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Field Trial Report

North Florida Trials

By Don Price | Feb 12, 2018
Amateur Shooting Dog Winners. From left front: Alan Atkins with Conway Twitty, Ray Pinson with Phillips Wind Line and Kim Harrell with Song Rider. Standing: Jinjer Atkins, Lynn Heard, John Moses, Maryann Womack, Ron Lambert, Dr. Kent Cantrell, judge; Jim Womack, Karen Norton, John Nelly, judge; Bruce Norton and Alan York.

Lake City, Fla. — The North Florida Field Trial Club held its annual one-hour Amateur Shooting Dog Stake and companion Open Derby on January 20-21 in Lake City, Fla. Grounds for this event are the training lease of the South Forty Hunting Club which has six members. These grounds are rolling sand hills covered with wiregrass, scattered blackjack oaks and pines. Birds are wild and pre-release to afford every entry pointing opportunities.

The six members are: Mike Moses, John Moses, Buck and Lynn Heard, Dr. Kent Cantrell and Don Price. Mike served as chairman and each member played an active part in making this trial a success.

The North Florida Club is striving to make this a trial everyone puts on their calendar. Hopefully in the near future Purina Points along with the current Invitational points can be awarded to the winners.

Judging for the Amateur Shooting Dog was ably handled by John Neely of Albany, Ga., and Dr. Kent Cantrell of Ocala, Fla. These gentlemen are not strangers to the winners’ circle. Both train and handle their own dogs and each has won multiple placements and championships. Their decisions were well received.

John Moses of Lake City, Fla., and Paul Daniel of Zephyrhills, Fla., judged the Open Derby. They likewise train and handle their own dogs in competition. Their opinions were well respected.

The Winners

Sixteen were drawn and started. While the entry was lower than expected the quality of the winners was exceptional.

Conway Twitty, owned and handled by Alan Atkins, claimed the top spot with three mannerly finds and a real strong big race. Point was called on his last find with 58 seconds to go. Phillips Wind Line was second for his owner- handler Ray Pinson. He recorded four finds and one unproductive. He also had a big race and finished far ahead. Song Rider was third. He was handled by Kim Harrell who owns him along with her mother and father, Bruce and Karen Norton. Rider scored two stylish finds coupled with a far reaching race. Beckworth’s Firefighter, owned and handled by Alan York, pressed the winners as he recorded four finds. Firefighter’s race was not quite up to the judges’ requirements.

The Open Derby was won by Neely’s Standing Ovation which covered the country and was credited with one find. Mosiac was second as he recorded one find and one unproductive. The bird-finder of the Derby was Luke’s Gospel Truth which had a big time as he found game several times in the half hour. His race was a little shorter than the other placements.

Lake City, Fla., January 20 — One Course

Judges: Dr. Kent Cantrell and John Neely

AMATEUR SHOOTING DOG [One-Hour Heats] — 14 Pointers and

2 Setters

1st—CONWAY TWITTY, 1629902, pointer male, by High Point Beginning—Wake Robin. Alan Atkins, owner and handler.

2d—PHILLIPS WIND LINE, 1656001, pointer male, by Phillips Warning Line—Phillips Wind Dancer. Ray Pinson, owner and handler.

3d—SONG RIDER, 1657175, pointer male, by Q P K Ben—Q P K Sue. Kim Harrell & Bruce & Karen Norton, owners; Kim Harrell, handler.

Judges: Paul Daniel and John Moses

OPEN DERBY — 5 Pointers and 1 Setter

1st—NEELY’S STANDING OVATION, 1676481, pointer male, by Erin’s Redrum—Neely’s Ramblin Rose. John Neely, owner and handler.

2d—MOSIAC, 1675936, pointer male, by Miller’s Dialing In—Lester’s Wild Sally. Mike Moses, owner and handler.

3d—LUKE’S GOSPEL TRUTH, 1669019, setter male, by Attitude’s Iron Will—Attitude’s Bo Time. Jim & Maryann Womack, owners; Jim Womack, handler.

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