American Field

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Field Trial Hall of Fame

Second Official Nomination Ballot Carried in This Issue
Jul 08, 2019
Joe Bush

The first Field Trial Hall of Fame official nomination ballot was carried in the issue of June 29. The second is included in this issue, between pages 12 and 13.

The ballot affords readers the opportunity to vote for two candidates in each of the two categories — Dogs and Persons — for Hall of Fame recognition.

When voting for Dogs, that candidate must be deceased, and two facets are to be considered — the Dog’s win record, not just quantity but the quality of the wins, and the contribution that Dog made to the pointing dog breed as sire or dam in producing winning offspring.

As has been noted on earlier occasions, in rare instances a specific Dog’s win record is so impressive because of its quality so as to compel strong consideration for Hall of Fame nomination and election.

For Persons, the criteria, the yardstick, so to say, is different.

First, the Person may be living or deceased; if living have reached the age of 64. Additionally, what has that Person done for the betterment of the field trial sport? In short, what contributions has he or she made to make the field trial pastime better?

In short: Is the sport better for having this Person involved in the field trial sport?

These contributions to the field trial pastime may take several forms: Club official, judge, owner, breeder, handler, patron of the sport, and customarily a combination of these over a goodly length of time.

Readers are urged to review the contributions of Dogs and Persons so they can vote appropriately for the most deserving candidates.

Please note: Election to the Field Trial Hall of Fame is a permanent honor and those elected need not be nominated again. See the roster of the Hall of Fame honorees on page 5 for reference.

When all the official ballots have been received and counted by the July 22 deadline date, the names of the leading candidates — Dogs and Persons — will be sent to the members of the Election Committee who are entrusted with voting for the most deserving nominees for Hall of Fame membership.

Each season there is the query: Why two official ballots? Such has been the case since the first nominating process was initiated in 1954, with the assumption that there is more than one individual in a household desirous of voting and thus two ballots are made available. The second official nomination ballot appears in this issue.


I would like to second Mr. Scott Jordan’s endorsement of Mr. Joe Bush for the Field Trial Hall of Fame. Mr. Bush has over fifty years of involvement with field trials.

Many believe he is the best, or one of the best scouts that ever lived.

Field trials in the 1960s and 1970s could certainly be remembered as the “era of the scout”. When recalling these years of trialing three names are always mentioned in the same breath: the dog, the handler and the scout.

Mr. Bush first went to Canada when he was fifteen years old with Mr. Bill Rayl. He related his first experience in Canada in this manner, “Those all-age dogs could really run and I fell in love with them. I had never seen a dog run so far.”

He had an uncanny knack of finding lost dogs and possessed of incredible set of hawk-like eyes.

Styling up a dog was a specialty. When he was through with a dog they looked like a statue. Mr. Bush scouted more winners than most can remember and did it in a style that is still talked about.

It is time for another scout to be elected to the Hall of Fame and Joe Bush is a worthy candidate.

Robert Franks, DeWitt, Ark.



We nominate Ch. Builder’s Risk as a candidate for the Field Trial Hall of Fame.

Builder’s Risk was one of the foundation sires that Bill Rayl sought in his quest to develop outstanding field trial competitors and bird dogs.

Builder’s Risk was whelped January 11, 1969. He is from the breeding of Bill Rayl’s Ch. Highway Man to Stealakiss. Patricia Cooper of Rock-ville, Ind., is the breeder of record and Bill Ball of Danville, Ky., was Risk’s owner.

Builder’s Risk placed in thirty field trials. He won two runner-up titles, the 1975 Georgia Open Quail Championship and the 1975 North Carolina Open Quail Championship. These placements earned him a spot at the 1975 Quail Invitational Championship.  Builder’s Risk outperformed eleven other well-known champions (which included HOF dogs such as Buckboard, Miller’s Miss Knight and White Knight’s Button) to emerge as the champion.

Builder’s Risk had all the quality attributes that make an outstanding field trial bird dog: intelligence, a strong bird-finding desire and endurance. These traits were passed on to his progeny and through them passed on from generation to generation.

