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Field Trial Report

Commonwealth Bird Dog Club

By Jim Pendergest | Nov 01, 2018
One Day Freeze First in the Amateur Shooting Dog Stake

Berea, Ky. — The Commonwealth Bird Dog Club held its fall trial at the Miller Welch Central Kentucky Wildlife Management Area near Richmond, Ky.,  on October 5-7. Commonwealth ran one-hour Amateur All-Age and Amateur Shooting Dog Stakes, both of which provided points toward the National Amateur Invitational Championships. A 30-minute Open Derby was also conducted.

Purina was a generous sponsor and supporter of the trial, providing Pro Plan Sport dog food for the winners and caps for the participants. As always, their support is instrumental in allowing us to put on a quality field trial and reward the participants.

This year’s entry was improved over last year’s trial, with six dogs in the Amateur All-Age, 14 in the Open Derby and 10 in the Amateur Shooting Dog.

B. J. Wright of Robards, Ky., and Michael Kennedy of Opelika, Ala., presided over the three stakes. B. J. Wright judged here previously several years ago and it was a pleasure having him back. His judging credentials are impeccable. Michael, while relatively youthful, has previous judging experience and acquitted himself with the poise and confidence that is looked for in a judge. Their decisions were obviously well thought out and accepted graciously by all. We were fortunate to be able to enlist their service at this trial and all club members extend our sincere appreciation for their efforts.

The grounds were extremely wet for this time of year due to the weekly rains we had received throughout the summer and early fall. Wet conditions have slowed some of the mowing of the property and in a few spots sight distance was somewhat reduced.

The weather for the weekend was  unseasonably warm, with temperatures reaching highs of 86° on Friday and Saturday. Conditions were challenging for horses and dogs, but bird contacts were not hampered by the weather as the following report will attest.

The Winners

The Amateur All-Age was won by Pendy’s Good Grace, pointer female for owner-handler Matt Pendergest. Grace ran in the third brace on Friday afternoon. Her ground race was strong and always to the front. She had divided finds with her bracemate at 3 and 5, followed by an unproductive in a likely spot at 33 and was then found on point by scout at 38, recording a very nice find on a large covey. A powerful finish sealed the deal for Grace. Tim and Kristine Hammons took second place with their first year female Little More Shine which had divided finds with Grace at 3 and 5 and then independent finds at 18, 27 and 40, all with impeccable manners. When she was not on point, her race was strong and forward. Dialed In picked up third place for Jim Pendergest. “Claire” suffered an unproductive at 5, followed by a divided find at 12 and a sharp independent find at 17.

In the Open Derby, Dunn’s True Reign for owner-handler Will Dunn made the most of his 30 minutes on the ground. He showed great all-age potential with a strong race, one beauty of a find at 12 and a back of his bracemate at 20. Reign had another stand at 8 where the flight of birds was called by handler on the ride to the dog, but not officially seen. Dunn shot over him and took him on. Arnold Hall took second and third with his Derbies Cedar Rock Jake and Painted Blackhawk. Jake had a superior ground race without the benefit of game contact, but his all-age potential gave him the nod for second. Blackhawk recorded a beautifully styled find on a covey of quail at 19 and withstood the temptation of her bracemate taking out the birds. She applied herself well throughout the brace with style and class.

Lane and Darcy Hodges made the trip from Georgia to run with us and the travel was not in vain. One Day Freeze scored on a huge covey of quail at 27, recorded a second find at 32, just after the blacktop road crossing and then finished off the hour with another nice covey with one minute remaining in her hour. Style and manners were excellent on all three contacts and her race was to the front throughout. Barlow took  second for one of our locals, Charlie Turner. Barlow recorded finds at 9 and 16 while covering the ground with snap and a high tail. His manners on his bird work was beyond reproach. Lane and Darcy struck again to get third with their female One Day Winnitgirl which had a stand at 9 where birds were not seen officially, a back of her bracemate at 16 and a well handled find at 46 to get the nod over a very competitive field.

The club members thank our judges, Purina, all of the competitors, the Kentucky Field Trial Association and the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Department for their efforts in making this trial a success.

Berea, Ky., October 5

Judges: Michael Kennedy and B. J. Wright

AMATEUR ALL-AGE [One-Hour Heats] — 3 Pointers, 2 Setters and

1 Irish Setter

1st—PENDY’S GOOD GRACE, 1664858, pointer female, by Reloaded—Dialed In. Matt Pendergest, owner and handler.

2d—LITTLE MORE SHINE, 1671392, Irish setter female, by Red Rock—Covered In Red. Kristine Hammons, owner; Tim Hammons, handler.

3d—DIALED IN, 1655274, pointer female, by Miller’s Dialing In—Rester’s Zumba Girl. Jim Pendergest, owner and handler.

OPEN DERBY — 13 Pointers and 1 Setter

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

2d—CEDAR ROCK JAKE, 1677441, pointer male, by Walden’s Ridge Shadow Dancer—Walden’s Ridge Chatter Box. Arnold Hall, owner and handler.

3d—PAINTED BLACKHAWK, 1677746, pointer female, by Sugarknoll War Paint—Mohawk. Arnold Hall, owner and handler.

AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG [One-Hour Heats] — 10 Entries

1st—ONE DAY FREEZE, 1658083, pointer female, by Great River Ice—Liver Mush. C. L. Hodges, owner and handler.

2d—BARLOW, 1662511, pointer male, by In the Shadow—Charlie’s Dream Girl. Charlie Turner, owner and handler.

3d—ONE DAY WINNITGIRL, 1662675, pointer female, by Great River Ice—Premier’s Plaintiff. C. L. Hodges, owner and handler.

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