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Field Trial Report

Northwest Field Trial Association

By Ian MacTavish | Jun 13, 2019
Open All-Age Winners. From front left: Lance Schulz with Dakota Nation, Cal Martin with Hawthorn Melody and Scott Jordan with Cheyenne Nation. Standing: Judge Rich Boumeester, Mason Schulz, Jim Tande, Jim Smith and Katherine Gove.

Hankinson, N. D. — The Northwest Field Trial Association spring field trial was held on April 26-27 at the expansive grounds of the Hankinson, N. D., unit of the Sheyenne National Grasslands.

These grounds are exceptional for running a field trial — they offer a wealth of options for laying out courses and provide a wide range of cover types from big open prairie intermixed with substantial woodlands and thickets.

Temperatures both days to start the mornings were in the mid-30s but ramped up to a high of 60° on both days during the afternoon. Winds were moderate starting at 5-10 mph and up to 10-15 mph in the afternoons.

Sincere thanks to all of the judges and everyone who helped out with lunches, Friday night cookout, dog wagon, organizing, securing the grounds and everything else.

On a sober note, our thoughts and prayers go out to our long time friend Chuck Wingard who had triple bypass heart surgery. Complications have led to a longer hospital stay. He is stable. Chuck sent his dog Hawthorn Melody with Jim Tande and she did a splendid job in both the Open All-Age and Open Shooting Dog, earning second place in both stakes.

The Winners

For the Open All-Age, Judges were Dave Moore and Rich Boumeester.

Friday 8:00 a. m. In the first brace was the winner Dakota Nation (Dan), braced with Frank LaNasa’s Jumpstart (Huck). Both dogs were away running the country but handling. At 15 Dan pointed on a knoll with high style. Huck came in for a nice back, all in order. Shortly after that find Huck had a find of his own but had a breach of manners and was picked up. Dan continued to run the country and was hunting the likely spots. At time Dan was far to the front and not in sight. Handler Scott Jordan rode up a far hill and his hat was in the air. A good ending to an all-age performance with Dakota Nation standing majestically with all in order for the flush and shot.

Second was Hawthorn Melody, handled by Jim Tande in brace  No. 3 with Scott Jordan with Cheyenne Nation. Melody ran a strong and stylish race, hunting with efficiency along the productive edge covers. She was found pointing at 15; handler flushed a quail and all was in order. Cheyenne Nation is  just a coming Derby. She’s a fast and classy pointer female that really covers the country. At time she was ridden for and found pointing in the bottoms. Her style and manners were outstanding.

In the Open (All-Age) Derby,  Judges were Katherine and Bob Gove. Friday following the All-Age, the Derby kicked off at 11:00 a. m. under sunny skies and 48°. Birds were not planted for the Open Derby and none of the dogs were successful at finding any residual planted quail. However, shortly after the judges called time at the end of brace No. 1 Frank LaNasa’s dog Jimmy and Scott Jordan’s dog Smoke were successful locating a wild rooster pheasant on the right edge of the course. After a short time pointing, the bird was in the air and cackling.

Eventual winner Bar P Overtime, pointer female handled by Rich Boumeester, was braced with Cold Creek Hank (Ian MacTavish) in brace No. 3. She ran the country like a young dog should, very smooth gaited and to the front with extreme range.

In brace No. 4, Pac, pointer male handled by Frank LaNasa, put up a strong challenge. Pac was powerful and stylish running. It seemed he was visible just often enough to show he was connected with his handler.

Frank LaNasa and Scott Jordan presided for the Open Shooting Dog.  The first brace was loosed Saturday morning  at 8:10 a. m. under cloudy skies and a 10 mph wind.

Eventual winner Tall Oaks Son, setter male handled by Jim Smith, was braced with Upfront’s Bo Studly, handled by Lance Schulz in brace No. 1. Son ran a strong forward race taking some of the edges with ease. As he hit the last big bowl he made a strong move to the front and pointed, all in order. He was moved on with a nice finish to the front.

