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Result: Rend Lake Open

Location: Cutler, Illinois

Post Date: Mar 9, 2021

Submitted By: Jon Lam

The 2021 running of the Rend Lake Open was held for the second straight year at the Pyramid State Park Captain Unit grounds in Southern Illinois This trial ran following the All-America Championships also head at the Pyramid grounds.

Good early spring weather gave participants a comfortable time at this venue. The Rend Lake Field Trial Club appreciated the attendance and participation of the owners and handlers for this National Championship qualifying trial.

Open All-Age Winners. Front, from left: Korry Rinehart with Lester's Stemwinder, Stegan Smith with Miller's Justifiable, and Gary Lester with Bonner's Hot Rize. Behind: Don Wiggins, Jim Lawless, judge; Randy Anderson, Keith St. John, judge, & Jon Lam

This year's judging duo was seasoned field trial veterans, Mr. Jim Lawless from Sparta, Ill., and Mr. Keith St. John of Fulton, Ky., occupying the saddles and paying close attention to the dogs in each brace.

The Open All-Age Stake drew many champions and National Champion dogs. The All- Age stake drew sixteen dogs and the Derby drew eleven.

Dog work was exceptional on somewhat altered conditions. Due to normally short and wet spring conditions that seem to be common in Southern Illinois the State of Illinois park grounds keepers made an unusual decision to utilize a dry time in early February to do some needed burning which altered some of the natural flow on all three courses this year.

Open Derby Winners

Appreciation for work by the State of Illinois sometimes goes unnoticed by the field trial clubs that utilize these grounds and we would like to make sure they know how much they truly are appreciated at this time. It needs to be recognized that the Illinois is working hard to better prepare these grounds for all field trials with planned ground improvements which will give additional course area on course No. 3, autumn olive elimination, and noxious weeds control on these grounds, future trials will be even that much better.

It should also be mentioned that other improvements on these grounds have been funded with help from the field trial community through a grant from the AFTCA 20th Century Fund. These contributions have been greatly appreciated and put to good use by club that use these grounds.

With this early burning what normally would have been grounds with natural flowing lines altered areas on the courses into large areas with spot oriented obstacles. Dogs and handlers worked well together thru these areas with multiple finds and showy ground coverage.

Due to unforeseen issues, a brace-by-brace report is unavailable. It was reported by the judges that numerous dogs did outstanding jobs and that the decisions that were made were made with brace by brace discussion.

It is the Rend Lake Field Trial Clubs hope that continued attendance is possible by participants in the field trial community. If you have not been to the grounds on this venue you should come.

Accommodations are excellent and the grounds are excellent for all-age stakes.

Cutler, Ill., March 9

Judges: Jim Lawless and Keith St. John


15 Pointers and 1 Setter

1st--LESTER'S STEM WINDER, 1686991, pointer male, by Lester's Sunny Hill Jo--Beane's Line Dancer. Gary Lester, owner and handler.

2d--MILLER'S JUSTIFIABLE, 1680372, pointer male, by Miller's Dialing In--Old Road Lou. Jay McKenzie, owner; Randy Anderson, handler.

3d--BONNER'S HOT RIZE, 1687893, pointer male, by Miller's Speed Dial--Miller's Martha White. Jannie Chapman, owner; Gary Lester, handler.

OPEN DERBY -- 11 Pointers

1st--WORLD CLASS BOOTLEGGER, 1692522, male, by Miller's Speed Dial--World Class Makin Bank. Michael Marietta, owner; Randy Anderson, handler.

2d--MILLER'S L'ELETTO, 1691820, male, by Miller's Speed Dial--Bryson's Dialing Lady. Karen Concilio, owner; Randy Anderson, handler.

3d--LESTER'S ANOTHER SHOCKWAVE, 1691812, male, by Lester's Shockwave--Miller's Stitch In Time. Tommy & Bonnie Hamilton, owner; Gary Lester, handler.