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Fred Rayl for the Field Trial Hall of Fame.

By Robert D. Thomas | Jul 05, 2019
Courtesy of: Winnie Jean Rayl Martino

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 old and has been spending 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’s Kennel.

While in high school, Fred began handling dogs in field trials, and at the age of 15 won his first field trial in 1968 with Repetitious at the Border International Derby stake. 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 out of Endurance and Builder’s Risk breeding’s.  And continued fulfilling the kennel with young prospects out of Evolution, Builder’s Addition and Strongman breeding’s.

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 including one named Endurance’s Grand Slam.  At the Masters Quail Championship, Fred stepped in for Bill Rayl and masterfully guided Endurance’s Grand Slam to runner-up champion 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 Invitational Championship was compiled from recently release book “The Invitational Champions”, written by John P Russell where the top twelve dogs are brought to compete in the “dream trial”.

In 1977, Fred became the youngest handler to win The Quail Invitational Championship with Builder’s Addition (Fred’s 2nd championship) and placed Builder’s Addition to the runner- championship at this championship in 1978 and 1979, respectively.  Fred competed at the Quail Invitational 17 times, with 22 entries with 11 of his champions, winning 4 championships and 5 runner-up championships. The wins include 1xch & 2xru Builder’s Addition (HOF)in 1977,1978 and 1979, Fiddler (HOF)in 1980 and 2xch Fiddler’s Pride (HOF)1984 and 1985.  He earned runner-up laurels with Fiddler’s Bo in 1982, Builder’s Free Boy in 1983 and Pride’s Alibi in 2006.

At The Quail Invitational Championship Fred competed head to head with the following HOF  field trial handlers  and throughout his career:  John Rex Gates, D. Hoyle Eaton, Roy Jines, Billy Morton, Collier Smith, Bud Daugherty, Garland Priddy, Freddie Epp, Marshall Loftin, Tommy Davis, David Grub, Bill Hunt, Pete Hicks, Colvin Davis and his dad, Bill Rayl.  Hard enough to win facing such stiff competition from this group of HOF handlers, he had to continue to compete with Robin Gates, Andy Daugherty, Randy Downs, Rick Furney, Ray Warren, Randy Patterson and many others as the list is long.

Fred has competed across the country the from Canada to Florida.  He won the 1982 National Championship and the Purina Award with Heritage 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 U.S. Chicken, the All-America Quail, Chicken and Derby, The Dominion Chicken and The Saskatchewan Chicken championship, and International Pheasant championship.

From Evolution’s progeny, Fred developed 2xCh Heritage Premonition and Ch Redemption.

From Builder’s Risk’s progeny, Fred developed and won championships with 2xCh Builder’s Addition (HOF) and 4xCh Builder’s Free Boy.  From Builder’s Addition, Fred developed Ch Monogard 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 out of Strongman named Fiddler was obtained for their customer, the late Dan Bonaguidi.  The Fiddler line of dogs became a sustaining line of champions through Fred’s career… Fiddler (HOF), Fiddler’s Pride (HOF), Fiddler’s Bo, Fiddler’s Pride 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.

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 and the Florida/Georgia Handlers Trial.  When opportunity allowed for it, Fred has served as judge on major circuit trials such as The Quail Invitational Championship, the American Derby Invitational Championship, the Continental Derby Championship, the Continental Open All Age Championships, the Georgia Open Derby Championship, the Kentucky Open All Age Championship and the Masters Quail Championship,

Please join us and show your support for Fred Rayl for the Field Trail Hall of Fame.

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