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Field Trial Report

Oklahoma Open Shooting Dog Championship

By Mike Griffin | Feb 12, 2018
Championship Winners. Front, from left: Hackberry’s Ice Patch with Harold Gearhart and Jacked Up Jasper with Virgil Moore. Standing: Kevin White, Dan Hensley, David Payne, judge; Bob, Mike Parnell, Everett Brannan and Larry Williamson.

Inola, Okla — I will start by saying a few words about our sponsor. Purina did a fantastic job with dog food and such support. They were great to work with, as usual, and without their support it would be very hard to put on quality trials. We greatly appreciate all their hard work.

All that said, I want to thank Dan Hensley for coming and driving the dog wagon, being on time and at the right place; very good job. Betty Crow, secretary-treasurer since the early 1970s, is a great asset and integral part of the club.

Together we put on a good championship with all the handlers, which is why we put on trials.

We were a little short on entries but had good numbers overall.

Saturday night we held our banquet dinner sponsored by last year’s winner’s owner Sean Snyder. It was a good one, great meal and social time. I believe it was enjoyed by everyone. We hope to see everybody next year.

I guess I will quit babbling and talk a little about our winners.

This year’s champion was Hackberry’s Ice Patch, pointer male owned by Bob Konz of Shelby, Ia., and handled by Harold Gearhart. Patch ran in second brace of the first morning, turned loose on course No. 2 before rock barn. He had a strong start by the rock barn down to the bottom and into course to left. He stayed strong to the front searching all the good bird spots, stayed forward across pond dam and was up front across water line road. Patch went up hill toward flat heading toward theater and had a stand on right across from theater. A nice find in sumac thicket. He was taken on and stayed in front with a strong finish. A very nice run.

Named runner-up was Jacked Up Jasper, setter male owned by Larry Williamson of Ponca City, Okla., and handled by Virgil Moore. Jasper was down in 5th brace on course No. 2. He is a very handsome dog, very animated while moving. He also ran a very strong and forward race, loosed before rock barn down the bottom and into cover on left making big swings searching in great places. Very nice moving dog and fast, handling direction changes very well. Jasper went west across pond dam, heading to big meadow, across to treeline then going north along treeline. Jasper stayed on edge until hitting scent, stopping for a beautiful stand. After a long flushing attempt bird could not be found. He was taken on across water line road, up hill to flat and east, still very strong. Jasper pointed by theatre in a motte and birds were there for a good find. He went on to a very good finish. Nice job.

Inola, Okla., December 15

Judges: Mike Griffin and David Payne


[One-Hour Heats] — 18 Pointers and 3 Setters

Winner—HACKBERRY’S ICE PATCH, 1649897, pointer male, by Westfall’s Black Ice—Numark Black Katt. Bob Konz, owner; Harold Gearhart, handler.

Runner-Up—JACKED UP JASPER, 1645583, setter male, by Horton’s Boomer Skip—Horton’s Ridge Jody. Larry Williamson, owner; Virgil Moore, handler.


Our Open Derby was a good stake. White Way Mona Lisa, white and black pointer female owned and handled by Kevin White, handled and ran a nice strong race, always up front, snappy looking. She is going to be a nice dog.

Hackberry’s Elhew Eddie, white and lemon pointer male owned by Bob Konz and handled by Gearhart, ran a steady forward race, handling kindly to Harold’s call. He spent his time searching for birds. Sky Hawk’s Diamond Duke, white and orange setter male owned by Daniel Bridgewater and handled by Justin Crook, handled the cover and briars well. He did a great job on the ground and will only get better.

OPEN DERBY — 6 Pointers and 4 Setters

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

2d—HACKBERRY’S ELHEW EDDIE, 1670316, pointer male, by Elhew Sinbad—Hackberry Numark Piper. Robert Konz, owner; Harold Gearheart, handler.

3d—SKY HAWK’S DIAMOND DUKE, 1671103, setter male, by Hytest Paladin—Skyhawk’s Blues Traveler. Daniel Bridge-water, owner; Justin Crook, handler.

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