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U.S. Amateur All Age Derby Invitational


Champion Phillip’s Linebacker with handler Mike Small and scout Mason Ashburn

Judges Larry Huffman and Wallace Reichert

Judges Larry Huffman and Wallace Reichert

Bubba Spencer

Larry Huffman

Photos by Vera Courtney

The 2022 U.S. Amateur All-Age Derby Invitational Championship was hosted by the West Tennessee Field Trial Club in Dancyville, Tenn., March 25-27, 2022. Judges were Larry Huffman of Michigan City, Miss. and Wallace Reichert of Whitesburg, Ga. Trial Chairman was Quintin Wiseman and Reporter was Jim Atchison. Photographer Vera Courtney commented on the ambiance of the field trial: “Great weather, great food; first and foremost – great people.” The weekend’s weather was ideal for field trialing, with fair skies and temperatures in the upper 50s, to 62°F on Saturday, with lows around 40°F.

The twelve best Amateur Derby dogs in the U.S. competed at the Amateur Derby Invitational in order by region: Eastern, Central, and Western. Earning the Top Overall Points and Winner of the Jim Crouse Memorial High Point was Awakened, owned and handled by Matt Pendergest. The top Derby dogs (with handlers) qualifying for the Invitational were:

East Region: Awakened (Matt Pendergest), Lacy’s Cool Hand Luke (Perry Lacy), Pleasant Run Sally (David Hendricks), Phillips’ Linebacker (Nathan Phillips)

Central Region: Reed’s Super Spirit (Jason Super), Rester’s Powered Up (Cecil Rester), HP Social Distance, Rester’s Cajun Justice (Cecil Rester)

West Region: Perkins’ Rebel Within (Chris Perkins), Touch’s Amazing Greyce (Austin Turley), Carbonado’s Silver Sage (Austin Turley)

Wildcard: Cocklebur’s Breaking Bad (Bubba Spencer)

Note: Lamb’s Prime Choice (Jon Lam) ran in lieu of HP Social Distance.

There were six braces, 45-minute qualifying heats, on Friday, with the breakaway at 8 a.m., and six braces on Saturday with the dogs running in reverse order. On Sunday, there was a 45-minute callback heat. Phillip’s Linebacker ran in the first brace on Friday and the last brace on Saturday. Rester’s Cajun Justice ran in the fifth brace on Friday and the third brace on Saturday.

Champion: Phillips’ Linebacker, handler Mike Small

Runner Up: Rester’s Cajun Justice, Cecil Rester

Matt Pendergestreceived the Eastern Region High Point Award. Jason Super was awarded the Central Region High Point title. Chris Perkins received the West Region High Point award. The inaugural Gary Phillips Memorial Breeders’ Award went to Phillips’ Linebacker.

The field trial winner received a trophy saddle by Haggis Saddles, eight bags of Purina dog food, a Garmin Pro 550 Plus, and a painting by Leah Brigham. The runner up also received a trophy saddle by Haggis Saddles, four bags of Purina dog food, and a painting by Mike Kearney. The winning scout received Briar chaps by Patty’s Custom Chaps. The Gary Phillips Memorial Breeders’ Award was presented to the breeder of the winning dog. The Jim Crouse Memorial Award (silver plate) was presented to the National High Point Dog. Each of the participants received a bag of Purina dog food.
Find more information on facebook at U.S. Amateur All Age Derby Invitational. See more photos from the field trial on facebook at Vera Courtney Field Trial Photos.
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