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Result: Central Prairie Field Trial Club

Location: Bluff City, Illinois

Post Date: Apr 30, 2019

Submitted By: Jae Crunk


Hainline's Silver Star First in the Jimmy Dale McNutt Amateur Shooting Dog Stake
BLUFF CITY, ILL. -- March 23 marked the date for the Central Prairie Field Trial Club's spring trial.

The trial was held outside of Bluff City at the Sandy Run Hunt Club. Bill Blythe is the owner of this wonderfulfacility and has been gracious to host this event the past two years. My good friend Butch Spelbring is the lone club member and continues to host trials. The fall trial was cancelled because entries were very low. This spring, a much different story. Sixteen dogs were entered in the Amateur Shooting Dog. I believe that this is the largest Amateur Shooting Dog of the year. Entries were from Indiana, Missouri, and Illinois.

Lunch was prepared by Bill Blythe and consisted of corn beef and cabbage. Everybody loved this dish. Jae Crunk fixed a large box of homemade peanut butter cookies. To say the least, everybody was well fed.

The Amateur Shooting Dog and Amateur Derby were judged by Jeff Marshall and Rick Stanford. Both men are knowledgeable trainers and handlers. The club was fortunate to have these two judge this trial. Their decisions were well received.

The Amateur Shooting Dog was judged by Butch Spelbring and Dan Crunk. Dan also judged the Amateur Puppy with Brad Hargis. At these weekend trials clubs have to rely on judges who are willing to step up and assist.

In the Jimmy Dale McNutt Amateur Shooting Dog Stake, Jeff Hainline handled pointer female Star in the third brace. Star has had a productive year and a very consistent effort at every trial where she is entered. Star had two finds and an unproductive in her 30 minutes. Star ran a very good race always showing to the front and hitting all of the right objectives. Awarded second was Zuzu, setter female for Randy Zimmer. Zuzu had one find and one back and ran a good forward race. Butch Spelbring's pointer male Doc was third. Doc is a seasoned veteran and always is knocking on the door for placements. Don Heisner's Buck, setter male, and Butch Spelbring's Jim, pointer male, were getting it done but were both picked up at the end of their braces for breaches of manners.

Although the number of Derbies was low, the quality was special. The judges selected Illini Patch, pointer male, for first. Patch had three finds and a huge race, always staying in touch with his handler Frank Christie who raised this litter and selected Illini Patch to run. Second was Happy Patch, pointer female for Jeremiah Seiber. Happy Patch ran the country and looked good traveling. Third was Rebel, pointer male for Brad Hargis. Rebel ran a very nice forward race and had several bird contacts.

In the Amateur Shooting Dog, Ron Hamp's setter male Right On Drummer was named first with three broke finds. "Bob" ran a very pleasing race that any hunter would love to follow. Covey Rize Sam, setter female for Gary Matevey, had two finds. Brad Hargis' Diamond Sam had one find a very attractive race.

The Amateur Puppy was very hard to judge and give placements. Several nice puppies were entered. Bill Blythe handled the winner, pointer male Big Mack, which used all of the grounds but still handled for Bill. Del Smith brought two wonderful puppies. Del is new to the field trial game and does he have two nice prospects. His pointer female Lilly was named second and pointer male Hank placed third. Both filled up the country but still handled. The three puppy winners were always looking in the likely places for quail.

Thank you to the owners-handlers who brought dogs. Thanks to Bill Blythe for hosting this trial at his hunt club!

Bluff City, Ill., March 23 -- One Course

Judges: Jeff Marshall and Rick Stanford


1st--HAINLINE'S SILVER STAR, 1655907, pointer female, by Silver Knight Rider--Fancy Fiddler Girl. Jeff Hainline, owner and handler.

2d--R Z ZUZU, 1659601, setter female, by Foggy Bottom Fritz--Hytest Horizon. Randall Zimmer, owner and handler.

3d--WOLF CREEK DOC, 1649330, pointer male, by Three Rivers--Shadow's Wish. Ernest L. Spelbring, owner and handler.


1st--CHRISTIE'S ILLINI PATCH, 1672088, male, by Christie's Illini Juice--Macoupin Deb. Frank Christie, owner and handler.

2d--BULLFROG'S HAPPY PATCH, 1678588, female, by Miller's Dialing In--Happy Jack's Kate. Jeremiah Seiber, owner and handler.

3d--HARG'S DIAMOND REBEL, 1682115, male, by Harg's Mr. McNutt--Harg's Diamond Sam. Brad Hargis, owner and handler.

Judges: Dan Crunk and Brad Hargis


1st--BIG MACK, unreg., male, breeding not given. Bill Blythe, owner and handler.

2d--LILLY, unreg., female, breeding not given. Del Smith, owner and handler.

3d--HANK, unreg., male, breeding not given. Del Smith, owner and handler.

Judges: Dan Crunk and Butch Spelbring

NBHA AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG -- 3 Pointers and 3 Setters

1st--RIGHT ON DRUMMER, 1623190, setter male, by Everbreeze Drummer--Abby Breeze Fancy. Ron Hamp, owner and handler.

2d--COVEY RIZE SAM, 1657142, setter female, by Go Illini Butch--Smokey's Little Diamond. Gary Matevey, owner and handler.

3d--HARG'S DIAMOND SAM, 1663352, pointer female, by Eaton's Choice--Harg's Diamond Girl. Sherry Hargis, owner; Brad Hargis, handler.