American Field

Sunflower Amateur All-Age Classic

Sunflower State Field Trial Club

By Stan Wint | Apr 12, 2018
Amateur All-Age Classic Winners. From left: H P Final Decision with Stan Wint, Tim Thorton, judge; Eddie Berendzen, R R Craftsman with Nathan Berendzen, Kirk Swanson, judge; H P Wiggins Express with Rodney Shoemaker and Alaina Berendzen.

Abilene, Kan. — When field trial schedules are made up months in advance, conflicts often arise. So while most of the people in our area were at Ames Plantation in Grand Junction, Tenn., at the National Amateur Quail Championship, the small but dedicated group of people remained behind to compete in the Kansas Amateur All-Age Classic. The trial drew contestants from five states and was contested at Holler Point Farm in Abilene, Kan.

Diane and Rodney Shoemaker graciously made the grounds available and this year was no exception.

Judges for the All-Age Classic were Tim Thorton of Oberlin, Kan., and Kirk Swanson of Red Oak, Ia.

Although it was windy and extremely dry, the trial started off with a bang as in the first brace H P Final Decision, or Bud, handled by Rodney Shoemaker, had a strong forward race with a dug-up find at 58 which became the brace to beat at the trial.

Eddie Berendzen’s R R Craftsman, or Pepper, had a huge far-reaching all-age race to earn second. Placed third was H P Wiggins Express, also owned and handled by Rodney Shoemaker. “Buddy” had a big race, was always to the front and just needed a bird to win.

The judges’ decision was difficult, but well received.

The Sunflower Open (All-Age) Derby had 15 contestants. Bocomo Cherry, owned and handled by Jay Lewis and scouted by Eddie Berendzen, is a diminutive pointer female but she can run a true all-age race and did a very nice job. Frontline Rebel Obsession, owned and handled by Stan Wint, also scorched the ground, was always to the front and made the judges’ decision very difficult. Both dogs made you sit up in the saddle and pay attention, pushing the limits of the course and then some.

As always, the hospitality at Holler Point Farm was excellent. Diane’s homemade cinnamon rolls and hot coffee at breaks were the talk of the trial. Brownies and cookies were served for dessert at lunch with chicken and noodles, and at dinner brats with all the trimmings to ensure everyone was full, even if their dog didn’t get a placement.

Bud Moore manned the dog wagon and did an excellent job.

Hopefully about the time the fall trials come around we will have plenty of rain, so scenting conditions will be much better than they were this spring.

Thanks to all who attended and worked to make this trial a success, and mostly to the Shoemaker family who works hard to make sure everyone always has a good time out there.

The results are appended.

Abilene, Kan., March 10

Judges: Doug Meyer and Tim Thornton

OPEN DERBY — 14 Pointers and 1 German Shorthair

1st—BOCOMO CHERRY, 1677071, pointer female, by Westfall’s Black Cloud—Bocomo Hot Dotty. Jay Lewis, owner and handler.

2d—FRONTLINE REBEL OBSESSION, 1668637, pointer male, by Frontline Rebelator—Funseeker’s Rebel Dream. Stan Wint, owner and handler.

3d—IRRESISTIBLE, 1678140, pointer male, by Just Irresistible—Thin Ice. Kirk Swanson, owner and handler.

Judges: Kirk Swanson and Tim Thornton

AMATEUR ALL-AGE [One-Hour Heats] — 5 Pointers and 1 Setter

1st—H P FINAL DECISION, 1658643, pointer male, by Wiggins River Mack—Wiggins Miss Ward. Rodney Shoemaker, owner and handler.

2d—R R CRAFTSMAN, 1652356, pointer female, by Funseeker’s Rebel Man—Crouse’s Dixon Dragon. Eddie Berendzen, owner and handler.

3d—H P WIGGINS EXPRESS, 1653169, pointer male, by Wiggins River Wild—Wiggins Elhew Sinbad. Rodney Shoemaker, owner and handler.

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