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Field Trials in the Mid-South
Bird Dog Field Trials were taking place every week all over the mid-south in November and December, and will continue in January and February. Here are some highlights.
The Tennessee Valley Field Trial Club hosted its Amateur Shooting Dog, Amateur Derby, Open Shooting Dog, and Open Derby field trials on December 3-8, 2020 at the Percy Priest Wildlife Management Area, LaVergne, Tenn. “The Tennessee Valley Classic, both Amateur and Open, were a huge success, with a lot of great handlers, workers, good food, great weather, lots of birds, and mostly great dog work,” wrote William Rogers. Tennessee Valley FTC Amateur Shooting Dog placements were: (1) Windy Hill War Creek, Buddy Morrison; (2) One Day Frost, Lane Hodges; (3) Millers Direct Line, Phil Morgan. The Tennessee Valley FTC Derby placements were: (1) One Day La Bandita, Lane Hodges; (2) One Day Queen Bee, Lane Hodges; (3) Windy Hill Shadow Dancer, Buddy Morrison.
The Region 6 Amateur All-Age Championship ran on the Carroll County Field Trial Club grounds in Huntingdon, Tenn. on December 10-13, 2020. There were 45 dogs competing over the 3-day trial, judged by Scott Little and Brandon Trowbridge. The field trial experienced beautiful but cold weather. Results: Champion: Touch’s Indiana Joan, owner/handler Keith Wright. Runner-Up: Coldwater Spectre, owner/handler Gary McKibben.
The Mid South Field Trial Club’s Amateur Field Trial ran December 17-20, 2020 with the All-Age Stake, followed by the Derby Stake and the Shooting Dog Stake. The Field Trial was held at the Hell Creek Wildlife Management Area in Blue Mountain, Miss. Judges were Kent Walker and Burl Hicks. Placements: first: Touch’s Indiana Joan, Keith Wright; second: Touch’s Grey Street, Keith Wright; third Small’s White Stryker, Mike Small.
Hendrix Farms in Laws Hill, Miss. was host to the Buck-Tuck Qualifier, starting December 27, 2020. This was a 2021 National Championship qualifier, Purina Award and Handler of the Year Points Trial, and Derby Invitational Points Trial. Judges were Cecil Rester of Angie, LA and Harold Johnson of Shorter, AL. The Buck-Tuck Field Trial Association is staffed by Guy Hendrix, President; Burke Hendrix, Vice-President, and Elton Bray, Secretary/Treasurer. Placements: All-Age: first: Dakota Nation, owners Ted and Julie Roach, handler Steve Hurdle. Second: Nosam’s Sweetwater, owner Jeff Busby, handler Larry Huffman. Third: Hendrix’s Touch Up, owner Burke Hendrix, handler Steve Hurdle. Derby Placements: first: Barshoe Forget Me Not, Allen Vincent. Second: Como Thunder, David Russell. Third, Burch’s Set Em Up Joe, Jonathan Burch.
The Ames Amateur All Age started Monday December 28 at Ames Plantation, Grand Junction, Tenn. with 37 entries. Ames Amateur All Age winners:1st-Misty Morn Masked Man-o/h Joey McAlexander; 2nd-Touch’s Grey Street-o/h Keith Wright; 3rd- Coldwater Paradise -o/h Gary McKibben. Thanks to our judges Scott Little and Ross Leonard and to our generous sponsor Sportsman’s Pride Dog Food Company (Brad Kennedy). The Derby drew 18 entries. Derby winners: 1st -Small’s White Charger-Mike Small; 2nd-Como Thunder-David Russell; 3rd-River City Blackhawk-Kent Walker.
Two National Championship qualifying field trials take place in January at the Camp Robinson Wildlife Management area in Mayflower, Arkansas: the Prairie Open All-Age, starting January 4, and the Pelican Open All-Age, starting at the conclusion of the Prairie Derby.
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Quail at Ames Plantation
On Thursday September 3, 2020, 3,000 quail, imported from Georgia, were released on the National Championship course at Ames Plantation, Grand Junction, TN in preparation for the 2021 National Championship. There were 150 groups of twenty birds each released in or near 323 prepared feed patches, which had been planted with millet, milo, and teosinte in the spring.
In preparation for the quail release, Dr. Rick Carlisle had spent much of the previous week spreading grain sorghum in the feed patches, which would provide the easy, first meals for the quail, as they became acquainted with their new home.
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