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Field Trial Report

Oil Capital Field Trial Association

By Bob Barker | May 17, 2018
Amateur All-Age Winners. Front, from left: Kevin White with Mateo’s Ace of Spades, Steve Rutkowski with Cocklebur Ice Cold and Jason Reed with Ben’s Western Shadow. Back: Jeremy Gulick, Randy Anderson, Jon Humphrey, Bob Barker, Alissa Ruggles with baby Payton, Tiffany Genre, Curtis Hamilton, Daniel Bridgewater and Barry Moore.

Inola, Okla. — March in Northeast Oklahoma brings signs of spring coming as winter just keeps hanging on. It also brings the Oil Capital Field Trial Association “OCFTA” spring trial at the Ingersoll Ranch in Inola.

Entries were down a little this spring as they were last year. Once again this year we had a conflicting date with a Kansas trial even after careful planning to try to avoid it.

OCFTA is a member of the Kansas Field Trial Clubs Association and counts on Kansas participants. We will be trying again next year to avoid conflicting with Kansas. The total number of trials in Oklahoma is still way down. In the future we will need participation from Kansas, Arkansas and Missouri trialers to make our trials successful.

On another disappointing note, the bird population in Northeastern Oklahoma is down this year after two very positive years. It appears that the best bird crop was in Western Oklahoma. The Oklahoma-Kansas border, especially as you go west, is still maintaining a fair bird crop. The dogs’ ability to locate birds in this trial was down some. I believe this could to related to the still very heavy cover because of the light winter and the fact that spring came so early here. The gallery was finding more birds than the dogs, but who’s counting?

As always, we thank Win and Kay Ingersoll for allowing us to field trial at their wonderful ranch and for all their gracious support. The beautiful new clubhouse is solely an effort of theirs.

We are still attempting to conjure up more participation. Every effort we have made to try to increase the involvement of the OCFTA in Oklahoma they have supported.

This year we added another stake and ran an Open Derby. We also had the Tulsa Bird Dog Association here with us as they hosted an NBHA Championship along with our club trial.

This trial was chaired by Bob Barker. Thanks to Mike Griffin and Curtis Hamilton and others for handling most of the dog wagon chores.

Appreciation and thanks goes to the guys and gals of the Tulsa Bird Dog Club for the well received lunches. Our Saturday night banquet was due to many participants wanting to go and support a fundraising event put on in Claremore by the Indian Territory Quail Forever group.

Also we want to thank the judges, Daniel Bridgewater of Tulsa, Bob Barker of Inola, Dan Hensley of Claremore and Drake Ochsner of Tulsa for their time in the saddle.

Our bird crop was down from the fall and everyone was really expecting to see a lot bird work. It is at these times when it is especially hard on judges. First thing is it is just not as much fun. Secondly it seems to demand less attention of the judge making it harder to stay sharp. Lastly the dogs are just that much harder to critique.

THE WINNERS

The Open Derby had six entries, judged by Bob Barker and Daniel Bridgewater. First place went to Stylish Red Bull, ten-month-old pointer male sensation owned and handled by Tom Curtsinger of Collinsville, Okla. Bull had a wonderful race to the front and all the enthusiasm of a ten-month-old plus an extra helping. Earning second was Distant Sundown, pointer male owned by Thomas Nygard and handled by Tiffany Genre. He had a great race to the front and was on the mark when called on. Third went to a regular in the winners’ column, Ready’s First Pitch (Jack), pointer male owned by Levi Ready and handled by Kevin White. Jack had a very good race to the front and made a mark for his handler.

The Amateur All-Age had six entries, judged by Bob Barker and Daniel Bridgewater. Awarded first place was Manteo’s Ace of Spades, pointer male owned by Paul Falkowsky and handled by Jon Humphrey. Ace ran a big, always up-front race and had a strong finish. Second was Cocklebur Ice Cold, pointer male owned and handled by Steve Rutkowski. Ice Cold had a big hard race directly to the front and finished going away. Third was Ben’s Western Shadow, pointer male also owned and handled by Steve Rutkowski. He too had a great race, hunted all the right places and finished hard.

