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North Carolina Celebration at Clarendon Farms Plantation; Waybetter Rocky Rises to Top Again

North Carolina Pointing Dog Association

By Margaret C. Drew | Apr 19, 2017
Open Shooting Dog Winners. In foreground, from left: Donna Ruth, Earl Drew, Mary Kimbrell, Jeanette Tracy with Steel City Karen, Bill Primm, George Tracy with Touch’s Mae Mobley, Mike Tracy with Waybetter Rocky  and Julie Kimbrell. Behind: Jerry Raynor, Jack Kimbrell, John Ray Kimbrell, Clint Lawson, Billy Kerr, Devin Hollander, George Kimbrell, Jeff Ruth and Joe Lordi.

Allendale, S. C. — Hosting a quality field trial takes a lot of planning and the help of many. At the Clarendon Farms Plantation at Yadkin Ridge, in Allendale, S. C., a near perfect event took place.

The North Carolina Pointing Dog Association was formed in 2000 and in 2003 received Purina points for their one-hour shooting dog stake. The North Carolina Celebration became a very well attended trial. As committee members found other interests, burning and cutting issues with the state, as well as age and health issues for key committee members, Earl and Margaret Drew notified the Purina committee that they could not run a 2016 trial.

In talking with Billy Kerr, dog trainer at the Clarendon Plantation, he took the idea of joining forces with the plantation to continue the trial. In July, 2016 the property was visited and plans set in place to host the trial in South Carolina. The Purina Awards committee was notified of the change in venue and that six one-hour courses would be used. The plantation has the property, plenty of bird cover and birds.

The North Carolina Pointing Dog Association, now down to two remaining members, worked with Billy Kerr to continue the trial. This year’s trial was better than ever! Better grounds and birds!

During the trial 21 coveys were seen the first day, 26 the next day, 21 on Thursday, 16 on Friday and seven in the last two hours on Saturday.

Thanks is not a large enough word to express our appreciation to the owners, Jim Kennedy and Alex Taylor. Billy Kerr had a team that had a game plan.

Manager Jason Hewett rode daily and participated with the running of dogs and the details of meals. Devin Hollander drove the dog wagon, which also has five comfortable viewing seats. Clint Lawson, assistant to Billy Kerr, served as marshal every brace as did Billy.

Chef Mike Stewart and Fran Glass prepared a “low country boil” with peach cobbler for dinner one evening. Whitney Clary, publicity personnel for the plantation, assisted them daily in preparing fabulous luncheon sandwich boxes — not your usual field trial sandwiches! These were individually boxed deli sandwiches, home baked chocolate chip cookies, apples, chips, cheese crackers and a beverage.

In the evening we gathered at the lodge for two dinners, burgers and venison cubed steaks, string beans and potatoes. Not to forget the leftover shrimp to munch on as appetizers. One evening we went to town for dinner at a local restaurant. Thanks to Bill Primm with his help on this evening.

Many area friends and neighboring plantation folks came by to ride and enjoy the dogs. Gallery numbers were 20 or more most of the time. Mark your calendars for March, 2018 or contact Billy Kerr or Earl Drew.

There are six courses at Clarendon Farms. The morning courses require you to load your horses and dogs to travel above a mile to the breakaway. The courses are mowed, leaving much cover for birds and the terrain such that you can see a good distance. The third course had more woody areas, but still we found birds there. Marshals Billy and Clint made sure everyone knew where turns were before we reached the markers. The dog wagon was never far away. The wagon also carried coffee, water, snacks and candy.

The afternoon courses break away behind the kennels and barn. These courses had fields and piney woods, with a few water crossings. The plantation is expanding its feed plots and more acreage for quail hunts is being prepared. Dogs can run here and if they are hunting they have a good chance of locating birds.

A requirement for successful trials is always property suited for bird hunting. These lands get an A+ from all who participated. Birds were found on all courses at different days. Weather probably played a role in when and on what days.

The plantation is easy to find; lodging is fifteen miles away, fuel close by, in addition to a large hard pasture where parking of trailers and campers was convenient. Plenty of room to stake out dogs and horses. Water hookups even made the usual water runs nonexistent — just turn on the hose.

The plantation staff also gets an A+ in the hospitality department. Above and beyond expectations.

Oops, I almost forgot, a trial needs good judges and this year Hall-of-Famer John Ray Kimbrell teamed with his son George.

