American Field

Field Trial Report

Georgia-Florida Invitational

By Amy Fuller | Jan 06, 2020
Open Shooting Dog Winners. From left front: Terry Chastain with Melrose Rebel Heart, Tommy Rice with Dekle’s Sinbad Peggy and Jason Loper with Osceola’s Gunsmoke Man. They are joined by Judges John Milton and John Outlaw and well-wishers.

Tallahassee, Fla. — The first weekend of November is the Georgia-Florida handlers trial in the beautiful Red Hills Region around Thomasville, Ga., and Tallahassee, Fla.

The 2019 fall edition was held on the quail-abundant Cherokee Plantation, owned by the Gem Land Company and managed by David Harden and Derek Harden. David is general manager of the Gem Land Company and Derek manages Cherokee. Without these men and their crews the fall trial would not have a place to run and the club and members are greatly appreciative of their hospitality and willingness to host this trial.

The judges where John Milton  of Tallahassee, Fla., and John Outlaw  of  Warsaw, N. C. They know bird dogs and field trials. The club and members thank these men for dedicating their time in the saddle to watch our dogs.

John Milton’s right hand man, Pooh Bear, as most people know him, was in attendance and it’s always good to catch up with him and have a lot of laughs.


Named winner in the Open Shooting Dog was Melrose Rebel Heart, white and orange pointer female handled by Terry James Chastain. Heart ran the last brace of trial and recorded four broke finds where birds where kicked up in front of the dog, one find where birds had left before handler got there, and one unproductive. She had an attractive ground race where she ranged at moderate distance most of hour and a few far casts where she was seen where course allowed for visibility.

Second was Dekle’s Sinbad Peggy, pointer female handled by Tommy Rice, Jr. Peggy ran the first brace of the second morning and recorded six finds. Five  of her finds were handled with birds flushed in front and shot fired; one find birds got up off at a good distance away on a relocation attempt. She had a strong fast race to the front, but visibility was difficult to see, but her absences always were seen with her coming from the dead front. She finished her hour with one of her six to the far front.

Osceola’s Gunsmoke Man was third, handled by Jason Loper on the first day first brace after lunch. Man recorded three nice find, all handled to shooting dog standards; he did suffer one unproductive. Man had a strong race in the heat, being a little lateral at one point in the brace. All three winners had pretty style pointing and were attractive to look at on the ground.

The Open Derby ran Sunday morning. Mayhaw’s Smooth Criminal took first with a forward Derby race and three finds for handler Trey Mills. Pointer male Nonami’s Hank Aaron, handled by Ray Pearce, had three finds and a big race but was lateral at times. Dogwood Cash, handled by Ben Stringer, was third with two finds and a moderate forward race.

Tallahassee, Fla., November 1

Judges: John Milton and John Outlaw

OPEN SHOOTING DOG [One-Hour Heats] — 24 Pointers

1st—MELROSE REBEL HEART, 1676219, female, by Melrose Strong Heart—Melrose Indian Dot. Melrose Plantation, owner; Terry James Chastain, handler.

2d—DEKLE’S SINBAD PEGGY, 1628045, female, by Elhew Sinbad—Dekle’s Peg Wilson. Tommy Rice, Jr. & Benny Cain, owners; Tommy Rice, Jr., handler.

3d—OSCEOLA’S GUNSMOKE MAN, 1668188, male, by Tallokas Lane Change—Osceola Patty Cake. Osceola Kennels, owner; Jason Loper, handler.

OPEN DERBY — 6 Pointers

1st—MAYHAW’S SMOOTH CRIMINAL, 1685671, male, by Mayhaw King Ofthe Hill—Mayhaw Queen Bee. Mayhaw Plantation, owner; Trey Mills, handler.

2d—NONAMI’S HANK AARON, 1684871, male, by Nonami’s King’s Ransom—Nonami’s Pat. R. E. Turner, owner; Ray Pierce, handler.

3d—DOGWOOD CASH, 1687414, male, by Just Irresistible—Dogwood Dee. Dogwood Kennels, owner; Ben Stringer, handler.

Comments (0)
If you wish to comment, please login.