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Field Trial Report

Oil Capital Field Trial Association

By Barry Moore | Dec 02, 2019
Amateur All-Age Winners. From left: Lynn Oxendine with Double Rebel Cowboy, Jason Reed with Stylish Slim Jim, Tom Curtsinger, and Kevin White with Stylish Mustang Sally.

Inola, Okla. — Inola, Okla.—November in Northeast Oklahoma usually brings the first signs of winter coming in. This year with the change of date we were expecting much cooler temperatures than we observed in October. We were not disappointed.

The cover was still high due to all the good rains we were blessed with this past summer.

One thing you can always count on during the fall in Oklahoma is the Oil Capital Field Trial Association’s fall trial at the Ingersoll Ranch in Inola.

Entries once again were way down this year for this Purina Points Trial, due to one of the Kansas clubs changing their date to the same as ours. When it came time for dogs to hit the starting line we had absolutely no Purina Points chasing trialers here.

The total number of trials in Oklahoma is still way down. For the 2018-2019 season only three Oklahoma Field Trial Association recognized trials were held and two were run by the Oil Capital Field Trial Association at Inola, Okla. We at the Oil Capital Field Trial Association have been doing all we can to create more interest in our trials.

On a positive note, the bird population in Oklahoma is up this year after a diminished year last year. During the Inola Open All-Age we had some wild bird finds and were hoping for some of that action for this trial. It appears that the best bird crop is in Western Oklahoma but the Oklahoma-Kansas border has also seen a great upswing.

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation advises the bird population for the western part of the state is up 21% from the previous season of 2018.

Weather for this trial started with cold mornings warming up into the mid-50s during the day. The cover was still very green and heavy. The dogs in this trial had their ability to locate birds greatly challenged.

As always we want to thank Win and Kay Ingersoll for allowing OCFTA to use their wonderful ranch and for all their gracious and generous support. The beautiful new clubhouse was solely an effort of theirs.

Every effort we have made to try and increase the involvement of others in field trialing they have supported.

The quail study performed by Dylan Fogarty and Dave Londe from Oklahoma State University has ended. Dylan has finished his thesis on the project and we have had much new information  come from it. We have been trying to implement some of the ideas they suggested.

This trial was chaired by myself, Barry Moore of Collinsville, Okla. Thanks goes to Warren Henderson, Dan Hensley and Mike Griffin for handling most of the dog wagon chores.

Our Saturday night banquet was prepared by Mike Griffin. This year Mike cooked up hamburgers and brats from Mountain View Wholesale Meats for a great sandwich along with some wonderful condiments. We added pie and ice cream for the finishing touch.

We would like to thank the judges. Dr. Stan Wint of Gardner, Kan., judged all three stakes. Bob Barker of Inola, Okla., assisted Stan with the All-Age Stakes. Tom Curtsinger teamed with him  for the Shooting Dog Stakes and I assisted with judging the All-Age Derby. All the judges were a joy to work with and complained about nothing.

THE WINNERS

The Amateur All-Age had six entries. Awarded first was Double Rebel Cowboy, pointer male owned and handled by Lynn Oxendine of Neosho, Mo. Cowboy ran a big and always up front race. He had a strong finish and was hunting hard. Awarded second was Stylish Slim Jim, pointer male owned and handled by Tom Curtsinger of Collinsville, Okla. This dog is a product of one of Tom’s own litters. Slim Jim hunted hard and made all the right spots to earn this placement. Third place went to Stylish Mustang Sally, pointer female also owned and handled by Tom Curtsinger. She hunted all the right places and finished hard to the front.

The Amateur All-Age Derby had six entries. judged by Dr. Stan Wint and myself. First was Whiteway Tig, pointer male owned and handled by Kevin White of Choctaw, Okla. Kevin had thought this dog was going to be a real good shooting dog and then started running a lot bigger as of late. Tig impressed even Kevin in his all-age race. He hunted big to the front and earned the placement. Reed’s Touch of Class, pointer male owned and handled by Jason Reed of Tuttle, Okla. Although it has been several years since he joined us Jason is our newbie field trialer. Don’t let him fool you, though, he can pick a dog and has very good skills at showing his dogs. Reed’s Touch of Class was up front, hunting hard and had an excellent race. Third went to Whiteway Anarchy, owned and handled by Kevin White. He did a very good job,  hunted to the front and was using all the country possible.

The Shooting Dog Stake had a four-dog entry. First place went to Open Range Terminator, pointer male owned and handled by Bob Barker of Inola, Okla. He had a very good race and did all he could to find some birds for Bob. He hunted hard to the front and went to all the right places. Second place went to Griff’s Big Ransom, pointer male owned and handled by Mike Griffin of Stilwell, Okla. He had a very good race and stayed in front hunting hard. Griff’s Valiant Skipper had a covey of birds in the last brace but was not around to finish the brace.

Hopefully this spring will bring more entries. The cover will be down to a much more manageable level for the dogs. The club will be implementing more efforts to increase participation in the trial.

Inola, Okla., November 9

Judges: Bob Barker and Dr. Stan Wint

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

1st—DOUBLE REBEL COWBOY, 1673791, male, by Frontline Butch—Double Rebel Mayhem. Lynn Oxendine, owner and handler.

2d—STYLISH SLIM JIM, 1678149, male, by Stylish Go Boy—Stylish Twice’s Nice Taz. Tom Curtsinger, owner and handler.

3d—STYLISH MUSTANG SALLY, 1667645, female, by Miller’s Happy Jack—Stylish American Honey. Tom Curtsinger, owner and handler.

Judges: Barry Moore and Dr. Stan Wint

AMATEUR DERBY — 6 Pointers

1st—WHITEWAY TIG, 1683375, male, by Ready’s First Pitch—Black Icy Night. Kevin White, owner and handler.

2d—REED’S TOUCH OF CLASS, 1682758, male, by Ready’s First Pitch—Black Icy Night. Jason Reed, owner and handler.

3d—WHITEWAY ANARCHY, 1682553, male, by Ready’s First Pitch—Black Icy Night. Kevin White, owner and handler.

Judges: Tom Curtsinger and Dr. Stan Wint

AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG [One-Hour Heats] — 3 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.

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