Purina cannot be thanked enough for their support. The plantation crew did a great job and I am sure next year will be even better. The Drews were in attendance, although only offered advice before and during the trial.

The Winners

Taking the blue was Waybetter Rocky, pointer male with Mike Tracy. Rocky is owned by Carl and Collin Bishop of Punxsutawney, Pa., and Muriel Primm of Cream Ridge, N. J. Bill Primm was present to watch Rocky’s performance. At 4 Rocky pointed with Black Hawk backing. This was the most picturesque find of the day. As point was called by handler, scout George Tracy appeared on the top of a neighboring hill and Black Hawk stopped his tour of the lower hillside to back. The 25+ people in the gallery liked what they saw, but this turned out to be unproductive.

At 18 Rocky stood in a positive poise for a covey flush. At 20 Black Hawk stood tall and sure, Rocky backing. At 24 Rocky was stacked up again awaiting the flush of still another covey. At 28 handlers called point and as they rode to their dogs across a large field birds were whirling skyward. Both handlers dismounted and fired as judges arrived and both dogs still stood rigidly.

At 46 and 49 Rocky pointed again, each time the birds directly where he indicated. He was solid for wing and shot. His power on the ground gained him the title, his motor still moving on as time was called.

Second went to Touch’s Mae Mobley, white and liver pointer female owned by Bill and Muriel Primm. She ran in the last brace with nice animation, rimming the edges, disappearing in the sage grass, requiring a little scouting and being found standing for three nice covey indications. On the first find at 21 she rose on her tiptoes, the others at 24 and 41 solid and proud for the duration.

Third was Steel City Karen, owned by Bob and Karen Reed of Gettysburg, Pa., and Betsy Archer. Steel City Karen ran a great race, covering the hillsides with speed and flair. With all eyes taking in the new territory and she as a bye dog now, she did not let us down. She had three finds, at 21, an unproductive at 29, another find at 38 and a find in the closing minutes of her hour. Watching her bounce from hillside to rolling green field and then back into broomstraw was exhilarating to all.

THE RUNNING

Brace by brace excitement!

Great River Survivor (PM/Mike Tracy) and Rivera (PF/Jeanette Tracy) were at the starting line at 8:00 a. m.

Survivor skirted the course but finished his hour without bird work. Rivera ran a more controlled race, scoring two nice finds, a stop to flush at 15 and 18, her hour terminated at 22 when a quail got up and she did not stop quickly enough. We had pointed or ridden up eight coveys to start this trial.

Miller’s Miss Calamity Jane (PF/ George Tracy) had a stop to flush at 17 and pointed at 30. Pine Straw Sweet Tea (SF/J. Tracy) had a back at 17. Both were up at 36 for misbehavior on birds.

Little Girl Creek (PF/M. Tracy) bounded off the starting line as quail lifted. She was picked up. Steel City Karen (PF/J. Tracy) was covered earlier.

Miller’s Unbridled Forever (PM/G. Tracy) ran a snappy race in all the likely cover spots for birds, albeit finishing his hour birdless. Jessie’s Bonanza (SF/J. Tracy) made a straight forward cast and was not seen until located via a retrieval device.

Adjusted Attitude (SM/M. Tracy) hunted the piney woods with style and grace until a bird lifted where he had slowed to make game. He continued on and pointed when it landed and was picked up. Palmetto’s Solid Rock (PM/Jerry Raynor) was not seen from the breakaway.

In No. 6, Misty Acres Attraction (PF/G. Tracy) was scratched. Ladywood’s Miss Daisy (SF/J. Tracy) ran a fluid reaching race. Near time, Miss Daisy appeared to disappear leading handler to call it a day at 51.

Morning No. 2 dawned a bit on the chilly side. As the morning continued it became very windy, with a high of 52°. Trailers were loaded and transported horses, handlers and dogs to the starting line. By 8:35 the judges announced, “Turn ’em loose, boys.”

Miller’s Vanilla Snow (PF/G. Tracy) and Seekin A Thrill (PF/Tommy Rice) were quickly across, tearing up the mowed paths. As quickly as they started Vanilla Snow was standing and a covey lifted. “Point!” echoed down from the ridge at 8, although soon canceled with both dogs hunting on. At 16 Vanilla Snow stood again; Thrill came in for a back. A relocation attempt was made and a single lifted as the gallery began to move. At 24 Vanilla had a nice find. At 25 point was called for Thrill. He had a point, a relocation attempt, again a bird up away from dog during relocation and another unproductive as he was catching the front. Vanilla Snow stood one more time, another unproductive, and finished his hour well ahead.

