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Field Trial Report

Mid-South Bird Hunters Club

By Dan Crunk | Jan 03, 2019
Hainline's Silver Star First in the Amateur Shooting  Dog Stake

Orchardville, Ill. — Soybeans were not out yet, so we had to re-arrange the course for the trial. Last year the beans were not out yet but were so poor we ran through them. What a difference a year makes with some rain.

We held our trial November 10-11 on the Ellis Farm south of Orchardville, Ill. Mr. and Mrs. Ted Ellis and Linda Ellis each year make their farm available for our trial dates. This farm is one of the nicest venues we run on throughout the year. Our club is so blessed to have this farm for our trials.

The decline in entries is a worry for our club and I am sure other clubs also. We had dogs from Missouri, Indiana, Wisconsin and Illinois. The group from Wisconsin brought us some real cheese, in their words, from their home state. Wow was it good.

Jae Crunk grilled burgers, hot dogs and brats on Saturday and everybody had time to swap tales. Thanks to Jae for preparing the meal for all involved.

Scenting conditions were great on Saturday and not so much on Sunday. Dogs were standing birds a long way off on Saturday. Each brace had multiple birds pointed. On Sunday, birds were harder to find and point.

Thank you to our judges. Rick Stanford and Brad Hargis judged the Amateur Shooting Dog; Rick and your scribe judged the Amateur Derby and Amateur Puppy. On Sunday, Rick Stanford and your scribe judged the Open Shooting Dog, Open Derby, Open Puppy. For the most part our judges help on weekend trials with no compensation other than an “atta boy”. All placements seemed to be well received.

THE WINNERS

The Amateur Shooting Dog was won by Jeff Hainline’s pointer female Silver Star which was last year’s Amateur Shooting Dog of the Year and has a very good start this season. Star had four finds coupled with a very good forward race. Star exhibits wonderful style pointing with birds well located. Wolf Creek Doc, Butch Spelbring’s pointer male, had three finds for his half hour. Little Sugar,  pointer female handled by Mike Duvall, was the third. “Abby” had four finds.

The Amateur Derby was won by  Diamond Rebel, pointer male for Brad Hargis. Rebel had a pleasing to-the-front race with several bird contacts. Brian Stockrahm’s pointer EZ Rider had a forward race and also several birds moved. Third was setter female Harg’s Hire  Hope.

Sunday’s Open Shooting Dog was won by El Camelot for Danny Draffen out of Missouri. A couple of years ago “Cam” tore his ACL and is just now getting where he can run enough to compete. Cam had two finds, a back, and a reaching forward race. Royal Rocks Rollin Hill, pointer female for Zach Hilton, probably had the find of both days of the trial. She located a small group of birds that had gathered up from Saturday and had them located perfectly. Zach flushed and she stayed for wing and shot. Third was Little Sugar. Her last find was in a stack of logs. Mike could never get the bird to fly, but pointed out the bird to the judge and “Abby” was credited with a find for digging up this reluctant bird.

The Open Derby for the second day was won by Diamond Rebel which again stayed to the front and had several contacts. Second was Carpenter’s Blue Smoke, setter female handled by Danny Draffen  for owner Larry Carpenter from Missouri. Larry has some serious health issues and could not make it to this trial. “Bell” is a fancy going young dog and is crazy about her birds. Third was setter  female Harg’s Hire Hope.

The total number of dogs drawn for the two days was 39. This number reflects just enough entries to hold a trial. Two of our local trials have been canceled this fall. This trend is worrisome to our club and other clubs trying to keep their heads above water. The trend seems to be to just hold championships. If we do not have weekend trials how do we qualify dogs for championships?

Thanks to all our participants, cooks, landowners, and judges who made this trial possible.

Also thank you to Purina for their continued support.

Orchardville, Ill., November 10 — One Course

Judges: Brad Hargis and Rick Stanford

AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG — 10 Pointers and 3 Setters

1st—HAINLINE’S SILVER STAR, 1655907, pointer female, by Silver’s Knight Rider—Fancy Fiddler Girl. Jeff Hainline, owner and handler.

2d—WOLF CREEK DOC, 1649330, pointer male, by Three Rivers—Shadow’s Wish. Ernest Spelbring, owner and handler.

3d—WINKELMAN’S LITTLE SUGAR, 1630957, pointer female, by Winkelman’s Rebel Yell—Crannie’s Pepper Dot. Sue & Mike Duvall, owners; Mike Duvall, handler.

Judges: Dan Crunk and Rick Stanford

AMATEUR DERBY — 5 Pointers and 1 Setter

1st—HARG’S DIAMOND REBEL, 1682115, pointer male, by Harg’s Mr. McNutt—Harg’s Diamond Sam. Brad Hargis, owner and handler.

2d—PLUM BRANCH EZ RIDER, 1678575, pointer male, by Touch’s Knight Rider—Sandhill Southern Rain. Brian Stockrahm, owner and handler.

3d—HARG’S HIRE HOPE, 1681280, setter female, by Roundabout—Homestead B. Brad Hargis, owner and handler.

AMATEUR PUPPY — 1 Pointer and 1 Setter

[No placement awarded]

OPEN SHOOTING DOG — 7 Pointers and 1 Setter

1st—EL CAMELOT, 1643383, pointer male, by El Lancelot—Zupanci’s Ragin Zip. Dan Draffen & Danny Martin, owners; Dan Draffen, handler.

2d—ROYAL ROCKS ROLLIN HILL, 1662786, pointer female, by Brown’s Brute Justice—Crow Creek Sugarbaby. Boyd & Breana Sutfin, owners; Zach Hilton, handler.

3d—WINKELMAN’S LITTLE SUGAR, 1630957, pointer female, by Winkelman’s Rebel Yell—Crannie’s Pepper Dot. Sue & Mike Duvall, owners; Mike Duvall, handler.

OPEN DERBY — 4 Pointers and 2 Setters

1st—HARG’S DIAMOND REBEL, 1682115, pointer male, by Harg’s Mr. McNutt—Harg’s Diamond Sam. Brad Hargis, owner and handler.

2d—CARPENTER’S BLUE SMOKE, 1677947, setter female, by Carpenter’s Mr. Palladin—Carpenter’s Last Jett. Carpenter’s Kennels, owner; Dan Draffen, handler.

3d—HARG’S HIRE HOPE, 1681280, setter female, by Roundabout—Homestead B. Brad Hargis, owner and handler.

OPEN PUPPY — 1 Pointer and 1 Setter

[No placement awarded]

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