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Ames Amateur Trial

Dialed In Wins Prestigious Ames Amateur All-Age
By Kent Walker | Jan 07, 2022
Photos by: Vera Courtney Ames Amateur All- Age Winners. Front row, from left: Matt Pendergest with Dialed In,  and Mike Small with Small's White Charger. (Missing is Dr. Fred Corder with Game Rebel.) Back row: Kent Walker, Korry Rinehart (judge), Megan Henry, Scott Little, Elton Bray (judge), and Mason Ashburn.

Grand Junction, Tenn. — What has for many years been arguably one of the most prestigious and competitive all-age events in the country, the Ames Amateur once again lived up to its storied past.

Drawing a field of 46 all-age contestants and 16 Derby entries, the trial began on Monday December 27, 2021 and concluded on Friday December 31, 2021.

This time of year in the Midsouth the weather can change dramatically. For this renewal, early morning and afternoon temperatures remained near 70°  with overcast skies throughout the entire trial. Only one half day’s running was delayed due to thunderstorms and heavy rain.

Judging this years’ renewal were Elton Bray and Korry Rinehart. Both gentlemen are no stranger to the judicial saddle. Both are excellent horsemen and ride with a keen eye to watch a bird dog.


In convincing fashion veteran eight-year-old performer Dialed In was just that. “Claire” was absolutely "dialed in" as she carded three stellar finds while laying down a strong, forward and responsive ground race under the whistle of Kentuckian Matt Pendegest.

With temperatures reaching 72°, conditions were less than favorable as she was turned loose on the first afternoon course on Thursday. Nonetheless, Claire responded with the toughness that has brought her to the winners’ circle on so many other occasions throughout her career.

Taking second place honors was Small’s White Charger for owner and handler Mike Small of Evansville, Ind.  Charger was credited with one find well to the front and a forward and searching ground race.

Third place laurels went to Game Rebel for Dr. Fred Corder.  Rebel had one limb find during his hour where he was discovered by the scout after a brief absence near the old agronomy shed as the course turned back south on the third afternoon course. After a long ride back to the call of “Point!” the handsome pointer was standing with style for wing and shot. He finished his hour well to the front at pickup.

In the companion Derby, Matt Pendergest was back in the winners’ circle once again.  This time with Awakened.  In taking first place honors, Awakened ran a good forward race carding a stylish find near the end of her brace.

Second was Phillips Linebacker for Mike Small.  Third place was awarded to a consistent winner on the derby circuit this season, Cocklebur Breaking Bad for Bubba, Amy and Colt Spencer. The second and third place dogs showed all-age potential in their ground races.

As with most trials there are many people to thank. This trial in particular has a great supporting cast. It begins with the Ames Plantation and the use of these historic grounds. Sportsman’s Pride Dog Food, which has represented this trial and others throughout the Midsouth and Region 6 for many years, stepped up again this year, donating dog food to all the winners. Their ongoing support of this trial and others is much appreciated.

Club Director Chris Weatherly of the Ames Plantation rode very brace and marshalled the trial to perfection. Ken Blackman did yeoman’s work driving the dog wagon, provided snacks between braces, assisted at road crossings and collected entry fees. I certainly owe both of these men my sincere gratitude for all their efforts.

Southern Eatery and Linda Stewart provided tasty lunches throughout the trial. And last but certainly not least, my special thanks to Vera Courtney for all the wonderful photography during this year's Ames Amateur.  Ms. Vera has been capturing photos of the Ames Amateur for seventeen years. What a great crew!

Hope to see everyone again next year.

Grand Junction, Tenn., December 27

Judges: Elton Bray and Korry Rinehart

AMATEUR ALL-AGE [One-Hour Heats] — 40 Pointers and 6 Setters

1st—DIALED IN, 1655274, pointer female, by Miller's Dialing In—Rester's Zumba Girl. Jim Pendergest, owner; Matt Pendergest, handler.

2d—SMALL'S WHITE CHARGER, 1687724, pointer male, by Phillips Off Line—Phillips North Line. Mike Small, owner and handler.

3d—GAME REBEL, 1691929, pointer male, by Dominator's Rebel Heir—Game Creek. Dr. Fred Corder, owner and handler.

AMATEUR DERBY — 13 Pointers and 3 Setters

1st—AWAKENED, 1692621, pointer female, by Touch's Grey Street—Intentional. Jim & Matt Pendergest, owners; Matt Pendergest, handler.

2d—PHILLIPS LINEBACKER, 1695679, pointer male, by Phllips Off Line—Phillips Silver Lady. Orrin Ingram & Nathan Phillips, owners; Mike Small, handler.

3d—COCKLEBUR BREAKING BAD, 1689927, pointer male, by Cocklebur King Tut—Cocklebur Regent Runaway. Bubba, Amy & Colt Spencer, owners; Bubba Spencer, handler.


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