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Field Trial Report

Benton County Open All-Age

By Piper Huffman | Jan 13, 2020
Open All-Age Winners. In foreground, from left: Nick Thompson with Whippoorwill Vette, Larry Huffman with Nosam’s Sweet Water and Matt Cochran with Lowrider Frank. Standing: Derek Bonner, Steve Towery, Gary Lester, William Smith, judge; Allen Vincent and Scott Griffin.

Michigan City, Miss. — The Benton County Open All-Age  and companion Open Derby were held at Whippoorwill Farm December 7-11. Twenty-five all-age contenders were drawn, and a nice entry of 24 Derbies.

Larry Huffman, with the help of Earl Connolly of Memphis, Tenn., had the grounds in mint condition for the trial which takes a lot of time and hard work.

A special thank you to Mr. Connolly  for all he does to help at Whippoorwill.

Whippoorwill Farm consists of 1,800 acres, every bit of which is farmed for bobwhite quail.

The first few days of the trial scenting conditions were difficult as it was so dry, then it rained overnight making for better conditions and more birds pointed. The last day of the Derby the weather changed drastically, with bitter cold temperatures, ice and snow.

Larry makes sure all aspects of the trial are taken care of and this made for a successful trial. Dr. Jack Huffman took charge of the dog wagon. Benton County provided lunches for everyone.

William Smith of Moscow, Tenn.,  and Steve Towery of Fulton, Ky., occupied the judicial saddles. We cannot thank them enough for their time and efforts.

A trial cannot go on without judges, landowners and our official sponsor, Purina. Thank you to each and every one for making this a successful event.

Purina is greatly appreciated for their sponsorship and providing dog feed for all the winners.

The Winners

Whippoorwill Vette, young first year contender, won first place in the All-Age in dramatic fashion for handler Larry Huffman and owner Earl Connolly. Vette is by 2016 National Champion Whippoorwill Justified. The white and liver pointer male put down a strong, reaching race that was solid from start to finish. His classy style and performance kept you high in the saddle.

At the halfway mark, Vette pointed to the far front in a feed patch displaying perfect manners and handsome high style for wing and shot. He rendered a forward ground pattern, seen on some nice big casts and finishing as strong as his hour bid.

Nosam’s Sweet Water took second  for handler Larry Huffman and owner Jeff Busby of Milsap, Tex. The white and orange pointer male is full of snap and moves with a high cracking tail  and is fun to watch. His hour showed quickness and speed with a forward strong ground race. At 32 he scored on a nice find with impeccable manners and high style for wing and shot. He stayed to the front with an easy quickness the entire hour with a nice finish.

Seasoned white and liver pointer male Lowrider Frank for Allen Vincent and owner Dr. Jim Mills and Steve Lightle of Searcy, Ark., placed third. He was a strong contender to the first and second placed dogs. He ran a good race covering the country with ease exhibiting class and style throughout the hour. He scored on one handsomely styled find by the lake with perfect manners for wing and shot. His performance was solid the whole hour with a forward finish.

In the Benton County Derby, Knight Moon took first place for handler Ike Todd and owner Scott Griffin of Camden, S. C. He impressed with a strong race, popping out ahead every time. He chalked up a good find standing staunchly with high style in a food plot, displaying excellent manners for wing and shot. He finished nicely to the front.

Lester’s Stem Winder placed second for owner-handler Gary Lester of Gracey, Ky. Stem Winder put forth a forward well directed race. His performance was solid from start to finish.

Pointer female Raw Law Sugar Trouble took third for handler Mike Hester and owners Russell and LouAnn Williams of Mayesville, S. C. Sugar Trouble ran with purpose, rendering a good 30-minute ground race.

Michigan City, Miss., December 7

Judges: Steve Towery and William Smith

OPEN ALL-AGE [One-Hour Heats] — 25 Pointers

1st—WHIPPOORWILL VETTE, 1682323, male, by Whippoorwill Justified—S J Kentucky Sue. Earl Connolly, owner; Larry Huffman, handler.

2d—NOSAM’S SWEET WATER, 1682042, male, by Whippoorwill Mayhem—House’s House Fly. Jeff Busby, owner; Larry Huffman, handler.

3d—LOWRIDER FRANK, 1650933, male, by Miller’s Happy Jack—Fairchase Jiggs. Dr. Jim Mills & Steve Lightle, owner; Allen Vincent, handler.

OPEN DERBY — 24 Pointers

1st—KNIGHT MOON, 1687204, male, by Mercer Mill Moon—Morton’s Carolina Rose. Scott Griffin, owner; Ike Todd, handler.

2d—LESTER’S STEM WINDER, 1686991, male, by Lester’s Sunny Hill Jo—Beane’s Line Dancer. Gary Lester, owner and handler.

3d—RAW LAW SUGAR TROUBLE, 1682244, female, by Sugarknoll War Paint—Cock’n’fire Little Troubles. Russell A. & LouAnn H. Williams, owners; Mike Hester, handler.

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