Result: Central Prairie Field Trial Club
Location: Orchardville, Illinois
Post Date: Jan 26, 2024
Submitted By: Dan Crunk
Amateur Shooting Dog Winners (front, l-r): K Del's Eagle Magnum Hotshot with Ken DeLong, No Limits Wildfire's Wildcard with John Landolina, and No Limits Little Slick with Myah Landolina. (Standing): Judges Brad Hargis and Rick Stanford.
On November 26, the Central Prairie Field Trial Club held its fall trial at the grounds in Orchardville, Illinois. The day before, the Mid-South Bird Hunters held their trial in perfect weather. The 26th was very different as we had light rain/misting until around 11 a.m. Then the temperature dropped, and the wind picked up. With the rain, the birds got wet and did not fly very well. But we still had a very good trial with good numbers drawn.
Again, we held the trial on private grounds on the Ellis Farm in Orchardville. Our Club is so thankful that we are allowed to use these grounds. The grounds are as good as we run on in a year's time for 30-minute stakes. Judges for the day were Rick Stanford and Brad Hargis judging the Shooting Dog stake; Brad Hargis and Rick Stanford judging the Derby stake; Brad Hargis and Ted Ellis judging the Gun Dog stake; and Frank Christie with his grandson Declan Wheat judging the Puppy stake. All stakes were amateur stakes. Thank you to all those judges who stepped up and did a great job judging each entry. Lunch was served around noon. It was prepared by Jae Crunk, along with her homemade cookies.
Amateur Shooting Dog
Eleven dogs were drawn, and we had scratches due to Craig Hiatt having some pain in his back and Steven Feuss having issues when dogs were exposed to another dog at home with an illness. The winner of this stake was Shooter, a male Brittany handled by Ken DeLong. Shooter probably had the best 30 minutes in this trial, as he had four well-placed finds. After each find, when turned loose the judges would not see Shooter for a short time and find him in the next field on point. I would also mention that on each flush, the wet birds would only flutter out about 3 feet and sit down, and on each flush, Shooter would stand solid for the shot. I would also mention that Shooter won the NBHA Invitational at Grovespring the following weekend.
Second place in this stake went to Joker, a German Shorthaired male, for John Landolina. Joker had three finds in his brace.
Diamond, a German Shorthaired female for John Landolina, was third. Diamond had one find and two backs for her 30 minutes.
Six dogs were drawn for the derby stake. Jack, a setter male handled by Rob Warner, captured first place. Jack had four finds and one back. Jack was always to the front and runs and points very stylishly.
Second place went to Sting, a setter male for Eryn Pearson. Sting had one find and was very attractive, running and pointing. Eryn reported that Sting was only 7 months of age.
The third-place dog was Pancho, a pointer male owned by Charles Leonard and handled by Travis Patteson. Pancho had one find in his brace with a very attractive point.
Amateur Shooting Dog
Eight entries were drawn for the Gun Dog stake. First place was Hawk, a setter male, for Rob Warner. Hawk had four finds and one back for Rob.
Lina, a red setter female for Mike Fox, took second place. Lina had three finds in her 30 minutes.
Taking third was Diamond, handled by Myah Landolina. Myah got Diamond around with one find and two backs. Myah is a youth handler and did a fantastic job handling Diamond. She also scouted for her dad in other stakes. We can look for her handling Diamond in future trials.
The judges were very happy with the quality of the entries drawn out in the puppy stake. The placements were based on race and handling. Judging was based on the puppies going with the handler and staying to the front. Based on these criteria, Sting, a setter male for Eryn Pearson, was awarded the first-place plaque. Second place went to Queenie, a pointer female for Travis Patterson. Travis also picked up the third-place plaque with Poncho, a pointer male. This puppy stake was filled with quality entries with a lot of potential for the future.
The Central Prairie Field Trial Club would like to thank Purina Pro Plan and Gun Dog Supply for their support of our field trials. I also would like to thank our judges for their work on a day that was not so pleasant. Thanks to Rick Stanford for his work in putting the trial together. Hope to see everyone this spring.
Orchardville, Ill., November 26
Judges: Brad Hargis and Rick Stanford
NBHA BUTCH SPELBRING MEMORIAL AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG - 11 Entries
1st-K DEL'S EAGLE MAGNUM HOTSHOT, 1685770, Brittany male, by Magnum High Velocity-K Del's Eagle's Chance To Soar. Ken DeLong, owner and handler.
2d-NO LIMIT'S WILDFIRES WILDCARD, 1705637, German Shorthair male, by P J Wildfire's Little Bud-P J Wildfire's Little Angel. John Landolina, owner and handler.
3d-NO LIMITS LITTLE SLICK, 1702850, German Shorthair female, by Right Stuff's Rock N Roll-Outbak's Attitude. John Landolina, owner and handler.
NBHA AMATEUR DERBY - 4 Pointers and 2 Setters
1st-WARNER'S UTAH JACK, 1701466, setter male, by T's American Gunfighter-T's Whistling Dixie. Robert Warner, owner and handler.
2d-WOODSWAY'S STINGIN' RAIN, 1706022, setter male, by Woodsway's Dark Knight-Toccoa River Sugarfoot. Eryn & Colleen Pearson, owners; Eryn Pearson, handler.
3d-ERIN'S PANCHO VILLA, 1705859, pointer male, by Erin's Grey Justice-Erin's Miss Daisy. Charles F. Leonard, owner; Travis Patterson, handler.
Judges: Ted Ellis and Brad Hargis
NBHA AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG - 8 Entries
1st-SKY HAWK'S LITTLE RASCAL, 1670670, setter male, by Hytest Palladin-Sky Hawk's Blues Traveler. Robert Warner III, owner and handler.
2d-FOXY ABRALENA, 1682017, Irish setter female, by Zansett Simply Red-Foxy's Lil Red Missy. Mike Fox, owner and handler.
3d-NO LIMITS LITTLE SLICK, 1702850, German Shorthair female, by Right Stuff's Rock N Roll-Outbak's Attitude. John Landolina, owner; Myah Landolina, handler.
Judges: Frank Christie and Declan Wheat
NBHA AMATEUR PUPPY - 7 Entries
1st-WOODSWAY'S STINGIN' RAIN, 1706022, setter male, by Woodsway's Dark Knight-Teccoa River Sugarfoot. Eryn & Colleen, owners; Eryn Pearson, handler.
2d-HUBER'S ICE QUEEN, 1705274, pointer female, by Lester's Shockwave-Bonner's Carolina Belle. Aaron T. Patterson Jr., owner and handler.
3d-ERIN'S PANCHO VILLA, 1705859, pointer male, by Erin's Grey Justice-Erin's Miss Daisy. Charles Leonard, owner; Travis Patterson, handler.