Stranger Creek Field Trial

Stranger Creek Field Trial Club
by Doug Meyer

The Stranger Creek Field Trial Club enjoyed a near perfect weekend of cool fall temperatures for our trial October 3-4. Temperatures started in the low forties and topped out in the low sixties making ideal riding weather that was still comfortable for the dogs. The road that borders the large CRP field on the north perimeter of the property had been closed to perform bridge maintenance over Stranger Creek giving us a safety zone to run out into that country. Mowing had been accomplished and dogs showed pretty well out in the prairie portion of the course although a few of the course veterans failed to make a proper turn.
Judging the majority of the stakes was setter enthusiast Greg Morgan along with setter and pointer man Brandon Biddle. Thanks to these two club members who stepped in when our expected judges became unavailable. Brian Jones kept everything running smoothly with the dog wagon and keeping the next brace on the line. D&B Catering had their food wagon on the grounds to provide breakfast and an excellent hot lunch for the crowd. This was certainly welcome after a morning in the saddle.
The shooting dog winners all had multiple bird contacts as the cooler weather seemed to provide good scenting conditions. In the first brace out in the newer portion of the course, we had a large wild covey find which had folks talking about the upcoming bird season. Ciaraís Cindy Sue who has been very successful on these grounds again placed first for Bob Lais of Wichita. Sean Snyder of Emporia recently returned from his job fighting wild fires out west and handled littermates DuíMore Gigolo Cruz and DuíMore Jody B to second and third. The Open Derby prize was taken by Skydancer Skyview Ace, a nice going white and black setter handled by Jason Patty of El Dorado. Larry Carpenter came over from Clarkburg, MO to claim first with his shiny setter female Carpenterís Last Jett after a hustling hunting race. We ran the Amateur Shooting Dog stake on Sunday after a morning fog lifted with Hortinís Little Doc Susie taking first for Dr. John Hortin of Manhattan. Thanks to everyone who attended our fall stakes and we look forward to seeing all of you next spring!

Front row: Skydancer Skyview Ace with Jason Patty, Prairie Bittercreek Dot with Frank Schoenborn and Skydancer Sage Time with Bob Brown. Back row are judges Greg Morgan and Brandon Biddle. Photo by Doug Meyer.

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