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A. D. Hurst Amateur Shooting Dog Classic

Chesterfield Field Trial Club

By Daniel Brian Knox, DVM | May 19, 2020
Amateur Shooting Dog Classic Winners. From front left: Mac’s Hi Oh Silver with Tim McClurg, Backcountry Bruiser with Chris Catanzarite and At’a Boy’s Strangle Hold with Jack Kimbrell. Behind: Jeff Haggis, Daniel Knox, Steve Mills and Ray Joye, the judges; Alvin Hurst, George Kimbrell, and a special horse named Samuel’s Willie.

McBee, S. C. — On a January rain-threatened morning, the annual running of the Chesterfield Field Trial Shooting Dog Classic began on John Ivester’s Sawtooth Plantation in McBee, S. C. The Chesterfield trial, as usual, was loaded with talented dogs and would prove to be a challenging task for expert judges and bird dog enthusiasts, Ray Joye of Marion, S. C., and Steve Mills of Mayodan, N. C.

The weather ranged from warm and rainy conditions to cold frosty mornings and blue sky afternoons. Even with the shifting weather, the grounds provided competitors with ample opportunities for bird work.

As the trial progressed many dogs showcased their talents and deserved mentioning in the judges’ eyes including Ray Wheeler’s Rock Creek, Tommy Brigman’s “Jack”, Chris Catanzarite’s Backcountry Tornado, Rodney Poston’s “Ben” and Alan York’s Beckworth’s Firefighter.

However, on a cold and frosty Sunday morning as the sun crested the treetops, the 13th brace gave us our first place dog — Mac’s Hi Oh Silver, pointer male owned and handled by Tim McClurg of Ohio. On one of his seven finds, he was on point standing stone-statue still in the frost-covered broomsedge as the handlers, judges and gallery almost rode right past him due to the bright sun shining in their eyes. However, he never wavered and held steady to wing and shot. He ran a big stylish race and was strong all the way to the finish. Even though this dog covered a lot of ground, he handled well and required very little scouting, which was favorable in the eyes of the judges. He showed up toward the front at all the right times usually being found locked in on point.

His smooth running style and perfect manners on point earned Mac’s Hi Oh Silver his first place finish among many good dogs.

Placed second was a pointer male which ran in the seventh brace, Backcountry Bruiser, owned and handled by Chris Catanzarite of Pennsylvania. Bruiser had five finds, two of which were divided, and two backs. He was a big running dog that hunted hard the entire brace. He was stylish and firm on birds and handled well.

The third place dog ran in the eighth brace, At’a Boy’s Strangle Hold, owned and handled by George Kimbrell of Fort Mill, S. C. The young pointer rambled around the course big with great style as he finished strong with five finds.

These three dogs worked hard to earn their placements. The judges’ decision was well received and handshakes and awards provided an exciting finish to three hard days of running.

The Chesterfield Club would like to thank Sporstman’s Pride for sponsoring our field trial. A special thanks to Emsley Laney, Alvin Hurst, Jadie Rayfield, Lefty Henry and many others for helping make this trial a success.

We had an excellent Friday night fish fry and social hour as well as daily meals and snacks, all provided by  the Chesterfield Club.

We also appreciate the generosity of Mr. John Ivester for the use of this land that helps us keep this tradition alive. We were blessed with great bird dogs, wonderful people, excellent food, and good weather.

McBee, S. C., January 24 — One Course

Judges: Ray Joye and Steve Mills

A. D. HURST AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG CLASSIC [One-Hour Heats] — 28 Pointers, 3 Setters and 4 Irish Setters

1st—MAC’S HI OH SILVER, 1643180, pointer male, by Mac’s Silver Dollar—Backcountry Dolly. Tim McClurg, owner and handler.

2d—BACKCOUNTRY BRUISER, 1672645, pointer male, by Erin’s War Creek—Backcountry Tornado. Chris Catanzarite, owner and handler.

3d—AT’A BOY’S STRANGLE HOLD, 1672274, pointer male, by At’a Boy Roy—Cantor’s Star. George Kimbrell, owner and handler.

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