Result: North Dakota Open All-Age Trials
Location: Columbus, North Dakota
Post Date: Oct 24, 2022
Submitted By: Bonnie Hidalgo
Dr. Guthrie Memorial Open Derby. Bob Rankin with Night Hawk Rebel, Judd Carlton with Five60 Breakout, Allen Vincent with Sand Ridge Big Iron. Standing: Luke Eisenhart, Dennis Hidalgo, Bill Mason, Harold Woodward; judge, Bonnie Hidalgo, Marian Mills and Barry Bassingthwaighte; judge.
Erin's Code of Honor handled by Luke Eisenhart and scouted by Judd Carlton shut the door on the North Dakota Classic at Columbus, N. D. The pointer male is owned by Allen Linder. Andy Daugherty guided Dream Chaser to second; Brad Calkins of Centennial, Colo., owns this pointer male. Wynona Speed Dial Rona and Allen Vincent garnered third. Bruce Sooter, who recently relocated to Oklahoma, owns the pointer female. This stake drew a respectable starting field of thirty-eight, it commenced on Labor Day at the conclusion of the Dr. Guthrie Memorial Derby.
In the Dr. Douglas Guthrie Memorial Open Derby with a field of 16, Night Hawk Rebel, pointer male was declared the winner for owner Long Pine Plantation of Thomasville, Ga. Rebel was handled by Luke Eisenhart. Five Sixty Breakout, pointer male, handled by Judd Carlton was second for owners Burke and Guy Hendricks of Hernando, Miss. Sand Ridge Big Iron, pointer male, owned by Dr. Jim Mills, Steve Lightle and Dr. Natalie Cooper of Searcy, Ark., was handled by Allen Vincent to third. All placed derby dogs were shown on game.
Winning the Dr. D. E. Hawthorne Border Classic was Westfall's True Grit, pointer male, handled by Andy Daugherty for owner Ryan Westfall, Liberty, Mo. There were 20 entries, the stake began in the afternoon on September 9th with the running of the first two braces. Wynona Nickleback Sugar, setter female, was second for handler Allen Vincent. Sugar is owned by Bruce Sooter and Brad Tolson. Placing third was Texas Wild Rex, pointer male, owned by Brad Kennedy of Red Bay, Ala., and handled by Allen Vincent.
In the Preston Trimble Memorial Open Derby, with an entry of 16, Rester's Johnny Ringo put on a show that could not be denied for the win. He was handled by his owner, Cecil Rester of Angie, La. Second place went to Night Hawk Rebel and Long Pine Plantation. The pointer male was handled by Luke Eisenhart. Erin's Iron Man, a pointer male was third for handler Judd Carlton and owner Sue Graunke, Cairo, Ga.
The North Dakota Open All-Age Field Trial Club event began on September 5 and concluded on September 8. Officers of this club include Dr. Robert Rankin as President, Dr. Jim Mills; Vice-President, Bonnie Hidalgo; Secretary and directors Dr. D. E. Hawthorne (posthumous), Gary Pinalto (posthumous) Dr. J. D. Huffman (posthumous) Preston Trimble (posthumous), Ken Horntvedt, Earl Connolly, Ronnie Spears, and Jeff Miller. Gary Pinalto's name is left posthumously on the North Dakota Club's board of directors in honor of the contributions he made to the Club and the sport in his lifetime. These grounds were once his training camp.
The other posthumous directors made major contributions to these trials over the course of many years. It is fitting that they are all honored in such a way.
The Border Classic Club stakes ran September 9 through 11. Preston Trimble was President of this Club when he passed earlier this year; His name has been left on the office temporarily, as a way of honoring him for all he has given to the sport. Jerome Koppelsloen is Vice-President and acts as President; Bonnie Hidalgo is Secretary. Bob Gum serves on the board of directors along with Dr. Bob Rankin, Steve Lightle and Mark Haynes. Gary Pinalto appears posthumously on this board. Allen Vincent was Chairman of the field trial committees and stakes manager for both clubs.
