Carroll County (Tenn.) Open TrialsColdwater Warrior Wins Lynn Taylor Memorial Open All-Age
Huntingdon, Tenn. — Weldon Bennett’s name, accompanied by that of Cold-water Warrior, will be added to those already engraved on the Lynn Taylor Memorial Trophy at the Carroll County Field Trial Club near Huntingdon, Tenn. Coldwater Warrior topped the field of 44 contenders to win the Lynn Taylor Memorial All-Age run on the club’s grounds February 25-28. The significance of the engraving is that Bennett is the brother-in-law to the late Lynn Taylor. Additionally, they were best friends and field trialed together for years. The placement was heartwarming to the many friends of both gentlemen.
Coldwater Warrior is owned by Gary McKibben of Hernando, Miss., and Jim Crawford of New York. McKibben is an officer of the Carroll County Club and was on hand to watch Warrior win.
House’s Yellow Jacket was handled by his owner Keith Wright of Covington, Ind., to win the Open Derby which drew 23 entries and was run February 28-29. Yellow Jacket’s four finds in 30 minutes was an extraordinary performance.
Dr. Pat McInteer and Greg Bain judged both stakes. Dr. McInteer is well known as an almost retired veterinarian from Falls City, Neb. Greg Bain owns and runs a millworks shop in the Tri-Cities area of north Alabama. His shop’s specialty is fine cabinetry for custom homes and businesses. Margaret McInteer accompanied her husband for the Tennessee sojourn. Bain’s wife Melissa and son Parker stayed as long as they could but returned home early for work and school. The judges were much appreciated as they had the responsibility of looking at numerous dogs with outstanding performances on abundant quail scattered over the multiple courses.
The Carroll County Club’s grounds are owned primarily by David Williams and his brother Anthony Williams, and Harold Miller. Property of a couple of other owners connects the three courses. The well drained soil, good planning, and untold hours of hard work performed over many years have made the grounds outstanding. The excellent grounds coupled with great weather during four of the five days of running made the entire Carroll County experience most enjoyable.
David Williams and Gary McKibben are the senior officers and primary organizers of the several trials hosted at Carroll County each year. Many others helped during this running. Jim and Charlotte Atchison prepared lunches assisted by Angie Williams and Michelle Clark. Steve Barnett grilled at night and Evelyn Hall catered the vegetables and desserts. William Lee Smothers, Danny Stanfill, Larry Spencer, Harold Miller and others ran the dog wagon. Carol Bennett, Allison Daniels and others pitched in as everything that needed to be done was handled without undue hardship on anyone.
Overall the weather was excellent in Carroll County while other parts of the country suffered severe weather which included tornados, other storm related damages, and deaths. Each day started cool but the first four days became warm and windy at times. The last day, when the last six Derby braces were run, was rainy with the last brace run in a downpour.
With the grounds in excellent shape and quail abundant, several braces saw extraordinary amounts of good bird work. But a real treat of the five days was watching the last brace on the first afternoon. In that sixth brace the first place winner, Coldwater Warrior, and the second place winner, Lester’s Snowatch, were braced together.
Between the two, the pair was on birds ten times in the hour, with that count including a divided find and a back. The hour was fast and rewarding.
Coldwater Warrior, owned by Gary McKibben and Jim Crawford, earned the win with a strong, continuously forward ground race for handler Weldon Bennett. The fine pointer, coming four years of age, applied himself as he aggressively hunted the country, looked great on his edges, and required a minimum of scouting. The twice National Championship qualified winner had his first find at 16, followed by a divided find at 18, another at 36, and a final find, also divided, at 49. Warrior’s performance on the ground and number of finds was further complemented with his style and discipline each time he pointed. His care and training were apparent as he took the placement.
Lester’s Snowatch, now eight years old and a former National Champion which has sired many other winners, took second place for his veteran amateur owner-handler Gary Lester of Gracey, Ky. Snowatch ran the super all-age forward race for which he was been known for so long. He started with a find at 9 in the far corner of the bottom on Quiet Place Loop. Next he came in and stopped where his bracemate was pointed at 16. Soon both dogs had a divided find at 18. He next backed the winner at 36 along the gravel road leaving the Vickers bottom and finished with a divided find at 49 near the Green Allen Spring Road. Snowatch carried his weight as the pair made the hour unforgettable.
Miller’s Dialing In, also owned and handled by Gary Lester, placed third. The white and orange pointer ran an excellent race to the finish and had finds at 31 and again at 43 to impress the judges and clinch the placement.
Erin’s Backstreet Affair, handled by Luke Eisenhart, and House’s Yellow Jacket, handled by Ike Todd, were loosed at 8:00 a. m. to start the All-Age Stake. Backstreet Affair became lost and Eisenhart asked for his tracker at 20.
Yellow Jacket had an unproductive at 12 and was later picked up at 31 to end the brace. He came back four days later to win the Open Derby.
