Derby Invitational Championship, the Continental Derby and Open All-Age Championships, the Georgia Open Derby Championship, the Kentucky Open All-Age Championship and the Masters Quail Championship.

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

Robert Thomas, Trussville, Ala.

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