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Field Trial Report

Duplin County (N.C.) Trials

By Carolyn Quinn | Nov 13, 2017

Warsaw, N. C. — Saturday, October 7, proved to be a very warm, humid day for the start of the 2017 Duplin County trial at Boy Scout Lane, in Warsaw, N. C. This event was held under the direction of Bill Faust, with the help of various members of the club. Seven stakes were offered Saturday and Sunday.

First was the Open Puppy with Judges John Outlaw and Tom Brigman, Jr. Quick off of the starting line, this group of youngsters gave the judges and gallery a review of the upcoming day’s events. In the end, pointer male Oscar claimed first. Second was Shawn Melvin with Lady Red, an energetic Irish setter female. Joe Allen Edwards, Irish Setter Hall of Fame recipient, annexed third place with his Come Back Billy Boy.

Open Derby No. 1 was off at 9:00 a. m., with John Outlaw and Tom Brigman, Jr. officiating. Jerry Raynor of Linden, N. C., won first with pointer male Chester which had two finds and pretty field work. Joe Edwards, of Six Runs Plantation, showed his Come Back Trump, stating earlier, “Trump ’cause you don’t know what he is going to do or say.”  The Irish setter had one find. Sammy Giddens’ handsome pointer I’m Bud’s Next Generation  earned third.

Open Shooting Dog judges were John Outlaw and Jimmy Edmundson, who would  also judge the remaining stakes.

With the temperature continuing to rise, owners, handlers and horses moved at a slower pace, but the dogs were  eager to find birds and moved swiftly through the course.

Handler Matt Basilone competed in this stake with 13 dogs; Calvin/Russell had seven. Completing the entries were Shawn Melvin, Joe Edwards, Andrew Brown and Jerry Raynor.

Matt Basilone’s Brown’s Ale made a wide sweep of the sand field, finding birds almost immediately, then was off again, criss-crossing the cedar field to the woodsedge. Ale moved to the big field where he found a covey amidst the millet. Ale earned first place.

Participants enjoyed a delicious barbecue pork luncheon catered by Bland’s BBQ and served by Joyce Kornegay, a longtime supporter and friend of the Duplin County Club.

With a few afternoon clouds gathering, a brief shower or two and gentle breeze gave slight breaks from the heat a couple of times during the afternoon.

Merritt’s Hope, setter female handled by Calvin/Russell, although a little shy, pleased the judges with her performance and earned second. Completing nine braces during the afternoon, at 4:30 p. m. the judges called it a day and announced the winners. Deerfield Game, pointer female handled by Matt Basilone, won third.

James Costin, Nutrina feed representive, was on hand to present each winner with horse feed or dog food in recognition of their placements, offering congratulations to each of the winners.

Duplin County was pleased to have attending former winning owner field trial supporter  Mr. Edward Darden and his friend Ms. Grace Sinclair. Both were on hand Saturday and Sunday and enjoyed reminiscing about his former years in this arena.

Sunday morning was a little overcast with occasional misting of rain that did not hamper the scheduled stakes.

Gracie, Sammy Giddens’ pointer female, and Andrew Brown’s Stormy were on the mark and ready to go promptly at 8:00 a. m. in the Open All-Age.

The second Open Derby started at 9:45 a. m.  Joe Edwards’ Magic, Irish setter female, placed first, with Eric Russell’s Hurry Cain, pointer male, second. Completing the placements was Eric Russell’s sweet setter female Amazing Grace.

The final stake Sunday morning was the Amateur Shooting Dog. Baldwin’s Roy, pointer male owned by James Baldwin, made a wide loop around the sand field with the Irish setter male, High Liner, owned by Edwards,  tight on his heels. Roy pointed a covey in the privet thicket with High Liner backing. Roy moved into the next field, with another find. High Liner pointed in the woodsedge. With both dogs showing their talent, this proved to be a tight race; Roy named first,  High Liner, second.

During the course of the trial each winner was awarded a double clipped dog lead, colored in blue, red or yellow for their placement, horse feed or dog food, plus purse winnings.

Congratulations were offered, good-byes were said  as horses, dogs, owners and handlers exited the trial grounds. Each expressed: “I’ll see you at (various upcoming events)”  in the months ahead.

Warsaw, N. C., October 7 — One Course

Judges: Tom Brigman, Jr. and John Outlaw

OPEN PUPPY — 1 Pointer, 2 Setters and 3 Irish Setters

1st—OSCAR, unreg., pointer male, breeding not given.

2d—LADY RED, unreg., Irish setter female, breeding not given. Shawn Melvin, owner and handler.

3d—COME BACK BILLY BOY, 1673121, Irish setter male, by Come Back Cutter—Come Back Bee Gee. J. A. Edwards, owner and handler.

OPEN DERBY — 5 Pointers and 1 Irish Setter

1st—CHESTER, unreg., pointer male, breeding not given. Jerry Raynor, owner and handler.

2d—COME BACK TRUMP, 1673917, Irish setter male, by Come Back Audie—Celtic’s Spectacular. J. A. Edward, owner and handler.

3d—I’M BUD’S NEXT GENERATION, 1668772, pointer male, by Great River Ice—I’m Bud’s Southern Lady. Hunter’s Creek Kennels, owner; Sammy Giddens, handler.

Judges: Jimmy Edmundson and John Outlaw

OPEN SHOOTING DOG — 10 Pointers, 11 Setters and

5 Irish Setters

1st—BROWN’S ALE, 1661380, pointer male, by Brown’s Tom Tom—Hobbs Liza Jane. Andrew Brown, owner; Matt Basilone, handler.

2d—MERRITT’S HOPE, 1648429, pointer male, by Smoke Rise Buck—Merritt’s Pearl. Terry Merritt, owner; Calvin/Russell, handler.

3d—DEERFIELD GAME, 1656623, pointer female, by Erin’s Stone Cutter—A Whiskey Lullaby. Richard Gillis & Karen Lordi, owners; Matt Basilone, handler.

OPEN ALL-AGE — 1 Pointer and 1 Irish Setter

[No placements awarded]

OPEN DERBY — 4 Pointers, 1 Setter and 1 Irish Setter

1st—COME BACK MAGIC, 1673122, Irish setter female, by Come Back Cutter—Come Back Bonita. J. A. Edwards, owner and handler.

2d—SANDLAND HURRY CAIN, 1670083, pointer male, by Cover Charge Search Engine—Sandland Dolly P. Mills Hodge, owner; Eric Russell, handler.

3d—SANDLAND AMAZING GRACE, 1668611, setter female, by Sterlingworth Jack—Sandland Miracle Maggie. Jim Pruett & Mills Hodge, owners; Eric Russell, handler.

AMATEUR DERBY — 2 Pointers

[No placements awarded]

AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG — 3 Pointers and 1 Irish Setter

1st—BALDWIN’S ROY, 1611091, pointer male, by Sportsman’s Buddy—Class Act Sally. James Baldwin, owner and handler.

2d—COME BACK HIGH LINER, 1654572, Irish setter male, by Come Back Hightider—Come Back Leah. Joe A. Edwards, owner and handler.

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