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Field Trial Report

Region 17 Amateur All-Age Championship

By Kelley Patterson | Jan 04, 2018
The Winners. Front row: Joe  Worsham with Champion Nemaha Night Hawk,  Ethan Kelly, Colton Smith, Larry Smith with R R Craftsman. Back row:  Judge Bob Lais,  Rodney Shoemaker, Judge Mike Griffin, Eddie Berendzen, Ellie Berendzen, Laney Berendzen and Dave Upton

Abilene, Kan. — The Region 17 Amateur All-Age Championship was contested October 27-29 at Holler Point Farm in Abilene, Kan. Twenty-six dogs were drawn for the Championship and seven for the companion Derby.

Judges for this event were Mike Griffin of Stilwell, Okla., and Bob Lais of Wichita, Kan.

Handlers and dogs came from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri to run on the spacious prairie grounds and through the neighboring crop fields that make up the three courses on Diane and Rodney Shoemaker’s Holler Point Farm.

Named champion was pointer male Nemaha Night Hawk, which ran in the first brace. Night Hawk is owned and handled by Dr. Pat McInteer of Fall City, Neb. Night Hawk had a five-find performance, looked great on his game and two of his finds were on wild coveys. The big white and liver pointer had excellent manners around his game and ran on course No. 1.

Named runner-up was R R Craftsman, white and black pointer female owned and handled by Eddie Berendzen of Higbee, Mo. She ran in the last brace and had a huge run with two nice finds. The first find was an extreme limb find that was probably the find of the stake.

Pepper, as Eddie calls her, was bred by Mike Crouse in Dixon, Ky., and is very attractive both moving and on her game.

The judges’ jobs were difficult because they had several dogs with good performances that were given serious consideration. Worsham’s Silver Strike, owned and handled by Joe Worsham of St. Joseph, Mo., had a far-flung race and one find. Rodney Shoemaker’s H P Higgins Express had a great race and a very nice three find performance making the judges’ job even harder. As always, Larry Smith’s S F Bandwagon, former Purina’s All-Age Dog of the Year, is always a contender. The judges’ decisions were well received. With the help of our expert dog wagon driver, Bud Moore, it all ran quite smoothly.

In the companion Derby, Texan John Harmon placed first with his snappy, fast white and orange pointer female Barshoe La Traviata, a very appealing dog with a very bright future. Second was H P Tornado Watch which had a very strong forward race for handler Rodney Shoemaker. Eddie Berendzen returned to the winners’ circle in third place with his white and black pointer R R Black Iron which had an excellently handled piece of bird work at the first red crossing on course No. 1.

As always, at Holler Point Farm the hospitality was exceptional. No one ever goes away from a field trial there hungry.

Diane Shoemaker made some wonderful soup, chicken and noodles, homemade brownies, and cookies for lunches and snacks for the dog wagon. Rodney smoked ribs, chicken and brats for dinner.

There was always time for socializing at the end of the day. This beautiful venue has great facilities and is a great place to see a running dog. It always provides an opportunity to find game and have fun with your friends.

Holler Point Field Trial Club would like to thank everyone who attended and helped to make this event successful and enjoyable. We also wish to thank Region 17 for allowing us to host this event and look forward to its renewal next year.

Abilene, Kan., October 27

Judges: Mike Griffin and Bob Lais


Winner—NEMAHA NIGHT HAWK, 1663865, pointer male, by Nemaha City Slicker—Ice’s Elhew Reba. Dr. Pat McInteer, owner and handler.

Runner-Up—R R CRAFTSMAN, 1652356, pointer female, by Funseeker’s Rebel Man—Crouse’s Dixon Dragon. Eddie Berendzen, owner and handler.

Judges: Doug Meyer and Bud Moore

OPEN DERBY — 7 Pointers

1st—BARSHOE LA TRAVIATA, 1671656, female, by Barshoe Tchaikovsky—Stormin Super Bee. John Harmon, owner and handler.

2d—H P TORNADO WATCH, 1675472, male, by Wiggins River Wild—Wiggins Miss Swami. Rodney Shoemaker, owner and handler.

3d—R R BLACK IRON, 1676065, male, by Lamppost Case I H—Lamppost Black Rage. Eddie Berendzen, owner and handler.

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