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Field Trial Report

High Plains Field Trial Club

By Steve Auxier | Mar 17, 2020
Amateur All-Age Winners. Front row, from left: Intensive Chain Breaker with Steve Auxier,  Working Class with Larry Smith and Thin Ice with Kirk Swanson. Behind: Ethan Kelley, Justin Hess, judge; Thomas Smith (Larry Smith’s grandson), Lou Qualtiere, Colt (Larry Smith’s grandson) and Charlotte Carpenter (Larry Smith’s granddaughter).

Gentry, Mo. — The High Plains Field Trial Club came together and hosted their annual spring trial at Smith Farms in Gentry, Mo. This trial was not only highlighted by amazing performances but also maintained the camaraderie that everyone looks forward to each spring that kicks off the field trial season. It was great to see so many children each day featured in a large gallery with a lot fun and good times. Thanks to all of the handlers and owners for their support of the High Plains Field Trial Club.

We would like to thank judges Greg Sand, Justin Hess, Tommy Smith, Barry Ward, Eddie Berendzen and Nathan Berendzen for their time in the saddle judging all of the dogs.

The Amateur All-Age had many nice dogs entered to make for a very competitive stake. There were many quality pieces of bird work with each brace of dogs. Taking the top honors was Intensive Chain Breaker, handled by Steve Auxier. She was credited with four finds and showing manners on her finds with style. Chain Breaker pushed the front end with a big all-age race and finished the hour with a very impressive finish with a find at time. Awarded second  was Working Class, handled by Steve Auxier. “Mack” showed his all-age ground race pushing to the front and credited with eight finds. Thin Ice for Kirk Swanson had several finds with good manners to earn the third place spot. She stuck her lines and pushed the front. Great to see Kirk back in the saddle!

The Open (all-age) Derby was noted as a very competitive stake as many showed the qualities of the extreme range, all-age independence.  The judges mentioned several nice performances and that the stake was very exciting to judge. Awarded first was Westfall’s Tulsa Time which put down an exciting brace to watch as he showed intensity on the ground and was credited with a stylish find. Placed second was S F Cab Driver which showed a good all-age race sticking to the lines and pushing to the front for handler. Third was Bocomo Duke for Jay Lewis. Duke was credited for his ground performance and hitting his objectives.

The Amateur Shooting Dog was a very competitive stake with many performances noted throughout the entry. Coming from brace No. 8 was Nemaha Nell, handled by Barry Ward. The six-year-old pointer showed her maturity on the ground sticking on her line and pushing to the front. Nell was credited with several finds. Nemaha Rio, handled by Pat McInteer, was also credited with several finds helping him secure the No. 2 position. Just A Rebel Heart for Kirk Swanson earned the third spot. “Harper” showed her style and connection with Kirk. She was credited with several finds.

Gentry, Mo., February 21

Judges: Justin Hess and Greg Sand

AMATEUR ALL-AGE [One-Hour Heats] — 14 Pointers and 2 Setters

1st—INTENSIVE CHAIN BREAKER, 1675497, pointer female, by S F Bandwagon—S F Rushhour. Steve Auxier, owner and handler.

2d—WORKING CLASS, 1658384, pointer male, by Elhew Fibber McGee—Ice’s Elhew Reba. Steve Auxier, owner and handler.

3d—THIN ICE, 1654100, pointer female, by Westfall’s Jump Starter—Black Bama. Kirk Swanson, owner and handler.

Judges: Tommy Smith and Barry Ward

OPEN DERBY — 11 Pointers and 2 Vizslas

1st—WESTFALL’S TULSA TIME, 1682882, pointer male, by Westfall’s True Grit—Hear Her Roar. Ryan Westfall, owner and handler.

2d—S F CAB DRIVER, 1678690, pointer male, by S F Bandwagon—S F Rushhour. Larry Smith, owner and handler.

3d—BOCOMO DUKE, unreg., pointer male, by Westfall’s Black Cloud—Bocomo Hot Dotty. Jay Lewis, owner and handler.

Judges: Eddie Berendzen and Nathan Berendzen

AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG [One-Hour Heats] — 9 Pointers, 3 Setters,

1 German Shorthair, 1 German Drahthaar and 4 Vizslas

1st—NEMAHA NELL, 1658918, pointer female, by Nemaha City Slicker—Nemaha Tinker Bell. Steve Auxier, owner; Barry Ward, handler.

2d—NEMAHA RIO, 1668952, pointer male, by Nemaha Freestyle—Wiggins Snow Princess. Dr. Pat McInteer, owner and handler.

3d—JUST A REBEL HEART, 1672165, pointer female, by Just Irresistible—Thin Ice. Kirk Swanson, owner and handler.

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