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Field Trial Report

Conecuh Station Field Trial Club

By Rebecca D. Gibson | Feb 07, 2018
Open Shooting Dog Winners. From left: Doug Ray, John David Smith with Mobile Strike,  Pat Varner, judge; Robert Moorer, George Tracy with Miller’s Vanilla Snow, Alan Atkins, judge; Jinjer Atkins, Cole Henry with Miller’s Miss Calamity Jane, Darron Hendley and Renee Peek.

Union Springs, Ala. — Conecuh Station launched its 2017-2018 season in late October with the Conecuh Station Open Shooting Dog Stake. Forty dogs were drawn Friday evening, October 20, at the Union Springs Country Club.

Competition commenced on Monday, October 23, with idyllic weather; cool, crisp temperatures with some partly cloudy skies prevailed throughout the trial. An abundance of cover made for ample bird production; however, dog visibility was sometimes hampered. The thick terrain was handled superbly by dogs, handlers and dedicated gallery.

First place honors went to Mobile Strike, handsome setter male handled by Doug Ray. Running in the sixth and final brace of day No. 1, this athletic champ produced six coveys. Out front for the entire hour, he never showed any slack and continued strongly to the brace’s completion. Sired by the famous and accomplished Barbaro, this fine competitor is owned by Doug and Sharon Hinton of Dacula, Ga.

Placed second was Miller’s Vanilla Snow, top quality pointer female handled by George Tracy. Running in the 15th brace with Meadowoods Fast Break (Martino/Roach), two coveys were produced during a strong, well-handled performance. This stylish girl is owned by Tommy and Bonnie Hamilton of Springfield, Ky.

Rounding out the placements was another nice pointer female handled by George Tracy, Miller’s Miss Calamity Jane. Running in the second brace with Jason Williams’ Nell, Jane criss-crossed through thick and thin to produce two coveys while rendering a strong race. She is proudly owned by Allen Linder of Livingston, Tenn.

Judicial posts were honorably held by Bobby Brooks and Alan Atkins. Mr. Bobby, a life-long resident of Russell County, Ala., has spent his entrie career breeding, training and handling bird dogs. He has excelled with numerous regional wins, especially with his favorite canine companion, Cricket. Mr. Bobby has served as manager of numerous plantations and is currently the dog handler for Midway Plantation.

During the first brace run on Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Bobby’s horse decided to toss the veteran rider. After talking Mr. Bobby out of remounting, he was taken to the local ER and treated for six broken ribs. Although Mr. Bobby’s judging duties were halted, he was back on the grounds in a couple of days to make sure everything was still running smoothly. The last account from Mr. Bobby is that he has recovered nicely and has resumed his duties at Midway.

Alan Atkins, a native and resident of Phoenix City, Ala., also served as judge. Noted  his string of accomplished dogs, Alan takes great pride in training and handling his own dogs. His many accomplishments include Amateur Shooting Dog Derby of the Year in 2010 with High Dollar Music, Open Puppy of the Year in 2011 with Mohawk Georgia Girl, Amateur Shooting Dog Derby of the Year in 2013 with Conway Twitty, winner of the Conecuh Station Amateur Stake in 2015 and the National Amateur  Invitational Championship in 2016. Not bad for the youngster.

Filling the big shoes after Mr. Bobby’s tumble were alternating judges Robert Moorer and Pat Varner. Todd Montgomery stepped up in as the marshal. A big thank you to these gentlemen.

As is the scene at any field trial gathering in the “Field Trial Capital of the World,” the social agenda is vital. Early comers enjoyed spirits and pizza Sunday evening. An old-fashiosned pork barbecue with trimmings was held at the lodge Monday evening. Tuesday night was a traditional trip to the Union Springs Country Club for hand-carved steaks and Gulf shrimp. Culminating the trial Wednesday evening was a spaghetti supper at the lodge. A hearty breakfast was served daily, and lunch was prepared each day by local southern cooks, Judy and Alessia Maddox.

Local patrons were on hand to assist. A huge thank you goes out to George Cole, Jimmy Duncan, Ben Chancellor and Tommy Mote.

The Conecuh Station Open Shooting Dog Stake is a member of AFTCA, Dixie Trace and  Alabama Associations. This trial is a National Open Shooting Dog Championship qualifier as well as Purina Points trial.

Union Springs, Ala., October 24

Judges: Alan Atkins, Bobby Brooks and Pat Varner

OPEN SHOOTING DOG [One-Hour Heats] — 34 Pointers and 6 Setters

1st—MOBILE STRIKE, 1669162, setter male, by Barbaro—Daisy Duke. Doug Hinton, owner; Doug Ray, handler.

2d—MILLER’S VANILLA SNOW, 1627174, pointer female, by Lester’s Snowatch—L G Addition Sue. Tommy Hamilton, owner; George Tracy, handler.

3d—MILLER’S MISS CALAMITY JANE, 1661688, pointer female, by Game Strut—Miller’s Calamity Jane Lady. Allen Linder,  owner; George Tracy, handler.

Judges: Robert Moorer and Pat Varner

OPEN DERBY — 6 Pointers

1st—PINSON’S IMAGINE THAT, 1669331, male, by Lindley’s Thin Ice—Lindley’s Runtellthat. Ray Pinson, owner; Doug Ray, handler.

2d—CLASS ACT EXPRESS, 1673556, male, by Bud of Piney Woods—Class Act Game On. Ray Pinson, owner; Doug Ray, handler.

3d—C S TOP GUN, 1667756, pointer male, by Great River Ice—Moonlite Magic. Tony & Becky Gibson, owners; Doug Ray, handler.

OPEN DERBY — 12 Pointers

1st—BUTTON UP, 1672908, female, by Skyfall—Lips Sealed. Buddy Smith, owner; Steve Hurdle, handler.

2d—MILLER’S HEAT SEEKER, 1674886, male, by Just Irresistible—Miller’s Bring the Heat. Dennis Hood & Bill & Muriel Primm, owners; George Tracy, handler.

3d—ONE PENNY MORE, 1674414, female, by Jolly’s Little Bud—She’s A Peach. J. B. Arlington, owner and handler

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