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Bama Quail Youth Field Trial

By Darron Hendley | Feb 07, 2020
The Winners. Front (l-r): Mindy and Addison McDuffie with Dot, Reese Green with Blaze and Braden Renfroe with Pete. Standing: Hunter McDuffie, Tommy Traylor, Kay Traylor, Darron Hendley, Justin Green, Mike Green, and Judges Bailey Pierce and Murphy Renfroe.

The 2019 Bama Quail Youth Field Trial was held Sunday, December 8, on the Bama Quail Field Trial grounds near Tuskegee, Ala.

Members of the Bama Quail Club have  graciously supported this youth trial for over seventeen years. This year was no different. Every dog had bird contact over the three consecutives 20-minute courses. That makes it a lot of fun for the youngsters!

The ground was wet from the previous day’s rain. The air was cool and seasonal as the first brace was turned loose shortly after a healthy lunch prepared by Mrs. Jan Servais.

Judging was a Bullock County born couple now engaged to be married and residing near Blakely, Ga., Murphy Renfroe and Bailey Pierce. They rode very attentively and made it fun and exiting for the kids. After the trial they congratulated each of the youngsters for a job well done.

The young handlers included Ella Grace Montgomery and Reese Green of Union Springs, Braden Renfroe of Banks, Ala., Presley Graham of Shorter, Ala., Taylor Roberts of Selma, Ala., and Addison McDuffie of Cecil, Ala. Eleven dogs were entered.

Taking first place was a pretty pointer named Dot, handled by Addison McDuffie. Dot took second here last year. Addison’s dad scouted and her mother Mindy and grand-parents Tommy “Da” Traylor and Kay “Ma” Traylor were present to cheer her on.  Second was awarded to Reese Green for Blaze. Reese was hot off a big win in the Southern Field Trial Club’s inaugural youth trial in Georgia. Reese had a strong contingent backing her with dad Justin scouting and granddad Mike coaching! Third went to Pete, handled by Braden Renfroe, an impressive 13-year-old who is showing a lot of interest in bird dogs and horses. He is a good horseman and has a confident easy going way about him. We hope he keeps up his winning ways! Everyone had a good time.

The families of these youngsters should be commended for their support and encouragement of these exceptional children. In this age of technology and sedentary urban lifestyles, it is a rare treat to see a youngster who can ride a horse, shoot a gun and handle a dog all at the same time! We hope they will help continue this great tradition.

Many thanks to all who helped with the trial. Tommy Traylor handled the dog wagon duties. Jack and Fran Miller of Barwick, Ga., donated wonderful prizes for all the young handlers. Their heavy-duty leather tack will last and be remembered for a lifetime. Jack and Fran never miss the opportunity to help out a kids’ trial.

Billy Gholston of Fitzpatrick, Ala., provided  hand-made, durable engraved leather pistol holsters as prizes. Thank you, Billy. Purina donated samples of ProPlan dog food that is greatly appreciated. The field trial community is forever indebted to the unselfish support Purina provides.

The Bama Quail Club wishes to thank the family members and friends who encourage and support these young bird dog enthusiasts. Each year a $1,000 college scholarship grant is awarded in memory of Miss Hartley Carter to the youth handler who accumulates the most points in qualified Alabama youth trials.

Our annual fundraiser is during the National Amateur Free-for-All Championship starting February 22 in Union Springs. We will have some great items to auction off. If you would like to help promote youth field trials, please contact Darron Hendley at (334) 300-5836.

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