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Field Trial Report

Stillwater Open All-Age

By Bob Barker & Jon Humphrey | Nov 12, 2020
Open All Age Winners.  Front row, from left: Steve Messick, judge: Andy Daughtery with Westfalll's River Ice, Stegan Smith with Touch’s Spaceman,  and Alan Vincent with Westfall's True Grit. Behind: Jon Humphrey, Bob Barker, judged; Randy Anderson, Matt Griffith, Ronnie Miller,  and Kris Wall.

Booneville, Ark. — The Stillwater Open All-Age and companion Derby were held November 5-7 following the Southland Open Championship at Blue Mountain Field Trial grounds in Booneville, Ark.

The weather was jacket friendly the first braces in the morning, then the temperatures warmed into the mid-70s throughout the day.

This trial is a qualifier for the National Championship. Jon Humphrey is the workhorse behind the scenes making sure everything is running smoothly. Lunches were prepared by Judi which were well received after riding all morning.

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Judges for this event were Bob Barker from Inola, Okla., and Steve Messick from Greenbrier, Ark. Both gentlemen have been in the sport for a number of years and both have been fortunate to have had some champion dogs. Coincidentally, both gentlemen grew up in Joplin, Mo.

Marshal was Ronnie Miller from Van Buren, Ark., who is a workhorse on these grounds. Ronnie gets a lot of help from locals Steve Morgan, Jerry Oswald, and Glenn Cumbie.

Western field trialer Alex Mauck was here from Oregon running a couple of his fine setters. Oklahomans Matt and Twana Griffith came to ride and enjoy the camaraderie.

Friday night was a social event with snacks and spirits, and we were not short on laughter. Andy Daugherty was on fire telling stories about him working for his dad Bud when he was a youngster. Needless to say, when daddy spoke Andy listened!

If you''ve never have been to these grounds, these are river bottoms where you can see Mt. Magazine in the distance. A dog has to run big to look good on these all age grounds. They had a lot of rain last month and this delayed part of their bird release program a few weeks. You could see how high the water had been on some of the trees.

OPEN DERBY

The Derby was first. When the dust settled, Cypress Cracker came out on top. Cypress Cracker is owned by David Nut of Balliger, Tex., and handled by Andy Daugherty. Second went to Barshoe Forget Me Not, owned by Bob Gum of Collinsville, Okla., and handled by Allen Vincent. Third was Erin's Tall Soldier owned by Paul Kelly  of Tinmath, Colo., and handled by Randy Anderson. All three pointers were placed on race.

Booneville, Ark., November 4

Judges: Bob Barker and Steve Messick

OPEN DERBY — 7 Pointers and 1 Setter

1st—CYPRESS CRACKER, 1688798, pointer male, by The Oklahoma Gambler—Cypress Rain Burst. David Nutt, owner; Andy Daugherty, handler.

2d—BARSHOE FORGET ME NOT, 1692349, pointer male, by Whippoorwill Justified—Greypointe Invierna. Robert Gum, owner; Allen Vincent, handler.

3d—ERIN’S TALL SOLDIER, 1687104, pointer male, by Erin’s Tin Soldier—Erin’s Margarita. Paul Kelly, owner; Randy Anderson, handler.

OPEN ALL-AGE STAKE

In the Open All-Age, Westfall’s River Ice, pointer male owned by Coloradoan Brad H. Calkins separated himself from the others with his extreme race. He ran right after lunch in warm temperatures. At 10 he had his only find, with all in order at the flush.

When the course started to open up so did he. He popped up to the front on numerous occasions when you did not see him. Before we got to the bridge, we had to turn left, and Andy let him roll before we got to the road. It was a race that made you sit up in the saddle.

Second went to Touch’s Spaceman, pointer male owned by Matt Griffith of Edmond, Okla., and handled by Randy Anderson. Spaceman had the third course in the afternoon.

At 10 Spaceman had his first covey find in the hedgerow near the road crossing. What was nice about this find was we rode up and crossed the road and there he was standing high and tight. Randy went in to flush and all was in order. At 25 Spaceman had his second find standing tall far to the right before we made our turn. Everything was in order for the flush. At 40 Spaceman had a third and final find. His style was not as imposing as his other two. Randy got off horse and flushed a single. All in order. Spaceman appeared to have a little lull in his race after that, but went on to have a strong finish.

Third place went to Westfall’s True Grit, owned by Ryan Westfall of Liberty, Mo. The pointer male had the third hour in the afternoon as well. This dog had a nice covey find at 15. True Grit stood with a lot of style and with all in order. At 25 True Grit had a single, the bird flopping temptingly in front of him. But he stood his ground, and all was in order.

He went on to make some big casts down in the bottoms. At 55 we saw birds in the air with True Grit and Westfall’s Tulsa Time for Jon Humphrey standing with good style. Andy got off horse and flushed a sleeper, with everything in order. Both dogs went on to finish strong.

It is interesting to note that the dogs that placed ran in the afternoon. First place on course No. 1 and the second and third place dogs on course No. 3.

STILLWATER OPEN ALL-AGE [One-Hour Heats] — 27 Entries

1st—WESTFALL’S RIVER ICE, 1659989, pointer male, by Westfall’s Black Ice—Westfall’s Quick Gold. Brad H. Calkins, owner; Andy Daugherty, handler.

2d—TOUCH’S SPACEMAN, 1669610, pointer male, by House’s Ring of Fire—Touch’s Sandy. Matt Griffith, owner; Randy Anderson, handler.

3d—WESTFALL’S TRUE GRIT, 1663635, pointer male, by Erin’s Brave Heart—Westfall’s Irish Bell. Ryan Westfall, owner; Andy Daugherty, handler.

 

 

 

 

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