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Field Trial Report

Region 16 Amateur All-Age Championship

By Joe Rentz | Feb 05, 2018
The Winners. From left: Judge Chip Pendergrass, Danny White, Polly Moore, Tim Moore, Larron Copeland with Showtime Sam Houston, Judge Mike Cheely, Laura Copeland with Showtime Dominator, Wilson Napier, Harold Johnson, Dr. Ron Deal and Joe Rentz.

Dawson, Ga. — The Region 16 Amateur All-Age Championship was held December 14-16 at beautiful Chickasaw Plantation south of Dawson, Ga.

Chickasaw is owned by Dr. Ron Deal and his hospitality is greatly appreciated. It is the Deal family’s personal hunting property and the grounds were in excellent condition with birds plentiful. Chickasaw consists of typical South Georgia piney woods dotted with small fields throughout, an excellent setting to contest this prestigious Championship.

We were fortunate to have Mike Cheely of Fayetteville, Ga., and Chip Pendergrass of Dayton, Tenn.,  judge for us. Both men have a wealth of bird dog knowledge and their time was greatly appreciated.

Wilson Napier commanded the dog wagon and it was always in the correct place at the correct time with snacks and drinks between braces. Sheri Fort handled the barn cleaning duties.

Dr. Ron Deal not only gave up a weekend of hunting and let us use his place, he also served as marshal and rode every brace. Excellent lunches were served every day by Wayne Ethridge of Wayne’s Restaurant in Dawson.

Gary Futch was on hand and rode every day and helped with several tasks. Greg Blair and Purina graciously provided the winners with Pro Plan Performance. Their continued sponsorship of the region is greatly appreciated.

The Winners

Named champion was Showtime Sam Houston, three-year-old white and orange pointer male owned by Larron and  Laura Copeland of Bronwood, Ga., and handled by Larron. Sam Houston ran in the 5th brace on a Thursday afternoon and was scouted by Sean Derrig. Sam had finds at 14, 18, 32 and 36. After that point he continued his strong, forward ground effort and showed well. He finished going away down a long field edge. He exhibited all of the traits that the judges were looking for in this year’s champion.

Showtime Dominator was named runner-up based on a six-find performance in the first brace of the trial. Dominator is also owned by Larron and Laura Copeland and was handled by Larron. Like the champion, Dominator was also scouted by Sean Derrig.

Dominator carded finds at 20, 25, 30, 52, 56 and 59. He had a strong forward race, showed well, and looked good on his game. His race was not quite as strong as the champion’s which probably separated the two.

Judd Carlton and Jamie Daniels were credited with the early development of both the champion and runner-up.

The Running

Thursday began with Showtime Dominator (Copeland) which has already been described. Sims Rambling Wreck (Sims) was lost early.

Erin’s Red Rum (Sean Derrig) had a four find performance which was closest to the winners. He carded finds at 13, 37, 40 and 44 with a very good finish. Dakota Nation (Scott Jordan) was lost early with the retrieval unit being requested at 22.

Greenfield’s Queen was away early,  the retrieval device requested at 22. Spencer’s Rambling Addition (Spencer) had a find at 25 but was picked up before crossing the road by the barn.

Shadow’s Bewitched (Watson) had finds at 4, 13, and an unproductive at 45. Barshoe Tchaikovsky (Harmon) was up early at 4.

Showtime Sam Houston (Copeland) has already been described. Touch’s White Knight (Sholar) was away early with the retrieval unit being requested at 25.

Phillips Storm Line (Milton) was lost early with the retrieval device being requested. Erin’s Hidden Shamrock (Derrig) had finds at 12, 29 and 53 with a strong ground race.

Erin’s Rebel Rum had a find at 2 and was picked up Derrig at 45. Elhew G Force (Tim Moore) was lost early with the retrieval unit being requested at 25.

Dubose’s Daddy Boy (Bobby Dubose) was lost. Barshoe Bach (John Harmon) had a find at 20.

Jesse’s Cold Shoulder was picked up at 30 by Brown. Nickel’s Pretty In Pink (Nicolaus) was lost off of the breakaway, the retrieval unit requested at 20.

Sims Rambling Nell (Sims) was picked up early. Billy Ben (Moore) had finds at 7, 20, 33 and 44. He also suffered an unproductive at 53.

The Reveler (Thomas) and Barshoe Tolstoy (Harmon) were both up early.

Strut Nation (Jordan) carded two finds with a moderate race. Rester’s Super Chief (Cecil Rester) had a big race, suffering an unproductive at 56 where he was picked up by the handler.

White’s Scattergun (Danny White) had a find at 7 with a good race and finished to the front. Spencer’s Rambling Lawman (Spencer) was lost early with the retrieval unit being requested at 25.

Natural Bottom (Bart Goodson) had a divided find at 15 and was lost with the retrieval unit being requested. Sam Ellis (Moore) suffered an unproductive at 4, carded a find at 12, a divided find at 15, and a find at 25. He was picked up by handler on relocation at 35.

The trustees of Region 16 thank all of the handlers who came to this year’s Championship. Please plan on joining us for next year’s renewal which will be held in Alabama.

Dawson, Ga., December 14

Judges: Mike Cheely and Chip Pendergrass

REGION 16 AMATEUR ALL-AGE CHAMPIONSHIP [One-Hour Heats] — 26 Pointers and 2 Setters

Winner—SHOWTIME SAM HOUSTON, 1662402, pointer male, by Just Irresistible—K F Alias. Larron & Laura Copeland, owners; Larron Copeland, handler.

Runner-Up—SHOWTIME DOMINATOR, 1666742, pointer male, by Erin’s Kentucky Gambler—Dominator’s Dotted Line. Larron & Laura Copeland, owners; Larron Copeland, handler.

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