Solatex Field Trial ClubCajun Open All-Age and Evangeline Open Derby Classics
Columbus, Miss. — The Cajun Classic and Evangeline Open Derby were held January 21-24 at the Mississippi Department of Wildlife and Parks Black Prairie Wildlife Management Area in Columbus, Miss.
The Solatex Field Trial Club would like to thank Mr. Jack Griffin and Mr. Larry Waddell, both with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, for having the grounds in good condition, birds released in the right places and handling dog wagon duties.
Judging duties for this year’s Classic were in the hands of Jake Waddell of Brownsville, Tenn., and Richard Anthony of Picayune, Miss.
Willis “Sonny” Addison of Osyka, Miss., handled the marshalling, then teamed with Ray Warren of Crofton, Ky., to judge the Evangeline Derby.
Sincere thanks to all four gentlemen for a job well done.
Cajun Open All- Age Classic The Cajun Classic drew an entry of 36 starters, 34 pointers and two setters.
First place honors went to Coldwater Warrior, owned by Gary McKibben of Hernando, Miss., and Jim Crawford of Pine Bush, N. Y. The white and orange pointer male handled by Weldon Bennett, appeared in the last brace of the trial on the third course. Warrior ran a big forward ground race with two finds, the first coming at a little after the halfway mark entering the big bottom leading up to pine island. His second find came at 45 after rounding pine island, well to the front for a great limb find. Both finds were in order with Warrior exhibiting good manners, staunch to wing and shot, and finishing his hour strong going away.
Second was Erin’s Brave Heart, owned and handled by Sean Derrig of Bannockburn, Ill. Brave Heart appeared in the first brace on the No. 1 course, tallying four finds at 10, 22, 34 and 40, showing beautiful style on his game. The No. 1 course is a bit tighter in spots than the other courses; the judges felt that his race was adequate. Brave Heart finished his hour strong and to the front.
Placed third was Dellinger C, pointer male owned by John Holland of Ponchatoula, La., and handled by Randy Downs on course No. 3. Dellinger C had finds at 10 and 21 showing great manners on his game, high head and tail. His race was big and to the front up until the closing 10 minutes when he shortened up some.
Columbus, Miss., January 21
Judges: Richard Anthony and Jake Waddell
OPEN ALL-AGE [One-Hour Heats] — 34 Pointers and 2 Setters
1st—COLDWATER WARRIOR, 1612961, pointer male, by Whippoorwill War Dance—Coldwater Flirt. G. W. McKibben & Jim Crawford, owners; Weldon Bennett, handler.
2d—ERIN’S BRAVE HEART, 1618276, pointer male, by Erin’s Bad River—Erin’s Wild Rose. Sean Derrig, owner and handler.
3d—DELLINGER C, 1595888, pointer male, by Amarige—Silver Susie. J. M. Holland, owner; Randy Downs, handler.
Evangeline Open Derby
In a year when Derby entries seem to be down, only eight dogs came to the starting line. Winning the stake was Rebel Spirit, pointer male owned by David Williams of Cordona, Tenn., and handled by Weldon Bennet.
Second was Game Watch, pointer male owned by Dr. Fred Corder of Corinth, Miss.. and handled by Randy Downs. Third was Game Mission, pointer male also owned by Dr. Fred Corder and handled by Downs.
The Derby winners were placed on race only with no bird contact.
Judges: Willis Addison and Ray Warren
EVANGELINE OPEN DERBY — 8 Pointers
1st—REBEL SPIRIT, 1629450, male, by Rebelmore—Hawk’s Mistress. David Williams, owner; Weldon Bennett, handler.
2d—GAME WATCH, 1627843, male, by Game Maker—Don’t Wait. Dr. Fred Corder, owner; Randy Downs, handler.
3d—GAME MISSION, 1627475, male, by Game Maker—Pepsidoozie. Dr. Fred Corder, owner; Randy Downs, handler.