Lester’s Snow Games and Harpeth Valley Hawk were the second brace. Snow Games pointed at 2 but his owner-handler Gary Lester did not find birds. At 11 Hawk pointed for Ray Warren with Snow Games backing. A large covey was flushed at the east side of the terraced field. Snow Games had more finds at 49 and again at 54. Hawk was backing at 54 but crept forward and was picked up. Snow Games soon finished the hour.
Erin’s Black Fury (Eisenhart) was braced with Miller’s Dialing In, the third place winner. Fury ran a great race and was surely noticed by the judges. The excellent dog had game once at 38 moving toward the rabbit pen turn on the third course.
After lunch Blake Kukar released Pennie Shadow and Ray Warren had Prairie Creek Rocky. The brace ended early as Rocky became lost and Warren got his tracker. Kukar picked Pennie up at 26 as she was not responding well to the windy conditions of the afternoon.
House’s Ring of Fire, handled by his owner Keith Wright, and Erin’s Foolish Pride, handled by Luke Eisenhart, competed in No. 5. Fire had a find at 15 and another at 36. At 36 Eisenhart picked up Foolish Pride. Ring of Fire went on to produce one of the truly outstanding ground races of the stake.
Unfortunately Wright was not able to show the fine young pointer to the judges within the allotted time after the brace’s 60 minutes ended so he was eliminated judgment.
Coldwater Warrior, first place, and Snowatch, second place, produced their winning performances in brace No. 6 and the first day of competition was ended.
Rocky Knoll Jackson, the only setter in the All-Age Stake, and Mann’s Power Stroke were the first to go on the second morning. Power Stroke had some absences in the first half but became lost in the second half hour forcing Austin Mann to ask for his tracker. Rocky finished for Ray Warren but did not have any birds during his hour.
Luke Eisenhart had Caladen’s Rail Hawk and Blake Kukar had Survivor’s Little Bill in brace No. 8. Bill pointed at 13, 21, 30, 37 and 46. Kukar moved birds four of the five times. On his second stop no birds were found but a dead bird was noticed as the gallery began to move away. Rail Hawk backed Bill at 13 and had an independent find at 32. Eisenhart picked Hawk up at 56 and Bill soon finished the hour far ahead in the bottom on the Vickers Farm.
Game Time C was handled by Randy Down and Touch’s Knight Rider was handled by Ike Todd in brace No. 9.
Game Time pointed twice, at 28 and again at pickup. Birds were flushed near the hog farrowing house on the first stop but he had problems during the relocation asked for at the second stop. Knight Rider ran a good ground race but did not find any birds.
Brace No. 10 was another that ended early, causing the question to begin to be raised: “Was the first course jinxed?” Eisenhart had Erin’s Doc Rivers which pointed at 17 but stepped forward after the handler started to flush and was picked up. Edmond James had his Solar Eclipse through the loop around the Miles Farm but the pointer male headed south when returning to the abandoned railroad right-of-way and caused James to soon ask for his tracker at 26.
Both Quester, handled by Ray Warren, and House’s White Fire, handled by Ike Todd, finished the hour. The pair had one divided find on Sickle Pod Hill at 36 during the really hot hour but had no other bird work.
The last brace of the second day — Erin’s Special Force (Eisenhart) and Poison (Downs). Neither dog finished the hour. Special Force had a find at 33 but also two accompanying unproductives at 15 and 48. Poison had an unproductive at 9 and backed his bracemate at 15. He moved while backing a second time, at 33, and was picked up.
Continuing the rumor that the first course might be jinxed, neither entry finished the first hour on Monday, the third day of running. Eisenhart had Erin’s Kentucky Gambler and Downs had Dellinger C. Gambler had unproductives at 9 and 18. Dellinger had birds at 31 but moved as the birds flushed and was picked up.
Erin’s Brave Heart was on the line for Luke Eisenhart with Sholar’s Honey Bee for Jamie Daniels in brace No. 14. Eisenhart picked Brave Heart up at 36 as they returned to the Smyrna Road crossing. Honey Bee ran a nice race and showed herself well at the right places but did not find any birds.
Randy Downs had Leet’s Little Soldier, while Eisenhart had Erin’s Dog Soldier for the next brace. Dog Soldier was picked up at 25. Little Soldier had no birds in his hour.
Monday afternoon was hot as Austin Mann released Waybetter Rex and Luke Eisenhart loosed Erin’s Broken Arrow. Rex had an unproductive at 18 and was picked up early at 34 on the Miles Farm. Broken Arrow was lost early and did not finish under judgment.
Larry Huffman and Jamie Daniels were up in No. 17 with Whippoorwill Wild Speck and Pearl Again, respectively. Speck’s owner Earl Connolly was in the gallery. Pearl is co-owned by Daniels and David Williams. Speck showed well while running a good ground race. She finished well ahead but had no birds during the hour. Pearl
finished with one find at 15, and looked really stylish on her game.
The last brace of the third day. Dakota Mystery (David Williams) ran a strong ground race and had birds four times during the hour. She stood at 17, 21, 36 and 58 as Williams moved birds each time. Mann’s Unforgiven (Mann) did not have any bird work and became lost near the end of the hour. Mann asked for his tracker at 57. The day ended with concern about an unfavorable weather forecast.