Builder’s Risk produced 67 winners that have won 512 field trials. He produced three champions:

Builder’s Addition (HOF) (19-41-246) — a 4x champion, 4x runner-up champion. Major wins include the

International Pheasant, Quail Championship Invitational, the Florida Open All-Age and the National Championship. Runner-up titles at the Quail Championship Invitational (twice), the Georgia Quail and International Pheasant Championships.

Builder’s Free Boy (15-18-154) — a 4x champion, 4x runner-up champion. Major wins include the All-America Chicken, the Masters Quail and the All-America Quail Championship (twice). Runner-up titles include the All-America Quail, the Georgia Quail, the Florida Open All-Age and Quail Championship Invitational.

Glendale — 1976 Continental Derby Champion.

Paraphrasing from John P. Russell’s book “The Invitational Champions”, Builder’s Risk (Ch. 1975), through his direct progeny, had a continuing influence in the Quail Invitational Championship. Through Builder’s Addition (champion, 1977, runner-up, 1978 and 1979).

Builder’s Risk appears in either the sire or dam lines of Addition’s Go Boy (runner-up, 1985); Lehar’s Main Tech (champion, 1994); Redemption’s Reward (runner-up, 1989); House’s Hiplain Drifter (champion, 2003); Future Stock (champion, 2002); House’s Snake Bite (runner-up, 2008); Chinquapin Andy (champion, 2010) and Erin’s Dog Soldier (champion, 2014).

And through Builder’s Free Boy (runner-up, 1983) progeny, Builder’s Risk appears in sire lines of Flatwood Rusty (runner-up, 1995) and Silverwood (runner-up, 1996).

As we had this opportunity to look back over time, it has become apparent that Builder’s Risk played an integral part in improving the pointing dog breed.

Please join Fred Rayl and friends in electing Builder’s Risk, Champion of Champions, to the Field Trial Hall of Fame.

Robert Thomas, Trussville, Ala.



As noted on page 4 of a previous American Field, the yardstick of merit for the Hall of Fame is: Is this sport better for having this person involved with it? And: contributions (to the sport) are to take several forms: club official — complied; judge — complied; owner — complied, including two National Champions and Hall of Fame; breeder — complied; handler — complied; patron of the sport — complied. For over forty years at no monetary compensation and a combination of these over a goodly length of time — complied. Over forty years.

The above criteria almost everyone knows by now, but as follows are some facts not known:

In 1990 when we started as amateurs in Punta Gorda, Fla., Terry loaned us his horse Star to handle and ride. We did not own a horse. After a few weeks he mentioned he might want to sell him for $1,000. We told Terry that we had no money to buy it. His reply was: “Take the horse. It’s yours and pay me whenever and however you can.” Which we did.

A few years later we lost a pup in the field trial grounds with Terry and he offered to get us a helicopter landing at his veterinary practice thirty miles south so we could locate the dog, which was unsuccessfully tried, but was found weeks later by a hunter.

At a time that our dog Enroller developed problems with a rear leg, he took a biopsy and sent it to a specialized cancer veterinarian lab in California and it proved that it was too spread to even consider amputation. All of these at no cost.

Many years later when our dog Funseeker’s Rebel won the 2007 National Championship and his dog was in very close contention and standing by. When the winner was announced, Terry was as happy as if it was his own dog. A true sportsman and friend.

Upon this championship win, Terry advised us to collect and have frozen semen in storage for the future and was done under his advice and supervision. This has proven a major consideration when Funseeker’s Rebel was elected to the Hall of Fame almost ten years after his death, that many of his offspring are still winning field trials and championships.

All of the above is a short version of the help that Terry has provided to us for forty years at no monetary compensation.

Terry Terlep has not just two dogs in the Hall of Fame, but two and a half!

Thank you Terry and Marilyn for your friendship!

Frank & Mercy Fonseca, Miami, Fla.



Over the past 55 years we have watched many bird dogs perform. The first time we saw Ch. Grid Iron was in a workout at our farm, Hunter’s Creek Kennels, approximately twenty years ago. Grid Iron was on point while Luke Eisenhart went out to flush the quail. His intensity on game before and after was picturesque. That day and all the many other times we saw Grid Iron on game he always pointed the same —flagpole stiff tail, uplifted head, drinking the scent of his game and all the while with intensity and love for what he was doing — a blazing desire to find quail. Grid Iron still stands out as one of the most outstanding dogs we have ever seen.

