American Field

Razorback Open Shooting Dog Classic

Hidden Valley Field Trial Club

By Rita Ornsby | Nov 05, 2018
Open Shooting Dog Winners. From front left: Dr. Jeffrey Hale with Hale’s Southern Touch, Shawn Kinkelaar with Upfront’s Southern Star and Tommy Rice with Grand Prairie Thrill. Standing: Peggy Brannan, Everett Brannan, judge; Eddy Taylor, Kenny Snow, judge; Jerry Snow, and Floyd and Donna Cagle.

Booneville, Ark. — The Razorback Open Shooting Dog Classic drew 30 shooting dogs and 12 Derbies. Running commenced on October 13 on the J. Perry Mikles Special Use Area at Booneville, Ark. The grounds were in excellent condition. Brad Wells and Red Bailey have spent countless hours mowing and planting food plots  along the edge of the courses improving the bird habitat. Thanks to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission for providing the grounds.

Judging this renewal were two respected men, Everett Brannan of Powderly, Tex., and Kenny Snow of Muldrow, Okla. Both have years of dedication to our sport as judge and competitor. They rode at an even pace for each brace allowing all those in competition a chance to show their dogs and giving each their undivided attention for the duration.

Everett has ridden and judged many major field trial events with a keen eye to choose the best of the best. He has also ridden and trained young horses for a number of years and is always seen to be well mounted at field trials.

Kenny also sits high in the saddle of his mannerly horses to watch every contender perform. Kenny trains and handles his own dogs in field trial competition; horseback and walking trials. He was recently awarded the overall amateur handler of the year at an NBHA awards banquet held at the bird dog museum in Grand Junction, Tenn., by receiving a specially engraved plaque and a beautifully embossed Purina jacket. Congrats to Kenny for this award.

Purina and Greg Blair once again supported the trial with their generous supply of Pro Plan dog food. SportDog representative Jim Morehouse donated training collars. Rita Ornsby donated Wood Burnings. A big thank you to our sponsors.

Hosting a field trial is always a challenge; it takes many people dedicated to the sport. Thank you Robert Smith for driving the dog wagon. Donna and Floyd Cagle and Peggy Brannan were indispensable. Donna and Peggy had lunches ready for us at noon every day and helped with the evening meal. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Mother Nature unleashed her liquid sunshine on us, delaying the running for a day and a half with downpouring rain making a few of the water crossings tough for the dogs to cross due to swift running water, but man and beast prevailed and no one melted.


Hale’s Southern Touch, seven-year- old white and liver pointer female owned and handled by Dr. Jeffrey Hale of Russellville, Ark., was awarded first with a strong forward race and five impeccable finds at 4, 24, 35, 44 and 54. “Bess” is no newcomer to the winners’ circle. Her record shows three championships and five runner-up championships. Bess won the United States Shooting Dog Invitational Championship in 2017 as well.

Upfront’s Southern Star, three-year- old white and liver ticked pointer female owned by Lance Schulz of Bismarck,  N. D., and handled by Shawn Kinkelaar, gained second place honors with stylish finds and excellent manners at 18 and 43 with a classy upfront race.

Grand Prairie Thrill, two-year-old white and liver pointer female owned by Mac Stidham of Columbia, S. C., and handled by Tommy Rice, was awarded third with mannerly finds at 13, 21 and 26 with a forward race.

The judges had some honorable mentions: L F Dyno Mike and Jacked Up Jasper, handled by Virgil Moore; Thrill Me, Just Thrilling (Tommy Rice); Levi (John VanHorn),  and Snow Drifter  (Eddy Taylor).

Booneville, Ark., October 13

Judges: Everett Brannan and Kenny Snow


24 Pointers and 6 Setters

1st—HALE’S SOUTHERN TOUCH, 1644260, pointer female, by Whippoorwill War Dance—Whippoorwill G M A. Dr. Jeffrey Hale, owner and handler.

2d—UPFRONT’S SOUTHERN STAR, 1662579, pointer female, by Ransom—Double Wild. Lance Schulz, owner; Shawn Kinkelaar, handler.

3d—GRAND PRAIRIE THRILL, 1676501, pointer female, by Seekin A Thrill—York’s Hollywood. Mac Stidham, owner; Tommy Rice, handler.


The Open Derby winner, Hale’s High Flyer, white and liver pointer female owned by Dr. Jeffrey Hale and handled by Eddy Taylor, had stylish finds at 4 and 6, a stop to flush at 13 and an unproductive at 19. Second place Sweet Misery, white and orange pointer female owned by Charles Forsyth and handled by Virgil Moore, had finds at 10 and 15. The second find was a woodcock. Silver   W Joe Z, white and orange pointer female owned by Debbie Ozner and handled by Shawn Kinkelaar, had birds at 4 and 13 to place third.


1st—HALES HIGH FLYER, 1676691, female, by Hale’s Kickstarter—Hale’s Mae Do. Dr. Jeffrey Hale, owner; Eddy Taylor, handler.

2d—SWEET MISERY, 1672917, female, by Jayhawk Thunder—Anything’s Possible Molly. Charles Forsyth, owner; Virgil Moore, handler,

3d—SILVER W JOE Z, unreg., female, by Ransom—Double Wild. Debbie Ozner, owner; Shawn Kinkelaar, handler.

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