American Field

Special Bulletin

Continental Open All-Age Championship

By Steve Standley | Feb 02, 2018

Greenville, Fla. — The mystique and glory of Dixie Plantation once again revealed itself in the 123rd running of the Continental trials that included the Continental Derby and All-Age Championships. Conditions were dry and birds were elusive in the early stages of the competition, but a soft rain and small changes in the climate allowed more than adequate game contact as the trial continued.

Erin’s Redrum’s strong, forward race with four clean finds were enough to tip the scales during the climactic last brace of the one-hour and fifty-minute callback series to garner championship laurels for owner-handler Sean Derrig of Chicago, Ill., and his handsome white and orange pointer male.

The title of runner-up was claimed by Touch’s Mega Mike, first year pointer male owned by Eddie Sholar of Leesburg, Ga., and Ted Dennard of Haddock, Ga. Under the whistle of handler Mark McLean, Mega Mike appeared in the second brace of the seven-brace callback series. His powerful race and three finds set the bar high in this grand event.

In addition to the winners, twelve other dogs were named for the finals: Westfall’s Black Ace, pointer male, Bill Westfall, owner; Andy Daugherty, handler; Dominator’s Dotted Line, pointer female, Curtis Futch, owner; Jamie Daniels, handler; Lester’s Sunny Hill Jo, pointer male, David Thompson, owner; Gary Lester, handler; Dominator’s Rebel Heir, pointer male, Jim Hamilton, owner; Jamie Daniels, handler; Seminole Boss, pointer male, Jack and Sarah Swartz, owners; Rick Furney, handler; Touch’s Red Rider, pointer male, Tucker Johnson, owner; Luke Eisenhart, handler; Erin’s Longmire, pointer male, Brad H. Calkins, owner; Robin Gates, handler; Showtime Sam Houston, pointer male, Larron and Laura Copeland, owners; Larron Copeland, handler; Touch’s Game Point, pointer male, Dr. Reuben Richardson and Tony Gibson, owners; Mark McLean, handler; Sandhill Trig, pointer male, Randy Peel and Dylan Pforte, owners; Fred Rayl, handler; Touch’s Smooth Operator, pointer male, Dallas Davidson, owner; Rick Furney, handler; Miller’s Speed Dial, pointer male, Gary Lester, owner and handler.

Judges were Garland Priddy of Raymond, Miss., and Jim Davis of Pavo, Ga. Both men are gentlemen and dog men to the core. Their experience is vast and their focus was intense, with fairness extended to all.

The Continental Field Trial Club, Dixie Plantation, and Tall Timbers Research have much to be proud of. The name “Continental” brings thoughts of history, glamour, and the best in true all-age bird dog field trials.


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