American Field

Field Trial Report

Hanover Field Trial Association

By Art Mourino | Dec 06, 2017
Amateur Puppy Winners. Front (l-r): Gray’s Samsara with Jameson Crandall, Gray’s Fire Down Below with Forrest Gray and Luna with Jessica Conaway. Standing: Paula Jones and  Judges Kirk Regensburg and George Ramkey.

King William, Va. — The Hanover Field Trial Association’s fall U. S. Complete trial was held  November 4 at the Cohoke Shooting Preserve. The Association would like to thank Mr. Floyd D. Gottwald, Jr. for allowing the trial to be held on his private shooting preserve.

Dennis Boswell had the facilities in good condition for the field trial. The club is very lucky to have these well maintained groomed grounds for field trials.

Temperature ranged from the 20s to the 50s. The forecast was for a rainy day but it turned out to be a pleasant day for a field trial both for the dogs and participants.

We thank Nestlé Purina for being the national sponsor of U. S. Complete weekend and championship trials.

Purina is providing discount coupons for their dog food to all dogs that have earned placements in the various stakes.

Several club members pitched in to make this field trial a success. David Coleman planted birds. Retta Ramkey typed the programs. Art Mourino collected entry fees and provided the Kawasaki Mule which Lee Mullikin used to transport dogs and handlers to the starting line. There were a large number of spectators and the gallery wagon was standing room only.

The gallery wagon was provided by Meredith Jones. Waverly Coleman used his truck to pull the gallery wagon.

Judy Jones and Evelyn Coleman prepared a chicken casserole, baby lima beans, pound cake and brownies. Judy prepared deviled eggs and banana pudding, a veggie salad, and macaroni and cheese. Evelyn and Judy received a lot of compliments. The Hanover trial is fortunate to have many members and wives who help make this trial a success. We appreciate everyone’s help in making our trial successful.

Kirk Regensburg and George Ramkey of Mechanicsville, Va., judged the Puppy Stake. Skip Brown of Henderson, N. C., and Craig Stariha of Richmond, Va., judged the Derby and Shooting Dog Stakes.

The Amateur Puppy started at 7:30 a. m. Forrest Gray placed Sara, setter female, first, and his Dante, setter male, second. Sara went to the front and stayed there. She handled well, made nice casts and hit objectives. Dante ran well after a little inconsistency at first. He made some good casts and was independent. Both dogs listened to their owner. We look forward to watching them in the future. Luna, setter female handled by Jessica Conaway, was third. Luna was slow to get started and then she made some nice casts. Luna did not run as big as the dogs placed above her.

In the Amateur Derby, Gene Hogge’s setter male Sport had a nice forward race with four finds. He had a mature ground race. Rocky Boy, pointer male handled by J. R. Hasty, placed second with six finds. All of Rocky’s finds looked good. He had a good forward race. Hoss, setter male handled by Lee Flanders, was third. He had a good forward race and handled well with four finds.

In the Amateur Shooting Dog, The Outsider, aka Betty, setter female owned by Art Mourino, had a forward race with six well spaced finds. Her finds demonstrated maturity and experience. Betty required minimal handling as her wide casts were forward and purposeful while consistently checking back with her handler. Her first find was across the road from the breakaway and the second find was before she crossed the road to the center field. No. 3 came when she crossed the road. The fourth find was on the back side of the course. The fifth find was a dug up find in the woods on a running bird. Betty’s last find was on the edge of the woods where four quail flushed as soon as she established point. She handled the situation impeccably.

Sweet Hill Peace Pipe (Mannie), pointer female owned by Mitchell Forester and handled by Jimmy Crandall, had three finds and an unproductive across the road from the breakaway and one find on the front course. Mannie demonstrated intensity and maturity. She was an attractive dog on the ground and searched her objectives purposefully. Her ground race was not as consistent or forward as the winner. Mannie did not allow mistakes by her bracemate to compromise her performance in the early stages of the brace.

Third place August Sky, pointer female handled by J. C. Hudgins, hunted objectives and handled comfortably. She had a good race with one find on the back course. Her race shortened as time expired.

Betty was named the winner of the Waverly Coleman Shooting Dog Trophy.

The trial was smooth running, well organized and a pleasure for the participants. The Association looks forward to their next U. S. Complete trial scheduled for the spring of 2018.

King William, Va., November 4 — One Course

Judges: George Ramkey and Kirk Regensburg


1st—GRAY’S SAMSARA, 1673102, female, by Mohawk Mill Jacob—Gray’s Fireside Riley. Forrest Gray, owner and handler.

2d—GRAY’S FIRE DOWN BELOW, 1673074, male, by Mohawk Mill Jacob—Haynes Dixie Star. Forrest Gray, owner and handler.

Judges: Skip Brown and Craig Stariha

AMATEUR DERBY — 2 Pointers and 4 Setters

1st—SKYLINER, 1676123, setter male, by Skyview New Edition—McKinney’s Harbor Magnolia. G. R. Hogge, owner and handler.

2d—HASTY’S ROCKY BOY, 1669961, pointer male, by Stoney Run’s Buddy—Sinbad’s Little Bit. J. R. Hasty, owner and handler.

3d—CHIPPOKE’S HOSS MAN, 1675609, setter male, by Skyview New Edition—McKinney’s Harbor Magnolia. L. S. Flanders, owner and handler.


1st—THE OUTSIDER, 1622073, setter female, by The Insider—Summer Heat. A. P. Mourino, owner and handler.

2d—SWEET HILL PEACE PIPE, 1651426, pointer female, by Sugarknoll War Paint—Dividing Creek Happy. Caroline & Mitchell Forrester, owners; Jimmy Crandall, handler.

3d—AUGUST SKY, 1665815, pointer male, by Skyfall—Wild and Free. J. C. Hudgins, owner and handler.

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