The drawing for all stakes was held on Saturday evening, September 3 at the Vincent/Whippoorwill camp. Andy Daugherty drew the dogs; Allen Vincent and Piper Huffman assisted with the drawing process. Lorie Vincent filled out the judges' and reporter's books. Thirty-eight dogs were drawn in the first of the two National qualifying all age classics. The second qualifier drew 20 dogs. Derby entries were sixteen for both stakes. All stakes earn Purina Dog and Handler awards points. Both derby stakes are American Derby Invitational point stakes. The Classic winners are reported to the National Championship chairman, Rick Carlisle, for qualification verification.
The topography here ranges from rolling hills to prairie and a few areas of swampland. The courses are covered in CRP, hayfields, and occasional cattail sloughs. The courses vary some from year to year depending on the location of wheat fields. The field trial uses property that belongs to fifteen different landowners who have generously shared their land with dog trainers and field trials for many years. The trial headquarters are on the Jack Koppelsloen homestead.
The old farmhouse, a Sears catalog purchase, still stands as a reminder of bygone days; a time long before the first bird dog trainer, Gary Pinalto, held summer camp here. Today it is part of the summer training grounds for Allen Vincent and Larry Huffman. The homestead road is three miles east and three miles south of Columbus, N. D. Camping, horse corrals, hay and water were available on site.
There are three one-hour courses laid out over this vast prairie. Gamebirds that make their home here are sharp-tail grouse, Hungarian partridge, and pheasant. Birds were abundant and some could be counted on to be in the same general areas each brace.
Sportsman's Pride is greatly appreciated by everyone connected to this event, for its generous sponsorship of these two trials. They donate the ad in The Field and contribute to the annual Fish Fry, which was served on Thursday night after the conclusion of the first trial. This year crappies were caught and donated by Dr. Jim Mills; Cecil Rester contributed some delicious gator tail; walleye was also served. Allen Vincent deep fried it all to perfection along with French fries! Gayle Haynes, Lorie Vincent, and Piper Huffman helped with organization, shopping, and side dishes. Mark Haynes made his scrumptious hush puppies. It was a wonderful meal, made better by the camaraderie of the entire field trial crowd. Landowners were invited, this meal is typically a thank you dinner for them; unfortunately, many of them were busy with their wheat harvest and could not attend. The annual "Rally around the flag" photo was taken of the crowd; this is a great tradition.
Allen Vincent as Chairman appointed Dr. Bob Rankin and Dr. Jim Mills to marshal all stakes; Allen assisted when necessary. Marian Mills drove the dog truck and trailer for the entire trial. She certainly classed up the job! She brought the judges, reporter and marshals in at the end of each session, which was deeply appreciated. Larry Huffman rode most of the braces, helping where needed. Piper Huffman or Larry could frequently be found driving their rig to haul in more horses at the end of the running. Piper Huffman assisted with some of the numerous details of both trials. Evening meals for the trial crew and judges were served most nights at Allen and Larry's training camp headquarters. Dennis Hidalgo cooked on five of the seven nights, serving pulled pork and chicken, stir fry, pesto pasta, burgers and a delicious chicken alfredo. Denny was assisted by Gayle Haynes, Lorie Vincent, Piper Huffman, and Mark Haynes.
They made a great team from start to clean-up. Each day, Allen made sure that the judges and participants had what they needed during the trial. On some of the mornings, ladies from Lady Lions Club and a Columbus church brought coffee, donuts, and cookies for a break between the first and second hours of running. It was something we all looked forward to. It was nice to see the hospitality offered by the locals and the appreciation shown to them by the members of the gallery. In the afternoons or on the mornings the ladies were absent we ate Honeybuns provided by the Club, Hidalgo's homemade cookies, and Piper's Tootsie pops. We managed to survive, LOL!
Judges for the North Dakota Open All-Age Classic and Dr. Guthrie Memorial Derby were Harold Woodward, Vilonia, Ark., and Barry Bassingthwaighte, Ottawa, Ont, CAN. These gentlemen paid close attention to the performances. Harold has long been involved with field trials in his home state of Arkansas and is well known around the country for his vast knowledge of bird dogs and for his honesty. Harold works and runs his own pointers. Barry began his bird dog habit with Vizslas. He campaigned dogs with Vizsla pro, John Reed and handled his own and some of John's string to Amateur championship titles. Barry knows what he is looking at and what he is looking for. Harold and Barry made an excellent team, and both have wonderful personalities. Their winners were popular ones.
