American Field

Field Trial Report

Kansas Hunting Dog Club

By David Merritt | Dec 06, 2017
Open Shooting Dog Classic Winners. Front (l-r): Frank Schoenborn with Bitterark’s Wu Wu Sue and Luke Topp with Topp’s First Lady. Standing: Bob Lais, Ross Wagner, Lindsey Wagner, David Merritt, Judge Drew Zink, Zeke Topp, Gene Stormann and Judge Harold Gearhart.

Havensville, Kan. — The Kansas Hunting Dog Club held their 16th running of the Kansas Open Walking Shooting Dog Classic November 4-5. We also ran a 30-minute horseback Shooting Dog and Derby, which was to begin Friday, November 3. Entries were short so we began on Saturday.

We would like to thank our judges, Drew Zink of Turon, Kan., and Harold Gearhart of Kingsville, Mo. Both men are professional dog trainers and know what they are looking for. They judged all but the Amateur Shooting Dog, which was judged by Tyler Buche of Burlingame, Kan., and Zeke Topp of Crab Orchard, Neb.

Tyler is a student at Emporia State and had recently lost his pointer female T B’s All In which placed at the WBDC trial this fall. Zeke Topp, another young man who is still in the middle school,  has been running Prairie High Danner. Zeke won the KFTCA Horseback Shooting Dog in 2016. Both of these young men have won the KFTCA Youth Handler of the Year and Dog of the Year Awards.

The winner of the horseback Shooting Dog was Topp’s First Lady, owned by Luke and Ria Topp. Lady had a good shooting dog race with two finds.

Second was Bitterark’s Wu Wu Sue, owned by Frank Schoenborn of Wichita, Kan. Sue was placed on race. Third was Cottonwood Bobby, owned by Mark Livingston of Central City, Ia. Bobby was also placed on race.

The horseback Derby had a short entry. Named winner was Howdy Doody, owned and handled by Robert Lais of Wichita, Kan. Second was Cassie, owned by Luke Topp. Both were placed on race.

We started the Kansas Open Walking Shooting Dog Classic Saturday afternoon after the lunch provided by the Greenwood Community Center. We are all very attached to the farmers around this area and their lunches are always the highlight of this event.

The winner came from the 4th brace on Sunday morning, Frank Schoenborn’s Bitterark’s Wu Wu Sue. She ran a far-reaching race for her hour, with one good find. Runner-up was Topp’s First Lady which had two finds for owner- handler Luke Topp. Her race was shorter than that of the winner. She seemed to be a little sore footed, possibly from the race she ran the day before. A third place is given for Kansas Field Trial Clubs Association points and that went to Bye Bye G G, owned by Bobby Lais. G G had a good race and one back.

The Open Walking Derby was won by Craig’s Runin Roxie, owned by Craig Hiatt of Edgerton, Mo. Roxie had one find and a good race. Second was Howdy Doody, owned by Bob Lais. He had one find and a good finish. Third was Performance Dialing Sadie for new field trialer Jim Reece of Osage City, Kan. I was braced with this dog and she ran a huge race and hunted hard, but lacked a bird.

The Amateur Walking Shooting Dog was won by Dancy, owned by Jim Reece. Second was Bugs N Dirt, owned by Ross Wagner and handled by his daughter Lindsey. Ross is an oldtime field trialer who has gotten back into it. We sure enjoy talking with him.

Luke Topp sponsored the landowners’ barbecue. His Topp’s First Lady won the Classic in 2016. Our wives brought in a lot of good food. Jim Fry and I grilled the hamburgers and brats. We served around 35 people and had a great time visiting with everyone. We want to thank our landowners for letting us have trials on these wonderful grounds for over forty years.

Much gratitude  to club members who work tirelessly before and after each event the Kansas Hunting Dog Club puts on. Marshals were Jim Fry and Luke Topp. They also open and shut gates and keep everything running smoothly. Fry is also the club secretary-treasurer, purchases supplies and photographer. Dog wagon man Gene Stormann is always where he is supposed to be and on time. His wife Penny also provided the mid-morning snacks. Trial chairman, bird planter, head worrier and reporter, myself President Dave. Young Zeke Topp also helped plant birds.

Finally, a big thanks to Nutri Source for all they do for us. Furnishing dog food, helping with the ad expenses and finally they are always supporting our trials any way that they can. And we are proud to feed their product and find it to be one of the best dog foods around. Without their help, it would be hard to break even at our trials.

Havensville, Kan., November 4

Judges: Harold Gearhart and Drew Zink

OPEN SHOOTING DOG — 9 Pointers and 2 Setters

1st—TOPP’S FIRST LADY, 1653319, pointer female, by Rock Acre Rambo—Regret C. Luke Topp, owner and handler.

2d—BITTERARK’S WU WU SUE, 1626363, pointer female, by Sunflower’s Camden’s Fitch—Bittercreek’s Breezy. Frank Schoenborn, owner and handler.

3d—COTTONWOOD BOBBY, 1660517, pointer male, by Saving Deduction—Swami’s Secret. Mark Livingston, owner and handler.

OPEN DERBY — 3 Pointers and 1 Setter

1st—HOWDY DOODY, 1670654, setter male, by Quik Bullet Barney—Quik Creek Sandy. Robert Lais, owner and handler.

2d—CASSIE, unreg., pointer female, by Merrihill’s Bravo—Aaron’s Mae Be Good. Luke Topp, owner and handler.

OPEN SHOOTING DOG CLASSIC [One-Hour Heats] — 12 Entries

Winner—BITTERARK’S WU WU SUE, 1626363, pointer female, by Sunflower’s Camden’s Fitch—Bittercreek’s Breezy. Frank Schoenborn, owner and handler.

Runner-Up—TOPP’S FIRST LADY, 1653319, pointer female, by Rock Acre Rambo—Regret C. Luke Topp, owner and handler.

OPEN DERBY — 4 Pointers and 3 Setters

1st—CRAIG’S RUNIN ROXIE, 1665573, pointer female, by Mac’s Silver Dollar—Hilo Southern Tea. Craig Hiatt, owner and handler.

2d—HOWDY DOODY, 1670654, setter male, by Quik Bullet Barney—Quik Creek Sandy. Robert Lais, owner and handler.

3d—PERFORMANCE DIALING SADIE, 1674416, pointer female, by Miller’s Special Dial—Lester’s Freda. Jim Reece, owner and handler.

Judges: Tyler Buche and Zeke Topp


1st—DANCY, unreg., pointer female, breeding not given. Jim Reece, owner and handler.

2d—BUGS N DIRT, 1628416, setter male, by Houston’s Blackjack—Carpenter’s Misty Storm. Ross Wagner, owner; Lindsey Wagner, handler.

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