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Annual Summer Meeting and 2017-2018 Awards

Kansas Field Trial Clubs Association

By Janice Merritt, Retiring Secretary-Treasurer | Aug 06, 2018
Front (l-r): Bob Lais, Don Beauchamp, Larry Samuelson, Chuck Maxson, Paul Roederer. Back: C. W. (Bud) Moore, Jim Corpening, David Merritt, Stan Wint, Bill Westfall.

Thank you to everyone for their presence at the 49th annual summer meeting. The event was again held with the AFTCA Region 17.

The KFTCA now consists of the following clubs: Flint Hills FTC, Gyp Hills FTC, High Plains FTC, Holler Point FTC, Sunflower Championship Association, Kansas Hunting Dog Club, Kansas Red Setter Club, Mid- west Brittany Club, Northeast Kansas FTC, Rock Springs FTC, South Central Kansas Bird Dog Club, Sunflower State FTC and Wichita Bird Dog Club, all held in Kansas; Southeast Nebraska FTC and the Husker Bird Dog Club in Nebraska. Pony Express FTC the only one in Missouri. Oil Capital FTC, Tulsa Bird Dog Club, Stillwater FTC and Indian Territory Bird Hunters, the Oklahoma clubs, and Northern Colorado Brittany Club, of course, from Colorado.

Those present for this year’s event were Chuck Maxson, Frank Schoen- born, Greg Gibson and Bob Lais for WBDC; Rodney and Diane Shoemaker, Holler Point and Region 17 secretary; Dr. Stan Wint, Sunflower State; Doug Meyer and Paul Roederer, Gyp Hills; Mike Griffin, Oil Capital and Tulsa BDC; C. W. “Bud” Moore, Sunflower FTC; Clayton Buche, Larry Samuelson, Dalen Meredith, Mike Jordan, Jim and Helen Fry, Gene and Penny Stormann and Dave and Janice Merritt, KHDC; Luke Topp, Southeast Nebraska FTC; Todd and Trisha Babbel, Husker BDC; Jim Corpening and Joshua Palmer, Rock Springs FTC; Eddie Berendzen and family and Jay Lewis for Northeast Kansas FTC; Don and Linda Beauchamp, Region 17 trustee and Kansas Red Setter Club; Jacob Starnes for South Central Kansas BDC. Larry Smith of Pleasantville, Ia., and Steve Auxier and son of Lincoln, Neb., for Pony Express FTC.

Trialers also present included Craig Hiatt, Edgerton, Mo.; Tim Thornton, Oberline, Kan.; Greg Morgan, Paola, Kan; Jim Reece and son, Osage City, Kan; Steve Rutkowski from Oklahoma.

On the business agenda was a change in the KFTCA by-laws; Josh Palmer gave the update on the website; Region 17 Trustee Don Beauchamp reminded everyone that their clubs’ dues of $100 were due July 1, and finally the election of new officers.

Those taking charge for the next two years are: President Dr. Stan Wint; 1st Vice-President Greg Gibson; 2d Vice-President Luke Topp; and Secre- tary-Treasurer, Trisha Babbel. For anyone wanting Trisha’s email it is; her address is 742 South 48th Street Dunbar, NE 68346.

Region 17 and the Kansas Field Trial Clubs Association would like to note that Nutri Source out of Perham, Minn., has been sponsoring our cham- pionships and weekend trials for fifteen years! Without their sponsorship it would be difficult to break even. Just a reminder to look for other KLN Family Brands Company products from Perham, Minn., such as caramel corn and other sweet treats. Warren Sticeis is the go-to man for this company. Thank you very much.

Outgoing Secretary-Treasurer Janice Merritt would like to thank everyone who has helped for the last eight years. Without people contacting me with changes and clarifications, I couldn’t have done it. Of course, their names are too numerous to mention here, so thank you all very much.

This year’s banquet was held in Topeka, Kan., at the Blind Tiger Brewery and Steak House. Almost everyone from the before mentioned meeting stayed for a fine prime rib dinner.

President David Merritt awarded Jim Fry, fellow field trialer and our official photographer for all events in Kansas, the President’s Award. Jim has been adamant that he didn’t need any award, but as everyone knows he does a great job of everything he is involved in, so thank you, Jim.

