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Field Trial Report

Whetstone Field Trial Club

By Jay Lewis | Jan 03, 2019
Nemaha Cinch First in the Open Shooting Dog Stake

Grovespring, Mo. — On a cold October weekend in Grovespring, Mo., the Whetstone Field Trial Club held its fall trial at the Sportsmen’s Association grounds. We had a fairly short draw, but had an exceptional venue with plentiful birds.

Eighteen dogs came to the line in the Open All-Age under the judgment of the able Andy Daugherty of Grovespring and the watchful eye of Evan Clark of Higbee, Mo. Evan accepted his first assignment and was under the tutelage of a veteran. Andy stated, “It was a pleasure to assist this young man and I hope he listens to everything I say and we’ll get along fine.” I wish to thank Andy Daugherty for filling the judicial saddle with just two hours’ notice when the advertised judge had a strained back and was unable to ride.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ashley Clark and her young assistant, three-month-old Cooper, and Robert and April Berendzen for all their help in providing food and drinks for the masses. Robert and April own and operate Woodsmen Distillery and Barrel 53 Cooperage of Higbee, Mo., and they graciously provided refreshments for those in attendance.

Kendell Schmidt handled his eight-year-old pointer Ninnescah Lightyear, callname Buzz, to first  with three clean finds on pre-released coveys coupled with a front-running race. Eddie Berendzen and his well known  pointer female R R Craftsman had nice finds, a back and a polished ground performance. Third was secured by veteran handler-trustee-Hall-of-Famer Dr. Pat McInteer of Falls City, Neb., with two finds and a slightly lesser race for three-year-old Nemaha Night Hawk, no stranger to the winners’ circle coming off a tremendous Derby season.

We were also glad to welcome two out-of-towners, Chad Inderman from Texas and Mike Patrick from Montana, who came from afar to play. These two gentlemen occupied the judges’ seats for the Derby.  Other handlers with good performances — Scott Beeler, George Hill and Jay Lewis — showed multiple dogs, just not up to the bar this weekend in this stake.

The Open (All-Age) Derby was short on dogs but long on performance. Scott Beeler won the stake with pointer male Beeler’s Country Clipper, offspring of Miller’s Happy Jack, with one broke find and a well applied ground race. Jay Lewis handled the next two placements, Bocomo Cherry, pointer female, and Bocomo Bullrun, pointer male, littermate offspring of Westfall’s Black Cloud. Cherry had a wide race and one Derby find, and Bull ran big but showed his immaturity. Cherry had a great puppy season last year winning RU AA Derby of the Year for Kansas and placing in Missouri and Illinois. We look forward to seeing her this season in the winners’ circle. Greg Sand turned his Derby loose and it showed a little immaturity but definite possibilities.

The one-hour Open Shooting Dog followed on Sunday morning with six entries under the judgment of two Berendzens —  Eddie and son Nathan.  Dr. Pat McInteer took both top spots. Pointer male Nemaha Cinch had two finds and a hunting race, followed by Nemaha Rio that recently won runner-up in the Region 17 Amateur Shooting Dog Championship in Kansas. Rio had two finds as well but a lesser applied race. Third was Westfall’s Quick Trick, owned by Richard Lewis and handled by son Jay with one find and a race showing she was not in condition this week.

Greg Sand had a tough weekend, Chase and Hannah and Ace not finishing their hours. Greg is a longtime friend of the Whetstone Club and has had much success with his setters. We are always glad to see him on the roster. When you see those setters on birds you know right away they love their work.

Grovespring, Mo., October 20

Judges: Andy Daugherty and Evan Clark

OPEN ALL-AGE [One-Hour Heats] — 18 Entries

1st—NINNESCAH LIGHTYEAR, 1627859, pointer male, by Ninnescah Trigger—Ninnescah Misty Morning. Kendell Schmidt, 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—NEMAHA NIGHT HAWK, 1663865, pointer male, by Nemaha City Slicker—Ice’s Elhew Reba. Dr. Pat McInteer, owner and handler.

Judges: Chad Inderman and Mike Patrick

OPEN DERBY — 6 Entries

1st—BEELER’S COUNTRY CLIPPER, 1675465, pointer male, by Miller’s Happy Jack—Lakota Silver Addition. Scott Beeler, owner and handler.

2d—BOCOMO CHERRY, 1677071, pointer female, by Westfall’s Black Cloud—Bocomo Hot Dotty. Jay Lewis, owner and handler.

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

Judges: Eddie Berendzen and Nathan Berendzen

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

1st—NEMAHA CINCH, 1658376, pointer male, by Nemaha City Slicker—Nemaha Copper. Dr. Pat McInteer, owner and handler.

2d—NEMAHA RIO, 1668952, pointer male, by Nemaha Free Style—Wiggins Snow Rebel. Dr. Pat McInteer, owner and handler.

3d—WESTFALL’S QUICK TRICK, 1663665, pointer female, by Erin’s Brave Heart—Westfall’s Irish Bell. Richard Lewis, owner; Jay Lewis, handler.

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