American Field

Field Trial Report

North Carolina Field Trial Association

By John Ivester | May 16, 2019
Open All-Age Winners. Front row, from left: Ellen Clements with Mohawk Mill Pirate’s Legacy, Mike Hester with Marques Armed Robber, Todd Williams with Drowning Creeks Smokin Matt and Calvin Curnutte. Middle: Gary Winall, Judges Phil Stevenson and Steve Mills; Lefty Henry, Chris Rarich, Nancy Hilliard and Greg McIntyre. Back: Dwight Smith, Sandra Stone, John Ivester and Gretchen Adsit.

Hoffman, N. C. — March 15 was the starting date for the NCFTA Open All-Age and Open Derby at the Robert Gordon Wildlife Management Area, commonly and familiarly known as “Hoffman”.

The All-Age Stake is a National Championship qualifying and Purina points stake. The Derby offers American Derby Invitational and Purina points.

We run six one-hour courses and maintain an adequate bird population, some years better than others. A very harsh winter and two hurricanes pushed the birds off the courses into the woods. However, when the weather was favorable, we found birds on all the courses.

Our judges gave each entry their full attention and did a great job of managing the trial. For the All-Age, we had Steve Mills of Mayodan, N. C., and Phil Stevenson of Saltville, Va.; for the Derby, Steve Mills was joined by Gary Miller of Jackson Springs, N. C. The Association thanks them for their service.

Thanks also to Dwight Smith, Paul Gadd and Lefty Henry for running the trial while the stake manager was unable to attend.

Purina sponsored the trial and the NCFTA is thankful to Purina for the generous support of our sport.


The All-Age drew 28 entries and when the stake was over the winner emerged as Mohawk Mill Pirate’s Legacy, white and orange pointer male owned and handled by Gary Winall of Powhatan, Va.

Legacy ran on the second day on course No. 1. At 8 he had a covey find just before the second creek crossing. He finished the hour with a good forward race.

Second was awarded to Marques Armed Robber, pointer male handled by Lefty Henry for owner John Ivester of Huntersville, N. C. Robber ran course No. 4 on day No. 1. His find came at 10 near the first water hole at the end of big long field. Robber finished the hour with a good race and strong finish.

Third went to Drowning Creek Smokin Matt, pointer male handled by Calvin Curnutte, owned by Calvin and Todd Williams of Jackson Springs, N. C. Matt ran course No. 5 on day No. 2 and found a covey at 55 just past main road crossing and put down a consistent race.

Sixteen Derbies were drawn. Winning the stake was Dominator’s Kid Rock, pointer male handled by Doug Ray for owner Tommy Liesfeld of Waynesboro, Ga. Second was K H Game Warden, owned and handled by Scott Griffin of Camden, S. C. The third place finisher was Swami’s Riptide, handled by Phil Stevenson for owner Whitley Stephenson of Smithfield, N. C.

On behalf of the NCFTA, we thank all the owners and handlers for their participation. We look forward to the 2020 renewal.

Hoffman, N. C., March 15

Judges: Steve Mills and Phil Stevenson

OPEN ALL-AGE [One-Hour Heats] — 23 Pointers and 5 Setters

1st—MOHAWK MILL PIRATE’S LEGACY, 1670889, pointer male, by Mohawk Mill Pirate—Arcanum’s Funseekin Girl. Gary S. Winall, owner and handler.

2d—MARQUES ARMED ROBBER, 1659975, pointer male, by Reloaded—Dialed In. John Ivester, Jr., owner; Robert Henry, handler.

3d—DROWNING CREEKS SMOKIN MATT, 1667619, pointer male, by High Drive Rocky—Xtremist. Calvin Curnutte & Todd Williams, owners; Calvin Curnutte, handler.

Judges: Gary Miller and Steve Mills

OPEN DERBY — 15 Pointers and 1 Setter

1st—DOMINATOR’S KID ROCK, 1679598, pointer male, by Just Irresistible—Pearl Again. Tommy Liesfeld, owner; Doug Ray, handler.

2d—K H GAME WARDEN, 1681728, pointer male, by Cole Train—Pandora C. Scott Griffin, owner and handler.

3d—SWAMI’S RIPTIDE, 1678560, pointer male, by Wiggins Mister Ronnie—Wiggins Miss Swami. Whitley Stephenson, owner; Phil Stevenson, handler.

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