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L F Dyno Mike Wins 38th Running; Denton is Runner-Up

Missouri Open Shooting Dog Championship

By Tony King | Jul 06, 2017
The Winners. In foreground, from left: Virgil Moore with L F Dyno Mike and Laura Graham with Denton. Standing: Jerry Hailey, Gailen Cooper, Jack Herriage, Luke Topp, judge; Stacy Perkins, Dennis Sneed, judge, and Tony King.

Grovespring, Mo. — Thirty-six dogs were entered in this year’s running of the 38th renewal of the Missouri Open Shooting Dog Championship held at the beautiful Sportsmen’s Association Grounds near Grovespring, Mo. This 2,800-acre field trial complex that is home each year to many of the field trial sport’s largest and important titular stakes was again utilized for this important event.

Donated by the Lee Cruse family, this facility boasts a large kennel setup, gravel parking areas, RV hookups, two horse barns, paddock-style corrals, a clubhouse with sleeping quarters, ten new exterior horse pens directly across from the clubhouse and three one-hour courses that provide ample opportunity to showcase the talents of any topnotch field trial dog.

Officers of the Midwestern States Shooting Dog Futurity, along with Missouri Open Shooting Dog Board of Directors, accepted the challenge of hosting this championship event.

Club officials Jerry Hailey, Tony King, Gailen Cooper, Drew Zink and George Newcomb were instrumental in making sure the event was well run.

While Jerry and Tony handled the logistical end of things, Drew, George and Gailen stepped in to run the dog wagon, marshal the braces and plant birds. One can’t say enough about having help and all of these gentlemen went above and beyond to coordinate the daily running. Special thanks goes out to them for their efforts!

No trial is complete without the help of its sponsors. The Missouri Open Shooting Dog Championship is fortunate to have the support of sponsors such as Purina and SportDog. As always, Purina provided dog food for the winner and runner-up. Also each winner received a SportDog e-collar provided by Mr. Jim Morehouse with SportDog. The generosity of these great sponsors does not go unnoticed. Field trial participants, competitors and club officials understand how important it is to have sponsorship of a field trial. The Missouri Open Shooting Dog Board would like to personally thank Purina and SportDog for their participation in the field trial sport!

Judges Dennis Sneed of Ewing, Ill., and Luke Topp of Tecumseh, Neb., occupied the judicial saddles for three enjoyable days of field trialing. Both  gentlemen are well respected members of the field trial community with their knowledge and expertise being highly regarded. They gave every handler and dog their undivided attention throughout the running and rode hard when necessary. Special thanks to Dennis and Luke for their time and hard work during this event.

When the dust had settled, Hall of Fame handler Jack Herriage had piloted a  six-year-old, primarily white pointer male aptly named L F Dyno Mike to victory.

Runner-up laurels were earned by Denton, another similarly marked pointer male in the fine string of contenders campaigned by Stacy Perkins of Grand River Kennels. Although very different style performances this pair of competitors notched their place in field trial history with presentations that made lasting impressions in the minds of the two judges.

The Winners

Dyno Mike, athletically built, primarily white pointer male with orange ticked ears, ran in the first brace after lunch on the final day of running to win this 38th renewal. On this particular afternoon, under overcast skies and cooling temperatures, Mike “weathered the storm” with a brilliant six-find performance over course No. 1.

The winner can be best described as consistent in going to the right places, required very little scouting, was smooth on the ground, classy in motion, showed impeccable manners and pointed with good style. He was honest and applicable for the entire hour and finished still applying himself as the call of pickup rang out.

Dyno Mike, for Texas owners Fred Davis and Charlie Jackson and Mike McClanahan of Lee’s Summit, Mo.,  was brought to the line at promptly 12:30 p. m. in order to beat the impending storms forecast for later that afternoon.

Away down the right edge, Mike whirled on point, pinning a scattered covey within a minute of being turned loose. From there toward the first creek crossing Mike hung the right edge and disappeared. Shortly after Jack’s hat was in the air near the first creek crossing. As the judges and gallery arrived, Mike was seen standing in the bottom of the creek bed in an unlikely place. Off his horse with blank gun in hand, Jack quickly put another feeding covey to flight for the mannerly dog. Away again, Mike applied himself nicely below Andy’s house, past the third road crossing and into Davis bottom. Venturing left and toward the cemetery, Mike swung nicely toward the front. Coming off the hill and down the logging road, Mike’s search continued. Rounding the corner on the left edge, Jack called point again. As we arrived the dog’s stance indicated the main covey had left but Jack was able to show the judges one straggler running far up the hill, the dog mannerly for flush and shot. After watering, Mike was quickly out front and down the left edge of Davis bottom toward the island field. Through the bottom and around the bend, Mike made a nice cast down the left edge of the island field.

Shortly before reaching the rock ledge, Mike slammed into a stylish point pinning a tight sitting pair of birds and garnering his fourth find. From there, Jack sent Mike into the chute past Don Fox’s cut and up horse killer hill. At the top of the hill Jack watered Mike at the pond and sent him down the fencerow toward apple tree hill. Approximately halfway down the fenceline Mike pinned his fifth covey, style and manners still impeccable.

