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Memphis Amateur Field Trial

By Kent Walker | Jan 11, 2018
Amateur Shooting Dog Winners. From left: Edmond James with Solar Eclipse, Michael Garner with Country Rose and Kent Walker with Game On.

Fisherville, Tenn. — This year’s annual event was held December 15-17 on the beautiful running grounds located in Fisherville, Tenn., owned by the Erb and Turley families. The three one-hour courses are always maintained to perfection and well laid out thanks to Edmond James and Michael Garner. This season marked the tenth year that this trial has been held on these grounds.

The Memphis Amateur, one of the oldest field trial clubs on record, dates back to the 1930s. In years past many will recall the runnings at Como, Miss. Arguably, then and now, some of the finest field trial grounds in the country. Landmarks like John Orr’s converted dairy barn became headquarters to six one-hour courses where bermuda pastures and hedgerows always held an abundance of wild quail. After moving west of the interstate to what later would become Bob Crenshaw’s “Birdland”, who could forget the old concrete mule barn that housed so many horses over the years? And most unforgettably, the morning breakaways into the pecan grove.

Lastly, I would be remiss not to mention the famous Como Steak House, a place where dinner and fellowship capped off most evenings.

The judges for this year’s events were Chris Sellers and Rich Boumeester for the Shooting Dog and Earl Connolly and Jeremy Taylor for the All-Age and Derby. My thanks to all these gentlemen for their time and consideration in making this trial a success.

In the Amateur Shooting Dog, Edmond James took first place honors for the third year in a row, this year winning with Solar Eclipse, his eight-year-old veteran performer. Eclipse ran a forward hunting race with three well-spaced finds throughout his hour.

Second went to Country Rose for Edmond as well. Rose, co-owned by Martin Michaels, carded four finds. Third place laurels were garnered by Game On, owned by Joe and Kent Walker and handled by Kent. “Griz” had three finds during his hour.

The Amateur All-Age drew a strong field of twenty. Winning top honors was Touch’s Fire Dancer for owner-handler Keith Wright of Covington, Ind. Fire Dancer ran early in the stake and set the bar high with three well-spaced mannerly finds and an outstanding ground race. Second place was awarded to Mac’s No Doubt for veteran owner-handler Mac Conyers of Halls, Tenn. No Doubt ran the country to the extreme and recorded a find way to the front at pickup. Keith Wright was back in the winners’ circle again to capture third place with his consistent performer Touch’s Smooth Rider which was credited with two finds and an unproductive.

The Amateur Derby drew a field of eighteen starters. Heavy overnight rain made for muddy conditions limiting course availability as the stake began on Sunday morning. Topping the field was Hendrix’s Signed Copy for handler Elton Bray. Copy is owned by Guy and Burke Hendrix of Hernando, Miss.

Second place was awarded to Coldwater Spectre for Gary McKibben, who also took third place honors with Coldwater Splendor, owned by Weldon Bennett of Huntingdon, Tenn. All Derbies were placed on ground race and all-age potential.

As always, my thanks to Brad Kennedy and Sportsman’s Pride Dog Food for their donation of feed and sponsorship to this trial and others throughout the Mid-South Association.

Fisherville, Tenn., December 15

Judges: Rich Boumeester and Chris Sellers

AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG [One-Hour Heats] — 5 Pointers and

3 Setters

1st—SOLAR ECLIPSE, 1623405, pointer male, by  Miller’s Total Eclipse—Blue Collar Lady. Edmond James, owner and handler.

2d—COUNTRY ROSE, 1663451, pointer female, by Solar Eclipse—Bootlace. Edmond James & Martin Michaels, owners; Edmond James, handler.

3d—GAME ON, 1652764, pointer male, by River City Gambler—Memphis Southern Belle. Kent & Joe Walker, owners; Kent Walker, handler.

Judges: Earl Connolly and Jeremy Taylor

AMATEUR ALL-AGE [One-Hour Heats] — 17 Pointers and 3 Setters

1st—TOUCH’S FIRE DANCER, 1651102, pointer female, by Touch’s Pond Dam—Whippoorwill G M A. K. A. Wright, owner and handler.

2d—MAC’S NO DOUBT, 1646914, pointer male, by Mac’s White Magic—Mac’s Persuasion. Mac Conyers, owner and handler.

3d—TOUCH’S SMOOTH RIDER, 1661245, pointer male, by Touch’s Knight Rider—Burrow’s Sinbad Lady. K. A. Wright, owner and handler.

AMATEUR DERBY — 16 Pointers and 2 Setters

1st—HENDRIX’S SIGNED COPY, 1672099, pointer male, by Hendrix’s Signature—Hendrix’s Delta Queen. Burke & Guy Hendrix, owners; Elton Bray, handler.

2d—COLDWATER SPECTRE, 1671179, pointer male, by Ransom—Coldwater Snow. Gary  McKibben, owner and handler.

3d—COLDWATER SPLENDOR, 1675693, pointer female, by Coldwater Warrior—Tibbs Avatar. Weldon Bennett, owner; Gary McKibben, handler.

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