Tony Reynolds and Buck Daniels judged the Dr. Hawthorne Border Classic All-Age and Preston Trimble Memorial Open Derby. The Club was very fortunate to gain the services of these two very experienced young dog men. Tony hails from Fitzgerald, Ala., and Buck lives in Midville, Ga. Though youthful compared to the rest of us, these gentlemen have the kind of knowledge that comes from years of working dogs. They paid attention to the dogs and had keen eyesight. They were friendly, positive and helpful; their decisions were well received.
In addition to the pros who entered the trial, namely Luke Eisenhart, Judd Carlton, Andy and Sharleen Daugherty, Larry and Piper Huffman, Mark and Gayle Haynes, and Allen and Lorie Vincent. there were several owners and amateur handlers in attendance. Dr. Bob Rankin, Dr. Jim and Marian Mills, Dennis Hidalgo, and Bill Mason were present to watch their dogs perform. Lance Shultz came to run his own dog as did Cecil Rester who was accompanied by his wife, Holly and her mother, Brenna Parker. Lorie Vincent stayed for most of the trial, helping in so many ways and riding to watch Allen handle his dogs. Drew Tillery working at summer camp nearby with Tony and Buck, came over to ride on a couple of days. Adam Delude came over on Sunday morning to visit and watch the final braces. Tom Hennes and Ralph Conner stopped by one day at lunch break for a brief visit. Mark Livingston came to ride one morning and visit with friends. Dr. Marion Brown ran his classy young setter in each of the derby stakes, he was accompanied by Alex Mauck who has judged and run here in past years. It was wonderful to see everyone! My apologies to anyone that I may have missed.
Dr. Douglas Guthrie Memorial Open Derby
The North Dakota Open All-Age Field Trial commenced on Labor Day with Judges Harold Woodward and Barry Bassingwaighte officiating the Dr. Douglas Guthrie Memorial Open Derby. They had sixteen classy young dogs to evaluate, and they proved they were up to the task.
Nighthawk Rebel handled by Luke Eisenhart appeared in the second brace of the stake. He won on a big, strong forward race and sparkling bird work. Rebel was always to the front and impressed with his range and maturity of pattern. He is owned by Long Pine Plantation, Thomasville, Ga.
Five Sixty Breakout was drawn in the fourth brace of the stake. He took second for handler Judd Carlton and owners Burke and Guy Hendricks of Hernando, Miss. Breakout had two nice finds in an attractive, forward, all-age race.
Sandridge Big Iron was third for handler Allen Vincent and owner Dr. Jim Mills who was in the gallery. His other owners, Natalie Cooper and Steve Lightle were not present. Big Iron was braced with Five Sixty Breakout, and they were well matched. Sandridge Big Iron ran hard and mostly forward. He backed his bracemate's first find. At 26, Iron looked sharp on a divided find with Breakout.
Columbus, N. D., September 9
Judges: Barry Bassingthwaighte and Harold Woodward
DR. DOUGLAS GUTHRIE MEMORIAL OPEN DERBY - 12 Pointers and 4 Setters
1st-NIGHTHAWK'S REBEL, 1701213, pointer male, by Touch's Red Rider-Tees Funseekin Belle. Long Pine Plantation, owner; Luke Eisenhart, handler.
2d-FIVE60 BREAKOUT, 1701713, pointer male, by Pleasant Run Bob-Hendrix's Hunger Strike. Burke & Guy Hendricks, owners; Judd Carlton, handler.
3d-SANDRIDGE BIG IRON, 1700919, pointer male, by Westfall's True Grit-Gin Smoke and Lies. Jim Mills, Steve Lightle & Natalie Cooper, owners; Allen Vincent, handler.
North Dakota Classic
Erin's Code of Honor or Tip, as he is called, ran an excellent all age race from start to finish; he was continuously forward. Tip was a speck in the distance when Eisenhart called point for him at 32. His birds were well located; perfect manners and style were displayed by the impressive pointer. Tip pointed nicely at 52, beyond the road but it was unproductive. Tip continued to impress with his hard running forward pattern until the hour expired. Erin's Code of Honor is owned by Allen Linder.
