American Field

Whippoorwill Justified Named to First

Heartland Open All-Age

By Steve Auxier | May 08, 2019
Open All-Age Winners. Front, from left:  Larry Smith and Colt (Larry Smith’s grandson) with Whippoorwill Justified, Allen Vincent with S F Mapleleaf and Steve Auxier with Worsham’s Silver Comet. Standing: Larry Huffman, Rodney Shoemaker and Howard Burbach, the judges, and Joe Worsham.

Gentry, Mo. — The Pony Express Field Trial Club members consisting of Larry Smith, Linda Smith, Tommy Smith, Terry Doolittle, Eddie Berendzen and Steve Auxier came together and hosted a successful event.

This year’s event was not only highlighted by amazing performances, but also maintained the camaraderie that everyone looks forward to each spring.

The weather and its unpredictability was a major factor and everyone came together to make a wonderful event.

We would like to thank Bill Westfall for assisting with the dog wagon. We would like to thank in advance all the bird dog breeders, owners, handlers and all of the sponsors of this National Qualifying event. Without their support this event would not be possible.

Sponsors for this year’s event include Purina Dog Food, Purina Strategy, Tractor Supply, The Saddle Guy, SportDog, Dogs Unlimited, Carlson’s Choke Tubes, Johnson Bros Distributing, Mosaic Health Care and Good Life Fitness.

Pony Express members thank all the handlers and judges for their patience and understanding of the various delays while hosting this season’s Heartland stakes through the miserable weather related conditions.

Linda Smith and Steve Auxier conducted the onsite drawing with a sponsored social hour by Johnson Bros. Distributing and a meal prepared by Linda Smith and Donna Gladstone.

Attending the drawing were owners Bill Westfall and Ryan Westfall plus most handlers.

The Heartland Open All-Age commenced on March 13 over the rolling north Missouri countryside known as Smith Farms west of Gentry, Mo. The field trial venue, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Larry Smith, has been laid out with four continuing one-hour courses to showcase all-age dogs.

For all spectators and owners present a Polaris ATV was provided for those who did not want to ride a horse to view the field trial. The Pony Express Field Trial Club provided horse hay for the participants and all handlers were presented Purina Strategy grain for their horses that was sponsored by Tractor Supply.

Smith Farms has a pre-release quail program with habitat and food plots designed to sustain quail PLUS birds are released every day prior to the day’s running where every entry could have ample opportunity to find game.

Judges for this year’s event were  Howard Burbach of Pleasant Hill, Mo., and Rodney Shoemaker of Kearney, Mo. The Pony Express Field Trial Club was truly honored to have both of these fine gentlemen in the judging seats. The judges had many great performances with multiple pieces of bird work and good races from which to choose. Both judges noted they enjoyed the field trial, grounds, nice dogs, hospitality from the Pony Express Club and multiple bird contacts by all dogs.

The Winners

This year’s Open Derby was an exciting stake with many solid performances. Due to weather delays in the Derby and schedule conflicts Greg Blair was relieved of his judging duties by Howard Burbach, who joined fellow judge  Eddie Berendzen.

Awarded first place was Westfall’s Red Man, handled by Andy Daugherty and owned by Ryan Westfall. Red Man put on a big front running all-age performance with one nice limb find. Earning second was Dream Chaser, handled by Andy Daugherty and owned by Kipp Linard. Dream Chaser scored early with a nice limb find and also put on a nice all-age performance. Third was S F Fullcolor, owned and handled by Larry Smith. “Jill” put on a nice performance reaching to the front with several nice finds.

In the Open All-Age, Whippoorwill Justified, handled by Larry Huffman and scouted by Larry Smith, ran a great front running all-age performance. Justified ran a very strong consistent forward race with four finds for a solid 60 minutes. The judges noted that he was impressive on the ground, always pushing to the front with good style around his birds.

S F Mapleleaf, handled by Allen Vincent, scouted by Andy Daugherty, was turned loose in brace No. 7. “Ray” had several nice finds with nice bird work and pushed her edges. The judges noted that Ray was running deep into the country for a nice all-age front running performance.

Worsham’s Silver Comet, handled by Joe Worsham, scouted by Steve Auxier, competed in brace No. 3. “Jack” carded six mannerly finds. He was noted with an all-age performance to solidify his performance to secure third.

Gentry, Mo., March 13

Judges: Howard Burbach and Rodney Shoemaker

HEARTLAND OPEN ALL-AGE [One-Hour Heats] — 20 Pointers and 1 Setter

1st—WHIPPOORWILL JUSTIFIED, 1656011, pointer male, by Whippoorwill Wild Agin—Sparkles. Ronnie Spears, owner; Larry Huffman, handler.

2d—S F MAPLELEAF, 1652434, pointer female, by S F Cufflink—Greypointe Gloriosa. Dr. Robert Rankin, owner; Allen Vincent, handler.

3d—WORSHAM’S SILVER COMET, 1666143, pointer male, by Touch’s Knight Rider—Touch’s Silver Scar. Joe Worsham, owner and handler.

Judges: Eddie Berendzen and Howard Burbach

OPEN DERBY — 10 Pointers and 1 Setter

1st—WESTFALL’S RED MAN, 1676062, pointer male, by Frontline Rebelator—Honky Tonk Country Girl. Ryan Westfall, owner; Andy Daugherty, handler.

2d—DREAM CHASER, 1680227, pointer male, by Pleasant Run Bob—House’s Wild Bess Again. Kipp Linard, owner; Andy Daugherty, handler.

3d—S F FULLCOLOR, 1675689, pointer female, by S F Bandwagon—S F Rushhour. Larry Smith, owner and handler.

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