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Kansas Amateur All-Age Classic

Holler Point Field Trial Club

By Stan Wint | Mar 08, 2018
Kansas Amateur All-Age Classic Winners. From left: Bill Westfall, C. W. “Bud” Moore, Ryan Westfall with Westfall’s Black Ace, Jon Humphrey, judge; Rodney Shoemaker with H P Final Decision and Tim Thornton, judge.

Abilene, Kan. — The Kansas Amateur All-Age Classic was hosted by the Sunflower State Field Trial Association and the Holler Point Field Trial Club. It began on Friday, February 2. Twenty-eight entries were received for the All-Age Classic, dogs coming from Kansas, Missouri, Colorado and Nebraska.

The companion Run and Gun Open Derby Classic had six entries. Not bad for a Super Bowl weekend.

Judges for this prestigious event were Jon Humphrey of Claremore, Okla., and Tim Thornton of Oberlin, Kan. Although the conditions of the trial made their job difficult, they did an excellent job and their decisions were well received.

On Friday morning the temperature at 8:00 a. m. was just a little higher than 10° with a strong 20 mph southerly breeze. Although conditions improved over the course of the day, it still felt awfully cold. On Saturday, although the temperatures soared into the 40s, so did the wind. There was actually no relief even though the temperature was significantly warmer.

On Sunday morning we were greeted again with sub 20° temperatures with high winds and snow.


The first and second place dogs were down together in the 6th brace. Ryan Westfall’s white and black pointer male Westfall’s Black Ace and Rodney Shoemaker’s white and orange pointer male H P Final Decision put on quite a show. Both had wide range and far reaching all-age races and a divided find at 20. Just when you thought they were gone, they showed to the front and finished strong. Place third was Joe Worsham’s Worsham’s Silver Comet which finished with a nice two-find performance and a strong forward race. With a field this large, there were dogs with birds, there were also dogs with big races and dogs that didn’t finish. The judges did an excellent job of selecting the best performances.

Abilene, Kan., February 2

Judges: Jon Humphrey and Tim Thornton


[One-Hour Heats] — 26 Pointers and 2 Setters

1st—WESTFALL’S BLACK ACE, 1641946, pointer male, by Westfall’s Black Ice—Black Bama. Bill Westfall, owner; Ryan Westfall, handler.

2d—H P FINAL DECISION, 1658643, pointer male, by Wiggins River Mack—Wiggins Miss Ward. Rodney Shoemaker, owner and handler.

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

Open Derby Winners

In the companion Open Derby, Westfall’s Red Man, handled by Ryan Westfall, and Bud Moore’s Dial My Number put on quite a show in adverse conditions. Both finished strong to garner first and second place, respectively, in the Run and Gun Open Derby Classic.

As always the hospitality at Holler Point Farm was excellent. Rodney and Diane Shoemaker work hard to put on a good trial. Diane made some wonderful soup which hit the spot on a really cold and blustery day. Fried chicken with homemade sides were great for dinner. No one ever goes away hungry when they come to Abilene.

The conditions in Western Kansas are extremely dry which made scenting difficult. C. W. “Bud” Moore manned the dog wagon and kept things on time and running smoothly.

This was a fun trial if you like big running prairie all-age dogs that could stand the cold. We look forward to better conditions  for the upcoming Sunflower Amateur All-Age Classic which is hosted on the same grounds in a couple of weeks.

Thanks to all who participated and worked to make this trial successful.


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

2d—DIAL MY NUMBER, 1675387, female, by Miller’s Speed Dial—Lester’s Freda. C. W. & Patty Moore, owners; C. W. Moore, handler.

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