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Special Bulletin

North Dakota Classic and Dr. Douglas Guthrie Derby

By Bonnie Hidalgo | Sep 14, 2020

COLUMBUS, N.D. — The North Dakota All-Age Classic hosted by the North Dakota Open All-Age Field Trial Club concluded Friday, September 11, with the naming of Westfall’s River Ice the winner. The six-year-old white and black pointer male is owned by Brad H. Calkins of Centennial, Colo.,  and was handled by Andy Daugherty.  River Ice ran a huge all-age race and scored a stylish find on sharptail.  Second place went to Texas Wild Rex, handled by Allen Vincent for new owner Brad Kennedy of Red Bay, Ala.  The white and orange pointer male coupled a big, forward race with two nice finds.  Another Brad Kennedy-owned dog, Swift Justice handled by Steve Hurdle, was third.  The white and orange setter male ran a nice race with one find.

In the companion Dr. Douglas Guthrie Memorial Open Derby  the winner was Conner’s Trigger Man, handled by Freddie Rayl.  The pointer male is owned by Ralph Conner  of Neosho,  Mo., who scouted.  Frontline Bet, owned by Chris Livingston  of Vandalia, Mo., and handled by Larry Huffman, was second.  Third place went to Barshoe Forget Me Not, handled by Allen Vincent for Bob Gum of Collinsville, Okla.

There were 44 starters in the All-Age Classic and 18 in the Open Derby.  The judges, as advertised, were Harold Woodward, Vilonia, Ark., and Bonnie Hidalgo, Brighton, Colo.

The Dr. D.E. Hawthorne Border Classic Field Trial Club, hosts the Border Classic trial which will commence on September 12 with the Dr. D.E. Hawthorne Derby  which has 14 entries.  The Dr. D.E. Hawthorne Border Classic will follow with 35 dogs entered.  Judges for this stake are Tony Reynolds who replaced Eddy Taylor and Alex Mauck who replaces William Smith. William Smith had a horse wreck during the North Dakota Classic and suffered a subdural hematoma which required emergency surgery in Minot, N.D.  At this time William is recovering nicely and expected to make a full and speedy recovery.

A Bulletin for the Border Classic will follow at its conclusion as will a full report on the entire North Dakota trials.

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