American Field

Field Trial Report

Bama Quail Club

By William Goodwin | Jan 10, 2022
One Day Lucky Strike, First in the Amateur Shooting Dog Stake.

Tuskegee, Ala. — The twenty-second renewal of the Bama Quail Classic began on December 2, 2021.

For the 22 years we have conducted this trial, Mr. Gary Fuller has allowed the use of his property. His generosity is greatly appreciated.

Nestle Purina PetCare has been a sponsor of this trial since the beginning. Their involvement and the support of their representative, Mr. Greg Blair, is important to our success. We thank them for their support.

Lance and Jan Servais provided breakfast during the Amateur stakes. Tommy and Connie Hicks provided a taco luncheon and Lynn Peterson arranged a catered chicken dinner on Friday night. Mark Hinote and Lyle Pittman provided shrimp for Saturday night's low country boil. Our Friday and Saturday night events were well attended and I do not believe anyone left hungry.

Club members groomed the grounds, planted birds, provided horses for the judges and performed the numerous other tasks that go with hosting a field trial. Thank you to our members for making the trial a success.


Judges for the Amateur Derby were Brian Ethridge and Robert Moorer. For first place they chose McRee’s Ritz handled by Pat McPherson. Second place was Pineywood’s Legacy, handled by Darron Hendley and third place went to Hunt’s Sargent of Arms, handled by Justin Hunt. We were a little short on amateur Derbies but these three three delivered quality performances. Thank you to the judges for their efforts.

The Amateur Shooting Dog had 27 entries for judges Brian Ethridge and Schley Rutherford to evaluate. Unfortunately, due to weather conditions, bird work was at a premium.

First place was awarded to One Day Lucky Strike, handled by Lane Hodges. Strike combined a strong race with three finds to set the standard. Second place went to Barton’s Gunfire, handled by Jesse Brown. Gunfire also ran a solid race with two finds. Third place was Sugarknoll Bushwacker, handled by Pete Del Collo. Bushwacker had a strong race and one find. Our judges set a sensible pace and were very attentive to each participant. Their decisions were well received and Bama Quail Club members are very appreciative of their efforts.

Tuskegee, Ala., December 2

Judges: Brian Etheridge and Robert Moorer

AMATEUR DERBY — 7 Pointers

1st—MCREE'S RITZ, 1695332, female, by McRee's Shrimp Tales—McRee's Glory B. Patrick E. McPherson, owner and handler.

2d—PINEYWOOD'S LEGACY, 1689944, male, by Panther Creek Merlin—Pineywood's Belle Aire. Darron C. Hendley, owner and handler.

3d—HUNT'S SARGENT OF ARMS, 1692924, male, by Miller Unfinished Business—Huntem Up Gizmo. Justin Hunt, owner and handler.

Judges: Brian Ethridge and Schely Rutherford

AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG [One-Hour Heats] — 26 Pointers and 1 Setter

1st—ONE DAY LUCKY STRIKE, 1684551, pointer male, by Heard Hill's Memory Lane—Dubose's Snow White. Lane Hodges, owner and handler.

2d—BARTON'S GUNFIRE, 1679589, pointer male, by Jesse's Cold Shoulder—Class Act Kasey. Joe Barton, owner; Jesse Brown, handler.

3d—SUGARKNOLL BUSHWACKER, 1657006, pointer male, by Sugarknoll Snow Warning—High Desert Dream. Al Dahl, owner; Pete DelCollo, handler.


Judges for the Open Stakes were Payton Gunby and Lindsay Cuming.

The Open Derby was a large stake with 22 participants. First place went to Pineywood’s Showstopper, handled by Tommy Rice III and owned by Darron Hendley. Showstopper ran a consistent forward race with three finds; the last being a limb find. Second Place was Real Thing Reba, owned and handled by Thomas Rice Jr. Reba had a good race and two finds. Third was awarded to McFay’s Dire Straits, handled by Michael Martino and owned by Cleve McFay. Dire Straits ran a big race and had one find.

The judges had twenty-entry Open Shooting Dog to evaluate. Veteran performer Miller’s Stray Bullet, handled by Joel Norman and owned by Benjy Griffith emerged as the winner. Bullet ran a classy, forward race with two finds. The last was a limb find at time. Second place was awarded to Oahe Buck, handled by Tommy Rice III and owned by Mac Stidham. Buck was the bird finder of the stake with four classy finds. Third was Southern Shadows T Rex, owned by Lance Servais and handled by Brian Peterson. Rex ran an extreme race and had two bird contacts.

Our judges gave each participant their undivided attention and rendered well thought out, popular decisions. Both of these young women traveled a pretty good distance to judge for us and they were a pleasure to have as judges. Bama Quail Club thanks you for judging our trial.

A special thank you to all participants. You keep supporting us and we cannot thank you enough. Hopefully we will see everyone right here again in 2022.

Judges: Payton Gunby and Lindsay Cuming

OPEN DERBY — 22 Entries

1st—PINEYWOOD' SHOWSTOPPER, 1689961, pointer female, by Panther Creek Merlin—Pineywood's Belle Aire. Darron Hendley, owner; Tommy Rice III, handler.

2d—REAL THING REBA, 1695584, pointer female, by Mayhaw's Perfect Storm—Erin's Miss Rosebud. Thomas Rice, Jr., owner and handler.

3d—MCFAY'S DIRE STRAITS, 1694069, pointer male, by Miller's Hennessy—Jamback's Amazing Grace. Cleve McFay, owner; Michael Martino, handler.


[One-Hour Heats] — 20 Entries

1st—MILLER'S STRAY BULLET, 1661403, pointer male, by Just Irresistible—Miller's Bring The Heat. Benjy Griffith, owner; Joel Norman, handler.

2d—OAHE BUCK, 1684188, pointer male, by Just Watch—Erin's Galway Girl. Mac Stidham & Thomas E. Rice III, owners; Tommy Rice III, handler.

3d—SOUTHERN SHADOWS T REX, 1682853, pointer male, by Skyfall—Miller's White Wall. Lance Servais, owner; Brian Peterson, handler.


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