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Kansas Field Trial Hall of Fame

By Chuck Maxson | Nov 07, 2017
Paul Roederer

The presentation of the 2017 KFTCA inductees took place during the annual summer meeting and awards banquet held in Kansas City, Kan. Our 2017 nominees that were elected represent a long history of contributions to the field trial sport in the state of Kansas.

The Kansas field trial fraternity congratulates Paul Roederer of Haven, Kan., and Kent and Paula Radcliff of Dexter, Kan., as this year’s inductees.

Paul Roederer needs no introduction in Kansas. Paul has been a furious competitor for 29 years with many wins and multiple championships.

Paul won or was runner-up in Region 17 Shooting Dog Championships (1995 and 1997); Walking Shooting Dog Championships (1995, 1997, 2008 and 2009); Region 7 (2008). Paul won the 2000 National Amateur Walking Shooting Dog Championship, and runner-up champion (2009). Although his competition in field trials is remarkable, more important is his contribution as a worker and officer in various clubs, KFTCA and Region 17.

Paul has served as region secretary/treasurer for six years, region president for two terms and is still a director; KFTCA director, two terms; Mid-Kansas FTC secretary/treasurer, ten years; Gyp Hills Club secretary/ treasurer, six years. In 2006 he wrote the Kansas Field Trial Hall of Fame bylaws and served as chairman for ten years.

Some of the significant dogs he campaigned include English setters; Kansas Hall of Fame Ch. Rhythm Rocket, Ch. Tommy Rocket, Posey’s Rocky Mosley multiple winner, Redline Rocket, and Rocketing Hope.

Paul has done his share of judging for multiple clubs in Kansas. He has judged NBHA National Amateur Invitatitonal Champioinaship, NBHA Region, ABHA National, Naional Amateur Shooting Dog Derby Championships, and Region 17 All-Age Championship.

He has been a tireless contributor to our sport for many years. Most importantly Paul is a family man. Paul has been married to his wife Leslie for 27 years. Together they have a daughter Carolyn, a recent Harvard graduate.

At the recent Hall of Fame presentation several individuals spoke of their relationship with Paul over the years. None was more eloquent than John George as he reflected and told stories of dogs, field trials and his friendship with Paul.

Kent and Paula Radcliff are owners of the Radcliff Ranch in Dexter, Kan. The Radcliffs have provided grounds for field trials since 1976. Twenty championships have been held on the Radcliff grounds plus numerous club trials held by the Kansas Red Setter  and Wichita Bird Dog Clubs. In addition this has been the only home for the Kansas Puppy and Derby Classics.

Kent Radcliff’s family originally homesteaded this property in 1872 by his grandfather. Kent has been a rancher and custodian of this property his whole life. Kent and Paula have three sons and a daughter. Kent was a fifty-year active member of the Kansas Livestock Association. When Kent was fire chief of Dexter, he organized fire districts for Cowley County designating Dexter as district one.

Kent Radcliff was also president of Grouse Silver Creek Watershed District for 35 years until his recent retirement.

For eleven years Kent was a firearms instructor for Cowley County Sheriff’s office. On the ranch there is a shooting range where montly shooting events have been held for twenty years. The shooting range has hosted training for Law Enforcement, NRA, Women, and Children under 18 and Conceal/Carry.

Kent and Paula are lifetime National Rifle Association members, with Paula being recognized as the 2008 Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award. Paula is a member of the Kansas State Rifle Association and has hosted events for the NRA’s Women on Target and Youth Hunter Education Challenge programs on the ranch property.

The Radcliff Ranch has been an integral part of field trialing in the State of Kansas.

Kent Radcliff passed away unexpectedly last year. We are saddened that Kent did not live to see this recognition. I sincerely hope he knew how much we appreciated he and Paula for the grounds they provided for bird dog competition in the Midwest.

The Kansas Red Setter Club, Wichita Bird Dog Club and Region 17 continue to run trials on these storied grounds.

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