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Field Trial Report

Cock-N-Fire Field Trial Club

By J. Allen Johnson | Jun 17, 2020
Islander First in the Open Shooting Dog Stake

Camden, S. C. — Walking shooting fans showed up on March 12 to compete for honors at the Cock-N-Fire USCSDA event held at the renowned Camden field trial grounds.

Coach Allen Johnson and Cliff Brown spend a sizable amount of time seeking funds to supplement funding for the club’s sponsored trials. All South and North Carolina field trialers are mindful of the quality of the events these two gentlemen shepherd. Thank you both once again for doing a great job.

Our weather was abnormally warm for most of the winter, and early March was no exception with temperatures rising to the low 80s. These unseasonably warm temperatures took their toll on the dogs, making finding quail challenging; providing us a clear example of the cliché “the luck of the draw”.

However, two of our placements were awarded to shooting dogs that excelled under these difficult weather conditions.

Our judges were Mr. Steve Browder, professional from Pinewood, S. C., and your reporter, an amateur from nearby Chesterfield, S. C. Mr. Browder has a variety of experience in the judicial saddle. He just recently returned from judging the Eastern Open Shooting Dog Championship. Steve is recognized as having a good eye for the class bird dog. The Cock-N-Fire Club thanks him for taking time to judge the stake.

A trial cannot be successful without club members, sponsors and others stepping up to provide the help necessary to keep everything going smoothly.

To our bird planters, Glen Tisdale, Ted Poston, and Warren Parrott, we thank you for your efforts. We also thank Chef Cliff Brown and his assistant Legree Sims for lunches and snacks. In my judgment Mr. Sims could improve his wardrobe in the future (garnet and black is unattractive).

As for Mr. Cliff Brown, his lunches are always well prepared and enjoyed. A big thanks also to our main sponsors, Ag South and Arbor One. Without significant assistance from them, the club could not offer this quality event.

Finally a substantial amount of work, marshalling the affair falls on the shoulders of Coach Johnson (thank you, Coach, for keeping handlers and dogs on time for their braces).

In spite of the taxing weather conditions, the Cock-N-Fire Club had a successful trial with good meals, excellent fellowship and some very good performances. I apologize if I failed to mention all who actively gave their time to assure the success of the trial.

THE WINNERS

Taking home the blue in the Open Shooting Dog was Islander, coming ten- year-old setter male owned by Pedrag Kazic  of Greenlawn, N. Y., and handled by Pennsylvania professional Robert Ecker, Jr.

Islander ran a strong, forward race with energy and finding birds on his mind. He was spied forward at 10 standing tall, his bracemate backing. Robert quickly put birds to the air with all in order. At 20 he was viewed by the judges rimming the large fields at the back of the course. At 30 Islander was found pointing with great style at the big oak; again birds were well located and all was in order at flush and shot. Setting him apart from others was his third find at 42 on the west side of the course where no other dog had a find. Once more birds were well located. He finished his bid as he started with energy going forward, when the judges called “pick him up”.

Turning in a standout performance to capture second was Clayhill T Bone, four-year-old pointer male owned by South Carolinian Bill Britt and handled by North Carolina professional Tony Bingham. His determined effort came at the peak of the heat with no wind to aid his strong-minded determination. He was spotted on point at 3 at the edge of the feed patch on the south side of the breakaway. After an extended attempt to flush, Tony was unable to flush the bird. At 13 T Bone was again pointing with great intensity and style; this time Tony quickly put the bird to flight. T Bone continued his strong ground work with speed and hitting all likely spots; he too was observed rimming the large edges on the course. He ended his 45-minute heat as he began, with no letdown.

Third was Hirollins Easy Money, four-year-old pointer female owned and handled by South Carolina amateur Warren Parrott. She also ran on Thursday during the high temperatures with no wind to assist her hunting effort.  Easy Money, callname Jan, was found at 15 pointing, birds well located. Warren flushed the bird, Jan maintaining acceptable manners. At 31 Jan was spotted on point at the big oak. Again Warren flushed and three birds were put to flight. Jan finished her effort going forward with good jump to her gait, a fine performance considering conditions. She also was credited with a back of her bracemate.

Camden, S. C., March 12 — One Course

Judges: Steve Browder and Roger McPherson

OPEN SHOOTING DOG — 14 Pointers and 9 Setters

1st—ISLANDER, 1641545, setter male, by The Insider—East Coast Bella. Pedrag Kazic, owner; R. J. Ecker, Jr., handler.

2d—CLAYHILL T BONE, 1663185, pointer male, by Clayhill Bone—Doc’s Haven Meg. W. J. Britt, Jr., owner; Tony Bingham, handler.

3d—HIROLLINS EASY MONEY, 1670778, pointer female, by Sugarknoll War Paint—McKinney’s Honk Tonk Grace. Warren Parrott, owner and handler.

OPEN DERBY WINNERS

Getting the blue in the Derby was Merritt’s Legacy, setter male owned by Thomas Green of Orangeburg, S. C., and handled by Tony Bingham. The youngsters ran with the temperatures rising. Jed (callname) was slow to start, but picked up his pace with a stylish forward ground race. His determination was rewarded with a stylish find at 15. His manners on game were advanced for a Derby, remaining high and tight throughout flush and shot.

Taking second was Lucky Recharge, pointer male under the charge of the team of Earl and Margaret Drew from nearby Hoffman, N. C. Earl was handling and Margaret scouted their young challenger. Although not as mature on the ground as our first place dog, Lucky impressed with his handling of the big edges on the back course. He was rewarded with a stellar find at time. This youngster also displayed advanced manners on his birds.

Awarded the yellow was Hirollins Hot Diggity Dog, pointer male handled by Tony Bingham. Boss (callname) had three finds and a moderate forward race. His first find came at 6, displaying advanced Derby manners. In the food patch on south side of the course behind the old rodeo arena Boss’ second find came at 15. His final find was at 28. Boss did not show the intensity and polish around his birds like our other placed winners.

OPEN DERBY — 7 Pointers and 3 Setters

1st—MERRITT’S LEGACY, 1687842, setter male, by A Tarheel Addiction—A Tarheel Miss Bo. Thomas M. Green, owner; Tony Bingham, handler.

2d—LUCKY RECHARGE, 1681737, pointer male, by Bud of Piney Woods—Blue Ribbon Bella. Earl Jr. & Margaret Drew, owners; Earl Drew, handler.

3d—HIROLLINS HOT DIGGITY DOG, 1680939, pointer male, by Fastforward’s B K Gunner—Wiggins Miss Stella. Warren Parrott, owner; Tony Bingham, handler.

OPEN PUPPY STAKE

We had three entries in the Puppy Stake, but only two came to the line, which meant no dogs could formally be placed.

Handling Decoy Lakes Wild Stinger, pointer male, was Tony Bingham for owner Larry Wade of Dunn, N. C. At the breakaway Stinger went forward, and his bracemate went to the rear. This ended the Cock-N-Fire walking trial for 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Open Derby  Winners. In foreground, from left: Lucky Recharge with Margaret Drew and Merritt’s Legacy with Tony Bingham. Behind: Dr. Roger McPherson and “The Earl of Drew”.

 

 

 

 

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