Dream Chaser turned in a big running performance to take second for handler Andy Daugherty. He appeared first thing on Tuesday morning. Dream Chaser, aka "Bud" pointed stylishly at 5, backed by his bracemate. All was in excellent order for the flight of sharp-tail. Bud stood beautifully on a knoll at 9, his birds were well located, and his manners were above reproach. At 12, he honored his bracemate's point. Dream Chaser ran a wide, mostly forward race. He pointed at 32 but carded an unproductive. As the course approached the road, Bud was seen crossing it at 54 and was absent for nearly ten minutes, showing under judgement just past the hour.
Wynona Speed Dial Rona, a pointer female, was third for handler Allen Vincent and owner Bruce Sooter. Rona put down an exciting, forward race. She suffered a 10-minute absence but showed forward off her own accord. Rona pointed a fresh hawk kill at 12, then scored a beautiful and mannerly find on sharp-tail at 25. Rona finished strong to the front.
North Dakota Open All-Age Classic Running
Miller's Heat Advisory (Carlton) and Firefly's Invictus (Vincent) opened this stake on Monday afternoon. Dr. Bob Rankin and Dennis Hidalgo were riding to watch Invictus. She was not suiting her handler and was up at 15. By 20, Heat Advisory had not been seen in a while and Carlton took the tracker.
Shadow's Lord Magic (Eisenhart) and Cypress Cracker (Daugherty). Both of these dogs were big and strong on the ground. Cracker was eventually lost; Magic was a handful to get around. Magic pointed stylishly, late in the hour, but no game was produced. He finished the hour forward, seemingly unaffected by the 94-degree heat.
Supreme Confidence (Eisenhart) and Dream Chaser (Daugherty). Dream Chaser 's performance is given above. Confidence politely backed his bracemate at 5. He pointed at 10, but no birds were put up for him. He pointed again at 12, once more, the flush yielded no birds. Unfortunately, a single lifted mere seconds after he was picked up.
Touch's Spot On (Haynes) and Westfall's Wheels Up (Daugherty). Spot was mostly forward, he pointed with style at 5 but no birds were seen, he was picked up early for not suiting his handler. Wheels was a handful and was also picked up early.
Rester's Powered Up (Eisenhart) and Till You Can't (Haynes). Till You Can't was mostly forward but had a barren stand at 5 and a second at 11 to end his bid. Powered Up scored a stop to flush at 5, with multiple birds lifting after the shot. He pointed again at 25, but it was not productive. Just after crossing the slough, he had a close encounter with a chicken and was picked up at 38.
Erin's Perfect Storm (Eisenhart) and Whippoorwill Vette (Huffman). Both dogs were forward in pattern from the start. Vette was found pointed in a thicket at 30, but no birds were produced. Vette showed a lot of class on the ground. Both made a lateral move to the left at 40 but were returned quickly. Vette was up at 48; Storm ran a strong race without game contact.
Erin's Lost Creek (Eisenhart) and Westfall's True Grit (Daugherty). Both dogs went in deep to the east; Creek was recovered first and took the front to the north. Grit caught the front near the road crossing. Eisenhart elected to pick up. Grit went to the left and came around the backside of the hill to show forward. He scored a nice solid find on chicken at 34. He went to the front upon release but dropped from view at 44 and tracker was taken.
Knight Moon (Eisenhart) and Westfall's Mandalay (Daugherty). Mandalay got out of pocket early and the tracker came out. Knight Moon was strong and forward until the far east end when he was absent for a short time. He was then forward to the road crossing where again he was out of sight. His scout brought him up several minutes later. They crossed the north road but picked up soon after at 49.
Erin's Code of Honor (Eisenhart) and Justifier (Vincent). Erin's Code of Honor won this stake, and his hour is listed under "The Winners". Dr. Rankin was mounted to watch Justifier, aka "Joe" Joe ran a very nice all-age race. Reaching nicely across the hay field, he had a stop to flush with good manners at 27. Joe scored a good find at 43, with the birds at great distance. He finished strong and forward.
