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Field Trial Report

Ames Amateur Field Trial Club

By Kent Walker | Jan 11, 2021
Ames Amateur All-Age Winner. In foreground, three-time Ames All-Age winner Misty Morn Masked Man shown by scout Jonathan Burch. Standing, from left: Billy Blackwell, Bobby, Joey and Elise McAlexander; Brad Kennedy, Jeremy Taylor and David Russell. Behind: Ryan Braddock and Dr. Rick Carlisle.

Grand Junction, Tenn. — “The Masked Man Rides Again  . . ."

For an unprecedented third year in a row, Misty Morn Masked Man captured the coveted Ames Amateur All-Age title. Owned by Joey McAlexander and scouted by Jonathan Burch, “Tonto” carded two mannerly finds in his hour to go with a well-handled front-running race to best a field of notable contenders. With the second find coming just seconds before pickup, and after a brief absence, the scout found the five-year-old white and orange pointer buried up in dense cover. Indeed, an anxious moment that was rewarded as birds lifted around the dog at flush.

Gaining second place honors was Touch’s Grey Street, owned and handled by Keith Wright of Indiana. Grey Street had one find during his hour and a strong forward race. At just four years of age and already a champion several times, his performance at Ames solidified his winning ways.

Third place laurels went to Coldwater Paradise for her fond owner Gary McKibben of Hernando, Miss. Paradise ran a smooth front running race and was credited with one game contact during her hour.

Judging this years’ renewal were Scott Little and Ross Leonard. My thanks to these gentlemen who rode and evaluated the field of 36 contenders.

The trial began on Monday, December 28, and concluded with the Derby on Friday, January 1, 2021 after postponing the Derby start on Thursday due to forecasted heavy rains and falling temperatures. On Thursday temperatures and wind chills near freezing accompanied nearly a five-inch rain at the Ames Plantation. On Friday the Derby field of eighteen contenders was released under sloppy, muddy and windy conditions.

Winning the Derby was Mike Small’s promising new star, Small’s White Charger. Charger ran a strong forward race and carded one dug up find in a wooded ditch bank with all in order. Second place went to Como Thunder for handler David Russell. Thunder, who has been a consistent winner for David this year, was placed on ground race. Taking third place honors was River City Blackhawk. “Hawk” was also placed on ground performance as he made several showy casts for his handler Kent Walker of Collierville, Tenn.

Judging the field of Derby contenders were Jeremy Taylor and Brad Kennedy. Both gentlemen have a keen eye for evaluating all-age potential in a bird dog and my thanks to them.

With any trial it takes a lot of organization and help to get things done. For this trial I want to personally thank Ken Blackman for driving the dog wagon, providing snacks and most importantly collecting entry fees. Everything ran smoothly and without delay. What a huge help!

My thanks also go out to Ryan Braddock of the Ames Plantation who rode every brace in marshalling the trial, and to Dr. Rick Carlisle who joined us on Friday to marshal the Derby courses.

Delicious, specially packaged hot meals were catered every day by Chris and Cindy Sellers.

Lastly, my thanks to our faithful sponsor Sportsman’s Pride dog food and their representative Brad Kennedy for their support of this trial and others throughout the Midsouth Amateur Field Trial Association.

Grand Junction, Tenn., December 28

Judges: Ross Leonard and Scott Little

AMATEUR ALL-AGE [One-Hour Heats] —

36 Pointers and 1 Setter

1st—MISTY MORN MASKED MAN,1 667341, pointer male, by Miller’s Dialing In—Mac’s Inspiration. Joey McAlexander, owner and handler.

2d—TOUCH’S GREY STREET, 1680120, pointer male, by Touch’s Knight Rider—Touch’s White Assault. Keith Wright, owner and handler.

3d—COLDWATER PARADISE, 1684062, pointer female, by Coldwater Spectre—Coldwater Belle. Gary McKibben, owner and handler.

Judges: Brad Kennedy and Jeremy Taylor

AMATEUR DERBY — 17 Pointers and 1 Setter

1st—SMALL’S WHITE CHARGER, 1687724, pointer male, by Phillips Off Line—Phillips North Line. Mike Small, owner and handler.

2d—COMO THUNDER, 1687714, pointer male, by Skyfall—Catch Me Dot. B. K. & Rachel Blackwell, Doug Arthur & David Russell, owners; David Russell, handler.

3d—RIVER CITY BLACKHAWK, 1688099, pointer male, by Game On—River City Dancer. Kent Walker, owner and handler.


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