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Field Trial Report

Powhatan Field Trial Club

By Dennis Kivikko | May 10, 2019
Amateur Derby Winners. From front left: Sarah and Scarlet Hatfield with Hatfield Meant To Be, Dean Avillion with Huckleberry’s Pretty Lady, Meredith Wadsworth with Southpaw N’Palimar’s Jus Fionn. Standing: Judges Gary Winall and Johnny Lewis.

Goochland, Va. — The newly formed Powhatan Field Trial Club’s inaugural event was held at the beautiful grounds of Orapax Hunting Preserve on April 6-7.

The preserve owners generously agreed to shut down a large portion of their commercial operation for this event. Preserve proprietors Jane and Neal Kauder were gracious hosts and were on hand both days and helped things go smoothly.

There are so many people to thank from the other Virginia clubs. I’m afraid to miss anybody here. The community came out of the woodwork to give help and guidance to this new club.

As with most of the East Coast, this area had been inundated with wet weather and the day before the trial Goochland, Va., received another full day of precipitation. The weather for the trial was great, but mud boots were the fashion statement of the weekend. All involved were good sports and handled the conditions well.

Unfortunately the gallery wagon was quickly out of commission and spent the weekend stuck in the far end of the field.

The Winners

The puppies broke away at 7:30  a. m. under the watchful eyes of Judges Johnny Lewis and Ellen Clements.

Dean Avillion’s Huckleberry’s Fancy Pants had a great forward race, showing great potential to finish first, followed by Black Creek Lucy. Steve Graham’s setter also had a strong race and showed good potential. Third was a fast and snappy Llewellin setter, Setter Meadows Royal Pippa, handled by newcomer John Jennings.

The Derby, judged by Johnny Lewis and Gary Winall, was won by another newcomer, Southpaw N’Palimar’s Jus Fionn, handled by Meredith Wadsworth. Fionn ran an impressive forward race and had five finds. Dean Avillion’s Chloe (Huckleberry’s Pretty Lady) was second with a big ground race, one find and one unproductive. Third was newcomer Sarah Hatfield and her young pointer Jack (Hatfield Meant To Be) which had four finds. Jack had a good rapport with his handler and looked good on his birds.

The Amateur Shooting Dog presented thirteen dogs to Gary Winall and Ellen Clements for judgment. The winner was Pirate’s Mean Louise, handled by owner Dennis Kivikko. Louise had a strong forward race, big on the front, and was found standing on each absence. She had four finds, one woodcock and three quail, and handled all with style. Close was Lady of North, handled by J. C. Hudgins. Lady handled three finds and a stop to flight well. This strong running pointer has come on strong at the end of this season and is sure to be a contender next season. Third was Ashby Morgan’s Pinekone Who Dat. “Jazz” had an absence on the front and ended up with two stylish finds and a back.

Sunday was the Andrew Dykers Amateur Shooting Dog Classic. The namesake of this trial, Andrew Dykers, converted his 700 acre farm into Orapax Hunting Preserve to give access to those who may never have the opportunity to bird hunt in central Virginia. Over the next three decades, Mr. Dykers built a one-man operation into the largest public upland hunting preserve in Virginia. Known not only in Virginia but around the country. Orapax is now a vibrant and hugely successful hunting and fishing destination. Boasting flowing waterways, ten hunt fields, dog training and the annual release of roughly 15,000 quail, chukar and pheasant. Now Mr. Dykers, 89, can be found riding on his Gator greeting new and long-time hunters on the preserve, which is now owned and operated by his daughter, Jane Kauder.

This companion stake has judgment stopping at the flush and is held to promote new participation in field trialing.   This event had 11 starters and the festive atmosphere provided a good time for all.

C. J. Williamson’s Llewellyn setter Ollie topped the field with a fast strong race. Ollie had three broke finds and an impressive stop to flush on a bird that flushed from a nearby tree. Sandland’s Liberty Belle ran a beautiful well-paced shooting dog race and had four finds. Proud owner Pat Brooks handled Belle in their first-ever field trial. Pat asked a lot of questions from legendary local field trialer Waverly Coleman who is a great ambassador for the sport. I think we will see Pat again. He is already researching a possible shooting dog prospect.

Third was Neal Kauder’s Llewellin setter Rey (Jornada Peggy Sue). Rey ran a little closer for her handler and had two finds and three backs. She handled both with equal style.

The venue and the shooting dog stake drew many new dog handlers to the sport. Events like this are sure to grow field trialing. Thanks to all for their support.

Goochland, Va., April 6 — One Course

Judges: Ellen Clements and Johnny Lewis

AMATEUR PUPPY — 6 Entries

1st—HUCKLEBERRY’S FANCY PANTS, 1679345, pointer female, by Decoy Lakes Winning Harley—Hunter Run’s Echo. Dean & Catherine Avillion, owners; Dean Avillion, handler.

2d—BLACK CREEK LUCY, 1683067, setter female, by Peyton’s Legacy Kip—Girl’s Little Dixie. Steve Graham, owner and handler.

3d—SETTER MEADOWS ROYAL PIPPA, 1684530, setter female, by SM Thirty Eight Special—Setter Meadows Willow. John Jennings, owner and handler.

Judges: Johnny Lewis and Gary Winall

AMATEUR DERBY — 6 Entries

1st—SOUTHPAW N’PALIMAR’S JUS FIONN, unreg., Weimaraner male, by Southpaw’s Otto Matic Style—Palimar N Jax’s Hot Stuff. Julie Cecere & Meredith Wardsworth, owners; Meredith Wardsworth, handler.

2d—HUCKLEBERRY’S PRETTY LADY, 1672791, pointer female, by Hirollins Cash Flow—Hunter’s Run Echo. Dean Avillion, owner and handler.

3d—HATFIELD MEANT TO BE, 1678679, pointer male, by Pinehill Elhew Damascus Ace—Pinehill Elhew Black Beauty. Sarah Hatfield, owner and handler.

Judges: Ellen Clements and Gary Winall

AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG — 11 Pointers and 2 Setters

1st—PIRATE’S MEAN LOUISE, 1656151, pointer female, by Mohawk Mill Pirate—Bevy’s Mean Girl. Dennis Kivikko, owner and handler.

2d—LADY OF NORTH, 1665878, pointer female, by Mohawk Mill Pirate—Quinton Oak Abby. J. C. Hudgins, owner and handler.

3d—PINEKONE WHO DAT, 1650896, setter female, by Pinkone Street Sense—Pinekone Black Rose. Ashby Morgan, owner and handler.

Judges: Dennis Kivikko and Sharon Townley

AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG — 11 Entries

1st—BELONG’S BLAZIN OLLIE, 1667409, setter male, by Londeree’s Bondhu Ringo—Londeree’s Dashing Annie. C. J. Williams, owner and handler.

2d—SANDLAND’S LIBERTY BELLE, 1657029, pointer female, by Bud of Piney Woods—Medlin’s Dancin Abagail. Pat Brooks III, owner and handler.

3d—JORNADA PEGGY SUE, 1676837, setter female, by Maverick Jornada Hank—Jornada Rock’n Roxanne. Neal Kaunder, owner and handler.

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