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Florida Championship, Ted Baker

1970 Suwannee River Trial

Open All-Age Winners
From left: Omen, first, with Bill Rayl; Vineland Kate, second, with George Moreland, and Endurance, third, with E.L. Baker. Standing: Hal Davis, reporter; Jerry Chasteen, treasurer; Casey Black, judge; P.E. Hunt, manager, Bakers Acres; Rudolph Hal, vice-president; E.A. (Red) Weddle, president; Eugene Brooks, judge, and John Murphree, vice-president.

The 1970 Suwannee River Trials reporter Hal Davis wrote:

Suwannee River Trials
Omen Wins Both Derby and All-Age

A NEW star has emblazoned the field trial firmament and an old star has rekindled a bright light pointing to a great future. The new star is Omen, T. Jack Robinson’s sterling Derby which W.F. (Bill) Rayl piloted to a sensational win in the $1000 Derby, then to a smashing victory in the $2500 All-Age of the refurbished Suwannee River Field Trial Club.

….The source of the well-spring of strength for the new Club is E.L. “Ted” Baker, young successful businessman of Jacksonville. He envisioned a top-drawer bird dog event in the natural quail country of north Florida and set about to gather about him an organization that would promote an indisputably superior annual contest for awards that would attract the greatest dogs and handlers in the land.

Read the entire report here: 1970 Swannee River Trial Report

2021 Members of the Suwannee River Field Trial 
Club with Ted Baker in the center.



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