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Field Trial Report

Central Carolina Amateur Trial

By Sammy and Nida Giddens | Apr 16, 2019
Bonner's Excalibur First in the Amateur All-Age Stake

Hoffman, N. C. — The Central Carolina Amateur trial was held February 15-17 at the Sandhills Wildlife Management Area, Hoffman, N. C., which offers six continuous one-hour courses considered by many to be the finest running grounds in the country.

Throughout the six courses are quail that have been pre-released in September-October. These birds have a lot of instincts like wild birds. It takes a real bird dog to find and point these quail. These excellent grounds have a remodeled clubhouse with a modern kitchen and updated bathrooms, large barn with numerous stalls, outside horse corrals and kennels for our dogs.

Thank you to the North Carolina Wildlife Commission and the North Carolina Field Trial Association for providing this great facility.

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

Thank you to Purina Pro Plan, Greg Blair and his team for their sponsorship and for providing dog food to all the winners.

Thank you to Gun Dog Supply/Steve Snell for providing gift certificates for our judges.

Thank you to Dwight Smith, president of the North Carolina Association, and Paul Gadd, secretary/treasurer, for all the hard work they contribute to make field trialing at Hoffman successful.

Appreciation to John Ivester and his team for the releasing of birds and keeping them fed. And congratulations to John Ivester, secretary/treasurer for the Central Carolina Field Trial Club, for his election and induction into the Field Trial Hall of Fame. John was unable to attend our trial due to conflict of date with the Hall of Fame induction this weekend and the National Championship at Ames Plantation. We hope to have a new date for our trial next year so it will not conflict.

Special thanks to all the participants who entered their dogs. Some traveled from close and some traveled from far away. We appreciate Jim and Matt Pendergest and Megan Henry who traveled all the way from Kentucky to join us.

Many of us field trialers are not getting any younger and welcome the youth to participate and help carry on this sport so loved by many. This year an 11-year- old young man, “Buckshot”, ran his dog, Skip, with bracemate Gary Winall and was scouted by his grandfather, John Outlaw. Training and showing a bird dog is a craft. There might be a young man in the gallery who is watching this sport for the first time. He is not only watching this sport but how it relates to life. That was demonstrated at our trial when Buckshot was running his dog but at the same time was watching carefully as Gary Winall showed his dog.

Thank you to gallery dog wagon driver Larry McDonald for always having the dogs on the line in time. We always enjoy the morning break with Larry.

Lunches consisting of homemade chicken noodle soup, hot dogs with fixings, lasagna, salads and more were prepared daily by Nida Giddens and her wonderful volunteers, John and Gretchen Adsit.

Saturday night’s appetizers and cocktails were sponsored by Fred Rose. We appreciate Fred always being a gracious and willing supporter of the Central Carolina Amateur trial. Nida Giddens prepared the appetizers with the kind help of Gretchen Adsit and Nan Hilliard.

A delicious southern barbecue dinner prepared by Bill Faust and John Outlaw was generously hosted by Gary Winall and Ellen Clements in honor of their last year’s All-Age winner Mohawk Mill Image.

A special thank you to Gretchen and John Adsit for all of the help they provided during the trial — assisting with each meal, cleaning up the clubhouse each day, and much more. They not only help with our trial but are always quick to volunteer to any in need. Gretchen and John have a home in Hoffman for winter and in Vermont for summer.

After dinner Sammy Giddens spoke about the need of our field trial families continuing to work together to promote the quail population and the beautiful grounds at Hoffman. Sammy organized an auction for the Hoffman Quail Fund. Our talented auctioneer, Ellen Clements, did a wonderful job inspiring all to bid. We are thankful to be able to raise $1124 to donate to the Hoffman Quail Fund.

Thank you to the businesses that donated auction items: Andi’s Tack Shop, Newton Grove, N. C.; Quality Wildlife/Jim Evans, Georgia; Godwin’s Outdoor Inc., Raeford, N. C.; Aberdeen Supply Inc., Jason Vuncannon, Aberdeen, N. C.; Johnny O’s Awards, Aberdeen, N. C.; Best Western, Aberdeen; Union Level Leathers, George Doyle, Virginia; B&B Tack, Bob Johnson, Georgia; and thank you to field trialers Chad Adams, Brad Harter, Hunter Wilcox, Skip Brown, Matt Pendergest, Mack and Ann Hillard and Sammy and Nida Giddens who also kindly donated auction items.

