American Field

Special Bulletin

Masters Open Shooting Dog Championship

By Steve Standley | Mar 16, 2017

Albany, Ga. — The Southern Field Trial Club has been privileged to host field trials across the grand private hunting estates south of Albany, Ga., since the 1930s. Wildfair, Nonami, Pineland, and Blue Springs are all names that capture the imagination of most knowledgeable bird dog fans. This year marked the 34th renewal of the Masters Open Shooting Dog Championship as 66 hopefuls were led to the line to meet the challenges offered by this wild bird paradise.

Judges were Keith St. John of South Fulton, Tenn., and Will Dunn of Lebanon, Ky. Crown’s Black Ice, owned by Stephens Walker and Tracy Swearingen, both of Leesburg, Ga., was awarded the championship title. Ice was handled by Tracy and the judges stated that the pointer’s performance was just what they were looking for. Ice was forward, responsive and had four finds on native quail.

Runner-up laurels were bestowed on Elhew G Force, pointer male owned and handled by Tim Moore of Colquitt, Ga. G Force stood five times and his race was powerful and engrossing.

Details to follow.

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