Waybetter Rocky (PM/M. Tracy) was previously covered. Pine Straw Black Hawk (SM/J. Tracy) backed Rocky at 4. At 20 Black Hawk stood tall and sure, with Rocky backing. No birds flow here. At 28 handlers called point; as they rode to their dogs across a large field birds were whirling skyward. Both handlers dismounted and fired as judges arrived and both dogs still stood firm. At 35 Black Hawk stood to the right as a covey lifted, while Rocky hunted up the left side. Black Hawk was picked up at 55.

Thomas Adirondack Will (PM/M. Tracy) had a hesitant start, an unproductive at 5 and by 28 was nowhere in sight and the tracking device out. Decoy Lakes Winning Harley (PM/Raynor) disappeared to the front and then after turning right was not seen again. He too required the tracking device.

Attitude’s Iron Will (SM/M. Tracy) and Jessie’s Bojangles (SF/J. Tracy) were rapidly down the path. Bojangles had an unproductive at 20 and was jacked up on both ends at 20, plus a covey find at 35. Will swung to the left and then needed to be rounded up by handler. With dog at heel, handler returned to the course and whistled Will on at 26. As he settled in to hunt, he stopped at the edge of the mowed strip; handler whistled him on and a covey lifted.

Palara (PF/M. Tracy) hunted the right places and covered the ground with good style. She had finds at 11 and 39. Her ground heat gained strength as the hour progressed. Cock’N’Fire Maggie (PF/ Raynor) carded an unproductive at 10, a stop to flush at 20 and a single quail at 26. At 39 she backed Palara, as scout called point. At 45 Maggie had point called well off course, which turned out to be a second unproductive.

No. 12 finished the second day. At 4 Sugarknoll War Paint (PM/G. Tracy stopped attractively tall, although an unproductive eventuated. At 8 he had point called, although he independently moved on, a repeat of this at 10. He scored a nice covey find at 24 and a second unproductive after a stand at 28. Grand Heritage Commotion (SF/J. Tracy) swung across the front as quail lifted, although neither the dog nor handler responded. At 24 she cast across the right ridge and then swing forward near the pond. We found her standing at 35; no birds produced. At 47 she had a stop to flush on a large covey, followed by a point at 54. Again no birds. Both dogs were up.

Brace No. 13 for an early and chilly morning. Rocking Kate (PF/Raynor) was forward, swinging to the far right, turned by scout then in high gear into the center of course. She did not complete her hour. Lovern’s Red Lace (PF/G. Tracy) searched the cover, rewarded with a find at 17. She took a slight spin on this find. Near the pond at 24 she had a nice find. She handled a little rough until at 44 when found standing again, looking sure. Unfortunately an unproductive here and she was leashed.

Chiricahua (PM/M. Tracy) was wide and a miscommunication between scout and handler had the retrieval device in the handler’s hand as scout returned with the dog. Land Cruiser Benny (SM/J. Tracy) was spiral at first, then forward and hunting with a pleasurable motion. He was picked up at 40.

Erin’s War Creek (G. Tracy) and Doubledee Charlie Drew, Gordon setter with Jeanette Tracy. This pair was in tandem much of the time, including a shared find at 8, with War Creek solid and proud, while Charlie Drew turned a little at flush. At 23 War Creek swung into the sage grass and pointed. Almost simultaneously Charlie Drew raced across the field and stopped in the open field. War Creek was taped on for a relocation and Charlie Drew was taken on. No birds were flown. Both dogs were here and there and both picked up shortly after 30 minutes.

Pointer males Attitude’s Night Hawk (M. Tracy) and Dirty Dutchman (J. Tracy). At 5 Night Hawk pointed, although even with a relocation attempt no birds were flown. At 28 he again had an unproductive. Dutchman pointed at 19, then moved on before handler reached him. At 22 he pointed again; this was unproductive. He made a nice cast and then was missing for a bit, came up from behind and then disappeared again. As handler took the tracker the call of point was heard from a distance. Dutchman had birds but the handler also had taken the retrieval unit.

