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Provided Field Trial Venue for More than Fifty Years

Winthrop (Win) Ingersoll Has Died

By Bob Barker | Nov 12, 2020

Inola, Okla. — It is with a heavy heart that I convey the very sad news that Win Ingersoll died Wednesday night in a Tulsa hospital.  Ranch manager Mike “Chico” Spurlock contacted me with the news this morning. Win had been battling a health issue, was taken to the hospital and died there.  He was 77.

There is no one in Oklahoma who supported field trials in Oklahoma longer or more generously than Win and Kay Ingersoll.

Back some 55 years and more, Win and the late Dr. Dorwin E. Hawthorne became friends and Win “opened the gates” to the McFarlin Ingersoll Ranch to the field trial community, the Oil Capital Club among the first to utilize the expansive venue northeast of Tulsa.

Over the years, the ranch has hosted the Oklahoma Open Championship, the Oklahoma Open Shooting Dog Championship, the Inola Open All-Age, the National Amateur Quail Championship, and annual fall and spring renewals of the Oil Capital Club, and more.

Win permitted the construction of the Arline Hawthorne Memorial Clubhouse on the ranch, the facility in memory of Dr. Hawthorne’s late wife Arline. A few years ago, Win embarked on a complete renovation of the clubhouse, expanding it and adding amenities for the benefit of the field trial clubs’ participants who used it.

In 2011 Win was the recipient of the NatureWorks Stewardship Award for his contributions to wildlife conservation and recognized by by an imposing life size bronze of quail and pointer entitled “Shinnery Oak Bobwhites” in Tulsa.

Among his avocations were quail hunting and quarter horses.

Win was the fourth generation proprietor of the 11,000-acre McFarlin Ingersoll Ranch started by his great grandfather in 1915.

He is survived by his devoted wife Kay, daughters Wendy and Joletta, and their husbands.

A great patron of the field trial pastime. May he rest in peace.

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