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Field Trial Report

Black Belt Field Trial Association

By Woody Watson | Feb 08, 2018
Open All-Age Winners. From front left: Mark McLean, Cody McLean with Touch’s Mega Mike, Billy Wayne Morton with Mercer Mill Moon and Judd Carlton with Dominator’s Rebel Heir. Standing: Judge John Burrow, James Parker, Judge John Fuller, Gary Futch, Rick Furney, Sarah Shwartz, Jack Shwartz, Carole Sholar, Eddie Sholar and Jamie Daniels.

Ochlocknee, Ga. — The Blackbelt Open All-Age and Open Derby concluded November 10 at Burnt Branch Plantation near Thomasville, Ga. We had a banner entry of 56 all-age contenders and 20 Derbies for this highly contested qualifying stake.

Burnt Branch Plantation was the host site and many thanks to Eddie Sholar for allowing use of these grounds. The place was in excellent condition with all mowing and stripping complete before the start of the trial. Birds were plentiful and most all entries had multiple covey finds. Many thanks also to manager Greg Sheppard and his crew for the job they did to accommodate all handlers and have the place ready this early in the season. James Parker, along with Ashley Sheppard and Jerica, helped by providing excellent lunches at the picnic grounds each day of the running and also provided coffee and breakfast in the mornings. The judges stayed in the main lodge and enjoyed great evening meals and drinks.

Judging this year’s running were Mr. John Burrow of South Fulton, Tenn., and Mr. John Fuller of Lloyd, Fla. Both of these men have many years of experience with bird dogs and we were very thankful to have them join us. They were both a pleasure to be around and their decisions were well received.

Taking first place in the All-Age with a superior performance witnessed by many was Touch’s Mega Mike, first year dog handled by Mark McLean and owned by Eddie Sholar and Ted Dennard. Mike appeared in the 18th brace and was all business from the time he was turned loose. He continuously made deep forward casts and was rewarded with three finds far to the front. Mike always seemed to be in the cover and never took the easy path. A great finish punctuated what many thought was championship caliber. Second place also with a commendable effort was pointer male Mercer Mill Moon, handled by Billy Wayne Morton. Moon ran late in the 27th brace and ran the hot afternoon course to the extreme with four stylish finds and a good finish. Placed third was Dominator’s Rebel Heir, owned by Jim Hamilton and handled by Jamie Daniels. Reb ran in the 18th brace and took advantage of the last afternoon course with three beautiful finds and a good ground effort. The quality of the stake with the dogs running was outstanding. There were many others that had impressive performances that the judges took notice of and could have won on most days.

The companion Open Derby was judged by John Burrow and Greg Sheppard. Awarded first was Wild Hawk, pointer male owned by Mike Moses and handled by Judd Carlton. Hawk had an extreme race with two nice finds. Second was Hendrix’s Zip Ty, handled by Tommy Davis, and third went to Erin’s Copper River, handled by Luke Eisenhart.

The Blackbelt Club wishes to thank all owners and handlers for their entries and hopes all will come again with continued support.

Ochlocknee, Ga., November 6

Judges: John Burrow and John Fuller

OPEN ALL-AGE [One-Hour Heats] — 52 Pointers and 4 Setters

1st—TOUCH’S MEGA MIKE, 1669609, pointer male, by House’s Ring of Fire—Touch’s Blaylock Bess. Eddie Sholar & Ted Dennard, owners; Mark McLean, handler.

2d—MERCER MILL MOON, 1654888, pointer male, by House’s White Hawk—Old Line. Mercer Mill Plantation, owner; Billy Wayne Morton, handler.

3d—DOMINATOR’S REBEL HEIR, 1654881, pointer male, by Rivertons Funseek’n Scooter—Pearl Again. Jim Hamilton, owner; Jamie Daniels, handler.

Judges: John Burrow and Greg Sheppard

OPEN DERBY — 18 Pointers and 2 Setters

1st—WILD HAWK, 1666142, pointer male, by Whippoorwill Wild Agin—Sparrowhawk. Mike Moses, owner; Judd Carlton, handler.

2d—HENDRIX’S ZIP TY, 1671556, pointer male, by Dunn’s Tried’n True—Hendrix’s Tri Tide. Burke & Guy Hendrix, owners; Tommy Davis, handler.

3d—ERIN’S COPPER RIVER, 1671029, pointer male, by Erin’s Whiskey River—Erin’s Amy. Auddie Brown, owner; Luke Eisenhart, handler.

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