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Field Trial Report

Mid-Carolina Field Trial Club

By Roger McPherson | May 16, 2019
Marques Dark Knight First in the Amateur Shooting Dog Stake

Camden, S. C. — Admirers of first-rate pointing dogs joined together March 22 at the Mid-Carolina grounds. They were greeted with good weather, a number of great performances and all appeared to have a grand time.

As always we were entertained by the presence of our long-time members, Charles Young, Marion Yarbrough, Let Carroll, Dr. J. J. Denton and Andy Denton. Our distinguished members welcomed participants and wowed them with tales of past performances of dogs and handlers. We enjoyed the weather, yarns, and excellent lunches provided by Mr. Cliff Brown and Allen Johnson.

This year, as part of our efforts to raise money to fix the clubhouse roof, we had two raffles. We are indebted to the contribution of Greg Blair and Purina for their support of the raffle of Pro Plan dog food. The club also appreciates the efforts of Coach Johnson for overseeing the raffle of the shotgun. Thank you to all who purchased raffle tickets and made significant donations to our building fund.

The club also sponsored a fish fry Friday evening and a pig roast Saturday followed by the raffle drawings. We are grateful for the labor of Ben Stephens and his crew; Nathan Pratt, Dalton Pratt and Sean Kane. The fish fry and fixings were well received and the pig roast and fixings were scrumptious. If you have not attended a Mid-Carolina fish fry or pig roast, you are missing a great meal and exceptional fellowship.

A successful trial cannot be accomplished without participation from members. Coach Johnson kept handlers and dogs on time for the braces, and Ken Fleming and crew for their tireless effort to assure all dogs had plenty of opportunity for bird contact. I apologize if I failed to mention all who actively gave their time to ensure the success of the trial.

The Mid-Carolina Club thanks our judges for their attention to our participants. We were fortunate to have judges that have a wealth of knowledge about what it takes to be a successful shooting dog. The Open stakes were judged by Bill Adams of Gastonia, N. C., and Dr. J. Denton of Camden, S. C. Overseeing the Amateur Shooting Dog and Amateur Puppy we thank Mr. George Hickox of Carson, N. D., and Calvin Curnutte of Jackson Springs, N. C. Calvin also judged the Derby with Steve Browder of Pinewood, S. C. Thanks gentlemen for your diligent devotion to shooting dogs.

Turning in a standout performance in the Open Shooting Dog was three-year-old setter female Lily On Bee, handled by young pro Trey Littlejohn for her owner Nicholas Holdgate of Durham, N. C. Capturing second with a strong showing was Lincoln County Bandit, setter male handled by owner Gary Whitworth of Lincolnton, N. C. Shamrock Rising Star, four-year-old setter female, was awarded third with Trey.Littlejohn handling for owner Thomas Green of Orangeburg, S. C.

Taking home the blue ribbon in the Open Derby was the very talented pointer Lincoln County Shiloh, with his owner Gary Whitworth of Lincolnton, N. C., in the saddle. Second was showy pointer male Cairds War Train, handled by Calvin Curnutte for owner Bob Little of McAdam, New Brunswick, Canada. Third place in a well contested Derby was awarded to Klee’s Cracker Jack, pointer male owned and handled by Dr. Roger Duerksen of Hardeeville, S. C.

The Amateur Shooting Dog was won by pointer male Marques Dark Knight, handled by owner Dr. Roger Duerksen. Andrea Cerofolini of Aiken, S. C., guided his pointer male Rolex Time Is Ticking to second. Taking third was Marion Yarbrough and Charles Young’s pointer male Preacher Maxwell, which was under the capable direction of Marion. The performance turned out to be quite a family affair, daughters, granddaughters, grandsons, in-laws in the gallery. Daughters and granddaughters running after each find to assist Marion in mounting his horse. These families are the first family of our Mid-Carolina trials and arguably the first family of South Carolina shooting dog trials.