The Outstanding Support Award was handed out by Frank Schoenborn to Secretary-Treasurer Janice Merritt. Janice also received a gift card from everyone present at this event. Again, thank you.

We were extremely honored to have KFTCA Hall-of-Famer and now presi- dent of the KFTCA and Region 17, Dr. Stan Wint, emcee the Horseback Dog of the Year presentations. Since the death of Roger Duncan, Stan has been running the Sunflower Open Shooting Dog Championship held on the Westfall Ranch near Longton, Kan. He also is president of Sunflower State Field Trial Club and on the board of Holler Point Field Trial Club.

Frank Schoenborn, longtime president of Wichita Bird Dog Club, emceed the Walking Dog of the Year awards. Dave Merritt had to step in and handle the Walking Shooting Dog winner and runner-up, as Frank won both of them. Frank and his running buddies Bob Lais and Greg Gibson don’t miss a horseback or walking trial in Kansas. They are truly diehard field trialers. Frank did say he was glad when the season was over. Just watch out next year for these gentlemen to be up and going to every trial.

KFTCA Hall-of-Famer Chuck Maxson and his Preakness Kennels handled the task of choosing and awarding the 18th Annual Kansas Horseback and Walking Setter of the Year trophies.

In the Horseback division Howdy Doody, setter male, a young Derby dog owned and campaigned by Mr. Bob Lais, took the award hands down. He is by Quik Bullet Barney ex Quik Creek Sandy, owned by Don Kimble. Bob has done a great job with this dog. Just for the record Hall-of-Famer Bob Lais and his young setter took Horseback Shoot- ing Dog Derby winner, Walking Derby winner, the English Setter Horseback and Walking Dog of the Year Awards. Horseback Runner-Up was Traveler’s Split Rail, owned by Greg Sand of Hill City, Kan. Close behind Split Rail was Greg Gibson’s Willow Creek Minute and Howdy Doody’s littermate Quik Bullet Willy, owned by Don Kimble. We need to be really watching out for this setter.

The Kansas Walking Setter winner was again Howdy Doody. The Runner- up was Ross Wagner’s setter male Bugs N Dirt, aka Floyd. Ross is a very lucky man as since he can't walk very well with his COPD his lovely daughter Lindsay is the handler of Floyd. She and her husband live near Maple Hill, Kan.


All-Age Winner: R R Craftsman, pointer female Eddie Berendzen, Higbee, Mo. Runner-Up: S F Strongman, pointer female; Eddie Berendzen, Higbee, Mo.

All-Age Derby Winner: Intensive Chain Breaker, pointer female, Steve Auxier, Lincoln, Neb. All-Age Derby Runner-Up: Bocomo Cherry, pointer female, Jay Lewis, Ashland, Mo.

Shooting Dog Winner: Bye Bye G G, pointer female, Robert Lais, Wichita, Kan. Shooting Dog Runner-up: Prairie High Danner, pointer male, Zeke Topp, Crab Orchard, Neb.; handler, Luke Topp, Crab Orchard, Neb.

Shooting Dog Derby Winner: Howdy Doody, setter male, Robert Lais, Wichita, Kan. Shooting Dog Derby Runner-Up: Quik Bullet Willy, setter male, Don Kimble, Andover, Kan.


Shooting Dog Winner: Bitterark’s Wu Wu Sue, pointer female, Frank Schoenborn, Wichita, Kan. Shooting Dog Runner-Up: Bitterark’s Royal Hoz, pointer male, Frank Schoenborn, Wichita, Kan.

Derby Winner: Howdy Doody, pointer male, Robert Lais, Wichita, Kan. Derby Runner-Up: Craig’s Runner Roxie, pointer female, Craig Hiatt, Edgerton, Mo.

Puppy Winner: Skyview Royal Flush, setter female, Jason Patty, Eldorado, Kan. Puppy Runner-Up: Jojo’s Last Laredo, setter male, Christian Ogle, Jasper, Mo.

Amateur Shooting Dog Winner: Bugs N Dirt, setter male, Ross Wagner, Wakeeney, Kan.; handler, Lindsay Wagner, Maple Hill, Kan.

Amateur Shooting Dog Runner-Up: Shadow From Dancyville, pointer female, Jim Reece, Osage City, Kan.


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