Erin's Tie Breaker (Eisenhart) and Nosam's Sweetwater (Huffman). Both dogs crossed the road, to the front at 15. Both handlers called point and waved it off at 29; both dogs were stopped, Tie Breaker was up; Sweetwater was sent on; he pointed at 32, relocation followed and was not productive. With a second unproductive at 38, Sweetwater was up.
Beeler's Prime Design (Carlton) and Wynona Nickleback Sugar (Vincent). Design was lost by 26. Sugar was not firing on all cylinders and was up at 41.
Greensboro Dash (Vincent) and Westfall's Power Trip (Daugherty). Trip was directionally challenged and up early. Dash pointed at 21 but was asked to move up; she stopped to flight at 23. At 27, Dash pointed, she was stylish and steady for the flush of her game. At 33, she was under birds to end her bid.
Rester's Cajun Justice (Rester) and Lowrider Frank (Vincent). Frank was picked up at 20 after a negative encounter with Huns. Justice ran hard, making some nice moves but was without contact.
Erin's High Note (Carlton) and Westfall's River Ice (Daugherty.) High Note had two very nice finds, made some nice moves but was not always at the judges' ideal range. Ice was lost early in the hour.
Rentz's High Jacked (Eisenhart) and Texas Wild Rex (Vincent) ran on Thursday morning. Action came fast this morning with Rex pointing in a matter of seconds and Jack pointing at 1. Both pointers displayed good style and had their game well located. Rex pointed again at 10, on a running bird. He was asked to relocate a couple times, then self-relocated to end his bid. Jack made some attractive moves and scored a beautiful find on a covey of Huns at 45. He shortened late in the hour.
Wynona Speed Dial Rona (Vincent) and Dunn's True Reign (Eisenhart). Rona's hour is described under "The Winners". Reign suffered two unproductive stands and was up at 30.
Chief's Rising Sun (Carlton) and Sadie Firefly (Vincent) Sun was up at 30 following two unproductives. Sadie scored a good find but pushed birds out at 30 to end the brace.
Flak Jacket (Carlton) and Upfront Southern Star (Shultz). Flak pointed at 8, but it was not productive. He scored nice finds at 42 and again at 44, while catching the front. All was in good order for both finds. Flak ran a respectable race, mainly forward. Roo was a handful at the start and got lateral. Once she lined out to the front, she made some great moves. Roo scored a mannerly find on Huns at 33. She suffered a barren stand at 53, then finished the hour forward.
Miss Stylin Sue (Vincent) and Erin's Wild Atlantic (Eisenhart) turned loose near the cemetery. Sue went wide right, while the setter worked the left. Sue was briefly out of pocket; Atlantic was on point in heavy cover when she regained the front. Sue did not see the setter and pointed the scent. Both dogs were credited with a find. Wild Atlantic scored a second find at 50, he was beautiful on his game.
North Dakota All-Age and Guthrie Derby Judges. Barry Bassingthwaighte & Harold Woodward.
Judges: Barry Bassingthwaighte and Harold Woodward
NORTH DAKOTA OPEN ALL-AGE CLASSIC [One-Hour Heats] - 36 Pointers and 2 Setters
1st-ERIN'S CODE OF HONOR, 1696057, pointer male, by Erin's Redrum-Erin's Miss Maggie. Allen Linder, owner; Luke Eisenhart, handler.
2d-DREAM CHASER, 1680227, pointer male, by Pleasant Run Bo-House's Wild Bess Again. Brad Calkins, owner; Andy Daugherty, handler.
3d-WYNONA SPEED DIAL RONA, 1691094, pointer female, by Miller's Speed Dial-Bonner's Ransom Dot. Bruce Sooter, owner; Allen Vincent, handler.
Preston Trimble Memorial Open Derby
Judges Tony Reynolds and Buck Daniels were in the saddle first thing Friday morning to look at eight braces of top-notch derbies. Their decision was popular. The Preston Trimble derby was the first stake of the Border Classic All-Age trial.
