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Field Trial Report

Esmont Field Trial Club of Virginia

By Tommy Stargell | Nov 01, 2018
Amateur All-Age winner Bevy’s Dot posed by owner-handler Tommy Stargell.

Brookneal, Va. — Our first fall trial was held over the weekend of October 13-14. Our venue was, for the second time, the beautiful Hat Creek Farm owned by club members Grayson and Sandra Francis.

The farm is located just outside the town of Brookneal, Va. Pasture, feed strips, swampy bottoms and woodlands comprise a varied terrain to make every minute on the ground an interesting experience.

Grayson and Sandra have put in countless hours on the farm and their labor shows. They opened their beautiful home to us the entire trial and even fed us incredible meals three times a day. Their hospitality knew no bounds and we can only give them our deep thanks.

In addition, we owe gratitude to Sunshine Mills, Sportsman’s Pride and Brad  Kennedy for sponsorship of this trial. It is getting harder and harder each year to put on trials. This team and their fine products make things go much easier and they do it with a product supreme, plus class and style.

Some of our club members were able to come to the trial. Horrible hurricane damage had been felt in Virginia and North Carolina in the week before this outing. The same Hurricane Michael that tore apart south Georgia and Florida did not spare parts of Virginia and our neighboring Tar Heel State. Several of our members and usual patrons were needed at home to deal with poweroutages and damages.

Julie Richards, Darrell Miller, Phil and Sharon Townley, Bruce Conover and Steve Mills pitched in to make the workload lighter for all. Judges for each stake came from the membership ranks and all did a fine and fair job. There was not one bit of a fuss, a rare field trial event.

Weather had been extremely hot in Virginia and for this weekend we received a reprieve. Saturday morning  was quite cool and the first fall-like day we had this year. The winner of the first Derby came from brace No. 3 in Dry Creek Ginger Snap for team Doyle and Smith. This was by far the class dog of this stake. She ran well, looked good and pointed birds. Second went to her littermate Dry Creek Challenger, another Doyle charge. He had a find and reasonable race. Third went to Beechwood She’s A Pistol for Sharon and Phil Townley. This setter female marked with a lot of black ran enough and had a quail contact. We started the stake late and there was no reason to hurry, so we broke for a long lunch provided by Mrs. Francis.

Saturday afternoon gave us the Amateur All-Age. This stake was won in a most convincing fashion by Bevy’s Dot in the first brace. She made a huge cast off the breakaway and was not seen for several minutes. She was found dead to the front and pointed. Handler and Judge Larry King (thank you so much Larry for helping us by judging) covered this and another cast was begun toward the creek bottom this time. She was gathered along the creek and heeled up the woods hill. Allowed to range now she was found pointed to the front. A bird was produced at 28 and a finish executed far to the front. Bracemate Bonafide Bocephus for Darrell Miller pointed at 5. His tally ended up as a good forward race, one find and an unproductive. He looked impressive when we saw him on point. Third was Bevy’s Mean Girl. This veteran is dam to the stake winner. Her race was spirited and marred only by her desire to visit the swamp recall pen twice. She was pointed at the finish of the half hour.

Kennel chores completed, we enjoyed the Saturday night feast prepared by Sandra and Grayson. An added treat was a visit by their daughter Laura and her delightful daughter Carrington. Could we say that the grandparents are proud — ya think? Again a terrific meal and great company.

Sunday was even cooler with rain showers in the morning.

We began with the Amateur Shooting Dog. This was a good stake clearly won by Dry Creek Jessie James with finds at 7, 12, and 28 and a back at 17. It was a good veteran effort. Bracemate Bad News Billy for club member Bruce Conover complemented the effort of the winner. The two worked as two shooting dogs should.  Billy had birds pointed at 3 and 17. He backed Jessie James at 7 and 12. Beechwoods Madison picked up the yellow ribbon running in the last brace. She had finds at 4, 13 and 26.

We finished the trial with a second Derby. Again Dry Creek Ginger Snap won the blue. She really did a nice job on the ground and impressed with her ground coverage. Bracemate Bevy’s Cadillac Jukebox also was a treat to watch around the course with equal animation. Both had bird work with Snap’s more defined. Beechwood She’s A Pistol rounded out the placements with forward movement and a lot of contacts.

This wasn’t a big trial but it was a happy trial. All participants appreciated our hosts and their hospitality. There was good dog work and sportsmanship. No doubt the weather before the trial played a factor in the numbers.

What is most important was that all our friends and their families were safe. We will see you all next time.

Brookneal, Va., October 13 — One Course

Judges: Julie Richards and Thomas A. Stargell

AMATEUR DERBY — 6 Pointers, 1 Setter and 1 German Shorthair

1st—DRY CREEK GINGER SNAP, 1674790, pointer female, by Black River Hawk—Aries. George & Jeni Doyle, owners; George Doyle, handler.

2d—DRY CREEK CHALLENGER, 1674751, pointer male, by Black River Hawk—Aries. George & Jeni Doyle, owners; George Doyle, handler.

3d—BEECHWOOD SHE’S A PISTOL, 1675035, setter female, by Rutter’s Dusty Socks—Pinekone Whistling Dixie. Phil & Sharon Townley, owners; Sharon Townley, handler.

Judges: Larry J. King and Julie Richards

AMATEUR ALL-AGE — 5 Pointers and 2 Setters

1st—BEVY’S DOT, 1657181, pointer female, by Mohawk Mill Pirate—Bevy’s Mean Girl. T. A. Stargell, owner and handler.

2d—BONAFIDE BOCEPHUS, 1660332, setter male, by Hot Blooded—Get Back Lola. Darrell Miller, owner and handler.

3d—BEVY’S MEAN GIRL, 1614754, pointer female, by Lester’s Thunderbird—Arcanum’s Happy. T. A. Stargell, owner and handler.

Judges: Steve Mills and Thomas A. Stargell

AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG — 3 Pointers, 3 Setters and 2 Brittanys

1st—DRY CREEK JESSIE JAMES, 1656105, pointer male, by Sugarknoll War Paint—East Coast Jessy Jane. George & Jeni Doyle, owners; George Doyle, handler.

2d—BAD NEWS BILLY, 1668026, pointer male, by Mohawk Mill Pirate—East Coast Jessy Jane. Bruce Conover, owner and handler.

3d—BEECHWOODS MADISON, 1652844, setter female, by Mohawk Mill Jacob—Blue’s Tomoka Belle. Sharon & Phil Townley, owners; Sharon Townley, handler.

Judges: Bruce P. Conover and Julie Richards

AMATEUR DERBY — 6 Pointers, 1 Setter and 1 German Shorthair

1st—DRY CREEK GINGER SNAP, 1674790, pointer female, by Black River Hawk—Aries. George & Jeni Doyle, owners; George Doyle, handler.

2d—BEVY’S CADILLAC JUKEBOX, 1675106, pointer female, by Mohawk Mill Pirate—Mohawk Mill Southern. T. A. Stargell, owner and handler.

3d—BEECHWOOD SHE’S A PISTOL, 1675035, setter female, by Rutter’s Dusty Socks—Pinekone Whistling Dixie. Phil & Sharon Townley, owners; Sharon Townley, handler.

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