Amateur Derby winner was G H Jack’s Wild, pointer male handled by Dr. Debbie Ozner. Second was Tooslicktoslide, setter male under the guidance of  owner Bobby Peeler of Denver, N. C. Awarded third was Klee’s Cracker Jack, handled by owner Dr. Roger Duerksen.

The Amateur Puppy is often the stake that gives newcomers a chance to get acquainted and for us to welcome new people in our sport. So it is the case with our first place puppy, Lindley’s El Bandito, handling in his first trial, Edward Jessen of Charlotte, N. C. Second was garnered by Princess Rene for owner-handler Bobby Peeler of Denver, N. C.

Watch for our fall 2019 dates. Come out and enjoy the camaraderie and the Friday night fish fry. I apologize to all the placed winners; I lost the photos on my “smart” phone, when it was reset by the company. I promise to do better in the fall.

Camden, S. C., March 22 — One Course

Judges: Bill Adams and Dr. J. Denton

OPEN SHOOTING DOG — 3 Pointers, 4 Setters and 1 German Shorthair

1st—LILY ON BEE, 1665792, setter female, by Stoney Run’s Bojangles—Legacy N Lace. Nicholas Holdgate, owner; Trey Littlejohn, handler.

2d—LINCOLN COUNTY BANDIT, 1658414, setter male, by Tarynbrooke Little Man—Hot Sauce. Gary Whitworth, owner and handler.

3d—SHAMROCK RISING STAR, 1669307, setter female, by Erin’s Hidden Shamrock—Black Cloud’s Angel. Thomas Green, owner; Trey Littlejohn, handler.

OPEN DERBY — 6 Pointers, 2 Setters and 4 German Shorthairs

1st—LINCOLN COUNTY SHILO, 1674969, pointer male, by Stoney Run’s Buddy—Miller’s Fancy Lady. Gary Whitworth, owner and handler.

2d—CAIRDS WAR TRAIN, 1678126, pointer male, by Sugarknoll War Paint—Sizzlin Julie. Robert Little, owner; Calvin Curnutte, handler.

3d—KLEE’S CRACKER JACK, 1681323, pointer male, by Urban Fantasy—Prison Break Jamie. Dr. Roger Duerksen, owner and handler.

Judges: Calvin Curnutte and George Hickox


1st—MARQUES DARK KNIGHT, 1628023, male, by Porter Meadow Elroy—Decoy Lakes Amy. Roger Duerksen, owner and handler.

2d—ROLEX TIME IS TICKING, 1669736, male, by Attitude’s Night Hawk—Twin Oak’s Cassie. Andrea Cerofolini, owner and handler.

3d—PREACHER MAXWELL, 1627383, male, by Lynchriver Rebel—Sanvista’s Jill. Charles Young & Marion Yarbrough, owners; Marion Yarbrough, handler.

Judges: Steve Browder and Calvin Curnutte

AMATEUR DERBY — 5 Pointers, 2 Setters and 1 German Shorthair

1st—G H JACK’S WILD, 1677452, pointer male, by Sinbad’s Bear—Miss Faye. George Hickox, owner; Dr. Debbie Ozner, handler.

2d—TOOSLICKTOSLIDE, 1676258, setter male, by Class Act Elmo—Class Act Busy B. Bobby Peeler, owner and handler.

3d—KLEE’S CRACKER JACK, 1681323, pointer male, by Urban Fantasy—Prison Break Jamie. Dr. Roger Duerksen, owner and handler.

Judges: Calvin Curnutte and George Hickox

AMATEUR PUPPY — 2 Pointers and 2 Setters

1st—LINDLEY’S EL BANDITO, 1683595, pointer male, by Lindley’s Littlejohn—Lindley’s Hello Dolly. Edward Jesson, owner and handler.

2d—PRINCESS RENE, 1683913, setter female, by I’m Southern Style—A Tarheel Pretty Penny. Bobby Peeler, owner and handler.

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