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Bama Quail Youth Field Trial

By Darron Hendley | Jan 04, 2019
Young trial participants are joined by trial officials and well-wishers.

The 2018 Bama Quail Youth Field Trial was held Sunday, December 2, 2018, on the Bama Quail Field Trial Grounds near Tuskegee, Ala. The members of the Bama Quail Field Trial Club have been graciously supporting this youth trial for over 16 years. This year was no different. More than 14 coveys of quail were located over the consecutive 20 minute courses. That makes it a lot of fun for the youngsters!

The ground was soaked from rain. The air was cool and seasonable. Scenting conditions were ideal for the dogs.

Connie Hicks fixed a tasty lunch for everyone. The first brace was loosed shortly after a healthy helping of her grilled hamburgers and hot dogs.

Judging this year’s stake was Bullock Countian Will McFerrin and Tom Brigman from North Carolina. Both gentlemen rode very attentively and made it fun and exciting for the kids. After the trial they congratulated each of the youngsters for a job well done.

The young handlers included Luke Martino from Union Springs, Ella Grace Montgomery from Union Springs, Madelyn Telly from Cottondale, Ala., Ciarra Martino from Union Springs, Presley Graham from Shorter, Ala., and Addison McDuffie from Cecil, Ala. A total of eight dogs were entered. Every dog had multiple contacts with quail.

Taking first place, for the second consecutive time this season, was Luke Martino with his snappy pointer Two Jump. Luke is the son of professional bird dog trainer Michael Martino and Winnie Martino. Luke is definitely taking after the ole man!

Addison McDuffie with her pretty pointer Dot took second. Addison has won the Alabama Youth Handler of the Year the last two years in a row.

Third place was awarded to Ella Grace Montgomery, daughter of Todd and Chantel, for her big white and black and setter male Jack, which took second here last year.

In her first ever field trial, Presley Graham landed in the top four with her bird-finding machine Sue. This was also the first trial for Madelyn Telly and Ciarra Martino. They all had a good time and expressed their excitement about doing it again. We certainly hope they will help continue this great tradition.

Many thanks to everyone who helped with the trial. Lance Servaes handled the dog wagon duties. Brian Peterson and Bo Brewer marshalled.

Jack and Fran Miller of Thomasville, Ga., donated wonderful prizes for all the young handlers. Their heavy-duty Amish made leather tack will last and be remembered for a lifetime.

The Bama Quail Field Trial Club wishes to thank the family members and friends who encourage and support these young bird dog enthusiasts. Each year a $1,000 college scholarship is awarded in memory of Miss Hartley Carter to the youth handler who accumulates the most points in qualified Alabama youth trials.

If you would like to help promote youth field trials please contact Darron Hendley at (334) 300-5836.

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