American Field

Field Trial Report

Western Iowa Pointing Dog Club

By James Douglass | Dec 07, 2018
Open Shooting Dog Winners. From left: Jim Douglass with Highlander’s Celtic Chrome and Garvin Collins with Lamppost Black Rage.

Raymond, Neb. — We would like to thank all who came and supported our October 12-14 trial. We deeply appreciate all the support and sincerely hope to see you again!

This was the second year we were able to secure an October date at the Branched Oak Field Trial grounds. With the support of the Nebraska Field Trial Association, we have been able to secure this weekend as a permanent trial date for the Western Iowa Club. With this permanent date, we as a club intend to provide a high-quality venue for everyone who wants to participate in an October field trial, regardless of the breed of pointing dog owned, for years to come.

Early October can be an interesting time in Nebraska because you can catch a wide variety of weather patterns and conditions. In the past years we have enjoyed beautiful fall weather conditions, with sunny skies and 45-60° temperatures. With this great weather, participants not only enjoyed the opportunity to watch high quality dogs perform but also had a chance to enjoy some truly beautiful scenery as they rode the 900 plus acres of the Chet McClain Field Trial Grounds at Branched Oak Lake northwest of Lincoln, Neb. This year was somewhat of a mixed bag. Friday we had rain. Saturday the weather was perfect with clear skies and 60° temperatures, and Sunday we had a full out blizzard. The blizzard limited the number of stakes we were able to run on the last day of our trial.

As in the past, we tried to make the most of our three-day event, setting up a trial format that included both an AKC trial and an American Field trial. The first two days were scheduled as an AKC trial with eight stakes and the last day, October 14, was an American Field trial with four scheduled events. As a result of this format, we were able to have close to 70 dogs competing. The draw was able to attract dogs from almost all of the pointing breeds and participants from most of the Midwest States and beyond.

An ample amount of birds was released throughout the event, scenting conditions for the most part were great, and the dogs didn’t have any trouble finding birds.

We would like to also thank our sponsor, Purina, for their continued support. Purina has been outstanding in their ever-present support of providing dog food and samples. I would also like to thank the many people behind the scenes both prior and during the trial. A big thank you for the generous help with judging, planting birds, dog wagon, awards, and doing whatever else was needed to be done.

Our personal thanks to our judges, Bruce Bryant, Darrin White, Rob Downing, Garvin Collins, Larry Loftin, Kirk Loftin, Tresha Moorberg and Scott Roker for their tireless effort and many hours in the saddle.

My special thanks to Rita Douglass for running the Kawasaki Mule Dog Wagon and Dale Renick, our outstanding bird planter.

The trial ran smoothly with plenty of time for socialization and camaraderie, making it a very enjoyable weekend. We hope to welcome you back the first weekend in March for years to come.

Raymond, Neb., October 13

Judges: Tresha Moorberg and Scott Roker

OPEN DERBY — 4 Pointers and 1 German Shorthair

1st—SNOWY RIVER’S TOP GUN MAVERICK, 1678766, German Shorthair male, by Snowy River’s Full Strut—Cajun’s Bad Habit. Greg Hellbusch, owner and handler.

2d—WESTFALL’S OUT SOURCE, 1676061, pointer male, by A’s Big Bruisen Zeke—Clear Pearl White. Ryan J. Westfall, owner; Garvin Collins, handler.

3d—INTENSIVE BAD ADDICTION, 1679063, pointer female, by S F Bandwagon—S F Rushhour. Steve Auxier, owner and handler.


1st—LAMPPOST BLACK RAGE, 1660094, female, by Westfall’s Black Ice—Westfall’s Quick Gold. Garvin Collins, owner and handler.

2d—HIGHLANDER’S CELTIC CHROME, 1661653, male, by Erin’s Redrum—Erin’s Super Star. James Douglass, owner and handler.


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