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Field Trial Report

North Carolina Open Trials

By John Ivester | Jun 25, 2020
Swami's Rip Tide Third in the Open All-Age Stake

Hoffman, N. C. — March 16 was the start date for the North Carolina Field Trial Association’s annual Open All-Age and Open Derby. The All-Age is a qualifying stake for the National Championship and a Purina points stake, and the Derby for Derby Invitational points.

The venue is the time-honored Hoffman field trial grounds with six one-hour courses.

In cooperation with the North Carolina Wildlife Commission, the field trial association continues to improve the courses year after year. The weather was good throughout the three days of running.

Birds were seen on all six courses and as to be expected, more being seen on the cooler days.


The All-Age drew 21 entries. At the end of the running the judges named Marques Armed Robber first for handler Lefty Henry and owners John and Susan Ivester. Robber ran a big forward race on course No. 6.  He was credited with a back at 10, a nice covey find at 45 after the scout called point near the end of the “new loop” and a good finish to end the hour.

Second place went to Erin’s Copper River, handled by Jerry Raynor.  Copper River, owned by Auddie Brown of Florence, S. C., had a stylish find at 10, also on course No. 6, and maintained a good forward race throughout the hour.

Named to third place was Swami’s Rip Tide also for handler Jerry Raynor and again owner Auddie Brown. Swami had a consistent race on course No. 3 and was found on point at 50 on the “briar patch” covey and finished the hour to the front.

Hoffman, N. C., March 14

Judges: Hoss Earley and John Hicks

OPEN ALL-AGE [One-Hour Heats] — 17 Pointers and 4 Setters

1st—MARQUES ARMED ROBBER, 1659975, pointer male, by Reloaded—Dialed In. John & Susan Ivester, owners; Robert Henry, handler.

2d—ERIN’S COPPER RIVER, 1671029, pointer male, by Erin’s Whiskey River—Erin’s Amy. Auddie Brown, owner; Jerry Raynor, handler.

3d—SWAMI’S RIP TIDE, 1678560, pointer male, by Wiggins Mr. Ronnie—Wiggins Miss Swami. Auddie Brown, owner; Jerry Raynor, handler.

The Open Derby drew twelve entries. The winner was Raw Law Sugar Trouble for handler Mike Hester and owners Russell and Louann Williams of Mayesville, S. C. Second place went to Stoney Run’s Rock for owner-handler Dennis Snyder of Thomasville, N. C. Placed third was Southern Nation, handled by Lefty Henry for owners John Ivester and Ruthann Epp. The first and second place Derbies were placed on race; the third place dog had one find.

Judging this year’s All-Age was John Hicks of Amelia Island, Fla.,  and Hoss Earley of Richland, N. C. A horse accident involving John Hicks caused a change for the Derby. Ray Joye, North Carolina Association president, stepped in to assist Hoss Earley.

The NCFTA thanks the judges for their service as well as the owners and handlers for supporting this year’s trial. It has been determined that next spring the dates will be slightly adjusted to allow more handlers the time to get to the Hoffman trials.

Judges: Hoss Earley and Ray Joye

OPEN DERBY — 11 Pointers and 1 Setter

1st—RAW LAW SUGAR TROUBLE, 1682244, pointer female, by Sugarknoll War Paint—Cock’n’fire Little Troubles. Russell A. & Louann H. Williams, owners; Mike Hester, handler.

2d—STONEY RUN’S ROCK, 1686696, pointer male, by Miller’s Speed Dial—Quail Hollow Jessie. Dennis Snyder, owner and handler.

3d—SOUTHERN NATION, 1689252, pointer male, by Strut Nation—Frontline Dita. John Ivester & Ruthann Epp, owners; Robert Henry, handler.




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