With a toot of Jack’s whistle, Mike was away again, across apple tree hill and entering little vine loop for a nice finish. Just seconds after the call of pick-up this bird-finding machine established point. As Jack went to collar his dog a covey lifted some twenty yards out in front of Mike. Although this find could not be counted under time, it sure was a heck of a way to put the finishing touches on a beautiful performance.

Ch. Denton, for owner Dr. Bob Canada of New Palestine, Ind., ran the first day in the afternoon on course No. 2 under warm conditions. Work obligations kept me away from observing the first two days of the running so the recount of Denton’s performance was taken from the judges’ descriptions.

According to the judges, Denton’s performance was strong, smooth and applicable. It was stated that Denton, “Laid on the front end and never had to be scouted . . . He showed when necessary and was under control throughout the hour . . . He carded one stylish find with exemplary manners around game.”

The judges stated his performance was such that it set an early standard  which held strongly throughout the running.

And there were others that impressed.

Bittercreek Beau, which ran in the 8th brace for professional handler Drew Zink and Oklahoma owner Harold Patton, challenged the winners with an outstanding four-find performance on course No. 2. Beau applied himself intelligently with a strong forward application that was very deserving of earning championship consideration.

Lancelot’s Tall Knight also showed well for handler Chuck Stretz and owner Dr. Richard Steckley of Wichita, Kan. He challenged the winners with a powerful, smooth-going one-find performance over course No. 1. His efforts were not rewarded as Knight was eventually lost at time.

Joho’s Full Moon also performed admirably under the whistle of Stacy Perkins for Illinois owner John Hott. Moon knocked on the door with a smooth, forward reaching, three-find presentation over course No. 2. Judges indicated that they were considering Moon until the winners ran.

This year’s running of the Missouri Open Shooting Dog Championship once again ended quietly and successful. As in previous years, goodbyes were said, trailers loaded and the handlers headed out for their next field trial destination.

Each year presents new obstacles and challenges, but more importantly the opportunity for lifelong memories arrive with each day’s running. Once again, special thanks to those who helped make this Championship another successful event!

Grovespring, Mo., March 7

Judges: Dennis Sneed and Luke Topp

MISSOURI OPEN SHOOTING DOG CHAMPIONSHIP [One-Hour Heats] — 32 Pointers and 4 Setters

Winner—L F DYNO MIKE, 1647559, pointer male, by Miller’s Happy Jack—Muddy Water Kate. Charlie Jackson, Fred Davis & Mike McClanahan, owners; Jack Herriage, handler.

Runner-Up—DENTON, 1641618, pointer male, by Elhew Fibber McGee—Elhew Miss T. Dr. Robert Canada, owner; Stacy Perkins, handler.

A Postscript

I have ridden many braces and watched several championship performances in my short fifteen-year field trial adventure. Whenever you witness a job getting done or know you’re seeing the dog to beat, you sit a little taller in the saddle and pay a lot more attention to what’s going on! You remember certain moves, casts, the race and sometimes where every find occurred during that special brace. Other times you may ride for days and not witness very many of those aspects.

Well, I’m honored to say that I was able to witness something special and something that I will always remember on that interesting exciting afternoon on March 9, 2017.

At the time Jack Herriage released Dyno Mike in the 16th brace, I had no inclination that it would potentially be the last time I would see Jack Herriage handle a dog at a field trial or be the first time that I watched Jack win a championship.

Now, I’d seen Jack run lots of dogs over the last several years and I just assumed, that like years prior, win or lose, the Herriages would be back next year.

I assumed Jack and Peg would roll into the Sportsmen’s Association grounds next season, park their RV up front at the same spot and set up their chain gangs and tie their horses out back just as I had seen them do so many times before. Little did I know that I would pick up the May 6 issue   of The American Field and on page 2 see a classy announcement that Jack would be hanging up his whistle to enjoy retirement with his lovely bride.

 

In the earlier portion of this article, I described Jack and Mike’s championship winning brace. At this time I would like to take the opportunity to describe the things I most admire and am going to miss about Jack Herriage.

First of all, I’m going to miss his steadfast attitude, win or lose, his easy to like personality and the smoothness in the way he handled a dog. I’m going to miss too that damn big blank pistol he used, the earphones he used to plug into his retrieval unit after the brace and the sweat stained cowboy hat he always wore.

I’m going to miss the way the other handlers respected, admired and treated him on or off the playing field. I’m going to miss his quiet demeanor and the relationship he had with his wife, Peg. Most of all I’m going to miss the way he sat a saddle. I always said, “No one sits a saddle like Jack Herriage.”

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Midwestern States Shooting Dog Futurity and the Directors of the Missouri Open Shooting Dog Championship, we would like to thank Jack Herriage for his many years of support, dedication and his overall professionalism in the sport of field trialing.

Jack is a true gentleman and fierce competitor.

We wish Peg and Jack a “Happy Retirement” and hope to visit with them soon! I personally would like to thank Jack for being the type of field trialer who so many respect by the way he conducted himself. Even though Jack may not have known he was teaching, I was learning!

Thank you, Jack, for being a role model to the younger generation of field trialers. I hope to conduct myself in the same professional manner you did for so many years. You truly are deserving of being enshrined in the Field Trial Hall of Fame and will forever be legendary in the sport of field trialing.

T. K.

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