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Field Trial Report

Memphis Amateur Field Trial Club

By Kent Walker | Feb 14, 2020
Amateur Derby Winners. Front, from left: Colt Spencer, Brian Peterson with Southern Ritz Lane, Gary McKibben with Coldwater Paradise and Lance Servais with Southern Shadows T Rex. Standing: Jeremy Taylor, Kent Walker and Chris Sellers.

Hickory Valley, Tenn. — After so many great years of hosting the Memphis Amateur on the grounds at Fisherville, Tenn., circumstances changed in early summer which prohibited the annual running of this trial and others.

Stepping in and offering the use of the grounds in Hickory Valley, Tenn., owned by Ric Peterson and others, was Bubba Spencer. My thanks go out to Bubba, Amy and Ric for all their help and generosity in promoting this trial.

The trial began January 16 and concluded January 19. As with most field trials in the Midsouth this time of year rain is always a factor. On Wednesday prior to the start of the trial heavy rains fell leaving flooded fields and questionable ditch crossings. The rain was back again on Saturday delaying the running of the All-Age Stake. Windy conditions and frigid wind chills followed making bird-finding conditions limited.

Judging the All-Age and Derby Stakes were Chris Sellers of Selmer, Tenn., and Jeremy Taylor of Rienzi, Miss. Daniel Bolden of nearby Holly Springs, Miss., joined Chris to judge the Shooting Dog.

I certainly appreciate all these guys for presiding over a good entry of bird dogs.

Winning the Amateur Shooting Dog was Nickajack Pathfinder for Ross Leonard of Chatsworth, Ga. Pathfinder ran a good forward race and was credited with a find near pickup. Garnering second place was Lester’s Top Recruit for handler Lance Servais of Cecil, Ala. Third place went to American Express Lane for Brian Peterson, also from Cecil, Ala. Both the second and third place dogs had far-reaching races and were shown on birds during their hour.

The Derby Stake winner was Southern Ritz Lane, owned and handled by Brian Peterson. Placed second was consistent Derby winner Coldwater Paradise for her owner Gary McKibben of Hernando, Miss. Taking third was Southern Shadows T Rex for Lance Servais. All the Derby winners showed great all-age potential in their ground races.

In the All-Age, Superstition’s Final Touch bested a field of 18 entries to take first place honors for owner-handler Ric Peterson. Touch pointed quail on two occasions during his hour while laying down a strong forward ground race. Earning second was Cocklebur X Files for Bubba Spencer. “Fox” carded one good find midway through his hour coupled with a good forward race. Third place was awarded to Small’s White Stryker for Mike Small of Evansville, Ind. Stryker was credited with one find on a lengthy relocation and one unproductive stand in his bid.

Again, my thanks go out to Ric Peterson and the other landowners for use of these grounds; Bubba and Amy Spencer for marshalling each brace and tending to the meals, and lastly to “Squeaky” Powell for driving the dog wagon. As always, Sportsman’s Pride Dog Food was our most generous sponsor.

Hickory Valley, Tenn., January 16

Judges: Daniel Bolden and Chris Sellers

AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG [One-Hour Heats] — 14 Pointers and 2 Setters

1st—NICKAJACK PATHFINDER, 1680947, pointer male, by Touch’s Smooth Rider—Cocklebur Stripper Candie. Ross Leonard, owner and handler.

2d—LESTER’S TOP RECRUIT, 1681841, pointer male, by Lester’s Sunny Hill Jo—Rivertons Funseeker Riley. Lance Servais, owner and handler.

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

Judges: Chris Sellers and Jeremy Taylor

AMATEUR DERBY — 7 Pointers

1st—SOUTHERN RITZ LANE, 1687633, pointer male, by Phillips Warning Line—K H Digling Dots. Brian Peterson & Lance Servais, owners; Brian Peterson, handler.

2d—COLDWATER PARADISE, 1684062, pointer female, by Coldwater Spectre—Coldwater Belle. Gary McKibben, owner and handler.

3d—SOUTHERN SHADOWS T REX, 1682853, pointer male, by Skyfall—Miller’s White Wall. Lance Servais, owner and handler.

AMATEUR ALL-AGE [One-Hour Heats] — 17 Pointers and 1 Setter

1st—SUPERSTITION’S FINAL TOUCH, 1674993, pointer male, by Touch’s Adams County—Reed’s Dixie Spirit. Richard Peterson, owner and handler.

2d—COCKLELBUR X FILES, 1678132, pointer male, by Cocklebur Mad Max—Cocklebur Drama Queen. Bubba, Amy & Colt Spencer, owners; Bubba  Spencer, handler.

3d—SMALL’S WHITE STRYKER, 1658045, pointer male, by Small’s Strait Up—Small’s White Road. Mike Small, owner and handler.

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