Vizsla Club of America - National Championships
Sulphur Springs, Texas
What better place to hold a field trial than in the heart of Texas quail hunting country. That's exactly what the Texas Gulf Coast Vizsla Club thought and presented their proposal to the Vizsla parent club. Spearheaded by Julie LaRue, the Gulf Coast Club chose the Bailey Ranch near Sulphur Springs as the site for this annual event because it provided plenty of natural quail hunting cover and a huge area needed to park the many vehicles that would accompany this dog and pony show. A site in Dallas was chosen for the accompanying conformation and obedience shows. Their proposal was accepted and a years planning was underway. On November 13 the competitors began arriving and a trailer city soon took shape.
At 8am Sunday, November 14 the first brace was cast off in what was to be a two and half day National Championship stake. The 51 dog entry was to be the largest National Championship stake in the Vizsla Club of America’s history. Handlers and owners from all parts of the United States and Canada were on hand to compete in and observe this prestigious event. At times there were as many as fifty riders in the gallery. The weather was ideal for a good hunt with high temperatures in the fifties, moderate moist winds, and overcast skies. After two days of competition, judges Grant Stanfill and Tom Tulley called 10 dogs back for the second series. Shortly before 8am on Tuesday the first of five braces was cast off. At the conclusion of the running the judges chose their placements and informed the chairman of their decision. A crowd was gathering as the chairman appeared with the trophies and ribbons. The judges asked to speak before the placements were read and told all of the quality of the competitors and that in the end they had eight dogs they would have been comfortable naming National Champion. The placements were read and are as follows:
National Champion - FC Onpoint’s Sly Coyote
Owner - Alex Stokes
Handler - Jim Searles
2nd Place --- FC/AFC Dry Creek Pappomatic
Owner/Handler - Dustin Ochs
3rd Place --- DC/AFC Onpoint’s Tuff Stuff
Owner/Handler - John Reid
4th Place --- NAFC/NGDC/FC/AFC Bitteroot Semper Fi Enlwetok
Owners - Al & Terry Lucas
Handler - Al Lucas
Still to run were the National Amateur Championship and the National Puppy and Derby Classics.