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Field Trial Report

Central Kentucky Field Trial Club

By Pam Tucker | Jan 10, 2022
Dialed In, First in the Amateur All-Age Stake.

Berea, Ky. — Central Kentucky Field Trial Club’s annual Top Purina Amateur Shooting Dog, Amateur All-Age, and National Amateur Invitational Points trial ran October 1-3, 2021 on the Miller Welch Wildlife Management Area, Berea, Ky.

Central Kentucky is a member of the Kentucky Field Trial Association.

Judging the sixteen-entry Amateur Shooting Dog Stake were William Smith, Moscow, Tenn., and Will Dunn, Lebanon, Ky. CKFTC was honored to have the caliber judges passing judgment on our stakes.

William Smith has a long field trial career, beginning in 1984 and has judged 79 championships. Will Dunn’s  eleven-year field trial career has been distinguished by having his dog Dunn’s Tried'n True (Jack) win the 120th National Championship in 2019.

Buster Tucker joined William Smith for the Amateur Derby.


Charlie Turner’s female pointer “Lady,” (Sheza Tuff Lady) placed first with a hard run to the front, hitting all the birdie spots and no scouting needed till the last 2-3 minutes. Heard Hill’s Goldeneye, Buck and Lynn Heard’s male pointer placed second with a fast forward race. Third place was awarded Tim Hammons’s female Irish Setter Roses are Red.  Roses had a good covey find at 10 minutes near the Round Woods, made some good casts early and finished with race getting closer.

Placing first in the 16-dog entry Amateur All-Age Stake was Dialed In, Jim Pendergest’s female pointer. Her first find at the tree line leading to the Round Woods at 12 where she was found by Dr. Marion Brown on point with a good covey.  She showed big in the bottoms and around Lost Dog Canyon. She and bracemate, Game Wardon, were pointing facing each other at the 90° turn probably backing each other, both handlers flushed, no birds. Gone at 45, scout found her on point at 56 with another good find.

Matt Pendergest’s female pointer Pendy’s Good Grace garnered second with three finds and a good race. Grace’s first find was at 15 at the burnt barn with a huge 35- plus bird covey. Her second find was on the backside of the drive-in theatre field at 40 and third find at the top of the Agee field at 55.

Third was Matt Pendergest’s female pointer Storm's End with one find and a good race on the second course. Her find was on a long cast in the Agee bottoms.

In the United States Amateur Derby Invitational stake, Jim and Matt Pendergest’s female pointer Awakened placed first with a beautiful consistent race on the first course of her 30-minute heat. Awakened handled with ease and showed great all-age potential.

Will Dunn’s pointer "Mike" (Dunn’s Sneak’n In) placed third running the second course from the burnt barn with a nice forward race, no birds.

Jim Pendergest suffered a collar bone/shoulder injury during our trial when his horse stepped in a hole driving Jim into the ground. His injuries resulted in surgery and an excepted three-month recovery period.  Our best to him and prayers for a swift uncomplicated recovery.

Gratitude cannot be adequately expressed for the many things Purina does to support our club, association, and the sport of field trialing. Greg Blair, our representative is promptly on top of our needs and invaluable.

Thank you to all handlers and their scouts that participated making our trial a success.  Thanks to Charlie Turner for driving the dog wagon.

Berea, Ky., October 1

Judges: Will Dunn and William Smith

AMATEUR ALL-AGE [One-Hour Heats] — 12 Pointers, 1 Setter

and 3 Irish Setters

1st—DIALED IN, 1655274, pointer female, by Miller’s Dialing In—Rester’s Zumba Girl. Jim Pendergest, owner and handler.

2d—PENDY’S GOOD GRACE, 1664858, pointer female, by Reloaded—Dialed In. Matt Pendergest, owner and handler.

3d—STORM’S END, 1687221, pointer female, by Dunn’s Tried’n True—K F Prairie Storm. Matt Pendergest & Megan Henry, owners; Matt Pendergest, handler.

AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG [One-Hour Heats] — 11 Pointers,

3 Setters and 3 Irish Setters

1st—SHEZA TUFF LADY, 1688197, pointer female, by Joe Lanter—Charlie’s Dream Girl. Charlie Turner, owner and handler.

2d—HEARD HILL’S GOLDENEYE, 1679830, pointer male, by Miller’s Light Cruiser—Heard Hill’s Queen Mary. Buck & Lynn Heard, owners; Buck Heard handler.

3d—ROSES ARE RED, 1653376, Irish setter female, by TIme To Rock—Red Rush. Tim Hammons, owner and handler.

Judges: William Smith and Buster Tucker

AMATEUR DERBY — 9 Pointers, 1 Setter and 4 Irish Setters

1st—AWAKENED, 1692621, pointer female, by Touch’s Grey Street—Intentional. Jim & Matt Pendergest, owners; Matt Pendergest, handler.

2d—DUNN’S SNEAK’N IN, 1697090, pointer male, by Dunn’s Tried’n True—K F Prairie Storm. Will Dunn, owner and handler.

3d—SILVER CREEK WILD AGAIN, 1692221, Irish setter male, by Zansett Rocky O’Ryan—S C Miss Behaving. Tim Hammons, owner and handler.

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