Judges for this renewal were Tim Ruff of Irmo, S. C., and Tony Bingham of Shelby, N. C. They worked smoothly together and displayed attentiveness and good sportsmanship to each brace throughout the trial. The club and handlers all appreciate the judges for their dedication, diligence and attention given each handler and their dog over the three days and for giving their time to make this trial the success it was. Their decisions were well received.

Judge Tim Ruff grew up quail hunting and has owned bird dogs since a young man. He is active in the Region 3, South Carolina trials, judging championships in Georgia, North and South Carolina and the National Open Shooting Dog Championship.

Judge Tony Bingham is a well known pro trainer in the Southeast. He was raised working with bird dogs all his life. His dad, Henry Bingham, was also a well known trainer. Tony has won and judged many championships.

Amateur All-Age Winners

Bonner’s Excalibur, handled by Derek Bonner of Mooresboro, N. C., and scouted by Chad Adams, was turned loose on course No. 2. We saw him go through the first creek, up the hill on the right edge and through the field. Derek kept riding on course. As we crossed Ledbetter Road, he was found pointing with intense style and composure in a plum thicket on left side at 15. A nice covey exploded as Derek flushed. The course continued on toward the Army camp with rolling hills. His race was fast and always forward. His finish was strong and to the front.

Second placed Ascension, handled by Matt Pendergest and scouted by his dad Jim, had a strong forward race as he went through the piney woods and wiregrass. The pointer showed great range as he went through the back side of the new loop. He was rewarded with a good covey find at 25. He displayed a fluid gait and good carriage of tail throughout the hour.

I’m Simple Pleasure, handled by Sammy Giddens and scouted by Nida Giddens, started course No. 4 behind the horse barn. After we crossed the dirt road and the bunker,  he had a good covey find on the left at 30. The birds were feeding and scattered but he had excellent style and intensity on point. His ground race became stronger throughout the hour.

There were a number of good dogs that ran and found birds. What separated those with birds was the strength and application of their race and their finish.

There was bird work on all six courses. Fifteen coveys pointed and at least five more sighted by gallery or scouts.

Hoffman, N. C., February 15

Judges: Tony Bingham and Tim Ruff

AMATEUR ALL-AGE [One-Hour Heats] — 19 Pointers and 7 Setters

1st—BONNER’S EXCALIBUR, 1680103, pointer male, by Ransom—Miller’s Martha White. Derek Bonner, owner and handler.

2d—ASCENSION, 1664823, pointer male, by Reloaded—Dialed In. Matt Pendergest, owner and handler.

3d—I’M SIMPLE PLEASURE, 1622096, pointer male, by Hobbs Pete Rose—Bob’s Elhew Maggie. Hunter’s Creek Kennels, owner; Sammy Giddens, handler.

Amateur Derby Winners

Mohawk Mill Trail Warrior, handled by Gary Winall and scouted by Ellen Clements, rendered a forward race as he traveled through the grasses and side edge covers showing his drive and athleticism. He completed the 30 minutes with a strong finish.

Rock and Rebel Cil, handled by John Outlaw and scouted by Christian Channing (known as CC), is a very classy lady with an attractive way of going. She ran to the limits and was very impressive throughout her brace. (So glad her owner, Bill Faust, was able to be present to watch her fine performance)

Mohawk Mill Megan, with the Winall-Clements team, was independent and consistently forward. She was strong and classy throughout the brace, very animated with fluid movements.

There were other good Derbies. Many have all the qualities you could ask for in a young dog. They showed promise and were a pleasure to watch.

AMATEUR DERBY — 8 Pointers and 2 Setters

1st—MOHAWK MILL TRAIL WARRIOR, 1676193, pointer male, by Stoney Run’s Buddy—Miller’s Fancy Lady. Gary Winall, owner and handler.

2d—ROCK AND REBEL CIL, 1675402, pointer female, by Alvin—Pamlico. Bill Faust, owner; John Outlaw, handler.

3d—MOHAWK MILL MEGAN, 1674653, pointer female, by Stoney Run’s Buddy—Sinbad’s Little Bit. Gary Winall, owner and handler.



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