These qualities of a true bird dog make Grid Iron what all top breeders are seeking in their breeding program. Grid Iron’s breeding qualities have produced winners and champions. We are proud to have Grid Iron in the pedigree of our breeding program.

Grid Iron, callname Rocky, clearly deserves to be elected into the Field Trial Hall of Fame. Join us in marking your ballot for Grid Iron this year.

Sammy & Nida Giddens, Hunter’s Creek Kennels, Faison, N. C.



Dear American Field: We would like to nominate Fred Rayl for the Hall of Fame.

Fred grew up in the small town of Fitzgerald, Ga., as did Lynn. In 2001 Lynn and I met, and I introduced her to the sport of field trialing. On one of our earliest outings to Dixie Plantation, she found someone who she knew from the past, Fred Rayl.

It was obvious to her that Fred had not changed much in the thirty years since she last saw him. He was still the same humble, hardworking man.

Fred and I became friends and soon he was helping us with our first dogs. He generously shared his gifts for training dogs and their handlers. It was clear that he had forgotten more than we would ever know. To this day, I can hear him telling us to “call on the dog early, before he has a chance to commit to going the wrong way.”

In the last seven years, we have had the pleasure of going to Montana and sharing a dog camp with Fred. He has been of immeasurable help to us, teaching us how to train on the prairie with pheasant, sharptail grouse and Hungarian partridge. We have personally seen the time and effort he gives to each dog on his string at summer camp.

His love of the sport, the horses, the dogs and his family are without question. When I read of all of his accomplishments, including 49 all-age championships, it is difficult to reconcile this with the man we know. He never boasts about his remarkable record, although he does talk about the great dogs he has enjoyed over the years.

Fred is always happy to step up and put on his judge’s hat, whether it’s a weekend trial or a major championship. One thing is certain, when he is in the judicial role, your dog will have his attention. He still has the eagle eye that can detect misbehavior from afar, but the wisdom to continue to watch closely to verify. He looks for the positives in both dogs and their handlers, not for reasons to disqualify. His gift for encouragement extends to all, not to just his clients. It is individuals like Fred who create growth in our sport.

For all of these reasons, Lynn and I hope you will cast your ballot for Fred Rayl.

Buck Heard, Moultrie, Ga.


We are convinced that with Andy Daugherty and Fred Rayl we have two very deserving candidates in every way for the Field Trial Hall of Fame.

Think about it! They have made big marks in the world of bird dogs for some sixty years, from the cradle to the present time and on. They made the big leagues and are still knocking it out of the park.

Is the sport better for having these great dog men who are true ambassadors? You bet!

They have trained, made and broke many good dogs, enough great ones, too. Brought many good people into the sport we love so much and made it bigger and better.

For info, read article “Fathers, Sons and Brothers” in The American Field March 1, 2019 issue.

Join us with your vote and support.

Diane & John Rex Gates, Hickory Valley, Tenn.



We are nominating Gordon Hazlewood as a candidate for the Field Trial Hall of Fame for 2019. He has been a trainer of shooting dogs for forty years.

Gordon first started training out of Tomball, Tex., and became a professional trainer in 1969. He has been training for the public ever since except for a seven-year span when he trained solely for Bill Westfall of Westfall GMC in Kansas City. He has since been back on his own training out of Darnell, Ark., and has quite the string of young dogs.

I have known Gordon since the mid-1970s when he first came to the

Missouri Shooting Dog Classic before it was a championship. He ran a string of his dogs. Since then he and I have become very close friends. I have gone with him to North Dakota and South Dakota several times and hope to continue doing so again.

He has the capability of taking a young dog and bringing it on making it into a championship caliber dog. It’s a feat that not everyone can do. He has such a knack of training; it’s a marvel to watch him. I have watched him now for several years, gone north with him, watched him work a dog in the summer, start one off and about two and a half to three months it’s unbelievable what he has done with that dog. I am sure there are a lot of owners who he has had over the past forty some years that will testify to the same; what he has done for them and their dogs. He has trained for multiple individuals, made championship dogs for them and won the Dog of the Year, twice. He has won the National Open Shooting Dog Championship twice. He should be considered to be inducted into the Field Trial Hall of Fame; he has all the credentials we look for and has judged multiple trials and championships.

