The Tulsa Bird Dog Association held it’s first Gun Dog and Puppy trial of the fall season on October 8th. As it is many times, it was the tale of two trials, before lunch and after. The trial started at 43 degrees, a heavy dew on the still-green grass and no wind. Just before lunch at about 10 a.m. the sun did it’s thing; the grass dried out and wind began to pick up. The scores showed that scenting conditions had improved with the change. After lunch, the sun was still doing it’s thing and it heated up, the wind died and the scores fell in response. The day saw a lot of good dog work considering the high fall cover had many a handler trying to locate their dog. Yet, we will appreciate that extra coverage in the winter/spring trials. Overall, 86 was the most popular score with 7 out of 24 entries coming in at that number. As a reminder, tie breaker for points is time of first find. Click here for a photo of the entire scoreboard.
In the Gun Dog field, Gene Gray and Dean Leonard took first place with Sue, pointer female, while Ben Faulkner took second place with Shoni, Brittany female, and also took third place with Shelley, Brittany female. Over in the puppy field, RuSean Hardman took first place with Chief, Setter male followed by Mick Gill with Emma, Brittany female and Sophie, Brittany female in second and third place, respectively.
As always, Tulsa Bird Dog Association would like to thank our marquee trial sponsor, Purina Pro Plan. If you aren’t feeding Pro Plan Sport; please consider giving it a try. It’s an excellent food and their support for our club and hundreds of others is unparalleled. Judges were Ellison Gilliland and Tom Krause in the Gun Dog field and Ronnie Pike in the Puppy field, we thank them greatly for their service and keen eyes. Field trial chairwoman Haley Cavney did a great job keeping things moving and arranging the day’s lunch, judges, bird pickup and more. If you are interested in chairing an event, please check with an officer! Every trial needs a chair this year. We’d like to extend a special thanks to Tom Krause for the construction of a new puppy blind of a semi abstract American flag on canvas; it stole the day!
Next weekend the Tulsa Bird Dog Association is proud to host a National Bird Hunter’s Association trial at the grounds of the McFarlin-Ingersoll Ranch and a National Shoot to Retrieve trial at the club grounds. If you are interested in running, contact Shane Bevel (940-206-3573) for NBHA, or Ronnie Pike (832-748-1100) for NSTRA. Both trials will need volunteers as well. Please consider supporting these growing trial formats.