Rester's Johnny Ringo owned and handled by Cecil Rester won this stake with a fine forward race and three excellent finds, all high on both ends and mannerly. He ran in the eighth and final brace of this derby stake and put the boot to the rest of the competition. Cecil Rester is proud of this dog, and rightfully so. Cecil feels that Rester's Johnny Ringo is the finest young dog he has ever had and that's saying a lot.
Nighthawk Rebel was handled to second place by Luke Eisenhart for Long Pine Plantation. Fresh off his win of the Dr. Guthrie derby, Rebel showed how consistently he could perform. Rebel scored one find in which he displayed finished work with high style. His race was fast, far, and forward; he was a pleasure to watch.
Erin's Iron Man, handled by Judd Carlton was third. He laid down a big race, with one find and one unproductive. He is owned by Sue Graunke.
Preston Trimble Memorial Open Derby. Cecil and Holly Rester with Rester's Johnny Ringo
Luke Eisenhart with Night Hawk Rebel, Judd Carlton with Erin's Iron Man.
Judges: Buck Daniels and Tony Reynolds
PRESTON TRIMBLE MEMORIAL OPEN DERBY - 12 Pointers and 4 Setters
1st-RESTER'S JOHNNY RINGO, 1695797, pointer male, by Miller's Blindsider-Rester's Amazing Grace. Cecil Rester, owner and handler.
2d-NIGHTHAWK'S REBEL, 1701213, pointer male, by Touch's Red Rider-Tee's Funseekin Belle. Long Pine Plantation, owner; Luke Eisenhart, handler.
3d-ERIN'S IRON MAN, 1699569, pointer male, by Dominator's Bull Market Bud-Erin's Wild Bud. Sue Graunke, owner; Judd Carlton, handler.
Dr. D. E. Hawthorn Border Classic
This stake kicked off, with two braces run on Friday at the conclusion of the derby stake. Tony Reynolds and Buck Daniels were presiding.
The twenty-dog stake concluded Sunday morning, September 11, a day we all took note of in remembrance. Judges Reynolds and Daniels were very attentive throughout their judging assignments and their efforts and decisions are appreciated!
Dr. D. E. Hawthorne Border Classic Open All-Age Winners
Westfall's True Grit ran the limits of the course and occasionally beyond to prove who could run the biggest all-age race and take the victory. Handled by Andy Daugherty, the dog was predominantly forward for the hour. He had a lengthy absence, disappearing around 10, he was next seen at 25, at the front, on point. "John" was in the cattails at the road corner, with a sharp-tail pinned in front of him. His manners and style were great. At 40, he pointed more sharp-tail with all in order. It was a pheasant find for Grit at 44 in cattails, the bird was ridden up by Daugherty on his way to the dog. John stood high and tight. Westfall's True Grit made a huge cast to the left front late in the hour, just before the course was to turn right; he was returned by scout Allen Vincent. Sent on to the north, the dog finished strong and forward. Westfall's True Grit is proudly owned by Ryan Westfall.
Wynona Nickleback Sugar, a fancy first year setter, captured second for Allen Vincent. Sugar was easy to see as she floated over the prairie with her 12 o'clock tail shimmering in the sunlight. Point was called for her at 9, her birds were well located, and she displayed perfect decorum. She was pointed at 50, buried in deep cover but her tail was lofty and marked her location. It was a pretty piece of work. Sugar's third find came at 54, she was high and tight on both ends through its completion. She finished the hour forward, where she had been for the duration. Sugar is owned by Bruce Sooter and Brad Tolson.
Texas Wild Rex ran on course one on Sunday morning; he took third place for handler Allen Vincent. Rex was a handful and made Vincent work hard for this one. a large part of the hour, he was forward at great range. His first find was at 26, he handled it perfectly. At 34, he pointed sharp-tail with beautiful style. Rex pointed Huns for his third find and his style and manners were admirable. Rex is owned by Brad Kennedy.
Border Classic Running
Greensboro Dash (Vincent) and Westfall's River Ice (Daugherty. This brace ran on Friday afternoon at the conclusion of the derby. Dash's owner, Bill Mason was mounted. Dash did not disappoint! She scored a good find on the left front at six, just before the cloudburst hit. She ran a strong forward race for the hour, showing nicely. River Ice was lost during the deluge and the tracker came out.
