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Field Trial Report

Mid-South Bird Hunters

By Dan Crunk | Jan 02, 2020
Winkelman's Little Sugar Second in the Amateur Shooting Dog Stake

Orchardville, Ill. — The Mid-South Bird Hunters Club hosted their fall trial November 9-10 at the Ellis Farm south of Orchardville, Ill.

Two weeks earlier, at the Central Prairie trial, the weather was horrible. This weekend could not have been better for a field trial. A huge change that benefitted dogs and handlers.

Our fall trials for the past couple of years have had low entries. This year we had entries from Alabama, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, Indiana and Illinois.

The club runs Amateur stakes on Saturday and Open stakes on Sunday.

A field trial needs good judges, good grounds, good lunches and good dogs/handlers to be successful. This trial enjoyed all of these and then some.

Trial chairman Brad Hargis, along with his wife Sherry, did a great job of organizing and running this trial.

The Ellis Family is so gracious in allowing the club to use their farm. This year the north side of the road where we normally run puppies and gun dogs was in wheat. Our club believes that this venue for a weekend trial to be one of the best we run on all year.

Ted Ellis, one of the owners, had knee replacement surgery the week prior to the trial and could not be present. We wish him a speedy rehabilitation. Linda Ellis, the other owner, was with us and helped with lunch both days.

The judges for the trial did a phenomenal job of selecting winners on both days. Rick Stanford and Georgie Casey judged Shooting Dog both days and reported that nine dogs were clean each day. For the past few years that is a huge number and they both stated that placing the top three each day was not easy. Judges for all stakes did a wonderful job of observing and evaluating each entry. Craig Hiatt, Brad Hargis, Dan Crunk and Danny Draffen judged the other stakes. On Saturday we had so many dogs that the judges worked straight through, eating a sandwich on the run.

Sherry, Jae Crunk and Linda Ellis served a tasty luncheon spread both days — hamburgers, hot dogs and brats. Jae and Sherry also brought homemade cookies.

In the Amateur Shooting Dog, Jack Glover’s Van Halen, setter male, was the first place dog with five finds always showing to the front or found pointing to the front. Second place was one of the Wisconsin dogs, Abby, pointer female for Mike Duvall. Abby had three nice finds and a forward nice race. Third place was another Wisconsin dog, Goose, pointer male for Mike Roper. Goose had three finds for his 30 minutes a good forward race. Other dogs that the judges liked, in no particular order, were: pointer female Roxie (Craig Hiatt), pointer male Jim (Joe Zimmer), pointer male Riley (Duvall), pointer female Star (Jeff Hainline) and setter male Butch (Gary Matevey).

Awarded first in the Amateur Derby was Leroy (PM/Mike Roper). Second was Danny (PF/Duvall). Mary (PF/Jim Crook) placed third.

Six entries competed in the Amateur Puppy. This scribe had the pleasure of being one of the judges. Puppies running always to the places birds should be. All were running with great style and speed. Four of the puppies are from the same litter. First was Ray (SM/Chuck Maxson). Second was also won by a Chuck Maxson with setter female Pixie. Axl (SM/Lindsey Wagner) placed third.

In the Amateur Shooting Dog, Chuck Maxson handled first place setter male Ray Earning second was Floyd (SM/ Lindsey Wagner). Third was pointer female Half Pint for Grant Green who is just entering this sport.

The Open Shooting Dog had a number of dogs that gave very good performances and on any given day could have taken home first. German Shorthair male Woody (Emmett Sasser)  had five well located finds and was always to the front. Woody  was always looking in the right places. Second place was captured by Roxie (PF/Craig Hiatt) with three well spaced finds. She is fancy running and pointing. Yesterday’s shooting dog placed third in this stake. Van Halen carded eight finds and a forward race looking in all the right places.

Other dogs mentioned, in no particular order: Riley (PF/Duvall), Star (PF/ Hainline), Goose (PM/Roper), Abby (PF/Duvall) and Murph (Roper). Nice group of clean dogs in the Open Shooting Dog Stake.

Six went to the line in the Open Derby. Mike Duvall’s pointer female Danny was awarded first with a four finds and a race to the front looking in places quail should be hiding. Second place Leroy (PM/Roper) also had  four finds in his 30 minutes. Pointer female Lucy captured third for Dan Crunk.

Sunday’s Open Puppy had six very nice puppies competing. Lindsey Wagner’s setter males Mo’s Sweet Child and Mo’s Blazingstar placed first and second, respectively. Firebug (SF/Maxson) finished third.

