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Field Trial Report

Georgia-Florida Invitational Trials

By Amy Fuller | May 11, 2018
Open Shooting Dog Winners. Identifiable, from left: Wild Eyed Woman with Andrew Bosman, Squire Lee, Caitlin Lee, Julie Rowland, Wallace Reed, Tommy Rice, Stephanie Rice, Grand Prairie Thrill with Jason Sanders, Erin Henley, Jennifer Sanders, Erin and Terry James Chastain, John Fuller, Tallokas Storm Bandit with Jason Loper, Judge Rick Furney and Judge Mike Furney.

Thomasville, Ga. — The Georgia-Florida Invitational Field Trial Club held its spring renewal at Seminole Plantation courtesy of the Smith and Knox Family, Wallace Reed and Seminole Plantation staff.

Seminole, just south of Thomasville, was extremely beautiful with amazing grounds, lots of birds and a beautiful barn. We thank our members of this club and our sponsors for keeping this trial running for 58 years!

We also thank Mike and Rick Furney for judging our trial. They are unsurpassed in their knowledge of bird dogs. Both grew up on a plantation and have hunted and field trialed all their lives. Mike has won many amateur stakes and championships; Rick has won numerous open championships as well as the National Championship twice. We thank them for their knowledge and time Placed first was Wild Eyed Woman, white and liver pointer female owned and handled by Squire Lee. The winning dog was run the last brace of the Open Shooting Dog on Saturday. Wild Eyed Woman had four finds, ran a strong front race and had a great finish. She was a very attractive running dog.

Second was Grand Prairie Thrill, pointer female owned and handled by Thomas Rice III. This dog was in the 7th brace on Friday after lunch. Grand Prairie Thrill had one find and a strong forward race. Third was Tallokas Storm Bandit, pointer male handled by Jason Loper and owned by Ocseola Kennels. Bandit had one find, a strong front race and a great finish.

The companion Derby was held on Sunday, judged by L. J. Lundstrom and Shon Powell who placed Dogwood Bill first. The pointer male was handled by Ben Stinger and owned by Dogwood Kennels. Bill was in the first brace on Sunday. He had four finds.

Second was Chief’s Rising Sun, handled by Mark Henley, owned by Wisconsinite John Mathys. Sun had one find. Third was Melrose Rebel Heart, handled by Terry James Chastain, owned by Melrose Plantation. Heart had one find.

Thomasville, Ga., March 9

Judges: Michael Furney and Rick Furney

OPEN SHOOTING DOG — 32 Pointers

1st—WILD EYED WOMAN, 1669645, female, by Game Strut—Sparrowhawk. Lee Squire, owner and handler.

2d—GRAND PRAIRIE THRILL, 1676501, female, by Seekin A Thrill—York’s Hollywood. Thomas Rice III, owner and handler.

3d—TALLOKAS STORM BANDIT, 1650612, pointer male, by Lester’s Storm—White Diamond Sally. Osceola Kennels, owner; Jason Loper, handler.

Judges: L. J. Lundstrom and Shon Powell

OPEN DERBY — 17 Pointers and 1 Setter

1st—DOGWOOD BILL, 1678778, pointer male, by True Confidence—Hutchinson’s Storm Chaser. Dogwood Kennels, owner; Ben Stinger, handler.

2d—CHIEF’S RISING SUN, 1673071, setter male, by Erin’s Prometheus—Skydancer Flash Dance. John Mathys, owner; Mark Henley, handler.

3d—MELROSE REBEL HEART, 1676219, pointer male, by Melrose Strong Heart—Melrose Indian Dot. Melrose Plantation, owner; Terry James Chastain, handler.

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