Wynona Speed Dial Rona (Vincent) and Dream Chaser (Daugherty). Dream Chaser was chasing a different dream than his handler and was lost in the 911 field. Rona was up before the hour was done.
Whippoorwill Vette (Huffman) and Lowrider Frank (Vincent) ran on Saturday morning; Dr. Mills was mounted to see Frank's performance. At 6, Frank scored a find with all in good order. Vette pointed at 20, but no birds were produced. At 23, Vette scored a nice find. At 26, both dogs stopped simultaneously to point just a moment before birds lifted. They stood mannerly for flush and shot. Frank suffered a lengthy unproductive that ended at 36. Meanwhile, Vette ran into birds on open ground to take him out at 34. Frank had a beautiful find on Huns at 41. He dropped out of sight at 50 and was not recovered under judgement.
Cypress Cracker (Daugherty) and Miss Stylin Sue (Vincent.) Cracker was scratched. Jim Mills was riding to watch Sue. Sue started strong and forward. Riding over a knoll, she was seen pointing to the front. No birds were produced. She went on to make more big moves and was again on point to the front, she corrected and was coming to her mounted handler when birds got up beside his horse at 20, she stopped immediately. She pointed a third time, but it was unproductive, and she was up at 31.
Westfall's True Grit (Daugherty) and Nosam's Sweetwater (Huffman). True Grit won the stake; his hour is related above. Sweetwater scored an attractive find at 11, with all in order. At 24, he pointed again but no birds were found. Sweetwater ran an excellent race but a second unproductive ended his bid at 39.
Till You Can't (Haynes) and Firefly's Invictus (Vincent) ran Saturday afternoon; both dogs quartered into the headwind but stretched out as the course turned. Invictus aka "Annie" made some big moves but was occasionally lateral. She had an unproductive at 31. At 36, her scout called point for Annie and then flight of the birds. She stood mannerly. She was picked up at 48, as she was not challenging the leaders. "Till" had a mannerly stop to flush at 27. He continued forward and carded a nice find at 45, where the sharp-tail had surrounded him. Till finished the hour to the front.
Justifier (Vincent) and Touch's Spot On (Haynes. Justifier had two unproductives early and was picked up. Spot's handler opted to pick up as the dog was not performing to his ability.
Westfall's Power Trip (Daugherty) and Sadie Firefly (Vincent) were doing well on the ground. Trip scored a good find at 19 with Sadie honoring nicely. At 21, Sadie pointed with Trip backing; it was unproductive. Both dogs were sent on and were under birds at 24.
Texas Wild Rex (Vincent) and Westfall's Wheels Up (Daugherty) ran the morning of 9/11. Rex placed third and his hour was recited earlier. Wheels up was out of pocket early
Westfall's Mandalay (Daugherty) and Wynona Nickleback Sugar (Vincent). Mandalay was lost. Sugar's performance earned her second-place honors and is described above.
Dr. D. E. Hawthorne Border Classic Open All-Age. Westfall's True Grit with Sharleen Daugherty, Wynona Nickleback Sugar with Allen Vincent, Texas Wild Rex with Mark Haines.
Standing: Dennis and Bonnie Hidalgo, Buck Daniel; judge, Andy Daugherty, Marian and Jim Mills, Bob Rankin, Drew Tillery, Tony Reynolds; judge, Adam Delude.
DR. D. E. HAWTHORNE BORDER OPEN ALL-AGE CLASSIC [One-Hour Heats] - 19 Pointers and 1 Setter
1st-WESTFALL'S TRUE GRIT, 1663635, pointer male, by Erin's Braveheart-Westfall's Irish Bell. Ryan Westfall, owner; Andy Daugherty, handler.
2d-WYNONA'S NICKLEBACK SUGAR, 1690017, setter male, by T's Nickleback-Carpenter's Don't Ya. Bruce Sooter & Brad Tolson, owners; Allen Vincent, handler.
3d-TEXAS WILD REX, 1685409, pointer male, by Whippoorwill Forever Wild-Washita River Wild. Brad Kennedy, owner; Allen Vincent, handler.