Over the weekend, 67 dogs competed. This was a huge trial with many great performances.

Mid-South recognizes Purina for their support of field trials. Also thank you to all the handlers who supported this weekend trial.

Orchardville, Ill., November 9 — One Course

Judges: Georgie Casey and Rick Stanford

NBHA AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG — 6 Pointers and 2 Setters

1st—GLOVER’S VAN HALEN, 1674172, setter male, by Carpenter’s Blue Hawk—Sue Jetta Sue. Jack Glover, owner and handler.

2d—WINKELMAN’S LITTLE SUGAR, 1630957, pointer female, by Winkelman’s Rebel Yell—Crannie’s Pepper Dot. Sue & Mike Duvall, owners; Mike Duvall, handler.

3d—RUTH’S HIGH FLYIN GOOSE, 1641458, pointer male, by Winkelman’s Rebel Yell—Miss Elhew Payton. Michael & Ruth Roper, owners; Michael Roper, handler.

NBHA AMATEUR DERBY — 4 Pointers and 2 Setters

1st—ROCKY RIDGE’S PERFECT STORM, 1685679, pointer male, by Chelsea’s Thunder Bolt—Brown’s Moonrise. Mike Roper, owner and handler.

2d—STELLAR’S NATURAL DISASTER, 1684712, pointer female, by Chelsea’s Thunder Bolt—Lacey Underall. Mike Duvall, owner and handler.

3d—OUTLAW WHITE CROW, 1682570, pointer female, by C J Sniper—Outlaw Momma Grizzly. Jim Crook, owner and handler.

Judges: Georgie Casey and Danny Draffen

NBHA AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG — 3 Pointers and 3 Setters

1st—BRANNIGAN’S LAST STRAW, 1623856, setter male, by Brannigan—Ruffian. Chuck Maxson, owner and handler.

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

3d—GREEN’S HALF PINT, 1687515, pointer female, by Harg’s Mr. McNutt—Harg’s Diamond Sam. Grant Green, owner and handler.

Judges: Dan Crunk and Craig Hiatt

NBHA AMATEUR PUPPY — 1 Pointer and 5 Setters

1st—WILD AFIRE, 1685638, setter female, by Bugs N Dirt—Iron Afire. Chuck Maxson, owner and handler.

2d—FIREBUG, 1686749, setter female, by Bugs N Dirt—Iron Afire. Chuck Maxson, owner and handler.

3d—MO’S BLAZINGSTAR, 1685734, setter male, by Bugs N Dirt—Iron Afire. Lindsey Wagner, owner and handler.

Judges: Georgie Casey and Rick Stanford

NBHA OPEN SHOOTING DOG — 16 Entries

1st—SULFUR BEND WOODMAN, 1666906, German Shorthair male, by Showtime Uodibar Waiting For Woody—Showtime’s Pale Rider Ms Aniya. Emmet Sasser, owner and handler.

2d—CRAIG’S RUNIN ROXIE, 1665573, pointer female, by Mac’s Silver Dollar—Hilo Southern Tea. Craig Hiatt, owner and handler.

3d—GLOVER’S VAN HALEN, 1674172, setter male, by Carpenter’s Blue Hawk—Sue Jetta Sue. Jack Glover, owner and handler.

NBHA OPEN DERBY — 4 Pointers and 2 Setters

1st—STELLAR’S NATURAL DISASTER, 1684712, pointer female, by Chelsea’s Thunder Bolt—Lacey Underall. Mike Duvall, owner and handler.

2d—ROCKY RIDGE’S PERFECT STORM, 1685679, pointer male, by Chelsea’s Thunder Bolt—Brown’s Moonrise. Mike Roper, owner and handler.

3d—D J’S LUCY JO, 1685270, pointer female, by Lester’s Sunny Hill Jo—D J’s Miss Betty. Dan Crunk, owner and handler.

Judges: Danny Draffen and Brad Hargis

NBHA OPEN PUPPY — 1 Pointer and 5 Setters

1st—MO’S SWEET CHILD, 1685735, setter male, by Bugs N Dirt—Iron Afire. Lindsey Wagner, owner and handler.

2d—MO’S BLAZINGSTAR, 1685734, setter male, by Bugs N Dirt—Iron Afire. Lindsey Wagner, owner and handler.

3d—FIREBUG, 1686749, setter female, by Bugs N Dirt—Iron Afire. Chuck Maxson, owner and handler.

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