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Field Trial Report

West Kentucky Field Trial Club

By Mary Sue Schalk | Jun 18, 2020
Open All-Age Winners. From right: Judge Joe Hopkins, Mary Sue Schalk with Crouse’s Equalizer, Richard Lewis, Jon Lam, Judge Brian French, Jay Lewis with Lam’s Black Magic, M. D. Crouse with Crouse’s Samuri Warlord and Michael Kennedy.

Kevil, Ky. — The West Kentucky Field Trial Club hosted a three-stake event the weekend of February 15-16. Both the All-Age and Derby Stakes drew ten canine athletes, while the Shooting Dog Stake drew six.

Three different field trial enthusiasts served as judges throughout the weekend. Joe Hopkins of London, Ky., and Brian French of Georgetown, Ky., judged both the All-Age and Shooting Dog Stakes. Hopkins and French are both avid members of the walking field trial community, and are leading members of the Bluegrass Walking Field Trial Club. They also both own and compete with champions they avidly train.

Hailing from Cutler, Ill., Alan Benson, a club member and dedicated bird dog man himself, served as the judge for the Derby with French.

Paired in the first brace of the Open All-Age were two veteran competitors, John Russell of Bowling Green, Ky., and Jon Lam of Makanda, Ill. Hilltopper Top Dog and Lam’s Long Shot got the day going.

The second brace set down immediately after pickup, just after the creek crossing in the first hour. Crouse’s Samuri Warlord, owned and handled by Mike Crouse, and Bocomo Rose, owned and handled by Jay Lewis. Both dogs handled to the front to start the hour. Strong and enjoyable to watch, in making the turn prior to the handicap lake Crouse called point for Warlord. Crouse fired his gun for a woodcock after a diligent flushing effort and relocation. Rose continued with a strong ground race and finished to the front. At the close of the hour, Warlord’s scout called point at Moonlight Hill. As Crouse dismounted a wild covey erupted from the thick cover. A fine close to the hour for dog and handler, along with earning third place.

The third brace turned loose at what most often is the second hour course. Lam’s Black Magic (Lam) and Crouse’s Equalizer (Crouse) are flashy and enjoyable on the ground. Black Magic handled well and showed to the front as the course weaved and turned. Equalizer appeared to eat the ground and as he made his way through the bottoms onward to the “Iron Gate”. Equalizer and Black Magic both turned in fine performances. Crouse’s Equalizer earned the blue, while Lam’s Black Magic took home second place.

Prior to breaking for lunch the fourth brace was able to run the third hour course. Crouse’s Skiptomylu and Westfall’s Quick Trick, for owner-handlers Alan Benson and Jay Lewis, respectively.

The final brace of the All-Age Stake took off after lunch. Crouse’s White Dragon squared off with Crouse’s Iron Man. Mary Sue Schalk handled Dragon, with owner Alan Benson handling Iron Man. Both dogs are first year all-age dogs and show promise for the future.

At the conclusion of the All-Age Stake the Derby immediately began. Jay Lewis and Bocomo Duke matched up with Crouse’s Code Red and Mike Crouse. Duke brought his “A game” to his first horseback field trial. Barely over a year old, the youngster ripped some edges in the crop fields at the West Kentucky WMA, with his competition doing the same. Code Red had the same mentality as his competitor, leave it all “on the field.” His big dog moves, making the edges, popping out in front at just the right time, kept everyone riding forward. This brace provided entertainment for the audience. Code Red earned second. Bocomo Duke claimed third. Nothing like giving the field something to chase in the first brace!

Kennedy’s Lil Sunshine, owned and handled by Michael Kennedy, and Shamrock’s Fancy, owned by the Mullins family of Berea, Ky., and handled by Joe Hopkins. Youngsters are always enjoyable to watch as they appear to be happy about everything they are doing. These two young females enjoyed their full thirty minutes.

Crouse’s Double Oak (Crouse) and No Leaf Clover, owned and handled by Joe Hopkins. Both dogs were too much to contain on this day and the retrieval units were asked for at 20.