Coosawatchie Smooth Ride (PM/M. Tracy) had owner Andrea Clark present to watch. Tommy Rice handled pointer female Charitable Deed which ran a forward wide race with nice animation. At 30 she got a little too close and popped a large covey. Coosawatchie was fun to watch, medium in range, while showing a pleasing hunting pattern. At 21 he had an unproductive. At 37 he pointed near some downed brush, everything in order. At 40 he rounded a tall brush pile; once again birds were flown with all in order. As he moved on he stopped for a quick drink and swim in a water hole before having a stop to flush at 49. Making his way through the sage grass he stopped at 51. Following a failed flushing attempt he was tapped on. After covering an extensive amount of the field he stopped a second time. Handler was quickly to the dog and a turkey was flown, handler shot and grabbed the dog to take him on. He finished his hour in the same consistent hunting mode.

Brace No. 18 — Bully Bragg (PM/M. Tracy) and Deacon Jones (PM/Earl Drew) — was the final brace of the third day. Bragg was off the line slowly, hunted at modest range, had two unproductives and was up before 30. Deacon Jones was forward, crossed to the side and was collected by the handler. He then sprinted forward, casting to the right and over the hill. Scout pointed him out at the 1 o’clock spot, as handler took the retrieval device.

Two pointer females in No. 19, North Country Girl (M. Tracy) and Ladywood’s Keepsake (J. Tracy). They shared a find at 5, both looking sharp for wing and shot. Girl started the hour with close pattern; however, by 12 she began widening his casts. Keepsake had an 11- minute absence, followed by a nice covey find at 22, then a second long absence. Both dogs finished well to the front.

Walden’s Ridge Shadow Dancer (PM/M. Tracy) and Covey Up Woodie (PM/J. Tracy) were forward with speed and desire. Dancer was not seen for a short time and settled into a closer range before being picked up at 44. Woodie’s opening cast was an absence of 18 minutes, pointed at 20 and again at 47. He was picked up with unproductives.

Calico’s Cowboy Casanova (PM/M. Tracy) had co-owner Bill Primm in gallery, and Sassy Creek (PF/J. Tracy) had owners Jeff and Donna Ruth riding. Cowboy came to handler at 10 and 17 for water as the heat rose. He did not stay down the hour. Sassy Creek hunted up a small knoll and stood for a covey, followed by an unproductive at 39 in the woods. She was picked up at 54.

Bail Me Out (PM/M. Tracy) had a quail in the air at 20 without stopping. A Tarheel Addiction (SM/J. Raynor) was only under consideration for 26 minutes.

Brace No. 23 had great races by pointer males Coney’s Easy Holy Water (T. Rice) and Thrill Me (M. Tracy). Both dogs ran and hunted well but scenting conditions in the heat did not help and the pair went birdless for their hour.

At 3 Backcountry Tornado (PF/M. Tracy) pointed and was asked to relocate with no success. At 13 she had a stylish find on a covey. At 26 she stood in the sage grass where a turkey had been seen the day before; however, she carded a second unproductive and was taken up. and High Drive War Paint (PM/G. Tracy) was not seen from the breakaway and the retrieval device was used at 15.

The final two braces were loaded up and taken to the breakaway for an 8:00 a. m. start on Saturday.

High Drive Ranger (PM/G. Tracy) and Thomas Adirondack Turbo (PM/M. Tracy). As soon as the whistle was blown Turbo headed toward a promising hedgerow as quail began erupting. Ranger suffered a similar large covey rise at 3. He was up as well. This a record setting pickup time.

Touch’s Mae Mobley (PF/G. Tracy) and The Slight Edge (PM/M. Tracy) had their owners present to watch. Edge was rapidly forward, the retrieval unit employed when the scout returned with no dog. He was GPS located in Kline,

S. C., about nine miles away. Touch’s Mae Mobley was covered with winners.

Allendale, S. C., March 13

Judges: George Kimbrell and John Ray Kimbrell

NORTH CAROLINA CELEBRATION

OPEN SHOOTING DOG [One-Hour Heats] — 41 Pointers, 10 Setters

and 1 Irish Setter

1st—WAYBETTER ROCKY, 1652783, pointer male, by Brown’s Tom Tom—Waybetter Reba. Carl & Collin Bishop & Muriel Primm, owners; Mike Tracy, handler.

2d—TOUCH’S MAE MOBLEY, 1659267, pointer female, by Touch’s Pond Dam—House’s Proud Mary. William & Muriel Primm, owners; George Tracy, handler.

3d—STEEL CITY KAREN, 1649013, pointer female, by Burning Edge Sinbad—Tin Soldier’s Bev. Bob & Karen Reed & Betsy Archer, owners; Jeanette Tracy, handler.

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