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Field Trial Report

Central Carolina Field Trial Club

By John Ivester | Feb 07, 2019
Open All-Age Winners. From front left: Luke Eisenhart with Dunn’s Tried’N True, Tommy Davis with Miller’s Dialing In and Claudia McNamee with Dunn’s True Issue. Behind: Lefty Henry, Ray Wheeler, John Ivester, Larry Smith and Margie and Bill Ricci.

Hoffman, N. C. — The Central Carolina Field Trial Club held the 66th running of our Open All-Age and Open Derby on October 21-24 at Hoffman, N. C. The Bill Andrews Open All-Age drew 23 entries and the companion Open Derby drew 28.

The venue for this year’s renewal was the Robert Gordon Wildlife Area managed by the North Carolina Wildlife Commission. The grounds are under an annual improvement program and were well prepared for this year’s running. The Commission is working closely with the NCFTA in an effort to keep the grounds, kennels, corrals and clubhouse in tip-top shape. Birds were plentiful for this year’s running, averaging 25 plus coveys per day.

The All-Age Stake is named in recognition of the many years of dedication from the club founder, Bill Andrews. Many of the major improvements are the results of Bill’s influential relationship with the Commission supervisors. We all owe a debt of gratitude for his contributions to the sport.

Judges for the Andrews Open were a pair of well-known amateurs. Both Ray Wheeler from Ohio and Larry Smith from Iowa have owned and handled championship caliber dogs for many years. They are stellar gentlemen and stayed focused on their job from the first brace to the last. It was a pleasure to have them: job well done.

They named Dunn’s Tried’N True the winner for handler Luke Eisenhart and owners Will and Rita Dunn of Lebanon, Ky. Named to the second spot was Miller’s Dialing In for handler Luke Eisenhart and owners Sean and Deb Hauser of Manchester, Ia. Completing a sweep for Luke, the third placement went to Dunn’s True Issue for owner Claudia McNamee of Atlanta, Ga.

Dunn’s Tried’N True put down a strong reaching race with a big finish. He was rewarded with a find at 6 and another at 31, both with good style. Miller’s Dialing In hunted the cover at good range to the front. At the end of the hour he tallied six stylish finds and one unproductive to complete a full hour of bird-finding. Dunn’s True Issue put down a big race, always forward. He scored one find far to the front and showed a big finish at time.

Others considered were Marques Armed Robber with three finds and a good race. L C Smith put down a forward hunting race and scored seven finds. Touch’s Red Rider showed a good race with four excellent finds.

The 28-dog Open Derby was judged by Gary Miller of Jackson Springs,N. C., and Ruthann Epp of Marion Junction, Ala. Gary is a competing owner and handler and president of the Richmond County Field Trial Club. Ruthann has been running and scouting dogs for at least 45 years. Owning several champions and winning several National Amateur events.

The Open Derby was very competitive with bird work for just about every entry. Dunn’s True Reign was awarded first with a strong forward race and one find. Luke Eisenhart handled the winner for Will and Rita Dunn. Second place went to Marques Lucky Lady with a good forward race and two immaculate finds. Lefty Henry handled for owners John and Susan Ivester of Huntersville, N. C. In third place was Hendrix’s  opperline with one find and a good forward race. He is owned by Guy and Burke Hendrix of Holly Springs, Miss.

It should be noted that the All-Age winners included three generations from the same bloodline, all handled by Luke Eisenhart. In addition, the Eisenhart support group was a contributing factor to the success of our trial. They were Claudia McNamee, Bill and Margie Ricci and Bill Bruchey.

The trial committee of Lefty Henry, Larry McDonald, Sam and Nida Giddens and Steve Mills made everything move along without a hitch.

Congratulations to the winners and look forward to another successful event in 2019.

Hoffman, N. C., October 21

Judges: Ruthann Epp and Gary Miller

OPEN DERBY — 25 Pointers and 3 Setters

1st—DUNN’S TRUE REIGN, 1680537, pointer male, by Dunn’s Tried’N True—Dunn’s Get Out Sue. Will Dunn, owner; Luke Eisenhart, handler.

2d—MARQUES LUCKY LADY, 1677350, pointer female, by Ransom—Marques Lucky Star. John & Susan Ivester, owners; Robert Henry, handler.

3d—HENDRIX’S COPPERLINE, 1681729, pointer male, by Hendrix’s Signature—Hendrix’s Delta Queen. Guy & Burke Hendrix, owners; Tommy Davis, handler. [Placement pending.]

Judges: Larry Smith and Ray Wheeler

BILL ANDREWS OPEN ALL-AGE [One-Hour Heats] — 14 Pointers

and 9 Setters

1st—DUNN’S TRIED’N TRUE, 1655258, pointer male, by Miller’s Dialing In—White Royal Pain. Will & Rita Dunn, owners; Luke Eisenhart, handler.

2d—MILLER’S DIALING IN, 1628372, pointer male, by Miller’s Happy Jack—Phillips Silver Star. Sean & Deb Hauser, owners; Luke Eisenhart, handler.

3d—DUNN’S TRUE ISSUE, 1671408, pointer male, by Dunn’s Tried’N True—Hendrix’s Sassy Tide. Claudia McNamee, owner; Luke Eisenhart, handler.

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