Sunday morning dawned cool and crisp for final braces of the Derby and the Shooting Dog Stake.

The fourth brace of the Derby paired Double Trouble Boy, another Mullins-Hopkins entry, and Crouse’s Quiet Man, handled by Mary Sue Schalk. Double Trouble Boy finished his half hour for Hopkins. Quiet Man burned up the ground from start to finish. He fired on all cylinders, earning the blue.

Seven of Diamonds and Crouse’s Heart of Dixon wrapped up the Derby . Owner-handlers Hopkins and Crouse were back at the helm for their young dogs. The Derby wrapped up with these two solid performances.

The Shooting Dog Stake set down at the five lanes with Kennedy’s Tying Force, owned and handled by Michael Kennedy, and Crouse’s Ice Beauty, handled by Mary Sue Schalk. The pointers hunted diligently. Both dogs hunted with the intensity of well-seasoned meat dogs, searching every cut, every brush for the elusive quail. Tying Force had more reach than Beauty and placed third, earning his owner-handler his first ever horseback field trial placement.

Crouse’s Skiptomylu was braced with her mother, Crouse’s Gerri Wind, for the second brace. Alan Benson is Lu’s owner and handler, while Mike Crouse owns and handles Gerri. Benson and Lu had their day in this stake. Lu hunted the edges and made confident swings to the front, showing for the judges, her tail cracking. Not hard to spot where Lu got her class as her mother hunted to the front with the same crisp class. Lu’s efforts placed her top dog in this stake, while Crouse’s Gerri Wind grabbed the red.

And for the final brace was a second mother-daughter pair. Crouse’s Pine Landy, handled by owner Mike Crouse, braced with her daughter, Kennedy’s Lil Sunshine, handled by her owner Michael Kennedy.

The West Kentucky Field Trial Club was pleased with both the number of dogs and participants in our spring event. We are thankful to all the judges, our dog wagon driver, Greg Veatch, and to all club members who helped with lunch, marshalling and participated. We wish all bird dog enthusiasts happy hunting!

Kevil, Ky., February 15

Judges: Brian French and Joe Hopkins

OPEN ALL-AGE [One-Hour Heats] — 10 Pointers

1st—CROUSE’S EQUALIZER, 1660748, male, by Crouse’s Ebony Masterpiece—Crouse’s Gerri Wind. M. D. Crouse, owner and handler.

2d—LAM’S BLACK MAGIC, 1678283, male, by Cole Train—Wiggins Miss Tina. Jon Lam, owner and handler.

3d—CROUSE’S SAMURI WARLORD, 1651395, male, by Crouse’s White Samuri—Crouse’s Calico Shadow. M. D. Crouse, owner and handler.

Judges: Alan Benson and Brian French

OPEN DERBY — 5 Pointers and 5 Setters

1st—CROUSE’S QUIET MAN, 1685396, pointer male, by Crouse’s Ebony Masterpiece—Crouse’s Gerri Wind. M. D. Crouse, owner; Mary Sue Schalk, handler.

2d—CROUSE’S CODE RED, 1685394, pointer male, by Crouse’s Ebony Masterpiece—Crouse’s Gerri Wind. M. D. Crouse, owner and handler.

3d—BOCOMO DUKE, unreg., pointer male, by Westfall’s Black Cloud—Bocomo Hot Dotty. Jay Lewis, owner and handler.

Judges: Brian French and Joe Hopkins

OPEN SHOOTING DOG [One-Hour Heats] — 6 Pointers

1st—CROUSE’S SKIPTOMYLU, 1676912, female, by Crouse’s Ebony Masterpiece—Crouse’s Gerri Wind. Alan Benson, owner and handler.

2d—CROUSE’S GERRI WIND, 1656136, female, by Crouse’s Kentucky Wind—Hero’s Country Rose. M. D. Crouse, owner and handler.

3d—KENNEDY’S TYING FORCE, 1668295, male, by Elhew G Force—Mohawk. Michael Kennedy, owner and handler.





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