American Field

Field Trial Report

Bama Quail Club

By William Goodwin | Jan 07, 2021
Waybetter Billy First in the Amateur Shooting Dog Stake

Tuskegee, Ala. — The twenty-first renewal of the Bama Quail Classic began on December 3. Mr. Gary Fuller has allowed us to use his property for each renewal. His generosity is greatly appreciated.

Nestle Purina PetCare has been a sponsor of this trial since the beginning and we appreciate their support. Purina representative, Mr. Greg Blair, is a pleasure to work with and is always supportive.

Jan Servias and Lynn Byrd provided lunches for the Amateur stakes. Our Florida contingent of club members, Mark Hinote and Lyle Pittman, provided hot breakfasts, and on Friday night Lyle served his famous barbecue. Saturday night was low country boil night with shrimp provided by Mark.

Winnie Martino provided great lunches for the Open Stakes. I think it is safe to say everyone enjoyed the food so thank you to chefs for excellent meals.

Club members stepped up and helped with grounds preparation, scouting and all the tasks that go with hosting a field trial. Thank you to everyone for making the trial a success.


Judges for the Amateur Derby and Amateur Shooting Dog were Marty Robinson and Anthony Martino.

The Amateur Derby drew sixteen young hopefuls. One Day La Bandita, owned by Lane Hodges, captured first place with a solid ground effort and two finds. Second place went to Shrimp Tales, owned by Pat McPherson with a good race and bird work. Third was Pineywood’s Legacy running in his first field trial. Owned by Darron Hendley, Legacy had a big ground race and bird contacts.

For the Amateur Shooting Dog, out of 28 entries, judges selected Waybetter Billy owned by Tom Brigman, as the winner. Billy had his usual strong ground race and three quality finds. Second place went to another consistent performer, Lester’s Prime Poison Lane for Brian Peterson. "Rip" ran a consistent ground race with four finds. Third place was award to Lester’s Top Recruit, owned by Lance Servias with a solid ground effort and excellent bird work.

Thank you to our judges. They maintained a consistent pace and closely observed every dog giving each participant their opportunity. Their decisions were well received.

Tuskegee, Ala., December 3

Judges: Anthony Martino and Marty Robinson

AMATEUR DERBY — 16 Pointers

1st—ONE DAY LA BANDITA, 1684577, female, by Heard Hill’s Memory Lane—Dubose’s Snow White. Lane Hodges, owner and handler.

2d—MCREE’S SHRIMIP TALES, 1684684, male, by Burnt Corn Mr. Hoss—McRee’s Perfect Posture. Patrick E. McPherson, owner and handler.

3d—PINEYWOOD’S LEGACY, 1689944, male, by Panther Creek Merlin—Pineywood’s Belle Aire. Darron C. Hendley, owner and handler.


26 Pointers and 2 Setters

1st—WAYBETTER BILLY, 1652782, pointer male, by Brown’s Tom Tom—Waybetter Reba. Thomas Brigman, owner and handler.

2d—LESTER’S PRIME POISON LANE, 1652018, pointer male, by Lester’s Snowatch—Lady’s Southern Charm. Brian Peterson, owner and handler.

3d—LESTER’S TOP RECRUIT, 1681841, pointer male, by Lester’s Sunny Hill Jo—Rivertons Funseeker Riley. Lance Servais, owner and handler.


Judges for the Open Derby and Open Shooting Dog were Jim Crayne and Chris Sellers. We thank them for their efforts. They carefully watched each participant and delivered well received decisions.

The Open Derby also had sixteen participants. First place was awarded to Twin Willow Ice, owned and handled by Hunter McDuffie. "Kat" ran a good race with a strong finish and had two finds. Second  was C S Romeo owned by Tony Gibson and handled by Bo Brewer. Rick had a good race and two finds. Third place went to Sunbelt’s Repete. Pete’s race was strong and he had one find.

The Open Shooting Dog had twenty entries. With a smooth forward ground race and one find and a back, the winer was Panther Creek Gunsmoke, owned and handled by Frank Rutland. Second place was awarded to C S Trump, owned by Tony and Becky Gibson and handled by Bo Brewer. Trump had a find and a smooth race. Third was Red owned by Joe Varner and handled by Michael Martino. Red had two stylish finds.

There are a field trial folks out there that have supported this trial for all twenty-one years. We thank you and all of the handlers/owners that entered dogs. You helped make this trial a success.

Also, this was our first year as a member of Southern Bird Hunters Association and we thank them for their efforts.

We look forward to hosting a successful field trial in 2021.

Judges: Jim Crayne and Chris Sellers

OPEN DERBY — 15 Pointers and 1 Setter

1st—TWIN WILLOW ICE, 1692748, pointer female, by Walden’s Keen Ice—Walden’s Ridge Country Girl. Hunter McDuffie, owner and handler.

2d—C S ROMEO, 1692317, pointer male, by Dunn’s Tried’n True—Rester’s Redial. Tony Gibson, owner; Bo Brewer, handler.

3d—SUNBELT’S REPETE, 1692345, pointer male, by Hillhavyn’s Drug Runner—Hillhavyn’s Runaway Lucy. Don Price, owner; Michael Martino, handler.


[One-Hour Heats] — 16 Pointers and 4 Setters

1st—PANTHER CREEK GUNSMOKE, 1668188, pointer male, by Talloakas Lane Change—Osceola Patty Cake. Frank Rutland, owner and handler.

2d—C S TRUMP, 1664375, setter male, by Silver Castle’s King—Silver Castle’s Queen. Tony & Becky Gibson, owners; Bo Brewer, handler.

3d—RED, unreg., setter male, breeding not given. Joe Varner, owner; Michael Martino, handler.


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