Captain C. E. McMurdo handled his first field trial winner in November, 1881 with an English Setter called Pollux. He went on to handle several winners (setters , at first) including some for Edward Dexter who has been installed in the Hall of Fame. McMurdo and Dexter imported both pointers and setters from England. By the mid-1880s they joined together with Captain McMurdo training, handling and managing the Charottesville kennels on Virginia where they set out to raise the level of pointers to the extent that they could compete successfully against setters, which were the dominating, breed in field trials until then. The results of their efforts altered the course of field trial history and intensified the competition between setters and pointers for all time.All of the above is taken literally from Fields of Glory by Everett Skehan in an issue of The American Field. I have taken the liberty of an occasional omission, occasional rewording and reformatting of Everett's fine work.
Handers and journalists of the period would later assert that the team of Edward Dexter and Captain McMurdo stood alone in building the foundation for pointer supremacy. Prior to their efforts the pointers had very little chance of success when competing against setters.
Ned Dexter and Captain McMurdo did more for the betterment of pointers than anyone in America's history. The names of their great foundation sires and performers were like a Who's Who of pointers in the first twenty-five years of field trials; Hops, King of Kent, Mainspring, Rip Rap, Jingo, Young Rip Rap, Tippoo, Maid of Kent and Mainstay for examples. Their legends and legacies would continue well into the twentieth century with winning descendants claiming many major victories as the pointer breed continued to progress. Edward Dexter and Captain McMurdo laid the strongest of foundations for the emergence of pointers as the dominant breed in major horseback field trials.
There have been numerous folks who have made important contributions elected to the Hall of Fame. NONE have made as major contribution as these two gentlemen. Long ago Edward Dexter was given his most deserving place in the Hall of Fame. Let us now honor the other half of the team with the same honor.
In the HOF campaigns both dogs and people are lauded for their influence on field trials and pointers. The claims are true to a large extent, but none are 100% true in terms of the lean breed. Some of you have pointers that have had NO INFLUENCE from this or that dog elected (or nominated) for the HOF for the past quarter century. Every FDSB field trial pointer has the influence of the dogs of these two gentlemen as a component of their foundation if you look far enough back on their pedigree.
I submit that no one is as long overdue for selection to the Hall of Fame as Captain C. E. McMurdo. Please help bring him to the forefront to join his long ago elected partner Edward Dexter.