American Field

Random Notes . . .

Jan 11, 2019

An unexpected caller contacted the editorial offices on January 7. Manuel Casado, owner of multiple winner and champion Easy Mark, had learned that erstwhile handler Dean Lord was to be honored February 9 in Grand Junction, Tenn., at the formal Field Trial Hall of Fame scroll presentations.

Mr. Casado, now 87, was the breeder of Easy Mark, which was acquired initially by Don Gerstner of Medicine Lodge, Kan., in the spring of 1965. The dog came back to Manuel Casado in January, 1966. Thereafter followed a remarkable five years in which Easy Mark amassed a total of 56 placements including back-to-back wins of the National Open Shooting Dog Championship — 1968 and 1969 — handled by Dean Lord.

During the ensuing conversation, Mr. Casado recalled that Easy Mark, when just an eight-week-old puppy, suffered a broken leg. “I was prepared to put him down,” he said, “but my wife said to get the leg fixed and she’d take care of him. So we took him to the vet, where he set it, cast it, and she took care of him until it healed.”

Manuel Casado was a proficient handler in his own right, winning any number of amateur placements with the dog including the Region 7 Amateur Shooting Dog Championship with Easy Mark in the fall of 1970.

“Dean Lord would handle the dog in open stakes and I in the amateur,” he said. “After the trials, I’d bring Easy Mark home and Don Gerstner would come from Medicine Lodge to Wichita and pick him up, work him during the week and bring him back or I’d pick him up on the way to the next trial.”

Mr. Casado had a busy career as a builder, both homes and commercial buildings, in the Wichita area, starting at age sixteen. He retired in 2005 and lives near Eugene, Ore.

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