Carroll County and the Mid South had raging winds but no tornados during the previous night but the morning brought news of devastating tornado damage across Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri and Illinois. Six people were killed in Harrisburg, Ill., where the All-America and American Derby Invitational trials headquarter in March.
Whippoorwill’s Blue Blood (Huffman) and Outland Super Sam (Warren) were in No. 19. Blue Blood had an absence but was back at 34. He became lost again and Huffman got his tracker. Sam had an unproductive at 18 but produced game for Warren twice later in the hour at 38 and 55. Sam’s finish on the first course marked the second of seven attempts on the very nice course which is normally not a problem to finish.
In brace No. 20 Weldon Bennett had Miller’s Powerstroke and Randy Downs had Rock Acre Rambo. Powerstroke’s owner Harold Miller was in the saddle as his dog ran the second hour course which is run on a good bit of Miller’s land. Both dogs ran nice races but neither found any birds.
Touch’s Adams County (Todd) and Ray’s Choice (Warren) were next to go. Adams County’s owner Keith Wright scouted. Ray’s Choice’s co-owner Scott Little rode to watch his dog. Adams County pointed a pile of feathers at 6 and had a nice find at 29 near the grain bin on the Vickers Farm. He finished strong and ahead. Ray’s Choice showed well during the hour but finished with no birds.
The last brace of All-Age, No. 22, was begun at 1:30 p. m.. Randy Downs had Cedaroak Joe and Larry Huffman had Whippoorwill Red Rage. Red Rage’s owner Earl Connolly was in the gallery. Red Rage looked fancy and ran a super nice all-age ground race. He had birds once at 49 off to the right before entering the bottoms on the first hour course. The All-Age competition was ended and four Derby braces would be run before the afternoon ended.
Huntingdon, Tenn., February 25
Judges: Greg Bain and Dr. Pat McInteer
LYNN TAYLOR MEMORIAL OPEN ALL-AGE [One-Hour Heats] —
43 Pointers and 1 Setter
1st—COLDWATER WARRIOR, 1612961, pointer male, by Whippoorwill War Dance—Coldwater Flirt. Gary McKibben & Jim Crawford, owners; Weldon Bennett, handler.
2d—LESTER’S SNOWATCH, 1574632, pointer male, by Miller’s Date Line—Lester’s Leeza. Gary P. Lester, owner and handler.
3d—MILLER’S DIALING IN, 1628372, pointer male, by Miller’s Happy Jack—Phillips Silver Star. Gary P. Lester, owner and handler.
House’s Yellow Jacket rendered an impressive 30 minutes to clinch first place in the Open Derby. He handily bested a field of 22 others with four finds during his strong and stylish performance. Yellow Jacket was handled by his owner Keith Wright in brace No. 3 which started in the Vickers bottom and ended near the clubhouse. He had finds at 8, 12, 19 and at pickup. The young dog’s strong effort brought a smile to the face of his congenial owner-handler.
Dunn’s All Get Out took, under the whistle of owner Will Dunn of Lebanon, Ky., had birds immediately after the 8th brace broke away from the Green Allen Springs Road. He had birds again at 22 in a situation that initially looked uncertain. At the farthest corner of the Quiet Place Loop he pointed and moved several times before coming to a certain stop. Dunn could not find birds and asked him to relocate. He stopped again and the handler flushed a nice covey. He went on to finish soon after to earn his placement.
Touch’s Pond Dam was handled by Ike Todd; owner Keith Wright scouted. He ran in the last brace during a downpour that was accompanied by thunder and lightning. The pointer produced a super ground race, demonstrated extraordinary discipline during each of the two times he pointed. In the first situation, at 14 with the rainstorm raging, he pointed. After the birds were located and Todd shot a confused bird that did not fly literally walked within a foot or two of the pointed Pond Dam’s nose. He did not move a hair. In the second situation he was backing his bracemate at 27. The bracemate moved during his handler’s flushing attempt but Dam again demonstrated the effectiveness of his training which earned the placement for him.
OPEN DERBY — 22 Pointers and 1 Setter
1st—HOUSE’S YELLOW JACKET, 1629679, pointer male, by Lance’s Last Knight—Grace’s Snow. Keith Wright, owner and handler.
2d—DUNN’S ALL GET OUT, 1629278, pointer male, by Lester’s Snowatch—Lester’s Nat. Will & Rita Dunn, owners; Will Dunn, handler.
3d—TOUCH’S POND DAM, 1630531, pointer male, by Miller’s Happy Jack—Millpond Dot. Keith Wright, owner; Ike Todd, handler.
Concerns that the mid-week ending of the earlier National Championship might reduce the number of dogs drawn to compete in the Carroll County Open trials were unfounded. Forty-four all-age and 23 Derbies made for almost five days of running. The club again put on their smooth production which was enjoyed by all who attended. The dogs were outstanding, as were the grounds, the food, and everything that makes for a good field trial.