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Field Trial Report

Esmont-Greenfields Field Trial Club

By Tommy Stargell | May 16, 2017
Amateur Shooting Dog Winners. From left front: Rutter’s Dusty Socks with Phil Rutter, Stargell’s Money Penny with Kirk Regensburg and Rutter’s Lone Ranger with Sharon Townley. Behind: Judges Pete Del Collo and Tevon Jones.

Scottsville, Va. — The last weekend in March has become the traditional date for our spring trials and so it was again this year. Central Virginia was beginning to awaken from winter and Jefferson’s country was beautiful.

The setting was John Milton’s Greenfields Farm in Southern Albemarle County. A more fitting location would be hard to find. We thank Mr. and Mrs. Milton for their contributions to field trials.

Purina was our official sponsor and we all need to thank them for their support. Greg Blair was very generous and we thank him and the Purina company for not only their trial support but their constant research to better their already superb product line.

Workers were out in force. Waverly Coleman, Kirk Regensburg and Chip Holland manned the dog wagon. Julie Richards, Sharon Townley and John Milton prepared lunches and provided cocktails. Incredible suppers came from last year’s shooting dog and all-age winners. Jeff Smith and George Doyle prepared  a wonderful pork loin supper on Friday. (The lemon dessert was my favorite). Jim and Rita Jones cooked Cajun on Saturday, fare fit for a king.

Breakfast was provided by John Milton with Doug Mawyer, Sissy Mawyer and Donna McGuire manning the stove.

All these folks gave us meals that are as good as it gets. Julie must get credit for the countless hours she spends getting things ready for these four days.

Without her I suspect the rest of us would not know what to do and maybe give it all up. Thank you, Miss Julie.

Darrell Miller, with help from Phil Townley and Kirk Regensburg, planted birds and did it right.

The clubs would like to thank Brian Sanchez for his positive outlook, his constant desire to better our trials and his loyalty. It is difficult to impossible to get a sixteen-dog entry in each of the two classics. Brian was ever positive that we could do this in the Shooting Dog and it happened. He has excellent dogs, he plays hard and fair and he is all class. We thank him for his being the man he is.

Judging the Classics were Grayson Francis, club treasurer and all-age man from the wars at Hoffman, and Steve Mills of Mayodan, N. C. Steve has had several outstanding years with Walnut Tree Fred extending to success in the Deep South and a great performance in the National Championship.

The crews for the other stakes were Julie Richards, Sharon Townley, Jim Jones, Pete Del Collo and Tevon Jones. Thank you to all these qualified and fair-minded folks.

Weather for Thursday was beautiful. We, however, viewed radar showing horrible conditions coming on Friday so every effort was made to do as much as possible on Thursday.

The Derby was won by our new friend John Outlaw with I’m Carolina Wild. This young pointer had finds at 8, 14 and 23 with advanced manners shown on two of the three and a class half hour. Million Dollar Maxine had contacts at 8 and 27. Third was the bye dog Jaycee’s Grace which had a find at 6. Grace is owned and handled by our old friend John Campoli. We were happy to have John and Susie with us for the first time. C’mon back.

The Virginia Classic Shooting Dog began right after the Derby. We ran five braces on Thursday because we could on this beautiful day and we knew Friday was going to be bad. By 7:00 a. m. Friday the huge storms came and we lost the entire day. I want to stress here that weather did work with us in that the streams went down letting dogs and horses cross with safety on Saturday. The dogs run on Saturday also had equal advantage to the Thursday dogs.

Sugarknoll War Paint sure liked our course. War Paint, handled by Brian Sanchez, had five finds including pristine bird work on four and a stop to flush on a difficult relocation. He also  backed his bracemate beautifully in a solid and proper shooting dog race, a performance hard to beat any day.

Closest to War Paint was kennelmate Shadow Oak Doc. The setter ran a wider and more “out there” race but still handled for Brian. It is hard to say anything but “Wow!” when you see this dog point, which he did at 9, 44 and 53 (a dead bird) and backed handsomely at 55.

Calico’s Cowboy Casanova (Frank Henderson), in the traditional fashion of Calico dogs, just goes out and does his job and does it without error. He had divided finds at 4 and 12 then had additional finds at 33, 40 and 49.

The Virginia All-Age Classic began before lunch on Saturday. We were short on entries but not on talent. You could have run a lot of dogs and no doubt the three placed dogs would have most definitely been in the fray.

Gary Winall’s young first year all-age Mohawk Mill Image  did it all and without a bobble. He was required to back at 1 and stood up there like a man; it was impressive. Image traversed the course like he owned it. His first bird work came at 43 showing his ability to look where others do not. This was coupled with a second find at 51. All total: one back, two finds, an unproductive and a fine race. Image’s sister Bevy’s Dot was in the first brace. Handled by owner and breeder of the outstanding litter (Mohawk Mill Pirate and Bevy’s Mean Girl), Dot also ran the course extremely well. She had finds at 6, 13, 38 and 56. She (like Image) was pointed out going out of sight at pickup. Bob Smith’s Toano’s Mack the Knife was third. Bob shows real affection for all his animals and Mack is no exception. Mack had an unproductive at 16. He also had finds at 30 and 36.