I have been fortunate to judge with him several times. He has put on trials in Oklahoma and Kansas and is very qualified in all aspects of field trialing.

When I talk about Gordon winning over 100 championships, he hasn’t done it with a handful of dogs. It’s been a multitude of dogs for many different owners. Which is a statement in itself. I’d like to add a list of these dogs. I’m sure those who read The Field and have been around field trialing for years will recognize these names. I’m sure some of these names will bring back memories.

Starting off with the dog that Gordon won his first championship with:

Greenbriar Buck — championship, runner-up; Texas Express Betty — 3 championships, won the National; Warhoop Express Liz — 6 championships, counting runner-up; Warhoop Express Sissy — 2 championships; High Tail Reb — 2 championships; Carden Bottom Lady — National Open Shooting Dog Championship; Gerke’s May Roll — 5 championships, 3 runners-up; Mount Nebo’s Lefty — 2 championships, 3 runners-up; Westfall’s Black Ice — 2 championships, 5 runners-up; Dun Well’s Crook — 1 championship; South Wind Micky — 4 championships; Chickalah Chief — 1 championship, 1 runner-up; Double Eagle Man — 2 championships; Picnic — 1 championship; Chickalah Cowboy — 2 championships, 3 runners-up; Anastasia — 1 championship; Lee’s Debutante — 1 championship, 1 runner-up; Kojack’s Streetwalker — 1 championship; Hash Mark — 1 championship; Warhoop Express Jill — 1 championship; Bud Lite — 2 championships, 1 runner-up.

Dogs that have runner-up championships: Miss Diamond Dandy (1); Fancy Chick (1); Guideline (2); W W Moses (1); Little Hickory (1); Bill’s Doublecross Bud (1); Mount Nebo’s Air (1); Las Animas Mac (2); Las Animas Rita (1); High Roller (1); Al’s Debutante (1); Delightful Ann (1); Leisure Time (1); Kristie’s John Boy (2); Westfall’s Bell (1); Tichi’s Sue (1).

That’s a pretty good string of dogs that the man has had for close to forty years and a tremendous number of championships.

Not to mention the ones he trained for amateurs that have also won championships. Warhoop Express Liz (2) and won the National Amateur Shooting Dog Championship; Gold Nugget Chip (4) and won the National Amateur Shooting Dog and All-Age Championships; Royal Oak (3) and won the National Amateur Shooting Dog Championship; Mount Nebo’s Zorro won the National Amateur Shooting Dog Championship; Dun Well’s Crook (1) and (3) runners-up; Texas Express Betty (4); Warhoop Express Sissy (1); Westfall’s Black Ice (4) and (1) runner-up in the amateur division; Mount Nebo’s Lefty (2) and (1) runner-up.

This record speaks highly of Gordon’s ability to break and train dogs that then amateurs can run and win championships with.

Another feat I would like to recognize that Gordon has accomplished are the dogs that he started as either a puppy or Derby. This means these dogs probably had no other training at all until he got hold of them.

Gordon has EXTREME ability in being able to start young dogs, finish them, and make champions out of them for either in the open division or for their owners in the amateur division.

As I mentioned earlier, Gordon quit training for the public in 2003 and went to work for Bill Westfall. During the summer of 2003, I was with Gordon when we went to Dean Lord’s camp and picked up a little white and black dog out of Rock Acre Blackhawk and Elhew Katie Lee. Gordon took this dog for Bill and over the next few years produced a multiple champion out of him. They named this dog Westfall’s Black Ice. Over the years while Gordon was with Bill and even after, the Ice dog won two open championships, five runners-up, four amateur championships and one amateur runner-up.

Also in that time, Bill purchased Mount Nebo’s Zorro and Mount Nebo’s Lefty from Gordon and Zorro won the National Amateur Shooting Dog Championship for Bill and Lefty won two championships and one runner-up. Bill also had a female dog named Westfall’s Belle that won an open championship and runner-up. As I have explained, Gordon has won a tremendous amount of trials and championships over the years. He’s made an uncountable amount of friends wherever he goes and will always help anybody. I do believe he is a mostdeserving individual for the Hall of Fame and I hope we can get everyone’s support in this and get him inducted.

Larry Meek,  Bates City, Mo.

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