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Central Carolina Amateur Field Trial

By Sammy and Nida Giddens | Jan 05, 2018
Amateur Derby Winners. From front left: Gary Winall with Arcanum’s Lady Pirate, Ellen Clements with Stoney Run’s Spector and John Outlaw with Raincrow Rip. Standing: Jack Kimbrell, Barbel Fetkoter, Dennis Snyder, G. B. Hatcher, Judges George Kimbrell and Don Garris; Gene Hogge, Nida Giddens, Julie Kimbrell, Bill Faust and Carolyn Quinn.

Hoffman, N. C. — The Central Carolina Amateur trial was held November 10-12 at the Sandhills Wildlife Area at Hoffman,

N. C. The venue offers six continuous one-hour courses and is considered by many to be the finest running grounds in the country with gently rolling acres perfect for showing true all-age dogs.

Thank you to Sammy Giddens, amateur trial chairman, and John Ivester, amateur trial secretary-treasurer, for all their efforts to make this a successful class field trial enjoyed by all.

Thank you to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and Brady Beck and his team for controlling the native vegetation with burning, mowing strips of grasses that make all the courses run smoothly for a great venue to run an all-age trial. Thank you to the North Carolina Field Trial Association, Dwight Smith, president, and Paul Gadd, secretary-treasurer, for providing this great facility, grounds, etc. for all of us to enjoy. Thank you to John Ivester and his team for the releasing of quality quail and keeping them fed and watered. Their efforts seem to be successful since birds were found in abundance flying well when flushed.

Thank you to Purina Pro Plan and Greg Blair for being a big supporter of our trial in many ways.

Thank you to Gun Dog Supply, Steve Snell, for providing gifts for our judges.

The Best Western in Southern Pines provided special rates for our judges and field trial participants. All of the Best Western staff strive to make our stays with them a pleasure.

Gallery dog wagon driver Larry McDonald always has all the dogs at the right place at the right time and has good coffee, sodas and snacks at breaktime.

Fred Potts surprised us one day with fresh donut holes. Sammy and Nida Giddens provided fresh North Carolina apples each day.

We also appreciate the support and help professional handlers Mack Hilliard and Lefty Henry provided throughout the trial.

Lunches consisting of Italian meatball subs, smoked sausage subs, soups and desserts, along with all the condiments, were prepared daily by Nida Giddens.

Special thank you to Maggie Maier and Gretchen and John Adsit for graciously assisting Nida with lunches and dinner Saturday night, cleaning the clubhouse each day and much more.

Fun and fellowship were enjoyed Saturday night by all when we gathered in the renovated clubhouse featuring pictures on the wall showing Hoffman’s history of past owners and handlers with their dogs. We were happy that special guests — Julie and Jack Kimbrell, Terry Sharp, Barbel Fetkoter and Bruce and Barbara Jacobs — joined us.

Cocktails were generously provided by Fred Rose, longtime field trialer and dear friend and supporter of Hoffman and the Central Carolina Amateur trial. Appetizers and a jambalaya dinner were prepared by Nida Giddens and provided by the 2016 All-Age winner Ray Wheeler in honor of his dog Nosam’s Rock Creek.

After dinner Sammy Giddens spoke about how we need “unity,” working together toward a common cause within our field trial families to enable us to continue this sport and Hoffman so loved by all of us.

Sammy Giddens organized an auction for Saturday night to raise money for the Hoffman Quail Fund. Our talented auctioneer, Johnny Atkinson, helped to make this very successful.

Thank you to our sponsors who donated auction items for this event. Quality Wildlife Services, Jim Evans, donated a less mess feed and water system and a total recall. Union Level Leathers, George Doyle, donated a leather field trial bridle and a leather latigo saddle bag.

The drawing was held at the home of Sammy and Nida Giddens. Twenty-eight amateur all-age dogs and fourteen Derbies were drawn. A special thank you to all the handlers and owners who entered their dogs.

Front marshal for our trial was Sammy Giddens. He was assisted by Nida Giddens, Gary Winall, Ellen Clements, Dennis Snyder, Dr. Hunter Wilcox and Paul Gadd.

A special thank you is extended to the judges. Both judges displayed attentiveness to each dog throughout the trial.

