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Field Trial Report

Buck-Tuck Qualifier

By Elton Bray | Jan 12, 2021
All-Age Winners. From left: Steve Hurdle, Brad Kennedy, Korry Rinehart with Dakota Nation, Judge Harold Johnson, Nick Thompson with Nosam's Sweetwater, Larry Huffman, Lily Hendrix, and another young supporter.

Laws Hill, Miss. — The 2020 renewal of the Buck Tuck Qualifier was concluded December 30. This was the 5th year Hendrix Farms in Laws Hills, Miss., was the venue for this National qualifier.

The Hendrixes are a very gracious supporters of our great sport and welcome all to their facility and grounds.  They have done lots of work over the past several years getting their property in tip top shape for champions to be developed and compete. Birds were plentiful, which made for a highly successful trial.

A big thank you goes out to Sunshine Mills (Sportsman's Pride) for their continued support and sponsorship, as well as their representative, Brad Kennedy.  Brad was on horseback each brace and assisted with the marshaling duties.

Others helping marshal were Burke Hendrix, Joey McAlexander and Jonathan Burch. Guy Hendrix oversaw the dog wagon duties and does a spectacular job. The box lunches were provided each day by Chris Sellers and his wife, Cindy.  With the cooler temperatures, the warm lunches each day were well received and much appreciated.

The judicial responsibilities for the All-Age Stake were Harold Johnson, Shorter, Ala., and Cecil Rester, Angie, La.  Assisting Johnson with the Derby was Eddy Taylor, Red Banks, Miss.  These gentlemen are to be commended for their time and efforts spend in the saddle.


Taking top honors in the All-Age Stake was Dakota Nation, four-year-old pointer male, owned by Ted Roach of Union Springs, Ala., and his mother, Julie Roach of Fort Wayne, Ind.  He is handled by Steve Hurde. Nation was braced in the 9th with Whippoorwill Wild Assault, handled by Larry Huffman.  Nation scored one find at 43 nearing the John Barlow house.  His forward consistent smooth pace helped him take the win.

Second was awarded to Nosam’s Sweet Water, owned by Jeff Busby of Millsap, Tex., and handled by Larry Huffman. The three-year-old, pointer male scored two finds and was unsuccessful once.  Sweet Water competed in the 12th brace with Erin’s Tie Breaker, handled by Steve Hurdle. His strong gait and rapport with his handler helped him get a spot.

Coming in third was three-year-old, pointer male, Hendrix’s Touch Up, handled by Steve Hurdle and owned by Burke Hendrix of Hernando, Miss. He was awarded one nice find and stayed classy and strongly inclined the entire hour. Touch up was paired with Heisman, handled by Mike Hester in the brace No. 14.

Laws Hill, Miss., December 27

Judges: Harold Johnson and Cecil Rester

OPEN ALL-AGE [One-Hour Heats] — 3 Pointers and 34 Setters

1st—DAKOTA NATION, 1674370, pointer male, by Erin’s Full Throttle—My Minnie. Ted & July Roach, owners; Steve Hurdle, handler.

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

3d—HENDRIX’S TOUCH UP, 1681400, pointer male, by Pleasant Run Bob—House’s Wild Bess Again. Burke Hendrix, owner; Steve Hurdle, handler.

Judges: Harold Johnson and Eddy Taylor

OPEN DERBY — 9 Pointers and 2 Setters

1st—BARSHOE FORGET ME NOT, 1692349, pointer female, by Whippoorwill Justified—Greypointe Invierna. Robert Gumm, owner; Allen Vincent, handler.

2d—COMO THUNDER, 1687714, pointer male, by Skyfall—Catch Me Dot. B. K. & Rachel Blackwell, Doug Arthur & David Russell, owner; David Russell, handler.

3d—BURCH’S SET EM UP JOE, 1689029, pointer male, by Skyfall—Burch’s Miss Belle. Jonathan Burch, owner and handler.





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