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West Tennessee Open All-Age and Derby Stake


Alex Mauck from Oregon riding Indian.

Article & photos by Tom Brannon

The West Tennessee Field Trial Club hosted its annual All-Age and Derby Stakes on Friday February 18, 2022 at the Currie Farm in Dancyville, Tenn.  The field trial was slated to start on Thursday February 17, but all day rain and some thunderstorms postponed the trial until the weather improved on Friday. Judges were Mike Jackson of Battle Ground, IN and Keith Wright of Covington, IN. Jim Atchison of Carthersville, MO reported the field trial. There were 32 dogs entered in the All-Age Stake, with 19 Derby dogs competing.

This is a very nice open course and several bird dog enthusiasts have farms and training facilities within and close to it. The terrain is mainly well-drained, no-till row crop, with some wooded areas and fallow fields. The rustic clubhouse provides a comfortable place to warm up, and there is adequate horse trailer parking.

This annual field trial is scheduled simultaneously with the National Championship taking place at the Ames Plantation in Grand Junction, TN, and thus draws some of the best handlers in North America who take the opportunity to work some of their up-and-coming dogs.    

Familiar handlers from the National were on hand to give their All-Age dogs more experience and points: Fred Corder with Game Rebel, Mark McLean with Touch’s Malcolm Story, Randy Anderson with Touch’s Fire Away, Gary Lester with Lester’s Storm Chaser, Steve Hurdle with last year’s National entry Ascension, and more. Ike Todd had several Derby dogs to run, as did Allen Vincent and other well-known handlers.

West Tennessee Open All-Age Results

Judges: Mike Jackson & Ike Todd
1. Como Thunder handled by Steve Hurdle, owned by David Russell
2. Touch’s Malcolm Story handled by Mark McLean, owned by Alex & Brianna Rickert
3. Como Rain handled by Steve Hurdle, owned by Billy K. Blackwell
West Tennessee Open Derby Results
1.  Knight's Hill Ray, Scott Griffin owner, Ike Todd handler
2.  Pat, Steve Hurdle handler
3.  Touch’s Too Much, Keith Wright owner, Ike Todd Handler

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