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Field Trial Report

Buck-Tuck Open Trials

By Betty Shearouse | Jan 15, 2020
Open All-Age Winners. From left: Perry Fesmire, Guy Hendrix with Hendrix’s Touch Up, Brad Kennedy, judge; Rachel Blackwell with Coldwater Thunder, Billy Blackwell, Matt Cochran with Lowrider Frank, Allen Vincent and David Russell.

Holly Springs, Miss. — The Buck-Tuck All-Age Qualifier and Derby were delayed a day due to weather and started December 11, and the first brace was delayed 30 minutes due to a light dusting of snow.

The trial was held on the Hendrix Farm in Holly Springs, Miss. Guy and Burke Hendrix host several amateur trials, an open shooting dog trial and an open all-age trial on the Hendrix Farm.

Sportsman’s Pride was the main sponsor of the field trial and we would like to thank Brad Kennedy for everything he does for our sport.

The Sellers provided delicious lunches and desserts each day. Guy Hendrix and Perry Fesmire drove the dog wagon and made sure that everyone had water and snacks. Larry Huffman  marshalled both the All-Age and Derby.

Three one-hour courses were laid out on approximately 2,000 acres. The three courses have yielded approximately the same number of winners over time and in this trial the top three each had a different course. The grounds require a dog to handle and test its ability to stay to the front.

Betty Shearouse of Kimball, Tenn., and Brad Kennedy of Red Bay, Ala., were the judges for the All-Age Stake. Daniel Bolden of Holly Springs, Miss., and Brad Kennedy judged the Derby. Twenty-seven dogs were drawn to compete in the All-Age Stake and fourteen  for the Derby.


The winner of the Open All-Age was Hendrix’s Touch Up which ran on the first course and was braced with Coldwater Odyssey, handled by Weldon Bennett. Touch Up was found standing in a food plot at 5 with Odyssey backing. Odyssey was picked up.  Touch Up scored a second find in the cedars at the catch pen. He continued on smoothly to the front, showing in each of the fields. His third find came at 45. He moved along the edge with style and speed and was rewarded with his final find at the end of long bottom.

Earning second was Coldwater Thunder, handled by Billy Blackwell. Thunder was braced with S F Mapleleaf, handled by Allen Vincent on course No. 2. Thunder was found standing in a food plot by the scout at 15. She was found by the scout after pickup at the course No. 3 breakaway. Third was Lowrider Frank, handled by Allen Vincent on the third course braced with Whippoorwill Vette, handled by Larry Huffman. Both dogs ran the big bottoms of course No. 3 nicely and to the front. Frank had a find at 50 near the shed where course No. 2 passes.

Winner of the Derby that followed was Redeemed, handled by owner Jim Pendergest. Bonner’s Bulletproof, handled by Gary Lester, earned second. S S S Stormy, handled by Allen Vincent, placed third.

Holly Springs, Miss., December 11

Judges: Brad Kennedy and Betty Shearouse

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

and 2 Setters

1st—HENDRIX’S TOUCH UP, 1681400, pointer male, by Pleasant Run Bob—House’s Wild Bess Again. Burke & Guy Hendrix, owners; Burke Hendrix, handler.

2d—COLDWATER THUNDER, 1655558, pointer female, by Coldwater Warrior—Thunder Bess. B. K. & Rachel Blackwell, Doug Arthur & David Russell, owners; Billy Blackwell, handler.

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

Judges: Daniel Bolden and Brad Kennedy

OPEN DERBY — 14 Pointers

1st—REDEEMED, 1682542, pointer male, by Reloaded—Dialed In. Jim Pendergest, owner and handler.

2d—BONNER’S BULLETPROOF, 1683585, pointer male, by Miller’s Speed Dial—Miller’s Martha White. Derek Bonner, owner; Gary Lester, handler.

3d—S S S STORMY, 1684479, pointer female, by Chelsea’s Thunder—S S S Jill. Dr. James Mills, owner; Allen Vincent, handler.



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