Result: Sunshine Trials
Location: Lake City, Florida
Post Date: Nov 13, 2019
Submitted By: Don Price
Open All-Age Winners. From front left: Ray Warren with Chinquapin Legacy, Judd Carlton with Wild Hawk and Mark McLean with Touch's Gallatin Fire. Standing: Darrell (Cowboy) Summers, Slade Sikes, Judge Ray Joye, Ted Baker, Judge Phil Moser, Howard Brooks and John Milton.
LAKE CITY, FLA. -- The Sunshine Open All-Age drew twenty contenders and was run on October 26-27 on the famous home of the Florida Championship, Chinquapin Farms near Lake City, Fla.
The low entry was due to a number of uncontrollable factors and hopefully the 2020 renewal will see an increase in entries. All twenty entries started.
The trial experienced a mixture of weather including showers, a rain and lightning delay on Sunday morning, and very hot with high humidity.
Chinquapin was in great shape, as usual, with plenty of wild birds being seen. Slade Sikes and his crew had worked tirelessly to complete every task to prepare for the trial.
Thanks are always in order for Mr. Ted Baker and his brother John Baker for the use of Chinquapin.
Talicia Hicks and Belinda Sikes prepared the lunches and John Milton treated everyone to a delicious meal on Saturday night.
Greg Blair and Purina greatly supported the Sunshine.
Judging this year's trial was ably handled by two well known field trialers. Ray Joye of Marion, S. C., joined Phil Moser of Climax, N. C. They gave every entry their undivided attention. Both men are successful amateurs and excellent horsemen. Their decisions were well received.
Chinquapin Legacy, four-year-old white and black pointer male, captured first place for owner Ted Baker and handler Slade Sikes. Legacy ran in the third brace on Saturday morning. He recorded four stylish finds, a back and one unproductive. Legacy ran the all-age race the judges were hoping to see.
Wild Hawk, three-year-old white and orange pointer male owned by Mike Moses of Lake City, Fla., and handled by Judd Carlton, was second. Hawk ran in the fifth brace on Saturday, tallied two beautiful finds coupled with a strong race through some of the higher cover on this fifth hour. His finish was impressive as the course entered the big hills behind the Big House.
Touch's Gallatin Fire, three-year-old white and orange pointer male, was third for his owner Alex Rickert of Bozeman, Mont., and handler Mark McLean.
Gallatin Fire ran a good race and scored five times during his hour with all in order on each.
Lake City, Fla., October 26
Judges: Ray Joye and Phil Moser
OPEN ALL-AGE [One-Hour Heats] -- 19 Pointers and 1 Setter
1st--CHINQUAPIN LEGACY, 1668768, pointer male, by Chinquapin Reward--Hilltopper Solid Anne. Edward L. (Ted) Baker, owner; Slade Sikes, handler.
2d--WILD HAWK, 1666142, pointer male, by Whippoorwill Wild Agin--Sparrowhawk. Mike Moses, owner; Judd Carlton, handler.
3d--TOUCH'S GALLATIN FIRE, 1675102, pointer male, by House's Ring of Fire--Touch's Sandy. Alex Rickert, owner; Mark McLean, handler.