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Field Trial Report

Ames Amateur Trial

By Kent Walker | Feb 12, 2018
Amateur Derby Winners. Front (l-r): Elton Bray with Hendrix’s Dak Attack, Gary McKibben with Coldwater Splendor and Rich Boumeester with Boumeester’s Duramax. Behind: Joe Hughes and Greg Bain, the judges; Jonathan Burch, Kent Walker, Ken Blackman, Steeple Bell and Ryan Braddock.

Grand Junction, Tenn. — Frigid temperatures that swept the Mid-South and surrounding areas pushed back the start of the Ames Amateur slated to begin New Years’ Day, 2018.

Sub zero wind chills forecast for the area caused many entries to cancel just prior to the drawing. An intended field of 50 all-age and fourteen Derby entries dwindled to 32 and nine. The running was pushed back to Wednesday, January 3, for the start to avoid the absolute bitterness of the cold on Monday and Tuesday where morning wind chills fell to -4°. On Wednesday, the temperature was 20° for the 8:00 a. m. start.

Throughout the trial wind chills remained in the teens for the morning braces with slight warming for the afternoon sessions. A tough week for field trialing.

Accepting an early assignment to judge this year’s event were Greg Bain and Joe Hughes, both from Alabama. Greg, who judged last year’s stakes as well, brings a veteran’s knowledge in evaluating an all-age bird dog. Like Greg, Joe Hughes has raised and trained his own string of dogs that he campaigns throughout the Mid-South. Both gentlemen are excellent horsemen and rode attentively throughout the trial in tough conditions. Their decisions were well thought out and accepted by all. My thanks to both these guys.

Under these extreme conditions bird work was at a premium with only nine covey contacts by the dogs made in the three days with only a few others seen.

Coming out on top in this year’s All- Age Stake was Phillips Off Line,  five- year-old pointer owned by Nathan Phillips and handled by Mike Small. Off Line ran in the last brace of the day on Wednesday. During his hour he carded three well-spaced finds to go with a strong forward race.

Gaining second place honors was Bad Prairie’s Billboard for Quintin Wiseman. Billboard ran in the first brace of the trial in bitter cold conditions to record two finds and one unproductive.

Third place laurels went to Keith Wright’s consistent winner Touch’s Smooth Rider which recorded one mannerly find to go with with a smooth forward race.

Winning this year’s Derby was Hendrix’s Dak Attack, handled by Jonathan Burch. Dak ran a strong forward ground race to best the field. Placed second was Coldwater Splendor for Gary McKibben. Splendor had a smooth run with one contact on quail. Third went to Boumeester’s Duramax for Rich Boumeester. Max, like the other winners, showed great all-age potential.

There are several folks who I want to thank for pitching in at the last minute.

Ken Blackman drove our dog wagon and provided hot drinks and snacks in the absence of Joe Walker who was home recovering from the flu.

Ryan Braddock of Ames Plantation stepped in to brave the cold and take solo marshal duty every brace in the absence of Chris Weatherly and Kent  Walker. Chris was home tending to his wife Amy’s illness, Kent still recovering from a horse incident a few weeks earlier.

Tonya Brotherton took time from her responsibilities at the Bird Dog Museum to secure the catering for the trial which was provided by Southern Eatery of nearby Holly Springs, Miss. As always, Vera Courtney was on hand to assist at road crossings and take photos of the running. Sportsman’s Pride Dog Food once again provided sponsorship to the club and dog food to the winners. Their contribution to this trial and others throughout the Mid-South Association is most appreciated.

Lastly, my thanks to Dr. Rick Carlisle and his crew for their support of this trial at the Ames Plantation for so many years.

Next year, better weather! See you then.

Grand Junction, Tenn., January 3

Judges: Greg Bain and Joe Hughes

AMATEUR ALL-AGE [One-Hour Heats] — 28 Pointers and 4 Setters

1st—PHILLIPS OFF LINE, 1656000, pointer male, by Phillips Warning Line—Phillips Bottom Line. Nathan Phillips, owner; Mike Small, handler.

2d—BAD PRAIRIE’S BILLBOARD, 1665529,  pointer male, by Phantom’s Slimbucktoo—Ringafire’s Moonshine. Quintin & Tasha Wiseman, owners; Quintin Wiseman, handler.

3d—TOUCH’S SMOOTH RIDER, 1661245, pointer male, by Touch’s Knight Rider—Burrow’s Sinbad Lady. K. A. Wright, owner and handler.

AMATEUR DERBY — 9 Entries

1st—HENDRIX’S DAK ATTACK, 1671555, pointer male, by Dunn’s Tried’n True—Hendrix’s Tri Tide. Burke Hendrix, owner; Jonathan Burch, handler.

2d—COLDWATER SPLENDOR, 1675693, pointer male, by Coldwater Warrior—Tibbs Avatar. Weldon Bennett, owner; Gary McKibben, handler.

3d—BOUMEESTER’S DURAMAX, 1669447, pointer male, by Erin’s Redrum—Bar P Fizz. Rich Boumeester, owner and handler.

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