Our judges’ relationship goes back many years. Years ago Don Garris joined the Kimbrell family camp in the prairies — George was just a young boy — a lot of stories were told and lasting memories and friendships were made. A testimony to their valued good judgment came to the ears of this field trial group many times during and after the trial so we know we had two highly regarded men in the saddle.

Judge Don Garris of LaGrange, N. C., grew up quail hunting and has owned bird dogs since he was a young man.

He has judged field trials for many years including open and amateur championships.

Judge George Kimbrell of Fort Mill, S. C., has campaigned dogs in open and amateur stakes. He is a veteran and long time successful trainer, excellent horseman and brought experience, knowledge and a sense of humor to the trial.


Light rain the day before the trial and temperatures in the 50s during the day and 30s at night provided excellent conditions for the dogs, horses and handlers. Quail were moved pretty equally on all six courses.

Judges Garris and Kimbrell were not looking for a dog that was just running with extreme range, but were looking for a dog that had extreme range while hunting and finding birds. The judges kept a steady pace and gave their attention the entire 60 minutes to every dog and handler — always helping all be the best they could be. All placements were well received.

In the Amateur All-Age, Mohawk Mill Image, pointer male handled by Gary Winall, ran in the first brace. He went through the country with a high cracking tail, smooth gait, and was always out front. He had a stylish covey find at 7 and another at 45 and continued with a strong finish and a back at time. Ellen Clements scouted this winning performance.

Swampfox Davey Crockett, pointer male handled by Grayson Francis for owners Johnny Atkinson, Grayson Francis, Ray Joye and Dwight Smith, ran in the eleventh brace, rendering an extreme all-age race with a nice covey find at 59 and was scouted well by Johnny Atkinson.

I’m Hobbs Next Generation, pointer male owned and handled by Sammy Giddens, ran in the eighth brace. He had a consistent, flowing all-age race showing at the right objectives which earned him a covey find at 45 minutes. Nida Giddens’ scouting made this a team effort.

Amateur Derby winner Arcanum’s Lady Pirate, pointer female owned by Gary Winall and Barbel Fetkoter, ran in the fourth brace. She had one covey find and ran a stylish, forward race well to the front and in touch with her handler, finishing strong. A pleasure to watch. She was handled by Gary Winall and was scouted by Ellen Clements.

We were happy that Barbel Fetkoter could be here to ride and watch her dog and be able to report back to Dr. Aubrey Morgan this winning performance.

Stoney Run’s Spector, pointer male owned and handled by Dennis Snyder in the third brace, ran a consistent, forward race with two finds. He continued on course with great stamina while finishing. Spector was scouted by Gary Winall. Third place Raincrow Rip, owned and handled by G. B. Hatcher, ran in the third brace. This fast, young Rebel-bred pointer male ran an extreme race with a great gait that was mostly forward in application. He was scouted by John Outlaw.

Hoffman, N. C., November 10

Judges: Don Garris and George Kimbrell

AMATEUR ALL-AGE [One-Hour Heats] — 20 Pointers and 8 Setters

1st—MOHAWK MILL IMAGE, 1657438, pointer male, by Mohawk Mill Pirate—Bevy’s Mean Girl. G. S. Winall, owner and handler.

2d—SWAMPFOX DAVEY CROCKETT, 1659645, pointer male, by Makin Time—Home Boy’s Girl. Johnny Atkinson, Grayson Francis, Ray Joye & Dwight Smith, owners; Grayson Francis, handler.

3d—I’M HOBBS NEXT GENERATION, 1647247, pointer male, by Hobbs Pete Rose—Hobbs Liza Jane. Hunter’s Creek Kennels, owner; Sammy Giddens, handler.

AMATEUR DERBY — 12 Pointers and 2 Setters

1st—ARCANUM’S LADY PIRATE, 1671053, pointer female, by Mohawk Mill Pirate—Arcanum’s Funseekin Girl. Barbel Fetkoter & Gary Winall, owners; Gary Winall, handler.

2d—STONEY RUN’S SPECTOR, 1670901, pointer male, by Stoney Run’s Buddy—Sinbad’s Little Bit. Dennis Snyder, owner and handler.

3d—RAINCROW RIP, 1671421, pointer male, by A Rebel Trump—Rebel’s Polly Sims. G. B. Hatcher, owner and handler.

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