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Field Trial Report

Fort Mill Field Trial Club

By Julie B. Kimbrell | Nov 19, 2021
Open Shooting Dog Winners. In foreground, from left: Reedy Creek Dial Tone with Jack Kimbrell, Land Cruiser Benny with Jeanette Tracy, and Miller’s High Heat Index with Mike Tracy. Back: Mary and John Ray Kimbrell, Judges Johnny Atkinson and Grayson Francis; George Kimbrell, and John Ivester.

McBee, S. C. — The 2021 running of the Fort Mill Field Trial Club was held October 30 through November 4 on the grounds of Sawtooth Plantation outside of McBee, S. C. We started the trial with mild temperatures and ended cold with light rain.

Once again Sawtooth Plantation owners John and Sue Ivester were very generous with their grounds and facilities for our field trial. John was in attendance often and we enjoyed his company. We are certainly grateful to them for the use of their grounds and facilities. Without their generosity we would not have a place to run our trial.

The judges who spend much time in the saddle keeping a close eye on the attention of the dogs and handlers this year were for the Amateur and Open Derby: George and Jack Kimbrell, Fort Mill, S. C.; Amateur Shooting Dog: Gary Futch and Randy Marsh, both of Statesboro, Ga. The Open Shooting Dog: Johnny Atkinson of Marion, S. C., and Grayson Francis of Brookneal, Va. Thank you to these gentlemen for their time and willingness to judge.

The drawing this year had a total of 64 dogs. We had five Amateur Derbies, twelve Amateur Shooting dogs, seven Open Derbies and forty Open Shooting dogs. It requires a lot of help as well as entries to have a successful trial.

As usual John Ray Kimbrell kept things running smoothly as the stakes manager and bird man. George and Julie Kimbrell made sure all were well feed since most restaurants were not open close. Jack Kimbrell tended to animals, assisted with scouting and anything else that was needed.

We missed Austin Sherman this year as he is now attending college and could not get away. And Mary Kimbrell got a much-deserved break but was still in attendance. THANKS to all who pitched in to help!

We always want to thank the handlers, scouts, dog owners, and visitors that came to support our Trial. We are looking forward to another successful trial next year. Hope to see you there!


We had a group of nice Derbies that showed lots of potential. The winners had good forward races, but the scent conditions were unfavorable. The winner was Bodacious May, owned and handled by Gary Futch of Statesboro, Ga. Second place was Cook’s Stevie Nicks, owned and handled by Harry Cook of Darlington, S. C.

The Amateur Shooting Dog began on Saturday morning. Clayhill Bones, pointer male owned by Bill Britt of Blythewood, S. C., and handled by Tim Ruff of Irmo, S. C., took First place. At’A Boy’s Strangle Hold,  pointer male owned and handled by George Kimbrell of Fort Mill, S. C.,  was second. Hazelwood’s Smokin Joe, pointer male owned by George Julie and Jack Kimbrell and handled by George Kimbrell, took third place.

McBee, S. C., October 28 — One Course

Judges: George Kimbrell and Jack Kimbrell

AMATEUR DERBY — 5 Pointers

1st—BODACIOUS MAY, 1692723, female, by Tide’s The Man—Hubiejuan’s Bodacious Belle. Gary A. Futch, owner and handler.

2d—COOK’S STEVIE NICKS, 1697110, female, by Stoney Run’s Buddy—Mohawk Mill Zeva. Harry W. Cook III, owner and handler.

Judges: Gary Futch and Randy Marsh


11 Pointers and 1 Setter

1st—CLAYHILL BONES, 1647930, pointer male, by Clay Hill Bopper—L F Party Girl. William J. Britt, owner; Tim Ruff, handler.

2d—AT’A BOY’S STRANGLE HOLD, 1672274, pointer male, by At’a Boy Roy—Cantor’s Star. George Kimbrell, owner and handler.

3d—HAZELWOOD’S SMOKIN JOE, 1686398, pointer male, by Double Cross Blackhawk—One White Dog. George, Julie & Jack Kimbrell, owners; George Kimbrell, handler.


We had better scenting conditions for the Open Derby. Most had bird contact.

The winner was Great River Bella, pointer female owned by Great River kennel in Central Islip, N. Y., that ran nicely for handler Jeanette Tracy. Second place, with a shorter race, went to J C L’s Hap, pointer male owned and handled by Bill Adams of Mount Holly, N. C. Third was Steel Valley Raven, pointer female with a strong, forward race but no birds Raven is owned by Harry Blaine of Traverse City, Mich., and handled by Jeanette Tracy.

The Open Shooting Dog Stake had forty entries. This stake started Tuesday morning and ended Thursday evening.

First place went to Reedy Creek Dial Tone a pointer male that had three finds, classy style and a big, strong, forward race. He showed nicely in the right places.

Second was Land Cruiser Benny, setter male handled by Jeanette Tracy and owned by Gwynne McDevitt of Newtown Square, Pa. Benney had six finds with nice style on point and a forward medium race. Third was Miller’s High Heat Index, handled by Mike Tracy and owned by Casey Hollander and Stanton Harrell, both of Blakley, Ga. The pointer male had a medium shooting dog race with two finds.

Thanks to all for another successful Field Trial. Hope to see you back next year.

Judges: George Kimbrell and Jack Kimbrell

OPEN DERBY CLASSIC — 5 Pointers and 2 Setters

1st—GREAT RIVER BELLA, 1696071, pointer female, by Miller’s Unbridled Forever—Great River Grace. Great River Kennel, owner; Jeanette Tracy, handler.

2d—J C L’S HAP, 1685668, pointer male, by Lester’s Sunny Hill Jo—Tallgrass Piper. Bill Adams, owner and handler.

3d—STEEL VALLEY RAVEN, 1696173, pointer female, by Waybetter Rocky—Steel City Karen. Harry Blaine, owner; Jeanette Tracy, handler.

Judges: John Atkinson and Grayson Francis

OPEN SHOOTING DOG [One-Hour Heats] —

30 Pointers and 10 Setters

1st—REDDY CREEK DIAL TONE, 1673570, pointer male, by Miller’s Dialing In—White Diamond Sally. Joe McHugh, owner; Mike Tracy, handler.

2d—LAND CRUISER BENNY, 1662065, setter male, by Land Cruiser Scout—Sukara’s Come Home Jessie. Gwynne McDevitt, owner; Jeanette Tracy, handler.

3d—MILLER’S HIGH HEAT INDEX, 1685674, pointer male, by Just Irresistible—Miller’s Bring The Heat. Casey Hollander & Stanton Harrell, owners; Mike Tracy, handler.






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