The All-Age Derby had six entries, also judged by Bob Barker and Daniel Bridgewater. First place once again was Stylish Red Bull, the young pointer male sensation owned and handled by Tom Curtsinger. Bull once again had a wonderful race to the front and all the enthusiasm of a 10-month-old plus an extra helping. Second place went again to Ready’s First Pitch, handled by Kevin White. “Jack” had a very good race to the front and once again made a mark for his handler.

The Amateur Shooting Dog had a six-dog entry, judged by Dan Hensley and Drake Ochsner. Earning first was Open Range Terminator, pointer male owned and handled by Bob Barker. He had a find at 12, ran a strong race to the front and finished strong. Second was Griff’s Big Ransom, pointer male owned and handled by Mike Griffin. “Buddy” had a very good race, made some big casts and handled to the front at all times. Third place went to Barker’s Gladiator, setter male owned and handled by Bob Barker. He had a stylish find at 10 on a covey. He finished to the front going away.

The Amateur Derby had six entries, judged by Dan Hensley and Drake Ochsner. Placed first was White Way Mona Lisa, pointer female owned and handled by Kevin White. She ran a great race, hunted the right spots, handled well and finished strong. Second was Barker’s Last Sunrise, setter female owned and handled by Bob Barker. She was always to the front, handled and was fast afoot. White Way Swagger, pointer male owned and handled by Kevin White, was third. He had a great race and was always up front.

This fall should bring better conditions and hopefully more birds with a good hatch. The club will be implementing more efforts to streamline all aspects of the trial. We will once again be having Tulsa Bird Dog Association running a walking stake in the pasture behind the clubhouse at the same time as the horseback stakes.

Inola, Okla., March 9

Judges: Bob Barker and Daniel Bridgewater

AMATEUR ALL-AGE [One-Hour Heats] — 6 Pointers

1st—MANTEO’S ACE OF SPADES, 1641448, male, by Sharp Shooter—Sedgefields Hot Chapter. Paul Falkowsky, owner; Jon Humphrey, handler.

2d—COCKLEBUR ICE COLD, 1671178, male, by Miller’s Happy Jack—Cocklebur Treasure Chest. Steve Rutkowski, owner and handler.

3d—BEN’S WESTERN SHADOW, 1645191, male, by Ben Adams—Survivor’s True Lou. Steve Rutkowski, owner and handler.

AMATEUR DERBY — 5 Pointers and 1 Setter

1st—STYLISH RED BULL, 1678148, pointer male, by Stylish Go Boy—Stylish Twice’s Nice Taz. Tom Curtsinger, owner and handler.

2d—READY’S FIRST PITCH, 1673022, pointer male, by Truley Amazing—Gateway  Dialing In. Levi Ready, owner; Kevin White, handler.

Judges: Dan Hensley and Drake Ochsner

AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG [One-Hour Heats] — 6 Pointers and 1 Setter

1st—OPEN RANGE TERMINATOR, 1646050, pointer male, by Elhew Sinbad—Senator’s White Lie. Bob Barker, owner and handler.

2d—GRIFF’S BIG RANSOM, 1667466, pointer male, by Ransom—Coldwater Snow. Mike Griffin, owner and handler.

3d—BARKER’S GLADIATOR, 1665600, setter male, by Erin’s Hidden Shamrock—Hytest Horizon. Bob Barker, owner and handler.

AMATEUR DERBY — 4 Pointers and 2 Setters

1st—WHITE WAY MONA LISA, 1666037, pointer female, by Rock Acre Blackhawk—Black Icy Night. Kevin White, owner and handler.

2d—BARKER’S LAST SUNRISE, 1671482, setter female, by Sunrise Chill—Star’s Last Chance. Bob Barker, owner and handler.

3d—WHITE WAY SWAGGER, 1676489, pointer male, by Lester’s Sunny Hill Jo—Black Icy Night. Kevin White, owner and handler.

Judges: Bob Barker and Daniel Bridgewater

OPEN DERBY — 6 Pointers

1st—STYLISH RED BULL, 1678148, male, by Stylish Go Boy—Stylish Twice’s Nice Taz. Tom Curtsinger, owner and handler.

2d—DISTANT SUNDOWN, 1675575, male, by Dunn’s Tried’n True—Dixie Chic. Thomas Nygard, owner; Tiffany Genre, handler.

3d—READY’S FIRST PITCH, 1673022, male, by Truely Amazing—Gateway Dialing In. Levi Ready, owner; Kevin White, handler.

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