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Field Trial Report

Lee County Field Trial Club

By Larron Copeland | Jan 15, 2022
Amateur All-Age Winners. Front row, from left: Mike Jackson with Storm's End, Woody Watson with Touch's Blue Knight, and Cecil Rester with Rester's Cowboy Bill. Back row: from left: Matt Pendergest and Megan Henry, Chris Cagle, Jeff Gibbons, Steve Wiley, and Quinton Wiseman.

Bronwood, Ga. — The Lee County Open All-Age National Championship Qualifier stake started Monday, December, 13, on beautiful Showtime Plantation Bronwood, Ga.

No field trial is ever the same and this year was no exception to the rule. Before calling this year's stake, these well qualified judges said, out of the forty dogs that competed,  fifteen of them were worthy of placements. While only three could be placed, having that many good races speak highly of both dogs and handlers.

Judges were Mike Jackson, Battle Ground, Ind., and Joe Rentz, Brooks, Ga.

Last year's winner, Lester's Shockwave, handled by Gary lester, owned by Tomy and Bonnie Hamilton placed third this year. Shockwave ran on the third course in the afternoon and was credited with finds at 22, 42 and 48. Shockwave ran his usual strong race.

Second place was awarded to Erin's Wild Atlantic Way, handled by Luke Eisenhart, owned by Sean Derrig. Erin's Wild Atlantic Way was one of two setters in this year's trial.  Wild Atlantic Way was credited with finds at 20, 48 and 58, with birds seen in the air at the 58-minute mark. Erin's Wild Atlantic Way ran on the third course of the first morning of the trial and id it proudly for Luke.

Dominator's Rogue Rebel, handled by Jamie Daniels and owned by Jack and Sarah Swartz, ran in the 14th brace and rose to the top spot of this year's trial. "Tip," a white and liver pointer, showed off for his owner's Jack and Sarah. Tip had finds at 8, 45 and 49 with a back at 31. Tip used the second morning course to the fullest.

The Lee County Open Derby consisted of 29 entries and began, Thursday, December 16. This fall has been full of large quality Derby stakes. Lee County Open Derby was no exception. Judges were Mike Jackson of Battleground, Ind., and Gary Hill of Dawson, Ga., with both being impressed by the caliber of dogs in this year's stake.

Third place dog was Kent Cantrell's newly acquired pointer female, Touch's Lone Dominator, handled by Judd Carlton. She was credited with a find at 15 with a good forward race.

Second was awarded to Navajo Nation, pointer male, for handler Luke Eisenhart, owners Bill and Margi Ricci and Dr. Bill Bruchey. Navajo Nation was credited with a good find at the 15-minute mark and had a strong forward race.

The top spot in this year's Derby was Erin's Perfect Storm, handled by Luke Eisenhart and owned by Brad Woody of Charlotte, N. C. Erin's Perfect Storm was credited with a find at 16 with a nice strong forward race.

Lee County Field Trial Club would like to thank all sponsors. Purina, Greg Blair, we thank you for always being so eager to help and for being so generous and making it possible to carry forward this fine sport we all love. Steve, aka "Kudzu" and Marilyn Wiley for sponsoring breakfast every morning for everyone attending with Hardee's sausage biscuits.

Lunches were sponsored daily by Bennett's Feed & Seed, Flint Ag & Turf, Ivey's Outdoor & Farm Supply, Nutrien Ag Solutions, NexGen, Green Point Ag and last but not least, last year's winner, Gary Lester. Nutrien Ag also sponsored the fish fry held, Friday evening, December 10.

We also want to thank all participating handlers and owners competing in this year's Lee County Open All-Age, Open Derby and Amateur All-Age for making it possible for us to host another year of quality trials.

Lee County Field Trial Club honored, Paul "Pepa" Loska for his very important part of every field trial held at Showtime Plantation for the last ten years. His dedication to our sport is greatly appreciated.

Lastly, Steve Wiley and I want to welcome Jeff Gibbons for joining our Lee County Field Trial Club board. Jeff will definitely be an asset to our club. We look forard to Jeff helping us for many years to come.

Bronwood, Ga., December 9

Judges: Mike Jackson and Joe Rentz

OPEN ALL-AGE [One-Hour Heats] — 38 Pointers and 2 Setters

1st—DOMINATOR'S ROGUE REBEL, 1685399, pointer male, by Just Watch—Erin's Galway Girl. Jack & Sarah Schwarz, owners; Jamie Daniels, handler.

2d—ERIN'S WILD ATLANTIC WAY, 1684809, setter male, by Erin's Hidden Shamrock—T T's Southern Miss. Sean Derrig, owner; Luke Eisenhart, handler.

3d—LESTER'S SHOCKWAVE, 1681623, pointer male, by Ransom—Beane's Line Dancer. Tommy & Bonnie Hamilton, owners; Gary Lester, handler.

Judges: Gary Hill and Mike Jackson

OPEN DERBY — 27 Pointers and 2 Setters

1st—ERIN'S PERFECT STORM, 1692323, pointer male, by Chelsea's Thunder Bolt—Erin's Bet On Me. Sean Derrig, owner; Luke Eisenhart, handler.

2d—NAVAJO NATION, 1693612, pointer male, by True Confidence—Southern Songbird. Dr. Bill Bruchey & Bill & Margie Ricci, owners; Luke Eisenhart, handler.

3d—TOUCH'S LONE DOMINATOR, unreg., pointer female, by Miller's Blindsider—Pearl Again. Dr. Kent Cantrell, owner; Judd Carlton, handler.


Amateur All-Age started Friday, December 10, drawing twelve quality dogs. Jeff Gibbons of Deatsville, Ala., and Quinton Wiseman of Hogansville, Ga., were this year's judges.

Rester's Cowboy Bill placed third for veteran handler Cecil Rester. "Bill" had two finds, a back and  an unproductive with a good race. Touch's Blue Knight, handled by Woody Watson placed second. "Pete" had a good race with four finds and a back. Storm's End, pointer female, took the top spot this year with handler and newcomer to Lee County Amateur All-Age, Matt Pendergest. "Kate" had three finds and a strong, forward race. All placements were well received.

We would like to thank Jeff and Quinton for their time and express our appreciation of their professional expertise in judging this year's trial.

Judges: Jeff Gibbons and Quinton Wiseman

AMATEUR ALL-AGE [One-Hour Heats] — 10 Pointers and 2 Setters

1st—STORM'S END, 1687221, pointer female, by Dunn's Tried'n True—K F Prairie Storm. Matt Pendergest & Megan Henry, owners; Matt Pendergest, handler.

2d—TOUCH'S BLUE KNIGHT, 1680548, pointer male, by Touch's Knight Rider—Touch's Maswood Anne. Woody Watson, owner and handler.

3d—RESTER'S COWBOY BILL, 1683365, pointer male, by Dunn's Tried'n True—Rester's Redial. Cecil Rester, owner and handler.


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