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Field Trial Report

Western Iowa Pointing Dog Club

By James Douglass | Nov 20, 2021
Open Shooting Dog Winners. Judges Dale Renick and Scott Thielen.  From left: Ringafire’s Country Clown with David Taylor;  Highlander’s Celtic Creed with James Douglass; and  Beeler’s Miss Mizzou, with Scott Beeler and Charlie Beeler. Behind: Judges Scott Thielen and Dale Renick.

Raymond, Neb. — We would like to thank all who came and supported our October 23-24 fall field trial.

With this two-day format we were able to attract close to sixty participants. We deeply appreciate all the support we had and sincerely hope to see everyone again!

This was the sixth year that we were able to secure a fall 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 Bird Dog Club. With this date, we as a club, intend to provide a high-quality venue for everyone who wants to participate in a fall field trial, regardless of the breed of pointing dog they own.

The Nebraska Field Trial Association, in partnership with the Nebraska Game and Parks Department, works continually to groom and shape the grounds to be one of the premiere venues in the Midwest for our sport.

For this trial we tried a new format with four stakes— Open Puppy, Open Shooting Dog, Open Derby and Open All-Age — on Saturday, and four stakes — Amateur Puppy, Amateur Shooting Dog, Amateur Derby and Amateur All-Age — on Sunday.

Saturday morning's weather conditions were perfect for the dogs to have a chance to enjoy the ability to perform on the 900-plus acres of the Chet McClain Field Trial Grounds at Branched Oak Lake northwest of Lincoln, Neb. As a result of this weather we were able we were able to complete all of the scheduled Open stakes.

However, Mother Nature had other things in mind for Sunday the 24th. With the coming of early Sunday morning we had excessive rain and very heavy lightning. For the safety of the participants and the animals, it was decided to cancel the full day’s activities.

We would like to take this time to thank our sponsor, Purina, for their continued support of our local club. 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, picking up dogs and doing whatever else needed to be done. Our personal thanks go to our judges, Dale Renick and Scott Thielen, for their tireless effort and many hours in the saddle.

My special thanks to Rita Douglass for running the Kawasaki Mule dog wagon and doing an outstanding job of planting birds. Again, Rita Douglass did an outstanding job of providing free meals (chile, cookies and cake, and refreshments) to the judges and all participants.

Again, my thanks to everyone involved, the trial ran smoothly with plenty of time for socializing, making it a very enjoyable weekend.

Raymond, Neb., October 23

Judges: Dale Renick and Scott Thielen

OPEN SHOOTING DOG — 11 Pointers

1st—RINGAFIRE’S COUNTRY CLOWN, 1675942, male, by Pete’s Greystone Bud—Sinbad’s Rebel Rail. David & Marilyn Taylor & Jim Jurgens, owners; David Taylor, handler.

2d—HIGHLANDER’S CELTIC CREED, 1677861, male, by Erin’s Redrum—Erin’s Moonshine Molly. James Douglass, owner and handler.

3d—BEELER’S MISS MIZZOU, 1675485, female, by S F Bandwagon—S F Rushhour. Charles & Scott Beeler, woners; Scott Beeler, handler.

OPEN DERBY — 8 Pointers

1st—HIGHLANDER’S IRISH CREED, 1694881, male, by Dominator’s Bull Market Bud—Erin’s Moonshine Nell. James Douglass, owner and handler.

2d—LOOMIS LADY BEE, 1693427, female, by Wiggins Twisted Shout—Wiggins Snow Rebel. Rick & Connie Loomis, owners; Rick Loomis, handler.

3d—HACKBERRY’S STORMY NIGHT, 1693085, female, by Blackhawk’s Elhew Doc—Erin’s Irrisistible Cedar. Brian Kennedy, owner and handler.

OPEN ALL-AGE — 7 Pointers, 2 Brittanys and 1 Irish Setter

1st—LAMPPOST DOTTIE, 1668807, pointer female, by Lamppost Case I H—Lamppost Black Rage. Garvin Collins, owner and handler.

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

3d—LAMPPOST BLACK RAGE, 1660094, pointer female, by Westfall’s Black Ice—Westfall’s Quick Gold. Garvin Collins, owner and handler.

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