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Field Trial Report

Oil Capital Field Trial Association

By Barry Moore | Jun 14, 2019
Amateur All-Age Winners. Front, from left: Jason Reed with Executive Action, Kevin White with Stylish Go Boy and Jon Humphrey with Bromance. Standing: Dan Hensley, Tom Curtsinger and Judge Bob Barker. [Photos by Barry Moore.]

Inola, Okla. — March in northeast Oklahoma usually has some threat of rain and sometimes mixed with a little cool weather that just keeps hanging on. It also brings the Oil Capital Field Trial Association (OCFTA) trial at the McFarlin-Ingersoll Ranch in Inola, Okla.

Entries picked up a little this spring. We had some new folks join us and they were a welcome addition.

Once again 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 try again next year to avoid conflicting with Kansas.

The total number of trials in Oklahoma is still way down and attempts are being made to coax others into making a leap into the field trial venture. In the future we will continue to need the participation from Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri and our fellow walking trialers to make our trials successful. Some of the walking participants I believe are ready to take the plunge and join us in the world’s best sport.

Our bird population in Oklahoma continues to be down this year as reported by the Oklahoma Wildlife Department after two very positive years but we found more wild birds this year than in years past. It still 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. One positive note is that there is a growing population of birds in the Southeast.

As always we want to 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 and increase the involvement of the OCFTA in Oklahoma they have supported. They want to support the sport in every way they can. This year we had the Tulsa Bird Dog Association hosting the NBHA Western Regional Open Shooting Dog Championship along with our trial.

This trial was chaired by Bob Barker. Thanks goes to Mike Griffin and Dan Hensley and other members and friends for handling the dog wagon chores.

Appreciation and thanks goes to the Tulsa Bird Dog Association for the fine lunches.

We want to thank the judges. Bob Barker of Inola, Okla., and Barry Moore of Collinsville, Okla., for judging the All-Age Stake. Barry Moore and Tom Curtsinger of Collinsville, Okla.,  judged the Amateur All-Age Derby. Jason Reed of Tuttle, Okla., and Kevin White of Choctaw, Okla., judged the Amateur Shooting Dog Stake. Steve Rutkowski of Oologah, Okla., and Jon Humphrey of Claremore, Okla., judged the Open Derby. Thank you for your time in the saddle.

THE WINNERS

The Amateur All-Age  had  six entries. First place went to Executive Action, pointer male owned by Richard Peterson of Gilbert, Ariz., and handled by Jon Humphrey. “Gary” ran a big always up front race. He had a wild bird covey find at 35 and looked great on point. He had a strong finish to the front. Awarded

second was Stylish Go Boy, pointer male owned and handled by Tom Curtsinger. He was always to the front, handled well and was fast afoot. Third was Bromance, pointer male owned and handled by Jon Humphrey. Bromance had a big hard race directly to the front and finished going away.

The All-Age Derby had eight entries. Earning first was Reed’s Touch of Class, pointer male owned and handled by Jason Reed. He had a wonderful race to the front and all the enthusiasm of any Derby, plus an extra helping. Second place went to Greypointe Oso, pointer male owned and handled by Douglas Meyer of Tonganoxie, Kan. “West” had a very good race to the front and once again made a mark for his handler. Placed third was Iron and Wine, pointer female owned and handled by Jon Humphrey. Iron and Wine had a very good race to the front.

The Shooting Dog Stake had a nine entries, judged by Jason Reed and Kevin White. Open Range Terminator, pointer male owned and handled by Bob Barker, ran a strong, forward race and finished strong. Second was Nitro Elhew Gentleman Jack, pointer male owned and handled by Bill Osborne of Broken Arrow, Okla. Jack hunted hard and to the front and made his owner-handler proud. Third was Anna, German Shorthair female owned and handled by Emmet Sasser of Tulsa. Anna had a very good race, made some big casts and handled to the front at all times.

The Open Derby had ten entries, judged by Steve Rutkowski and Jon Humphrey who named Reed’s Touch of Class, pointer male owned and handled by Jason Reed, first. He ran a great race, hunted the right spots, handled well and finished strong. Awarded second was Lone Big Time, pointer male owned by John and Missy Gaines of Broken Arrow, and handled by John. He was always to the front, handled well and was fast afoot. Third was Whiteway Dreamcatcher, pointer male owned and handled by Kevin White. Dreamcatcher had a great race and was always up front.

This fall should bring another great trial and hopefully the same great fun and time as we all experienced at this one. The club will be continuing to implement more efforts to better all aspects of our trials. We will once again try to have the Tulsa Bird Dog Association running a walking stake in the grounds behind the clubhouse at the same time off the horseback stakes.

Come join us. We would love to have you.

Inola, Okla., March 15 — One Course

Judges: Bob Barker and Barry Moore

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

1st—EXECUTIVE ACTION, 1671410, pointer male, by Touch’s Blackout—Dare to Compare. Richard Peterson, owner; Jon Humphrey, handler.

2d—STYLISH GO BOY, 1664306, pointer male, by Stylish Victor—She’s A Knockout. Tom Curtsinger, owner and handler.

3d—BROMANCE, 1668193, pointer male, by Tallokas Lane Change—Osceola Patty Cake. Jon Humphrey, owner and handler.

Judges: Tom Curtsinger and Barry Moore

AMATEUR DERBY — 8 Pointers

1st—REED’S TOUCH OF CLASS, 1682758, male, by Ready’s First Pitch—Black Icy Night. Jason Reed, owner and handler.

2d—GREYPOINTE OSO, 1678566, male, by Whippoorwill Justified—Greypointe Invierna. Douglas P. Meyer, owner and handler.

3d—IRON AND WINE, 1681861, female, by Westfall’s True Grit—Hear Her Roar. Jon Humphrey, owner and handler.

Judges: Jason Reed and Kevin White

AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG [One-Hour Heats] — 1 German Shorthair,

7 Pointers and 1 Setter

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

2d—NITRO ELHEW GENTLEMAN JACK, 166127, pointer male, by Elhew Prophet—Nitro Elhew Delight. William Osborne, owner and handler.

3d—ANNA, unreg., German Shorthair female, breeding not given. Emmet Sasser, owner and handler.

Judges: Jon Humphrey and Steve Rutkowski

OPEN DERBY — 9 Pointers and 1 Setter

1st—REED’S TOUCH OF CLASS, 1682758, pointer male, by Ready’s First Pitch—Black Icy Night. Jason Reed, owner and handler.

2d—LONE BIG TIME, 1680370, pointer male, by Oakspring Big Time Warrior—Forty View Jill. John & Missy Gaines, owners; Justin Crook, handler.

3d—WHITEWAY DREAMCATCHER, 1682582, pointer female, by Ready’s First Pitch—Black Icy Night. Kevin White, owner and handler.

 

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