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Field Trial Report

Henry Banks, Sr. Field Trial Club

By Amy Johnson | Dec 07, 2017
Shooting Dog Winners. In foreground, from left: Dennis Hood with Lovern’s Red Lace, Tommy Rice with Seeking A Thrill and Harold Johnson with Jamback’s Johnny B Good. Standing: George Tracy, Judges Tommy Walker and Frank Rutland, and Cole Henry.

Greensboro, Ala. — The annual Henry Banks, Sr. Open Shooting Dog Classic and companion Derbies kicked off October 30 at Greensboro, Ala.

Judging the Classic were Frank Rutland of Cecil, Ala., and Tommy Walker of Gay, Ga. Tommy graciously filled in at the last moment when our other advertised judge had to back out due to employment commitments.

Both men rode hard and gave every contender a fair look. Their decisions were well received. Tommy stayed on and judged the Derby Stakes with Bill Mason of Greensboro, Ala. Thanks so much to all you gentlemen for taking the time to support our trial.

For the first time the Henry Banks was contested over the courses of the old Alabama State Cattle Ranch near Greensboro. The ranch, now operated under the auspices of the State of Alabama’s Forever Wild program, was in fine shape for the first trial of the year to be contested over this property.

Manager Bill Mason had the courses mowed such that the mowing continued to throw contenders to the front. Feed patches were planted along the courses to provide habitat along with the natural cover.

My second trip to the “cattle ranch” in a number of years reinforced my first thought . . .  much improvement from the years past. Thanks to the state, Bill Mason, and the help for a job well done.

The Henry Banks, Sr. Memorial Open Shooting Dog Classic has long been a staple on the early fall schedule in Alabama. Originally based near Hurtsboro,  the trial was held for years on Sehoy Plantation. As the club membership in Hurtsboro became diminished, the trial was moved to Georgia for a few years. It was a pleasure to see it moved back home to Alabama for this year’s renewal. Thanks to everyone who had a hand in making that happen.

We would be remiss not to thank our sponsors for the trial. Purina and Greg Blair really stepped up and helped. Also on board with a big helping hand was Jimmy Cook of Cook Chevrolet/Ford of Elba, Ala.

The club sponsored a steak dinner during the trial that was enjoyed by all.


We were fortunate to have five trainers support the Classic with entries. The judges named Lovern’s Red Lace the winner for handler George Tracy. Lacey is owned by Dennis Hood of Lanett, Ala. She was credited with a huge forward effort afoot along with two finds.

Second was Seeking A Thrill for Tommy Rice, Jr. The white and liver pointer male was forward during his effort and was also credited with two finds. He is owned by Ross Leonard of Cloudland, Ga.

Jamback’s Johnny B Good was third for George Tracy. Johnny was forward and showy during his race. His search yielded one find. Johnny is owned by Dr. Reuben Richardson and Harold Johnson.

This qualifying trial for the National Open Shooting Dog Championship produced three first-time winners in adult dog competition and qualified all three contenders for the National.

The club also ran two Derby stakes. The Derby run to shooting dog standards produced the winner in Miller’s Just Plain Rowdy, pointer male from the string of George Tracy. Rowdy is owned by Allen Linder. A littermate to the winner, Miller’s Braveheart, claimed second place, also for George Tracy. Braveheart is shown in the ownership of Tommy Hamilton. Michael Martino showed the pointer female One Penny More to third. She is owned by Jack Arlington of Seale, Ala. All contenders were placed on race and birds.

George Tracy released another littermate to the two mentioned above to claim the all-age Open Derby. Miller’s Heat Seeker claimed the win with his effort afoot and two finds. He is owned by Dennis Hood, Bill and Muriel Primm, and Jack and Fran Miller.

Hillhavyn’s Good Time Rail, pointer female, was second for handler Michael Martino. She is owned by Brad and Collins Brown. Pride’s Big Bully claimed third for George Tracy. Bully is owned by Mike and Jackie Norris and was placed on his effort afoot.

Greensboro, Ala., October 30

Judges: Frank Rutland and Tommy Walker

OPEN SHOOTING DOG CLASSIC [One-Hour Heats] — 29 Pointers and

1 Setter

1st—LOVERN’S RED LACE, 1661438, pointer female, by Lovern’s Red Rider—Lovern’s Sunny Side. Dennis Hood, owner; George Tracy, handler.

2d—SEEKING A THRILL, 1661543, pointer male, by Just Irresistible—Snow Thrill. Ross Leonard, owner; Tommy Rice, handler.

3d—JAMBACK’S JOHNNY B GOOD, 1669228, pointer male, by Erin’s Wild Justice—Awsum Country Girl. Rueben Richardson & Harold Johnson, owners; George Tracy, handler.

Judges: Bill Mason and Tommy Walker

OPEN DERBY — 10 Pointers

1st—MILLER’S HEAT SEEKER, 1674886, male, by Just Irresistible—Miller’s Bring The Heat. Dennis Hood, Bill & Muriel Primm & Jack & Fran Miller, owners; George Tracy, handler.

2d—HILLHAVYN’S GOOD TIME RAIL, 1670917, female, by Good Time Ty—Hillhavyn’s Runaway Lucy. Brad & Collins Brown, owners; Michael Martino, handler.

3d—PRIDE’S BIG BULLY, 1670600, male, by Bully Bragg—Bullerina. Mike & Jackie Norris, owners; George Tracy, handler.

OPEN DERBY — 10 Pointers

1st—MILLER’S JUST PLAIN ROWDY, 1674985, male, by Just Irresistible—Miller’s Bring the Heat. Allen R. Linder, owner; George Tracy, handler.

2d—MILLER’S BRAVEHEART, 1674984, male, by Just Irresistible—Miller’s Bring The Heat. Tommy Hamilton, owner; George Tracy, handler.

3d—ONE PENNY MORE, 1674414, female, by Jolly’s Little Bud—She’s A Peach. J. B. Arlington, owner; Michael Martino, handler.

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