Second placed Hawthorn Melody, handled by Jim Tande, ran in brace No. 3 with Jim Smith and Doc. As the gallery came over a rise we could see Melody pointing in a thicket in the bottoms on the right side of the course. A quail was flushed, style and manners excellent. She finished the brace with a second mannerly find. Placed third was red setter male Restless Red Toolman, owned by Katherine Gove and handled by Bob Gove in brace No. 5. He hunted the edges and was rewarded with two staunch finds deep in the woods. He finished strong rimming the prairie bowl.

For the Open (Shooting Dog) Derby, judges were Lance Schulz and Scott Jordan. The first brace kicked off just before noon on Saturday with the winner, setter male Cold Creek Hank (MacTavish), braced with Jim Smith’s pointer female Tiff. The sun had just emerged and the ground warmed quickly. Both dogs started strong and forward hunting the edges on the right and left. At 10 Hank carded his first of five finds in a thicket at the right side of the course. He pointed briefly and then flushed and chased until he quickly was called back on course. He did the same with his second find at 13. He settled down and recorded three more finds between 15 and 25 where he held point until his handler flushed birds in front of him. Quicksilver R T R, pointer male handled by Jim Smith in brace No. 7, had a great race always to the front. He was pointed out by his handler a few times and made some nice moves on the edges of the timber, had a nice find and finished with a strong race. Pointer female Hawthorn Pearl, handled by Jim Tande, had two finds and ran a strong shooting dog race to place third.

Hankinson, N. D., April 26

Judges: Rich Boumeester and Dave Moore

OPEN ALL-AGE — 4 Pointers and 2 Setters

1st—DAKOTA NATION, 1674370, pointer male, by Erin’s Full Throttle—My Minnie. Julie S. Roach, owner and handler.

2d—HAWTHORN MELODY, 1660305, pointer female, by Elhew G Force—Light Your Fire. Chuck Wingard, owner; Jim Tande, handler.

3d—CHEYENNE NATION, 1681417, pointer female, by Strut Nation—Erin’s Amazing Grace. Scott & Julie Jordan, owners; Scott Jordan, handler.

Judges: Katherine Gove and Robert Gove

OPEN DERBY — 8 Pointers and 3 Setters

1st—BAR P OVERTIME, 1680459, pointer female, by Dominator’s Rebel Heir—Bar P Fizz. Robert Saari, owner; Rich Boumeester, handler.

2d—TRUE HONOR, 1684457, pointer female, by True Confidence—Red Sunshine. Frank & Jean LaNasa, owners; Frank LaNasa, handler.

3d—CONFIDENT NATION, 1684546, pointer female, by True Confidence—Southern Songbird. Scott Jordan, owner and handler.

Judges: Scott Jordan and Frank LaNasa

OPEN SHOOTING DOG — 5 Pointers, 5 Setters and 1 Irish Setter

1st—TALL OAKS SON, 1662601, setter male, by Keystone’s Red Recession—Abigale. Jim Smith, owner and handler.

2d—HAWTHORN MELODY, 1660305, pointer female, by Elhew G Force—Light Your Fire. Chuck Wingard, owner; Jim Tande, handler.

3d—RESTLESS RED TOOLMAN, 1602579, Irish setter male, by Silver Creek’s Wanted—Restless Red Cedar. Katherine Gove, owner; Bob Gove, handler.

Judges: Scott Jordan and Lance Schulz

OPEN DERBY — 11 Pointers and 4 Setters

1st—COLD CREEK HANK, 1678604, setter male, by Cold Creek Kevinator—Cold Creek Black Magic. Ian MacTavish, owner and handler.

2d—QUICKSILVER R T R, 1682872, pointer male, by Dunn’s Tried’n True—Tall Oaks Jill. Rick Stallings, owner; Jim Smith, handler.

3d—HAWTHORN PEARL, 1684585, pointer female, by Dominator’s Rebel Heir—Bar P Fizz. Jim Tande, owner and handler.


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