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Field Trial Report

Benton County Open All-Age

By Piper Huffman | Jan 12, 2021
Open All-Age Winners.In foreground, from left:  Nick Thompson with Whippoorwill Justified, Gary McKibben with Coldwater Spectre, Weldon Bennett, Larry Huffman with Nosam's Sweet Water, and Dr. Jack Huffman. Standing: William Smith, Judges Daniel Bolden and Buster Tucker.

Michigan City, Miss. — The Benton County Open All-Age was held at Whippoorwill Farm December 5. Twenty-two all-age contenders were drawn and sixteen Derbies.

Whippoorwill Farm consists of 1,800 acres, every bit of which farmed for bobwhite quail. A good number of birds were moved throughout the three days of running.

Larry Huffman had the gorunds in mint condition for the trial which takes a lot of time and hard work. Larry makes sure all aspects of the trial are taken care of and this made for a successful renewal.

Earl Connolly took charge of the dog wagon. Benton County provided lunches for everyone.

Buster Tucker of Berea, Ky., and Daniel Bolden of Holly Springs, Miss., rode 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.


Whippoorwill Justified won first place with dramatic fashion for handler Larry Huffman and owner Ronnie Spears. He put down a strong reaching race that was solid from start to finish. His classy style and performance kept you high in the saddle. Each time he was pointed out it was to the far front. He chalked up three extremely handsome finds in his hour, displaying perfect manners on all of them. He had an unproductive as well.

Coldwater Spectre took second place honors for handler Weldon Bennett and owner Gary McKibben. Spectre had a solid hour with a big classy race showing style as he covered the ground. He sored on one good find with excellent manners standing like a statue for wing and shot. His finish was as strong and his start.

Nosam’s Sweet Water, handled by Larry Huffman and owned by Jeff Busby of Millsap, Tex., placed third. "Little Mike" ran a snappy animated race showing a high cracking tail and jump. His race was strong and forward. He scored on four well executed pieces of bird work with high style and excellent manners.

In the Benton County Derby, Touch’s Walk The Line took first place for handler Ike Todd and owner Keith Wright of Covington, Ind. He impressed with a strong race popping out to the front every time. He chalked up a good find standings staunch with high style in a food plot displaying excellent manners for wing and shot. He finished nicely to the front.

Game Rebel was named second for handler Ike Todd and owner Dr. Fred Corder of Corinth, Miss. Rebel put forth a forward well directed race. His performance was solid from start to finish. He scored on one nice piece of bird work, displaying a high style and excellent manners.

Como Rain took third place for handler and owners Billy Blackwell, Rachael and David Russell, and Doug Arthur of Memphis, Tenn. Rain ran with purpose, rendering a nice ground race in his 30-minute bid.

Michigan City, Miss., December 5

Judges: Daniel Bolden and Buster Tucker

OPEN ALL-AGE [One-Hour Heats] — 22 Pointers

1st—WHIPPOORWILL JUSTIFIED, 1656011, male, by Whippoorwill Wild Agin—Sparkles. Ronnie Spears, owner; Larry Huffman, handler.

2d—COLDWATER SPECTRE, 1671179, male, by Ransom—Coldwater Snow. Gary McKibben, owner; Weldon Bennett, handler.

3d—NOSAM’S SWEET WATER, 1682042, male, by Whippoorwill Mayhem—House’s House Fly. Jeff Busby, owner; Larry Huffman, handler.

OPEN DERBY — 16 Pointers

1st—TOUCH’S WALK THE LINE, 1692248, male, by House’s Ring of Fire—Touch’s Lemon Drop. Keith Wright, owner; Ike Todd, handler.

2d—GAME REBEL, 1691929, male, by Dominator’s Rebel Heir—Game Creek. Dr. Fred Corder, owner; Ike Todd, handler.

3d—COMO RAIN, 1687713, male, by Skyfall—Catch Me Dot. B. K. & Rachel Blackwell, Doug Arthur & David Russell, owners; Billy Blackwell, handler.





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