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Field Trial Report

Henry Banks, Sr. Memorial Club

By Dennis Hood | Feb 08, 2018
Amateur Shooting Dog Winners. In foreground, from left: Sly Rutherford with American Express Lane, Renee Peek with Lester’s Prime Poison Lane and Todd with Pineywoods Jackpot. Standing: Mary McPherson, Pat McPherson, David Steele and Bill Mason, the judges; Jamie McKemie, Darron Hendley, Jason Montgomery and Presley Graham.

Greensboro, Ala. — The 2017 edition of the Henry Banks, Sr. Memorial Field Trial Club Amateur stakes commenced Thanksgiving weekend at the Alabama State Cattle Ranch near Greensboro, Ala. This year the trial featured both a one-hour Amateur All-Age with traditional one-hour Purina Amateur Shooting Dog Stake. Both stakes were well received and the club is thankful for all participants who came and supported us.

Judges this year were three gentlemen who have long supported the bird dog sport. Judging the All-Age Stake were David Steele of Signal Mountain, Tenn., and Harvey Crosby of Prattville, Ala. Bill Mason joined David for the Amateur Shooting Dog Stake. All three gentlemen set a positive pace and gave every contender their full attention.

The Alabama State Cattle Ranch is still known as the cattle ranch in name only. Now owned by the Alabama Forever Wild program for recreational activities. Manager Bill Mason has done a tremendous job. All three courses are competitive, giving a dog an opportunity to show while making him bend with his handler. There are a number of major trials now taking advantage of this venue.

The Henry Banks Amateur stakes are one of three trials this season contended on the Alabama Field Trial Association and the Dixie Trace Field Trial Association circuits that are run in support of the Hartley Carter Memorial Scholarship fund. Hartley was a beautiful young lady who came and rode every weekend at all the local trials. Unfortunately, her life was cut short in a tragic automobile accident. Shortly after her death, a scholarship fund was set up to provide a $1000 annual scholarship to the leading handler of the youth stakes held across the states of Alabama and Georgia. We now have at least two of our early recipients in institutions of higher learning.

We would be remiss if we did not take this opportunity to express our appreciation to the sponsors that helped us over the weekend. First and foremost, thanks to Purina and Greg Blair for their financial support and the donation of feed for the winners. Jimmy Cook of Cook Chevrolet/Ford in Elba, Ala., donated a scrumptious steak dinner Friday night that was thoroughly enjoyed. We also thank Eddie Sholar of Plantation Supply who supported a delightful dinner on Saturday night.

As mentioned, this is the first year the club that began in the heart of shooting dog country ran an all-age stake. We were tremendously encouraged by the support, receiving sixteen entries from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Louisiana.

Emerging as the winner was Hendrix’s Dak Attack, Derby-age pointer male in the ownership of Burke Hendrix of Hernando, Miss. Claiming second was the consistent winner Shadow’s Bewitched, pointer female owned by Adam and Bo Houston of Nashville, Ga. Woody Watson of Albany, Ga., was at the helm for her effort. The Hendrixes were again ringing the bell as Hendrix’s Signature claimed the show placement. Burke Hendrix was again at the helm for his charge with dad Guy rooting from the gallery.

The Amateur Shooting Dog Classic commenced just afterward. Named winner was Pineywoods Jackpot, setter male owned and handled by Darron Hendley of Pike Road, Ala. Gathering the second placement was Lester’s Prime Poison Lane, pointer male owned and handled by Brian Peterson of Cecil, Ala. Brian was also around for third place with his American Express Lane. All three dogs were placed on their efforts afoot and multiple bird contacts.

Again, we thank our sponsors one more time and all those who had a hand in making this field trial successful.

Greensboro, Ala., November 24

Judges: Bill Mason and David Steele

AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG CLASSIC [One-Hour Heats] — 17 Pointers and 1 Setter

1st—PINEYWOODS JACKPOT, 1648891, setter male, by Shadow Oak Bo—Sukura’s Come Home Jessie. Darron Hendley, owner and handler.

2d—LESTER’S PRIME POISON LANE, 1652018, pointer male, by Lester’s Snowatch—Lady’s Southern Charm. Brian Peterson, owner and handler.

3d—AMERICAN EXPRESS LANE, 1658218, pointer male, by Lester’s Snowatch—Layne’s Snow Maker. Brian Peterson, owner and handler.

Judges: Harvey Crosby and David Steele

AMATEUR ALL-AGE CLASSIC [One-Hour Heats] — 16 Pointers

1st—HENDRIX’S DAK ATTACK, 1671555, male, by Dunn’s Tried’n True—Hendrix’s Tri Tide. Burke Hendrix, owner and handler.

2d—SHADOW’S BEWITCHED, 1641227, female, by In the Shadow—Twin Lakes Wishbone. Adam & Bo Houston, owners; Woody Watson, handler.

3d—HENDRIX’S SIGNATURE, 1656737, male, by Game Strut—Hendrix’s Outlier. Burke Hendrix, owner and handler.

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