We began a beautiful Sunday morning with generous servings of fried and scrambled eggs, bacon, homemade sausage, biscuits, potatoes and onions and the knowledge that good dogs would run.

Veteran Dusty Socks was  handled for owner Phil Rutter by Sharon Townley. Dusty was the only dog in the trial that has his own motor home and his own gaited mule. He also pretty much tells Phil what to do, too. He’s a fortunate fellow and a good bird dog. He won the stake with two finds and a solid race. Second was the third dog from the Pirate-Girl mating, Kirk Regensburg’s Money Penny and she is a beautiful dog on point. She pointed a bird at 16 and backed at 2. Third was Rutter’s Lone Ranger. It took him a little time to get tight on game but he did, thus third.

The Derby was our second Derby and last stake. All the dogs were run before lunch. Sugarknoll Buzzsaw ran well and had a nice find at 22.  Sadie Ridge High Cotton (Grayson Francis)  ran a nice forward race and pointed with good style at 14. Third was Holland’s Cadence (Mason Holland). No doubt this dog had the largest fan club as the Holland and Stargell Clans were mounted and on the wagon to watch. Cade has an excellent nose and can run. She pointed birds and we heard Mason shoot at 6 and at 20 with birds in the air.

It was a good time with good friends, canine, equine and human. What a treat to have Ray and Faye Joye with us from South Carolina and Mary Burress from Charlottesville (doing research for a magazine story). Zack Fisher and sister Sally (grandchildren of Hall-of-Famer Verle Farrow) came with Sally’s children. Heidi Stafford came with mom Sharon from Fairfax, bringing Heidi’s two daughters Tanner and Landry. Genna Holland and son Andrew came from Virginia Beach. Andrew, age nine, rode front for Mason and Cade. It was more family affair than I have seen in years and that is a good thing.

Thank you John and Vivian, and thank you to all the club members who work so hard. And, because we were only five miles from the famous village of Schuyler, Va., home of the Waltons, Goodnight, John Boy.

Scottsville, Va., March 30 — One Course

Judges: James B. Jones and Sharon Townley

AMATEUR DERBY — 7 Pointers, 1 Setter and 1 German Shorthair

1st—I’M CAROLINA WILD, 1669964, pointer male, by Brown’s Tom Tom—Brown’s Rose. John Outlaw, owner and handler.

2d—MILLION DOLLAR MAXINE, 1663462, pointer female, by Annafield’s Breaking News—Swampfox Lady Hawk. Linwood K. Regensburg, owner and handler.

3d—JAYCEE’S GRACE, 1661427, pointer female, by Brown’s Tom Tom—Hobbs Liza Jane. John & Susan Campoli, owners; John Campoli, handler.

Judges: Grayson Francis and Steve Mills

AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG CLASSIC

[One-Hour Heats] — 14 Pointers and 2 Setters

1st—SUGARKNOLL WAR PAINT, 1621818, pointer male, by Sugarknoll Buckshot—Fibber’s Elhew Grace. Christine & Pete DelCollo & Allen Linder, owners; Brian Sanchez, handler.

2d—SHADOW OAK DOC, 1644034, setter male, by Shadow Oak Bo—Bohannon’s Elizabeth. Great River Kennels & Allen Linder, owners; Brian Sanchez, handler.

3d—CALICO’S COWBOY CASANOVA, 1648144, pointer male, by Calico’s Catch N Release—Calico’s Touch of Class. Calico Kennels, owner; Frank Henderson, handler.

AMATEUR ALL-AGE CLASSIC

[One-Hour Heats] — 5 Pointers and 3 Setters

1st—MOHAWK MILL IMAGE, 1657438, pointer male, by Mohawk Mill Pirate—Bevy’s Mean Girl. G. S. Winall, owner and handler.

2d—BEVY’S DOT, 1657181, pointer female, by Mohawk Mill Pirate—Bevy’s Mean Girl. Thomas Stargell, owner and handler.

3d—TOANO’S MACK THE KNIFE, 1641942, pointer male, by Toano’s Scooter—Lemon’s Flaming Star. Robert Smith, owner and handler.

Judges: Pete Del Collo and Tevon Jones

AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG — 3 Pointers and 3 Setters

1st—RUTTER’S DUSTY SOCKS, 1643529, setter male, by That’s A Fact Jack—Rough House Rise. Phil Rutter, owner; Sharon Townley, handler.

2d—STARGELL’S MONEY PENNY, 1657583, pointer female, by Mohawk Mill Pirate—Bevy’s Mean Girl. Linwood K. Regensburg, owner and handler.

3d—RUTTER’S LONE RANGER, 1655154, setter male, by Mohawk Mill Jacob—Blue’s Tomoka Belle. Phil Rutter, owner and handler.

Judges: James B. Jones and Sharon Townley

AMATEUR DERBY — 6 Pointers, 2 Setters and 1 German Shorthair

1st—SUGARKNOLL BUZZSAW, 1668959, pointer male, by Sugarknoll Snow Warning—Southbound Sally. Pete & Chris DelCollo, owners.

2d—SADIE RIDGE HIGH COTTON, 1669737, pointer male, by House’s Ring of Fire—Touch’s Blaylock Bess. Grayson Francis, owner and handler.

3d—HOLLAND’S CADENCE, unreg., German Shorthair female, breeding not given. Mason Holland, owner and handler.

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