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Field Trial Report

Shadow Oak Field Trial

By Debbie Forehand | Jan 04, 2019
Hear Hill's Misbehavin Third in the Amateur Shooting Dog Stake

Nashville, Ga. — Shadow Oak Field Trial began November 15 at Nashville, Ga., following a nasty day of rain.

Thursday morning Derby braces broke away as the rain continued to drizzle and temperatures chilled the air.

As the first brace tore across the field, handlers began to sing to their dogs as the mud was flying up behind. Third place Senah’s Back In Business, handled by Joel Norman, ran a fair race producing one find. John Neely’s Party Girl pulled away with a good race and one good find. The dog that stood out was Neely’s Standing Ovation, also handled by Neely, which dominated the ground with a large race and three nice finds.

While the Derby came to an end and winners were announced, folks were getting fired up for the main event of the trial, the Amateur Shooting Dog Stake. The weather was trying to break and the ladies of Shadow Oak Plantation were putting the finishing touches on the luncheon.

The first brace of the Shooting Dog broke loose at 11:15 a. m. Tom Brigman and Ted Roach followed their dogs as they torpedoed across the hay field and for the far edge of the pines.

This year at Shadow Oak, the grounds were wet and muddy in most places due to the inch and a half of rain just before the trial. With the sloppy conditions and a draw of 40 dogs, a dog was really gonna have to show out to place in the trial, and boy, some did just that!

Placed third in the Amateur Shooting Dog was Heard Hill’s Misbehavin, owned by Buck and Lynn Heard. She really did a nice job covering the ground pointing birds throughout the course, with five finds and one back to bracemate Showtime Dominator.

Tom Brigman took second with Waybetter Billy. Tom was in the first brace, and his dog pointed a wild covey of birds just as his dog took the first edge over on the Anderson Farm. As the handlers made their way up behind the irrigation pump, Tom’s dog had another great find up in the planted pines on a large covey of birds. Waybetter Billy finished his race with seven finds and one back, making several nice casts.

Class Act Express, owned by Ray Pinson, really caught the judges’ eyes. Man did he cover the ground! His first find was over in the piney woods of the Anderson Farm, followed by a nice limb find off to the right, just past the irrigation pump. The scout rode up on him, catching a glimpse of his collar buried in the brush. He seemed to take every cast around each of the big fields. One of the most memorable finds was just before crossing the big pond dam. He knocked the bottom out of that far cast and slammed on point at the very end. As Ray hit the brush, birds filled the sky, and the rest was victory!

Nashville, Ga., November 15 — One Course

Judges: Ed Chance and Josh Wall

OPEN DERBY — 10 Pointers

1st—NEELY’S STANDING OVATION, 1676481, male, by Erin’s Redrum—Neely’s Ramblin Rose. Butch Houston, owner; John Neely, handler.

2d—NEELY’S PARTY GIRL, 1676506, female, by Erin’s Redrum—Neely’s Ramblin Rose. John Neely, owner and handler.

3d—SENAH’S BACK IN BUSINESS, 1681501, male, by Miller Unfinished Business—Miller’s Dialing For Dollars. Benjy Griffith, owner; Joel Norman, handler.

AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG [One-Hour Heats] — 40 Entries

1st—CLASS ACT EXPRESS, 1673556, pointer male, by Bud of Piney Woods—Class Act Game On. Raymond Pinson, owner and handler.

2d—WAYBETTER BILLY, 1652782, pointer male, by Brown’s Tom Tom—Waybetter Reba. Tom Brigman, owner and handler.

3d—HEARD HILL’S MISBEHAVIN, 1650435, pointer female, by In The Shadow—Heard Hill’s Queen Mary. Buck & Lynn Heard, owners; Buck Heard, handler.

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